Veronica hails from the Chicagoland area, where she trained at Midwest Ballet Theatre and The Joffrey Ballet as a Trainee. She has attended many intensives and workshops with the Joffrey Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Oklahoma City Ballet, The Glenda Brown Choreography Workshop, and the American College Dance Festival. She completed her BFA in Dance at Mercyhurst University, and has performed as a company dancer with Manassas Ballet Theatre, SoMar Dance Works, and Mercyhurst Ballet Theatre. Currently, Veronica is a company dancer with Ad Deum Dance and teaches a variety of dance styles throughout the Houston area.
Vanessa is a native Houstonian and began her study of dance at the age of 3 with Emmamae Horn in Houston, Texas. She was auditioned and selected to join the Allegro Ballet company at the age of 11, and traveled abroad to Poland, Scotland, England, and Austria as a soloist. Vanessa attended the University of Oklahoma on a dance scholarship. She studied at San Francisco School of Ballet, The Joffrey Summer Workshops and with many outstanding master teachers. She is a co-director and Ballet Mistress of Allegro Ballet, and has been on staff at Allegro Academy of Dance since 1982. She taught dance at Village School for 22 years, and several other schools in Houston. She coordinated the first Regional Dance America National Festival held in Houston, in 1997, and was on faculty for the RDA/SW Festival in 2001. She also serves as Co-Director of Stars of Tomorrow.
Mrs. Harris is the Business Manager and Secretary for the Allegro Academy of Dance and has been on staff since 1982.
Ms. Holda began her training in Mexico City under the direction of Paloma Zepeda Novelo. She began her classical training in the Cuban technique and then moved into the Royal Academy of Dance program. Ms. Holda is currently attending the University of Houston as a Dance Major. Holda completed her Certificate for Ballet Teaching Studies (CBTS) Programme in 2014 under the mentorship of Rocio Braggiato, and is now a Royal Academy Certified Teacher.
Angela is originally from Alexandria, Louisiana. She started dancing at the age of three, under the direction of Susan Hussey. She has assisted with the choreography of a community theatre’s production of "Annie," taught tap classes for Mrs. Hussey, and choreographed high school drill team performances. Angela is trained in the Al Gilbert tap technique and has competed in New York, Texas, and Louisiana. She is very excited to join the Allegro family and share the fun and rhythmic art of tap.
Kristy performed with Atlanta Ballet & Charleston Ballet Theater. She was a Dance Pedagogy Honors student at The University of Oklahoma and graduated Cum Laude from Houston's High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Kristy is delighted to return to Houston, her hometown.
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Carla was born in Mexico City. She is trained in Royal Academy of Dance and received her certification to teach RAD in 2005. She has been teaching dance since 1975, and joined the faculty at Allegro in 2003.
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Rebecca's interest in dance started at the age of 5 years old in a local ballet class at the YMCA. At the age of 8, Becky moved to Fort Bend Academy of Dance in Sugar Land to study ballet under Dianne Jarrell and Michael Banigan. At twelve, she was invited to join the pre-professional ballet company Balletforte. Throughout Becky’s years of dancing she has been accepted to prestigious ballet schools including The Royal Ballet School, American Ballet Theatre, Joffrey New York, and Joffrey Midwest. She has also been awarded full scholarships to Craft of Choreography in Orem, Utah and to the San Antonio Metropolitan Ballet in San Antonio, Texas. In May of 2017, Becky obtained a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from The College of Science at Texas A&M and is currently working as a Zookeeper at The Houston Zoo. Allegro Academy is happy to have Becky joining the faculty.
Glenda began her dance training in Beaumont, Texas where she was a Melody Maid. She was on faculty at the Emmamae Horn School in Houston. She is Co-Artistic Director of Allegro Ballet of Houston and Allegro Academy of Dance. Ms. Brown is a founder and director emeritus of Regional Dance America. She served as president of Regional Dance America/Southwest from 1981-2001. Prior to RDA, she served on the National Board for National Association for RDA and was elected national president of RDA 1995-2000 and coordinated the first Regional Dance America National Festival held in Houston Texas in 1997. She is now coordinator for RDA/SW. She directed the RDA National Craft of Choreography Conference from 1987-2001, and founded The Glenda Brown Choreography Project in 2001. She has served on the dance panel for the Cultural Arts Council of Houston and the Texas Commission on the Arts. She has served on the Advisory Board of Dance Teacher magazine, The Austrian Alps International Arts Festival, and is also Director of Stars of Tomorrow.