Rangerette assistant director wins lifetime achievement award from Texas Dance Educators Association

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Shelley Wayne, assistant director and choreographer of the Rangerettes, has been honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Texas Dance Educators Association.

The award is given annually to a dance educator with at least 15 years of service who exhibits a true dedication toward the advancement of dance/drill team.

Wayne, a native of Houston, attended KC and was a Rangerette from 1985-1987. She served as a lieutenant and a member of the Swingsters.

After graduating with a bachelor’s degree from Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University) in 1991, Wayne directed a high school drill team for one year before accepting the job at KC in 1993 as the assistant director and choreographer for the Rangerettes — a job she has held since.

Other dance successes for Wayne include teaching National Cheerleaders Association Superstar Drill Team, an elite dance group (1985-1993); Starmakers Dance and Performance Camps (1994-2003); and co-owning Encore Creative Productions, a dance/drill team company specializing in private instruction, summer camps and leadership training.

Wayne earned her master’s in education in 2000 from the University of Texas at Tyler, the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2012 and is a member of the Rangerettes Forever alumni organization.

Wayne will be honored at the 2015 TDEA convention for her accomplishment.