Meet The Faculty
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! We are so happy to announce that Lacey will return to Ballet Center of Houston in the summer of 2014 and will remain with us for the 2014-2015 season.
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. She returned to HoustonBallet in2006-2013 as the shoe coordinator. She also teaches ballet at the University of Houston and ownes her own Pilates studio in historic downtown Houston. She has been with Ballet Center of Houston since 2007.
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 danced many leading roles with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater and the Louisville Ballet. She was directed by Alun Jones and Helen Starr. In 1979 Jones paid Ms. Le Gault the ultimate compliment by creating his Cinderella especially for her. She also danced with Tennesssee Festival Ballet directed by David and Anna Marie Holmes, and with the Summer Festival Ballet in Lisbon, Portugal. Her repertoire inculdes “Don Quixote”. “Swan Lake”, “Nutcracker”, Sleeping Beauty” and “Raymonda” just to name a few. Other credits include Houston Grand Opera productions of “Mefeistofoles” and “Aida”.
Ms. LeGault was on the teaching staff of American Academy of Dance NHDT headquarters from 1987 to 2006. She has been on the faculty of Ballet Center of Houston since 2008 and is ballet mistress of Houston Repertoire Ballet.
Leah Stark joined BCH in 2006 after a career at Ballet Hawaii. Leah has a wonderful personality and loves teaching. She brings imagination and caring to her students inspiring them to want to dance and encouraging them to do their very best always. In addition to teaching ballet she also helps out in the office and assists the Houston Repertoire Ballet’s administrator.
Julie Hoffart received her dance training from Ballet Center of Houston. She was a member of Houston Repertoire Ballet for many years. Julie has perfomed the roles of snow queen and Clara in “Nutcracker”, the fairy godmother in “Cinderella”, a willi in “Giselle”, a shade in “La Bayadere” as well as many contemporary ballets created for HRB. She created the role of Cat in the Hat, in “Storybook Fantasy”, Puck in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, “Bolero” and “Rhapsody in Blue”. Julie is currently pursuing a career in physical therapy.
Leah Stephens 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 memeber for many years with Twin City Ballet. She has performed in many leading roles including: Victoria Vittum’s “Bolero”, snow queen in “Nutcracker” amoung others. Leah received 2nd place in the contemporary division of the Youth America Grand Prix in Denver, CO, she was also chosen to represent the Twin City Ballet Company in a collaborative work of choreography for the International Ballet Competition. Her most recient piece of choreography, Influentia, was selected as emerging choreography to be performed at the regional festival of the the Sourthwest Region of Regional Dance America in March of 2014.
Ms. Stephens teaches many styles of dance including classical ballet, contemporary, jazz and tap.
Music has always been a part of Leah’s life. Because of the, shehas a strong appreciation for music and what can be created throug it. She is very passionate about teaching and believes in nurturing the hearts of children, while instilling in them a love for the art form and an appreciation for the beauty that is created through movement.
Ballet Center of Houston is very proud to announce that she is joining our faculty for the 2014-2015 season.
Guest Teachers: Ballet Center of Houston brings in many guest teachers throughout the year. Past guest teachers have included: Rudolph Kharatian, Zachary Carroll, Clara Cravey, Steve Brule, Andrew Murphy, Sabrina Lenzi, Tina Bohnstedt, Davida Haas, Keith Cross, Kristy Nilsson, JoDee Engle, Sara Webb, and Connor Walsh just to name a few.