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.
Corey Ranson has worked over 20 years in live theatre, professionally and non-professionally, as a director, actor, producer, playwright, artistic director and designer from the Dallas Fort Worth and surrounding areas down to Corpus Christi, Texas. He has worked with such theatres and companies in North Texas, as Circle Theatre, Jubilee Theatre, Scott Theatre, Dallas Music Hall, JFK Theatre, Uptown Players, Regal Opera Company, Expressions Repertory Theatre, Flower Mound Performing Arts Theatre, Casa Manana, Creative Arts Theatre and School (CATS), Redbud Theatre, Granbury Opera House, Dallas Cultural Bathhouse Theatre, Main Street Theatre (Mansfield), Fort Worth Dallas Ballet (now the Texas Ballet Theatre) and the Margo Jones Music Hall. In South Texas, he has worked with Harbor Playhouse, Aurora Arts Theatre and the Corpus Christi Cathedral Performance Series. He has directed, produced, performed and designed over 70 theatre productions. He was Artistic Director for the Flower Mound Performing Arts Theatre (SPT-1, equity), a professional small theatre in north Dallas from 2000-2003, Artistic Director for the Harbor Playhouse in Corpus Christi, TX, 2004 – 2008, and Co-founder and Artistic Director for the Aurora Arts Theatre in Corpus Christi, TX 2009, and as Production Manager with the Granbury Opera House (SPT - 6 Equity).
As an actor in Musical Theatre, he has played the roles of Jack in Into the Woods, Nicely Nicely in Guys and Dolls, Charlie in Tintypes, Man #2 in I Love you, You’re Perfect, Now Change, Man #3 in Putting it Together, B.J. Gibson in 1940’s Radio Hour, Billy in Dakota Sky Diaries (A New Musical), Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol (Starring Grant James as Scrooge), Jeffery in Godspell, (Equity Production), The Gangster in Balanchine’s Slaughter on Tenth Avenue with the Dallas Fort Worth Ballet, (Directed by Paul Mejia) (four years), Toby in the Fort Worth Regal Opera Company’s Production of The Medium (Directed by Metropolitan Opera Star Joan Wall), among many others.
As a theatre educator, since 2000, he has taught theatre for Tarrant County College, Cedar Valley College, Wharton County Junior College, University of North Texas and Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi. He has been with Texas A & M University – Kingsville since 2008, as Visiting Assistant Professor, Assistant Professor Director of Theatre Activities to Associate Professor, Director of Theatre Activities today, where he has produced over 30 theatre productions with Theatre students. He has been involved with the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and through TAMUK productions has garnered over 60 awards over a 10 year period for students and staff. As a playwright, he has authored over 15 plays and has two book outlines in the works and one is based on the structure of THEATRICAL Communication and the other on Art versus Pop culture, He is also published in the Journal of South Texas on his research into the theatre activity within the Texas WW2 Nazi POW Camps. Three of his plays have been toured and presented at the KCACTF State level, and one which two were nominated for the David Mark Cohen National Playwriting Award.
He holds an:
M.F.A. in Theatre Arts for Playwriting from the University of Idaho,
M.A. in Drama for Directing from Texas Woman's University
B.A. in Theatre Arts for Performance from Texas Wesleyan University.
Director & instructor of Theatre/Musical Theatre
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.