Director of Silver Stars
Leanne Bilnoski is the Director of the James Bowie Silver Stars, Co-Director of the JV Star Dancers and dance teacher at James Bowie High School. Ms. Bilnoski is a graduate of Anderson High School where she served first as Junior Lieutenant, then Captain of the Anderson Trojan Belles Dance Team. After high school, she became a member of the world-famous Kilgore College Rangerettes 68th line. With the Rangerettes, she performed at events such as the Cotton Bowl, Tremblay Financial Bowl in Santa Barbara California, Stamford Connecticut’s UBS Parade Spectacular, the 2009 Inauguration of President Barack Obama and has had the opportunity to perform at different events around the state of Texas. After Kilgore, Ms. Bilnoski graduated from the University of Texas at Austin earning her Bachelors of Arts in Theatre and Dance. While at the University of Texas, Ms. Bilnoski was a part of STEEL Dance Company. Ms. Bilnoski has taught dance in both high schools and middle schools as well as directed high school and middle school dance teams for the past ten years.
She grew up dancing at the Shirley McPhail School of Dance in Austin, TX. In addition to taking dance classes, she was a member the SMSD Performing Dance Troupe for eight years. Her studio training includes jazz, tap, ballet, hip hop, modern, contemporary and Pilates from studios across Texas as well as New York and Los Angeles.
Ms. Bilnoski is excited to start her fifth year as the Director of the Silver Stars and to be a part of this wonderful organization.
Asst. Director of Silver Stars
Emily Davis is the Assistant Director of the James Bowie Silver Stars, Co-Director of the JV Star Dancers, dance teacher and English teacher at James Bowie High School. Ms. Davis is a graduate of Winston Churchill High School in San Antonio and was a member of Lancer Dancers, Grenadier Drill Team, and Gaelen Pep Squad. After high school, she attended The University of Texas where she majored in English and minored in Education. While at The University of Texas, Ms. Davis also completed her certification in Dance. During her first year of teaching, she was awarded Bowie’s Teacher of Promise at the Salute Awards. For her first three years at Bowie, she taught English II Pre-AP and Academic classes.
Ms. Davis is now in her ninth year at James Bowie High School. She is still continuing to teach English II Pre-AP while continuing her sixth year as the Assistant Director to the Silver Stars.
She lives in Austin with her beautiful, mini-dachshund Daisy. She loves teaching her Stars and her students at Bowie and couldn’t imagine being anywhere else!