Nova Dance Company Directors
Kevin Monteiro has been active in the performing arts since 2011. His performing career started with Monarch High School in Coconut Creek, Florida where he played the mellophone, French horn, and Clarinet. As a high school student, Kevin was given the opportunity to perform with the Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps in 2014. Following that summer, Kevin fell in love with the arts and decided to pursue his performing career as a marching member. Since then, he has been part of many organizations, including WGI Scholastic A Gold Medalist Nova Winds as a featured soloist (2015) and the Jim Ott Award winning Carolina Crown Drum & Bugle Corps (2017).
After graduating high school, Kevin continued playing mellophone and also decided to take a leap of faith and marched his first season of winter guard with Premonition (2016). After experiencing WGI Independent Open Class Finals, he realized that color guard was his passion. From there, Kevin was able to participate with Braddock Independent World (2017), Cypress Independent (2018, 2019), and Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps (2018). With these organizations, he was able to experience WGI World Class Finals and DCI World Championship Finals as a color guard performer.
Kevin recently moved to Houston, Texas, in 2018 and was given the opportunity to become the assistant director of the Klein Oak High School Color Guard, where he still resides as a full time Instructor and choreographer. He also helps and instructs at The Woodlands College Park Color Guard and Langham Creek Color Guard. Kevin continues to be active as a performing member by participating in Black Gold World (2020) and hopes for many more seasons to come.
Director of Dance
Lauren has lived in the Houston area her whole life and has danced since she was 3 years old. She attended Elkins High School in Fort Bend ISD and was a member and dance officer of the national champion Elite dance team. She was elected by her classmates as the "Knight in Shining Armor" for her class and the Most Outstanding Senior of the Elite dance team. After high school she went on the Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. While at Texas State she was a 4 year member of the Texas State University Strutters dance team and a 2 year line officer. While on Strutters she had the opportunity to perform and travel to Greece, Italy, and Turkey. She performed in halftime performances for both the New Orleans Saints and San Antonio Spurs. At Texas State she was very active in both the education department and dance department. Lauren was also a member of the sorority Alpha Xi Delta and the Sigma Chi fraternity Sweetheart. Lauren was also a member of the honor society Rho Lambda and also a tutor for local elementary school students thru the Bobcat Buddy program. Lauren graduated from Texas State with a major in Education and a minor in dance. Upon graduation she was offered a job as a dance teacher and assistant dance team director of the Hightower High School Hi-Lites in Fort Bend ISD. While at Hightower she taught all levels of dance classes and helped found the Junior Varsity and Freshman dance teams. Lauren currently holds Texas teacher certifications in dance, elementary education and physical education.
Lauren is current member of the Texas Dance Educator's Association. She frequently choreographs and judges tryouts for many studios, soloists and drill teams in the area. Lauren is married to her high school sweetheart, Adam and they have a Labrador retriever named Ranger.
Assistant Director of Dance
Brittany Reilly is the assistant director of the Cypress Woods Crimson Cadettes. Brittany has lived in the Houston area her whole life and began dancing when she was 3 years old. She attended Elkins High School in Fort Bend ISD where she was a three-year member of the Elkins Elite Dance Team. She held the leadership positions of junior lieutenant her junior year and head captain her senior year. During her senior year Brittany was selected to represent Elkins High School as an All-State Dancer at the Texas Dance Educators Association Convention. After high school Brittany continued her education at Texas State University where she majored in dance. While at Texas State Brittany was a three-year member of the Texas State University Strutters and a four-year member of the Texas State University Dance Department. As a member of the Texas State Strutters she performed in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City. Brittany graduated from Texas State with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance Education. Brittany has been teaching for a total of 6 years and has taught both at the middle school and high school levels. Brittany has taught at Klein Forest High School, Conroe High School, and Pin Oak Middle School in Houston ISD. Brittany loves working alongside her older sister at Cy Woods, Lauren Reilly Gregory in Cypress-Fairbanks ISD. It has been her lifelong dream to work alongside her older sister and co-direct the Cy Woods Crimson Cadettes. Brittany is a current member of Texas Dance Educators Association and frequently choreographs and guest judges for several teams in Houston area.