Director Alison Esparza
Alison Esparza was born and raised in Richardson, Texas. She began dancing at the age of 3 at Academy of Dance Arts, and moved to Talent N More at the age of 9. Alison was a member of the TNM competition teams and served as captain. She attended JJ Pearce High School where she was a 3 year member of the Pacesetters. Alison was a member of the elite dance teams and served as Jr. Lieutenant and 1st Lieutenant. Following high school Alison attended Texas Christian University. She was a 4 year member of the TCU Elite Dance Team. As a member of the competitive dance team, she had the opportunity to compete in Daytona, Florida and Anaheim, California.
After college Alison became the JV director and Varsity Assistant director at Lewisville High School for three years. Alison is so excited to be back home in Richardson ISD and grateful to be a part of the Berkner Bandolera organization. Alison teaches Dance 1, Dance 2 and Drill Prep. She resides in Richardson, TX with her husband Edgar and dog Ghost.
Assistant Director Marina Locascio
Marina Locascio began dancing at the age of eleven. She was a three year member of the O’Connor High School Golduster Dance Team in Helotes, TX where she served as Co-Captain her senior year. Upon graduating in 2013, she attended the University of Houston – Victoria where she started the first ever Jaguar Dance Team. Marina transferred to Texas State University in the fall of 2014 to study dance education. At her time at Texas State, she was a member of a touring dance company named “CIMTEYA” that performed various works that incorporated dance into STEM. During her time at Texas State, she choreographed for different high school programs.
Marina student taught in the Spring of 2018 at Berkner High School with the Bandoleras. Upon completion of student teaching, she graduated with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance with a teaching certification. Currently, Marina is the Director the Berkner Ramblers and the Assistant Director of the Berkner Bandoleras. She has been teaching dance at Berkner since 2018.