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Our Team of Innovative and loving teachers,

Susan Rene’e, Artistic Director



Dance is passion and life for Susan. Passion is seen in the way she carries out her empowering teaching and her life is driven, always, by creating new experiences for herself and those around her. She has studied, performed and taught dance professionally and moves lightly and elegantly even in her quiet moments between work and play. 


From Susan’s early years of bouncing around the house to flying across a stage at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, Texas and then further beyond as she extended her education at the University of Texas. She dove deeper and deeper with her own inspired directions influenced by the powers of  Leon Danielian, Principal dancer with Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, Yacov Sharir of Sharir Dance Company, and Lynn Grossman of Ballet Austin. The wonderful Heywood “Woody” McGriff, of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Co, NYC, guided her towards many techniques she offers in a kind, nurturing, and empowering approach that undoubtedly helps others develop themselves into strong dancers. Susan’s skills were further fine tuned with the movement concepts of Rudolf Laban, Irmgard Bartinieff and Cecily Dell.


As Susan continues to explore and passionately rise up with the Dancing Tree, she brings new, fun and exciting opportunities for young and old and all in-between to share in this beauty. Even her recent Jingui Qi Gong training adds an eastern view on movement that helps her holistically approach each student within the context of their own needs and potentials.


Russ C. Smith
(former Arts Commissioner of Austin, Texas)




Susan’s Philosophy – In her own words:


“As a teacher, I have seen many of my students come to know and value themselves through dance, much like I did as a child. My chief aim as dance artist and teacher is to bring the power of dance to a broad range of students with diverse backgrounds, needs and abilities. Dancing Tree was created to foster collaborative efforts with artists, teachers, agencies and schools in order to sustain and expand creative, innovative dance programming; to share the empowering effects of dance and movement; and to help professionals continue to grow as dance artists through study, choreography, performance and collaborations.”


Here is a brief overview of her Education and Experience:


Classical Education  



Extensive Experience 


  • Susan has designed and implemented Creative Dance programs at the Austin Conservatory of Dance, and at Samuels High School in Dallas, Texas where she taught deaf and multi-handicapped adolescents.
  • Taught Royal Academy Ballet (French method), Modern, Creative Movement and Jazz for over 30 years
  • Served on the Cultural Arts Commission for the Austin City Council, 1993-1995.  
  • Choreographed and performed with numerous troupes, including Austin City Ballet, En Avant Dance Theatre and Dance Repertory Theatre.  
  • Worked as a Motion Capture Actor for Alchemy Interactive/Locomotion Studios 
  • Owned and operated DanceScape Conservatory of Movement, Wimberley, Texas 1996-2006 

Vera Dyson

Vera Dyson’s work with children, adolescents, and adults is filled with compassion, artistry, and skill. Since moving to Wimberley, she is enjoying leading a Montessori classroom, teaching yoga to teens, and raising her two beautiful children, now 11 and 15 years old. Vera particularly appreciates and loves the natural expression of movement that comes forth from children. It is an honor for her to be able to share her specialized yoga teaching certifications with all ages. In addition to her movement artistry, she also dons a paintbrush, utilizing her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree while teaching private art lessons throughout the Hill Country. Vera views all of life as an art form that is continually being created breath-by-breath and movement-by-movement.

Angela Perrin Altmeyer

Angela has been teaching Ballet, Modern, Jazz and Tap for 21 yrs. A multi-faceted artist, Angela performs metal-smithing for Lucia’s Inspired Gemstone Designs, as well. In addition, she and her husband, Stewart, are raising their beautiful daughter Katie.


Angela’s dance training began at Wimberley Dance School; continuing at Ballet Austin and Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas..


Teaching Experience includes:

Wimberley Dance School

Academy of Arts at January’s-Charleston, West Virginia

Jackie’s Private and Preschool- Austin, Texas


Professional Highlights:

Company member with:

Fredrick Regional Ballet, Fredrick, Maryland

JADCO Contemporary Dance Company

Lauren Robins,


Special Education, author, movement educator and licensed massage therapist for 23 years, teaches breath awareness and structural integration seminars for business, organizations and individuals


Lauren Robins, M.S. Special Education, author, movement educator and licensed massage therapist for 23 years, teaches breath awareness and structural integration seminars for business, organizations and individuals. Her illustrated and informative book, The Palette of Breath: Facts About Breathing, is a guide to conscious breathing geared to all age groups and abilities. Poster Series.


The essentials of breath and movement awareness are also available on DVD. The inspirational and informative documentary, The Women of Monday Morning, is available on DVD as well.


Breath and movement affect all the organ systems. Rich oxygenation is needed to run every cell in your body.


Lauren’s teachings focus on the anatomy and physiology of breath. They also focus on productivity, mental and physical health, and stress management. The class includes the experiential awareness of breath and movement for a healthier lifestyle. It is applicable to all populations.


Lauren’s offerings are an interesting blend of science and humor, making the information enjoyable and interesting.

Sandra Organ Solis

Born in Omaha, Nebraska, trained in all levels of the Royal Academy of Dancing under Valerie Roche, and graduated valedictorian from Duchesne Academy. She came south to pursue her dreams of a professional ballet career and became Houston Ballet’s first African American ballerina, dancing there for 15 years and as a soloist under Ben Stevenson. She then founded her own contemporary ballet ensemble, Earthen Vessels, the Sandra Organ Dance Company, for which she created 100 ballets and employed more than 120 dancers over 16 seasons. Her liturgical or sacred dances offer the last vestiges of performing life for her, while she continues to choreograph nationally and for community engagement purposes. She taught in the adult and Parkinson’s for Dance programs at Houston Ballet Academy for 18 years, and was a master teacher at various dance academies, universities, and regional ballet schools in Houston and beyond.  When she is not teaching for Dancing Tree, you can find her teaching youth ballet in San Antonio, yoga in Dripping Springs and Wimberley, and water fitness classes in Dripping Springs and Wimberley.

Carla Daws

Carla Daws has been enthusiastically teaching exercise and yoga for more than 7 years in the Texas Hill Country. She earned her yoga teaching certification from the Living Yoga Program. When Carla is not leading Hatha, gentle, and family yoga classes, you can find her acting in stage and film productions. Carla leads the All Abilities Chair Exercise–Mind, Body, Soul series classes for the Dancing Tree. Her favorite saying is, “Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.” -Unknown.

Oona Mekas

Oona Mekas is an internationally recognized certified Integral Yoga and Pre-natal Yoga teacher. She has been practicing yoga for over 20 years and has been teaching since 2006 in New York City and Los Angeles and everywhere in between. She finds joy in her practice and in teaching it to others. Integral Yoga is a type of traditional hatha yoga that uses breath and asana (postures) to tone the body, mind and soul. These practices are beneficial for anyone, no matter what physical limitations one may have. There is no judgement and no competition when taking classes with Oona. All levels of students are welcome. Beginners, or people who have never tried yoga before are especially welcome!

Her sole purpose through as owner of Lovely Hearts Yoga is to teach and to serve. Contact Oona with any questions at