Miss. Holly is from Midwest City, Oklahoma and has received her B.S. in Political Science from Oklahoma State
University and J.D. from Saint Louis University School of Law. She studied Dance at Miss Judy's School of Dance,
Furman Gray Isenhour School of Dance, Oklahoma State Ballroom Dancing Organization. Oklahoma State Dance
Championship Top Ten Solosists- self choroeographed, National Cecchetti Convention Summer Camps, Tests Grade
1 & 2, Training grade 1,2,3,4. Annie in Annie at Carl Albert High School. Carl Albert High School Pom Pon Squad,
National Dance Association Summer Camp, and National Dance Association Technique and Showmanship Awards, All
American Pom Pon Nominee, Oklahoma State Dance Team Championship. After moving to Saint Louis to study
Law, Miss. Holly danced at St. Louis Academy of Dance, City Studio, and Caston's Ballet Academie.
Miss. Holly's diversified areas of dance training include, Movement, Musicality, Choreography, Tap, Cecchetti
Ballet, Lyrical Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Pom Pon, Hip-Hop, Techno, East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, Salsa,
Meringue, Tango and Mambo.
Miss. Marjorie is a former student of Mr. Caston's at Kennard CJA and McKinley CJA! She started a Cheerleading
Squad at 9 yrs old at Kennard CJA. Miss. Marjorie was an All American Nominee Universal Dance Association and
National Dance Association. She has danced with Parkway Central Varsity Poms, and was Captain of Parkway
Central High Steppers. Miss. Marjorie continued her tap and jazz training at Tennessee State University and Coached
Varsity High Steppers at Parkway Central.
Mr. Galian is the former Senior Dance Accompanist at Hofstra University (Hempstead, New York) where he worked
for twenty-one years before moving to St. Louis with his family in 2004. He has accompanied for Jennifer Muller and
the Works, Natalia Makarova and Company, Joyce Trisler Danscompany, The Daniel Lewis Company, The Eglevsky
Ballet, Dance Theater Workshop, and such artists and teachers as: David Howard, Alexander Bennet (Royal Ballet),
Cherie Noble (Ballet Mistress of the Pennsylvania Ballet), Jean Pierre Bonnefoux (New York City Ballet), Cathy
McCann (Paul Taylor Dance Company), and Regina Larkin and Milton Myers (Joyce Trisler Danscompany).
Laurence Galian began his classical piano studies at the age of six with James Gerard DeMartini a professor of music,
and noted abstract artist, at Brooklyn College (Brooklyn, New York). Laurence Galian has recorded a solo piano album
of ballet music entitled Ballet Music for Barre and Center Floor, available as a double-length CD from Roper Records.
National Public Radio aired his original ballet, Zemzem, on the program “New Sounds with John Schaefer.” In 1999,
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts awarded Laurence Galian a “Regional Certificate of Merit” for his
work as Musical Director at Hofstra University. Laurence is the published author of two books: “Beyond Duality: The
Art of Transcendence” (New Falcon Publications) and “The Sun at Midnight: The Revealed Mysteries of the Ahlul Bayt
Sufis” (Quiddity, Inc.). Laurence Galian is listed in the fifteenth edition of International Who’s Who in Music
(Cambridge, England) as well as Outstanding People of the 20th Century. He is a member of the International Guild of
Musicians in Dance. Laurence is currently living in Mexico..
|Master Class at Caston Ballet with Guest Artist KIM COWEN
Caston Chamber Ballet Board Member
Prima Ballerina with Kansas City Ballet, Kim Cowen taught a master class November 2004 to our
intermediate/advanced students. To find out more about the Master class
Kim Cowen at Kansas City Ballet's Website
YULIA VLADIMIROVNA MILLER
Instructor Ballet, Pointe, Variations, & Character
Ms. Yulia, a Russian Ballerina, was trained and received her certificate from Novosibirsk
State Ballet School (Russian Federation) Vagonova System. She has recieved her Bachelor's
Degree in advertising,public relations and psychology from Moscow State Social University
As a Professional Ballet Dancer with Novosibirsk State Theater of Opera and Ballet she
danced in Portugal, Spain, Egypt and China Classical Performances such as Swan Lake,
Sleeping Beauty, Nutcracker and Giselle. She also performed as a professional ballet dancer
with the Russian Academy of Dramatic Arts, GITIS, in Moscow ballet tours in China and
Spain. She also has toured the USA and St. Louis with the Moscow Ballet's "Great
She loves dancing and looks forward to passing on the professional performance skills to
ballet dancers! She has taught Advanced/Intermediate, Intermediate Ballet Classes,
Performance Enhancement, Variations, and Character Classes at Caston Ballet Academie.
