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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 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

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

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.

 

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ASHLEY BREAULT

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.

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REBECCA GARCIA

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. 

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Susan LeWIS

Susan Lewis has been teaching and performing Ballet in New York and Arizona for over 20 years. Certified L.I.S.T.D (Licentiate Int'l. Society of Teachers of Dancing) in the Cechetti Method, she has also trained with Hilda Morales (NYCB), Elizabeth Carr (ABT), and Jane Matty (former owner of Dance Visions). She has taught levels ranging from 2-yr-old (nursery school programs) to Advanced adult (in the private dance studio setting and in the College environment). For the past six years in Arizona Susan has been in charge of the Children's Dance Program at Northwest YMCA, adjunct instructor for St. Gregory Preparatory High School, on the staff of Dance Visions and Flor de Liz Dance, specializing in Beginner Adults.

CHRIS OLLAR

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.