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Dance & Fitness Instructors

Vicki Parsons, Director of the Butler Center for Dance & Fitness and Pilates Center

vicki.parsons@balletaustin.org

Vicki helped design and develop programming that now offers dance, fitness, and Pilates classes to over 11,000 adults annually. The encouragement of health and well-being is part of Ballet Austin’s mission. Through classes, community-based programs, and BeWell (wellness) Talks, Vicki helps promote health and well-being in the Austin community through the Butler Center for Dance & Fitness.

Vicki joined Ballet Austin in 1997 after years of experience working in the field of Long Term Care, specifically in direct care as a Recreation Therapist, using therapeutic recreation as a treatment intervention to improve overall wellness. Vicki taught at Austin Community College and worked with several non-profit organizations to develop and present workshops on health and well-being. As a Life Coach, promoting physical activity and wellness to people of all ages continues to be one of her greatest interests and passions. She is an avid believer that recreation is therapeutic.

She holds the professional designation of Certified Brain Health Trainer (CBHT) from the Functional Aging institute, as well as certifications in Senior Fitness Programming, Group Exercise, Advanced Sports Nutrition, and is a certified Fitness Business Manager. Vicki developed curriculum for the ACTIVE AGING program, including classes for falls prevention and workout classes promoting physical and cognitive functions in older adults. In 2015 Vicki implemented the free BeWell Healthy Living Talks and is a requested speaker at area businesses, organizations, and conferences.

Her advice is simple, “Find your recreation. It’s your life, your health, YOU are in control. Be active. Be resilient, Be well!”

Follow Vicki: Twitter @VickiBeActive   Instagram @Vicki_BeWell  and our Be Well Channel 

Vlada Sheber, Pilates Program Director & Master Instructor

vlada.sheber@balletaustin.org

Originally from the Ukraine, Vlada Sheber received her training in classical ballet from the State Classical Ballet College of Russia (Voronezh.) Vlada performed as a soloist in the Donetsk Ballet Theatre before immigrating to the United States. She was a company member with Ballet Austin from 1992-2003.

In 2002, Vlada received her diploma as a Certified Core Connections® Pilates Instructor from the Core Connections® Comprehensive Teacher Training Program at the Pilates Center of Austin. There she studied under Wendy LeBlanc-Arbuckle.

In 2007 Vlada was named Program Director for Ballet Austin’s Pilates Center, participating in both the original design of the Center and expansion in 2015.

In 2009, she attended a training under Wendy LeBlanc-Arbuckle and Michele Larsson providing insight and approaches into working with older clients. In 2010 Vlada attended the Pink Pilates Program training in Houston, Texas and became a certified Post-Rehabilitative Breast Cancer Exercise Specialist. Having worked with breast cancer survivors continuously since 2010, she further developed a specialized rehabilitative workout for breast cancer survivors to include humor and compassion; Ballet Austin’s Pink Pilates.

Vlada also has trained extensively in a physical therapy clinic under Allison Bennett (Women’s Health specialist) which expanded her knowledge of anatomy and Pilates rehabilitation. She has developed Pilates workouts specifically for osteoporosis, scoliosis, and chronic back pain.

In 2005 she was acknowledged as a “Pre-eminent Purveyor of Pilates” by Austin Monthly Magazine. In recognition of Ballet Austin’s commitment to excellence, Ballet Austin’s Pilates Center was a past recipient of “Best Pilates Studio in Austin” by Rare Magazine and Austin Fit Magazine. In 2021 Vlada was voted BEST PILATES INSTRUCTOR in Austin by Austin Fit Magazine.

Vlada’s knowledge and approach to her practice of Pilates make her a highly requested master Pilates instructor.

