Meet our Directors

Director - Diane Craig

Director - Diane Craig

 

Diane Craig has a passion for sharing Dance with teens. Dance Team allows her to promote community service, team work and lady like conduct in a team environment creating a dance family and sisterhood She attended Stephen F. Austin State University where she was a SFA Pom Squad member, serving as Captain her senior year. She led the team in winning the NCA Collegiate Dance National Championship which was the first win in the history of the SFA Pom Squad. While attending Stephen F. Austin, she earned her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Dance as well as her Masters of Education in Secondary Administration.

Her teaching career began at Corsicana High School where she served one year as the assistant drill team director under Kara Guinn, for the Corsicana Calicos. She then served four years as the head director for the Cedar Hill High Steppers. Celebrating fourteen years with the Hebron High School Silver Wings, she had the honor of opening the school in 1999. She is humbled at the accomplishments of the Silver Wings under her direction including Six National Championships at Marching Auxiliaries, HTE Dance and American Drill Team School. Under her direction, the Silver Wings participated in the 2011 Super Bowl halftime performance and the Tournament of Roses Opening Dance Number of 2012.

Most recently, she directed the Granbury Dance Team in winning American Drill Team School Nationals this past March. She celebrates four years with the Granbury High School Stowaways Dance Team. She had the honor of directing the Stowaways in the Aloha Performance Team at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii in 2016 and 2018.

Diane is proud that she has seen many students come through her high school dance programs and continue in dance. She has seen seven former students become high school drill team directors. She has former students who have danced with the University of North Texas Dancers, Stephen F. Austin Pom Squad, Southern Methodist University Ballet School, Texas Tech University Pom Squad, University of Arkansas Pom Squad, Kilgore Rangerettes, the Tyler Junior College Apache Belles and the Tarleton University Texan Star Dance Team. Former students have also danced professionally on teams including the Dallas Cowboys Rhythm and Blues Dance Team, Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, Dallas Mavericks, Dallas Stars Dance Team and three NBA dance teams.

Diane is excited to embark upon this new adventure with Coppell High School. She looks forward creating relationships with the Coppell Lariettes and their families.

Assistant Director - Julie Stralow

Assistant Director - Julie Stralow

 

Mrs. Stralow is in her 14th year as a teacher and drill team director at Coppell High School. She is originally from Richmond, Texas and is a former member and Colonel of the Stephen F. Austin High School Angels Dance Team. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Modern Dance at TCU (Go Frogs!) and continued dancing professionally with Contemporary Dance Fort Worth for several years.

Mrs. Stralow came to CHS as a long-term substitute for former director Kari Korth and was hired the next year as the Silver Stars JV director and dance teacher. It wasn’t long before circumstances led her to direct both the Lariettes and Silver Stars that first year, and by the spring she was the official Lariette Drill Team Director.

In 2008, she married former CHS Head Wrestling Coach and Defensive Coordinator Carl Stralow. They are proud parents of their daughters, Morgan (7) and Reagan (3). Coach Stralow is the head football coach at Keller High School (Go Indians!), and Morgan is a 2nd grader in the Grapevine-Colleyville school district (Go Gators!). Reagan is a full time student at the Early Childhood Development Center in Colleyville (Go Roos!) and occasionally all four of them get to see each other at home!

Under the direction of Mrs. Stralow the Lariettes continued a tradition of excellence throughout football and competition seasons. Mrs. Stralow made several updates to the Lariette uniform; the addition of field boots to the uniform (formerly Keds) and the option of a sleeveless fringe uniform with gauntlets for the 100 degree games as well as the now "iconic" Red Jacket.

Additionally, the Coppell Larrys have become a staple at the Homecoming Game and the Annual Lariette Show-off attracts over 500 guests each year with the addition of CHS dance classes and special performance groups. The Lariettes have always been award winning and continue that tradition with technique and showmanship awards, Best in Class awards, Winner’s Circle trophies, and national titles year after year.

Mrs. Stralow is looking forward to another great year at CHS and expects the best year ever with the Lariettes!