Vincent along with his wife Kittie Moller- the lead vocalist, have worked together in Fanfare for over 30 years. As
leader of the band, manager and pianist for Fanfare plays Mowtown, R& B, Classic Rock, Disco, Pop, Country,
Standards and Jazz and Big Band. In addition to the diverse musical selections Vincent also plays the Classics and
Contemporary Favorites for Caston Ballet Academie classes. This will be his second year at Caston Ballet Academie.
He graduated from SIUE with a Degree in Music Education, Piano Performance, and Vocal Music K-12. Musical
Director for seven musicals at DeSmet Highschool, and two musicals at CBC Highschool. Vincent has been a music
teacher and highschool musical director over 30 years.
He has played before all of the St. Louis Rams games at the Dome for three seasons. USO tour to Africa,
Conventions for General Motors in Las Vegas, San Diego, the Mar-a-Lago Trump Mansion in Palm Beach. Concerts
at the Missouri Botanical Gardens, Fair St. Louis, the UMB Bank Pavilion, and Taste of Clayton to name a few.
Appeared on KMOX radio, KSDK television, featured in the St. Louis Post Dispatch Arts and Education Section.
Through out their career Fanfare has been rated one of the top musical groups in the St. Louis area. Produced four
albums for Fanfare, the Latest CD is “Millennium Musical Tour”.
CCB Interim Artistic Director & Ballet Mistress
Mrs. Caston received her certification from the Missouri Department of Education.
While completing her B.S. and B.A. from the University of Missouri at Columbia Biology -
Anatomy & Physiology and Art. She studied classical ballet under Michael Simms, modern
ballet under Rob Davidson, and Tap under Katherine Kramer at Stephen's College, and
Columbia Preforming Arts (home of the Original CedarLake!) through a ballet scholarship.
In 2008 attained her Cecchetti Grade I Teaching Certification from the CCA. It is this strong
educational background in anatomy and physiology that she uses as a building block for her
classes with the utmost concern for developing young bodies.
Her over 15 years of teaching various forms of dance at many institutions in Columbia and
St. Louis. 2011-2012 Dance Instructor at Desmet Jesuit College Prep and Crossroads
College Prep Upper School.
Director of Dance Department for Parkway School District. Throughout her Dance
teaching career she has taught at Ballet Midwest, Girls Incorporated, Parkway, and Saint
Louis Community School, outside of the dance realm she has taught Biology, Anatomy &
Physiology at Lindbergh High School and Yeatman Middle. Mrs. Caston has experience in
Ballet, Pas de Deux, Pointe, Lyrical, Jazz, Modern, Katherine Dunham, Flamenco, Tap,
Ballroom, Hip-Hop and Dance Squad. She has taken class from Edward Villella - Miami
City Ballet, Dolores Lipinski - Civic Ballet of Chicago, Joffrey Ballet, Lou Contes, Hubbard
Street, Orlando Ballet, Northwest Florida Ballet. Residencies with companies such as
Alvin Ailey, and Paul Taylor.
In addition to teaching, choreographing, designing & constructing costumes, and set design.
Mrs. Caston also performs for local dance companies and Dance St. Louis with American
Ballet Theater and Stuttgart Ballet. MADCO (Modern American Dance Company) Intern.
Her dance students enjoy her enthusiasm for all forms of dance and theater arts. She has
developed her classes to stimulate the mind and spirit of her young dancers. Her high
energy, creativity and love of dance are used in her unique technique for developing the
young dancer's appreciation for Musicality and the Magic of dance. Story time has become
one of the many highlights of Ms. Shannon's younger classes. Her students truly sparkle
with the joys of dance.
Some of her original choreographic works inlcude Student Sections in Where the Wild Things are and
Michael Jackson Tribute, Dwarfs & Creatures in SNOW WHITE, Town Scene and Flower Garden BEAUTY
and the BEAST, MARBLE HALLS, THEY DANCE ALONE, FAR and AWAY, CARRIBBEAN BLUE, and
POINTE TANGO. She has recently helped set and performed in works such as Pas de Quatre, Waltz of the
Flowers, Arabian Coffee and excerpts from LES SYLPHIDES, TILLIE'S SMILE, LESLIANNA, SMOKEY
ROBINSON TRIO, and SANTANA SUPERNATURAL.