Stephanie Albrecht, Associate Director of the Butler Center for Dance & Fitness

stephanie.albrecht@balletaustin.org

As Associate Director of the Butler Center for Dance & Fitness and the Pilates Center, Stephanie oversees the design, execution, and evaluation of new and ongoing programs that connect the Butler Center for Dance & Fitness and Pilates Center with other Ballet Austin programs and community partners. She manages ongoing research and evaluation of Pilates client acquisition, the client experience, and retention. Stephanie works with the Director to develop ongoing best practices for the Customer Experience Team and MINDBODY management.

Stephanie teaches POUND – Rockout. Workout® and PlyoJam® cardio dance classes at the Butler Center. She is an ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor and a Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (FNTP®). She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from The University of Texas at Austin.

Jenny Alperin, Dance & Fitness Instructor

Jenny graduated from SUNY Buffalo where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance. While in school, Jenny had the opportunity to perform and choreograph in numerous concert dance shows in styles ranging from jazz to contemporary to modern. She was given the opportunity to collaborate her choreography with Digital Poetry media as well as choreograph for the Department’s second company. Jenny has studied with artists from Jazz Dance World Congress, River North Jazz Dance Chicago, Paul Taylor Company, Doug Varone and Dancers, LehrerDance, Urban Bush Women, San Francisco Ballet, and Giordano Dance Chicago.

She is a certified Zumba Instructor and is working towards her Personal Trainer Certification. Jenny has also taught children’s dance classes and especially loves working with young children. She is also passionate about dance and fitness and is loves sharing her knowledge at the Butler Center for Dance & Fitness.

Courtney Borrero

Courtney Borrero, Dance fitness Instructor

Courtney Borrero is a born and raised Austin girl, who started dancing by the age of 5. She trained at many different dance studios around South Austin and studied different types of dance growing up. She then became involved in her middle and high school drill teams where she really found her love for jazz and hip hop. During college, she became a certified group fitness instructor for dance fitness and traveled to Dallas back and forth to train and learn the fast pace professional dance team Pom/hip hop style. Courtney has experience teaching a range of ages and levels. She hopes to bring out joy, confidence, and sassiness in all of her students with dance.

Pei-San Brown, Hula Instructor

Pei-San teaches Hula (Hawaiian Dance) at Ballet Austin’s Butler Center for Dance & Fitness. She has danced with Disney Entertainment Arts (Los Angeles), Third Coast Jazz (Austin), Austin Musical Theatre (Austin), Halau Ho’ola Ka Mana O Hawai’i (Dallas and Houston), and as a featured dancer in the movie Miss Congeniality (2000). She taught undergraduate and graduate education courses at The University of Texas at Austin’s College of Education and was the co-founder of an educational research firm. She has been involved in research funded by The Wallace Foundation, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the National Institutes for Child and Human Development (NICHD), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Her publications include The Developmental Benefits of Playgrounds (2004), the CPSC’s Age Determination Guidelines: Relating Children’s Ages to Toy Characteristics and Play Behavior (2002), as well as numerous chapters and articles in the field of early childhood education.

Pei-San holds a Master of Arts in Education with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction from The University of Texas at Austin and has completed her doctoral course work in the same field. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Pedagogy and a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from the University of California at Irvine. She also holds the title of Kumu Hula, which is equivalent to a graduate degree in the study of hula.

Alexa Capareda, Ballet Instructor

Alexa Capareda was born in the Philippines, where she began her dance training at Ballet Regina, following the Royal Academy of Dance curriculum. She attended the study program of the Ecole Superieure de Ballet Contemporain de Montreal in Canada, where she trained under renowned classical and contemporary artists and performed with Le Jeune Ballet du Quebec in works by Gioconda Barbuto, Shaun Hansell, and Jean-Louis Morin. While in Montreal, she performed as a guest soloist with Ballet Ouest in their production of “The Nutcracker.” In 2011, Alexa joined Mario Radacovsky’s newly formed contemporary company, Balet Bratislava, in Slovakia, as one of 16 original company members. Aside from working with Radacovsky on the company’s repertoire of neoclassical and contemporary works, Alexa had the privilege of performing Jiri Kylian’s Falling Angels and Six Dances and performing creations by Libor Vaculik, Sarka Ondrisova, and Jan Durovcik.

