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! Currently she is a subsitute teacher for us but we always hope that she will find time to come back on a regular schedule.
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.
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 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”. Julie brings the joy of dance and a love of teaching to everyone of her students.
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.
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.