Mr. Caston, a "Native" St. Louisan, was trained in ballet by St. Louis legends - Richard
Martin, Doris Dieu, Ron Hansford, Stanley Herbert, Nathalie Levine and Mrs. Michael Simms.
While in New York he completed his Masters Degree from Long Island University in
Anatomy & Physiology and studied at the Joffrey Ballet School. Returning home he
subsequently received his certification as a dance instructor from the Missouri Department of
Education and from the Cecchetti Council of America. Performed numerous ballets as a
Corps and Soloist, Metropolitan Ballet of Saint Louis and St. Louis Ballet Theater.
His over 20 years of teaching ballet credits include: McKinley Classical Leadership Academy -
grades 6 thru 11 - St. Louis magnet School for Gifted and Talented Children, Hosted many
Dance Residencies with Touring Companies (Alvin Ailey, Pilobolus, Paul Taylor, and
Complexions juast to name a few) through Dance St. Louis, several private schools in
Missouri and Illinois, St. Louis Community College and Maryville University.
He has experience in Karate - Tae Kwon Do, Gymnastics and Flamenco. In addition to
teaching, Mr. Caston also performs and choreographs for local dance companies and has
toured both Europe and Russia. Through Dance St. Louis and Muny has performed with
international ballet companies American Ballet Theater, Stuttgart Ballet,
and La Scalla Ballet.
Mr. Caston’s passion for ballet and scientific background has lead to the creation of a series
of exercises aimed at developing beautiful strong feet, has evolved over years of professional
observation using sound physiological principles while keeping anatomical development a key
factor in his series of exercises.
Examples of some of his vast range of works range from re-staging of the classics such as COPPELIA, LA
BOUTIQUE FANTASTIQUE, excerpts from SWAN LAKE and LE CORSAIRE.
Some of his original full length classic and contemporary choreographic balletic works include:
THE NUTCRACKER, WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE, BEAUTY & THE BEAST, SNOW WHITE,
THE SORCERER'S APPRENTICE.
Short works such as SMOKEY ROBINSON TRIO, LESLIANNA- Bach, ROMANCE SUITE- Mozart &
Satie, SCHUBERT'S SERENADE, TILLIE'S SMILE - Pachabel's Cannon in D, SISTERS,
NINE INCH NAILS, VINCENT- Starry Starry Night, AMERICAN PIE, SANTANA SUPERNATURAL.
LYNETTE KHOO-SUMMERS, DPT
Modern Jazz Ballet
Lynnette is an instructor/clinician at Program in Physical Therapy and Department of Orthopedic Surgery at
Washington University School of Medicine. She received her undergraduate degree from Colorado State University in
Public Relations and Dance and then her clinical doctorate in Physical Therapy from Washington University School of
Medicine. Before embarking on her career in physical therapy, Lynnette danced for 17 years starting with the Royal
Academy of Dancing syllabus and then professionally in Chicago. With her background in dance, her expertise in
physical therapy is in the prevention and rehabilitation of all musculoskeletal conditions especially performing artists
(dancers and musicians) as well as performance day coverage.
Instructor in Physical Therapy 314-286-1586
Program in Physical Therapy http://pt.wustl.edu/
Washington University School of Medicine
4444 Forest Park Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63108-2212
The St. Louis Cultural Flamenco Society company founder and artistic director, Marisel Salascruz, is a native of
Granada, Spain. She started her dance training at age 5, and has studied in Spain as well as central and North America.
Her teachers include Olga Franco, Pilarín Muñoz, Matilde Coral, Mireya Carballo, and Daniel de Córdoba. Her rich
background gives her the means to provide the purest interpretation of the Classical, Regional and Flamenco Dances of
The St. Louis Cultural Flamenco Society was founded in 1984, and incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1987
to perform and teach Spanish Dance in the St. Louis area. Our first annual concert was also in 1987. In 1993 we
expanded our events to include a large centrally located student concert which has regularly reached between 600 and
1400 students. We also give smaller performances at individual high schools where students are unable to travel to a
larger performance. In 1997 we expanded to audiences beyond the St. Louis area with engagements in Branson and
Click Here to find out more about the St. Louis Cultural Flamenco Society
CCB Board President
Jeanne Engel received her early training in St. Louis with Nathalie LeVine and Michael Simms, then
attended Indiana University where she studied with Marina Svetlova, John Kriza, Anton Dolin and
Nicholas Beriozoff. During that time, she performed in numerous ballets and operas, including
Giselle, Graduation Ball, The Firebird, Pas de Quatre, and the role of Juliet in the premiere of
Beriozoff’s Romeo and Juliet.
