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Director / Instructors



Mary Lee Kennedy

Director Mary Lee Kennedy has been an educator for over 40 years – but a dancer all her life. She began her studies at age 4 and continued thru college on a dance scholarship. With a degree in Theatre Education from Louisiana State University, her experience as a movement specialist has included 40+ years owning a performing arts studio, 2 years teaching in public school and 6 years serving as physical education director of a private school. As President of Dance Tree, Inc., she trains and certifies teachers in “early childhood movement education” for in-house programs in private and parochial day schools as well as directing and teaching at Kennedy Dance Theatre, our affiliated studio. Mary Lee is also the President and Founder of MannersPro, where she teaches executive etiquette and children's manners.  Contact Mary Lee at





Erica Carmona  
Erica has been dancing at our affiliated studio, Kennedy Dance Theatre for the past 13 years but has danced for a total of 16 years. She has been on the faculty at Kennedy Dance Theatre for 4 years, teaching Pre Dance, Creative Dance and Hip Hop. She is a founding member of the pre-professional company, Ballet Jete', under the direction of Ballet Mistress, Milena Leben. Erica is currently enrolled in college. This is Erica's 5th year with Dance Tree.


Claire Wood

Claire began dancing at the age of three. She was born and raised in Houston, TX. She has competed in dance competitions her whole life and has trained in many styles of dance such as ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, modern, contemporary, and lyrical. Claire is a current member of SoReal Dance Studio’s hip hop team. She used to work in the after school program at STEPS PAC in Pasadena and was a part of their competition team, No Boundaries Dance Company. She currently resides in Seabrook Texas with her family. This is Claire’s 4th year with Dance Tree and we are so happy to have her on our team! She cannot wait to share her knowledge of dance with your children!

Heather Reyna

Heather started dancing at Dance Tree when she was 6 and has trained in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, and modern. She was a part of The Sam Rayburn Tex-Ann Drill Team, where she was Lieutenant her Junior year and Captain her Senior year. She worked for the past 7 years in the after school program at STEPS PAC in Pasadena and choreographed for their competition team No Boundaries Dance Company. She resides in Pasadena with her 2 daughters and husband. This is her 3rd year teaching with Dance Tree and she is very excited to share her love for dance with your dancer!

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