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Notable Alumni

Careers and Alumni

Our graduates make a difference

Graduates of SFA’s Department of Kinesiology and Health Science go on to have rewarding careers. Our alumni help athletes prevent injuries and inspire a love of fitness and activity in children. They teach dance and promote wellness in businesses and communities.

Featured alumni

Cara Shear, Class of '16
Dance teacher, Gus Giordano Dance School in Chicago

Cara Shear

Chicago wasn’t on Cara Shear’s radar until SFA dance program professors and the connections she made through the university’s guest artist series helped her get a scholarship to attend the Gus Legacy College/Pro Intensive the summer before her senior year.

“In my first class as a freshman, my professor told me I would be a modern dancer,” Cara said. “My previous dance training included ballet for 14 years and high school drill team for three years. I had no previous modern dance training. Fast-forward four years after graduation, and I am the main modern dance teacher at Gus Giordano.”

Cara said she enjoyed how encouraging, diverse and challenging the SFA dance program was.

“Receiving my degree from SFA in dance with a concentration in choreography and performance opened a world of opportunities! The program taught me valuable lessons through one-of-a-kind experiences and connections I will always cherish.”

Major Erin Braswell, Class of '05
Aviation Officer, Wheeler Army Airfield

Major Erin Braswell

Major Erin Braswell can trace the beginning of her journey to a career in the U.S. Army back to a single, pivotal day. Now serving as an aviation officer at Wheeler Army Airfield in Honolulu, Hawaii, she was then pursuing her Bachelor of Science in health science and playing softball at SFA. When the events of 9/11 unfolded, Braswell knew she wanted to find a way to serve others. She has now garnered more than 13 years of flight experience during her career.

Spring 2019 Sawdust Magazine feature story

Arrica Lagsding, Class of ’05
Owner, Studio 6a Dance Academy

Arrica Lagsding

Arrica Lagsding fell in love with dancing at the age of 3 and now spends her time spreading that passion to her students at Studio 6a Dance Academy in Plano. While at SFA, she studied dance and English and joined the SFA Repertory Dance Company, giving her the freedom to explore different types of dance and helping her cultivate a new appreciation for the art. Lagsding offers lessons for students of all skill levels at her studio and strives to create a welcoming environment for students of all ages.

Fall 2018 Sawdust Magazine feature story

More notable alumni

  • Ryan Longoria, Class of ’16
    Assistant athletic trainer, Texas Health Resources; Head athletic trainer, North Texas Soccer Club; Assistant athletic trainer, FC Dallas.
  • Elena Conde, Class of ’15
    Head director of the Killeen High School Kangarettes dance team and KHS dance program
  • Dr. Wesley Kephart, Class of ’11 and ’13
    Assistant professor of health, human performance and recreation, University of Wisconsin – Whitewater
  • Nathan Frischmann, Class of ’10 and ’12
    Exercise physiology supervisor, Cooper Clinic – Dallas
  • Stephanie Laranjeira, Class of ’15
    High school dance director, Newman Smith High School, Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD


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