TAMMIE MAGEE REINSCH is the director of the Contemporary program at Ballet Academy, and teaches Tap, Jazz, and Modern. 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. Her ballet generation# received the Outstanding Choreography Award from Youth America Grand Prix in 2018.
ALLISON D’AUTEUIL-WHITFIELD is the Director of the Young Dancer program at the Ballet Academy. Beginning her nineteenth year, she teaches the young students Ballet, Musical Theater, 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 Three 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 twenty years. Her choreography for the Ballet Ensemble of Texas, the Academy’s resident ballet company, received the Regional Dance America National Commissioning Award in 2009.
THOM CLOWER is one of the most energetic and inspiring teachers across the country, his evangelistic approach to teaching has touched the lives and careers of dancers around the world for 40 years. 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. Mr. Clower has been a guest teacher for Regional Festivals since 1992, and faculty at the National Festival both in 1997 and 2007. He 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. Thom Clower has worked around the world as a freelance master teacher and choreographer. Thom Clower joined Ballet Ensemble of Texas as Artistic Director in August of 2018.
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 through Level Three. She also serves as Ballet Mistress for the Ballet Ensemble of Texas.
EMILIA HOTZ was born and raised in Mexico City. 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 thirteen years.
LESLIE PECK is an Associate Professor at Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts. She was trained at the School of American Ballet and at age seventeen Peck joined the New York City Ballet under the direction of George Balanchine. She went on to dance soloist roles with the Pennsylvania Ballet and later became a principal dancer with Houston Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Ballet International in London and Richmond Ballet where she also served as Ballet Mistress for sixteen years. She is a recognized authority on Balanchine ballets and one of the few dancers authorized to stage Balanchine ballets by the Balanchine Trust.
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.