Alexa has been teaching ballet and contemporary at Ballet Austin’s Butler Center for Dance & Fitness since 2013. She also dances professionally with Austin-based Arcos Dance and has performed with Andrea Beckham Dance Collaborative and Jennifer Hart’s Performa/Dance. Alexa received a BA in English with high honors from the University of Texas at Austin in 2015.

Ivana Castaneda, Latin Dance Instructor

Ivana Castaneda was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia. She moved to Dallas, Texas 9 years ago where she graduated from Booker T. Washington High school for the Performing and Visual Arts.

Ivana recently graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.F.A in Dance and a Business minor.
She has studied the disciplines of salsa, flamenco, modern, ballet, African dance, jazz, hip hop, Ballroom, and others. She trained and competed professionally in salsa dancing as a soloist and in a group with Calirumba Salsa Dance Academy. She has taught salsa, bachata at Calirumba and was an instructor at Flamingo Rhythmic Gymnastics Club for two years.
She currently is an instructor and a choreographer at Connections Dance company where she teaches ballet, hip hop, acro, Latin Fusion and jazz.
She is happy to join Ballet Austin as a Latin Fusion instructor.

Danielle Cortier, Ballet Instructor

Danielle is originally from South Bend, Indiana. After graduating from Ball State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Performance and a minor in Dance Education, she moved to NYC where she worked as a freelance performer and dance educator for 13 years. On top of freelance performance work, she danced with several companies including Eidolon Ballet in Concert and Mariana Bekerman Dance Company. She has performed all over NYC and the East Coast, including the Lincoln Center “Out of Doors” Festival, Jacob’s Pillow, and City Center Studios. She has also performed abroad in Japan. Danielle’s national credits include back up dancing for Twenty One Pilots on Late Night with Seth Meyers. Teaching has always been a large part of her life, and she taught at Ballet Academy East on the Upper East Side during her time in NYC. Danielle enjoys teaching students of all ages in many forms of dance including Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Modern, and Contemporary. She has been a Dancer, Assistant Choreographer, and US Company Manager with Keiko Fujii Dance Company based in Osaka, Japan since 2015.

Lisa Del Rosario

Lisa del Rosario, Feldenkrais Instructor

Lisa began her dance studies at the Margo Marshall School of Ballet and the Cleveland San Jose School of Ballet. She continued her training as a Heywood “Woody” McGriff Presidential Scholarship student at the University of Texas at Austin where she received her BFA in Dance. She also studied classical piano and violin for many years and in her later years Pilates, Yoga, Tai Chi, qigong, Droznin System, Vipassana Meditation, and the Feldenkrais Method® of movement education.

Lisa has danced professionally in the Philippines with The Philippine National Folk Dance Company, Bayanihan. She currently is a member of DA! Theatre Collective and Sheep Army/Elsewhere Dance Theatre, and also performs her own solo work, along with independent choreographers, locally, nationally, and internationally. She has taught and choreographed at the Dougherty Arts School, the McCallum High School Fine Arts Academy, Tapestry, and The Texas Arts Project at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School. Lisa is thrilled to be teaching at the Ballet Austin Academy and Ballet Austin’s Butler Center for Dance & Fitness.

Ahmad Hill, Dancer with the Butler Fellowship Program and Modern/Contemporary Instructor

Ahmad is from Chicago. He started dancing through the dance ministry of St. Mark Methodist Church and then trained with Russell Talbert until he was accepted to Chicago High School for the Arts (ChiArts). A meeting with Kevin Iega Jeff led Ahmad to the summer program with Deeply Rooted Dance Theater (DRDT) where he also met guest instructor Kevin Thomas who invited him to apprentice with his company, Collage Dance Collective. He also worked with Joshua Ishmon’s project-based company, Production: COLORS, before returning to DRDT where performed works such as Heaven, Church of Nations, When Men, and Flack. Most recently, Ahmad danced for GreeneWorks Project directed by Terrence Greene. He performed the lead in Greene’s Coming of the King and assisted Greene in setting his work Empathy on Ahmad’s alumni school ChiArts.

