Susy T. Gramoff

Executive Director

Having studied and performed Flamenco since the age of ten, Susy traveled to Sevilla, Spain in 1997 to continue her studies in Flamenco at the Fundacion de Cristina Heeren. After 5 years of intensive training and workshops with renowned professors such as Ciro, Juan de los Reyes, Jose Galvan, Sarai, Eva La Yerba Buena and La Tati, Susy began her professional dancing career, dancing throught Spain, Europe and across the world.

Beginning in 2003, Susy performed in may well regarded theatres, incluiding Teato Albeniz in Sevilla, AMC Theater in New York and Shakespeare Theatre in San Diego, CA. During this time, Susy also performed in countless “Tablados”– a traditional dinner theatre centered around Flamenco performance —  including such critically-acclaimed productions as El Arenal, El Palacio del Embrujo, el Patio Sevillano y los Gallos, and Casa Patas, where she had the honor of sharing the stage with renown dancers such as Israel Galvan, Rafael Campallo, and Maria Jose Franco.

After years of traveling, Susy opened her first dance school in Mexico called “Encontrarte” in 2008 and by the fall of 2009, decided to open a new location in McAllen with Mr. Rolando Pacheco. Together they shared a vision of bringing a higher level of professional dance training to the Rio Grande Valley and creating a Mecca to discover and inspire young talent in the region.

Nashla Alaniz

Artistic Director

Nashla’s dance journey didn’t begin as most dancers. Nashla was born and raised in McAllen, TX to a “dancing family”. Nashla’s younger cousins were involved in a dance company called South Texas Dance Theatre. As Nashla was picking up her cousins from class she was spotted by the Artistic Director and asked to come any try a class. Although not ever taking a dance class before; her family encouraged her to take the opportunity. Most dancers at the age of 15 already have started their careers…. Nashla’s was just beginning. In 1994 she officially began her training under the direction of Jill d’Alton and Richard d’Alton. From 1994 to 2003 she grew from student to assistant to teacher to ballet mistress to stage manager and prop master. She was very fortunate to have received a dance education of a lifetime; from all aspects of dance, from teaching the youngest students to running the stage, lights and music all thanks to Jill d’Alton. During her time at South Texas Dance Theatre she got to work with Eric Gibson and Randall Newsom amongst other guest teachers. Performed and managed 10 seasons of “The Nutcracker” and other classical and original ballets such as: “Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon”, “Irish Night Out”, “Sheehogue” a fairy’s tale, “Ceromony of Carols”, “La Pastorela”, “Giselle”, “Pas De Quatre”, Polovtsian Dances “Prince Igor” and “La Vivandiere”. Nashla was then asked to join the faculty of McAllen City Ballet from 2003 to 2004. In 2005, she retired from the stage and teaching to become a wife and full-time mother. In 2009 she was called back to the arts to join the faculty of Dance Conservatory of McAllen where she taught Ballet, Tap and Jazz. During her time at DCM she completely revamped their production of “The Nutcracker”. Nashla joined the faculty of Susy’s Dance and McAllen Ballet in 2013, where she worked side by side Susy and Pacheco to create and choreograph productions such as: “Aladdin”, “A Christmas Carol” and “Beauty and the Beast”. She has currently introduced her unique style of Contemporary/Lyrical and Tap to our school, you can see many of her works during our spring season. Many of her contemporary works have won 1 st place National Titles along with a 3 year running 1 st place title in Dancing with the Stars RGV. Nashla is currently Artistic Director for SD Productions, where she will continue to create and teach Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical and Contemporary. Nashla works to create a level of excellence and professionalism, in passing down a legacy taught to her, encouraging her students to love the art of dance as she does.