Ballet Mistress – Level 6, Level 7, Level 8, Apprentice, Company
Tamorah Slease Tobin began her training with Suzanne Aker and continued her training with Lubbock Civic Ballet under Neil Hess and Ms. Aker. On a scholarship, she was invited to attend the Southern Methodist University’s workshop and also attended the Ballet West summer intensive under artistic director William Christiansen. She attended the Cleveland ballet and Atlanta ballet, both on scholarship. She was invited to study year-round on scholarship at the Houston Ballet Academy under Ben Stevenson, where she also performed with the professional company in their Nutcracker. Tamorah joined the professional company “Texas Ballet Concerto de San Antonio” where she performed principal roles. She also performed as a guest artist with Sierra Vista ballet Arizona and returned to Ballet Lubbock to perform as guest artist several times.
In addition to her ballet training and professional experience, Tamorah received her Pilates Mat 101 certification. She took a year off from dancing to study Gait analysis physical mind and body conditioning, yoga instruction and flexibility at Central New Mexico College. Throughout her professional career she has taught extensively and is now the present Ballet Mistress of the Ballet Lubbock Company as well as teaching the upper levels in our school. Tamorah is adjunct faculty at Texas Tech University where she teaches ballet.
Ashley began her training in Sandy, Utah at the Academy of Ballet Arts where she studied ballet, jazz, and hip-hop. In high school, she was a member of the dance company and song/cheer squad. She has attended summer workshops with Repertory Dance Theatre and Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company. Ashley attended Brigham Young University where she was a performer and choreographer for BYU’s “dancEnsemble”. At BYU, she also served as assistant to the director and received the Dee Winterton Spirit of Dance Scholarship. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from BYU’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. Ashley was also selected to perform at the International Oral History Conference in Prague, Czech Republic. She performed with the Wasatch Contemporary Dance Company. She is a performer with Flatlands Dance Theatre and now works as a registered nurse in Lubbock, TX where she lives with her husband and daughter.
Coordinator for Educational Outreach – Boys’ Ballet
Marcos began his training in Los Angeles in his school winter guard team and continued at Mt. San Antonio College; studying ballet, modern, and jazz. After moving to Texas, he joined Ballet Lubbock and is now in his 4th season with the company. He has performed roles in the Nutcracker, Bartok, and choreographic works by guest artists. He has performed as a guest artist with the Cactus Theatre production of ‘All Shook Up’, Pampa Civic, Dalí Ballet Company in Ruidoso, NM and performed in Lubbock Moonlight Musicals CATS. This past year his choreography was featured at the Dalí Company. He has attended the Ballet Lubbock summer workshops, Perry Mansfield Pre-professional Summer Intensive, and the Ririe Woodbury Summer Intensive. Along with performing, he teaches in Ballet Lubbock’s Outreach Program for Lubbock’s community centers and elementary/middle schools.
Creative Movement, Pre-Ballet
Natalie is a member of the Ballet Lubbock Company. She has attended summer intensives at Ballet Lubbock, the School of American Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet. She has assisted in the school for the past year and will be teaching Pre-Ballet.
LaDonna began her ballet training in Amarillo, Texas under the direction of Neil and Camille Hess. She was a member of the Lone Star Ballet Dance Company and danced lead roles in The Nutcracker and principal roles in a variety of ballets under the direction of Mr. Hess. LaDonna attended Ballet West Summer intensive and and studied in NYC under Finis Jhung and David Howard. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma on a dance scholarship. She has taught at Amarillo Jr. College and now resides in Lubbock Texas with her husband and children.
Christine Hunt, originally from Dallas, TX began her classical training at Ballet Academy of Texas at age 3 and moved on to train with the Kirov Ballet Academy in Washington D.C. Mrs. Hunt has attended various summer programs including Kriov Ballet Academy, Houston Ballet, Ballet West and Pacific Northwest Ballet. She has danced professionally with Ballet West, Houston Ballet, Texas Ballet Theater and Pacific Northwest Ballet. Christine’s favorite roles are “Nikiya” in La Bayadere; “Snow Queen” and “Arabian Princess” in The Nutcracker; “Myrthe” in Giselle and “Princess Florine” in Sleeping Beauty. Christine attended Texas Christian University where she earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology with an emphasis in Child Development. While at TCU, she danced under the direction of Li-Chou Cheng of the TCU Dance Department. Christine is very excited to be back teaching for Ballet Lubbock this year!
