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Directors

Kattie Brewer
At the age of three Kattie Brewer began her training at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts. She studied various styles of dance such as ballet, tap, jazz, modern, variations, character, musical theater, pointe, and partnering. From an early age, Kattie began performing in many productions, such as The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Giselle, Dracula, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and The Contemporary Series. She performed a variety of roles in original works by Soili Arvola, Leo Ahonen, Ayman Harper, and Amber Thornton. At the age of fourteen, Kattie received a scholarship to travel to New York and study at an intensive summer program with the Joffrey Ballet School. The following summer, she was accepted into the intensive program at the San Francisco Ballet School, focusing exclusively on ballet, pointe, partnering, and variations. In 1999, Kattie traveled to an intensive program in Hawaii on the Big Island with Soili Arvola, where she studied ballet, pointe, and character. While in college at the University of Houston, Kattie continued her training with classes in ballet, modern, jazz, and acting with Rutherford Cravens, as well as, taking classes in costume construction, lighting and theater design, dance pedagogy, improvisation, and dance history. In her last year of college, Kattie’s choreography for her senior project was chosen to open the university’s fall show. This experience opened her to a whole new avenue of dance and since then Kattie has choreographed many group pieces and solos. Some of her most recent choreography has been performed and awarded at conventions in the Houston area. Kattie has also been a guest performer and choreographer for San Jacinto College Central’s Dance Program. For the last five years, she has devoted her time to teaching and choreographing in the community. Kattie has had the opportunity to judge the Kinkaid School’s dance company auditions for Beverly Williams and was also selected to adjudicate choreography at the 2009 National ISAS Arts Festival. In 2011, Kattie choreographed a piece that was performed at the Clear Lake Dance Festival - Dance Houston. Kattie received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance from the University of Houston in the spring of 2009. She would like to acknowledge Beverly Williams, Soili Arvola, and Leo Ahonen for making her the dancer, teacher, and choreographer she is today. Kattie is ecstatic to be the Co-Director/Owner of Premier Dance Academy.

Stephanie Riley
Stephanie Riley began her dance training at the age of seven at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in a variety of dance styles including ballet, tap, jazz, modern, character, musical theater, variations, partnering, and pointe. Stephanie performed in many seasons of The Nutcracker, as well as, other productions including Cinderella, Swan Lake, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, Dracula, and The Contemporary Series. She also performed lead roles in original works by Soili Arvola, Leo Ahonen, Ayman Harper, Amber Thornton, Olga Kostritzky, Alex Hasbany, Joe Istre, Amelie Hunter, Slam, and Misha Bart. Stephanie continued her dance training at intensive summer programs with the Joffrey Ballet School and The School of American Ballet in New York City as well as taking open classes in jazz, tap, and lyrical at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway. In addition, she attended two Craft of Choreography Conferences at the University of Iowa and the University of Utah which sparked her first interest in the art of choreography. At the age of fifteen, Stephanie accepted a full scholarship to attend The School of American Ballet’s year round training program. There she received extensive pre-professional training in ballet, pointe, variations, and partnering. After returning home, Stephanie made the anticipated transition from dance student to dance teacher and choreographer. Since 2002, she has been a guest teacher, choreographer, and judge for The Kinkaid School, as well as, a guest choreographer and performer for San Jacinto College Central’s dance department. In 2009, Stephanie had the opportunity to be an adjudicator and workshop presenter at the National ISAS Arts Festival. Stephanie graduated with honors in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology from the University of Houston. Stephanie would like to thank Beverly Williams, her first dance teacher and current friend and mentor, for guiding her dance career over the last twenty years and for instilling in her a life long passion for dance that she hopes to pass on to her students for many generations to come. Stephanie is thrilled to be the Co-Director/Owner of Premier Dance Academy.

Instructors

Brittany Barrera
Brittany Barrera began dancing at the age of 10 and received her training from Amy Blake’s Academy of Dance and Premier Dance Academy. She has also had the privilege of training at the Joffrey Ballet School, Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway in New York City. She has studied many styles of dance including ballet, tap, jazz, modern, contemporary, pointé, lyrical, musical theater and hip hop. Brittany attended Stephen F. Austin State University where she graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Dance. While attending SFA she was a member of the Repertory Dance Company and traveled to various locations throughout Texas and also received a scholarship to travel to New Mexico for the American College Dance Festival. She has also performed multiple works by Elizabeth Rhodes, Julie Bour, Dr. Cindy Gratz, Heather Samuelson and many others as well as appearing in several concerts and festivals during her time at SFA. Brittany is thrilled to be a part of Premier Dance Academy faculty!