After receiving a B.S. in Ballet from the School of Music in 1975, Ms. Engel joined Indianapolis
Ballet Theatre (later Ballet Internationale) under the direction of George Verdak and Dace Dindonis.
Upon returning to St. Louis, Ms. Engel served as Co-Artistic Director of Metropolitan Ballet of St.
Louis from 1980 to 1988, staging numerous original and classical ballets such as Nutcracker, Act II of
Swan Lake and Act III of Sleeping Beauty. She has served as faculty and board member of Alexandra
Ballet and taught pre-professional classes throughout the Midwest. Her costume designs were
featured in Ballet Eclectica’s The Little Dancer in 2006 at the St. Louis Art Museum and in 2007 at
COCA, including those for Michael Uthoff’s Chihuly-inspired ballet and Christine O’Neal’s Tango.
Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1988, Ms. Engel has remained active in both personal and
professional endeavors. She studies Tai Chi, designs quilts, and participates in a therapeutic creative
writing group through St. Louis University Medical School. Jeanne received a Masters of Liberal Arts
degree from Washington University in May of 2008. She coordinated a special program featuring
Alvin Ailey artist St. Louis native and former ballet student of Torris Caston's - Antonio Douthit
performed in St. Louis in 2008.
Artist in Residence
is a native of St. Louis who began her dance training at the age of six under the tutelage of Nathalie LeVine
at Metropolitan Ballet and Ballet Conservatory of St. Louis. Ms. Cameron also received at schools such
as The Joffrey Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, The Kirov Academy, and Harid Conservatory. She went
on to dance professionally with Milwuakee Ballet and Atrek Dance Company. Sugar Plum Fairy in
Caston's Nutcracker 2008.
Ms. Cameron currently dances with The Big Muddy Dance Company. She recently started the Jackson
Piano Company with her husband Joe, and proud mother of daughter, Isabelle and son Clive.
Dispatch Supervisor for Six Police/EMS Fire and EMS Departments. BA from Loyola University of
New Orleans. She was a Volley Ball Coach for 4 years and Girl Scout Leader.
Mother of Imani Kinealy, Trainnee, with Caston Chamber Ballet .
Jazz & Ballet "Hubbard Street Style"
Paula’s performing credits include Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, the Lynda Martha Dance Company and the Lake Shore Dance Theatre. While
performing with HSDC, under the artistic direction of Lou Conte, she worked with choreographers Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Margo Sappington, David
Parsons, Richard Levi, John McFall, Rick Hilsabeck, Lou Conte and Claire Bataille.
In 1988, Paula began full time teaching and choreographing. During the next 20 years, she taught at several Chicago area studios including the Lou Conte
Dance Studio, Dance Centre North, Northbrook Dance Centre, Sedala School of Dance, School of Dance West Ballet, and Bonnie Ardelean School of
Dance. In 1997 she co-founded the Dance Academy of Libertyville, where she taught ballet and jazz, and directed the Terpsichore Dance Ensemble. Paula
successfully choreographed 10 original contemporary pieces for the company as well as co-produced the ballets, Coppelia and Giselle. She has also set
works on the Boca Ballet Theatre and Dance West Ballet. In 2002, Paula was asked to revive “Rodin Impressions”, an original piece performed by
Hubbard Street and choreographed by Lou Conte, on dancers, Iasabele Melo Elefson (former soloist with Sao Paulo Ballet of Brazil) and Michael
Anderson (former soloist with the Joffrey Ballet) for the Boca Ballet Theatre.
Since leaving Chicago and moving to the St Louis area, she has been busy guest teaching and choreographing, and returns each year to her former studio to
work with the students.
Paula’s jazz teaching style is ballet based with an emphasis on movement and energy dynamics. She also feels working with the dancers on artistic
expression through movement helps them to grow from a student to a more professional level dancer.
STARTING HER OWN DANCE COMPANY 2011 Down Town St. Louis: The Big Muddy Dance Company
Mrs. Robyn, was a ballerina with the Alabama Ballet. She was trained in Cecchetti, RAD, and Vagonova ballet methods as well as the Balanchine Style.
She attended workshops with State Ballet of Missouri, Hartford Ballet, Boston Ballet, SAB, Joffrey Ballet, ABT, and Ballet Magnificat! She has taught dance
to students of all ages and created dance curriculum for numerous dance schools. Staged Coppelia, Swan Lake, La Fille Mal Gardee, La Boutique Fantasque,
La Sylphide, The Stone Flower. Set numerous variations from Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet,
Cinderella, Raymonda, La Bayadere.
