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About Us

About Pivot Performance Arts

Continuing to serve central Texas for 33 years, with quality performance arts education. We believe in developing the whole child, not just the skill. Whether their focus is in dance, tumbling, theatre or a combination of them all, they will be provided with an environment to cultivate their passion. We understand that there is an importance in building skills through proper training in our recreational programs. This principle has allowed both of our competitive programs to excel by placing in overalls and gaining state rankings at various competitions. With our focus always on family, we offer multiple family/class discounts so that we save our parents time and money by having one place to grow. We can’t wait to have you be a part of our family.

Meet Our Amazing

We are proud to bring you the most
highly qualified staff to Central Texas.

Cara (Sefcik) Janczak

Born in raised in Temple, Texas where she found her love for dance at the age of two and a half at Gabrielle’s Dynamics Plus. She participated in both dance and gym teams throughout her 16 years there.

More about Cara

She was a member of the Temple High School Kittens for two years and served as Captain her senior year. While in high school she received two summer scholarships to Los Angeles and Las Vegas, with Encore Performing Arts, where she danced on their Elite team.

Cara went on to continue her education at the University of North Texas where she completed her BFA in Dance and was placed with honors on the Presidents List. She was also a member of the Chi Tau Epsilon Dance Honor Society during this time.  Upon graduation, Cara began her career in teaching at Arlington ISD where she had the pleasure of directing both the Martin High School Sundancers and James Bowie HS Belles. After a relocation brought her back to Temple, she soon took over as the director of the Temple High School Kittens for two years. During Cara’s years in public education, she was awarded numerous Grand Champion titles, choreography and judge’s awards, and 1st place standings in Jazz, Hip Hop, Novelty, Military, Production and Kick. Her most awarding moment was receiving a National Title while directing the Temple HS Kittens in 2013.

Cara was on senior staff with HTE for 8 years where she was an instructor, choreographer and Contest Coordinator. Cara was given the honor of choreographing for the Adolphus Children’s Parade in 2010, where they were nominated for an Emmy in Choreography for a primetime segment. For the past 11 years she has been a member of The Texas Dance Educators Association. Cara was on the board that develop the curriculum for the IB Dance program now being used in US Public Schools.

Throughout her career, Cara has had the opportunity to study under Mia Michaels, Mandy Moore, Rhonda Miller, Shane Sparks and Savion Glover, and has performed in main stage productions/shows with Nickelodeon Studios, Universal Studios and MGM. Cara also had the privilege of being a finalist in Season 1 of Nashville Star.

Cara has now been teaching in various aspects of dance education for over the past 15 years, and is proud to be back where it all began. She is excited to impact kids lives through dance the same way it impacted hers.

Cara Janczak has been married for 9 years to her high school crush, Andrew, and they have two wonderful children, Casen (4) and Tegan (1).  Life has proven to be a bit crazier with two but defiantly full of more laughs. Through Him all things are possible.

Competition Tap

Gabrielle Parkey

began dancing in Killeen at the age of 5.  Assisting her dance teacher, Ann Macy started her on the path of sharing her love for dance with others.  Her freshman year at Killeen High School, she was asked to choreograph all their musicals, making her the first student ever to do so.

More about Gabrielle

Moving to California after High School, Gabrielle continued to study dance, acting, voice, and modeling. She has performed in over 30 productions as an actor and dancer, including an original musical “Stages” with Tony Award winner Sammy Williams.  After moving back to Texas, to be closer to family in 1979, Gabrielle began teaching children’s classes at 10 different recreation centers in Dallas, opened a studio, and developed classes for special needs children, before ultimately moving to Temple and opening Gabrielle’s Dynamics Plus, (GDP) in 1985.  Gabrielle believes everyone can benefit from dance & gymnastics by gaining self confidence, learning teamwork, discipline, and skills, lasting a lifetime. Gabrielle has always attended further education classes, studying with the “greats” in the dance world and encourages her students to do so as well.  One of her most satisfying studio events has been the Benefit shows she produced beginning with Families of 911 victims, Peaceable Kingdom, Designs of Hope, and Children’s Special Needs Network (CSNN) raising over 50,000.00 over the years in donations.

GDP graduating students have gone on to dance on college dance teams, earn degrees in dance, dance professionally, and return to become staff members.  Watching students grow for the past 32 years has been a great joy. In keeping with community involvement, Gabrielle is a member of the Temple Chamber of Commerce Red Carpet Ambassadors, and served as chair and co- chair for 3 years. Gabrielle has one son, Jack, a graphic designer in Nashville.

Gym Manager/TNT Head Coach

Ian Dareing

Originally from Lewisville, TX and is the youngest of three boys. Ian was introduced to both Martial Arts and Gymnastics from a very early age because his father (Dale Bruce Dareing) owned a martial arts studio and he’s grandmother (Pat Etheridge) owned a gymnastics gym.

More about Ian

Since Ian was homeschooled, he became a gym rat and spent hours upon hours perfecting his training. He began doing men’s all-around gymnastics at the age of five and competed for 6 years while at the same time competing in mixed martial-arts competitions up to the age of 17.

Ian started coaching gymnastics at the age of 15 in North Carolina. At the age of 19, he moved to Houston where he had the privilege of working with some of the best coaches such as Bela Karolyi, Mary Lou Retton and Fengmei Liu.

Ian joined Gabrielle’s 2013 and has blessed our kids with many laughs. Although Ian coaches all levels, he has really focused on our TNT Power Tumbling Team. There he has made a huge impact and has kids ranked at the state level.

Dance Instructor

Amanda Entrop

Amanda has been a part of the GDP family now for 18 years. It is here at the age of three, that her love for dance began. Here she climbed the ranks of company and competed her last three years on senior team.

More about Amanda

Amanda Entrop has been a part of the GDP family now for 18 years. It is here at the age of three, that her love for dance began. Here she climbed the ranks of company and competed her last three years on senior team. While in HS she attended Jole Ruminer’s, Jazz on Tap Tour dance camp where she was selected to be an “On Tour Dancer.” This allowed her to travel to different camps in both Michigan and Georgia. Upon graduation from high school, Amanda began to pursue her degree in Dental Hygiene.

Amanda teaches all levels of recreational dance and preschool tumbling. She loves teaching all of this kids, especially in the place where she found her passion for dance.

Amanda has two beautiful pug babies that she loves to show pictures of, just ask and you will see!

We have had so many great years here! Tumbling and dancing since 2009, my kids have grown in strength and confidence.

Allison Morrow

My children have been going to this studio for several years and I could not imagine being anywhere else! The teachers are phenomenal, the office staff is wonderful, and the owner is the best! It is really like a family here and I am proud to be a part of it!

Stephanie Ptaszek

This studio not only helped me grow as a dancer, helping me reach my goals of dancing in college, but also thought me lessons that I use outside of the dance studio as well! I would recommend anyone to send their child here!

Haley Elizabeth Spencer