Since the age of 6, Whylan Rucker has studied the art of dance through various styles, including, ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, modern, hip hop, and musical theater. She attended Clifton J. Ozen Magnet High School and was promoted to Captain during her Sophomore year; she was also a 3- year Ozen Dance Company member. Outside of school, she attended f The Beaumont Ballet Theatre (also known as Bonnie Cokinos School of Dance) and Taylor Dance Studio simultaneously, and amplified her dance training through various conventions and competitions, including Dance Masters of America, JUMP, LA Dance Magic, International Dance Challenge, and West Coast Dance Explosion. She received a plethora of awards and dance accolades during this time, including, 1st Place Senior Solo and Best Performer.
During her collegiate years, Whylan enhanced her experience as a choreographer and director by working at The Art of Dance Studio, teaching ballet, jazz and contemporary, and directing the dance team at her high school alma mater. She also gained collegiate dance experience as a 3 year member of the Lamar University Dance Team, and received a dance scholarship from The Streetz Dance Convention during this time. As an advocate for education, Whylan continued to receive a teaching degree in English, Speech and Dance, while attending graduate school and earning two additional degrees in Masters of Business Administration and Educational Leadership.
Currently, she resides in Houston, Texas, where she teaches commercial dance classes and serves as a high school dance director. As a first year director, Whylan was able to lead her team to an outstanding victory at both the Crowd Pleasers and Ascension dance competitions. Her team earned Overall Grand Championship, High Point Apex Award, Best in Style, Judge’s Award, Crowd Pleasers Award, and Best in Entertainment; she’s also earned Best in Choreography and Artistic Vision. Her goal is to spread her passion and knowledge for dance and performing arts, with a focus on execution and performance quality. More importantly, she has the true desire to help dancers of all backgrounds understand WHY they love to dance.