SUMMER FACULTY 2021

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Ballroom

Angela Brooks

Ms. Brooks received her early training at Berkley Evans School of Dance in her hometown of Florissant, MO. She spent her summers on scholarship at Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago and went to major in Dance Performance at Oklahoma City University.

Her professional performing credits include cruise ship contracts; a US  Tour (Singin’ In the Rain); European Tour (GREASE); work in several original staged musical productions as well as numerous regional musical theatre productions.

In 2007, after watching the documentary, Mad Hot Ballroom, Angie became so inspired by the work of Pierre Dulaine and his Dancing Classrooms program that she began to immerse herself into the world of ballroom and Latin dance. Today, she serves as the Executive Director of St.  Louis Dancing Classrooms (SLDC), a non-profit social development program that uses ballroom dance as a vehicle to help empower young people to live with greater elegance, dignity, respect, kindness, and understanding. In addition to her work with SLDC, Angie is a professional ballroom dancer/instructor/choreographer and coaches students of all ages and levels. Many of her students have won top honors in their divisions at both local and national competitions. In 2018, Ms. Brooks and Mark Bulanda were crowned the Dancing With the St. Louis Stars Champions. 

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Ballet

Rebecca Cornett

Ms. Cornett has been dancing as a company dancer with the St. Louis Ballet since 2014, where she has danced various roles such as Juliet in Gen Horiuchi’s Romeo and Juliet, Nine Sinatra Songs by Twyla Tharp, the Turning Girl in George Balanchine’s Who Cares?, Neapolitan in Gen Horiuchi’s Swan Lake, Winter Fairy in Gen Horiuchi’s Cinderella, and Princess Florine in Gen Horiuchi’s Sleeping Beauty. She has also worked with several choreographers, including Greg Dolbashian, Emery LeCrone, Tom Gold, and Michael Uthoff. Before St. Louis Ballet, she trained at Pacific Northwest Ballet under the direction of Peter Boal and Boston Ballet School under the direction of Margaret Tracey. She won the bronze medal at the World Ballet Competition in the pre-professional category in 2010. 

Storybook Program

Dana Golio

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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Ballet

Elizabeth Lloyd

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.

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Ballet

Lori Wilson

Ms. Wilson began her training at Ballet Lubbock with Suzanne Aker under the direction of Yvonne Racz-Key. She later attended The Rock School for Dance Education where she competed in Youth America Grand Prix and placed in the top twelve for her contemporary solo choreographed by Christopeher Fleming. While attending the Chatauqua Institute's summer ballet program, she had the honor of performing Mark Diamond's world premiere, Maestoso, with the North Carolina Dance Theatre (now the Charlotte Ballet). In the summer of 2008, Ms. Wilson toured China performing with the Long Beach Ballet. Since joining St. Louis Ballet in 2008, Ms. Wilson has had the honor of dancing numerous leading and title roles in ballets such as: Cinderella, Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia, Swan Lake, Giselle and Romeo and Juliet. She has worked with choreographers such as Pam Tanowitz, Amy Siewert, Christopher D'amboise, Francis Patrelle, Emery Lecrone, Kam Saunders and Brian Enos among others. Ms. Wilson has also danced in numerous Balanchine ballets such as Serenade, Western Symphony, Who Cares?, Allegro Brilliante, Valse Fantasie and Rubies. She has had the honor of originating roles in a myriad of ballets created by director Gen Horiuchi. Ms. Wilson has also danced works by notable choreographers such as Christopher Wheeldon, Gerald Arpino, and Twyla Tharp. She has been a guest artist with several ballet schools including: Evansville Ballet, Indiana Ballet, Ballet Lubbock, Toledo Ballet, and Huntsville Ballet. Ms. Wilson had her choreographic debut in 2018 with the premiere of her ballet, Night Rise. She recently completed her second work for the company to premiere in the fall. Ms. Wilson has been a permanent faculty member of St. Louis Ballet School since 2013. She is a passionate and energetic teacher who is thrilled to pass on her experiences and love of ballet to her students

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Ballet, Contemporary, Conditioning

Michael Burke

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 fifth 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 the pas de deux of Christopher Wheeldon’s The American, Twyla Tharp’s Nine Sinatra Songs, 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.

