Summer Faculty 2019

Megan Buckley

Guest Instructor: Certified Pilates

Originally from St. Louis, Megan trained with Alexandra Ballet Company and traveled all over the country to study in Summer Intensive workshops. After graduating she moved to New York City, where she was a Joffrey Trainee followed by a move to Music City to study on scholarship with Nashville Ballet School. She was later hired by Milwaukee Ballet as a Trainee. Pilates was at first a hobby, and essential to my physical routine. In 2009 she accepted a contract with Portland Ballet Company where she at the same time earned her Pilate’s certification.

Angela Brooks

Guest Instructor; Intermediate and Advanced Levels Weeks 1 and 3

A native of St. Louis, Ms. Brooks discovered that dance was her greatest passion while training as a young girl at the Berkley Evans School of Dance in Florissant, MO. Trained in ballet, tap, jazz, modern and hip-hop, Ms. Brooks always had her sights set on becoming a professional dancer. From Chicago, NYC, and LA, to cruise ships and European tours, Angie’s professional credits include roles in such shows as GREASE, Singin' In The Rain, Guys & Dolls, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita and South Pacific to name a few.

In 2007, Angie’s life was significantly impacted while watching the documentary film, Mad Hot Ballroom. Inspired by the work of Pierre Dulaine as documented in the film, Angie grew curious about ballroom dance and it’s unique potential for strengthening bonds and building confidence in young people. Not knowing the difference between salsa and samba and having never taken a ballroom lesson, Ms. Brooks began her journey into the world of ballroom and Latin dance -- and it is inside this world that she has stayed!

Today, Ms. Brooks is the Executive Director of St. Louis Dancing Classrooms (SLDC), a non-profit social development program that uses ballroom dance to teach elegance, dignity, respect, and teamwork among elementary-aged students. In addition to her work with SLDC, Angie is a professional ballroom dancer, instructor, and choreographer who works with students of all ages and levels both privately and in a group setting. Whether inside the ballroom studio or inside an elementary school gym, Angie works to inspire, motivate, and encourage all of her students to explore and expand their talents while connecting to the joy that comes from dancing.

 

Ms. Brooks, along with her partner, Mark Bulanda are the 2018 Dancing With the St. Louis Stars Champions!

Lauren Christensen

Ballet Instructor for Junior, Intermediate and Open Evening Ballet Weeks 2, 3, 4

Originally from Kansas City, Lauren began her ballet training at the Kansas City Ballet. While there she trained under Karen Brown, Sean Duus, Alecia Good, and James Jordan. She performed with the Kansas City Youth Ballet and the main company annually in Todd Bolender's Nutcracker. After graduating high school she went on to train at the Joffrey Ballet in New York, Ballet Austin, and Alonzo King's LINES Ballet. Her teachers included Gelsey Kirkland, Davis Robertson, Steven Mills, Michelle Martin, Alonzo King, and Maurya Kerr. She then went on to perform with Nashville Ballet's second company where she was taught by Paul Vasterling, Tim Yeager, and Nicole Koenig. She joined the Saint Louis Ballet in 2013 and began teaching in 2015.

Amy Herchenroether

Intermediate and Advanced Ballet Week 2-3, Open Evening Classes

Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Ms. Herchenroether trained at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School under the direction of Marjorie Grundvig and Dennis Marshall. She completed two years on scholarship in Boston Ballet’s trainee program performing in company productions and studying with Margaret Tracey, Kathleen Mitchell, and Andre Reyes. Ms. Herchenroether spent summers training at the School of American Ballet, Boston Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and Canada’s National Ballet School. She started dancing with Saint Louis Ballet in 2013 and joined the summer program faculty in 2014.

