Announcing Summer Faculty 2020

Matthew Dibble

Guest Teacher Ballet: Featured July 6-10

Matthew Dibble was born in Halifax, West Yorkshire, U.K.  At the age of 11, he entered the Royal Ballet School White Lodge where he trained for five years followed by two years in the Royal Ballet Upper School.  Upon graduating, he became a member of the Royal Ballet under the directorship of Anthony Dowell.  In his five years in the company, Matthew rose to First Artist, dancing many roles including those created for him by choreographers such as Christopher Wheeldon, William Forsythe, Ashley Page, Twyla Tharp, William Tuckett, and Michael Clark. 

In 1999 Matthew decided to leave the Royal Ballet to become a founding member of K Ballet Tokyo.  He spent three years in Japan, working closely with director Tetsuya Kumakawa and choreographers such as Roland Petit.  He danced many leading roles in the classics and modern classics including those by Sir Frederick Ashton. 

Matthew was then invited to the United States where he began a close collaboration with famed choreographer Twyla Tharp.  He became a member of her company Twyla Tharp Dance, later joining the cast of her smash hit musical “Movin’ Out” to the music of Billy Joel.  He appeared in several parts including the principal roles of Eddie and James in both the Broadway production in New York and the West End production in London. 

In 2007, Matthew returned to Europe to join Matthew Bourne’s company, Adventures in Motion Pictures in London, dancing in the production of “The Car Man, Bizet’s Carmen Reimagined” around the United Kingdom.  During this time, he also became a guest principal artist with the Scottish Ballet, worked with Benjamin Millepied and was a member of Christopher Wheeldon’s company Morphoses in New York City. 

Thereafter, Matthew came back to Broadway in 2010 to create the principal role of Chanos in Tharp’s new musical “Come Fly Away” which he then danced on tour around the world as well as at the Tony Awards.

Two decades after first inviting Matthew to join her company, Tharp continues to create many featured works for him, including Yowzie and Beethoven Opus 130 featured during Twyla Tharp Dance’s 50th Anniversary Tour.  Along with dancing, Matthew now has the great honor of staging both Benjamin Millepied and Twyla Tharp’s works in the United States and abroad, along with leading master classes and workshops for students and professionals alike. 

Tiffany Mori

Guest Teacher Ballet: Featured July 20-24 and part time July 27-31

Tiffany Mori was born in Osaka, Japan where she began her training at the Soda Ballet School. After being awarded the silver medal at the National Ballet Competition in Japan, Ms. Mori traveled to the U.S. to complete her training at the Miami City Ballet School, under the direction of Edward Villella. Ms. Mori began her professional career with Tulsa Ballet and BalletMet Columbus, then proceeded to join the Saint Louis Ballet under the direction of Gen Horiuchi in 2009. As a leading artist of the company she has performed principal roles in full-length ballets including: Coppelia, Romeo and Juliet, Don Quixote, Nutcracker, and Sleeping Beauty, and has also starred in works by Twyla Tharp and George Balanchine. She has originated roles in world premieres created by Amy Seiwert, Brian Enos, Monique Meunier, Emery LeCrone, Francis Patrelle and Tom Gold, to name a few. Every summer, from 2011-2018, Ms. Mori was invited by Gen Horiuchi to dance in the Ballet for the Future Gala, performing in cities all over Japan. She was also asked by Tom Gold in 2018 to premiere his work in New York City, for Tom Gold Dance. While dancing, Ms. Mori obtained her degree in Chemistry and Mathematics from University of Missouri graduating magna cum laude. Pointe Magazine featured Ms. Mori in an article that depicted her ability to successfully balance her full-time career while earning herbachelors in their Oct. 2016 issue. She is delighted to be passing her knowledge down to students around the Saint Louis community and has been a faculty member at Center Of Creative Arts (COCA), Saint Louis Academy of Dance, and DK Dance Productions. Ms. Mori strives to provide a safe learning environment for her students in the classroom by being certified in Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED and YPAD (Youth Protection Advocates for Dance). Ms. Mori hopes students will gain the passion and joy of dance through their dedication and commitment in their class, and to utilize the tools they acquire to achieve and fulfill their goals.

