About the Directors
Lindsay Joe, DIRECTOR
I was born and raised in Austin, spent my life dancing since the age of three, and quickly discovered my passion to teach. After being lead by such inspiring directors at Westwood High School, it was obvious that drill team directing would be my path. I am so fortunate to have a calling that enables me to do what I love while working with the wonderful and dedicated students at Westlake High School. I am so blessed by the incredibly talented members of Hyline and Star Steppers and am extremely grateful for these organizations filled with such loving and encouraging members and parents. We truly are a family that I feel honored to be a part of. I married my husband, Tyson, in March 2013. We are involved at the Austin Stone Community Church. We welcomed our son Colin on May 1, 2015 and daughter Lyla on May 23, 2018!
EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE:
Lauren Smith, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
I was born in California but was raised right here in Westlake. I started, at a young age, as an acrobat, followed by gymnast, then competitive cheerleader and eventually found my love for dance as a 7th grader at Alisa’s Dance Academy. For several years after that I had the aspirations of becoming a professional dancer. It wasn’t until I was an officer on Hyline that I learned I loved nothing more than sharing my love of dance through teaching. I not only have an overwhelming passion for dance and drill team, but a passion for these fantastic dance teams at Westlake. Hyline has always been a huge part of my life - it’s what led me to directing as a career - so I am excited to be back where it all started. My goal is to inspire dancers as I was inspired by my Directors, Barbara Loomis and Shannon Phillips. I got married in August 2014 to Evan Smith (my 2004 WHS prom date!).
EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE:
· Westlake High School Hyline, 2014-present Assistant Director
· Anderson High School, 2013-2014 Dance Teacher
· Lake Highlands HS Highlandettes, 2009-2013 Director
· Lake Highlands HS Highlandettes, 2007-2009 Assist. Director
· Texas State University, Bachelors of FA in Dance and English
· Certification in Dance and Physical Education
· Westlake High School Captain of Hyine
· Westlake High School 1st Lieutenant Hyline
· Current Encore CP instructor and choreographer
· Current member of Texas Dance Educators Association
· Texas Dance Educators Associate instructor
· Former Starmakers instructor and choreographer
· Former employee for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade
· Former employee for the AT&T Cotton Bowl
· Member of the DefiANCE Dance Company
· Choreographer around the state of Texas including high schools, private teams, Kilgore Rangerettes, individual Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders and more.