Originally from Sacramento, California, Elise Elliott retired from the Houston Ballet as a Soloist in 2017. Following four summer programs, she became a member of the Houston Ballet in November 2007. She enjoyed being featured in works by many choreographers, including Stanton Welch, Antony Tudor, Ben Stevenson, Jiri Kylian, George Balanchine, William Forsythe, Christopher Bruce, Sir Kenneth Macmillan, Wayne MacGregor, and John Cranko. Elise has had the pleasure to teach with TADA since they opened their doors in 2014. In April of 2017, Elise became TADA's Ballet Director, as well as Artistic Director of TADA's Youth Ballet Company. Elise is happily married to fellow TADA teacher, Rhodes Elliott. They have a daughter, Annie, who was born in February of 2017.
Jesus Acosta is originally from Guanajuato, Mexico and currently dances with the Houston MET Dance Company. He is currently in his third season with Jane Weiner and the Hope Stone Dance Company in Houston, and he is in his fifth season as one of the founders of NobleMotion Dance. He has been teaching and choreographing for 10 years in the Houston area, and has danced nationally at the Ailey Theater in NYC and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. among others. He was a guest artist for Dangerous Lorraine's Dance Theater and a performer for the Kista Tucker Dance Co., Reck Productions, and Rednerrus Feil Dance Co. Dance Magazine has recognized him for his "fluidity of motion...punctuated by sharp arrests and dynamic shifts of focus and presence." Recently his choreography received gala status at the RDA Festival. Jesus is also an award-winning choreographer for our TADA Company and Star Team!
Jessica Norwood grew up in Houston, where she trained with North Harris Performing Arts, eventually becoming a teacher and a partner in the NHPA facility. She became a member of the performing arts company REVOLVE, where she had the opportunity to work with an array of prominent dance figures such as Wes Veldink and Mia Michaels of NYC, Randal Flinn of Dance Ad Deum, as well as Houston Ballet's Barbara Bears, Fred Stroble, and Naomi Glass. In 2009 she became a Houston Texans Cheerleader, eventually becoming a captain and choreographer; she currently continues to give the cheerleaders technique classes. She has performed at venues and outreach programs all over the world and is exemplary in an array of disciplines--jazz, tap, ballet, contemporary, and more, and she loves teaching students of all ages and levels! Jessica has two beautiful baby girls, Parker and Jaden!
Rhodes Elliott comes to us from Florence, South Carolina. Rhodes retired in 2018 as a Demi-Soloist with the Houston Ballet, after having been with the company for 11 years. He received his early dance training and pre-pro experience with UNCSA, as well as The School of Dance Arts and South Carolina Dance Theater under the tutelage of the esteemed Susan Rowe. He attended several summer programs throughout his training, including North Carolina Dance Theater, Houston Ballet, and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. While dancing with the Houston Ballet, Rhodes enjoyed performing many works, including those by Stanton Welch, Jiri Kylian, Christopher Bruce, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Sir Frederick Ashton, Ben Stevenson, Twyla Tharp, George Balanchine, and Christopher Wheeldon. Rhodes has been on staff at TADA since they opened their doors in 2014. He is married to TADA's Ballet Director, Elise Elliott, and they have a daughter, Annie.
Nicole Odom is a licensed Zumba® Instructor and an AFAA Certified Group Exercise Instructor. For the last 14 years, Nicole has taught a variety of fitness formats including Zumba® Fitness, step aerobics, kickboxing, body sculpting, core strength, and specialty classes for senior citizens. Nicole had the privilege of getting her initial Zumba® License from the founder, Beto Perez, in Los Angeles, California in 2012. She is also a part of the Zumba® Instructor Network with licenses to teach many of the specialty formats in Zumba® Fitness. Her goal is the same no matter the format--to teach a safe and effective class that inspires people to improve their quality of life through exercise.