CiCi Houston

Advanced and Intermediate Ballet: Featured July 13-17

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.

Lara Teeter

Guest Teacher Musical Theater/Broadway: July 13-17 and July 27-31

Lara Teeter, Head, Musical Theatre Program; BA, Oklahoma City University, 1978; Doctoral Equivalency, California State University, Fullerton, 1996. At Webster since 2007.

Lara Teeter has performed, directed and choreographed for major regional theatre and opera houses nationwide. Prior to coming to the Conservatory, Lara was an associate professor at the Shenandoah Conservatory, an associate professor in the Theatre and Dance Department at California State University at Fullerton, an assistant professor in the Music Theatre Certificate program in the School of Speech at Northwestern University, and the artistic director of Light Opera Works in Evanston, Illinois.

He was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance in the 1982 revival of the Rodgers and Hart classic On Your Toes performing the role of Junior Dolan, originally portrayed by Ray Bolger in 1936. Other Broadway credits include The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas, The Pirates of Penzance, Happy New Year, and Seven Brides For Seven Brothers. Other roles performed in prominent theatres include Jamie Lockhart in The Robber Bridegroom, Steven Kodaly in She Loves Me, Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady, and the Dentist in Little Shop of Horrors. National Tours include the role of Don Lockwood in Singin' In The Rain, Will Parker in Oklahoma!, and the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz starring Mickey Rooney and Eartha Kitt. Lara has performed at Lincoln Center with the New York City Opera as Silas Slick in Naughty Marietta, and as Herman in The Most Happy Fella. He made his Lyric Opera of Chicago debut performing the role of Steve Sankey in Street Scene starring Catherine Malfitano.

Directing credits include My Fair Lady for Opera Pacific, The Pirates of Penzance for San Bernardino Civic Light Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, and Dayton Opera, Jacques Brel is Alive and Living In Paris for the Hollywood Cinigrill, and The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas for the Fullerton Civic Light Opera.

Recordings include the original Broadway cast recording of the 1982 revival of On Your Toes, the Gershwin Trust/Library of Congress first ever recording of Gershwin's "Lady Be Good," and the Grammy Award nominated recording of The Wizard of Oz starring Mickey Rooney and Eartha Kitt. In the summer of 2000, Lara made his Carnegie Hall debut performing the role of Henry Higgins in a tribute to the work of Lerner and Loewe

Angela Brooks

Guest Teacher: Ballroom: July 13-24

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!

Lisa Wolfsberger

Advanced and Intermedate Ballet: Featured July 27-31

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.

Mark David Bloodgood

Guest Teacher Certified Pilates

Originally from Seattle, Washington, Mark-David Bloodgood trained under Konnect Pilates master teachers, Viktor and Kelly Uygan and is a graduate of the Balanced Body Comprehensive Training Program. In addition to over a decade of Pilates training across the country, Mr. Bloodgood is also a full-time professional ballet dancer with ARC Dance Company and the Saint Louis Ballet. Mr. Bloodgood loves bringing his dance knowledge and experience as a "mover" to his work in Pilates.

Michael Burke

Contemporary and Ballet

Michael Burke of Mexico, Missouri received his year-round training at Presser Performing Arts Center, School of Missouri Contemporary Ballet, and Beijing Dance Academy. Additionally, he spent his summers studying at Point Park University, Milwaukee Ballet, and Nashville Ballet. Michael graduated magna cum laude with a BFA in Ballet from University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, where highlights of his performances included dancing in Anthony Krutzkamp’s Similar and the role of Benno in Swan Lake. Professionally, Michael has appeared with Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance, Kentucky Ballet Theatre, Birmingham Ballet, and Deos Contemporary Ballet and is currently in his fourth season as a company member with Saint Louis Ballet under the direction of Gen Horiuchi. During his time with Saint Louis Ballet he has enjoyed performing in George Balanchine’s Rubies and Serenade, as Hilarion in Giselle, and as an original cast member in works by Amy Seiwert, Emery LeCrone, Frances Patrelle, Kameron Saunders, and Kevin Jenkins.

