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Brian Gephart

Originally from Kernersville, North Carolina, Brian is a performer, choreographer and instructor based out of New York City. Brian received his formal training at the North Carolina School of the Arts (now University of NCSA) before dancing professionally with the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada, The Metropolitan Opera and Houston Ballet II. In addition to having performed in productions of “CATS” (Mr. Mistoffelees) and “A Chorus Line” (Larry), Brian is thrilled to currently be a part of the 1st National Tour of "An American in Paris".

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Born in Brasilia, Brazil, Andre Silva began training at age 4 with his mother at Royal Academy of Dance. He continued his training at The Harid Conservatory and Ben Stevenson’s Academy. He was a Company member of Texas Ballet Theater from 2003 to 2009, where he was featured in leading roles of Ben Stevenson’s Peer Gynt, Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake, Dracula, Vivaldi and Brittain pas-deux, Bartok, Preludes for Van, Five Poems and Mozart Requiem. Andre was the first recipient of the Booz Hamilton international “Rising Star Award” for excellence in dance and was a Silver Medalist at the International Ballet Competition in Shanghai, China. He has appeared as a guest artist at Houston’s Dance Salad and TITAS’ Festivals. He joined Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal from 2009 to 2014, where he danced title roles in works from Jiri Kylian, Mats Ek, Ohad Naharin, Stijn Celis, Stephan Thoss, Christian Spuck, Didy Veldman and Marco Goecke. He joined Germany’s Ballet Augsburg for one year, where he was featured in principal roles in Young Soon-Hue’s Romeo and Juliet, Georg Reischl’s Verflixte Nähe, Stephen Shopshire’s Murmul and Spill and Angel Rodriguez’ Medea. In 2015, Mr. Silva returned to Texas Ballet Theater.

Melanie Nasser

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MELANIE NASSER grew up in the Woodlands before leaving to pursue a career as a Professional Dancer. She has been Principal Dancer with Tulsa Ballet as well as Ohio Ballet, and has performed Internationally on stages as far flung as Hawaii, Japan, and New York. Melanie’s interest in — and respect for — Pilates developed well before she began instructing: she is a direct beneficiary of the healing power of the method. Melanie learned the rehabilitative benefits of Pilates first hand after an ACL tear that could have been a career ending mishap. Her performing life was extended through a combination of orthopedic surgery and intensive Pilates based therapy. She is now the current owner of Align Pilates in The Woodlands.

Native Houstonian, Lauren Anderson danced with Houston Ballet from 1983 to 2006, performing leading roles in all the great classical ballets, appearing across the world to critical acclaim, and becoming one of Houston Ballet’s most beloved stars. 

She trained exclusively at Houston Ballet's Ben Stevenson Academy from the age of seven. She joined Houston Ballet in 1983 as a Corps de Ballet, 1987 was promoted to Soloist and in 1990 became the first African-American to be promoted to principal dancer at Houston Ballet. She is also one of the few African-American ballerinas at the head of a major ballet company anywhere in the world.

In January 2007, Ms. Anderson assumed her new role of Program Manager for Houston Ballet’s Education and Community Engagement program where she conducts master classes at area schools, and lectures to students on dance and her historic career as one of America’s most distinguished African-American ballerinas.

Andre Silva

Lauren Anderson

Michelle Coomer was born and raised in Southern California. At the age of twelve, after years of study in a variety of styles, Michelle decided to focus on classical ballet. She attended the summer programs of The School of American Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and The Houston Ballet. At the age of sixteen, Michelle was asked to train at the Houston Ballet Academy’s year round program. During that time Michelle competed in The USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi and received the Heinz-Bosl Foundation award. At 18, Michelle joined the Houston Ballet. She performed many principal roles including Snow Queen in The Nutcracker and Gamzatti in La Bayadere. After 9 wonderful seasons with the Houston Ballet Michelle decided to retire to focus on starting a family. Michelle is married to current Houston Ballet soloist Christopher Coomer.

TADA's five-day summer ballet intensive will be held June 18-22 from approximately 9am-4pm for dancers ages 7 and up, or ballet levels 1 and higher.  Classes will include ballet technique, professional repertoire, strength/core training, pointe work, variations, modern, and more, as well as a demonstration on the last day for guests.  *THERE WILL BE A PLACEMENT AUDITION ON THE FIRST DAY TO DETERMINE THE CLASS LEVEL YOUR DANCER WILL ATTEND FOR THE DURATION OF THE INTENSIVE.

Classes will be taught by guest artists from the Houston Ballet, TADA's ballet faculty, and other master teachers.

Cost is $350/dancer for early bird registration by June 1st, and $400 per dancer thereafter.  There is a 10% sibling discount.  

Female dancers must be appropriately dressed in pink tights and a leotard of any color, with hair in a bun.  Boys must be in black tights/pants and a white shirt.  Bring a sack lunch.

Michelle Coomer