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.
ALLAN KINZIE performed as a principal dancer with Dallas Ballet, Chicago City Ballet, and Boston Ballet in the U.S., and in Europe with the Ballet Theatre Francais de Nancy and Ballet du Nord. He is an accomplished Master Teacher and has taught at Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts, the Boston Ballet School, Southern Methodist University, Texas Christian University and the University of Oklahoma, where he was associate professor for many years. He is certified in the ABT Curriculum through level 3 and also the director of the Academy's official 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.
JENNIFER BOREN began her professional dance career with Tulsa Ballet Theatre and later danced with the Southwest Ballet and Festival Ballet in New Mexico, where she also served as assistant director and company teacher. She is beginning her second year teaching upper level ballet classes at the Academy.
SHOMARI SAVANNAH (Burtonsville, Maryland) began his dance training under the direction of Monica Harris, and went on to train at the Dance Institute of Washington. He is a graduate of the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA where he earned a B.F.A. in Dance. Shomari has received scholarships to attended summer intensives at the Rock School for Dance Education, Alonzo King Lines Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and most recently studied at The Ailey School from 2013 –2016 as both a scholarship and independent study student. Shomari has been a recipient of the Nadia Chilkovsky Founders Award and the Pennsylvania Balletʼs Choreographic Award, choreographing for Pennsylvania Balletʼs second company in 2015. He has performed works by a range of choreographers including Alvin Ailey, William Forsythe, Alonzo King, Ray Mercer, Matthew Rushing, Zane Booker, and Meredith Rainey. While at The Ailey School, Shomari performed Memoria by Alvin Ailey with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 2014 and in 2016 he perform "Buked" from Mr. Ailey's Revelations during the companies opening night at Lincoln Center. From 2014-16 he performed numerous ballets by established and emerging choreographers as a member of the Ailey Student Performance Group. In 2015, Shomari joined the Teaching Artist roster of Aileyʼs Arts In Education & Community Programs. This is his first season with DBDT Encore!
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.