Our Team

It takes all of us to help educate and encourage our children. Our experienced staff and board are committed to helping Dance Another World accomplish its goals and empower students to communicate confidently.

Meet our Directors

Dawn Mann

Dawn Mann

Executive Director

Dawn Mann founded the organization after her time traveling abroad and teaching English and dance. After years of ballet training in the states, Dawn traveled overseas to teach English. In her spare time, she taught dance to non-native English speaking students, where she discovered the concept of teaching English through dance!

Melissa Green

Melissa Green

Curriculum Coordinator

Melissa loves teaching English through Dance Another World’s mission because the program fosters creativity, learning, and positivity. Dance not only facilitates discipline and fitness, but also freedom and confidence. She learns something new everyday from her students. Melissa studied English and Spanish at the University of Texas with a background in student teaching.

Natalie Elorza-Welling

Natalie Elorza-Welling

Creative Development Director

Natalie Elorza-Welling is originally from Orlando, FL and studied Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at the University of Florida. After completing her degree she relocated to Austin, TX to serve two years teaching environmental education to underprivileged youth through AmeriCorps program. Upon completion of the program she became determined to become a part of the Dance Another World mission which serves the same community of youth. She has been passionate about studying dance for going on 20 years and continues to share this passion with her students. She is currently studying graphic design and hopes to continue pursuing a path that incorporates her love for art, nature, and empowering others.

Meet our staff

Samantha Wells

Samantha Wells

Liason/Community Representative

Samantha Wells, an Austin native, moved back to her hometown after traveling extensively, and then obtaining a post-grad degree in Cultural Heritage and Education in Dublin, Ireland. She has been teaching dance and yoga for more than 10 years, and loves exploring creative movement and artistic expression with her students. Her favorite types of dance are modern, hip hop and ballet, but she also loves jazz, tap and everything in between.

Hannah Hartell

Hannah Hartell

Hannah Hartell was born and raised in Austin, TX. She loves to travel and in her twenty-five years, she has been to all fifty states in the U.S., Mexico, and Canada. She is currently working towards getting her associates degree in dance at Austin Community College. Her goal is to become an art therapist who specializes in movement therapy. She spend most of my free time creating art, dancing, visiting with my family or friends, and taking her dog Zuri to the park.

Madeline Kennedy

Madeline Kennedy

Madeline Kennedy is a Georgia native who spent the summer as a camp counselor in North Carolina before moving to Austin. She received her Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri with minors in Religious Studies and Textile & Apparel Management. In her free time, Madeline likes to hoop dance, practice yoga, write, hang out with friends, take road trips and spend time outside.”

Mollee Ostrenga

Mollee Ostrenga

Mollee Ostrenga is a dance teacher originally from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Mollee has been involved in dance since starting classes at the age of 3 and enjoys the hip hop and tap styles best. She loves working for Dance Another World and being able to introduce dance to kids who might not otherwise have an opportunity to learn it! In her free time, Mollee enjoys music, art, volunteer work, staying active outside, and exploring new places with friends. She hopes to eventually teach dance in Asia!

Tara Clubb

Tara Clubb

Tara clubb, 26 years old from Southeast Texas residing In Austin.  Different genres of dance played a major part of my life as well as sports and some professional bowling. I currently teach as much as I can and I’m working towards getting my esthetics license and eventually go to school for fashion design. With my free time I’m always looking to better myself or I’m hanging out with my golden retriever, Darlene.

Joey Roberts

Joey Roberts

Joey S. Roberts, BFA, BRS, MEd, grew up dancing as a child studying tap and jazz. It wasn’t until college that she started back dancing in a variety of performance art pieces. First at ACC, then with a few a avant-garde groups in Chicago. She started teaching visual arts in 2004 which would occasionally be incorporated with dance and poetry. Joey opened a small art school with two friends and hosted a variety of art camps, always using dance and song to teach students about the value of living joyfully. The school closed it doors in 2014 and it wasn’t until 2016 that she started dancing again at the second annual Celebrate our Salamander exhibition in Round Rock, TX. Here she performed a prayer dance as well as an introduction to African dance basics and techniques. Currently Joey is furthering her studies in the field of Ballet and Flamenco dance.

Meet our board

Philip Wharton

Philip Wharton

Board President

Philip is currently the President of the Dance Another World Board of Directors, and works full time in Utah with Goldman Sachs. Philip is very excited to grow with Dance Another World and serve even more students in need!

 Veronica Pauda

Veronica Pauda

Board Secretary

My name is Veronica A. Pauda and I have been working with students since 2003. I started as an Americorps volunteer and slowly moved on to teaching 4th and 5th graders at Emerson Elementary in Amarillo, TX. I was promoted to Afterschool Site Coordinator in 2008 and remained at Emerson until my move to Austin in 2010.  I was the Site Coordinator for TA Brown Elementary for 6.5 years and loved every minute of it. I currently work as Scheduler for State Representative Ina Minjarez.  My passion is education: specifically literacy, math, and fine arts.  I have been married to my husband, Joshua F. Pauda, for two years and he too works in education.  I am very fortunate to be part of Dance Another World and hope to be able to impact the world of education even if it is in a small way!

Yvonne LaFrance

Yvonne LaFrance

Board Treasurer

Yvonne, Dance Another World’s Treasurer, as an undergrad, served as treasurer for two years in an honor organization of over 100 students. Her current full time position is an analyst for pension plans so it’s in her nature to be attentive to detail and know how to balance a trust.

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