The Ballet Academy, housed at Suzanne's School of Dance, gives passionate dancers ages 7 and up throughout the Brazos Valley the opportunity to train exclusively in Ballet. Each dancer will have individual guidance in their dance journey through professional instruction, individualized tracks, and regular evaluations. Emphasis will be on technical training, performance quality, and building strength and endurance.
In addition to rigorous classes, teachers will conduct one-on-one consultations, goal setting, and regular progress evaluations with each dancer. We provide a variety of workshops/trainings for our students including the following: Injury Prevention Screenings, Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT), Pilates Mat, and Ballet Variations. Students also have the opportunity to develop friendships through group activities outside of the studio, such as attending ballet performances in Houston and Q & A sessions with their instructors about Summer Intensives. Dancers at The Ballet Academy will be challenged to their fullest potential in new ways as our talented staff comes alongside them to help them reach their goals. Each dancer is truly seen at The Ballet Academy.
Miss Christi is excited to return for another wonderful year at Suzanne’s School of Dance, serving as The Ballet Academy Director and Director of Apprentice AbunDance and Mini Company. Miss Christi began her Ballet training at Le Studio Dance under the instruction of Philip and Charles Fuller, Julia Ortega, and Roberto Almaguer. During her time there she performed in the Nutcracker, dancing the roles of Chinese, Spanish, Mirliton, and Waltz of the Flowers. She continued her studies at the Pasadena Dance Theatre, in their pre professional company, under the direction of Cynthia Lawrence and Lawrence Blake. While there she performed in the Nutcracker, A Midsummer Nights Dream, and original works by Lawrence Blake.
Miss Christi continued her studies at the University of Colorado, graduating with a BA in dance, focusing on pedagogy, Ballet, jazz, and modern. During and after college, Christi taught Ballet and creative movement in studios and schools in the Boulder area. While teaching at the schools, Miss Christi worked with students with ADHD using creative movement and dance as therapy.
Meggie Belisle began her dance training at Suzanne’s School of Dance in College Station, Texas. She has danced with Ingredients Dance Company in Dallas, TX, Arise Dance Company in the The Netherlands and England, Roxey Ballet in New Jersey, Awakening Movement in New York, and Ad Deum Dance Company in Houston, TX. From 2014-2017 she freelanced in New York with various companies and projects. Meggie has also choreographed for and performed in the music videos Trace the Lines by Lizi Bailey and Summertime Anytime by Dannah. Other choreographic credits include works for Talitha Dance Company and You Are Conference in Texas, Freedom Benefit Concerts in Texas, HATCH showcase in New York, Amalgamate Artist Series in New York, Here to Listen concerts in Texas, and more. Meggie graduated from Belhaven University with a BFA in modern dance in 2013. In 2015, Meggie co-founded Mei/Co. Dance, a company that focuses on telling the stories of lives affected by cancer through movement. From 2015-2017 the company was based in NY and then relocated to Houston from 2017-2019.
Meggie is a mover, teacher, and director who seeks to bring hope, healing, and beauty through the art of dance.
Megan Elliott began dancing at the age of 4 at Robin’s Dance Studio in Missouri City, Texas. She began dancing Nutcracker at the age of 6 with Moscow Ballet Touring company. Miss Elliott danced at Fort Bend Academy of Dance starting in 2008 and performed with the pre-professional company BalletForte from 2011-2017. Megan was privileged to study under the Artistic Direction of Michael Banigan and Diane Jarell, as well as additional instruction from Sally Rojas-Herrera and Erin Duncan. During her time with BalletForte she was honored to perform roles such as Sugar Plum and Snow Queen from the Nutcracker, as well as Aurora from The Sleeping Beauty. She was awarded an RDA scholarship to attend Louisville Ballet’s summer intensive in 2012 under the direction of Senior Ballet Master Harald Uwe Kern and Artistic Director Bruce Simpson. During the summers of 2014, 2015, and 2016 she studied at Ballet Magnificat! under Founder and Artistic Director Kathy Thibodeaux and Omega Company Artistic Director Jiri Voborsky. Megan is a two-time Youth America Grand Prix competitor. She is now continuing her education at Texas A&M University as a Kinesiology: Dance Science Major, where she is still dancing today.
