REBECCA LUPNITZ: Rebecca is an accomplished dancer who completed her degree in dance (University of Houston) December 2008, and has also completed her Level 9 ballet exam with SCB.  Rebecca has taught tap, modern, and many levels of ballet for Excelsior School of Dance since 2006.  Her energy and strength have been an asset to Ballet Excelsior of Houston, as she has danced and traveled as a Company Member nationally and internationally to Australia, Russia, Poland, Bulgaria, Greece, China, and Japan.
 
JENNI WINTER: Jenni has trained through the S.C.B. Teacher Training program, having studied with Excelsior School of Dance since the age of 7. Our very dedicated teacher has taught ballet levels Beginner through Level 7, as well as Hip Hop 1, Junior Modern, and Beginners Tap. She is an accomplished dancer and one of the Senior Company members of Ballet Excelsior of Houston. She has traveled both nationally and internationally to New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Missouri, Russia, Poland, Bulgaria, Greece, China, and Japan with the Ballet Excelsior of Houston.
 

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ASHLEY WHITE: Ashley is a proficient dancer who has danced since the age of five, joining Excelsior School of Dance in 1993 at age seven, and completing all Pre-Primary through Level 8 exams training under the Sonshine Christian Ballet Syllabus as well as the ABT Syllabus.  She has since then received training in the S.C.B. Teacher Training Program and started teaching in 2003. She has taught numerous levels of ballet from Beginners to Level 7, Junior Modern to Modern 3, and Beginner Tap. She has also traveled nationally and internationally with Ballet Excelsior of Houston as an apprentice and as a senior company member.  We are delighted to have Ashley on our staff as both a teacher and our office manager!
 
BROOKE SPRADLING: Brooke began her training at Excelsior School of Dance when she was 13 years old and has studied under the Sonshine Christian Ballet syllabus and the ABT syllabus. She has completed Grade 3 – Level 8 S.C.B exams. At age 16 she attended Ballet Magnificat’s summer intensive and was accepted into the company’s pre-professional training program.  She has taught ballet and tap at Blue Leaf Dance School, as well as modern, pointe, ballet and lyrical at Profusion Preforming Arts and is currently teaching a number of our beginner classes here at ESD. Brooke has traveled internationally with Ballet Excelsior of Houston to Bulgaria and Japan and is now a company member of Ballet Excelsior of Houston.
 
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Faith Hines: Faith began her dance training at the age of 7 and later began dancing as a student at Excelsior School of Dance in 2003. In 2008 Faith passed her S. C. B. level 8 exam and began her teaching career at ESD, training under the Sonshine Christian Ballet Syllabus. After a three year pause in her teaching to pursue her degree and establish a part-time career in occupational therapy, Faith has since taught levels 4 and 6, grade 2, primary, pre-primary, and beginners. Faith is a senior company member of Ballet Excelsior of Houston and has been ministering with the company internationally since 2007 in Bulgaria, Greece, China, and Japan, and nationally in New York, Atlanta, Arkansas, and locally.


 
 

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ALEXA BRIDGES: Alexa began her dance training at the age of 4 with Excelsior School of Dance and Performing Arts. She examined Primary through Level 8. Upon moving with her family out of state, she continued her training and performed in multiple ballets in Savannah as well as attending major Summer Intensives with Joffrey Ballet, American Ballet Theater and The Orlando Ballet. At the age of 15 she was accepted into the pre-professional program at Houston Ballet, Ben Stevenson Academy on full merit scholarship. Branching out she has performed with CYT and recently

Alexa choreographed Once Upon A Mattress for Applause Theater and solos for students at Profusion Performing Arts. She is currently a teacher at Profusion Performing Arts, and a company member with Ballet Excelsior.

Alexa is blessed to have been given a talent with which she can honor and glorify God. She loves working with children and seeing them accomplish their goals and also grow in skill, maturity and confidence. She has had some roadblocks along the way with hip injuries, but with much prayer and determination she will trust God with her future.

 
PEYTON SHELL: Peyton began her training at Excelsior School of Dance at the age of nine and has completed Grade 3 through Level 8 exams under Sonshine Christian Ballet syllabus. She was accepted into the company Ballet Excelsior of Houston and travel nationally as well as internationally performing with them in  China, Bulgaria, and Japan, including dancing a principle Awaken role in Bulgaria.  While working towards a degree in English at Asbury University, Peyton taught a number of ballet classes at Wilmore Christian Ballet in Wilmore, Kentucky. After graduation, she returned to Texas and is now a company member with Ballet Excelsior of Houston.

 

Throughout the years of being a Christian performing artist, I have learned that dance is so much more than learning and perfecting steps to gain the approval of those watching.  It is about training to be able to catch the eye of the observer, not so that they can appreciate my skill, but so that they can see Christ in me and the message that He is conveying to them through my movement.  I am so blessed to be a part of Ballet Excelsior and have a role in sharing His message of salvation to the world.

 
JEANA VANCE: Jeana began her professional dance career at the age of 17 after training with Houston Ballet, Grand Rapids Civic Ballet, & American Academy of Dance, and has danced with Houston area companies: Suchu, Sandra Organ’s Dance Co., Psophinia, Ad Deum Dance Co., Tred, Ingredients Dance Co., and Ballet Excelsior of Houston. She has also choreographed for Ballet Excelsior of Houston, Tred, Ingredients Dance Co, The Charis Project, & Ad Deum Dance Co. Other accomplishments include: ballet teacher for Dance Revolution, a convention traveling the USA teaching, performing & spreading God’s love (5 years); artistic faculty for Ingredients Training Program in Dallas, empowering pre-professional dancers to articulate the Gospel with excellence with 9 months of dance & Biblical training; and for 10 years, feels honored training dancers in many Houston area studios (Melissa’s Masters of Dance, Boni’s, Profusion and Excelsior School of Dance). Jeanna is overjoyed to be directing the Ballet Excelsior Trainee program dancers, as well as working with the level 8 class.
 
KYRIE COLLIER: Kyrie has trained with Excelsior School of Dance for nine years and has completed her Grade 2 – Level 8 exams using both the Sonshine Christian Ballet and ABT Syllabus.  She has danced in Ballet Excelsior’s Trainee Program and traveling to New York to perform with them. She was asked to join Ballet Excelsior in the spring of 2015 and is currently an Apprentice.  Kyrie started assisting in ballet classes at the age of thirteen and has since then helped teach summer ballet classes, substituted for teachers and has attended teaching training classes held by Excelsior School of Dance. She is currently teaching Primary students and 3/4 year olds