Cypress Ridge Dazzlers
Haley Lourenco ( Director)
Mrs. Haley McBrayer Lourenco was born and raised in Katy, Texas. She began dancing at the age of 3 in the Cypress and Katy area. Haley began competitive dance at age 9 and continued until she was in high school. Haley was trained under Ginny Hintze and Michelle Leagans at Hintze Dance Center in Cypress and was part of the award winning Hintze Dance Company winning numerous group and solo awards.
In high school, she was part of the Mayde Creek Martinettes, holding several leadership positions, including Captain, her senior year. Haley attended Texas State University where she was both a Dance Major and a member of the World Famous Texas State Strutters dance team. While she was a Strutter, Haley performed in a guest performance for Royal Caribbean Cruise Line and at a San Antonio Spurs halftime. In addition, Haley was an active member of the Delta Zeta Sorority, and the Texas State Dance Department.
Haley graduated in December 2014 with her Bachelors of Arts degree in Dance Studies from Texas State University as well as receiving her secondary dance certification from the Texas Education Agency. Upon graduation Haley moved to the DFW area where she was a teacher at Dianne Cole Johnson School of Dance and choreographer for the award winning Diva competition team. She also assisted with the NorthStars Drill Team at McKinney North High School while living in Dallas. After moving back to Houston, Haley continued teaching dance at Hintze Dance Center where she was an academy teacher as well as a Hintze Dance Company choreographer. While at Hintze, her choreography won multiple awards including several 1st overall awards.
Mrs. Lourenco is starting her fifth year at Cypress Ridge High School. For the past four years she has served as the Dazzler Assistant Director and this year will begin her first year as the Dazzler Head Director. She is excited to continue being able to share her love of dance with her students and Dazzlers. In November 2020 Haley got married to her fiancé, Pedro. She went from Ms. McBrayer to Mrs. Lourenço. They currently live in the Heights and enjoy spending their weekends going to Memorial Park and hanging out with friends and family. They have two fur babies; Tank (English Bulldog) and Bella (Beagle) that keep them busy and entertained!
Sara Denman (Assistant Director)
Ms. Sara Denman was raised in Garland, Texas where she began dancing at the age of three. She has trained in the forms of ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, modern, hip hop, lyrical, and contemporary at London School of Dance and Dance FX Studio. She attended Lakeview Centennial High School where she served as Junior Lieutenant and then Captain of the Yankee Doodle Sweethearts.
To begin her college career, Ms. Denman had the privilege to spend two years as a World Famous Kilgore College Rangerette and Captain of the 77th line under the direction of Dana Blair and Shelley Wayne. Rangerettes has given her multiple performance opportunities regionally and across the world which include the 50th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, Disney’s Contest of Champions in Florida, and Basel Tattoo in Switzerland. Sara continued her dance education at Texas State University where she was a member of the faculty lead modern company Merge. She graduated in the fall of 2020 with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Education. After graduation, she held two long term substitute positions for the dance and drill team at Jasper High School in Plano,Texas and Lebanon Trail High School in Frisco,Texas. In addition, Sara has been on staff with American Dance and Drill Team where she has been a judge for competitions as well as set choreography for schools all over Texas.
Ms. Denman is filled with gratitude to be welcomed into an amazing district and dance family. She is stoked to work alongside Mrs. Lourenço and be a part of Dazzlerland!