Donna K. Frogge holds a BFA degree in dance from William Woods University and a MFA degree in dance from the University of Colorado/Boulder. Ms. Frogge has been on the dance faculties of several colleges and universities including Florida Gulf Coast University, Missouri State University, and Cottey College. Her choreography has been recognized at multiple dance competitions as well as selected for an ACDF Regional Gala. Ms. Frogge served for over seven years as Artistic Co-Director for City in Motion Dance Theatre - a professional modern dance company located in Kansas City, Missouri. In addition to performing with City in Motion, she has danced with The Boulder Jazz Dance Company (a.k.a. Interweave), Jane Franklin and Dancers and The Frank Holder Dance Company. She has also worked as a liturgical dance coordinator for several churches, and in July 2001, she was invited to choreograph and perform for the National Assembly of Disciples Musicians. Ms. Frogge teaches an array of classes at TADA...including a wonderful modern class for adults.
Jenette Anzalone comes to us from Singapore, where she graduated with a degree in Ballet and Contemporary dance from the La Salle-SIA College of the Arts. A veteran teacher of over 20 years and the owner of Dance Circle Studios in Singapore, she has taught jazz, contemporary, hip hop, ballroom, and ballet at various international schools, including La Salle-SIA and the National University of Singapore. She has choreographed and performed in several major productions including Broadway Our Way, Tune In and Turn Out, Sunrise, Sunset, among others, and was the lead dancer in Mercury Rising, the Musical and That’s Kit. She also starred in John Meade Dance Company’s production ofIcons. Throughout her career she received numerous accolades, including honors of distinction at the UK Royal Academy of Dance and the highest awards at The Dance Excellence International Dance Festival in Los Angeles. Jenette has an incredibly passionate and enthusiastic style of teaching all of her students, toddlers through adults! She is proud of her daughter Estrella who currently competes on the elite level with the TADA Company.
Ana Acevedo comes to us from El Salvador, where she received her training at the National School of Dance, Morena Celarie. She was a member of the prestigious Teatro de Danza Contemporanea (contemporary ballet company based in El Salvador) for many years, dancing to sold-out performances throughout El Salvador and the United States. She was honored to appear as a soloist in several performances including Paquita, Don Quixote, and Swan Lake among others. In 2005 she received her certification at the Royal Ballet Academy in London to teach the most advanced levels of ballet and pointe, and to submit students for testers for the RAD Global Examination. She has directed and choreographed numerous ballets, including The Nutcracker, Cats, and A Midsummer Night's Dream, and was the Director of Ballet at HFAC in Houston.
Our exciting Miss Hannah Weaver has been performing, competing, and directing for over 18 years. Hannah trained classically in vocals from Paula Spencer through Joyful Sound Choir, where she competed in classical music for six years and finished her training with 13 "Superior" rankings. She was also trained in dance under the directionLauren Reitzammer and performed all over Houston with Bravo dance troupe. She performed in supporting lead Roles in full Broadway style musicals with Christian Youth Theater. She has worn "all the hats," from directing to choreographer to stage manager for some well-loved, area theatre programs. In the past few years Hannah has held roles with Christian Community Theatre and The Players Theatre company. In the summer of 2015 Hannah was nominated for "Best Actress in A Minor Role" for "The General, In Guys and Dolls" by the Montgomery County theatre community. Most recently, Hannah had the incredible honor of being called back for the role of Tracy in NBC's Hairspray Live! Hannah believes Musical Theatre is one of our culture's greatest conduits for expression and empathy. "I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being." -Thornton Wilder
Kathryn Leonard is extensively trained in hip hop, jazz, ballet, contemporary, and ballroom, but most recently has focused her attention on opening a community center for street dance in Houston's inner city. She has taught for over 9 years in various notable dance studios, including Dance World, Jubilee School of Dance, Fred Astaire, and New Vibe. Her love of movement, precision, and lines also lead her to become a hair stylist too; so in addition to choreographing and performing all over the Houston area, she is also a stylist at Salon Beaux Cheveux. Kat has a fun-loving, positive energy about her that her students just love. TADA dancers and parents would like to congratulate both Kat and her husband Malik! They were just married in March 2016.
Risa D'Souza holds a BFA in dance from the prestigious Point Park University, and currently dances on company with the MET Dance Co. She began her training with the MET Too Youth Company, where she worked closely with Pattie Obey and Kiesha White, and danced in Tidal Intersections by Kate Skarpetowska with The Met in 2010. Since then she has performed in works by notables in the field such as Randy Duncan, Alejandro Cerrudo, Ohad Naharin, Toru Shimazaki, Doug Bentz, and Garfield Lemonius, Cheryl Mann, Tobin Del Cuore, and Jamy Meek. A scholarship recipient of the Parsons Summer Intensive and a company member for several years with the Pittsburgh project-based company, Reed Dance, Risa was fortunate to perform in works by Terence Green and Christopher Huggins. Risa currently teaches, choreographs, and performs all over the Houston area and abroad, and is highly trained and gifted in jazz and contemporary. TADA welcomes her to our staff, beginning in the summer of 2016.
