Mrs. Brianna is the owner and director of Premiere Dance Center. She purchased Fusion Dance Company in 2009, creating Premiere, a family friendly facility where she trains not only great dancers, but great people. She has been an instructor and choreographer for over 17 years. Mrs. Brianna initiated her professional dance career in Los Angeles, California touring with Spanish children’s entertainer La Chilidrina throughout California, Legends of Las Vegas in China and Tokyo’s Wizards at Ikspiria in Japan, along with performing in numerous show regionally. Mrs. Brianna began to focus primarily on her love for teaching and choreographing in 2000. Her students and choreography have received several awards both regionally and nationally, including being featured in Dance Teacher Magazine’s “Top 50 Studios on the Move.” Her students have received multiple scholarships and awards and have gone on to work as professional dancers in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. Mrs. Brianna strives to educate and build confident dancers so they may have many opportunities to perform and love what they do!
Cinnamon Balkman is a magna cum laude graduate of Sam Houston State University, where she received a bachelor of arts degree in dance with a minor in psychology. While attending college she performed nationwide with Spectrum Dance, Raven Dance Project and the Cindy Carpenter Dance Company. She was also a member of Chi Tau Epsilon dance honor society, Who’s Who among American college students and received several other academic awards.
Upon graduation, Cinnamon made her home in Austin where she has performed with Kinesis Dance Theatre, Mosaic Dance Body, Wicked Cricket Dance and several independent choreographers in the area. Cinnamon has taught and choreographed ballet,tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, modern and creative movement for several studios, schools, drill teams and dance companies for over 20 years now. Mrs Balkman also enjoys judging for Showbiz/Primetime dance competitions, teaching creative movement at Shepard of the Hills Presbyterian preschool and is an active member of the Cecchetti Council of America. Most recently, Cinnamon was asked to share her knowledge of dance education with other instructors, as a presenter for both the Round Rock ISD dance program and the Texas Dance Educators Association in Houston.
Cinnamon has been blessed to share her love for dance with others and has been honored to be on staff with Premiere Dance Center since its opening in 2009.
Ms. Kori began her training in dance in the Dallas area at the age of four. As a competitive dancer, Kori studied tap, jazz, ballet, points, musical theatre, lyrical and hip hop. Through her experience, Kori received multiple scholarships and awards from various dance competitions and conventions. As a student of Motion Center for Dance, under the direction of Mandi Bryan and Luke Kolling, Kori had the privilege to work with talented guest choreographers such as Justin Giles, Leo Morimune, Lane Alexander and A. C. Ciulla.
At the young age of eighteen, Kori was hired as a professional dancer onboard Royal Caribbean’s “Voyager of the Seas” where she performed in full production shows and taught multiple dance classes to guests. After cruising along the Mediterranean and Caribbean, Kori returned to Texas to become a teacher at Motion Center Dance, the studio in which she had previously developed as a student.
In 2012, Kori moved to the Austin area to pursue her education. While attending Texas State University, Kori thrived as a teacher and choreographer for Premiere Dance Center. As her love for teaching dance grew, Kori was given many opportunities to choreograph for different dance studios and high school dance teams throughout the Austin area. In the past few years, Kori’s choreography has won several awards and achievements at numerous dance competitions.
Recently, Kori graduated from Texas State with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies. As Kori’s college experience comes to an end, she is thrilled to continue her lifelong passion for dance and share her knowledge with each and every one of her students!
Mrs. Jamie started dancing in Austin at the age of three. It quickly became a main focal point of her life and she began taking lessons in classical ballet at Ballet Austin Academy. She learned many forms of dance, but ballet and pointe became her passion. During her time at Ballet Austin, Jamie performed each year in The Nutcracker, both in Austin and on tour, and danced a number of roles including the lead role of Clara. In addition, she performed with the Ballet Austin Company in other classics such as Romeo and Juliet. Jamie was also given the honor of being chosen to dance with The Royal Ballet of London when they were on tour in Austin.
In high school, Jamie decided to broaden her dance experience and joined her high school drill team. She trained in a variety of disciplines while on the team and was selected to be a member of their elite dance group. While on the squad, she competed in and won awards for duet and group dances at various state competitions. In her spare time, Jamie also had the pleasure of teaching dance to elementary age children.
Once in college, Jamie continued her studies in dance while obtaining her Bachelor of Science degree in Communications. Jamie resumed teaching once she moved back to the Austin area and has taught dance, including ballet, tap, jazz, and creative movement for a number of years. She is excited to share her passion for dance with students and their families.
Randy entered competitive gymnastics in high school. Directly after graduation he began coaching boys and girls competitive teams as he attended Southwest Texas State University (currently Texas State), where he earned a degree in Journalism and Communication. After college graduation, he continued to coach gymnastics professionally and direct youth summer and sports camps, including operating a gymnastics facility in Dripping Springs, Texas for several years. He began teaching secondary public education in 2006 and currently serves as the 18 Plus Special Education Coordinator and Cheerleading Coach for Dripping Springs High School. Randy has served as a bi-vocational pastor for many years and is completing his Master of Divinity at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is a professional member of USA Gymnastics (USAG) and the American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Administrators (AACCA). Randy enjoys motorcycles, woodworking, and camping.