Arletta Howard-Logan

Arletta Howard-Logan, Ballet Instructor

Arletta began her relationship with Ballet Austin as a guest dancer in 1992. She has been on faculty since 1996, when the Austin Dance Academy (ADA), which she co-owned from 1986-1996, merged with the Ballet Austin Academy.

During her career, Arletta has focused on artistic direction, teaching, performing and choreographing for such establishments as Austin Ballet Theatre, Austin Conservatory of the Arts, San Angelo Civic Ballet, and Northcross Mall’s ice skaters. As a performer, she danced for institutions including Ballet Austin, Austin Ballet Theatre, Incarnate Word College Ballet in San Antonio, Corpus Christi Concert Ballet, Victoria Ballet Theatre, and Beaumont Civic Ballet.

Her professional experience, as well as the education she received as an aspiring dance pupil, helped to shape her distinctive approach to teaching dance. Arletta trained with the Royal Academy of Dancing Majors, earning various awards and accolades for her ballet technique. She has also studied with Oklahoma City Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, and several other schools and companies. Arletta enjoys making ballet available to both professional and non-professional dancers through her instruction at the Butler Center for Dance & Fitness.

Vivian Kaw

Vivian Kaw, Hawaiian Dance Instructor

Vivian was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. She began taking hula lessons from her mother, a hula teacher. These lessons eventually grew into a deep love of Hawaiian dance and culture. Vivian studied hula with Kumu Hula Keli’i Chang’s Halau Ho’ola Ka Mana O Hawai’i in Houston, Tx, and also studied with Kumu Hula Ellen Gay Delarosa (Polynesian Cultural Center, Laie, HI), Kumu Hula Keith Awai (Polynesian Cultural Center, Laie, HI), Kumu Hula Lorraine Daniels (Honolulu, HI), Kumu Hula Paul Ho’omanawanuiikana’auao Apo (Honolulu, HI), and Joyce Flaugher (San Antonio, TX).

She competed in the prestigious Merrie Monarch Hula Festival in April 2006 with Kumu Chang. She is a founding member of the Island Rhythms Hula Company in Austin, and is its current Artistic Director.

Mia Moi

Mia Moi, Dance & Fitness Instructor

Beginning dance at age 3, Mia has maintained multi-disciplinary training in ballet, contemporary, lyrical, modern, hip hop, jazz, and tap. She was born and raised in Houston, Texas, where she trained with the pre-professional company, BalletForte, under Michael Banigan and Dianne Jarrell. She also served as captain of the Dulles Dolls Dance Team under the mentorship of Angela Hayes.

Currently, Mia attends the University of Texas at Austin for Communication & Leadership and Psychology. As an undergraduate student, she is the director of Steel Dance Company. She also performs with local companies, such as ARCOS and Early Era Collective, and teaches at various studios in the Austin area.

Mia aspires to continue her passion for dance throughout her future career and is grateful to give back to Ballet Austin and Butler Center community.

Jean-Claude Lessou

Jean-Claude Lessou, West African Dance Instructor

Jean-Claude was born and raised in Abidjan, Ivory Coast in West Africa. He began dancing professionally at age 15, and performed with the Dante Theater Company for five years before touring the U.S. as principal dancer with Ballet Jolem. He regularly performs and teaches at dance camps and festivals throughout the U.S. He produced a special event for children at the Kennedy Center, performing masked dances from his own village. During the past 10 years, he taught at Lisangua Ya Bato Dance and Drum Camp in Woodstock, New York and worked with students and faculty at Goddard College, Saint Michael’s College, Middlebury College and Norwich University in Vermont. For the past several years, he has choreographed and taught classes at “Africa in the Ozarks”, a West African dance camp in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. He was also the lead choreographer for the Lannaya West African Drum and Dance Ensemble in Austin. Today he works regularly with high schools and dance studios around Austin to choreograph professional and student performances.