CiCi Houston

Advanced Ballet Week 2

Ms. Houston received her training as a scholarship student from Theresa Lee Crawford in Detroit, Michigan, the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, and the Virginia School of the Arts under the direction of Petrus Bosman and David Keener, augmenting studies at summer programs in Houston, Boston, Cleveland, and Italy. As a former member of Saint Louis Ballet, Ms. Houston performed featured roles in ballets by numerous choreographers including George Balanchine, Gen Horiuchi, and Francis Patrelle. Ms. Houston has taught ballet in the St. Louis area since 1998. Also previously holding the title of Co-Artistic Director at Alexandra Ballet, during her twelve years there she taught all levels, oversaw rehearsals, served on the Board of Directors, tended to administrative duties, was a director for Regional Dance America, choreographed original works and restaged classics by Bournonville and Petipa. A lifelong enthusiast of various syllabi and repertoire, Ms. Houston has been influenced by the styles of Ashton, Balanchine, Cecchetti, Preobajenska, Vagonova, and considers the Bournonville style to be a particular specialty in her teaching. Having returned to the staff of Saint Louis Ballet School in 2015, Ms. Houston also serves as Ballet Mistress for the company.

Mariko Kumanomido

Modern all levels

Ms. Kumanomido is a native of St. Louis, began her professional training with Alexandra Zaharias at Alexandra School of Ballet. She studied dance at Washington University in St. Louis, and University of Missouri-Kansas City, graduating with a BFA in Dance. After graduation, she moved to New York City, and studied at the Alvin Ailey School as a scholarship student. In New York she danced professionally with Buglisi Dance Theater, C.Eule Dance, JessicaDanser/dansfolk, and the Martha Graham Ensemble. She recently completed the Teacher Training Program at the Martha Graham School and is a registered Graham-based modern teacher. While in NYC she taught creative movement and beginning ballet at Ballet Hispanico. She recently returned to St. Louis, and is currently dancing with Jennifer Medina/Common Thread Dance. She is happy to be sharing her love of dance with students in St. Louis.

Lauren Lane

Advanced Ballet Week 1

Ms. Lane is from Portland, OR where she trained with The Portland Ballet and later moved to Miami, FL to train with the Miami City Ballet. She has been a dancer with Saint Louis Ballet since 2008 where she performs principal roles in both classical and contemporary works. Some of her favorites include Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Odette in Swan Lake, Myrta in Giselle, 1st Movement Principal in Balanchine’s Western Symphony, Jumping Girl in Balanchine’s Who Cares?, and works by Gen Horiuchi, Tom Gold, Emery LeCrone, Christopher D’Amboise, among others.
 

Lexi Matthesen

Hip Hop Teacher; Junior, Intermediate and Advanced Week 2

Alexis, who goes by Lexi, grew up and received her training in all types of dance in Atlanta, Georgia. She spent her summers training at the School of American Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Houston Ballet, Carolina Ballet, Chautauqua, Charlotte Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, and several others. After graduating high school, she spent two seasons dancing with Charlotte Ballet before joining Saint Louis Ballet as a company member in 2014. In Atlanta, Lexi has trained extensively in hip hop with Khalil Johnson over the past several years. She has also taken classes from many notable hip hop dancers including members of “Swagger Crew”, who were on the TV show America’s Best Dance crew, as well as Gary Beauford, Brandon James, Lyrik London, Jordan Galloway and Keith Nedd. Lexi has taught all ages of ballet in Atlanta, and has taught hip hop for the past year at Saint Louis Ballet. She is also a certified hot yoga instructor.

Lauren McCart

Guest Instructor; Junior Ballet Week 1, Musical Theater All levels Weeks 1 and 4

Lauren received her training at St Louis Ballet School with Gen Horiuchi and Ellen Costanza. She continued her training at Charlotte Ballet’s Summer Intensive and attended Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Summer Intensive with a merit scholarship from the Dance Council. Lauren has danced professionally with the Saint Louis Ballet and with Missouri Ballet Theatre. She has performed in George Balanchine's “Serenade”, Pas de Trois in "Swan Lake",The Sugar Plum Fairy in "The Nutcracker", as well as in various roles in "Giselle", "Cinderella" and "The Sleeping Beauty". Along with her passion for ballet, she loves musical theatre and trained with LifeLight Youth Theatre. She performed as Belle in “Beauty and The Beast”, The Narrator in “Joseph and the Technicolor Dream Coat”, and has performed in the Muny chorus.

