Dance Education & Choreography


Dance Education. Choreography. Training. Books.


Created by dance educator Gina Sawyer, BackstageCoach® was founded in 1998 with the goal of training students in best practices for dance auditions.  To date, it has expanded beyond performance coaching to include choreography services and “how to” books for dancers and dance educators.



    BackstageCoach® offers:


Onsite teaching and online video access, choreography, private training and technique classes, "how to” books, and results!



Meet the Team

~ Gina Sawyer
Dance Educator / Founder of BackstageCoach®
Gina McGilvra Sawyer has made her career about dance. Performance and choreography credits include dance/drill team, musical theater, and concert dance.  Select venues include Richland College, Garland Summer Musicals, Garland Civic Theater, Kaufman Civic Theater, Oakridge Playhouse, Repertory Company of Richardson, Rowlett Theater, Denton Civic Ballet, and Tyler Jr. College Apache Belles. As an educator she has taught dance in public schools and in higher education, as well as traveling across the United States teaching and choreographing for NCA Danz, now the National Dance Alliance.  Gina appreciates all things dance.


“My goal is to empower dancers and teachers with knowledge and innovative practices
that challenge them to reach for new-found standards of excellence in dance education and performance.”  
- Gina Sawyer




~ Kelly Jo Sawyer
Instructor / Choreographer


Kelley Jo Sawyer is a senior majoring in performance with a concentration in dance at the University of Texas in Dallas.  She began her training in classical ballet and modern, and continued in contemporary, jazz, and hip hop dance.  She has performed as a J.J. Pearce Pacesetter, Tyler Junior College Apache Belle, and is currently a part of the UT Dance Ensemble.  She has performed in Houston’s Thanksgiving parade and Governor Greg Abbot’s inauguration parade.  She has also performed on a Carnival Cruise Line and for the U.S. troops in Hawaii. Kelley Jo is an instructor for Toby’s School of Dance in Richardson, TX. and MA Dance staff.


“I hope to help students in their journey to reach their performance success
with a balance in the practice of how we experience dance and life.”  
- Kelley Jo Sawyer