1. amy Amy Blake View Bio

    Amy Blake

  2. cyndy Cyndy Butcher View Bio

    Cyndy Butcher

  3. Courtney2 181x235 Courtney Chilton View Bio

    Courtney Chilton

  4. keith Keith Cross View Bio

    Keith Cross

  5. tnoya TNoya Gonzales View Bio

    T’Noya Gonzales

  6. brittany Brittany Greuter View Bio

    Brittany Greuter

  7. judith Judith Winters Grywalski View Bio

    Judith Winters Grywalski

  8. leigh Leigh Hellinghausen View Bio

    Leigh Hellinghausen

  9. dorrell Dorrell Martin View Bio

    Dorrell Martin

  10. Trisha Instructor photo Trisha Owens Nees   Guest Choreographer View Bio

    Trisha Owens Nees – Guest Choreographer

  11. holley Holley Owens Windle   Guest Choreographer View Bio

    Holley Owens Windle – Guest Choreographer

  12. tyler davis 181x235 Tyler Davis View Bio

    Tyler Davis

  13. katie headshot bw 181x235 Katie Trevino View Bio

    Katie Trevino

amy Amy Blake

Amy Blake

Owner/Artistic Director

As the owner and operator of her own successful dance studio for the past 14 years, Ms. Blake has secured a solid reputation for her professional teaching style and true commitment to her students. Concurrently she has maintained a Master Teacher staff position, touring around the United States and Canada, with Dance Olympus’ Fall and Summer Tour for over 14 years. As a Master Teacher, Amy has worked with dancers all across the country at various colleges, dance studios and conventions. Mrs. Blake is an adjudicator for competitions and has judged for Dance Masters of America, Hawaii International Dance Festival, Dance America and numerous others.

Amy’s formal training was under the close direction of Shelly Power’s Academy of Dance and the Houston Ballet Academy where she has also worked as a guest instructor for their Summer Intensive Program. Amy has received many scholarships and trained with numerous teachers and choreographers in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York. Professionally, Amy danced with Houston Grand Opera in such productions as Annie Get Your Gun and Attila the Hun. just to name a few, as well as Texas Dance Theater, Joan Karff’s New Dance Group, World Jazz Dance Congress and Kountry Fever in Las Vegas.

Mrs. Blake continues to give back to the community by presenting her biannual performance ofThe Nutcracker which is performed in local hospitals, nursing homes and shelters.

Amy’s mission is to not only educate, but to inspire the love of dance and passion for the arts in each student that she has the privilege of teaching. As such she mentors her Senior Company members, who desire to further their dance education in college, through the audition process. Former Amy Blake students have been accepted to dance programs at Southern Methodist University, Loyola Marymount-Los Angeles, Marymount Manhattan College and others.

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cyndy Cyndy Butcher

Cyndy Butcher

Instructor

Cyndy Butcher was a former long-time student and instructor of Bonnie Siscoe School of Dance before teaching at Amy Blake’s Academy of Dance. She is the first recipient of the “Outstanding Achievement” award and continued her dance education at San Jacinto College. She is currently Creative Arts Associate in the Children’s Ministry at Sagemont Church in Houston. Cyndy believes that all children are designed with gifts and talents and she desires to help children develop and grow in their talents. Cyndy is married to Bob Butcher and mother to Alex, Ben and Christina.

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Courtney2 181x235 Courtney Chilton

Courtney Chilton

Instructor

Courtney Chilton, a former Company member, is delighted to return to ABAD – this time as an instructor! She has worked across the country as a performer, choreographer, and teacher with companies such has Theatre Under the Stars, Houston Grand Opera, Main Street Theater, Harbor Lights Theatre, Westchester Broadway Theatre, Broward Stage Door, and J & D Entertainment.

Whether a beginning acting class or an advanced modern dance class, Courtney likes to find a balance of good technique and self expression – teaching to not only repeat choreography, exercises and text, but to truly live and explore them. Courtney seeks to help her students grow, explore and learn in more than just the arts.

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keith Keith Cross

Keith Cross

Instructor

Keith Cross believes great dancing is a blur of good training in all the elements of dance. Together Ballet, Modern and Jazz dance training has helped him create a new and fresh way of utilizing choreography. By using these dance forms, it has given him the understanding of the versatility a dancer can have. He believes that it is imperative that a dancer have the broad training with which the quality and level of dancing is endless.

