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Lauren Butaud
Dance Director

Lauren Butaud began dancing at the age of 10 in her hometown of Galveston, Texas. She attended Ball High School and was a four year member of one of the oldest Texas drill teams, the Tornettes. During her time as a member she served as a social officer her sophomore year, Major her junior year, and Lt. Colonel her senior year. She was also awarded the title of Miss High Kick, HTE Kick All-Star, HTE Dance All-Star, and was a member of an HTE Platinum Officer Line. 


Upon graduation, Lauren moved to Baton Rouge to attend Louisiana State university where she majored in Advertising, minored in dance, and was a member of the Gamma Zeta chapter of Delta Gamma. Only two weeks under her belt as a Louisiana resident, Lauren witnessed Hurricane Katrina destroy the Gulf Coast, but she also witnessed the amazing bond of those who lost so much rise up around an organization near and dear to so many and one that would go one to serve as a beacon of hope and sign of resilience during such a tough time for the state: the New Orleans Saints.


Mrs. Butaud was selected as a member of the 2008 and 2009 New Orleans Saintsations, the official cheerleading team of the Saints. During her time on the squad she was selected as Rookie of the Year, served as a line leader, and was a member of the team’s travel squad taking part in trips across the US as well as to Mexico and London. She also enjoyed the weekly appearcens the team was able to do in the community to help those in need and inspire others such as the NFL Play 60 campaign and Angel’s Network. After experiencing the game of a lifetime, a Super Bowl XLIV win for the team, Butaud knew it was time to hang up her pom poms and pursue her teaching aspirations. 


After beginning her career in New Orleans as director of the Grace King Kolleens for two years, Mrs. Butaud returned home to Texas to work as the head director at her alma mater. Back at Ball High, Lauren reestablished a JV and Varsity team, led the team to numerous regional and national wins, and received a state bid for the first time in school history. She was also selected as a recipient of the Chevy Spotlight Award in 2019. 


Relocating to Katy, Lauren served for one season as the Klein Cain Legacies Assistant Director as well as the head instructor for the Klein Cain Dance Company and Surge Dance Crew. She was also selected for the Klein Fine Arts Inaugural Fine Arts Board. 


As she enters her 7th year directing, she could not feel more honored, excited, and humbled by the opportunity to serve as director of the Pacesetters and to work with such a well established program within Katy ISD at Taylor High School. As a proud Katy resident, Mrs. Butaud looks forward to planting her roots and watching this esteemed program grow to new heights. 


Mrs. Butaud is so fortunate to have such a supportive and devoted family made up of her husband Scott and sons Austin and Carter who will soon be entering the Katy ISD family. She is also thankful for her extended circle who helps raise her “village” during those late football nights and long contest days such as her mom, stepdad, dad, and stepmom.

Director - Barbie Parker
Asst. Director - Sarah Peterson
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Abby Poirrier
Assistant Dance Director

Abby Poirrier, formerly Abby Bender, graduated with a BFA in Dance Education from Texas State University in 2022. Growing up in Katy, Texas, she attended Cinco Ranch High School, where she was a member of the Cougar Star Dance team, and served as colonel her senior year. In college, Mrs. Poirrier was a four-year member of the Texas State University Strutters dance team, where she held an officer position for 3 years and served as Captain her senior year. She choreographed many of the pieces for the Strutters as well as many pieces for High Schools and Junior Highs across Texas. Mrs. Poirrier has had many wonderful performance opportunities such as the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in November of 2019 as well as a cruise ship named Liberty of the Seas for the Royal Caribbean cruise line in May of 2019. 

Following her graduation from Texas State, Abby Poirrier was the Assistant Director of the Memorial High School Markettes dance team for one season and for her first year of teaching. Here, she was also the lead dance instructor of the MHS dance department Dance 1-4 classes. 
Now going into her second year of teaching, she could not be more excited to be the Assistant Director at Taylor High School and she looks forward to all of the memorable performances and sisterhood moments! She student taught at Taylor in the Fall of 2022 where her dream since high school of being a director was solidified. She is incredibly honored to continue her second year of teaching with the wonderful and oh-so-talented Pacesetters! 

Pacesetter Officers

Dance Officers

Colonel - Camila Salomon

First Lieutenant - Amelia Delatorre

Major - Payton Tate

Sergeant - Vivian Smith

Social Officers

President - Lyla Huntoon

Motivational- Hope Smith & Cali Duong

Sisterhood - Amelia Bruns & Anna Baker

Public Relations- Riliegh Eisworth 

Operations - Talisa Uceda

Sophomore Social - Grace Suh


Pacesetter Booster Club Board Members


Star Smith


Stacey Gallas

2nd VP Communication

Maggie Chavez-Salomon

3rd VP Social

Tahnee Uceda


Juliana Garcia

Senior Mom

Maggie Finkelday

2nd VP - Fundraising

Jennifer Duong


Monica Sneller


Jessica Huntoon

4th VP Costumes

Irene Khan

Board Members
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