Summer Faculty 2020

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Matthew Dibble

Matthew Dibble performs with Twyla Tharp Dance and sets Tharp’s work all around the world. He was was scouted to join the Royal Ballet School at the age of 11, becoming a Royal Ballet Company member upon graduation. After five years with The Royal Ballet Company, he became a founding member of K Ballet Company in Japan. In 2002, Dibble was invited personally by Twyla Tharp to join the Tony Award-Winning Broadway musical Moving Out, in which he played principal parts. In 2010, he was the original principal in Twyla Tharp’s hit production Come Fly Away on Broadway.

Guest Teacher Week 3

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 Ballet Mistress for the company.

Advanced and Intermediate 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 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.

Advanced and Intermedate Ballet

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 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.

Contemporary and Ballet

Lauren Christensen

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.

Ballet Instructor all levels

Amy Herchenroether

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.

Intermediate and Advanced Ballet

Mariko Kumanomido

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.

Modern all levels, Ballet

Liz 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.


Andrea Paxton

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!

Contemporary and Jazz all levels

Angela Brooks

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!

Guest Instructor; Ballroom

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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.

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