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

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 18 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


Mitchel "Mitch" Schlichting, Senior Tumbling Coach

Mitchel "Mitch" Schlichting  has been in the cheerleading arena for six years and has been coaching for five 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)

(832) 524-1133


Helena Weathersby, Cheer/Senior Tumbling Coach

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


Jacinto "Hoss" Rodriguez III, Senior Tumbling & Dance Coach and Choreographer

Jacinto Rodriguez III AKA Hoss has worked in the cheer/dance industry for the past 18 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


Lakeyn Johnson, Tumbling/Cheer Coach

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! 


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


Sienna Rall, Tumbling/Cheer Coach


Sienna has been involved in cheerleading since she was 7 years old. She cheered competitively for 3 years with The Pride of Texas on teams Arlington and Austin. Sienna explored other sports such as dance and volleyball, but her heart was always in cheerleading. She began perfecting her jumps, tumbling, and spiriting in preparation for high school tryouts. Sienna cheered for Memorial High School’s Junior Varsity team her sophomore year and is currently on the Varsity team for her junior year. Sienna has a passion for working with children and hopes that they too will fall in love with the sport!

Fun fact: Sienna is the president of and organization based in Haiti called "A Child’s Hope."

(713) 824-5908


Makenzie Schellberg, Tumbling/Cheer Coach

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

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

Griffin Simpson, Summer Camp Director/Tumbling/Cheer Coach

(713) 304-5321

Ellen Chamblee, Tumbling/Cheer Coach


Isabella Moreno, Tumbling/Cheer Coach

Isabella Moreno has been involved in cheerleading/tumbling for over 10 years. She began at a
very young age, cheering for her brothers little league football team and taking tumbling classes
at Biron Gymnastics. Isa’s love for cheerleading peaked when she became a competitive
cheerleader at Biron Elite Cheer in the 4th grade. Throughout the years, she was able to obtain
tumbling skills up to a full and standing back, learn how fly and base safely, and improve her
jump technique. She competed at level 4 and participated in various competitions like NCA.
In high school, she made Stratford Varsity Cheer and has now been on the team for 3 years.
She loves working with young children and hopes to pass on the same passion she has for
cheerleading/tumbling. Her favorite part about being a coach is watching them grow as an
Fun fact —> She can hold a handstand for a minute!


Cassie Briggs, Tumbling/Cheer Coach

‭Cassie has been involved with competitive cheerleading/tumbling for 13 years. Cassie started cheering when she was 4 years old on a Show Team and has progressed through all levels. Cassie has cheered at Texas Lonestar Cheer Company and Prodigy All-Stars. She has perfected running tumbling skills up to a punch front double full and standing tumbling up to two back handsprings to a full. Cassie has also trained hard on basing, jumps and technique. Cassie has won some major national competitions, NCA, All-Star Games, Cheersport and most recently the 2018 WORLDS Competition with Prodigy All-Stars Blacklight, a Small International Open Coed level 5 team.

Cassie is also on the Memorial High School Varsity squad. Cassie wants to cheer in college one day. Cassie enjoys working with kids and teaching what she loves. She hopes one day that some of the cheerleaders she works with will be a WORLD CHAMPION too.

Fun fact —-> Cassie is a Little Dipper (Junior Power Dancer) alumni for the Houston Rockets.

(832) 638-5101‬


Katherine "KK" Hartwig, Tumbling/Cheer Coach

KK is one of our newest staff members and coaches levels 1-5. KK grew up in gymnastics, then cheered at her middle school. KK was a varsity cheerleader at Stratford High School for three years and was captain her senior year. She also cheered competitively at Biron's Elite Cheer for two years then moved to Prodigy All-Stars and was on a WORLD'S team for two years and won many national, regional, and one WORLD CHAMPION title. She recently became part of the All Girl squad at Baylor University for the 2019-2020 school year. KK loves working with girls and boys of all ages and loves coaching spiriting, stunting, and tumbling.

Fun fact ---> KK has a double full but hates jumps to back. She has also been stung by a jellyfish 17 times.

(713) 594-9607


Lauryn Arntz, Customer Service Specialist/Front Desk

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!

Ella Higginbotham, Tumbling/Cheer Coach

(713) 501-4089

Grace Cocheu, Camp Staff/Tumbling/Cheer Coach

(713) 306-9991

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