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Fall/Spring Staff 2023-2024

Studio Director

Certified AcroDance Insturctor

Brittany Thurman 

Brittany has 20 years of dance teaching experience with students of all ages from 18months - 99 years. She is also the former owner of RGV On-Site Dance in the Rio Grande Valley. She founded that company in 2013 which is still in existence today. She is a certified instructor of AcroDance through Acrobatic Arts. She also continues her dance education through online classes and conventions she attends yearly.  Brittany primarily coaches competition team, and acrodance. She believes strongly in service to her students, parents, and her community. Brittany is also a choreographer for Dancing For The Stars (benefit held by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erath County). 


Front Office

Ballet Instructor

Lori Brown

A native Texan, grew up in South TX and later settled in Fort Worth, TX after she graduated from Texas Christian University. She began working for Devotion In Motion Dance School in Fort Worth in 2004. Over the years she taught ballet, lyrical, pre-pointe, jazz, tap,and musical theater. In 2015 she became the studio director for Devotion In Motion and continued teaching and directing until 2020, when the pandemic closed their doors. She concurrently taught and continues to teach at a private school in Fort Worth as the dance teacher once a week. After many years of searching for the right land and house to move to; she and her family found their new home in Stephenville in September 2022.


Dance Instructor

Emelia Atkinson

My name is Emelia Atkisson and I was born and raised in Harker Heights, Texas. I began dancing at three years old and have loved it ever since. I am currently a member of Tarleton States Texan Stars Dance team!! I am going into my junior year and am a communications major. I’m looking forward to working with amazing students and amazing staff! 


Dance Instructor

Journey Harris

Hey Y'all, My name is Journey Harris! I am from Cleburne Texas, but this fall I will be attending school at Tarleton! Here, I will begin my journey to becoming a high school dance coach as I major in secondary education. During high school I was highly involved in the teaching classes which allowed me to gain experience working with students in general education aswell as special education. I was also an active member of my school's drill team, The Cleburne Showstoppers, for the entirety of my high school career and had the privilege of serving in an officer position my senior year. In my time on the Showstoppers Dance Team I truly found a love and passion for dance and decided that I wanted to share that love with young girls as my career! I can not wait to work with your dancers this fall! 


Dance Instructor

Kayleigh Maracchini

Kayleigh has been dancing since she was 7 years old training in styles as in Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap, Contemporary/Lyrical, Pom, Kick, etc. She was in two companies in Colorado, one for pom and hip hop, one for regular competitions, then when she moved to Texas she began at Rise Dance Company from 2018-2021, (now known as Rise Dance Collective).
Kayleigh recently graduated from Leander High School and was on the dance team known as the Leander High School Blue Belles. She served 3 years on the team and became 1st Lieutenant her senior year and 2nd Lieutenant her Junior year. Along with that she received Rookie of the Year and Outstanding Senior. Throughout high school Kayleigh has furthered her teaching experiences with Blue Belles. In the fall Kayleigh will be attending Tarleton State University!


Vocal Director

Alecia Echols 

Alecia Echols began her career singing at The Promise in Glen Rose at only 15 years old, portraying the Young Virgin Mary. After two seasons, she was hired as the newest cast member for Granbury Live Theater in Granbury Texas at the age of 17. She has been the longest running vocalist to ever sing at GBL Theater and enjoys still performing there on the weekends in the “Follies” Shows. Her first year at GBLshe met a handsome fiddle player named Michael Echols while on stage, and the rest is history!They fell in love and were married two years later. They have two children, Audrey (6) and Grayson (2). She has now been the Vocal Director of four Musicals for Stephenville ISD Theater Program. 


AcroDance Director

Certified AcroDance Instructor

Mikah Taylor

Hey guys, I'm Mikah Taylor. I have lived in Stephenville most of my life, and am married with three children- two of whom dance at Studio 6:14. 


Although my dance career was short lived- I think I danced one year as a small child, I have more than a decade of gymnastics and tumbling under my belt. After being in the Studio 6:14 family for four years, I decided to make the leap from Dance Mom to AcroDance instructor and became certified by Acrobatic Arts in 2021. 


I’m excited for all the fun and growth the dancers and I will experience together.


Assistant Director

Alex Kicker

My name is Alex Kicker and I am a senior kinesiology major at Tarleton state university! I have been dancing since I was 3 years old. I have experience in various styles of dance including ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, pom, acro, musical theater, drill team, and hip-hop. I was part of a dance studio for 9 years and danced competitively during that time. I joined my high school's drill team for 2 years and served as a senior lieutenant/officer in my last year.

I am now a member of the Texan Stars Dance Team at Tarleton and going into my 4th year as a game-day leader. I started teaching dance during my senior year of High School and grew a passion for inspiring young dancers. In addition to this, I also work for a drill team company called, Danceline U.S.A, where I've had the opportunity to work with and choreograph for High School dance teams all over Texas. I’ve now been teaching and choreographing dance for about 5 years and love growing my passion working at Studio 6:14. I can't wait to meet you!


Front Office

Dance & Cheer Instructor

Madison Lehman

My name is Madison and I am a Tarleton student originally from Houston. I have been working at Studio 6:14 for one year as the front office assistant. I am excited to take on classes this year and get to work closely with dancers in the classroom. I can't wait to meet you! 

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Dance Instructor

Skylar Barnes 

Hi y’all! My name is Skylar Barnes, I’m from San Antonio, Texas and I’m going into my sophomore year at Tarleton State University with a major in corporate finance. I’ve been dancing since I was in Elementary school and I fell in love with it. I was on my high schools drill team for 4 years and a line officer for 3 of those years. During that time I also taught at my local studio, that’s when I knew I wanted to continue to be apart of someone else’s love of dance. I can’t wait to see everyone in the fall! 

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Dance Instructor

Avery Pacheco 

Hi! My name is Avery Pacheco and I am  from San Marcos, TX! I’ve been dancing for 7 years now, starting in 6th grade and fell in love with it immediately! I was on my high school drill team all 4 years, where I served as a Social Officer, 1st Lieutenant, and Captain! I am going into my second year at Tarleton State University, majoring in Kinesiology and starting my 2nd year on the Texan Stars Dance Team as Rookie Mentor! I also took various classes at my local dance studio throughout these past 7 years and I’m excited to take what I’ve learned from my many coaches and directors, and pass it down!

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