* Original works include:Rose Waltz, Spectrum Exploded, Haulocost, Temps de Bach, Trina x 3, Isolation,
Hansel and Gretel (a complete ballet)
* Musical Theatre: State Fair, Calamity Jane, Mikado, Guys and Dolls, Cinderella, Amahl and the Night Visitors
|PROFESSIONAL INSTRUCTORS FOR ALL CLASSES
CASTON CHAMBER BALLET
Torris Caston - Artistic Director
Shannon Caston - Interim Artistic Director & Ballet Mistress
Jeanne Engle - Board President
Yulia Vladmirovna Miller- Repetitour Akari Manabe - Artist in Residence & Repetitour
Octavio Nieto-Jacobo- Artist in Residence Morgan Cameron - Artist in Residence
Jessica Ruhlin - Artist in Residence
Leslie Williams - Costume Mistress Ralph Butler - Publicity
Sarah Hotaling - Advertising Patty Kinealy- Administrative Assistant
CASTON'S BALLET ACADEMIE FACULTY
Creative thru Dance II & Pre-Ballet- Shannon Caston
Ballet & Pointe- Shannon Caston Torris Caston Lynette Khoo-Summers
Robert Poe Yulia Vladmirovna - Miller
Ballet Guest Teacher- Akari Manabe Jeanne Engel
Jazz- Marcus Johnson Lynette Khoo-Summers Shannon Caston Tap - Shannon Caston
Modern - Lynette Khoo-Summers Katherine Dunham - Keith Tyrone Williams
Contemporary - Marcus Johnson Robert Poe Hip - Hop - Shannon Caston Marcus Johnson
Accompanist - Vincent Golomski Administrative Assistant - Patty Kinealy
Jazz, Modern, African, Caribbean, Latin, Lyrical
Program Director Southern Illinois University East St. Louis Center for the Performing Arts.
Theodore H. Jamison (Theo) is a Program Director for Southern Illinois University East St. Louis Center for the Performing Arts, formerly known as the
Katherine Dunham Center for the Performing Arts. Theo received a B.S. in Theater and Fine Arts/Dance from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
and is certified by Katherine Dunham to teach the Dunham Technique as a master instructor and performer. He also served as her demonstrator for over
Theo has been trained by original members of the Katherine Dunham Dance Company, including Lucille Ellis, Tommy Gomez, Archie Savage, Lenwood
Morris, Pearl Reynolds, Vanoye Aikens, Wilburt Bradley, Norman Davis and Lavinia Williams. His honors include the Outstanding Young Men of
America, Outstanding Achievement Award (Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.) and Credos Artist Award - Mexico, D.F. Theo has choreographed and
performed with Les Ballet Bacoulou in Petionville, Haiti, Eugene Joseph Dance Port of Spain, Trinidad, and Joyce Ballet of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Theo has
also served as guest artist for Darlene Blackburn Dance Company, Joseph Holmes Dance Company, Muntu, Uhuru Dance Company, Nashiville, TN,
American College Dance Festival, Katherine Dunham Seminar, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Philadanco, Lula Washington Dance Company,
Fundisha Dance Company, Colorado Springs University Fine Arts Program, Tennessee State University Theater Program, Lincoln University Dance
Troupe and the Contemporary Dance in America Black Influence and Expressions Conference, Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. Theo taught and performed at the
International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD) Conference. He was also guest artist at Carnegi Hall in New York for the Katherine Dunham Gala
and Faces of Love Gitano Productions and the St. Louis Municipal Opera. He performed at the St. Louis Black Repertory Company as a singer, dancer,
and actor and has performed and choreographed at an International Dance Festival in Vienna Austria.
Artist in Residence
is from Guadalajara, Mexico. His dance training includes ballet, Mexican folklore, Spanish/Flamenco, tap, jazz,
ballroom, and modern. He trained at the Royal Academy of Dancing in London, as well as the American Ballet Center
(Joffrey Ballet School), David Howard Studio, and the New York Conservatory of Dance, and Mexico’s national
dance company, C.N.D./Inba under Alicia Alonso. Ocatvio has taught throughout the U.S., Mexico and has been an
instructor in the Missouri Folk Arts Program.
Principal dancer and Assistant Ballet Master at St. Louis Ballet. Octavio is an instructor and choreographer in
Missouri, Illinois, and Mexico.
