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 Morning class at Barnevelder continues with a rotation of some of Houston’s finest ballet teachers. Here is what is good about this class:

 ● Triple Sprung Basket Weave Floor!!!

 4 New Dancer-Designed Barres

 ● Studio is Clean and White and Cheerful

 ● New Stereo System

 Foam Roller & Balance Ball avaialble to use

 ● $12 Per Class/ 5 Class Card for $50

 Dancer-Controlled Central A/C & Heat

Convenient Location Right off Hwy 59 Downtown

 Barnevelder Movement Arts Complex, 2201 Preston Street @ Hutchins. (Just under Hwy 59 from Minute Maid Park). Deatailed directions and a map available at www.barnevelder.org

Directions Summary: You can take Memorial straight through, make a left when you go under Hwy 59 onto Chartres/feeder and then just go a few streets to Preston and make a right. Barnevleder is two streets over. Or if you live near hwy 59, Barnevelder is just off the Polk Street Exit. Exit hwy 59 North at Polk, exit leads you onto Chartres/feeder, look for Preston on your right.

For more information email info@brangwendance.org

Teacher Bios:

Susan Bryant is a former soloist with the Houston Ballet, where she enjoyed a 20 year career with the company under the direction of Ben Stevenson and Stanton Welch. She attended the Houston Ballet Academy and the North Carolina School of the Arts. Recently retired from Houston Ballet, Ms. Bryant now enjoys teaching at the Ben Stevenson Academy and open classes around the city.  


Jarina Carvalho is a former member of Dance Theatre of Harlem where she performed with the company in many of the major cities around the world. A native of Brasil, she joined the Ballet Vera Bublitz School where she had the opportunity to dance with Peter Boal ( Artistic director of PNB) who invited her to come to America. She continued her education at the School of America Ballet with a scholarship. Recently, Ms. Carvalho has worked with Gregory Schramel and Marjorie Hardwick in the newly formed New Orleans Ballet Theatre. She has performed with the Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble in Black Rain at Zilkha Hall in the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. She currently resides in New Orleans but returns to Houston to work as a guest artist with the Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble, MECA, and the Sandra Organ Dance Company.




Naomi Glass is a former soloist with the Houston Ballet. Some of her favorite roles include Stanton Welch’s Madame Butterfly and Indigo, Ben Stevenson’s Three Preludes, Evening Pas de Deux, Five Poems, Dusk and Twilight; Nacho Duato’s Without Words; Trey McIntyre’s Second Before the Ground and “Wendy” in Peter Pan. In 1997, she was nominated by Ben Stevenson to represent Houston Ballet for the Princess Grace Award. A native of Mercer Island, Washington, Ms. Glass trained at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, San Francisco Ballet School and Houston Ballet Academy before joining Houston Ballet in 1994. She recently retired from her soloist position and is teaching ballet and freelancing.




Michele Brangwen is Artistic Director of the Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble, a performing arts company that presents year round performances of contemporary dance to live original music. Ms. Brangwen has performed her work at the Interart Annex in New York City, and in venues throughout Houston, including the Cullen Theatre, Wortham Center; Stude Concert Hall; Moores Opera House; Miller Outdoor Theatre, and DiverseWorks Artspace. A native of New York, Ms. Brangwen trained at the Martha Graham Center for Contemporary Dance, New York University, and with noted ballet teacher Nancy Bielski at the David Howard School.

Michele Brangwen with Thomas Helton in Desesperados



Lindsey McGill with Carol Morgan in Sweet Land


Lindsey McGill been performing with the Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble since 2003. She has danced in the premieres of Sanctuary Moon, Checkpoint, Petrified, A Note From Guantanamo, Confusion of Angels, Sweet Land, Talk to Me, and American Night. She has also performed in other works, including Madrid and Desesperados, in venues throughout Houston including the Cullen Theater, Wortham Center; Barnevelder Theater, Stude Concert Hall, the Performing Arts Center, and Miller Outdoor Theatre as part of the Weekend of Texas Contemporary Dance. Ms. McGill is a former member of Dominic Walsh Dance Theater. Her choreography was featured in performances by DWDT at Zilkha Hall and Miller Outdoor Theater. She has danced with Dayton Contemporary Dance Company 2, in Ohio, and with several companies in Houston including Hope Stone. Ms. McGill is a graduate of the Houston Ballet Academy.


Sandra Organ Solis was a soloist with Houston Ballet and its first African-American female ballerina, leaving the company after fifteen seasons to work as a guest artist, independent choreographer, and become Artistic Director of Sandra Organ Dance Company (SODC), a contemporary ballet ensemble in Houston, Texas, founded in 1997. Her international career with the Houston Ballet encompassed a diverse range of roles in the classical and contemporary realm, from choreographers Ben Stevenson, Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, and Sir Kenneth MacMillian to Christopher Bruce, James Kudelka and Paul Taylor. She is on the faculty of Houston Ballet Academy, Houston High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, and instructs dance ensembles at St Johns School.






April-May 2010 Guest Artist Teachers

Victoria Vittum is a nationally recognized teacher and choreographer. She is a faculty member of the Houston Ballet Academy, under the direction of Ben Stevenson. She has served as Resident Choreographer for the Gwinnett Ballet Theater, in Atlanta, Georgia. Ms. Vittum not only directs her own school, Ballet Center of Houston, but also serves as Artistic Director of Houston Repertoire Ballet with her partner Gilbert Rome, formerly with the National Ballet of Canada.

Ms. Vittum received her early training from Julio de Bittencourt and also holds a B.A. Degree in Dance Education from Lamar University. She has choreographed for professional and civic companies throughout the country as well as having her work presented at the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland.

Ms. Vittum has been the recipient of numerous awards such as: two Monticello Choreography Awards, Illinois State University choreography competition Winner, two nominations for the General Electric American Choreographer Plan. Most recently Ms. Vittum was the recipient of a Choreography Fellowship (1998) awarded by the Cultural Arts Council of Houston and the Texas Commission for the Arts for outstanding Choreographic merit and contribution to the City of Houston.