Davis Stumberg graduated from the University of North Texas with his BA in Dance in 2014. Aside from his dance training he was a collegiate and competitive cheerleader, and has taught gymnastics and cheerleading for many years.He is a professional dancer and lives in Houston. He has been a guest artist for Nobel Motion, and performed in the Houston Grand Opera’s productions Rusalka and Faust. He is currently in his second season with Open Dance Project, and a member of FRAME dance. We are thrilled to welcome Davis to the TADA family!
"Miss Kristan" has been teaching and choreographing for over 20 years. She was the director of a local dance studio in The Woodlands for 13 years, and has repeatedly won top recognition at national competitions for her choreography. Miss Kristan grew up training under several industry notables, including Ray Leeper (of NUVO) and Tina D'Amato, and she attended the University of Hawaii on a dance scholarship. She has performed at major venues such as the Jazz World Congress in D.C., has danced professionally for several years for Legends in Hawaii and Le Masque in NYC, and has choreographed and taught for several local performing arts troupes, drill teams, high schools, as well as SHSU. She also had the opportunity to choreograph and perform for country singer Clay Walker's concerts. In addition to Miss Kristan's love of art in dance, she also loves art in words, which is why she not only holds degrees in Dance and Education from University of Hawaii and SHSU, but also a Ph.D in literature from The University of Houston. Miss Kristan is extremely honored to bring you TADA dance studio, where all dance classes for kids and adults are taught by an amazing cast of bright and beautifully talented teachers!
Sara Webb received her early training at the Academy of Nevada Dance Theatre and at the Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton, Florida. She then attended the Houston Ballet Academy for one year and joined Houston Ballet in 1997. Ms. Webb was promoted to Principal in 2003. She performed lead roles in many classical productions and featured roles in a number of contemporary works. Ms. Webb performed in Hong Kong, Moscow, London, Germany, Spain, Canada, Australia, Panama, and Tokyo, as well as many cities in the United States. Ms. Webb retired from Houston Ballet in 2018. She is married to Ryan Bardo, and they have four children.
Allie Durbin grew up in Katy, Texas where she developed a passion for dance through competing as an elite level gymnast during her primary school years. Allie enjoyed her years of dance competitions, high school drill team, as well as studying and performing with MetDance in their Met Too youth company. Allie graduated as a Nordan Fine Arts scholar in the class of 2017 from Texas Christian University with her BFA in Modern Dance. In October of 2015 Allie performed with Joshua L. Peugh’s Dark Circles Contemporary Dance Company in their Fall Series, and had the pleasure of working with Joy Bollinger, Leah Cox, Leslie Scates, Doug Elkins, Christian VonHoward, and Kihyoung Choi during her time at TCU. Allie is currently dancing with NobleMotion Dance, and excited to study under Andy and Dionne Noble in her second season with the company.
Hayden Stark grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. He began dancing at 3 years old, toured with Minnesota Ballet at ten, and, at fifteen, left home to attend North Carolina School of the Arts. After graduating in 2012, Hayden joined Houston Ballet II, was hired into the Houston Ballet Company in 2013 and has since elevated to Demi-Soloist. Hayden has enjoyed performing the lead role of Ariel in David Bintley’s The Tempest and soloist roles of Fire God in Stanton Welch’s La Bayadere and Indian Boy in Christopher Bruce’s Ghost Dances.
