Brittanie Wooten began dancing at the age of three with Lugene Cole. She trained with Neil and Camille Hess at the Hess School of Dance from age 7 through high school. She danced in the local production of the Nutcracker for 11 seasons and had roles ranging from a little Christmas Angel to Clara to Sugar Plum Fairy. To further her training, she participated in nationally renowned Summer Intensive programs including American Ballet Theatre in Austin and New York and Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle.
In August of 2008 she married Garrett, who now serves as the Worship Arts Pastor at Paramount, and founded Doxa in the summer of 2009. She has seen the program grow from 24 dancers to 300 dancers in six years. She is thrilled to have a team of wonderful teachers to serve with her and continue to support the growth of the ministry. She believes it is important to teach children that God is the author, creator, artist of all things, and that any talent can and should be used to bring glory to His Name. We are dancing to praise Him and point others to Him.
They have two sons, Isaac and Everett, and as she puts it, she's "beyond blessed to have these two great loves" in her life - her family and her ministry.
Laci McCreary began her ballet training in Amarillo at the age of three under the direction of Lugene Cole. She then furthered her training in Lubbock at Ballet Lubbock studying under Suzanne Aker and Yvonne Racz-Key.
Upon graduation in 2005, Laci attended the University of Utah on scholarship, where she was a member of the Utah Ballet Company and Utah Character Dance Ensemble. While in Utah, Laci was chosen as one of the four character dancers to perform Russian in the Nutcracker with the professional ballet company, Aspen Santa Fe Dance Company.
She has also had the privilege of performing internationally in St. Petersburg, Russia and in Seoul, South Korea. Mrs. McCreary graduated cum laude in 2009 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in ballet and a minor in business, and then served as the resident Ballet Mistress at Ballet Lubbock for three years.
Laci married Josh in 2013 and moved back to Amarillo where she is currently a teacher with Doxa and a fitness instructor at Live Well Fit. Laci is thrilled to be a part of the Doxa ministry and combine her dancing knowledge with the gift of worship. She is thankful to be a part of a community of fellow believers who strive to teach more than just technique.
Cynthia McCormack began dancing at the age of 6 under the direction of Neil and Camille Hess. She continued to persue dance in college where she received a Theatre Arts/Dance Degree. Cynthia and Michael have been married 20 years and have three children whom they have homeschooled for the past 10 years: Joshua, Jordan, and Mallari.
Cynthia has been teaching theatre/dance for the last ten years at various churches and dance studios in Amarillo. She has been teaching at Doxa since 2013. She is also very involved in Amarillo College Conservatory Theatre, Amarillo Little Theatre, and Amarillo Opera.
Cynthia's theatre background has been utilized in theatre/improvisation courses at Doxa summer camps for the past two years, and she was primarily responsible for the acting coaching in Doxa's Spring 2015 production of "Esther."
Cynthia is passionate about not only teaching the art of dance but sharing Jesus with her students. Cynthia loves being able to bring dance into a church setting because it gives her the opportunity to show people a different and unique way to worship the Lord.
Kathy Cowan has taught dance in Amarillo since 1997. She has enjoyed dance since she was four years old. Kathy studied ballet for four years at West Texas A&M University. She teaches ballet, tap, jazz and music-movement. Kathy has choreographed two Amarillo College musicals. She also has choreographed and taught dances for St. Stephen United Methodist Church.
She performed with the "Texas" cast in Austin for the State Capitol rededication and has performed in numerous church services. Kathy has been married to her husband Jeff since 1997. They have three children: Kaitlyn, Emma, and Connor.
Kathy is excited to be a part of the Doxa ministry. She enjoys sharing the art of dance with children and worship the Lord with them. She believes God is the great creator and artist and it is a privilege to praise Him through dance.
Samantha Ferguson was introduced at age 9 to classical ballet and immediately fell in love with it's structure and artistry. She trained with Stephanie Murrish and Daniil Gaifullin at Lone Star Ballet, Amarillo Ballet, and Tulsa Ballet Center for Dance Education. She had the opportunity to perform with Tulsa Ballet in John Cranko’s Taming of the Shrew, and was an understudy for Balanchine’s Serenade. As a student, she took part in community outreaches and performances as a part of a pre-professional performing group.
Samantha’s first teaching experience was at Doxa where she served as an assistant and substitute. Next, she was an instructor at Tulsa Ballet Center for Dance Education where she studied pedagogy under the master teachers. She traveled to New York City for her teaching certifications. Under instructors from the academy in Moscow, she completed the official Bolshoi Ballet Academy Teacher Certification Program for Levels One through Five. She is an American Ballet Theatre Certified Teacher who has successfully completed the ABT Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level Three of the ABT National Training Curriculum. She also attended Ballet Magnificat’s summer intensive for teachers in Jackson, MS.
Samantha has loved watching Doxa grow and develop each year and is excited to be a part of the ministry. She wants to foster a classroom where the students work toward common goals: exalting Christ and perfecting their God-given talent.
Karrina began dancing at age 11 at California Elite Sports Center. After deciding to focus more specifically on ballet, she trained with Maple Conservatory and was part of the Maple Youth Ballet. She then attended the University of Utah for one year as a ballet major until God led her to become a trainee with Ballet Magnificat after a summer spent at their intensive in 2013.
During her time as a trainee, Karrina was able to tour a bit nationally as well as travel to Mexico and Honduras with the Ballet Magnificat Trainee II Events Company. While living and dancing in Mississippi, she completed online school and earned a Bachelors in Nutrition degree. In August of 2016, she moved to Tacoma, Washington to join Paradosi Ballet's touring company. She also taught ballet to all ages at a local studio for the year.
Karrina is beyond excited to be settling in Lubbock and marrying Mark in June 2017. She looks forward to being part of the Doxa team, encouraging dancers to work hard unto the Lord and worship him through the ability to move that is a blessing from Him.
Mark Leber, originally from Manila, Philippines, was adopted and raised in Germantown, Maryland. He began ballet training at the age of eight with Maryland Youth Ballet. In the summers of 2010-2012, he participated in the pre-professional level of Ballet Magnificat!’s Summer Dance Intensive. In the fall of 2012, Mark became a trainee at Ballet Magnificat! and was promoted to the Omega Company in 2014 and toured internationally with them for three years.
He began teaching and choreographing at DOXA in January 2017 and also joined the Christ In The Arts staff where he now serves as an Instructor and Assistant Choreographer. He married Karrina (Kuk) Leber in June 2017.