DV8 Dance Instructors

  • MELANIE TYLER-HORNE

    DIRECTOR

  • Matt King

    Ballroom Instructor

  • Bryan Cunningham

    Ballet Director

  • DJ Guthrie

    Contemporary/Jazz Instructor

MELANIE TYLER-HORNE

DIRECTOR

Melanie Tyler Horne started training in the field of dance at a very young age competitively and continues into her adulthood, professionally, as a judge, master teacher, company director and choreographer. Her dance training includes Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Modern, Lyrical, Hip-Hop, Drill Team, and Leaps and turns. She has had extensive training with renowned dance artists such as Mia Michaels, Suzie Taylor, Michelle Assaff, Mandy Moore, Gil Stroming, Ray Leeper, Justin Giles, Kim Wolfe, and Doug Caldwell as well as many more NY and LA Choreographers. Melanie started her training in the “convention” circuit at the age of 13. She has also trained in New York at Steps on Broadway and Broadway Dance Center. She continues her training every year to help further her own dance education, and in order to enrich her dancers training every summer.

Throughout her dance career, Melanie has participated in halftime performances for the San Antonio Spurs and the Dallas Cowboys. She has also performed at Industrials for Mary Kay, Toni and Guy, Mistle-Toe and Magic, the Texas State Fair, the East Texas State Fair, Batman Stunt Show at Six Flags Over Texas, the Lincoln Center in New York City and various other venues. Melanie has been awarded many dance scholarships at conventions and competitions including, Tremaine, West Coast Dance Explosion, LA Underground, LA Dance Force, and Dance Olympus. She also received highest honors as “Dancer of the Year”. In her Drill Team career, she was an officer of her high school Drill Team in Tyler, TX. And has choreographed for numerous Drill Teams, including Tyler Junior College Apache Bells, and the Kilgore Rangerettes. Melanie has also choreographed an off Broadway show at the Lincoln Center in New York City, and just recently choreographed for ABC’s Television show “American Crime”, and also for Fellowship Church Choreographing for So You Think You Can Dance’s Joshua Allen.

Melanie has taught dance in the DFW area since 1998 and in 2013 recently started her own dance company entitled DV8 the company. She has been recognized as a top choreographer regionally and nationally, winning the coveted title of “Teacher of the Year” in the Dallas area. She is known across the country for having technically trained dancers, as well as very emotional performers. Melanie teaches her dancers everything that she has learned, and having grown up in the competitive world herself, she takes great pride in making sure she gives her dancers what they need to reach their highest goals.

Matt King

Ballroom Instructor

Matt King has been partner dancing for over 25 years and professionally teaching for 10. He co-owns Daily Dance Services with his wife Marina Motet. They teach over 30 different partner dances from Ballroom (American and International) to 30s Swing, Alternative Latin and Country Western.

Matt started his adventure in dancing at a young age by learning country social styles like 2 step, 3 step and country Waltz . His love for teaching ignited when he was exposed to Ballroom styles and later began working in studios at age 21.  He was awarded multiple times as a top teacher while he worked for TCDCI clubs. His success in working for multiple studios allowed him to branch off and open a studio with his dance partner and wife.

Relevant training and experience includes:
 -Strong Variety in diverse syllabi from leading dance organizations like Fred Astaire , TCDCI, DVIDA & Arthur Murray’s with knowledge up to a Gold Standard.
– A thorough understanding of material for Man’s and Woman’s parts and how to instruct teachers in Introduction of material, foot patterns, timing, musicality, technique, styling and continuity.
– Years of accumulated knowledge under a Fellow in the IDTA in both American and International styles. Additional training under a UCWDC champion and judicator in Country Western.
-Developed and implemented a Neo Tango Argentine Syllabus
-Extensive historical research in dances and their origins.

Bryan Cunningham

Ballet Director

Bryan Cunningham is originally from West Virginia. He has trained, on full scholarship, with Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, North Carolina School of the Arts, Houston Ballet Academy, and The School of American Ballet. He has danced professionally with Cleveland/San Jose Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Florida Ballet, Madison Ballet, Avant Chamber Ballet, and Contemporary Ballet Dallas. While in Dallas, he performed in “Show Boat” with The Dallas Opera. He also danced in Donn Arden’s “Jubilee!” at Bally’s Las Vegas Resort. Bryan has worked on several television shows. He has appeared on HBO, ABC, Bravo, E! TV, PBS, Kansas City IMAX, Ryan Seacrest Live on Fox, as well as the the Travel and Discovery Channels.

DJ Guthrie

Contemporary/Jazz Instructor

DJ Guthrie hails from Dallas, Texas and made his way to LA after dancing with the Orlando Ballet for 9 years. Since then DJ has appeared in films such as High School Musical 3, 500 Days of Summer, Shrek Forever After and The Greatest Muppet Movie Ever, as well as television performances on Glee, Dancing With The Stars, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Video Game Awards, American Idol, Bones, Better With You, The CMA Christmas Show, America’s Got Talent, The 81st Academy Awards, The 63rd Emmys, CSI: Las Vegas, So You Think You Can Dance, and also performed with the national touring company of CATS.

DJ has co-choreographed/danced in commercials and live performances for Ford, McDonald’s, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Memorial Hermann, the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, and was choreographer for the TV show “Your Chance to Dance” on CMT, and on the creative team for Miss Angola.

Aside from working commercially, he teaches master classes for The Edge Performing Arts Center in Hollywood, CA as well as studios and professional companies all over the country. His innovative approach to musicality and movement theory, extensive technical vocabulary and blend of several styles into one has gained him a continually growing following. Most recently, DJ has found himself back home in Dallas!

DV8 Members

THESE DANCERS WORK HARD AT THEIR TALENTS AND PASSIONS