Staff

All Houston Elite Cheer coaches are very knowledgeable, enthusiac and love working with kids of all ages.  Each coach sets their own private lesson schedule, so if you are interested in private lessons, call/TEXT the coach directly or call the HEC (713) 464-1445 to see which coach best suits your needs since some coaches specialize in certain areas of cheerleading, gymnastics and tumbling.  If you want to train with the best, Houston Elite Cheer is THE place to be. 

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Dana Biggers, Owner & CEO/Private Lesson Specialist

houstonelitecheer@yahoo.com

Dana Biggers is the owner and CEO of Houston Elite Cheer. Dana has been involved in gymnastics and cheerleading her entire life. In her early childhood, she was a competitive gymnast under the direction of Gary Daw at Universal Gymnastics and competed as a level 8 optional gymnast.  

She then switched over to cheerleading in sixth grade and fell in love with the sport. She cheered at Trinity Episcopal School and Ball High School in Galveston. She was a NCA All-American and UCA All-Star cheerleader throughout these years.  

For college, she attended Sam Houston State University where she cheered, competed and then transferred to the University of Houston and was awarded NCA All-American at the collegiate level. Dana cheered on the very first NATIONAL CHAMPION winning team at the University of Houston in 2001 under the direction of Sean Garland. As captain her senior year, she led her team to victory and earned her first NCA National Champion collegiate title. She graduated with a degree in Political Science and Spanish. Dana has been coaching gymnastics and cheerleading for over 19 years.  

Dana is an incredible "game day" cheerleader! She loves to help prepare athletes for their school cheer tryouts but books up extremely fast. For the last four years an average of 97% of the "Dana Girls" that trained with her on a weekly basis made the squad at their school. She is extremely talented in all aspects of cheerleading and tumbling. So if you are interested in junior high, high school or college cheerleading, she is THE one you need to see.  

Fun fact  --->  Dana is fluent in Spanish and has also attended law school. She is scared of clowns and is afraid to drive in the rain. Dana is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc and has a son named Parker and a daughter named RyLee.

(832) 725-3838


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Mitchel "Mitch" Schlichting, Senior Tumbling Coach/Private Lessons Specialist

mitchelschlichting@gmail.com

Mitchel "Mitch" Schlichting  has been in the cheerleading arena for six years and has been coaching for seven years.  He started his cheer career on a Level 4 competitive team at The Pride of Texas and cheered there for three years.  After graduating from Bellaire High School, he coached tumbling classes, competitive and recreational cheer teams and taught private lessons to athletes 5-18 years of age.  Mitch also competed on Texas Lonestar Cheer Company's Level 6 team.  In 2013, he competed with Champion Cheer as a Level 6 athlete in Dallas.  Mitch competed at Worlds in 2013, and his team was awarded 4th place. He also competed at NCA in 2013 and 2015 as a Level 6 athlete.

Mitch will be returning to the University of Houston in the fall where he cheered on the co-ed squad for two years. GO COOGS!!!  He is a great coach and loves teaching kids of all ages how to tumble.

Fun fact  ---> Mitchel use to be a MLG PRO (Major League Gaming Professional) and has a son named Braxton.

(832) 524-1133


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Helena Weathersby, Cheer/Senior Tumbling Coach

helenaweathersby@gmail.com

Helena has been cheering and tumbling for 14 years beginning when she was 9 years old.  From the very beginning, she developed a great passion for cheerleading.  Throughout her years. Helena has acquired and mastered both running and standing tumbling skills up to a double full and standing full,  perfected her jump technique, learned how to be an effective base as well as a flyer, and perfected her motion technique and sharpness in order to make herself the best overall cheerleader possible.  She cheered and competed with two teams. First Storm All Stars (now called Apex) and then Texas Lonestar Cheer Company where she would complete her senior year of all star cheerleading before graduating and attending the University of Houston. Although she is no longer cheering at “Texas Lonestar Cheer Company,” she is participating on their international, all age, competition team.  In doing this, she can pass on all the skills that made her such a great cheerleader to other young and eager athletes while also gaining new knowledge for herself in order to be the most effective coach possible.

