Brandye began her dance training at the age of three, at Top Hat Dance Centre, and was a member of each of the studio’s dance companies. She has performed in professional productions since the age of seven, including musical theatre productions, industrial shows, and runway, fashion and print modeling. As a dancer, she has taken many top scores and awards in competition, and has been awarded scholarships for training. Brandye trained extensively in Los Angeles for five years, studying at “the Edge”, and “Performing Arts Center”, as well as completing the prestigious one-year intensive scholarship with “Tremaine Dance Center”, where she was a featured dancer in the 1996 Scholarship Show. The Tremaine scholarships are chosen each year by audition, and Brandye was one of only fifteen dancers chosen that season from all over the world.
Brandye’s mentors include Joe Tremaine, Doug Caldwell, Sallie Whalen, Tony Coppola, Jim Taylor, Michael Rooney, and Liz Imperio. She also trained extensively with Terry Beeman, Marguerite Derricks, Chebar Williams, Jackie Sleight, Alex Magno, and Greg Russell. While in Los Angeles, the Hollywood dance agent, Bill Bohl, chose her for representation. She still travels to California regularly to train with professionals in the ever-changing world of jazz dancing.
Since her return to Top Hat, she has continued to develop the jazz program, and is creating choreography for all levels of dancers and dance companies. Her choreography has won many high-point awards in competition.
Brandye has performed in numerous industrial shows with Incredible Productions of Dallas, and has judged regional and national dance competitions throughout the U.S. for over 10 years. She is an experienced free-lance professional make-up artist, specializing in wedding make-up, stage make-up design, and instruction of appropriate everyday make-up application. Brandye is also a Certified Personal Trainer, group exercise instructor, and has special training in StottPilates, children’s and prenatal fitness, and fitness nutrition.
Brandye has twin children, Kullyn and Kinsley. They were born in May 2011.