RICHARD BOWMAN: Mr Bowman trained in Auckland, New Zealand and awarded a full tuition scholarship to complete his training at the Royal Ballet School in London, England. He has danced with many world-renown ballet companies as a guest artist and performed as a principal artist with internationally acclaimed companies of which include, the Royal New Zealand Ballet, Leipzig Ballet, the Australian Ballet, and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. In addition to being the recipient of the1987 Sir John Logan Campbell Award, he has been noted, throughout his career, for his physique and technical brilliance, and the ability to capture large audiences with ease, in many leading roles.
In 2012 Mr Bowman was appointed a member of American Ballet Theatre’s National Training Curriculum Artistic Board of Examiners and Instructors and became a senior faculty member at the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School in NTC. Mr Bowman is an acclaimed international ballet master, coach and repertoire with dance organizations throughout the world.
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.
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.
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 dancer. We are delighted to have Ashley on our staff as both a teacher and our office manager!
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.
SARAH SMITHWICK: Sarah started dancing at Excelsior School of Dance at the age of 10 and completed her Grade 3 through Level 7 exams before graduating high school. Sarah had the privilege of dancing as a trainee with Ballet Excelsior of Houston, traveling and ministering in New York and Bulgaria with the company. She attended Texas A&M University as a dance science major graduating in December 2014. While she was living in College Station, Sarah taught ballet and tap classes at Suzanne’s Dance studio where they use the Sonshine Christian Syllabus, taking on the role of Ballet Director after graduating college. Sarah is blessed and excited to be back assisting and teaching at Excelsior where she can use her gifts to help students accomplish their goals and grow in their craft.
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.