Lauren Christensen

Ballet Instructor all levels

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

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.

Liz Lloyd

All Levels Ballet

Originally from North Carolina, Ms. Lloyd began her ballet training with Ballet Spartanburg where she studied with Carlos Agudelo and Lona Gomez. She later attended University of North Carolina School of the Arts, under the direction of Ethan Stiefel. At the age of sixteen, Ms. Lloyd was invited to attend the San Francisco Ballet School’s year-round program. She had the opportunity to perform with San Francisco Ballet in several productions and to study with Lola De Avila, Tina LeBlanc, and Sofiane Sylve. She received several scholarships and attended summer programs at Harid Conservatory, Boston Ballet, School of American Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, and Oregon Ballet Theater. Upon completing her training in San Francisco, she was offered a full scholarship to the Trainee Program at Oregon Ballet Theater under the direction of Christopher Stowell. She began her professional career with Saint Louis Ballet in 2014 and is excited about sharing her love of dance with Saint Louis Ballet School students.

Andrea Paxton

Contemporary and Jazz all levels

Andrea took her first dance class at the age of 5 and it was love at first step. Over the past 38 years she has studied the art of Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, Musical Theater, Hip-Hop & Modern.  In her years of training, she has been lucky to study under some of the biggest names in the industry today, such as Janice Barringer (Pace University NYC), Mia Michaels (Choreographer of Broadway’s Finding Neverland and Radio City Rockettes NYC Spectacular),Tyce Diorio (Emmy award winning choreographer on So You Think You Can Dance), Ray Leeper (Choreographer on So You Think You Can Dance), Marguerite Derricks (Choreographer of the 2009 movie "FAME" and the T.V. show "Bunheads.") Andrea has trained with Tremaine Dance, LA Dance Magic, The Edge Dance Center & Dupree Dance. She also minored in dance at Lindenwood University while majoring in Education. She is fortunate to have made a career out of her passion working as a professional dancer/singer, as well as dance instructor and award winning choreographer for the past 27 years. This job has offered many exciting opportunities and taken her all over the country, and across the world. Some highlights of her professional career include performing in shows at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis, The Lotte Theatre in Busan, South Korea, The Empire Theatre at Six Flags St. Louis, The Rio Hotel in Las Vegas, Harrah's in St. Louis, Kansas City and San Diego and Line Captain and Choreographer for St. Louis Steamers Steam Heat Dance Line. In 2020, she choreographed an ensemble piece for YAGP for Saint Louis Ballet School, which was invited to compete at the Grand Finals in New York City. Andrea is committed to her craft and committed to sharing and passing her passion and knowledge of dance onto her students.

Kimberly Morse-Biesiadecki

Ballet

Originally from Medford, Oregon, Kimberly Biesiadecki trained locally at various ballet schools. At the age of fourteen, she moved to the east coast and trained at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet under Marcia Dale Weary for three years. In 2012 she Joined Oregon Ballet Theater for one season before joining the Eglevsky ballet in New York.  In 2015 she joined Saint Louis ballet and retired in 2019. Kimberly spent her summers training on scholarship at Pacific Northwest Ballet, Harid Conservatory, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theater, Ballet West, and School of American Ballet. Some of her favorite ballets to perform have been George Balanchine’s: Rubies, Who Cares?, Divertimento No. 15, Gerald Arpiono’s Reflections, and Gen Horiuchi’s Romeo and Juliet.

Mariko Kumanomido

Modern

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.

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Dana Golio

Princess and Prince Classes Ages 3-6

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.

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