Amy Sullivan-Caillouet, OT
Amy is a pediatric occupational therapist for over 15 years. “I’ve worked in many settings including inpatient, outpatient, traumatic brain injury, day rehab and home health. I have over 14 years of experience in ballet and over 5 years of experience with competitive ballroom dancing. This is the best of both worlds for me! I am so excited to be a part of Jasmine’s Beat.”
Grace is obsessed with all things Zumba and may even corner complete strangers to explain why they need to embrace Zumba in their lives! Grace was licensed to teach Zumba in 2012, and is licensed in Toning, Kids, Kids Jr., Step, Aqua, Gold, and Gold Toning. Grace has coached Special Olympics gymnastics, and taught line dance, international folk dance, and dance for special needs children. She previously taught at YouFit and LA Fitness until Covid hit. Currently, Grace is teaching virtually with El Doco Loco Studio, New Orleans on Friday mornings at 11:00 am CDT. Grace leads classes in Murphy, TX.
Dancing has been Elizabeth’s passion from a very early age. Her training in Scottish Highland Dancing expanded her experience as she traveled around the country competing at highland games including Regional and U.S. Championships. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education with a Minor in Dance Education from the University of Northern Colorado she began her professional dance career. She had the opportunity to be a company member of different major dance companies. She also has plenty of theater experience, i.e., “42nd Street”, “Pippin”, and “Oklahoma”. As a dance instructor, she taught at Brookhaven Community College for 8 years and continues to teach dance at Gotta Dance in Plano, home of the Plano Metropolitan Ballet. One of her favorite classes to teach is the PMB “PALS” class for dancers with different abilities. Elizabeth has been teaching this wonderful, fun encouraging class for over 10 years. The PMB “PALS” perform each year at the PMB Junior Company Jubilee, bringing down the house. Her desire to bring the joy of movement, acceptance and comradery to all dancers is what makes her teaching unique. Movement and music is the heart of dance which Elizabeth believes frees the mind and the soul. Elizabeth leads classes in McKinney, TX.
Mandy is thrilled to be starting with Jasmine’s Beat! She just graduated from the University of North Texas with her Bachelors in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology. Mandy has been dancing since she was 4 years old. She has been thoroughly involved in theatre for over 10 years. She has directing experience but loves performing. Some of her favorite shows to be a part of were 42nd Street and Big Fish. Mandy currently works at a Pilates studio in hopes to teach Adaptive Pilates classes soon. When she isn’t working, Mandy is volunteering with NTPA-Starcatchers or hanging out with her mom and her Shih-Tzu, River. Mandy is currently at U of Oklahoma.
Brantley-Kate Newton (“BK”)
Brantley-Kate, or “BK” is a junior at Mississippi State and studying Special Education. She has 2 brothers and a cool fact about her is that she is a triplet. All three of them go to Mississippi State. She is in the Famous Maroon Band and plays the French Horn. She has been in band for 9 years now!! She did dance for about 4 years and loved it. She also loves Broadway and theatre. She did Beauty and the Beast in the 5th grade and played Broadway music for Tarzan during the senior year of high school. She is also an access mentor in the access program in college. She helps students with disabilities learn to have a healthy life and get exercise. Her major is Special Education because she wants to be a kindergarten special education teacher. “I want to make a difference in their lives because they have made one in mine!!” BK helps us with all classes throughout the summers.
Ashley McDermott was born in New Orleans. She was self-taught in hip hop dance. After Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, she and her family moved to Texas. She graduated from North Mesquite High School ’11 and Richland college ’17. During school time, she took dance classes such as hip-hop and contemporary. She began her Visionary Impossible People (V.I.P) events in March ’17. Her vision is to bring deaf/HOH, ASL students, or anyone who wants to learn to dance. V.I.P is about incorporating sign language into the dance moves and bring people together. She kept her V.I.P consistent. People started to recognize what she was trying to achieve in the dance community. She taught dance classes from Deaf Girl Scout to Deaf Imagination Celebration online. She has been performing dance shows in Dallas and others. Also, she is a Lead Teacher for Jasmine’s Beat at Notre Dame School of Dallas. She has been living her life to the fullest.
Spring Coleman, CTRS
Jasmine’s Beat-Lead Teacher/Newsletter
Spring Coleman grew up in a small town called Mineola in TX. She cheered for 6+ years and has performed at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium twice. In college, she was a dance teacher for 2 years. Her favorite class to teach is Pom. She graduated from Texas State University with a bachelor’s degree in Recreational Therapy. “I love working with individuals with disabilities because each day brings a new challenge, and you are never too old to start learning.”
Isabella Elizalde-Ft Worth/Denton
Jasmine’s Beat-Lead Teacher
Isabella starting dancing praise and worship dance in 7th grade. She began taking technique classes in jazz, lyrical and hip-hop of her senior year of high school. She was also a teacher’s assistant at Sallie’s School of Dance. She has many years of experience with caring for the autistic population. Her uncle happens to be autistic, so she had to learn how to care for him as well as many other people she has encountered in church and school. Isabella assists Ft. Worth dance classes and therapeutic dance sessions at Mayhill Hospital in Denton, TX.
Serena is currently in her senior year at the University of North Texas where she is majoring in Dance with a minor in Psychology. At UNT she works as the Dance Media Designer, and is also President of Chi Tau Epsilon the dance honor society. Serena has had a passion for dancing since a young age. She grew up as a Military kid so has lived all over the country and even Japan! Due to moving a lot she danced on and off in dance studios. She has taken technique classes in ballet, jazz, contemporary, hip-hop, musical theatre, modern, and tap for numerous years. In high school, she was a part of the dance program, performed in the musical and theatre productions, and was on the dance team. In the future she hopes to work as a Dance Movement Therapist so she can share her passion for dance and helping others!
Jasmine’s Beat-Lead Teacher
Megan is a junior at Lone Star High School in Frisco. She loves all things performing – musical theatre, dance, and acting – she is constantly training in these areas. She enjoys hanging out with her friends. She especially loves to hang out with her favorite person, her sister, Katie, who has Down syndrome. She also loves spending time with her dog and rabbit. When she has extra time, she volunteers with NTPA Starcatchers as a performance partner.
I’m so excited to be a part of Jasmine’s Beat. I am from East Texas and obtained my Bachelor’s in Kinesiology with a minor in Education from UT Tyler and I’m a recent Summer 22 graduate from Texas Woman’s University with my Masters in Adapted Physical Education. I am now an APE Specialist for a school district! I cheered for 6 years during my middle and high school years and have been teaching different dance classes to various ages and abilities since 2017. I love dancing because there’s endless possibilities to choose from and everyone can find their own place within their own time! Dance is limitless while promoting creativity and freedom.
Abby Blackwell went to Stephen F. Austin State University and got a Bachelors in Rehabilitation Services with an emphasis in Orientation and Mobility. She is also Visually Impaired herself and has a Guide Dog Named Yoda.
She grew up in McKinney, Texas. She has 2 cats named “Meow” (she can say her own name, I know, impressive) and “Tuna”.
She knows how valuable our opportunities are for our students and is working on spreading our information!
I currently work as a CSM at a software company but also want to do something fulfilling. I want to help Jasmine’s Beat grow and be successful!