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Directors

The Directors of the World Famous Apache Belles have dedicated their lives and energy to teach and lead young dancers to be wonderful ambassadors to dance, Tyler Junior College, and the state of Texas.

Jasilyn Schaefer, Director

Jasilyn Schaefer

Education:
Master of Education- - University of Texas at Tyler
Bachelor of Science - University of Texas at Tyler
Associate of Fine Arts - Tyler Junior College
High School - First Baptist Academy- Dallas

Married to Matt Schaefer


Achievements and Honors:

Les Mills Certified Body Pump Instructor
Administrative Director of the Tyler Junior College Apache Belles
President of the Apache Belle Gold 2009-2011
President Elect of Apache Belle Gold 2006-2009
Lifetime Member of TJC Alumni Association and the Apache Belle Gold
Instrumental in the foundation of the Belle Heritage Endowment
Previous Director of the Texas Tech Gunfire Kickline
Previous Graduate Assistant for the Tyler Junior College Apache Belles
Instructor for Dancin' USA dance and drill team camps.
Independent choreographer
Personal Trainer for Bodyworks Performance Training
Chaplain 1997-1998 for the Tyler Junior College Apache Belles
Freshmen Representative 1996-1997 for the Tyler Junior College Apache Belles

Christy Evans, Artistic Director / Choreographer

Christy EvansEducational Background:

Master of Education - University of Texas at Tyler

Bachelor of Science - The University of Louisiana at Monroe

Alumni by Choice - Tyler Junior College

High School - Rayville, Louisiana

Married to Eric Paul Evans with 2 children; Jace and Conley. 

Achievements and Honors:

Artistic Director/ Choreographer for the Tyler Junior College Apache Belles
Board of Directors member for Tyler Junior College
Lifetime member of the TJC Alumni Association and the Apache Belle Gold
Freelance choreographer
Previous dance instructor for the award winning studio-Star Dance Productions
Previous drill team director for Brenham High School
Previous head instructor and senior staff member for HTE Dance
Head Dance Captain for the Tyler Junior College Apache Belles
Freshmen Representative for the Tyler Junior College Apache Belles
Instructor for the DTDA National All Star Drill Team

Ruth Flynn, Retired Director/Consultant

Ruth FlynnMarried to Alvin Flynn with 5 children; Adam, Bill, Rebecca, Amanda and Matt.

Educational Background:
Master of Education - University of Texas at Tyler
Bachelor of Science - North Texas State University
Associate of Science - Kilgore College
Alumni by Choice - Baylor University
High School - Arp, Texas

Achievements and Honors:

Director/Choreographer for the Tyler Junior College Apache Belles
Director of the Apache Belle Babes program
Honorary member of the Tyler Junior College Apache Belles
Inducted in to the TDEA Hall of Fame January 2009
Celebrated 25 years as the Director of the Apache Belles in 2009

     Since becoming Director/Choreographer of the Apache Belles in 1984, the group has performed at the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington D.C. on two occasions, traveled to Nice, France to celebrate "Carnival", performed in New York City and DisneyWorld. The Belles have performed for The Dallas Cowboys, The Houston Oilers, The San Antonio Spurs, The Dallas Mavericks and The Texas Rangers. The Belles have met, hosted or performed for dignitaries such as Ronald Reagan, George and Barbara Bush, President Clinton and wife Hillary and Governors Ann Richards and George Bush. Jr. The Belles have participated in sixteen Rose Parades: two Dallas Cowboy Super Bowl Victory Parades: a parade honoring Tom Landry: 4 Cotton Bowl Parades, as well as five Bank of America Thanksgiving Parades. The group was featured in the movie "True Stories", the Fox Network Breakfast Show broadcast out of New York in 1995 and 8 Country Reporter in 1997. 

        In March of 2000 the group traveled to Ireland to perform in the St. Patrick's Day parade and the Lord Mayor's Ball In March 2004 the Belles traveled to Hawaii to perform for the troops at Pearl Harbor. In March 2006 the Belles traveled to Germany to perform for the troops at Ramstein Airforce Base.

Professional Background
  • Head of Choreography for Dancin' USA
  • Free Lance Choreographer for camps and workshops for the past 38 years
  • Instructor for Deana Bolton "Tops in Twirling" Drill team camps for 16 years
  • Choreographer for the Kilgore College Rangerettes
  • Member of the Kilgore College Rangerettes
  • Member of the Kilgore College Swingsters
  • Instructed the second All State Drill Team in Houston
  • Taught the first camp for the North Mesquite Pacesetters when the group was originated in the late 60's
  • Adjudictor: Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and Florida
  • Finalist for 1998 TDDTEA Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Lifetime Honorary Member for DTDA 2000
  • 2002 Spririt Award given by TJC