Helena graduated with a major in Kinesiology from the University of Houston where she also cheered and was named captain for her 3rd year as a cheerleader.  After a great 3rd year, Helena was overjoyed to receive the MVP award as captain for all of her leadership contributions. Even after 14 years of such an amazing sport, Helena continues to do something she loves!

Fun fact  --->  Her favorite type of music is classic rock.

(713) 545-2497


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Jacinto "Hoss" Rodriguez, Senior Tumbling Coach/Choreographer

hoss3@gmx.com

Jacinto Rodriguez III AKA Hoss has worked in the cheer/dance industry for the past 19 years. Originally from San Antonio, Hoss now shines in the spotlight of nationwide cheer and dance choreography.   

Hoss' talent is extraordinary, and it has been recognized internationally. He worked as a NCA staff instructor 2002-2004. He won an NCA Collegiate National Championship in 2003 with Navarro Junior College and has even taken his talents to the "big screen" dancing on the movie sets of "Bring It On 4: In It To Win It", and the number one hit movie "Pitch Perfect 2" as a featured "Treble Maker." Hoss also played the role of "Jorge" on the USA Network TV show "Queen of the South" and featured on the Oprah Winfrey TV Drama "Queen Sugar" airing on the OWN network playing the role of "Ygnacio". 

He lives by the motto: "Dreams are meant to come true, so go and pursue; Never give up the dream! You can make it happen!"

Fun fact ---> Hoss has worked and created high energy routines for programs all over the U.S. as well as taught master dance workshops internationally. 

 (832) 922-3337


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Lakeyn Johnson, Tumbling/Cheer Coach

lakeynjohnson@yahoo.com

Lakeyn Johnson has been cheering for 15 years. Doing both competitive cheer and school cheer, Lakeyn first started her cheering career at Westside Cheer Academy at 8 years old where she won two jump competitions. She then went on to cheer at Cheer Nation (now Prodigy) on a level 5 team and competed at NCA for three years. Lakeyn also cheered at Morton Ranch High School on the varsity cheer team where she served as cheer captain for two years, winning the UCA summer camp jump competition for three years in a row, as well as being recognized as an All American cheerleader for UCA for three consecutive years. Lakeyn enjoyed cheering and perfected many different elite skills throughout her cheer career.
After High School Lakeyn went to Louisiana State University and recently transferred to the University of Houston majoring in Nutrition. She loves kids and is now dedicated to teaching kids her same passion for cheerleading. She enjoys watching kids learn, grow and wants them to enjoy the sport just as much as she does.
 
Fun fact  ---> Lakeyn loves LSU football Geaux Tigers! 
 
281-899-9726

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Camille “Milly” Stephenson, Tumbling/Cheer Coach

Camille “Milly” Stephenson has been involved in cheerleading and tumbling for as long as she can remember, beginning tumbling classes at Biron Elite Cheer at 8 years old. She competed on levels 1, 2, and 3 at Biron Elite, where she has won multiple national competitions. Milly began school cheerleading in the seventh grade at Grace Middle School, and is currently on the varsity squad at Stratford High School.

From years of experience, she knows how to perform for a crowd, as well as proper technique in jumps, motions, tumbling skills, and stunting. Milly loves cheer and wants to help show how fun and rewarding cheerleading really is. The gym is like a second home to her, and she always has a positive attitude and encourages her fellow athletes to be the best they can be.

Fun Fact —> She has a pug named Cookie and a cat named Oliver.