Brooke Mountain, Dance Instructor

Brooke Mountain was born and raised in Austin, training in dance from a young age. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance at Chapman University in Orange County, California, and double majored with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business. She moved back to Austin to invest in the community that nurtured her.
Brooke has experience in jazz, hip hop, contemporary, ballet, tap, salsa, and musical theater. She has graced stages including The Ellen Degeneres Show, World of Dance, House of Torment, and the Moody Theater.

We are excited to have Brooke on our team.

April Nygaard, Certified Pilates and Barre Fitness Instructor

April is a Minnesota native found Pilates 15 years ago while on a quest to gain more energy, flexibility, and strength. Not only did she see a positive transformation of her body but she also truly looked forward to working out. In 2014 April began her journey to become a certified Pilates instructor by taking the STOTT Pilates Mat and Reformer courses. She loves to teach both group and private lessons and share her passion for mindful movement with others to help them reach their goals and improve their wellness.

Currently, April is certified in all levels of Pilates Mat, Reformer and Barre. Her goal is to continue taking courses and workshops to expand her knowledge of Pilates and improve as an instructor. When not teaching, April enjoys studying and learning about nutrition, holistic healing, and alternative medicine. She also loves traveling, music (especially 80’s New Wave), animals, cooking, reading, and spending time with her family.

Lauren Parra

Lauren Parra, Dance & Fitness Instructor

Lauren has danced ever since she could walk. Originally from Austin, she studied Dance at Skidmore College in Upstate New York. While at school, Lauren had the opportunity to perform in many shows and to teach dance in the local community. She has studied an array of styles including Jazz, Hip Hop, Modern, Ballet, Salsa, and Tap. Lauren has taught hip hop and jazz in both New York and Austin and has experience teaching all ages. Lauren has a passion for dance which she loves imparting to students of all ages. She is excited to be a member of the Ballet Austin Butler Center for Dance & Fitness Faculty.

Elise Pekarek, Company Dancer and Certified Pilates Instructor

Originally from the Chicago area, Elise began her ballet training with Judith Svalander in Crystal Lake, Illinois. In 2007 she was accepted into Ballet Austin’s Trainee Program and moved to Austin to further her dance education. In 2009 Elise joined Ballet Austin II and became a Ballet Austin company member in 2011.

Elise had utilized Pilates as a part of her ballet training and as a means of injury prevention and rehabilitation, but after moving to Austin Elise found a passion for Pilates, fitness and wellness. In 2009, Elise studied with Ann Arnoult and became certified in the D.K. Body Balancing Method of Pilates mat instruction. She finished her Balanced Body Pilates training with Lisa McKenny in 2011 and has a BA in Business Administration through Columbia College of Missouri.

Elise firmly believes in how Pilates supports well being and movement at any stage in life and enjoys sharing that passion through her work in the Pilates center at Ballet Austin.

Ashley Piper, Certified Pilates Instructor

 

Ashley recently retired from Ballet Austin after 22 years as a professional dancer. During her time with the company, she danced principal roles in works by Stephen Mills, George Balanchine, Twyla Tharp, Pontus Lidberg, Lar Lubovitch, and Christopher Wheeldon, and enjoyed performing leading roles in full-length ballets such as Hamlet, Romeo & Juliet, Swan Lake and Giselle. Ashley grew up outside of Chicago where she began her dance training with Ms. Sherry Moray-Marsala.

Ashley was first introduced to Pilates as a young dancer, and it has continued to support her dancing, fitness, and wellness goals throughout her life. In 2019, she began training to become a certified Pilates instructor to share the benefits of this wonderful movement practice with her community. She is certified through Balanced Body and has trained with Master Instructors Julie Lushington and Karen Sanzo. She completed a specialized certification in Prenatal/Postnatal Pilates as well as continuing education in anatomy and physiology for women’s health. As a mother of two, Ashley is especially passionate about supporting women to keep moving through pregnancy and beyond.

