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About Us

Republic Gymnastics and Dance Center, Home of the competitive team Republic Edge opened its doors in 2018. Our 46,000 square feet building offers dance, acro, gymnastics, tumbling, adaptive gym, AND Ninja classes! Republic is proud of our 5 state of the art dance studios including a stage sized studio that is over 3,300 sq ft!  Each studio has professional marley floors and a TV viewing area. Our Snack Shop and Pro Shop offer drinks, snacks and Republic goods for your convenience and includes multiple seating areas. Our Company rooms offer a dedicated space for team members and is furnished with lockers, cubbies, multiple couches and a homework work space.  We also have a dedicated prop storage and costume room.

Our recreational program offers classes for dancers ages 2+ in all genres of dance including Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Contemporary ,Hip Hop and Acro. These students will grow in their technique and passion for dance and have the opportunity to perform in our Winter showcase and Annual Recital at the end of each season.

Our Republic Edge Company Team has won multiple national championships, Top Studio, and Technical Excellence awards along with two official Industry Dance Awards nominations in 2021 and 2022. Our dancers train in multiple styes of dance each week and we also offer them special industry driven programs that have small group training in Acting, Voice, Ballroom, Audition Prep and more. Our goal is to provide a bridge between youth competitive dance and the professional industry and give our dancers all of the tools necessary to successfully transition to a career in dance. If you're  interested in auditioning for our competitive team, please visit the "Company" tab.  Don't forget to follow us on Instagram: @RepublicDanceCenter



Republic Edge Company Faculty

Christina is a native Houstonian who is extensively trained in all styles of dance as well as acrobatics, theater, and voice. She has over 15 years of teaching experience  and  has been the Director of Republic since it's inception in 2018. As Artistic Director, she oversees the vision and direction of the program and is a lead teacher and choreographer for Republic Edge. Christina enjoys teaching master classes throughout Houston and judges dance competitions across the country on both a regional and national level for Starpower, Kids Artistic Revue, and Rainbow National talent. Her choreographed pieces have earned numerous choreography awards, national championships and two Industry Dance Awards official nominations. She is grateful for her years of professional dance experience but has truly found her calling with dance education. Her students have gone on to receive acceptance into Kinder High School for Performing Arts, prestigious D1A college dance teams and programs, and some have gone on to become dance teachers themselves. In 2019 she founded the Republic Edge INDUSTRY program to give dancers in her company the opportunity to train weekly with outside professionals in all genres involved in the industry. They train in Ballroom, Acting, Voice, Musical Theatre, Audition prep and more to prepare them for a future career in dance. Christina is passionately committed to teaching at Republic, loves her students and enjoys continuing to educate herself on the constant evolution of dance. 

Christina Sefara, Artistic Director
of Republic Dance Center & Republic Edge
Company/Recreational instructor & choreographer
Founder of Republic Edge INDUSTRY


Lindsey was born and raised in Houston, Texas and graduated from Stephen F. Austin with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration. She has been dancing since she was young and has trained all over the country earning multiple awards, scholarships, and titles throughout her dance career. She specializes in many types of dance and also received her certification as an acro instructor from Acrobatic Arts. As a Republic instructor, she has won multiple choreography awards along with being one of the 2017 recipients of the Al Gilbert Tap Excellence winners. 

Lindsey Darnell, Co-director

of Republic Dance Center & Republic Edge

Company/Recreational instructor & choreographer 


Carlynn  was a member of the contemporary dance company, NobleMotion Dance. She has completed two contracts with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, including a featured dancer in their production of Hairspray. Regional Theatre Credits include, The Wizard of Oz, The Little Mermaid, Cabaret, Beauty and the Beast, Cats, Pippin,Divas thru the Decade,and Hello Dolly. Carlynn is a nationally recognized choreographer and teacher and has been teaching since 2008. She also judges for Stage One Dance and Miss Drill Team Texas.  Carlynn loves being a part of Republic and has also enjoyed teaching musical theatre for the Republic Edge EXCLUSIVE industry program. 

Carlynn Laurie, Co-director

of Republic Dance Center & Republic Edge

Company/Recreational instructor & choreographer 


Yenifer Orioli
Company/Recreational instructor & choreographer

Yenifer Orioli moved from Venezuela at the age of nine and continued her dance training in Houston. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance, receiving several awards and scholarships, including the Hannah McCarty Performing Art Scholarship and the UCO Dance Scholarship. She was a member of the Kaleidoscope Dance Company at the university, a touring repertory company with a repertoire of ballet, modern, jazz, hip-hop, tap, and theater dance. She performed at the Performatica International Dance Festival in Mexico, Kansas Dance Festival, American College Dance Festival, arts outreach tours to Oklahoma schools, and Broadway Dance Student Showcase. In the summer of 2009, Yenifer was accepted into the American Dance Festival and trained with Pamela Pietro, Jeffrey Bullock, Ishmael Houston-Jones, and other inspiring artists. Still yearning for dance education after graduation, she completed a six month internship at Broadway Dance Center in New York City, where she had the privilege of working for Glamour Magazine. Throughout her career, she has taught many dance classes at local studios in Texas, New York and Oklahoma, and has choreographed award-winning routines. Recently, Yenifer trained at several well-renowned studios in NYC including Alvin Ailey and Peridance. She performed in and with A Modern Tribute, Symphony Space, Manhattan Movement and Arts, PMT showcase, Stage 6, In-Sight Suite Festival, and Choreographers Canvas. She also trained at the Broadway Dance Center and assisted in the Children and Teen Program. Yenifer is both thankful and excited to have the opportunity of sharing her passionate love for dance to her students.

Republic Recreational Faculty

Christina Sefara, Lindsey Darnell, Carlynn Laurie,  Yenifer Orioli, Lauren Gilley,
Kylie Schwab, Samantha Slauter, Kenia Ginyard, Cathy Molyneux, Amelia Feeney and Regina Kelso

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