Ash Cook Director
Mr. Ash Cook has been dancing since the age of 18. He began his dancing career at San Jacinto Community College South under the direction of Dr. Suzanne Oliver. While at San Jacinto South, Ash Cook completed all levels of Ballet and Modern dance, Jazz, Tap, Improvisation, Choreography, Dance History, and Concert classes. He was a member and officer of the Dance Guild, and a featured choreographer for many semesters. Mr. Cook received his Associate of Arts in Dance from San Jacinto College in May of 2013. He spent time at Sam Houston State University as a dance major, receiving instruction from a variety of professors including, Dana Nicolay, Jenifer Pontius, Jonathan Charles, Kista Tucker, and Melissa Wynn. While at SHSU, he performed in Dance Spectrum, the concert company group for the dance department. Mr. Cook also spent his free time participating in Fade to Black, a hip hop group on campus, and with Chi Tau Epsilon, the dance sorority on campus.
Ash Cook returned home and continued his education at University of Houston, Clear Lake. While here, he was a Fitness and Human Performance major, receiving a Bachelor of Science in December 2014. While at UHCL, he served as a member and officer for The National Society of Leadership and Success and the Exercise Science and Health Honor Society.
Mr. Cook has been instructing dancers in and around the Houston area since 2005. Ash spent most of his time with Dance Expressions LLC in Friendswood, Texas, and has had the pleasure of working with studios including, SoReal, JDF Elite, Axis Dance Studio, Twin Arts Dance Studio, Dance Productions, and Starlight Dance Studio. While at these studios, he taught classes that were in the disciplines of Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Lyrical, Contemporary, and Drill Team Technique along with choreographing solos and group dances for studio and drill team competitions. Mr. Ash Cook has been recognized for his choreography at many competitions, including Crowd Pleasers, Hall of Fame, Nexstar, and many others.
He also was able to live out one of his dreams by performing with The Woodlands Ballet as the Russian soloist in their version of The Nutcracker.
Mr. Cook lives in the Friendswood area with his fur children, Stormy, Windy, and Harlee.
He feels blessed to spend another year with The Celebrity Dance Team and Clear Brook High School, along with taking on the role of director.
Deanna Keefer Assistant Director
Mrs. Deanna Keefer has been dancing since the age of 5. She started her dance training at a local Houston area studio, Kirkwood Dance Studio, under the direction of Melisa Harris. While at Kirkwood Mrs. Keefer was trained in classical ballet, tap, jazz, and funk. Mrs. Keefer’s dance training was broadened her freshman year of high school when she joined the award-winning drill team, Pearland Prancers, where she eventually served as an officer. After high school, Mrs. Keefer went on to dance as a junior member of a hip hop crew with the dance company Planet Funk Alliance.
Mrs. Keefer has been instructing dancers in the Houston area since 2003. For the past 15 years, she has taught at Star Steppers Dance Studio in Friendswood Texas. While at Star Steppers she has had the honor of working with competitive teams whose ages range from 6-18 years old. While at Star Steppers she has taught classes in the disciplines of jazz, lyrical, leaps and turns, pom, hip hop, and drill team prep, along with choreographing many award-winning solos, duets, officer, and team routines.
Mrs. Keefer obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in History in 2007 from the University of Houston- Clear Lake and went on to obtain various educational certifications through the state of Texas. She has taught Math, Social Studies, and Aerobic dance in the public-school setting. In 2012, Mrs. Keefer returned to the University of Houston- Clear Lake to continue her education. She graduated in 2014 with a Master’s degree in Educational Management.
Mrs. Keefer lives in Pearland with her husband Jason, 3 kids, Rylee, Reed, and Ryann, and 2 dogs, Lilly and Lexie.
Mrs. Keefer is very excited to have been given the great honor of serving as an educator in CCISD and looks forward to her career at Clear Brook High School as the Assistant Director for the Clear Brook Celebrities Dance Team!