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As Director, I welcome new faces and energetic bodies to join me in spreading the joy of dance. As a student of dance for over 20 years my raw passion for the art of dance continues to grow. Dance was awakened in me at the age of ten when I performed my first public concert as a member of St. Joseph Ballet. With the training came an awareness of the importance of an arts education and how it can change the course of one's life. Under the guidance of Beth Burns (artistic director, St. Joseph Ballet) and famed choreographer/dancer Donald McKayle, I pursued further training in dance at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA). Subsequently after my training at UNCSA I came to Tucson where I earned my MFA at the University of Arizona. Over the years I've had the opportunity to work with a number of famed choreographers further enhancing my love of dance which I hope to help you experience.
Lois Black-Unkrich was born in Des Moines, Iowa in 1956 where she began dancing in her mother’s school at the age of three. After moves to Hawaii, Northern California and Scottsdale Arizona, Lois settled with her family in the Phoenix area in 1970 where she became a serious ballet student at The Phoenix School of Ballet under the guidance of retired American Ballet Theatre soloist Kelly Brown.
At the age of 16, Lois auditioned for Jillana of New York City Ballet and was awarded a Ford Foundation Scholarship to attend the School of American Ballet’s summer program at Julliard where she attended in 1972.
Lois began her professional career with Arizona Ballet Theatre in Phoenix under director Steven Wistrich in 1976 and in the spring of 1979 accepted a contract with The Des Moines Ballet from director and choreographer Jorge Samaniego of The Nederlands Dance Theatre performing in many original works by Sananiego including I.P.B.N.’s film production of Romeo & Juliet.
In 1982 Stephan Laurent began his directorship of The Des Moines Ballet producing several ballets among them The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Coppelia where Lois was a featured dancer.
After leaving Iowa and The Des Moines Ballet in 1986, Lois danced a season under director Jean Paul Comelin in Tucson’s Arizona Dance Theatre and from 1987 through 1994 was a member of Mary Beth Cabana’s Ballet Arts Ensemble (now Ballet Tucson).
Lois is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 7 and Partnering of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.
Carissa Boyd began her ballet training in Williamsburg, VA at the Chamber Ballet under the direction of Heidi Robitshek. She performed annually in the Nutcracker and full length ballets such as Alice in Wonderland and A Midsummer’s Night Dream. While at the Chamber Ballet she studied ballet, tap, jazz, and character. After moving to Florida in 1992 she attended summer intensives at the St.Petersburg Ballet, workshops with Orlando Ballet Theatre and trained with the Boca Ballet Theatre.
While studying at Miami University of Ohio, she joined the performance company Dance Theatre. Classes in modern dance and world styles really influenced what dance could not only look like but mean to the dancers and audience. In her five years as a company member she choreographed two pieces, performed traditional Balinese dances in local events, and performed at the American College Dance Conference.
Teaching dance has been a joyful experience, as dance has meant so much in shaping and experiencing life. When not dancing, she teaches history at Catalina Foothills High school, loves exploring and learning about local places, and playing with her dog Ardelle.
My name is Ashley Breault and I have over 20 years dance experience. I began dancing at age six in Montpelier, Vermont. My family moved to Sierra Vista, Arizona when I was nine years old and my love for dance was ignited when I saw my first performance of the Nutcracker. I began to study ballet with Sierra Vista Ballet and performed in many shows including Paquita, Les Sylphides, Les Patiners, The Ice Queen, and eventually I performed in my first starring role as Clara in the Nutcracker. I auditioned and was accepted to three summer intensives with Long Beach Ballet Arts in California. I was also very interested in other forms of dance and trained in jazz technique, lyrical, tap and musical theater at Limelight Productions in Sierra Vista. I competed and won many awards as a soloist and as a member of their Dance Ensemble. I moved to Tucson when I was nineteen years old and studied dance at Pima College. I was a member of the Shake It Up Dance Club and choreographed many pieces to be performed and danced in many student choreographed pieces as well. I taught at Limelight Productions while I was in school and found teaching to be a great passion of mine. I love watching students grow in their technique and thrive in the world of dance as well as in their lives with the principles of discipline, self expression, and confidence that they learn in class. I am so happy to be doing what I love with a dance studio as wonderful as Flor de Liz Dance.
Judith Carlson began her training with Andre Eglevsky at the age of seven; continuing at the School of American Ballet (under a Ford Foundation Scholarship) and the Royal Ballet School in London. She performed with the Andre Eglevsky Ballet Company with other dancers such as Violette Verde, Gelsey Kirkland, Fernando Bujones and Marianna Tcherkassky from 1969-1971. Her professional career includes dancing with Pennsylvania Ballet Company and National Ballet Company of Washington DC. She joined the Hamburg Ballet John Neumeier in 1974 and danced as soloist for 17 years being able to work with and dance ballets from: George Balanchine, Maurice Béjart, John Cranko, Murray Louis, Jerome Robbins, Antony Tudor and John Neumeier. The Company toured internationally performing in such theaters as; Paris Opera, France; Bolshoi, Moscow and Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg, Russia; The Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Argentina; The Gran Teatre del Liceu, in Barcelona, Catalonia and NHK Hall, Yubin Chokin Hall and Bunka Kaikan, Tokyo, Japan. She has performed in over 22 different countries. After leaving the stage she continued working, 11 years, with the Hamburg State Opera in the works council overseeing all management of the Opera house. While continuing her art she rehearsed the dance scenes of various Operas, coaching artists of the Hamburg State Opera and other Theaters in Hamburg. She gave master classes and private coaching at the Academy of Dance Art and Altona Dance Center. Before returning to the US she took over the Extras Department of the Hamburg State Opera and was able to get back on stage and work with some of the best German Opera Directors in new Opera productions. In 2004 she found her life’s partner in Tucson. Here she was able to teach for a time at Pima College and has been giving classes with Flor de Liz Dance.
Becca began dancing at age 3 and trained in the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus in Great Britain and continued dancing at Creative Dance Arts in Tucson. She has earned numerous awards while intensively studying, performing, and competing in ballet, tap, and jazz.
Bringing more than a decade of teaching experience, a passion for education and a love of dance to the classroom, Becca seeks to foster children’s natural creative movement and excitement for dance within a classical technical framework.
In 2003, Lorena Carrion graduated as a Dancer and Professor of Modern and Contemporary Dance at the School of Art in Cuba. She started as a Professor of Modern and Contemporary Dance Technique at Holguín School of Art Cuba and began to perform as a dancer at the recognized Codanza Company.
In September 2006, the Council of Performing Arts in Cuba was ruled by Prima Ballerina in Contemporary Dance. She had the opportunity to participate in national and international festivals in Spain, Venezuela, United States and Mexico.
In 2009, she began working in Hermosillo Sonora, Mexico as a dancer and teacher of Ballet Clásico in the Aldo Siles Company. At the same time, she worked in the Escena Ballet Técnica Cubana Academy. Later she became a Classical Ballet and Contemporary Dance teacher at the University of Sonora. She keeps constant labor feedback taking Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary Dance and didactic Performing Arts workshops. She has also given workshops on choreography.
Lorena graduated with a degree in Art Education from the Universidad Veracruzana, Xalapa Veracruz in 2016.
Currently, she is studying at Pima Community College in the ESL program. Vocational Art School is the name of the school that I studied and began as a teacher.
She believes dance brings discipline, responsibility, and respect as a way of life and that passion for dance brings one closer to the world of sensitivity and perception.
Chris Ollar has an extensive background in various genres of dance such as Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary, and Musical Theater. He currently teaches our Tap and Hip Hop/Jazz classes. Chris enjoys sharing his passion for dance with his students.