Keith Anthony R. Cross: Artist in Residence Kinkaid School; Founder of Teundu Inc.; Artistic Director of Texas Dance Theatre (1990-1998); Master Teacher for Cross Jazz Tours; Consultant for American Dance Convention.

Mr. Cross has worked for such organizations as: Frank Fuher International, Texas Association for Physical Education Recreation on Dance, Texas Association of Teachers of Dancing Inc., The Peoples Workshop, MECA, Texas Commission on the Arts, Ft. Bend Arts Council, Shreveport Regional Arts Council, The Jewish Community Center, Houston Parks and Recreation Dept., Young Audiences of Houston, Dorace Allais for Houston Center League, Dance St. Louis, Mississippi Dance Association, Dixie Associations of Dance Masters, Dance Masters of America Inc., Dance Olympics of New York, Northwestern State University of Louisiana, Okaloosa- Ft. Walton Community College, Pensacola Jr. College, University of Houston, Sam Houston State University, Houston Community College, San Jacinto Jr. College, Louisiana State University, and Rice University. Mr. Cross’ teaching experiences include: The Jazz Dance World Congress, The International Ballet Festival, Tulsa Ballet, Ballet Met, Jazz Met, Boston Ballet, Houston Ballet, City Ballet, Western Arkansas Ballet, Metropolitan Ballet, Allegro Ballet, Academy Lupec’s Mexico, Berry Stephen’s Academy of Dance Amsterdam, Uptown Dance Center, Amy Blake’s Dance Academy, Dancescapes By Joyce, City Dance, Pointstation Inc., Images Dance Ensemble, Delia Stewart Dance Co., Joseph Holmes’ Chicago Dance Theatre, Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, Third Coast Jazz, Claude Marchant Dance Theatre Sweden, Dance Explosion Rick Odems Paris, Opus One The Netherlands.

Keith’s television credits include: The Sammy Awards, Houston Grand Opera’s “Tremonisa”, NBC Chicago Emmies and Star Search 1990. He has worked with such talents as: Debbie Allen, Hinton Battle, Maurice Hines, James Brown, Luigi, Matt Mattox, Frank Hachett, Joe Tremaine and Gus Giordano.

Keith has been called the ballet dancer’s Master Jazz Teacher.

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tnoya TNoya Gonzales

T’Noya Gonzales

Instructor

T’Noya Thompson Gonzales began dancing, choreographing, and performing shortly after joining San Jacinto College, Central Campus. After graduating with her Associate’s Degree in Chemistry, T’Noya was awarded an academic and dance scholarship while also being appointed a teacher’s assistant for the dance classes at SJC. She then transferred to Texas A&M University at Galveston and received a B.S. in Marine Biology. T’Noya works at Moody Gardens where she is a Biologist/Trainer in the Rainforest Department.

Over the years, T’Noya has taught at several dance studios and choreographed in many settings. She currently teaches Hip Hop at Amy Blake’s Academy of Dance and, for the upcoming 2012-2013 season, will become the Performing Group Director which she’s very excited about.

As the Director of her own Vibe Dance Company, she is fulfilling a lifelong dream, to own a dance company. Her goal with her own Company is to develop a place for people to dance and pursue school or a career at the same time, thus creating an achievable balance for those seeking to combine ambitions.

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brittany Brittany Greuter

Brittany Greuter

Instructor

Brittany Greuter has been dancing since the age of 6. She attended Bonnie Siscoe’s School of Dance for several years where she assisted in many classes and where she was the first recipient of the “Jennifer Weber Memorial Scholarship” in 2001. In high school Brittany was a member of the Clear Brook Celebrities Drill Team and became a Senior Lieutenant.

Since graduation Brittany has taught numerous dance camps and classes, in all different areas of dance, and this past year became an instructor at Amy Blake’s Academy of Dance. Brittany will continue to teach at Amy Blake’s Academy of Dance for the 2012-2013 season, while also attending the University of Houston-Clear Lake; majoring in Elementary Education.

