Holly Lyons is in her 11th year as the Legacies Dance Team director. Holly is a charter member of Vandegrift High School and has loved creating the dance department within the Four Points community. Holly is also the program director for the dance guard, Vision Dance Company, and the head of the VHS Performing Arts Department.
Before joining the Vandegrift family, she owned The Element: New Braunfels Dance Center for two years, was the head director of the Canyon High School Aristocat Dance Team for three years, and taught for one year at 5678 Dance in San Antonio, making this her 17th year as a dance educator.
Holly is a former member of the World Famous Kilgore College Rangerettes and served as a Lieutenant her sophomore year. She is a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Dance and Kinesiology, and was a member of the SFA Pom Squad and SFA Repertory Dance Company. Holly has instructed for American Dance/Drill Team for 20 years and has served in both leadership and executive roles. Holly is a 16 year member of the Texas Dance Educators' Association, served on the Executive Board for 5 years, is a TDEA Past President and the 2019 TDEA Director of the Year.
Throughout her 20+ years of dance training, Holly has performed in the Texas State Fair with Willie Nelson, Cotton Bowl Halftime Performances & Parades, televised Thanksgiving Day Parades, Dallas Cowboys Halftime Performances, Houston Rockets Halftime Performances, Texas Governor George W. Bush's Inaugural Parade and Gala, World Cup Soccer Opening Ceremonies, Euro Disney in Paris, France, and Carnival in Nice, France. She has assisted with the MMA & Spirit of America All Star Dance Team Performances in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Coast 2 Coast All Star Dance Team Performance in the McDonald’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in Chicago, and was featured in an article regarding leadership with dance teams in the November 2003 issue of the nationally circulated Dance Spirit Magazine.
Holly’s dance teams have performed halftime for the San Antonio Spurs, opening for the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes Christmas Spectacular in Bass Hall, 4A, 5A & 6A UIL State Marching Band Contest Finals, halftime for the Semi-Final UIL 5A Football playoff game in the Alamodome, Spirit of America All Star Dance Team Performances in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Coast 2 Coast All Star Dance Team Performance in the McDonald’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in Chicago, and Arts Education Day at the Texas State Capital. In 2017, the Legacies and Vision Dance Co. traveled to Hawaii with the Viper Band & Viper Choir and performed alongside the USS Missouri at the Pearl Harbor Memorial. Most recently, the Legacies performed in “Woven” at the Howdy Modi Summit held in NRG Stadium celebrating Prime Minister Modi and President Trump.
Holly and her husband, John, enjoy living in Austin and raising their three wonderful children, Jackson, Abi and Will.
Gabby was born and raised in Cedar Park, TX where she graduated from Vista Ridge High School. After high school, she attended Kilgore College where she was a Swingster and Lieutenant of the Kilgore College Rangerettes, as well as a member of Industry Dance Company. Following Rangerettes, Gabby studied dance in California before attending Texas Christian University where she was a Captain on the TCU Showgirls. Recently, she earned her Bachelor degree in Communication Studies with a minor in Education.
Throughout the years, she has trained, choreographed, and adjudicated for dancers across the country. Gabby is so honored and excited to work with the talented Vandegrift Legacies.
Vandegrift Legacies Dance Team
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