Mrs. Becky Crackel
Dance Teams Director
Becky Crackel is a graduate of New Caney High School and was a member of the New Caney Bluebonnets. She served as Colonel her Senior year. Mrs. Crackel went to Sam Houston State University where she majored in Dance and Health. She was a member of the Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, a little sister for Delta Tau Delta Fraternity and a member of the Eta Sigma Gamma National Health Organization. Before beginning her teaching career with New Caney High School, Mrs. Crackel was the Drill Team Director at Hargrave High School for 4 years. This will be her 29th year as the Director of the Bluebonnets Dance Team and her 22nd year as the Director of the Break Dance Team. She also taught at TX. Academy of Dance for many years. She is married to John Crackel and they have a son, Jordan Crackel, and a beautiful daughter-in-law, Kora.
Ms. Courtney Knight
Assistant Dance Teams Director
Courtney Knight is in her second year of teaching at New Caney High School. She was born and raised in Kingwood, TX where she spent her time dancing at Rowland Ballard School of Ballet, Monell Dance Interstate and as a Kingwood Strutter at Stacey’s Dance Studio. Shegraduated from Kingwood Park High School where she served as a two-year dance officer for the Silver Stars Dance Team. While at KPark Courtney performed at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Hawaii and also traveled to New York City to take classes at Broadway Dance Center and learn from Radio City Rockettes and Broadway dancers.
After high school Courtney tried out and made the 78th line of the World Famous Kilgore College Rangerettes. During her time at Kilgore she spent two weeks in Basel, Switzerland performing for the Basel Military Tattoo. Courtney did a lot of traveling at Kilgore! She has performed at two Cotton Bowls, Disney World, ESPN Wide World of Sports, Houston Texan halftimes, the Texas State Fair, Minutemaid Park and several parades as well as special appearances for government officials and members of the Dallas, Houston and East Texas communities. As a Rangerette, Courtney opened the second coldest Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in history alongside SYTYCD’s Nappytabs and World of Dance’s Meghan Sanett! Courtney was selected to be a member of Industry Dance Company in the Kilgore College Dance Department. Industry Dance Company is an elite modern and improvisation dance group. With Industry, Courtney attended and performed at multiple dance festivals such as American College Dance Association and the Texas Dance Improvisation Festival. She also had the opportunity to teach and assist at multiple schools across TX and at TDEA as a member of Industry Dance Company.
Courtney is a graduate of Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor's of Science in Kinesiology with a Minor in Dance. During her time at Sam Houston she was an active member of the dance program as well as the health science program. Courtney previously taught as a competitive studio dance coach and recreational teacher in Magnolia, TX at Extreme Performing Arts Center. At the studio, she taught ages 2 - 19 tap, ballet, jazz, lyrical, modern/contemporary, hip-hop, acrobatics/tumbling, musical theater and several drill team intensives specializing in the local schools: The Woodlands College Park, Magnolia, Magnolia West, Oak Ridge, Grand Oaks and The Woodlands High School. Courtney is a former TDEA Collegiate Assistant and is on the dance staff for MA Dance Company. She has choreographed routines for Kingwood Park High School for the past 5 years and since leaving Extreme Performing Arts Center, she has returned every summer to choreograph and teach summer camps. Courtney spends time outside of New Caney ISD judging for studio tryouts, team and officer tryouts, solo competitions and working camps and dance competitions for MA Dance Company as well as teaching masterclasses.
Apart from her time teaching dance, Courtney resides in The Woodlands, TX where she spends her time with friends, family, and her cat Stanley! She is looking forward to this upcoming season with the New Caney Bluebonnets and Breakers! There is so much fun planned this season for the 51st year of Bluebonnets and 22nd year of Break Dance!