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2019 Dance Judge Bios

Brittany Dolotina is originally from Dallas, TX, and graduated from Mesquite HS in 2005. She was a member of the Mesquite HS All Stars Drill Team where she served as Captain her senior year. She joined the ADTS Staff in 2005. Brittany graduated from Louisiana State University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Secondary Education. From 2009 to 2014, Brittany taught Social Studies and Dance I-IV at Killeen HS and served as the Director of the award-winning Killeen HS Kangarettes for five seasons. In 2014, Brittany “retired” from teaching and began working for American Dance/Drill Team full time as the Director of Curriculum.

Tracy Melendez has been a staff member of ADTS since 1983, judging, choreographing and teaching at the regional, state and national levels. A 1987 graduate of Texas Tech University, Tracy holds a Bachelor of Science in Education, and is certified in Dance, History and Physical Education. Tracy has been teaching dance professionally for 31 years, the last ten spent in Georgetown ISD as director of the East View Sparklers Dance Team. Though she currently resides in Belton, Texas, Tracy graduated from Lakeview Centennial High School and is originally from Rowlett, Texas.

Debbie Mendez is a graduate of Southwest Texas State University with a B.S in Education, Specialization – Dance, and a Minor in Health Education. She taught in Austin, Lake Travis, and Victoria ISD. She has worked for American Dance/Drill Team since 1992, and has served as Lyrical, Modern, and Kick Staff Captain, Judge, and Head Judge. Debbie was on the TEA Fine Arts Clarification Writing Team for Dance TEKS and has written dance curriculum for Victoria and Austin ISD. After retiring from public education in May 2015, she taught Dance Team Directing at Texas State University.

Samantha Selby is a native of Temple, TX. She went to Temple HS where she was a member of the THS Kittens Dance Team and served as Captain her senior year. From there, she went to Texas State University where she earned her Bachelor’s in Fine Arts with an emphasis in dance. After college, she worked at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor as the director of the Sader Belles Dance Team. She recently left her directing position at Copperas Cove HS, and now teaches middle school in Temple ISD. She joined the American staff in 2008.

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