Ballet Lubbock has launched the careers of professional dancers, choreographers, and teachers.

Ballet Lubbock is proud of all of our alums, including these men and women who have gone on to careers and notable endeavors in the field of dance:

company_alumni_michaelBurfieldMichael Burfield

He is a recipient of the Ballet Lubbock Yvonne Racz Award (formerly the Enid Gugi Racz Award).

He was formerly a Company Dancer with Ballet Austin and is now dancing with Sarasota Ballet Company. Burfield appeared in the 2013 Ballet Lubbock production of The Nutcracker, and the 2014 production of Coppelia as a guest artist.

aboutus_alumni_caracopelandCara Copland

Clara danced with the New York City Ballet for several years.

She now lives in Austin, Texas where she is a certified Pilates instructor and teaches exercise and therapeutic movement.

Shelly CumminsShelly Cummins

She is a professional dancer in New York City who fuses ballet with Eastern Dance. She has also worked as a dance teaching-artists for the New York City Ballet and has taught Yoga and dance therapy for mentally disturbed children at New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center.

aboutus_almuni_katerinadelawyerKaterina DeLawyer

Katerina is a dance major at Texas Christian University and recipient of the Nordan Fine Arts Scholarship. She has been chosen to perform soloist roles, including featured role in choreography by Susan Jaffe, American Ballet Theater Principal dancer.

Brogan DossBrogan Doss

Brogan is a graduate of the University of Texas where she was Captain of UT Pom Squad.

She is now the Dance Instructor & Knightline Coach at Regents School of Austin, Texas.

aboutus_alumni_elizabethgillaspyElizabeth Gillaspy

Elizabeth is a professional teacher and choreographer and is Associate Professor of Ballet at Texas Christian University. She is Past President for CORPS de Ballet International and has received the TCU College of Fine Arts Award for Teaching Excellence and the TCU Deans’ Award for Teaching Excellence. In 2006 she was named the National Dance Association’s College/University Dance Educator of the Year.

Emily HemmingsEmily Hemmings Farr

Emily is a Ballet Lubbock Yvonne Racz Award recipient (formerly the Enid Gugi Racz Award) and a graduate of Texas Tech University.

She has danced with Louisville Ballet Company and is currently the dance director at Balance Studio in Austin, Texas.

aboutus_alumni_kevinhockenberryKevin Hockenberry

He is the founding member and Artistic Director of Emote Dance Theater. He is former dancer with Menlowe Ballet, Mudita Arts for Peace, Company C Contemporary Ballet, Nevada Ballet Theatre, Nashville Ballet, Nashville In Motion and Ballet Austin.

aboutus_alumni_whitneyrobinsholleyWhitney Robins Holley

Whitney attended the University of Utah as a ballet major and served as ballet mistress to Collin County Ballet Theater.

She currently teaches with Contemporary Ballet Dallas.

aboutus_alumni_nataliajohnsonNaTalia Johnson

First recipient of the Ballet Lubbock Yvonne Racz Award (formerly the Enid Gugi Racz Award), she is Artistic Director of NaTalia Johnson Conservatory in Sacramento California. She has danced with Dance Theatre of Harlem, Urban Ballet Theater, Ballet Noir, Renaissance Ballet and Collage Dance Collective.

aboutus_almuni_angelaleeAngela Lee

Angela was the 2014 recipient of the Ballet Lubbock Yvonne Racz Award (formerly the Enid Gugi Racz Award).

She is a dance major and scholarship recipient in the Department of Modern Dance at the University of Utah.

aboutus_almuni_bethanylowrieBethany Lowrie

Bethany was a recipient of the Ballet Lubbock Yvonne Racz Award (formerly the Enid Gugi Racz Award) and Suzanne Aker Award in 2012.

She joined Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s graduate program on merit scholarship in 2012 and is currently an Apprentice with The Suzanne Farrell Ballet.

Olivia Marberry

Olivia is with the Texas Ballet Theatre, Professional Division, in Ft. Worth, TX

Annie Martin

Annie is dancing in the Graduate Pre-Professional Program of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and is an English major on full scholarship at the University of Pittsburgh.

aboutus_alumni_laciratliffLaci Ratliff McCreary

A Ballet Lubbock Yvonne Racz Award (formerly the Enid Gugi Racz Award) recipient and served as Ballet Lubbock’s resident Ballet Mistress for three years.  Since marrying in 2013, she has moved to Amarillo, Texas where she now teaches ballet and dance conditioning to students ranging from elementary to high school age. She is certified in Pilates and Group Fitness and also teaches a fitness class known as Barre Sculpt.

Kristi Schulz ObrianKristi Schultz O’Brien

Kristi performed with Juene International de Cannes, Laura Dean Dancers and Musicians, Lucinda Childs Dance Company, and Wendy Peron Dance Company. She currently performs traditional and contemporary flamenco with her group of dancers and musicians, Toma Que Toma, in Virginia

aboutus_alumni_kristindouthitKristin Douthit Richards

She is a Ballet Lubbock Enid Gugi Racz Award recipient and a graduate, Cum Laude, from Marymount University. She has taught in Austin and Florida and has performed with Royal Caribbean International and Royal Caribbean Cruises. She is an instructor at In Motion Performing Arts Center and the Pilates Room in Miami, Florida.

Kinley Schmidt

Kinley is attending the University of Utah, Ballet Department.

aboutus_alumni_jeffsmithJeff Smith

Based out of New York City, member of Actors’ Equity, and represented on both coasts by CLA Talent Management. He has performed with the West Side Story National Tour, several Off-Broadway productions, Regional Theater groups and has been featured in numerous cast albums and workshops.

aboutus_alumni_jenniferlambertsJennifer (Lamberts) Stanton

She has been a professional dancer with several companies including Hubard Street.

She has performed in the Broadway productions of Guys and Dolls and DREAM.

Tamorah Slease TobinTamorah Slease Tobin

She has performed with Houston Ballet and Texas Ballet Concerto de San Antonio,  has taught ballet for more than twenty years and is a certified Pilates instructor. She is presently instructor and rehearsal assistant at Ballet Lubbock.

aboutus_alumni_bashaunwilliamsBashaun Williams

He is a graduate of the University of Utah and is Company dancer with Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company in Salt Lake City, Utah.

aboutus_alumni_loriwilsonLori Wilson

A 2006 graduate of Ballet Lubbock, she also graduated from The Rock School for Dance Education in 2007 and participated in the Youth America Grand Prix. She attended the 2007 Chautauqua Summer Dance intensive where she performed in the North Carolina Dance Theatre’s world premier of Mark Diamond’s Maestoso. She is currently First Artist with the St. Louis Ballet Company. She returned to Lubbock performing as the Sugar Plum Fairy in the 2013 and 2014 Ballet Lubbock production of The Nutcracker.

zane-windersZane Winders

Zane Winders attended Ballet Lubbock from 2009-2011 and graduated from the Kirov Academy of Ballet of Washington, DC in 2014. He is currently performing with Ballet Arizona.