Tameara Ford is originally from Houston, Texas. She graduated with her Bachelors in Fine Arts in Dance from Sam Houston State University in May 2017. Tameara is very thrilled to spread the education that she has gained with young artists. During her time at SHSU, she has had the opportunity to perform a piece created by Elijah Alhadji Gibson at The Kennedy Center of Performing Art in Washington D.C. and at the Jacob's Pillow Inside/Out Dance Theatre in Lee, MA. Tameara danced with the Orange Pride Dance Team at SHSU for two years as choreography officer and traveled to Daytona, FL to perform at multiple NDA Competitions. Tameara received a Best in Hip Hop Award and All American Collegiate Dance Award two years in a row. She has trained with the Houston Ballet Academy, Carver’s Aldine Dance Company and Eisenhower Eaglettes Dance/ Drill Team as a Major General and the head officer being the Commanding General for her senior year. She has also performed in many productions such as “Sweet Charity”, “The Wiz”, “The Nutcracker”, “The Seed Series”, “Swan Lake”, “Tail of the Dragon” and "Whose Afraid of the Dark”. Tameara has received multiple scholarships and awards for dance including New York City Dance Alliance Regional Outstanding Dancer, The American Dance/ Drill Team Solo winner, Salt Lake City Utah Ballet Conservatory, Sandra Organ Dance Company, Stage Presence Debbie Allen Dance Company, All-State Dancer for Texas Dance Education Association, and a Crowd Pleasers Officer where she placed 2 years in a row in Top 5 and Top 10 Dancer out of multiple Dance/ Drill Teams.
Mirannda achieved her Master's of Fine Arts in Dance from Sam Houston State University. She now dances professionally in the Houston area, performing with contemporary ballet company, Nicolay Dance Works, choreographer Timithy Holecek-Child, and with the Texas Renaissance Festival Daytime and After Dark productions. As a choreographer, Mirannda has had her work performed on stages in Italy and Corpus Cristi. She is currently working with Dana Nicolay on an immersive production of Alice's Adventure's In Wonderland which will premiere in May 2018. Mirannda has studied dance in many places including, the Boston Conservatory, the American Dance Festival, and Dance Italia with notable choreographers and teachers such as Andrew Noble, Elizabeth Corbet, Dana Nicolay, Teoma Nacarrato, Giovanni Del Saenz, Jennifer Mabus, Christiano Fabbri, and more. Mirannda has been teaching children dance since she was in her teens. She is also a Yoga Alliance Certified yoga instructor and believes that dance and movement connect the mind and body in ways that cannot be achieved by any other means.
Ms. Moy brings a depth of knowledge, insight, joy and inspiration to her teaching that is matched only by her unwavering quest to find the best for her students. An acclaimed dancer of extraordinary versatility, Ms. Moy’s career has taken her around the world. With the Boston Ballet Company, under the Direction of Founder E. Virginia Williams she has danced the works of: Petipa, Balanchine, Agnes de Mille, Paul Taylor, Merce Cunningham, and others. She has also danced for Ohio Ballet, Spokane Ballet, Rhode Island Festival Ballet, Ballet Theater of Boston, and the Boston Dance Company. The New York Times wrote of her featured performance as Amour, in Rudolf Nureyev’s “Don Quixote”, “.. Stephanie Moy’s great success as the Cupid figure, A more darting, mischievous and totally alive in the classical spirit, was well deserved!”. These are qualities her students might well recognize in her classes. She has taught at the Boston School of Ballet, Boston Conservatory, Ballet Theater of Boston, Ohio Ballet & Festival Ballet of RI. In addition, she was the director of the American Academy of Dance in Mansfield MA from 2001 to 2014. Ms. Moy’s charisma is matched by her professionalism, making her classes inspiring for all who study with her. She is dedicated to sharing her passion for the art of dance with all. “ I have found that dance can make a positive impact on the lives of all. Dancing is for everyone, and it can contribute in so many ways to quality of life. Art is so important to our culture and for our children. We all want our children to be happy, healthy and well educated. It is so imperative that we dance. Dance is an expression of life.”
Amanda was born in The Woodlands, Texas and grew up dancing in competitions before becoming a member of METdance's pre-professional company, Met Too. She then attended University of Arizona and graduated May of 2016 from UAdance with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance. After graduation, Amanda joined Odyssey Dance Theater for their 2016 and 2017 Thriller seasons on tour. In the winter of 2017, she had the opportunity to dance in the east coast tour of Christmas Wonderland with Spirit Productions. She is currently represented by Movement Talent Agency and has done several commercial projects and shows in Los Angeles, California, including The B Side with 42 Seven Productions. She is currently a Houston Texans Cheerleader for the 2018-2019 season and loves teaching and choreographing at TADA!