Katie Mae Kennedy
Creative Movement, Level 6
Katie Mae began her training at Margo Marshall of Houston and Uptown Dance Centre. She was a member of Uptown Dance Company II where she was also a teacher assistant. Katie taught the summer youth dance program at Uptown Dance Centre and as a member of Company II, she trained and performed with numerous prominent choreographers including: Chet Walker, Cecilia Marta, Alex Pandiscio, Adrian Ciobanu, and Beth Gulledge-Brown. She also performed in numerous productions of Uptown Dance Company’s Dance Infusion and Nutcracker, as well as traveling and performing in Austria. She is currently enrolled at Texas Tech University majoring in Education and minoring in Dance. She is a member of the University Dance Company at Texas Tech University.
Allison is from Fort Worth, TX where she was trained and danced competitively at King and Roberts Dance Studio, North Central School of Ballet, and Pat Riddle School of Dance. She is currently a senior in the Honors College at Texas Tech University pursing a B.A. in Dance with a minor in Health Professions. She is a third year performing member and President of the University Dance Company. Allison is also a second year Apprentice Company Member of Flatlands Dance Theatre. During the summer of 2014 she traveled to London, UK and attended summer school at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
Pre-Ballet, Beginning Ballet
Molly Roberts received her dance and health & kinesiology degrees from Tyler Junior College where she also worked in the dance department. She later earned a Kinesiology degree from the University of Texas at Tyler. Her dance background includes, ballet, jazz, musical theatre, ballroom, folk dance, aerial silks, and modern. She has danced with several pre-professional/professional companies. Currently, Molly is a dancer and choreographer with the Flatlands Dance Theatre of Lubbock, a recurring guest artist for the International Day Festival in Tyler, TX and with Black Pointe Ballet Company. She is also involved with Lubbock Moonlight Musicals. Molly is also a certified first responder and instructor and Lifeguard instructor.
Sarah was introduced to classical ballet and modern dance in high school while attending the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance and art history from Tulane University and a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Colorado College. She danced professionally with Ormao Dance Company in Colorado Springs, Co. She taught modern dance, creative movement, and ballet to all ages at the Ormao Dance School and directed the Ormao student repertory companies. She is currently a member of Flatlands Dance Theatre in Lubbock and teaches at Hodges and Maxey Community Centers.
Level 1, Level 2
Misty trained at West Texas A&M under the direction of Neil Hess in Canyon, TX. She also taught for Lone Star Ballet and West Texas A&M dance schools. She danced with the West Texas A&M Dance Ensemble for two years. She has danced with Christ in the Arts of Lubbock, TX where she also taught in their program. Misty has extensive experience working with our pre-ballet and younger levels. She has also taught our dance movement therapy classes.
Nathalie Van Gilder
Creative Movement, Beginning Ballet, Level 1, Level 3, Adult Ballet
Nathalie van Gilder grew up in Fredericksburg, Virginia, where she began dancing at the age of three. Nathalie has attended dance intensives at The Rock School of Ballet, Carolina Ballet, Kaatsbaan Extreme Ballet, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Mark Morris Dance Group, Paul Taylor’s American Modern Dance Company, and George Mason University. She has also worked extensively with Andrea Webber, former dancer with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, and Dame Amy Watson, current principal dancer with The Royal Danish Ballet. Nathalie trained under Susan Shields, former dancer with the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, and Christopher D’Amboise, former dancer with New York City Ballet, while studying at George Mason University. Nathalie has performed with Lubbock Moonlight Musicals. Nathalie is also a company member with Flatlands Dance Theatre.