Jennifer is a life long dancer, she started dancing at the age of 3 and has yet to stop. Jennifer has taught dance throughout central Texas, as well as traveling to Atlanta, Georgia as a special guest instructor for the Tri-Coastal Ballet Summer 2007 Intensive. Jennifer is a former member of the Kilgore College Rangerettes and a graduate of Texas State University with a bachelor’s degree in Dance Education. Throughout her many years of dance training, Jennifer has performed at Dallas Cowboys and San Antonio Spurs half time performances, Cotton Bowl half time performances, Super bowl XLV Half time performance with the Black Eyed Peas, The Texas State society Black Tie and Boots Ball, the presidential inaugural parade and gala for George W. Bush, The Texas governors ball, and Carnival cruise lines guest performer, as well as placing top marks in many solo contests including being named Dancer of the Year 2003 for Rainbow Dance Convention. For the last seven years Jennifer has been teaching Drill Team and dance in public high schools and is excited to return to the studio to share her love of dance!
Melissa has been teaching ballet for the past 30 years. Her teaching experience includes Corpus Christi Concert Ballet, Ballet Academy, Texas Ballet Concerto, Tapestry Dance Company and Academy where she was a company member for 10 years, Westwood High School’s Fine Arts Academy, Rodnichok Vorkuta, Russia (guest teacher) and currently Metamorphosis Dance Academy along with Premiere Dance Center.
Originally from Corpus Christi, Texas, Melissa grew up studying ballet under Nancy Sulik, Artistic Director of Corpus Christi Concert Ballet. She has studied under master teachers during summer intensives at Ballet West, Houston Ballet, Compania Nacional de Danza Classica, Mexico and the Joffrey School of Ballet, NY as well as received many scholarships to prominent schools such as Boston Ballet, The National Ballet School, Canada and Academie de Danse Princesse Grace, Monaco. In 1991, Melissa was one of five dancers chosen to participate in the Kirov Ballet’s “Glasnost Buddies”, a program which allowed her to take classes with the Kirov Company. Her professional dance career spans over 20 years with wonderful roles in numerous ballets such as The Nutcracker, Raymonda Pas de Dix, The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Les Sylphides, Coppelia, and The Red Shoes. In addition to teaching ballet, Melissa is a certified pilates instructor at Center Pointe Pilates (owner) and Castle Hill Fitness, holds a BA in Interior Design, is certified in the Cecchetti Method of ballet, has a secondary education certification in Dance, is married to her wonderful husband, Vlad, and is the mother of two beautiful daughters, Misha and Maia.
Ally is thrilled to be back in her hometown of Austin, TX where she originally found her passion for dance. After performing and attending numerous regional and national dance conventions and competitions under the direction of Fusion Dance Company, she attended Oklahoma City University and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance Performance and a minor in History. While attending school, Ally was a featured dancer in the American Spirit Dance Company. She was also the Director and lead choreographer of OCU’s Pep Dancers, was the Dance School’s Senator in the Student Government Association, and taught dance to underprivileged students at OCU’s Community Dance Center. Since graduating, Ally has traveled performing all over the world. She’s worked with Stiletto Entertainment in Los Angeles, CA, and performed in over 15 countries with Holland America Cruise Lines. It was while traveling that Ally realized how much she missed teaching and inspiring young dancers. She has worked with Dance Masters of America as a Master Ballet Instructor, as well as serving as a competitive judge with Legacy Dance Championships and Stage One Productions. She is also the primary jazz instructor for Ballet Austin’s Academy and Intensive students. She is thrilled to be a part of such a great family of professional students and faculty at Premiere Dance Center and feels blessed to have the opportunity to share her passion.
Meghan received her BFA in Dance from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. Meghan is the former Director of the School of Dance at the J in Austin, is a certified teacher of Barre Above, and is trained in BrainDance methods. In NYC she taught at Discovery Programs on the Upper West Side, Educational Alliance After 3 Arts Youth Development Program on the Lower East Side, and at the Brooklyn Music School and Dancewave in Brooklyn. Her works have been presented at 92nd Street Y – Fridays at Noon, DanceNOW(NYC) RAW Studio Showing, Dance Conversations @ the Flea, Dumbo Dance Festival, Solar One Dance Series, Take Root at Greenspace, Depot Dances, the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and WAXworks.
Carla began her ballet studies at the age of three in Brazil and continued to fulfill her love of dancing at multiple studios both in Brazil and the United States. At the age of 11 she entered Classical Ballet Theatre in Northern Virginia under the direction of Cynthia Donavin. Carla began the Pre-professional program at CBT at the age of 13 and studied under Nell Hacker, Alisher Suboruv, Sally Hart, and Julie Miles. During her training at CBT Carla continued her ballet training at numerous summer intensive programs which included Colorado Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Palos Verdes Ballet and the Richmond Ballet Trainee Intensive. During her studies at CBT, she had the privilege of performing Jean Paul Comelin’s Daughters of Mourning, Colorado Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty, Nell Hacker’s Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and Peter and the Wolf. During her senior year in high school, Carla danced for the Manassas Ballet Company where she performed in several pieces including Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker.
In 2012, Carla received her B.S. with an emphasis in Sports Medicine Exercise Science and a Minor in Dance from Belhaven University. During her years at Belhaven University, she studied dance under the artistic direction of Cynthia Newland and instructors Caleb Mitchell, Erin Scheiwe Rockwell, Stephen Wynne and Britta Wynne. Carla had the opportunity to perform various works by instructors Laura Morton, Ravenna Tucker and guest choreographer Robert Wesner. In 2016-2017 Carla danced for The Dance Project in Austin, Texas in several works showcasing both Contemporary and Ballet works choreographed by Latisha Coffey, Diana Wang and Emily Tergesen. Carla has had the privilege to choreograph and teach for all ages ranging from 4-16 years old.
Carla is excited to be able to share her passion for dance through her teaching and as a company member of Ad Deum II.