The Faculty

Victoria Vittum

Victoria Vittum

Founder

Nationally acclaimed teacher and choreographer, Victoria Vittum brings vision, passion, expertise and dedication to Ballet Center of Houston (BCH), which she founded in 1994.  Two years later, she co-founded Houston Repertoire Ballet with Gilbert Rome to extend training for talented … Read More

Barbara LeGault

Barbara LeGault

Dance Instructor

Barbara LeGault HRB’s Ballet Mistress is a graduate of Houston’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Barbara Le Gault trained under Margo Marshall and was formerly with City Ballet of Houston. Since that time she has danced many … Read More

Kristy Nilsson

Kristy Nilsson

Dance Instructor

Kristy Nilsson began her training with Victoria Vittum de Bethencourt and Gilbert Rome at Ballet Center of Houston. She was a Dance Pedagogy Honors student at University of Oklahoma, and graduated Cum Laude from Houston’s High School for the Performing & … Read More

JoDee Engle

JoDee Engle

Dance Instructor

JoDee Engle is a native Houstonian and a graduate of the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. She also received her early training from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, where she studied under Lynette Mason-Gregg, Soili Arvola, and … Read More

Catherine Busch

Catherine Busch

Dance Instructor

Catherine Busch trained at the Ballet Center of Houston under Victoria Vittum and Gilbert Rome from 1994-2000. Ms. Busch was a member of Houston Repertoire Ballet from 1996-2000, dancing roles in “The Nutcracker,” “Napoli,” “Giselle,” and numerous original works by … Read More

Kristen Newsom

Kristen Newsom

Dance Instructor

Kristen Newsom is an alumna of Ballet Center of Houston, receiving her early dance training under the direction of Victoria Vittum de Bethencourt and Barbara LeGault.  She was a Houston Repertoire Ballet company member from 2004 – 2011.  Kristen received her Bachelors of Fine … Read More

Leah Stephens Smith

Leah Stephens Smith

Dance Instructor

Leah Stephens Smith was born in El Paso, Texas. Her family moved shortly after to Monroe, Louisiana where she received most of her training at the Linda Lavender School of Dance. She was also a performing member for many years with … Read More

Leah Stark

Leah Stark

Dance Instructor

Leah Stark joined BCH in 2006 after graduating from the University of Hawaii and moving to Texas to continue her education. She received her early ballet and teaching training in the Vaganova method from Cynthia Murphy at the Alexander Academy of … Read More

Lacey Flowers

Lacey Flowers

Dance Instructor

Lacey Flowers was born in Maracaibo, Venezuela and was introduced to dance at age eight, but did not start her classical ballet training until the age of 21.  She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance form Texas Tech University … Read More