Holda Torres

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.


Katie couldn’t help but start dancing at Allegro. The Browns grew up with her mom’s family and “Grandma”,  aka Mrs. Harris, is the business director at the studio. Katie started taking ballet with Miss Vanessa at the age of 3 and continued to dance with Allegro until she graduated high school. She danced in many Nutcrackers, recitals, festivals, and even traveled with the company to Tanzsommer in Europe. When she isn’t teaching jazz, she works as a surgical physician assistant at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Katie is excited to be back at Allegro and spend time with the people who have had such a positive impact on her life.


Mrs. Harris is the Business Manager and Secretary for the Allegro Academy of Dance and has been on staff since 1982.

Thom is known as one of the most energetic and inspiring teachers across the country.  Mr. Clower began his training in Dallas with George Skibine and Majorie Tallchief, and has studied at School of American Ballet in New York, Paris, Amsterdam, and London.  He began teaching in 1974 and joined Dallas Ballet in 1978 for eleven seasons.  He has been ballet master for Dallas Ballet and Hubbard Street.  He was artistic director of Ballet Dallas and Yuma Ballet Theatre, and is now a freelance teacher and choreographer.  Thom begins his eighth season with Allegro.

thom clower

co-Director - vanessa brown

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. 

Director - glenda Brown

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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.

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.

carla capetillo

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.

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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.