Born into a long line of Matagorda County family, Whitney Williams Jones herself was raised in Bay City, Texas and has chosen this wonderful town as her home as an adult. As a studio, public school, and college dancer for 25 years, Whitney is excited to share her expertise and enthusiasm with new and experienced dancers. Whitney’s studio dance mentor was the late Lynn Bates. Mrs. Bates often told Whitney so many girls were not serious about dancing and it made her proud to see that Whitney was. Mrs. Bates encouraged Whitney to fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming a studio owner. This confidence encouraged Whitney to audition for the Bay City High School Aristocats Dance Team in 2001. Whitney became an officer her junior year and Captain her senior year. After high school, Whitney knew she wanted to continue her dance career so she auditioned for and was selected as a Texas State University Strutter. Whitney spent four years performing at many Texas State University football and basketball games. She also performed in Athens, Greece at a professional arena soccer game. A second performance overseas opportunity included dancing in Florence, Italy at Danzianfiera. While on Strutters, Whitney also performed each year at Spurs Basketball Games. Whitney was also afforded the exciting opportunity to be a performing cast member in two episodes of the hit television series Friday Night Lights. In 2008 Whitney was voted by the Texas State University student body as Homecoming Gaillardian. Whitney concluded her time at Texas State University and her four years on Strutters in May of 2009.
At that time after college graduation, she then returned home to Bay City in 2009 and began to teach First Grade at Cherry Elementary School. Whitney began teaching at Lynn Bates School of Dance again in 2009 and in 2011 was offered the Assistant Dance Director position at Bay City High School. Whitney has enjoyed becoming a dance educator to programs that have made a tremendous impact on her life. As Assistant Director of the Aristocats, Whitney has had the opportunity to learn a great deal from veteran Director Veronica Dibbern.
In 2012 Whitney married the love of her life Matthew Jones. They have made their home in Bay City, Texas and look forward to being a part of the progress and future of Matagorda County and Bay City.
Marci Rice Williams was born and raised in Dallas until her freshman year when she moved to Bay City, Texas. Mrs. Williams trained as a competitive all-around gymnast at Trevino's Gymnastics School for 13 years before venturing into the world of dance. Her years as a gymnast taught her increased body awareness, coordination, flexibility, balance, and strength. Her background in gymnastics and cheerleading was the springboard she needed to audition for and make the Bay City High School Aristocats Dance Team where she was awarded Miss Smiles and Miss High Kick her senior year.
After high school, Mrs. Williams attended Texas A&M University majoring in Health and studying dance foundations such as ballet, tap, jazz and modern as well as hip hop and country and western. She performed in many shows including Annie and Grease, becoming versed in the art of musical theatre. As a member of the Dance Arts Society she choreographed, directed and performed in multiple productions.
After college, Mrs. Williams began an internship at the Integrative Medicine Center at MD Anderson and lived in Houston with her husband, Preston Williams. During this time they attended ballroom classes at Fred Astaire Dance Studio which prepared them to win a charity dance competition in 2012, shortly after they moved to Bay City.
Mrs. Williams is a mom of three amazing children that love to dance like their parents. Watching others of all ages learn and succeed through dance brings joy to her life.
"To watch us dance is to hear our hearts speak" –Hopi Indian Saying