MPS Faculty & Staff

MPS faculty Persis Forster

Persis Forster

PERSIS FORSTER established Miss Persis Studio of Dance in 1954. A graduate of UT Austin with a BFA in Radio/TV, she has a varied background in dance and theatre which includes performing, directing, choreography and teaching in all levels of dance and musical theatre. She has lived in Arlington with her husband, Jerry, for over 57 years.  As a professional actress, Ms. Forster has appeared in leading principal roles at Casa Manana, Lyric Theatre in Oklahoma City, Carousel Dinner Theater in Ohio, Lyric Theatre in Irving, Theatre Arlington, Gown Town Theatre and Garland Summer Musicals.

  • Past honors include the Chamber of Commerce Citation for Service Award, the Friend of Youth Award and the Distinguished Alumnus Award from UTA.  She was honored with the Women’s Legacy Award for Arts in Tarrant County in 1999 and with the Dallas Dance Council’s “Texas Tap Legend” award in May, 2006.
  • She is a Past President of the Texas Association Teachers of Dancing and the UTA Alumni Association.
  • Ms. Forster taught in the UTA Drama Department for eighteen and a half years.
  • Ms. Forster founded Dance Theatre of Arlington in 1981 and is currently working with the DTA Community Outreach program, “I Am”, at Berry Elementary School.

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MPS faculty Persis Ann Forster

Persis Ann Forster

PERSIS ANN FORSTER, a graduate of UTA with a BA in Radio/TV, has been teaching for over 45 years and currently manages the studio with her mom, the Big P!. She is a professional actress, singer, choreographer, and she resides in Arlington with her husband, Steve Burdick, who assists in our Cotillion classes.
  • She performed leading roles at Theatre Arlington, Gown Town Theatre, Casa Manana, North Shore Music Theatre outside of Boston, and Lyric Theatre in Oklahoma City.
  • Other performances include industrial productions for Incredible Productions and Six Flags Show Productions, where she has also served as director/choreographer of the Crazy Horse Saloon.
  • Ms. Forster teaches at national dance camps and show choir workshops and is Past President of Texas Association of Teachers of Dancing.
  • She is currently DTA Artistic Director over a performing company of 23 dancers which performs around the Metroplex year-round.

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MPS faculty Jackie Troup Miller

Jackie Troup Miller

JACKIE TROUP MILLER, guest artist, began her professional career in Hollywood after being auditioned by Bill Robinson.  She was contracted by Universal Studios and then toured with such big bands as Tommy Dorsey, Gene Krups and Frankie Masters.  Ms. Miller, a choreographer,dancer, teacher, has taught for  all the national dance associations in the U. S.

MPS faculty Bettie Roeber

Bettie Jo Roeber

BETTIE JO ROEBER, who grew up at MPS and was a student teacher for several years, is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a degree in Fine Arts/Ballet. She was a member of the Fort Worth Ballet and the Dallas Ballet after graduating from Arlington High School. Ms. Roeber performed professionally at Six Flags Over Texas and for Sky Chefs “Tent Troubador” Show, which traveled throughout the United States and Korea. Ms. Roeber also had her own studio on Air Force Bases in the United States and Germany.

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MPS faculty Jean Crawford

Jean Crawford

JEAN CRAWFORD returned in 2007 to MPS after a long and busy absence. She began dancing and ice skating at a young age and was invited to travel with the Ice Capades show. While raising her family in Arlington,  Jean taught for Miss Persis before taking off to pursue ice hockey and competitive ice skating. She has returned to one of her great loves – teaching tap to our youngest dancers.

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,  a summa cum laude graduate of Dallas Baptist University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Hotel and Hospitality Management,spends her day working at the Hilton Dallas/Rockwall Lakefront as a Special Events Coordinator.On nights and weekends, she can be found teaching at Miss Persis Studio, where she has worked for three years and danced for six years prior to that. Altogether, shehas been dancing for 19 years. She was a company member of Dance Theatre of Arlington and is accomplished in jazz, ballet, lyrical and hip-hop. She was a member of the DBU Patriettes dance team and traveled with the college group to national competitions. She was also Captain of her high school dance team and has won numerous awards through the years.


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ANNE BOWLING  grew up in the Rio Grande Valley and began her dance training at Harlingen Ballet Center studying all forms of dance with an emphasis on ballet. She then attended the University of North Texas and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Arts and Science degree in Dance. During her time in Denton, Anne was also a principal dancer and soloist for Denton Civic Ballet Company. Following graduation, Anne taught dance in California and founded the Huntington Beach Ballet Company in Huntington Beach, California. Recently, the company celebrated their 25 th Nutcracker season. She then served as Studio Director of Melba’s School of Dance in McAllen, Texas and was the Artistic Director and Choreographer for McAllen Dance Theatre for twelve years. Anne came to Hebron High School in 2007 to serve as the Assistant Director and teach dance classes and now serves as the Director of the beautiful and talented Silver Wings. This is her eleventh year here at Hebron. Anne currently serves on the Board of Directors for Texas Association Teacher’s of Dancing where she has been a member for the last 19 years. Anne has been married to her husband Bill for 27 years and they have two children Blake and Holly.

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Kelly Joeckel

Kelly Joeckel

KELLY JOECKEL has been at Miss Persis Studio for 27 years. She graduated from Texas Tech in 2010 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. After working in the industry for 7 years, she hung up her hardhat to work full time at the studio. Kelly is the current Treasurer and Company Manager for Dance Theatre of Arlington and is a current member of Texas Association Teacher’s of Dancing. Kelly lives in Dallas with her husband, David and her two dogs, Stella and Sadie.

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MPS faculty Callie Cunningham

Callie Cunningham

CALLIE CUNNINGHAM, is a Dance Theatre of Arlington Alumna who has called Miss Persis Studio home since 3 years of age. She has 8 years of experience teaching jazz, tap, and ballet for students 2-adult. Callie’s performance credits also include several musicals at Theatre Arlington where she has enjoyed serving as dance captain.  A graduate of Texas A&M University (whoop!), Callie has a masters in Communication Sciences and Disorders from UT Dallas and works for Cook Children’s Medical Center as a Speech Language Pathologist in the acute care setting. In her spare time, Callie enjoys travel, taking barre class, and working with youth at her church.


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MPS faculty Aurora Rodriguez

Aurora Rodriguez

AURORA RODRIGUEZ, our receptionist/secretary, has been involved with the studio for many years and is very active in Dance Theatre of Arlington. She spends her spare time teaching Spanish at many area schools. Her husband, Armando, her three girls and her grandchildren give her great joy.

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Miss Persis Studio hams it up for Halloween!