Inertia Dance Company

Westside High School

The Inertia program is dedicated in developing young men and women with active and creative minds, a sense of understanding and compassion for others, and the courage to act on their beliefs. Through all elements of dance education, Inertia stresses excellence in the classroom and the total development of each student: spiritual, moral, intellectual, social, emotional, and physical.

Directors

Bryan Paule, Director

  • Bryan Paule is a former Westside Wolf and Inertia Dance Company member and has been dancing for almost 13 years. A student of Sharon Roberts and Ricky Cardenas, Mr. Paule found the passion for teaching after graduating from the University of Houston and created the Hip Hop program at Lanier Middle School, where it has merited numerous accolades and national titles. After his 6 year tenure at Lanier, Mr. Paule decided to come back to Westside, where he hopes to inspire students just as Ms. Roberts and Mr. Cardenas did for him many years ago. He is one of the founding members of HIStory Dance Company and continues to perform with the group. He plans to continue his education and pursue his graduate degree in Educational Leadership. 

Amberly Altamirano, Assistant Director

  • “Ms. A” or “Ms. Ber” is a Sam Houston State alumna from Brownsville Texas. While completing her BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography, she apprenticed for NobleMotion Dance and performed works choreographed by Elijah Gibson, Manuel Vignoulle, Revolve Dance Company, Recked Productions and Bliss Kohlmyer. Her training experience consists of Jazz, Modern, Ballet, Hiphop, Tap, and Ballroom dance styles. She appeared as a Vegas Finalist for Season 10’s “So You Think You Can Dance” and was also awarded “Fan Favorite” for RGV’s annual Dancing with the Stars event. In 2016, she attended the Dance Italia workshop in Lucca, Italy to study from Erik Abbott, Elita Cannata, Cristiano Fabbri, Cristina Planas Leitao, Bruce Michelson, Nicole Von Arx and Ohad Naharin Reperatory from Chisato Ohno. 

Ms. Roberts with former students at People Magazine's 'Heroes Among Us' ceremony in New York City. 

Sharon Roberts, Founder

  • Sharon Roberts is the founder and architect of the Westside Dance program ever since Westside opened it's doors in 2000. After her tenure at Lamar High School and successfully fabricating Lamar Dance Theatre, she was recruited by Scott Van Beck to come to West Houston and start something special. Ms Roberts is a master teacher of dance education. With 20 years experience, she has been honored as HISD’s Dance Educator of the Year, 2004 People Magazine’s “Heroes Among Us Honoree”, along with 10 nominations for Who’s Who Among American Teachers. With a new found interest in journalism, Ms Roberts has become a teacher for broadcast journalism and is in charge of the school newspaper and yearbook for Westside. Please visit www.howlernews.com.