Heather Boerke
Heather Boerke started her dance training at the age of two and has had a love affair with the art form ever since. Heather trained at North Alabama Dance Center under Barbara Ellen Smartt and Wendy Graham in ballet, tap, jazz and modern. After moving to Houston at the age of 11, Heather continued her training at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, where she was a member of the Clear Lake Metropolitan Ballet performing in many productions. Heather became a member of the Clear Lake Flairs dance team her sophomore year in high school, serving as a lieutenant her junior year and the team’s captain her senior year. Heather was a four year member of the Texas A&M Aggie Dance Team serving as co-captain her sophomore year and the captain her junior and senior years. Heather had the privilege of training at the prestigious Joffrey Workshop in San Antonio, as well as, the Joffrey Ballet School and Broadway Dance Center in New York City. Heather had the privilege of training with Dorothy Lister four different summers. Heather received Vaganova ballet training from Mischa Bart and Mira Popovitch and Russian ballet training from Soili Arvola and Leo Ahonan. She also received ballet training from Janie Parker, Dorio Perez, Robert Atwood, John Magnuss, and Beverly Williams. Heather received jazz and contemporary training from Amber Thorton, Trish and Holly Owens, Pamela Bowling, Keith Cross, Joe Eastre and Kim McSwain. She received hip hop training from Jermain Browne, Kim McSwain, Stephanie Di-Biase, Brian Puspos, Julien Embers, Brandon Harrell, Alan Truong, Joshua Allen and Kenny Wormald. Heather has been recognized for her superior dance abilities, receiving scholarships to the Joffrey Ballet School, Al Gilbert Tap Workshop, Darryl Retter Hollywood Jazz Workshop, Pensacola Junior College All Around, and the New York City Dance Alliance for Ballet. Heather had the honor of dancing during the pre-game show of Super Bowl XXXVIII. Heather has worked for Crowd Pleasers Dance Camps for six years teaching, choreographing and judging High School Dance Teams. Heather has also choreographed for the Aggie Dance Team, Premier Dance Academy, and various other dance studios and high schools throughout the Houston, Dallas, Austin and San Antonio areas.

Alexa Burridge
Alexa Burridge started dancing at Premier Dance Academy at age twelve.She was under the wonderful instruction of Katie Brewer and Stephanie Riley studying ballet, tap,jazz,lyrical and hip hop. Alexa attended Joffrey ballet intensive the summers of 2012 and 2013 on scholarship which further helped her ballet technique. She has also has taken classes at Broadway Dance Center in New York City and attended Tremaine, Streetz and the Jump convention. In 2011 Alexa received Premier Dance Academy's most improved student award. She played Noelle for two years in the Premier Dance Academy Christmas show. In 2014-2015 Alexa attended the American Musical Dramatic Academy on scholarship in New York City where she studied ballet, tap, jazz, modern, voice, musical theatre and acting. Alexa is so happy to be teaching at her home away from home with her dance family.

Hannah Christmas
Dance has been Hannah's passion for the past 16 years. Her education was under the instruction of the faculty at Bonnie Siscoe School of Dance. There she studied ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, modern, and contemporary jazz. Hannah has been competing for 5 years with group dances, productions, solos, duos, and trios. She was given the opportunity to teach 4 years ago after which she realized that not only was dancing a passion of hers but teaching was as well. Hannah has been on staff at Bonnie Siscoe and JDF Elite Dance Academy and most recently, Premier Dance Academy. Hannah loves working with kids and showing them the beauty and art of dance.

Hannah was given a $500 scholarship and received the Most Excellent Dancer from the San Jacinto College Dance Program. She was featured as Millie in her studio's production of Thoroughly Modern Millie. She is very appreciative that God has enabled her to share her love for the fine arts with her fellow dancers and her students!

Brittany Wright
Brittany Wright started dancing at age 5 here in her hometown of Houston, Texas. She gained most of her experience and technique at this studio, the former Amy Blake’s Academy of Dance. Brittany enjoyed being on the dance team throughout high school and found herself loving the opportunity to assist her dance teacher as well. After high school she attended Stephen F. Austin State University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Dance and Kinesiology. Outside of the dance program, Brittany was also a part of the SFA dance/spirit team and SFA Best Dance Crew Competitions. Together they performed for fundraising events, nursing homes, dance festivals and staffed NDA/NCA Competitions. Brittany has learned that her love of teaching dance exceeds even her love of dancing! She has learned a variety of genres in art, history, workshops, and classes and is excited to share this knowledge with others. Brittany taught workshops at the local Nacogdoches Dance studio, “Gobel School of Dance” and at the end of her college road she created her Senior Dance piece which was performed at the “SFA Repertory and Danceworks Show”. Brittany graduated in May 2012 and is months away from being a fully certified teacher! She plans to coach and teach dance in High School, as well as health and physical education. In her spare time she likes to spend time with her little brother and travel as much as possible! Brittany says she is very happy to be a part of the Premier Dance Academy Staff as well as McAdams Junior High School Dance Team Director and 8th Grade Dance Teacher.


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