Ashley has a BA in Dance and The Humanities from St. Edward’s University. She is a member of the Ballet Austin Academy Faculty and is also a 500hr certified Dharma Yoga instructor with additional certifications in Prenatal/Postnatal Yoga, Restorative Yoga, and Ayurvedic Wellness. She believes in promoting wellness through movement for every body through all ages and stages of life.

With her background in dance and Yoga, Ashley has enjoyed teaching movement for almost 25 years and is excited to be a part of the team at the Pilates Center.

Rohit Ramachandran

Rohit Ramachandran, Bollywood Dance Instructor

Rohit graduated with a distinction in Attakkalari’s Diploma in Movement Arts and Mixed Media, and he has studied & trained in Bharatanatyam, Ballet, and Contemporary dance techniques.

He has great energy and teaches a super-fun class!

Megan Richard

Megan Richard, Certified Pilates Instructor and Ballet Instructor

Megan began training in ballet at the age of four in Lake Charles, La. She was first introduced to Pilates in 2001 through her studies in dance. She quickly noticed how effective the exercises were in strengthening and toning the body, as well as helping enforce proper alignment and aiding in injury prevention. Recognizing the compliment to her ballet technique, she continued practicing Pilates throughout her performing career.

In 2008, Megan received her Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Arts with a concentration in Photography from McNeese State University and began teaching ballet while continuing to dance.

Megan is enthusiastic about pursuing a career that promotes a healthy, active lifestyle for herself and others while staying involved in the Arts. She began her Balanced Body Comprehensive Training with Susan Clark in 2017. She attended Pilates on Tour in 2018 and had the opportunity to receive continuing education from Shari Berkowitz, Diedra Manns, Karen Clippinger, Tom McCook, and Joy Puleo.

Megan is a Balanced Body-trained and PMA® Certified Pilates Instructor.

Lucy Record, Ballet Instructor

Lucy Record received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance at the University of Texas in 1977.

Lucy was awarded summer scholarships to American Ballet Theatre, performed with the Houston Allegro Ballet Company, the European tour of “The International Festival of Youth Orchestras and Ballet,” Austin Ballet Theatre, New York’s modern company, Facets, and New Jersey’s The Whole Theatre’s Modern Company.

She has been a musical theater choreographer in more than 50 musicals.

She has recently been teaching ballet in the Los Angeles area and is excited to be teaching at Ballet Austin’s Butler Center for Dance & Fitness

Leanna Rinaldi, Ballet Instructor

Leanna is originally from Frisco, Texas. She began taking dance classes at a very young age. She trained at Chamberlain Performing Arts, School of American Ballet and Miami City Ballet School. In 2013 Leanna was hired into the company at Miami City Ballet and spent 7 seasons there. She’s danced a diverse repertoire of works by world renown choreographers that include George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Justin Peck, Nacho Duato, Alexei Ratmansky, Paul Taylor, and Twyla Tharp.

Leanna relocated to Austin, TX and spent one season with Ballet Austin dancing roles choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, George Balanchine and Stephen Mills.

Join Leanna for an adult ballet class!
Morgan Stillman

Morgan Stillman, Company Dancer and Certified Pilates Instructor

Morgan Stillman is a member of Ballet Austin’s professional company and a certified Pilates instructor. He is originally from Fort Wayne, Ind., and joined the Ballet Austin company for the 2017/18 season after dancing two years with Nevada Ballet Theater where he was featured in a variety of classical and contemporary roles. Morgan received most of his formal training at Indiana University Ballet Theater under the guidance of Michael Vernon, Violette Verdy, Jacques Cesbron, Guo Pin Wang, Victoria Lyras, and Shawn Stevens.

Morgan is also a certified Pilates instructor where he received his training and certification at Las Vegas’s Classical Pilates Comprehensive Pilates Training Program.

