Tabatha Lemacks


Tabatha Lemacks, 42, is the founder and head instructor at Spotlight Dance Company in Harker Heights.

How long have you lived in Heights?

We have lived here for 20 years.

What do you enjoy most about living in Heights?

I love all of the new people that we meet and how the community has grown. There’s a lot of opportunity in this area.

Where are you originally from?

I was born in Vietnam during the Vietnam War. I was one of those babies that were brought over by helicopter to the United States.

Were you adopted?

Yes, and my dad, the one that ended up raising me and adopting me, was in the military.

When did you open the studio? Why did you want to start your business in Heights?

In June 2007, because at first there wasn’t a dance studio and Heights was growing. I saw the potential of it becoming a great business opportunity. And not already having a dance studio in that location, I thought it would be the perfect place to have it.

Are you involved in any community activities, organizations or clubs?

I have been a Killeen school district employee for 19 years. So during the daytime I teach at Meadows Elementary School on Fort Hood. On top of that, I go around to middle schools and high schools and help their drill teams and their dance teams with choreography and help set up some of their new dance programs.

Do you teach a particular subject at the elementary school?

I teach computers at Meadows for pre-kindergarten and fifth-graders.

What is your favorite vacation spot and why?

I don’t have time for a vacation, but we did go for spring break. It was a small one that we did for two days on the weekend. We went to Galveston.

Are you married? Do you have any children?

Yes, I am married to my high school sweetheart. We met when we were 16. We went to the same high school and I have four children with him. I have three daughters and a son. My son is 6, my next daughter is 14, I have a 16-year-old and a 20-year-old.

Are any of your children dancers?

My three daughters dance, and one of them is actually an instructor (at the studio).

What was the last movie you saw? Do you have a favorite TV show?

I just watched “Wreck it Ralph” with my son on video. I don’t have time to watch TV. I’m at work by 7 in the morning and I’m at the studio until 9 at night. When I get home I’m doing homework with the kids or getting dinner, finishing up any paperwork, and then going to bed and starting it all over again.

What was the best advice you were ever given? Who gave it to you?

My dad, he said that I could do anything I ever wanted to do and I set my mind to and that nothing should be able to stop me.

If you could change one thing about your life what would it be and why?

I don’t even know what I would change about my life. I’m pretty happy with the way it is.

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