The Faculty

Victoria Vittum

Victoria Vittum

Founder/Owner/Instructor

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

Ballet 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

Ballet and Jazz 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

Modern 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

Kristen Newsom

Kristen Newsom

Ballet 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

Lacey Flowers

Lacey Flowers

Ballet 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

Leah Stark

Leah Stark

Ballet 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

Kaitlyn Blake

Kaitlyn Blake

Ballet Instructor

Kaitlyn Blake began training with Ballet Center of Houston six years ago when she desired to focus her dance training on ballet. She has been a company member of Houston Repertoire Ballet for five years and performed such variations as Soldier Doll, … Read More

Catherine Busch

Catherine Busch

Pilates/Conditioning 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