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Cavalette Director, Abigail Payne, is entering her 9th year as the Director of the Cavalettes. She previously taught at Weatherford High School, Ninth Grade Center, and Tison Middle School in Weatherford, Texas. She was the assistant director for the Weatherford Blue Belles for 3 years. She taught dance classes from 7th grade to 12th grade. She Directed the JV dance team, JV Jazz and Middle school dance team, Allstars. Mrs. Payne worked for American Dance and Drill Team for over 5 years. She has taught teams from all over the state of Texas as well as teams from Mississippi, Kansas and New Mexico. In addition to teaching camps, she has announced dance competitions and judged for various competitions. Mrs. Payne is a native Texan, growing up in Corsicana. As a student, she played volleyball and golf as well as being a member of the dance/drill team, the Calicos. 

After high school, Mrs. Payne attended Tyler Junior College where she was a member of the famous Apache Belles Dance Team. She graduated with an Associate's Degree from Tyler Junior College. She then moved on to Texas State University to pursue a degree in Dance. While at Texas State, she was a member of the Orchesis Dance Company and served as president. She fulfilled her student teaching responsibilities with the dance teams at Canyon High School and Smithson Valley High School. Mrs. Payne graduated Magna Cum Laude from Texas State University with a Bachelors of Science in Dance and a minor in Theater Arts.

She is currently serving on the Texas Dance Educator’s Association as the President.  For the past two years she has served as the corresponding secretary and the 1st vice President.  Striving to better Dance Education in Texas is a passion and she plans to continue to advocate for Texas Dance Education in the future.

Since her start at Lake Travis in the fall of 2008, the Cavalettes have performed at Cowboy’s Stadium, Kyle field, Darrell K Royal Memorial Stadium, Floyd Casey Stadium (Baylor U.), the Alamodome in San Antonio, Opening of the 123rd Annual Rose Parade, the AT&T Center for a Spurs game, Frank Erwin Center for the UT Men’s Basketball team, Bass Concert Hall opening for the Radio City Rockettes, Downtown Disney’s Waterfront Stage, Kilgore College for the Rangerette Revels Show, San Antonio Spurs Grand Champions and Halftime Performers  and numerous community appearances.  They have also received awards from contest from Grand Champion to National Champion Officers.  The Cavalettes have been recognized for our precision, technique, choreography, presentation, and showmanship.  They are proud of their alumni whether they move on to dance for their colleges or they continue their studies in other areas.  She has had dancers move on to become members of the Texas Tech Pom Squad, the UT Pom Squad, Apache Belle Captain, Rangerettes, OU Pom Squad, TCU Showgirls, Hardin Simmons Spurs Dance Team, the University Of Hawaii Rainbow Warrior Dance Team, University of Georgia Dance Dawgs, UT Roustabouts and a Disney performer.

She also founded the Lake Travis JV Dance Team, Red Rubies.  Now in its 8th year, the Rubies are an established program on campus and continue to set the bar higher each year.  They have earned awards from Sweepstakes and judges awards to best in Class JV.

She also helped to charter the Lake Travis Band Dance Auxiliary.  The program saw great success from taking Caption awards at the Westlake Competition to performing in the 2011 4A State Marching Band finals and 2012 5A State Marching Band competition. They were also participants in the Good Morning America ‘Do-Over’ segment in 2014.

She is married to Dustin Payne who is currently teaching at Lake Travis Middle School and coaching boys football, basketball, track, and golf. They welcomed their first child, Penelope Payne in February of 2013 and couldn’t be happier to raise her in this community.  They are both blessed to be in Lake Travis.



 

Cavalette Assistant Director, Laura Truett  is entering her 5th year as assistant Director of  the Lake Travis Cavalettes and Director of the Hudson Bend MS POM Squad.   She has a degree in Dance and Health Science from Stephen F. Austin where she was a member of the Six Time National Champion POM Squad and a member of the Dance Repertory Company. Before SFA she attended Kilgore College where she was a member of the 57th Rangerette line and President of the Dance Club. While at Kilgore, she had the opportunity to travel and perform around the world to include a New Year's Celebration in  Singapore, the Cotton Bowl and for President Clinton. She graduated from Austin High in 1996 and is a former Red Jacket Officer. She taught at Midlothian ISD for eleven years where she was the director of the State Champion Midlothian Middle School Cub Dancers and National Champion Midlothian High School Pantherettes. She is going into her 16th year as a member of the ShowMakers of America Dance Staff where she has had the opportunity to serve on the dance production staff for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and has been an adjudicator for many competitions, including ShowMakers' National Competition in Hawaii. Laura has been recognized as one of the top ten directors in the nation at DTDA (Drill Team Directors of America) convention in 2004 and served as Sergeant at Arms for DTDA 2004-2006. She is currently a member of TDEA (Texas Dance Educators Association).