Lauren Cohen joined Ballet Center of Houston in 2011. Lauren received her ballet training at the Washington School of Ballet, under the direction of Mary Day. Her teachers included Mary Day, Pat Berrend, Lupe Serrano and Victoria Leigh. After perfoming with the Washington Ballet for years, Lauren embarked on a career in modern dance. She worked with Isabel Gotzkowsky and Saba in New York City before relocating to Phoeniz, AZ for her husband’s job. In Phoenix Lauren worked with Center Dance Ensemble, A Ludwig Dance, and Desert Dance Theatre. She was also involved with several programs for school children in the Phoenix area. Since moving to Houston, Lauren has been working with Travesty Dance Company, Vault and Frame Dance Productions. She teaches in the area and is involved with the Kids Play program through Hope Stone Inc. Lauren has a passion for ballet and loves sharing this with her ballet students.
Lacey Flowers was born in Maracaibo, Venezuela and began dancing at the age of 8. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance form Texas Tech Univeristy in 1986. Ms. Flowers has been formally trained in the Teaching Method of Classical Ballet and has been involved in teaching all levels of ballet for the past 25 years. She has studied under the guidance of a number of well known teacher, including spending several months studying ballet in Germany. She has taken her gift for dance to audiences across the United States and England performing numerous pieces choreogaphed specificaly fo her. She has had the honor of working with Galina Mezentseva, former Prima Ballerina of the Kirov Ballet, and was privately coached by Valery Panov. She was selected to perform the Peasant Pas de deux in Panov’s World Premiere performance of “Giselle”. Ms. Flowers has been on the faculty of Ballet Center of Houston for the past 13 years. She truly enjoys teaching ballet!
Naomi Glass retired from her soloist position at Houston Ballet in 2004 and has since been a committed BCH teacher and a ballet mistress for Houston Repertoire Ballet. As a professional dancer, she has performed in full-length ballets such as Swan Lake, Giselle, La Sylphide, Don Quixote, Firebird, The Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, Dracula and Cleopatra. She also danced in the neo-classical and contemporary pieces, including Stanton Welch’s Madame Butterfly and Indigo; Ben Stevenson’s Three Preludes, Evening Pas de Deux, Five Poems, Dusk and Twilight; and works by George Balanchine, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Frederick Ashton, William Forsythe, Jiri Kylian, Lila York, Helgi Tomasson and Glen Tetley. A native of Mercer Island, Washington, Ms. Glass trained at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, San Francisco Ballet School and Houston Ballet Academy before joining Houston Ballet in 1994.
Katie Koy has risen through the ranks at BCH since beginning her dance training at 8 years old under the guidance of Gilbert Rome and Victoria Vittum. She joined the faculty in 2007. While a student, she performed with Houston Repertoire Ballet for seven years in Sleeping Beauty, Les Sylphides, Swan Lake, La Bayadere, Cinderella and principal roles in The Nutcracker. Ms. Koy, who has danced in works by Sandra Organ, Anne Polenjenko, Leeyan Neeley, Gilbert Rome and Lynn Cote, also trained at summer dance programs at the Joffrey Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and The Washington Ballet. She has served as a ballet mistress in the past for Houston Repertoire Ballet and recently graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in Public Relations.
Genie Lanfear was born in San Antonio, Texas and received her early dance training from Lucile Wheaton. At fourteen she moved to Dallas to study under Natasha Krasovska and from there moved to New York City to attend School of the American Ballet (SAB). In 1975 she joined Lyric Opera Ballet with artistic director Maria Tallcheif. In 1980 she attended Houston Ballet Academy and a year later joined the company under the direction fo Ben Stevenson. Ms Lanfear was a company member for twelve years and now is the shoe corrdinator for the company. She also teaches ballet at the University of Houston and ownes her own Pilates studio. She has been with Ballet Center of Houston since 2007.
Barbara LeGault came to BCH in 2008 after a successful career as a professional dancer at Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, Louisville Ballet, Tennessee Festival Ballet, Summer Festival Ballet in Lisbon, Portugal and City Ballet of Houston, performing in Don Quixote, Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker and other ballets. She has also appeared in Houston Grand Opera’s Mefeistofoles and Aida. A graduate of Houston’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, she trained under Margo Marshall. Ms. LeGault was on the teaching staff of American Academy of Dance NHDT headquarters from 1987 to 2006. She is a ballet mistress at Houston Repertoire Ballet.
Cathi Pendergraft has served on the BCH faculty off and on since we opened the doors in 1994. She is currently a permanent subsitute teacher for the school.
Leah Stark joined BCH in 2006 after a career at Ballet Hawaii. In addition to teaching ballet she also serves as Houston Repertoire Ballet’s administrator.