TAMMIE MAGEE REINSCH teaches Tap, Jazz, and Modern at the Ballet Academy. Since the age of three, she has studied all forms of dance as well as in college at TWU and UNT. She has served as the assistant director of the Plano Metropolitan Ballet and the director of dance at Titans Gymnastics Center. She has taught full-time for the Academy since 1997, and choreographs regularly for the Ballet Ensemble of Texas.
ALLISON D’AUTEUIL-WHITFIELD is beginning her 17th year teaching young students all forms of dance at the Ballet Academy, including Ballet, Musical Theatre, and Hip Hop. She was previously the Dance Program Director for the Sonshine Academy in Arkansas. She has a degree in Psychology and Sociology from Hendrix College. She is a certified instructor through level 3 in ABT’s National Training Curriculum.
JENNY JOHNSTON has taught on the ballet staff of Dallas Ballet, Ballet Dallas, and the Arts Magnet High School. She received her BFA in Ballet at TCU while also performing as a soloist with the Fort Worth Ballet. Ms. Johnston has been teaching advanced and intermediate ballet for the Academy for the past 20 years. Her choreography for the Ballet Ensemble of Texas, the Academy’s resident ballet company, received the RDA National Commissioning Award in 2009.
Known as one of the most energetic and inspiring teachers across the country, Thom Clower's "evangelistic" approach to teaching has touched the lives and careers of dancers around the world for 40 years. With extensive training in the Vaganova, Balanchine, Cecchetti, and Bournonville techniques, Mr. Clower combines the qualities of each one of these styles to present a technique that is true and versatile.
Trained in Dallas, School of American Ballet, Paris, Amsterdam, and London, Thom performed eleven seasons with Dallas Ballet, served as Artistic Director of Ballet Dallas for eight seasons, Ballet Master for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and Artistic Director of Yuma Ballet Theatre in Arizona.
Believing very strongly in Regional Dance America, Mr. Clower served as the Director of Ballet at numerous RDA Craft of Choreography Conferences (NCI), and at The Glenda Brown Choreography Project. He has been a guest teacher for Regional Festivals since 1992, and faculty at the National Festival both in 1997 and 2007. Mr. Clower has proudly served in the capacity of Adjudicator for SERBA, RDA/NE, RDA/Mid States, RDA/SW, and will once again Adjudicate for SERBA in 2019.
Since 2001 Thom Clower has worked around the world as a freelance master teacher and choreographer. He has been a guest teacher for Oklahoma City Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater and Atlanta Ballet. He has been a guest teacher at Broadway Dance Center, as Associate Ballet Master for Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, and has served annually as Ballet Master for Young! Tanzsommer – Stars of Tomorrow International since 2002. Besides joining the staff of Ballet Academy of Texas, in August 2018 Mr. Clower will assume the role of Artistic Director of the Academy’s performing company, the Ballet Ensemble of Texas.
LINDSEY DANIEL received her training at the Ballet Academy of Texas and was a leading dancer with the Ballet Ensemble of Texas for several years. She has performed professionally with The Dallas Opera, Texas Dance Theatre, and Dallas Black Dance Theater II; where she was also the Assistant Director. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance, Psychology and Development and Family Studies from University of North Texas, and is certified in the ABT Curriculum for the Primary thru 3 Levels. She also serves as Ballet Mistress for the Ballet Ensemble of Texas.
EMILIA HOTZ was born and raised in Mexico City, Mexico. She studied at the National Fine Arts Institute where she graduated as a Classical Ballet Teacher. She also holds a BA in Education from the National University of Mexico. She performed professionally with the Mexico City Ballet and the National Dance Company of Mexico, and has been on staff at the Academy for 11 years. She teaches kindergarten Coppell ISD.
Emily Dixon Alba
Emily received her training at Ballet Academy of Texas under the direction of Lisa Slagle, Jenny Johnston, and Tammie Reinsch. During her student years she became a leading dancer with the Academy’s “Ballet Ensemble of Texas” performing company roles such as the “Sugar Plum Fairy” in “The Nutcracker” and the pas de deux from “Les Sylphides”. Upon graduation from high school she started dancing professionally with Tulsa Ballet II, Sarasota Ballet, and Colorado Ballet, and is currently a principal dancer with Avant Chamber Ballet in Dallas. Her teaching experience started in 2009 when she began to teach ballet classes to all ages and levels at Lifesong Studio. From 2011 to 2013, Emily was on staff at the official school of the Sarasota Ballet, The Sarasota Ballet Academy. During those years, Emily assisted students through RAD training as well as helped to stage multiple productions for the academy.
GLORIA DE LA GARZA PEMBERTON teaches Yoga classes at the Academy which are designed specifically for dancers. She has been in the fitness profession for over twenty years. She currently has over 250 hours of training in Power Vinyasa, Hatha, Ashtanga and Raja Yoga.