Melissa Page is in her twenty-eighth year as a drill team director. She has directed at Brenham High School, Blinn Junior College, and has been the director of the award-winning Emerald Belles from Southlake, Texas, since 1997.
She started dancing at the age of three, and she's been high-kicking ever since. She graduated cum laude from Texas State University in 1993. Melissa was a member of the Texas State Strutter Dance Team, Orchesis Dance Company, and an officer in Chi Omega Sorority. She has received accolades from the Texas Dance Educators' Association, including being a two-time finalist for Director of the Year and once for the Lifetime Achievement Award. Southlake Style awarded Melissa the 2019 Brian R. Stebbins Award for her enduring impact in the community. She was also the 2020 Chauncey Willingham winner for Outstanding Dragon Faculty and recognized as "Empowered Woman of the Year - Community" at the Women Empowered 2021 Luncheon hosted by Southlake Chamber of Commerce.
Melissa is highly sought after for her choreography and technical skills in high kick and currently teaches kick technique classes to The Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders.
Under her leadership, the Emerald Belles has received numerous national, regional, and state awards over 23 years. Invited to perform on one of the nation's largest stages - America's Got Talent Season 14, where the Emerald Belles advanced to the quarterfinals live show.
The team was also featured as halftime performers for the Dallas Mavericks in 2020 and have performed on The Kelly Clarkson Show, Dallas Cowboy's Halftime, Good Morning Texas, Kidd Kraddick Show, Carnival Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Disney World, and Fiesta Texas. The Belles were awarded the "Best Dance Team/ WOW Award" by the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders/ CMT Making The Team.
Kathryn Dobrow is the backbone behind the Emerald Belles Drill team handling all the operational and administrative tasks associated with running this extremely large organization. Mrs. Dobrow wears many hats to ensure consistent and smooth implementation of daily organizational procedures needed to run this team. No task is too big for our behind the scenes Super Hero, she has the perfect balance of patience and creativity paired with financial, administrative and logistical expertise to seamlessly run our team.
In addition to managing the Belles, Mrs. Dobrow currently teaches AP and Pre-AP Calculus at Carroll Senior High School and has been the lead math instructor for the Carroll ISD Premier SAT/PSAT Academy since 2000. Since that time, she has served as a testing consultant throughout the state of Texas and has helped many school districts initiate programs to enable their students to increase scores on the College Boards. Mrs. Dobrow has developed a phenomenal math curriculum for TestWise, which has proven to be effective for countless students.