 (713) 376-2632


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Makenzie Schellberg, Tumbling/Cheer Coach

schellbergmakenzie@gmail.com

Makenzie started tumbling at the the age of 7 at Westwood Gymnastics and started going to Houston Elite Cheer at 11. She fell in love with tumbling and just kept pushing herself to do her best and get the skills she wanted. She is a cheerleader on the JV team at Memorial High School. Makenzie also spends many days at the gym doing privates and classes to perfect her skills for
tryouts.

Makenzie likes to help young athletes accomplish skills that they have been working on. Makenzie loves seeing all the young athletes in the gym loving the sport she loves so much. Having 5 siblings Makenzie has learned to have patience and have a positive attitude to complete everything she does cause people are always looking up at older people and learning from them.

Fun Fact ---> Makenzie loves to go scuba diving but is deathly afraid of sharks.

(832) 918-7511


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Lauryn Arntz, Customer Service Specialist/Front Desk

houstonelitecheer@yahoo.com

Lauryn Arntz has been cheering for eight years and has been coaching for three years. Lauryn first started cheering at her middle school in 8th grade, and that’s where her love for cheer really blossomed. Her junior and senior year of high school she was named a UCA All-American cheerleader, and her sophomore year, she was awarded best jumper on her squad.
 
 She has also helped many high schools with stunt technique as well as assisting in coed stunts. During Lauryn’s senior year of high school, she was asked to apply for the Universal Cheerleaders Association to become a staff member, which she is now a part of and has been for three years. Lauryn travels all over Texas and sometimes even other states coaching cheer camps and helps young athletes improve their skills as well as teaching them to become better game day cheerleaders.
 
After graduating high school, Lauryn attended Tarleton State University and cheered on the coed squad for two years. She placed second at NCA Collegiate Nationals in 2014. Lauryn moved to Houston during the summer of 2015 and decided to focus on school and desires to become a nurse, as well as a cheer and tumbling coach. She now attends Lone Star College in Cy-Fair. Lauryn loves coaching because she can actually witness young kids fall in love with the same thing she is really passionate about! Cheerleading!!!
 
Fun fact  --->  Lauryn’s favorite food is ice cream, and she could eat it at any time of day!
 
 713-464-1445

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Abby Ledbetter, Tumbling/Cheer Coach

Abby Ledbetter started cheer when she was 11 years old and participated in competitive level 1 and 2 at Biron Elite Cheer. Competitive cheer allowed Abby to embrace her strong ability to perform and excel in front of a crowd. She has competed at numerous competitions, including NCA and D2 Summit.

Once she began high school, Abby started school cheer. She is on the Stratford High School Varsity squad and is currently participating in her 3rd year of being on the team. She has an uplifting and positive attitude. Abby can preserver through any challenge that comes her way with a smile on her face.
From her cheer experience, Abby knows how to properly execute motions, stunts, jumps, and tumbling. She strives to perfect her skills in and out of cheer practice.

Abby absolutely loves working with children and sharing her love in all aspects of cheer.

Fun Fact —> Abby loves animals so much that she has a dog, a cat, a hamster, and 7 fish.

(832) 829-3939


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Addie Hillman, Tumbling/Cheer Coach

Addie is one of our newest staff members and has been involved with cheerleading/tumbling for about 9 years. She became involved with gymnastics at a very young age, and participated in classes at Biron Gymnastics for 3 years. Addie found her love for cheerleading when she became a competitive cheerleader at Biron Elite Cheer in the 4th grade. She competed at level 4 and participated in various competitions like NCA and Summit. Going into sophomore year, she made Stratford Varsity Cheer and is now going into her 2nd year on the team as she’s headed into junior year.

She has obtained tumbling skills up to a full and standing back and has been able to improve her jump technique throughout the years. Addie has trained hard on basing, jumps and technique. She loves working with kids of all ages and hopes to pass on her passion for cheerleading/tumbling.

Fun fact —> Addie has 2 dogs named Bucky and Spike, neither named by her choice. She has a deathly fear of sharks!

