Legacy Dance Center » Director & History

pamela_pub_shotEssentially growing up in dance studios, Pamela Jagger Purcel began her earliest creative movement training in Colorado Springs under Hanya Holm’s direction and went on to excel as a ballet student. At the age of fifteen Pamela was asked by William Martin-Viscount to teach the youngest students of the Southwest Ballet Center in Fort Worth, Texas. At sixteen she was coached privately for a year by Nanette Glushak at the Fort Worth Ballet. She was awarded scholarship offers to study at some of the nation’s most prestigious dance schools including The Pacific Northwest Ballet Center in Seattle, Washington, San Francisco Ballet School, Chicago City Ballet, and Milwaukee School of Ballet.

At seventeen, Pamela was selected in a national audition tour by members of the newspaperSchool of American Ballet in New York City to attend the elite and very exclusive S.A.B. summer intensive program. As a result of Purcel’s successful summer training, she was one of 15 students selected to spend the winter and spring terms training at the famed New York City Ballet-affiliated school. Pamela spent a year learning the classics from some of the world’s most renowned dancers while sharing the halls with greats like Mikhail Baryshnikov.

Purcel went on to perform with the Pennsylvania Ballet Company while continuing to train with the Rock School of Pennsylvania Ballet. Later she returned home to Texas to attend college and teach dance.

While teaching and studying, Pamela continued to perform as a member of the American Spirit Dancers performing for international sporting events in France, Spain, Chicago and Florida. Purcel graduated with a triple component Bachelor’s Degree as an invited member of the Golden Key International Honour Society and the Sigma Tau Delta International English Honors Society.

As aattitude_edited dance instructor in Southlake Texas, Pamela trained many young students and cultivated a true passion for dance in these young dancers. In Southlake, Pamela directed and choreographed for The Ballet Repertoire Company, an award winning youth ballet company (21 members aged 9-17) that performed throughout the DFW area. Many of her students have gone on to perform professionally which has been a true source of pride for Pamela.

Later she traded in her ballet shoes for Western Boots when she was selected as a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader. Within two months, Pamela was teaching dance students at the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders’ popular “Camp DCC” summer dance program. It wasn’t long before she was invited by the Cowboys Organization to perform internationally as a member of the elite DCC Showgroup. Pamela was featured in several roles and as such had the opportunity to perform in her pointe shoes for the U.S. troops in Hungary, Albania, Macedonia, Bosnia, Germany, Korea, Okinawa, and throughout the Middle East brc_editedincluding the Persian Gulf. As a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader, Pamela had the unique opportunity to share the stage with many celebrities. In her third year, Pamela was one of two cheerleaders selected to rehearse actress Kate Hudson for her upcoming role as a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader in Robert Altman’s major motion picture, Dr. T and the Women starring Richard Gere.

After three years with the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Organization, Pamela retired and focused on a new venture in television sports broadcasting for the Dallas Cowboys in addition to reporting for Race Week, Inside High School Basketball and Inside High School Football on FOX, NBC and CBS.

Within a year of retiring from the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, she was summoned back to Valley Ranch to direct the Dallas 2pjp-dcc_w3hmCowboys’ new professional arena football dance team, The Dallas Desperados Dancers. Pamela was hired to create, market and manage all functions of the Dallas Desperados Dancers. Under her direction, the Dallas Desperados Dancers were asked by the league to teach and perform in Sydney, Australia as representatives of the Arena Football League and were later asked to represent the league in Las Vegas, NV performing and appearing throughout the community. Ft. Hood officials invited the entire team of Dancers to visit with the 42,000 troops and their families. This invitation made the Desperados Dancers the first Arena team in the League’s 17-year history to be invited to the post. While at Ft. Hood, the Desperados Dancers premiered their explosive one-hour Show to an appreciative and responsive audience! The trip was so successfulpj-and-ben-interview-swi-2-small the Dancers were invited back just one month later to support the troops being deployed to Iraq. In five years under Pamela’s direction, the Dallas Desperados Dancers matured from a fledgling squad to a worldwide attraction and a fixture of one of the Arena Football League’s most successful franchises.

In October 2008 Pamela opened the doors to a brand new dance facility in Frisco, Texas. Pamela is married to Scott Purcel, the Director of Broadcasting for the Dallas Cowboys. They have two children.