Katy Ellison is a Bryan native. She received her most of her early ballet training in Houston and was a member of Houston Dance Theatre, a pre-professional ballet company. As a teenager, Ms. Ellison received numerous scholarships to spend her summers studying with Pennsylvania Ballet, Ballet Austin, Joffrey Ballet, The International Ballet School in Jackson, and the Choreographer’s Conference.
At the age of 17, after spending her third summer studying with Pennsylvania Ballet, she was invited to move to Philadelphia and continue her studies on full scholarship. Over the next four years, she continued her training with Gloria Govrin, Sandra Jennings, Jeffrey Gribler and many other world-renowned dancers and teachers, and performed professionally with Pennsylvania Ballet in many traditional, contemporary, and Balanchine ballets. These include: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Giselle, The Four Temperaments, Serenade, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Western Symphony and others.
In 2000, Ms. Ellison returned to Texas and continued to perform as a professional guest artist with Sandra Organ Dance Company, Houston Dance Theatre, and Kingwood Dance Theatre. She also began teaching classical ballet, pointe, and variations in the Houston area and discovered a great passion for passing along her knowledge of classical ballet to the next generation of dancers.
Ms. Ellison has been teaching pre-professional dancers for over fifteen years. She has served on the teaching staff at American Academy of Dance in Houston, TX, and Rowland’s School of Ballet in Kingwood, TX. She also served as rehearsal assistant for Kingwood Dance Theatre, and Director of Kingwood Youth Ballet, which she co-founded in 2002. She has been responsible for assisting with annual staging of full-length ballets such as The Nutcracker, and Alice in Wonderland, as well as dozens of new works each year. Her students have gone on to professional careers with Houston Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Colorado Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Ballet Hispanico, Oklahoma City Ballet, and numerous contemporary dance companies, Others students have been selected to continue their ballet studies in prestigious dance programs at Juilliard, SUNY Purchase, University of Oklahoma, and University of South Carolina, among others. Currently, she serves on the teaching staff at Suzanne’s School of Dance in College Station, and is the Artistic Advisor for Ballet Brazos.
In addition to teaching the next generation of dancers, Mrs. Ellison enjoys a career in choreography. Her ballets have been commissioned and performed all over the southwest, and have been featured at numerous Regional Dance America gala performances.
Sarah Kitterman holds a Bachelor's of Fine Arts degree in Ballet from Belhaven University. She has danced professionally with Ad Deum and Psophonia Dance companies in Houston, TX, as well as Armstrong-Bergeron dance company here in College Station. She has been an instructor at the Houston Met Dance Center, Rice University, guest taught at Houston Ballet Academy and Texas A&M, and previously taught for 4 years at Suzanne’s School of dance before moving to the Austin area. While in Austin she was on staff at Avery Ranch Dance and Music in Cedar Park, and the YMCA of Williamson County; helping to start up and continue dance programs at various Austin Y locations. Sarah is also a certified Pilates instructor, and loves to practice yoga. She and her husband Mike have 3 awesome children that keep them on their toes.
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Cecelia Spear received her B.S. in Kinesiology: Dance Science from Texas A&M University, graduating summa cum laude. She began dancing at the age of three, and has trained in ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, and modern dance techniques. Cecelia trained under the direction of Sheryl Rowland in the pre-professional ballet company, Kingwood Dance Theatre. She has attended numerous summer intensives including Houston Ballet, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Ad Deum Dance Intensive, American Dance Festival, and the National Choreography Intensive. Cecelia has a passion for choreography, and has choreographed and presented works at the Hobby Center and Regional Dance America. She has had the privilege of working as a rehearsal director for Ballet Brazos’ production of The Nutcracker in 2017 and 2018. She is so excited to be back for her fourth year teaching at Suzanne’s and her second year teaching for The Ballet Academy.