Andrea Paxton

Contemporary and Jazz all levels

Ms. Paxton took her first dance class at the age of 5 and it was love at first step. Over the past 28 years she has studied the art of tap, ballet, jazz, hip-hop, pointe, character, modern, lyrical and contemporary. In her years of training, she has been lucky to study under some of the biggest names in the industry today, such as Tyce Diorio (Judge & Choreographer of So You Think You Can Dance) and Marguerite Derricks (Choreographer of the 2009 movie "FAME".) She is fortunate to have made a career out of her passion and has been working as a professional dancer/singer, as well as dance instructor and choreographer for the past 12 years. This job has offered many exciting opportunities and taken her all over the country, as well as across the world. Some highlights of her career include performing in shows at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis, The Empire Theatre at Six Flags St. Louis, The Rio Hotel in Las Vegas, and the Lotte Theatre in Pusan, South Korea. For the past 5 years she has been working as a singer/dancer at Harrah's St. Louis, including shows at their San Diego and Kansas City properties. She is committed to her craft and committed to passing on her passion and knowledge to her students. LIVE-LOVE-DANCE!
 

Lori Wilson

Advanced Ballet

Ms. Wilson began her training at Ballet Lubbock under the direction of Yvonne Racz, and finished her training at The Rock School for Dance Education with Christopher Fleming, Mariaelena Ruiz and Servy Gallardo. She competed in Youth America Grand Prix and was a top twelve finalist. She studied at the Chautauqua Institute with Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, Patricia McBride and Mark Diamond. She has performed with the North Carolina Dance Theatre and as a guest artist with the Evansville Dance Theatre. She joined Saint Louis Ballet in 2008 where she has performed lead roles in SWAN LAKE, CINDERELLA, DON QUIXOTE, THE NUTCRACKER, SERENADE and has also been featured in pieces by Christopher d'Amboise, Amy Sewiert, Tom Gold, Francis Patrelle and Gen Horiuchi.

Lisa Wolfsberger

Advanced and Intermedate Ballet

Ms. Wolfsberger's dance background is broad in scope and has taken her nationwide and throughout Europe. Born in St.Louis, she has been a teacher of classical ballet for over 35 years. Her early training came from Alexandria Zaharias, Nathalie LeVine, and Michael Simms. Her professional career began with Missouri Concert Ballet (now St.Louis Ballet) where she danced as Principal for over 10 years with directors Ludmila Dokoudovski and Antoni Zelewski. She studied under Gary Hubler at Webster University while working towards a Bachelors degree in Dance. She has also studied extensively in New York City. Ms. Wolfsberger later became the ballet director at Dancers' Alley in Jefferson City Missouri. While living in Columbia Missouri, she was guest artist in residence, teaching ballet for Stephens College. Lisa has taught ballet at St. Mary's College and Notre Dame University in South Bend Indiana. When she lived in England, Ms. Wolfsberger taught master classes throughout the country and intiated her own training school. Lisa has been on staff with Chicago National Association of Dance Masters where she taught ballet and adjudicated dance competitions. Her students have gone on to dance professionally, earning college dance degrees, and teaching. Lisa continues to be invited as a guest artist, teaching master classes and summer programs throughout the country. She helped to intiate and was co-director of St. Louis Ballet School Ensemble, a student perfoarmance company. Ms. Wolfsberger has been on staff with St.Louis Ballet School since 2001.

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Dana Golio

Storybook Camp Instructor

Ms. Golio is a native of the Bronx, New York. She has been in the dance world for over 35 years with experience in dance training, instruction, performing and choreography. Dana comes from a dancing family. Her sister at present owns two studios in the NY area. Her parents, who were professional ballroom dancers, started training Dana at the tender age of 5. Dana along with her sister and parents won numerous awards. Dana took all subjects of dance throughout her life, such as Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Acro and of course Ballroom. Dana also trained with many teachers in the New York City area such as Mr. Al Gilbert, Charles Kelley, the Hoctor Family, and many other renowned instructors. She has always stayed faithful to her teacher and mentor Miss Dorothy who is still teaching in the Westchester area of NY. She was also a member of the dance troupe "The Doreyettes," which traveled around the tri-state area performing for all types or organizations, primarily the New York State Beauty Pageant.

Rekha Dravina

Pianist for Advanced Ballet Classes

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