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Hip Hop

Angela Elgani

Born and raised in St. Louis, Ms. Elgani has toured the world with Britney Spears, N’ SYNC, Justin Timberlake, Backstreet Boys, Christina Aguilera and more.  Local grown dancer and performer, Angela is back in her home town with her 6 year old daughter.  Her lifelong passion for dance has accumulated over the years as she has trained/mastered almost every style of dance. She also has skills in choreography, productions, and singing.

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Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz,

Musical Theater, Storybook

Kendall Heuman

Kendall is thrilled to be in her second year on faculty at Saint Louis Ballet School. Originally from Springfield IL, Kendall grew up dancing with the Springfield Ballet Company and performed in theatrical productions such as “West Side Story” with the Springfield Muni Opera. In May of 2020, she graduated with departmental honors with a BFA in Dance, emphasis in Ballet, from Webster University. At Webster, Kendall trained with Michael Uthoff, Alicia Graf Mack, Maggi Dueker, Beckah Reed, and worked with many choreographers around the country. In the summer of 2018, she studied abroad in Geneva, Switzerland to study Ballet and European Contemporary Dance. Since Graduating, she danced in “Do not go Gentle” with choreography by Jacob Henss and performed with The Big Muddy Dance Company as a trainee for their 2020-2021 season.

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Ballet, Musical Theater, Storybook

Lauren McCart

Ms. McCart 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.

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Ballet

Lisa Wolfsberger

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 40 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.

In all humility and with great pride Lisa wants it known that she was one of the original and pioneering members of the St Louis Ballet Company. All those years ago Lisa and a group of local dancers dedicated themselves to realizing a dream for a professional ballet company in their home town of St Louis. She is extremely proud of her legacy and the dream realized!

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 performance company. Ms. Wolfsberger has been on staff with St.Louis Ballet School since 2001.

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Ballet

Lauren Christensen

Originally from Kansas City, Lauren began her training at the Kansas City Ballet. Upon graduating she moved to New York City to dance under Gelsey Kirkland at the Joffrey Ballet. She continued her training and performance at Ballet Austin, Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet, and Nashville Ballet’s 2nd company. Since joining the Saint Louis Ballet in 2013, Lauren has performed in numerous ballets by renowned choreographers including George Balanchine, Twyla Tharp, Christopher Wheeldon, Gen Horiuchi, Emery Lecrone, and Christopher d’Amboise. Her featured roles include the Pas de Deux couple in Gerald Arpino’s “Light Rain”, Snow Queen in “The Nutcracker”, Candide and Jewels from “Sleeping Beauty”, Lead Swan in “Swan Lake”, Summer Fairy and Gypsy Queen in “Cinderella”. Lauren discovered her love of teaching in 2015 when she joined the Saint Louis Ballet School faculty.

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Ballet

Colin Ellis

Mr. Ellis was born and raised in McHenry, IL. After 14 years of training with Judith Svalander School of Ballet; Colin attended Indiana University and graduated in three years with a BS in Ballet Performance with an outside field in arts management. After graduating, Colin went to BalletMet of Columbus, OH’s 2nd company for a year before beginning his career as a company member with St. Louis Ballet in 2017. Colin will be approaching his 4th season with the St. Louis ballet Company. Throughout his college and company years, Colin has had the privilege to perform works from George Balanchine, Anthony Tudor, Paul Taylor, Merce Cunningham, Gen Horiuchi, Edwaard Liang, Gustavo Ramirez Sanso, Michael Pink, and Michael Vernon, among others. Colin has been teaching ballet, character, contemporary, men’s, partnering, pre-pointe, and pointe since 2014 and is excited to continue to teach the students of St. Louis.

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Ballet

CiCi Houston

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 Rehearsal Director for the company.

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Contemporary, Jazz,
Musical Theater

Andrea Paxton

Ms. Paxton 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.

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