Performances with Caston Chamber Ballet include:
The Cavalier and Mr. Silberhaus in Caston's The Nutcracker and Tango at Gundaker Theater and The Touhill
Performing Arts Center.
Artist in Residence
Guest Ballet Instructor 2011-2012, Pointe & Variations - Guest
Born in Japan she began her dance training at the age of six under Hiraki Ballet School Yoshikazu Hiraki,
and English National Ballet School under Kathryn Wade. International Ballet Competition at Brno 1st
Prize. Akari has performed professionally with National Theatre of Prague and Brno National Theatre in
the Czech Republic. Slovak National Theatre Bratislava. Columbia Classical Ballet USA director Radenko
Pavlovich. 2011-2012 Season with Ballet Tuscon.
Some of the classics she has performed: The Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Le Corsaire 3rd
Odalisque Variation, La Bayadere 3rd Shade Variation, The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Giselle, La Fille
Mal Gardee, Esmerelda..
Some of the neo-classical and contemporary works:
The Taming of the Shrew Choreography John Cranko, The Child and Magic, Romeo and Juliet, Onegin,
Bolero, Ivan the Terrible, Streetcar Named Desire, The Merry Widow, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,
Good Witch in Wizard of Oz. Lynette Khoo-Summers Choreographed for her Lady Madonna 2011.
Choreography - My Favorite and Fluid.
Guest Taught Ballet Classes and Variations at Caston Ballet Summer Intensive 2010 & 2011, and
Winter/Spring Semesters Caston Ballet Academie and Caston Chamber Ballet 2011.
Contemporary Jazz Hip Hop
Marcus Johnson began his dance training at the age of 15 at University City High School. Soon after starting his
training he received a full scholarship to dance at the COCA (Center of Creative Arts), joined the First Company,
and the Pre-Professional Program at the institution under the direction of Lee Nolting and Alicia Graf . Marcus
has performed many pieces by Anthony Tudor, Antonio Douthit, Kirven Boyd, Alicia Graf, Michael Uthoff,
and Lara Teeter. In the summer of 2011 he performed in the an Antony Tudor masterpiece "Dark Elegies" for
the Corps De Ballet in Kansas City, Missouri. Marcus has trained with many summer intensives such as Perry
Mansfield Performing Arts Camp and School, Kansas City Ballet, "Real World" with Jon Lehrer and
Lehrerdance, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Currently living in St.Louis, Marcus attends Webster
University as a BFA dance major under the direction of Beckah (Reed) Voigt.
Artist in Residence
Choreographer and Guest Instructor
Originally from St. Louis, Jessica began her training at the Alexandra School of Ballet and continued
her studies on scholarship at Interlochen Arts Academy. During high school, she performed and
toured with the St. Louis Ballet Company and with Regional Dance America Honors Company at the
2002 International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi. Jessica has attended various summer
programs including Boston Ballet, the Rock School of Pennsylvania Ballet, and Ballet Austin, as well
as studying in St. Petersburg, Russia
She graduated from Butler University with a B.A. in dance pedagogy with a double emphasis in ballet
and jazz. After graduation, Jessica joined the Louisville Ballet Company where she was privileged to
work with established choreographers such as Lila York. Adam Hougland, and Val Caniparoli. Jessica
then joined Roxey Ballet Company in New Jersey where she performed contemporary and classical
Jessica lived in New York City working as a freelance dancer and arts critic before joining Missouri
Ballet Theatre for their 2010-2011 season. She has performed locally at the Muny and Stages St.
Louis. She currently teaches for COCA and works as a choreographer and performer around St. Louis.
Ballet Pas De Deux Contemporary Jazz Modern
Nashville Ballet under Paul Vasterling Balanchine's The Four Temperments as Melancholic Soloist, Senza Fretta,
Rite of Spring, Satto solo, Journey, Swan Lake, Carmina Burrana, Nutcracker
-Cedar Lake II under Karen Grundy, Bryan Chung, Duetic Sculpture, Bradley Shelver, Apollo’s Illegitimate
Offspring, Swan-Benoit Pouffer, Overly
-Columbia City Ballet under William Starret,
William Starret’s Dracula, Cinderella, Nutcracker, Off the Wall
-South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities under, Stanislav Issaev, Robert Barnett, Sandra
Neels and North Carolina Dance Theater
Teaching Experience in Ballet, Contemporary, Lyrical, Jazz, Modern
Robert Poe’s Choreography Has been performed by: Nashville Ballet, Nashville Ballet II, Nashville In Motion, Aiken
Civic Ballet Company