Director, Master Instructor
originally named Roland Darnel Butchee, was born in Camden, New Jersey in 1984 and in 1985 Donovan was adopted in Galveston, TX by his loving family, who resides here in Corpus Christi today. After seeing his first ballet, The Nutcracker, performed by Corpus Christi Ballet, it wasn’t until 1995 that he would grace his first dance floor. Little did Donovan know how far this career would take him.
At the age of 14 he attended the Idyllwild Arts Academy in Idyllwild, CA in the San Jacinto Mountains, overlooking Hemet, CA. While at Idyllwild, Donovan had the honor of training under Jean-Marie Martz (Ballet – Director of Idyllwild Dance Department, former professional with Stuttgart Ballet, Munich Ballet, and Heidelberg Ballet), Anne Krampen (Ballet - assistant director of Idyllwild Dance Department, former member of the National Ballet of Canada), Deborah Brockus (Jazz – former Chair of Idyllwild Dance Department, Director of Brockus Project Dance Company, current Jazz professor with Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA.), Stephanie Gilliland (Modern – founder and developer of high impact modern), and also Sean Greene (Bella Lewitsky Modern – current professor with Chapman University Dance Department, director and founder of Shield Wall Dance Company, former professional with Bella Lewitzky Dance company and right hand man of Bella Lewitzky, co-founder of Idyllwild Arts Academy).
Shortly after attending IWAA, Donovan found himself in college while dancing with the Bolshoi West, under the direction of Ms. Dorothy Percival. After multiple performances under the direction of Ms. Percival, including his favorite yet not so popular Carmina Borana, Donovan was ushered off to the Joffrey Ballet School of New York City, NY under direction of Edith D’Addario and Gerald Arpino. While an apprentice with the Joffrey Ballet, Donovan found his truest passion for dance and has yet to look back, even after he suffered what should have been a career ending injury. While in New York, Donovan also trained at Steps on Broadway with Joe Lanteri (Jazz), Roxanne Butterfly (Tap), and Ethan Stieffel (Ballet). Donovan also had the honor of training with World Tap Champion Mike Minery both in California and in Texas, as well as Richard Gibson and Zory Karah in San Francisco, CA. Donovan also had the opportunity of performing with Sandy and Don Duncan, Michael Lee Scott, Michael Levine (former Joffrey Ballet), Michael Bannigan, Connor Walsh & Karina Gonzalez of Houston Ballet, to name a few. Donovan Reagan, now in Corpus Christi, after performing with multiple companies, is now focused on giving back to the art form and instructors that shaped him into the professional he is today.
During his teaching career, Donovan has had students accepted to training programs with Joffrey Ballet Chicago, Joffrey Ballet New York, Boston Conservatory, The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Lines Ballet, School of American Ballet, Alvin Ailey, and Houston Ballet to name a few. His choreography has won numerous awards at competitions such as Youth America Grand Prix, New York City Dance Alliance, Jump, and has been featured on national TV as well.
Assistant Artistic Director
Director of Hip Hop
Carlos (Los) Cano
was born and raised in Corpus Christi. He always knew he wanted to be a dancer. His dance career began when he moved to San Diego, CA in 2002. Throwing himself into the dance community, he began taking Master Classes with some of the most recognized names in the professional dance circuit and landed his first audition with Fusion Force Hip Hop Dance Troupe that same year. He was a principal dancer from 2002 to 2004. In 2003, he landed a scholarship at the Culture Shock Dance Studio under the direction of Angie Bunch. In 2005, he eventually caught the eye of Grammy Award winning choreographer, Tessandra Chavez, and was invited to be a member of her then newly formed professional Hip Hop dance company, Unity LA. Soon after, he signed with DDO Artist Agency based in Los Angeles, CA. He’s also been a member of The Chozen, Urban FX, and has worked for artists such as Mo’At, Jessica Friedman, and Stevie Wonder as a backup dancer. He has traveled all along the West Coast performing in many of the industry’s professional hip hop exhibition shows. For many years, he has had the privilege of working alongside Los Angeles’s top dancers. In 2009, he moved back to his home town of Corpus Christi where he began his own style of choreography. We are happy and excited to have him on our staff to share his unique experience with our students. Los’s styles of choreography range from street, to funky, to raw, and at some times, sassy! Since joining YAPP 361 Dance Studio as the Assistant Artistic Director and Director of Hip Hop, Los’s choreography has won various dance competitions, regional, state, and national pageants. Los and his choreography was recently featured in new Tejano music artist, Omie’s music video for his debut single “Te Amo” featuring Stephanie Lynn, which hit #1 on the Tejano Music video charts in 2019.
Maryann Morgan is definitely another well-rounded dancer joining our team at YAPP 361 Dance Studio. Maryann brings a versatile teaching background in Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Drill Team, Contemporary, Lyrical, Modern, and Hip Hop, holds an AA in Accounting from McLennan Community College, Texas A&M- Corpus Christi student majoring in Accounting, is a Joy’s School of Dance Company Alumni, Former Joy’s School of Dance instructor, Former Joy’s School of Dance Student Assistant, OutOnALimb Dance Alumni, Former OutOnALimb Dance Director, Former OutOnALimb DOT VINES, Co- Director 254 Dance Festival, has worked with many different high school and college dance teams including Baylor University, Texas Tech University, and Dallas Baptist University and many more!
Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, Contemporary, Tap
is originally from Plainfield, Illinois. She began her dancing journey at the age of 3 where she took her first classes at Vaughan Dance Academy. Sara is trained in ballet, modern, jazz, and lyrical. As a dedicated competitive dancer, she has won national titles dancing for Innovation Dance Company for over 10 years. Sara continued to dance in college where she enjoyed expanding her career as a member of Southern Illinois Dance Company; performing in heels, learning to bellydance, and appreciating the world of hip hop. Sara was also part of a performance arts collective based in St. Louis called The Dancing Bear Tribe. She combined her love for dance with her passion for flow arts, and performed with her hula hoop at concert venues throughout St. Louis. Sara loves to teach, choreograph, and share her love of movement, music, and art with the world.
Lyrical,Contemporary, Modern, Jazz, Flow Art
is originally from Edmond, Oklahoma where he found his passion for dancing and teaching. He is an extraordinary dance instructor who specializes in multiple street/hip hop styles and his expertise is in breakdancing, popping, waving, and touting. He had the honor of training with multiple legendary break dancers like Dtex, and Jose Reble. His colleagues include NXG Dance and Crew Masters of Mayhem, just to name a few. Jeremiah is also the leader of NSA Dance Krew, originally founded in 2007. In the competition realm, Jeremiah has won numerous battles, starting in his teen years through present day. While competing and performing, Jeremiah began his teaching career at the age of 18 with Intone Dance Studio, also taught with NSA Dance Studio, then joining our teaching staff in 2017.