(713) 297-1412


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Grace Barfield, Tumbling/Cheer Coach

Grace is one of our newest staff members and has been involved in cheerleading since she was 7 years old. She began with tumbling classes and then moved on to compete at Biron Elite Cheer. As she improved through the years, her goal was to become a Stratford cheerleader. She was super honored to make varsity as a sophomore and is looking forward to her second year as a SHS cheerleader!

She is eager to improve her skills, works hard, and is always willing to try new things.
She has her standing back and is currently working on her full. One of Grace’s favorite things about cheering is being a flyer. She is also constantly working to improve her jumps and technique.

Grace finds so much joy working with kids and loves sharing her love of cheer with them.

Fun Fact —-> Grace’s most memorable trip was to Africa where she spent her days teaching and loving on children.

(713) 553-4033


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Shalique Garbutt, Tumbling/Cheer Coach

Shalique is one of our newest staff members and has been in cheerleading since he was 15 years old for his school. He was self taught up until the end of his 6th grade year when he started to take tumbling classes at Biron Youth Sports Center. He then joined the TNT team and started competing up until 2016. In 2018 he began tumbling again and tried out for the Stratford Cheer Team and was 1 out of 5 freshman to make the varsity team.

 

He is very well dedicated to cheering, and is willing to try any new skill. He has a running full as well as a standing back, and is currently working on his running double and his standing full. Shalique’s favorite thing to do in cheer would be tumbling. He is always stretching to improve flexibility and his jumps.    

 

Shalique is so excited to work with little kids and help them improve on their skills and make more memories.

 

Fun fact shalique is the only one in his family that is capable of flipping and has ever done cheer.

832-762-0058


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Lilli Davis, Tumbling/Cheer Coach

Meet Lilli Davis, Memorial Cheerleading Varsity Junior Captain. Lilli has always had a passion for cheerleading. She started tumbling around the age of 10. She then did one year of competitive cheerleading, but then realized she was very passionate about game day cheerleading. She cheered 7th and 8th grade at her school in Georgia, then when she moved to Texas she knew she wanted to cheer at Memorial and she had a goal to make varsity her first year, which she achieved. She loves working with children and teaching her passion to other girls!

Fun fact ---> Lilli lived in Georgia until her 9th grade year. Lilli based girls bigger than her, her first year on MHS cheer and is now one of the top flyers on her team.

(678) 848-1108


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Michael Smith, Tumbling Coach

Michael Smith has been apart of the cheer world for 7 years. He has competed 5 years all-star with The Pride of Texas and 2 years collegiate at Tyler Junior College. Attending both all level worlds and UCA national collegiate competition. Michael’s coaching career started with The Pride of Texas and moved to Adrenaline Allstars. Michael is a super fun coach and loves working with kids to help exceed their tumbling goals.


Fun fact —> Punch fronts were the very first skill he learned as a beginner athlete.

(713) 295-9222


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Ava Tran, Tumbling/Cheer/Dance Coach

Meet Ava Tran, one of Houston Elite Cheer’s newest staff members. Ava started dancing at the age of 3. When she was 7, she was given the opportunity to join a competition team. For the next 9 years, Ava would go on to succeed at regional and national dance competitions and conventions. As an addition to this, she has traveled all over to different dance studios, being a choreographer’s assistant. Ava is currently a member of a performance company named 713 dance ensemble.

Wanting to try something new, Ava started cheering her junior year of high school and is now a part of the Stratford varsity cheerleading team. During her short time as a cheerleader, Ava has worked diligently to refine her jump, tumbling, stunting and spiriting technique. As well as this, Ava was honored to receive the NCA All-American title this past summer.

Her love for cheer, children, Houston Elite and mentoring others drove her to begin coaching at HEC. Ava is often described as bubbly and outgoing, which is evident when she is working with kids. She hopes to inspire kids not only to love cheer, but to work hard at what they love.

Fun fact —> Ava is the president of two clubs at her school!

(832) 701-6878

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