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judith Judith Winters Grywalski

Judith Winters Grywalski

Instructor

Ms. Grywalski was trained at the renowned Houston Ballet Academy, Houston Texas under the direction of Ben Stevenson and Principal Teachers Anne St. Paul, Nicholas Polajenko and Nina Popovich along with additional training and coaching from legendary teachers from the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, Michel Pannieff and Natalie Krassovska. Ms. Grywalski joined the Dallas Ballet under the direction of George Skibine and Marjorie Tallchief dancing in classical and contemporary ballets as well as guest performances with Columbus Grand Opera and Columbus Dance Theater in Ohio. Additional performing opportunities include working with jazz pioneer Gus Giordano in Chicago, Illinois and Dino Anderson of JazzDance Columbus.

Judith began teaching at BalletMet Dance Academy, Company School for BalletMet Columbus in 1991 under the direction of John McFall in Columbus Ohio, teaching in the lower school and adult programs working along side respected teachers George Boft of the Bolshoi, Daryl Kamer and April Berry of the Alvin Ailey Company. In 1995 David Nixon became Artistic Director of the company and the school. Judith was invited to teach in the PreProfessional Program teaching technique and pointe under the direction of Prima Ballerina Yoko Ichino. Ms. Ichino developed a wholistic approach to classical ballet training including floor exercises and set combinations to increase muscular understanding of turn out, flexibility and extension. Additional teaching experience was working at Columbus City Ballet- Shir Li Wu Artistic Director- Formerly Hong Kong Ballet.

Ms. Grywalski is currently teaching at Galveston Ballet, Galveston, Texas, Amy Blake’s Academy of Dance and Mitsi Dancing School in Houston Texas.

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leigh Leigh Hellinghausen

Leigh Hellinghausen

Instructor

Leigh Hellinghausen danced under the direction of Amy Blake for fourteen years. She was a member of the A.B.A.D. Company and studied in New York at the Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway. Leigh spent summers studying ballet and modern at Texas Christian University and Ballet Austin. She also trained to become an instructor under Amy Blake and has taught classes in creative movement, ballet, tap, Jazz and Hip Hop. Leigh spent a year studying dance and psychology in Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount University.

In May 2012 Leigh graduated from the Honors College at the University of Houston with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Dance and Business Administration. During her undergraduate studies, she interned under a Board Certified Dance Therapist and in the Education Outreach Department at Houston Ballet. She also travels around the county as an Assistant Director for Dance Olympus/Dance America. In August, Leigh will begin work on a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology at University of Houston-Clear Lake. Her goal is to complete this degree and then complete the certification requirements to become a Board Certified Dance Therapist.

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dorrell Dorrell Martin

Dorrell Martin

Instructor

Director of Joffrey Jazz and Contemporary Dance. Dorrell Martin was soloist for the national touring company of A Few Good Men...Dancin. Faculty member at the Joffrey Ballet School. Martin has perform in musical such as Aida, Swing, and West Story. He has worked with recording artists such as Emma Bunton and Solange. He is artist in resident at Hope College, where he set the musical" Wonderful Town." Martin has worked with dance companies and choreographers such as Richard Rivera's Physual, Arch Dance, Metropolitan Opera and Brian Brooks. He has performed at Jacob's Pillow, American Dance Festival, and Dance Theatre Workshop.

A native Houstonian, Martin is former artistic director of Houston Metropolitan Dance Company and founder of Dorrell Martin Dance Fusion. The summer of 2003, the company MADE it's International Debut in Veracruz, Mexico. He received Honorable Mention for choreography at the World Jazz Congress. He has taught and set works on University of Louisiana, C.A.D Dance in New York City, Lamar University as well as companies in New Mexico and Louisiana. His studies include Paul Taylor, Ailey School, EDGE Performing Arts in Los Angeles, Steps on Broadway, and 2 years at the New York State Summer Intensive with New York City Ballet. Martin has worked with choreographers such as Kevin Wynn, Fred Benjamin, Liz Imperio of Los Angeles, Randy Duncan of Chicago and Pattie Obey of Holland.