Dereke’ Thompson, Hip Hop Instructor

Dereke’ Thompson is a dancer, choreographer, and personal trainer and has taught group fitness and hip hop classes for several years and brings great energy to his classes.

He has trained with Monsters of Hip Hop, Millenium Dance Complex, The Edge, and more.

Ramsay Wall

Ramsay Wall, Dance Fitness Instructor

Ramsay has taught many forms of movement for more than 15 years. She began teaching spin classes in 2001 and then ventured into Pilates and yoga. In the last few years, Ramsay has expanded her fitness repertoire to teach dance fitness classes, fusion classes, and barre. She is a registered Yoga teacher (E-RYT 200), a certified mat Pilates instructor, a certified barre instructor, a licensed Dance-Fit instructor, and has a general group exercise certification through AFAA.

Her primary goal is to make her students feel at home, happy, and healthy in her classes. She takes pride in doing so, and loves what she does! You will enjoy her upbeat and personal teaching style.

Kelsey Walsh, Dance and Fitness Instructor

Kelsey, born and raised in Chicago, began her formal training at Visceral Dance Center under the direction of Nick Pupillo. She went on to receive her BFA in dance from the University of Arizona. Kelsey apprenticed for River North Dance Chicago and received additional training from Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Keigwin + Company, the Movement Invention Project, and Joffrey Ballet intensive programs.

Kelsey has danced for Walt Disney World, Odyssey Dance Theatre, and Justin Giles’ SoulEscape. She most recently traveled with the National Broadway tour of Dirty Dancing as an ensemble dancer and the Penny understudy.

Kelsey is signed with the Movement Talent Agency in Los Angeles and the Neal Hamil Agency as well as Naturally Fit Agency in Texas. Her most recent commercial credits include American Horror Story, Audi, Jimmy Johns, HP, and TravelTX.

Taylor Williams

Taylor Williams, Ballet and Barre Instructor

Born in Houston, Texas, Taylor began her ballet training under the direction of Gilbert Rome & Margo Marshall, founder of City Ballet of Houston. She also studied under Victoria Vittum, now director of Ballet Center of Houston. Taylor was involved with the Southwest Regional Ballet Festival for seven years.

Her performances include many independent works as well as the classics such as Pas de Quatre, The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, and Les Sylphides. She received numerous scholarships including Dance Aspen, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Southern Methodist University, and The University of Oklahoma. Taylor spent her summers studying at renowned summer intensive programs at Ballet Austin, Joffrey Ballet, International Ballet Competition Dance School, and Summer Wind at Oklahoma University.

Taylor attended college at The University of Texas and accepted an apprenticeship as a trainee with Ballet Austin. Taylor later danced with Austin Contemporary Ballet and then after transferring and graduating from Auburn University, continued dancing as a company member of Festival Ballet of Atlanta. She began teaching ballet at Briarwood Ballet in Birmingham, Al., and then had the opportunity of studying and teaching under David Keary at Ballet Mississippi; with Kirt & Linda Hathaway at The Hathaway School of Ballet in Dallas, Texas; Dallas Contemporary Ballet; Encore Dance School in Stillwater, Okla.; and at Oklahoma State University.

Erick Yanez, Hip Hop Instructor

Erick started dancing at the age of 16. Self-taught in hip hop, he began taking dance classes at Burnet High School where he learned the principal elements of dance. From the moment he started, he fell in love with dance and entered into his first of two dance competitions. He placed in the Top 10 overall in both of them and received performance/showmanship awards along with a scholarship to New York Dance Experience. This provided multiple opportunities as an instructor and a performer.

Erick has performed as a dancer in House of Torment, numerous music videos, and Premios Texas with multiple artists like Gloria Trevi, Chingo Bling, Grupo Treo, and Danie Pearl just to name a few. Erick is an instructor at various studios throughout the Austin area and continues to spread his love for dance with others.

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