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Event Staff

Afton Fox Beadles

Creative Director

Afton is from Garland, Texas where she has been dancing/performing since a young age and has been involved in the dance/ drill team world for several years. Afton spent 6 years as the Assistant Drill Team Director at South Garland High School “Southern Belles” and has been the choreographer for the JJ Pearce High School “Pacesetters” for the past three years.  Currently, Afton is the competitive team Director of two award winning companies at the Dance FX Studio in Garland. She is also starting her seventh year as a choreographer and instructor with Encore Creative Productions. 2019 will make Afton’s 13th year as a choreographer for Spirit of America Productions. Afton spends a majority of her time traveling and choreographing around the state of Texas and has had the privilege of choreographing for such prestigious teams as the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders and the Kilgore College Rangerettes.

Marshall Bradley

Logistics Director

From Weatherford, Texas, Marshall attended college and cheered at Abilene Christian University.  In 1986 he was hired by the National Cheerleaders Association.  During his time as an NCA instructor, he became  one of NCA’s top headed instructors for their HS & Collegiate Cheer Programs.  During Marshall’s cheerleading career, he became a National Level Adjudicator as well as an NCA Two-Time Collegiate All-American and an All-Star National Champion with Club Spirit.  Marshall has staffed, choreographed and performed for many Special Events, including:   Opening of World Cup Soccer Championships in Dallas, TX, the Aloha Bowl in Honolulu, HI,  the Southwestern Bell Cotton Bowl Halftime, and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.   Marshall also became a top salesman for several major cheer & dance team uniform companies and in 2003, was honored as a “million-dollar club” uniform sales producer.  Currently, Marshall is in promotional products sales and owns a successful, growing business, Global Xpress Promotions.  Marshall has been on the Special Events Staff for the Parade since 1989.

Brandi Burgess

Event Director

Brandi has been a part of Spirit of America Productions since its charter year in 2010. She is the owner and director of Dallas Dance Company – a non-profit multi-genre performance company for adults in the Dallas community. Brandi is a choreographer and dance technician for dance teams throughout Texas, as well as, an adjudicator for dance contests. She was a dance educator and drill team director for Berkner High School in Richardson, Texas for 7 years and served as the assistant director for 4 years. Under her direction, the Berkner Bandoleras performed in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin, Ireland and Pearl Harbor in Oahu, Hawaii. Brandi also works with Contest of Champions at Walt Disney World. Brandi was a choreographer and instructor for Starmakers Dance & Performance Camps, Inc. for 9 years. She was a head instructor and event coordinator for Starmakers camp and contest events. Brandi graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Texas in Austin with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre & Dance. Prior to attending UT, Brandi was a Kilgore College Rangerette. She served as a Rangerette officer and Swingster while earning her Associate of Arts degree. This will be Brandi’s 12th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Cheer Choreographers

Chris Henson

11th Year

Janet Jordan

4th Year

Dance Choreographers

Jennifer Baker

18th Year

Afton Fox Beadles

12th Year

Ali Monk

12th Year

Guest Relations

Shary Anderson

21st Year

Susan Angell-Gonzalez

24th Year

Kelly Bumgardner

24th Year

Kim Cook

21st Year

Darla Lyons

21st Year

Cindi Rains

16th Year

Jo Salinas

32nd Year

Logistics Coordinators

Stacy Becker

24th Year

Marshall Bradley

21st Year

Heather Rios

22nd Year

Social Media

Leanne Mendez

12th Year

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