CLEAR FALLS EMERALDS
As rare and precious as the gem itself
DIRECTOR: Ms. Dowden
Ms. Dowden is a 2007 graduate of Friendswood High School. She was a member of the Friendswood Wranglerettes, participated in choir, and was also a member of a local competitive dance team.
She accepted a dance scholarship to Blinn College where she was a team member of the Blinn College Treasures. Ms. Dowden served as Captain her sophomore year, receiving a full scholarship. She graduated with honors in 2009 with an Associate of Arts.
Ms.Dowden continued her education at Stephen F. Austin State University where she became a member of the award winning SFA Pom Squad. She again received scholarships for dance and became a Captain her senior year. She enjoyed the opportunity to compete on the university level with both dance and choreography. In addition to her work with the dance team, she was also involved in the dance department. Her senior piece was chosen to be adjudicated at the American College Dance Festival Association as well as the Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance convention. She graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Dance and a minor in Business. After graduation, she received a scholarship from Stephen F. Austin State University's dance program to attend the Dance and Child International convention where she represented the University's dance department.
She completed her student teaching at Clear Lake High School where she worked with the dance program. Ms. Dowden came to Clear Falls High School in the Spring of 2012 as a long-term substitute teacher in the dance department. She became the Assistant Director in the Fall of 2012. Ms. Dowden was named the Head Director in the Fall of 2014 and looks forward to continuing her wonderful journey with the enchanting Emeralds.
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: Ms. Kennerson
Ms. Kennerson is from League City, TX where she graduated high school from Clear Springs High School in class of 2017. She was a four-year member of the Clear Springs Silverados and was a member of Encore and Kick Company. Her senior she served as Lieutenant Colonel and her passion for leadership continued.
Ms. Kennerson attended Texas State University and graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Dance Education. She studied various types of dances including ballet, modern, jazz, contemporary, and hip hop. Her solo piece for Choreographer’s Showcase was chosen to receive the Connie Webb Scholarship her senior year. While at Texas State, she was a Texas State Strutter and was on Jazz Elite for two semesters. Ms. Kennerson had the honor to represent Texas State University at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2019 with the Strutters. The following year she attended the Texas Dance Educators Association convention as a college assistant and assisted both the choreographer and the All-State dancers.
Ms. Kennerson completed her student teaching at James Bowie High School in Austin, TX and worked closely with the JV and varsity team Silver Stars. She is very excited and honored to share her passion for dance with the Emeralds.