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Trisha Instructor photo Trisha Owens Nees   Guest Choreographer

Trisha Owens Nees – Guest Choreographer

Guest Choreographer

Even in her downtime, Trisha finds herself seeking out top dance instructors and choreographers in Los Angeles and New York to learn more about the craft she fell in love with as a child. Trisha’s dance training began in Nederland, TX, at Taylor Dance Studio. After graduating from high school, she attended Kilgore College and performed throughout the United States and Europe as a member and officer of the world-renown Kilgore College Rangerettes. She continued her dance training at Southern Methodist University, The Meadows School of the Arts, under the direction of Tanju Tuzer, Karen Kriete, Joe Orlando, Bob Beard and Nathan Montoya. In 1999, she earned a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies, as well as a minor in dance, from the University of Houston.

From 1997 to 2002, Trisha danced professionally with the Houston Metropolitan Dance Company and also performed in productions of Jazz in AZ, Choreographers × 6, The Fringe Festival, Triple Focus, The Miller Outdoor Theatre’s 75th Gala and The Texas Contemporary Series, The Black Artist Dance Festival, The Twentieth Anniversary Celebration at the Kaplan Theatre, The Dallas Morning News Dance Festival, and on The Debra Duncan Show. Her work was also featured in Jazz Dance World Congress (Chicago) in 2002.

Trisha teaches extensively in Houston and taught for the Dallas-based Starmakers Dance Company for 13 years. She is a sought-after choreographer for numerous dance groups throughout Texas. She has taught for DMA in Pittsburgh, PA, Rice University, and was the lead choreographer and a back-up dancer for recording group, MP-5. Trisha was also honored at the Texas Dance Educator Association’s annual dance convention in 2008. She is co-owner of Studio 03 Dance and tHe beaT dance convention. She & her husband have two sons, and welcomed their third son in May 2012.

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holley Holley Owens Windle   Guest Choreographer

Holley Owens Windle – Guest Choreographer

Guest Choreographer

When Holley isn’t teaching dance classes, she’s jetting off to Los Angeles and New York to study the latest techniques. Holley’s love for dance began at the age of 4 when she attended Taylor Dance Studio in Nederland, Texas where she received the Ron Abshire and JoeTremaine Dance Scholarships.

Her abilities took her around the world as she toured the United States and Europe as a member of the world-renowned Kilgore College Rangerettes. She was then accepted into The Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. There she served as a student choreographer, participated in a student choreography project “Brown Bag” and performed in The Hope Show.

In 1997, Holley attended The University of Houston (UofH) as she simultaneously launched her professional dancing career with The Houston Metropolitan Dance Company. Following her 1999 graduation from UofH, she performed in works by Kevin Wynn, Sean Kelly, Martha Kelly-Fiorre, Mario Zambrano, Liz Imperio, Malaya, Eddy O’Campo and Pattie Obey.

Her love of dance, choreography and performance led to her present career as an in-demand teacher and choreographer. Throughout the past 17 years, she has worked with numerous high school drill/dance team, dance studios, dance companies and colleges across the United States. Holley was honored at the 2008 Texas Dance Educator Association’s annual dance convention. She and twin sister, Trisha, owned/directed Studio 03-Dance for 8 years in Sugar Land, Texas. The sisters now produce a new one-day dance convention called tHe beaT.

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Tyler Davis

Tyler has been dancing professionally with Royal Caribbean International for over four years on seven different ships. Before joining the cruise industry, he danced and trained with the Houston Metropolitan Dance Company (2005-2006). He also graduated from the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in 2003. Mr. Davis teaches and choreographs in and around the Greater Houston area for such companies as Vibe Dance Company and Axis Dance Company. He was also the artistic director of a local dance company; Blank Canvas Dance Company which he started in 2003.

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Katie Trevino

Katie Trevino has been dancing since she was fourteen. She started dancing at local studios in League City, TX. She received an Associate of Arts Degree in Dance at San Jacinto College South in 2008. She was a part of the San Jacinto College Dance Performing Arts Company for two years and participated in the American College Dance Festival. She received a scholarship to the Bill Evans Workshop, the Joanna Friesen scholarship from the UH Dance Faculty, and a scholarship to the American Dance Festival. She was a part of the UH Dance ENSEMBLE company for two years and the Young Audience Touring Company. She earned her B.A. Degree in Dance in 2012 from the University of Houston.

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