About the Directors
Mrs. Leyva joined the Westfield Lariettes in 2017 as their new head dance director. Her love for dance started at the age of three when she began training in numerous styles of dance, gymnastics and cheerleading. During her time training, she had the opportunity to work with well-known choreographers such as Jesselee Santos, Emilio Dosal, Jaja Vankova, Pat Cruz, Edson Juarez and more. She attended La Joya High School and was a part of the La Joya Jewelettes dance/drill team for 2 years. Her sophomore year she joined the officer line as 1st Lieutenant for the Jewelettes. Mrs. Leyva graduated from Palmview High School where she served as the dance/drill team’s top officer two years in a row for her Junior and Senior year. She also was a member of the Varsity Dance Academy all four years of high school and was principal dancer her Senior year. She has won numerous championship titles both individually and as a team member. She attended COA Grand Nationals in Orlando, Florida where she competed against teams/soloists from all over the world and won. Mrs. Leyva also had the honor to receive a bid and compete at The Dance Worlds for four years held at Disney World's Epcot.
Her education continued at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in dance education and a minor in biology. She was a member of the UTRGV Ballet Folkorico Company, Flamenco Company, Modern Company, and the Dance Ensemble for three years. The UTRGV Ballet Folkorico is a prestigious nationally recognized performance group. They perform a minimum of ten shows every year with sold out venues of 2,000 people. They also tour all over the U.S.A. and Mexico. The UTRGV Ballet Folkorico attended the ACDFA Festival and advanced to Gala. They were selected to advance to Nationals by the dance adjudicators at ACDFA. Over 500 performances performed and only three pieces from the universities combined were selected. They performed at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and were awarded the “Best Outstanding Student Performance” by Dance Magazine.
Over the last nine years, Mrs. Leyva worked as a freelance choreographer. She choreographed for dance teams, public schools, individuals and studios all over the Rio Grande Valley. She began her journey as a dance coach at the age of eighteen and became a dance director at Empire and Rgv Cheer and Dance. During this time, she taught instructional and competitive classes to students of the ages 2 to adult. Her competitive teams achieved numerous championship awards, top score of the competition and choreography recognition. Her competitive teams were also awarded bids to compete at the Dance Summit, The One, and the Dance Worlds.
Mrs. Leyva is very excited to be a part of the Westfield High School Lariettes. Her love and passion for the art is equal to the love she has for her students.
Ms. Freeman graduated from McKinney High School where she served as a 4 year member of the National Champion Marquette dance/drill team. She held the title of Sergeant her junior year and Lieutenant her senior year. She was also a 4 year member of the Kick Company and 2 year member of the Illusion Company. After high school, she attended Tyler Junior College where she was a member of the internationally famous Apache Belles. Ms. Freeman was a Dance Captain her sophomore year and was a member of the Elite team. She graduated from Midwestern State University with a BS in Kinesiology and a minor in English.
Ms. Freeman has been a director for 10 years. Her teams have won numerous awards including Grand Champion Team, 1st place in military, jazz, pom, modern, open, lyrical, Best Technique, and Best Precision at multiple contests and camps, and awarded XL Team National Champion and National Champion Officer Line.
Ms. Freeman has worked for Spring ISD for the last four years and loves her students and her job. She has a beautiful son who is 4 years old and is the Lariette’s biggest fan!