Cassie Eckerman was born and raised in San Antonio, TX and began her training at TJ’s Dance Factory at the age of 3. She attended the North East School of the Arts in San Antonio and performed in numerous productions while there, including Beauty and the Beast and On Your Toes.
Ms. Cassie began her tenure at TexARTS in the fall of 2012 and has spent the last six years teaching and developing curriculum for the TexARTS Academy after-school technique classes. She has been a constant presence in our studios – leading classes at the advanced level and introducing arts education programs to our pre-school students and to the many area students who have attended TexARTS summer camps. In addition, Cassie has been at the helm of 13 Youth Musical Theatre Academy (MTA) productions including The Lion King Jr., Willie Wonka Jr. and Legally Blonde Jr. As the director or choreographer of these productions, Cassie has led production teams and mounted shows with casts as large as 45 students. When not directing or teaching, Cassie has designed costumes and props for TexARTS summer MTAs and productions of The Nutcracker and Holiday Extravaganza. Professional patrons will recognize Cassie from her appearances in A Cool Yule and her show-stopping tap duets with TexARTS faculty member George Bohn.
Ms. Cassie received her BFA in Modern Dance Performance from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and has danced and performed with a number of Philadelphia area dance artists and companies including Jaamil Kosoko, Silvana Cardell, Nora Gibson and Melanie Stewart Dance Theatre. While in Philadelphia Cassie also served as an assistant administrator for the nEW Festival, performed in the Live Arts Festival, and has choreographed work for the Philadelphia Fringe Festival.