Founder & Director, Allegro Academy of Dance, Houston, Texas
Artistic Director of Allegro Ballet of Houston
Founder & Director, The Glenda Brown Choreography Project
Director, Stars of Tomorrow / Austria
Founder & Director Emeritus, Regional Dance America
Glenda Brown is Artistic Director of Allegro Ballet of Houston and owns and directs Allegro Academy of Dance in Houston, Texas. Ms. Brown is a founder of Regional Dance America and has served on the National Board of Regional Dance America since 1987. She was President of RDA from 1991 until 2001, coordinated the first ever RDA National Festival in Houston, Texas with over 2,000 dancers in attendance, served as President of the Southwest region for twenty years, and is now a Director Emeritus of RDA. Ms. Brown directed the Craft of Choreography Conference sponsored by RDA from 1987 until 2000. She founded the Glenda Brown Choreography Project in 2001 and directs The Project each summer for dancers, composers and choreographers. Ms. Brown is Director of Stars of Tomorrow / Austria, a summer dance program in Austria for dance companies across the United States to perform, tour, and take classes.
Co-Director Glenda Brown Choreography Project
Co-Director Stars of Tomorrow / Austria
Co-Director Allegro Ballet of Houston
Vanessa Brown is Artistic Director and manager of Allegro Ballet of Houston. She has been associated with Allegro Ballet since 1974 as dancer, teacher and Associate Director. She attended the University of Oklahoma on a dance scholarship. in 1997, she helped coordinate the National Regional Dance America Festival held in Houston, Texas with 89 performing dance companies and over 2,000 attendants. Ms. Brown is on faculty of Allegro Academy of Dance in Houston and is a popular teacher for studios in the Houston area. Vanessa is Associate Director of the Glenda Brown Choreography Project. She is Co-Director and has been a member of the staff since 1995.
A New York City-based choreographer and teacher for over twenty years, her ballets have toured nationally and been presented in China and Austria. Leslie's award-winning choreography has been supported by National Endowment for the Arts and numerous state arts councils. She has been on the faculty of USA/International Ballet Competition dance faculty and was Director of Baltimore Ballet. She has adjudicated many Regional Dance America Festivals.
Thom is simply everyone's favorite ballet teacher. He is one of the most energetic and inspiring teachers across the U.S. Extensively trained in Vaganova, Cechetti, and Bournonville techniques, he trained at the Dallas Civic Ballet and School of American Ballet. Thom has served as the Artistic Director of Ballet Dallas, Ballet Master for Hubbard Street Dance-Chicago and others. He has been teaching for 30-plus years nationally and internationally, and has been guest teacher at Broadway Dance Center, associate ballet master for Les Trockadero de Monte Carlo and Hubbard Street Chicago. He joined the faculty of Allegro Academy of Dance and Allegro Ballet of Houston in 2010. He is one of the master teachers for the Stars of Tomorrow / Austria. Thom teaches an invigorating, motivating class that the young dancers truly enjoy.
Paula has studied ballet with many well-known ballet masters and has performed solo and principal roles of more than 45 major works including all the classics. She has also performed many contemporary works by Balanchine, Agnes DeMille, and Alvin Ailey. She has worked with many renowned choreographers and is currently a member of the Wylliams/Henry Danse Theatre and is principal dancer/ballet mistress with the Albany Berkshire Ballet. She currently choreographs for the Kansas City Ballet and the Albany Berkshire Ballet. She is the Chairman of the Dance Department at the University of Missouri/Kansas City. Paula is a favorite with dancers and choreographers alike.
Charles Martin received his primary ballet training from Penny Askew at the Western Oklahoma Ballet Academy in Clinton, Oklahoma. He also studied intensively at the American Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet School in New York, and the Glenda Brown Choreography Project in Austin and Kansas City. He has performed extensively with the Western Oklahoma Ballet Theatre in addition to guest performances with Allegro Ballet of Houston, Texas, Remix Dance Group touring Austria, and Post Ballet in San Francisco. Mr. Martin has also had 12 choreographic works selected for the Regional Dance America/Southwest Festival concerts, two receiving special recognition from the Monticello Foundation. He has choreographed on many youth companies across the midwest, and has had 2 works performed by the Kansas City Ballet. He has taught at Summer Intensives in Ft. Smith, Arkansas, Clinton and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Victoria and Denton, Texas. In his past 11 seasons with Kansas City Ballet, he has been featured in soloist roles in Brahms Paganini, Piano Concerto #2, Lambarena, Nine Sinatra Songs, A Solo in Nine Parts, The Moor’s Pavane, Benvolio in Romeo & Juliet, Common People, Huck Finn in Tom Sawyer, Renfield in Dracula, The White Rabbit in Alice (in wonderland), Peasant Pas de Deux in Giselle, Melancholic in The Four Temperaments, and Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream.
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