About Us

Republic is proud of our 4 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 Republic Edge company room offers a dedicated space for company members and is furnished with lockers, cubbies, multiple couches and a homework work space.  Our facility has a dedicated prop storage room and costume room as well.

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 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, technical excellence awards, and national championships. 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 college dance teams and programs, and some have gone on to become dance teachers themselves. In 2019 she founded Republic Edge EXCLUSIVE to give advanced 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 loves Republic, she is passionately committed to teaching and continues 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 EXCLUSIVE

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 

Tori is a graduate from Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX) with her BFA in Dance Performance and her minor in Applied Physiology and Health Management. She is a native to Katy, TX where she began as a competitive dancer, transitioned to a ballet conservatory to focus on RAD and then finished off in concert work with the pre-professional MET Too company. At SMU, she performed works by Daniel Buraczeski, Christopher Dolder, Shapiro & Smith, John Selya, and Martha Graham. She also focused a great deal on her own choreography and rehearsal directing. She has taught a variety of ages and styles over the years. Walker’s choreography has been set on collegiate and competitive dancers throughout the years. Her teaching style integrates kinesiology, anatomy, and movement into a fusion of scientific movement analysis. Time is spent on teaching students how their body is structured and how to utilize the structure and joint motions to achieve movement efficiency. She believes that, “a well educated dancer who knows her body and how it works, is better equipped for artistic success.”

Tori Walker

Company/Recreational instructor & choreographer

Republic Recreational Faculty

Christina Sefara, Lindsey Darnell, Carlynn Laurie, Tori Walker, River Johnson, Lauren Gilley, Mandy Romero, Emma Clinton, and De'Leah Coleman

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