Dance School Classes, Lessons, Studio in Austin TX

Meet Our Teachers

Our instructors are highly qualified, experienced and passionate, providing a high level of technical instruction and fun to all ages and abilities. We not only teach technique, poise, rhythm, and grace, we also teach dedication, cooperation, team work, and discipline. With over 240 combined years of teaching, it is our goal to provide a dance environment for our dancers to gain the greatest combination of dance and life training. We are proud to announce all PDC instructors are CPR and First Aid Certified.

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Mrs. Brianna Leake

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!

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Mrs. Cinnamon Balkman

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.

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Ms. Kori Moore

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!

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Mrs. Jamie Gregoire

Mrs. Jamie grew up in Austin dancing at Ballet Austin Academy and was fortunate to learn under the direction of choreographers and teachers such as Lambros Lambrou, Stephen Mills, and Michelle Martin. During her time at Ballet Austin, Jamie performed yearly in productions of The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, Four Last Songs, Peter and the Wolf, and original choreography works. She was also selected to dance with The Royal Ballet of London during their US tour. Jamie’s love of teaching began at Ballet Austin when she assisted with children’s classes.

 

In addition to ballet, Jamie broadened her dance experience to include competitive dancing in high school and was selected to be part of an elite dance group. While on the team, she competed in and won awards for duet and group dances at various competitions. During this time, she also began teaching dance. Jamie continued her studies in dance during college and returned to teaching once moving back to Austin.

 

Jamie has enjoyed teaching for more than 10 years, and continues to share her passion for dance with children of all ages.

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Ms. Sara Arnold

Sara began dancing at the age of 3 in Rochester, Michigan. Dancing competitively since kindergarten, Sara has trained in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, and Cecchetti. She moved to Austin in 2004 and still calls it home today. While her passion for dance began in pre-school, her love of choreography began in 8th grade when she founded the Lake Travis Middle School Jazz Company. Sara was a member of the Lake Travis High School Cavalettes, where she served as an officer for two years and captain her senior year. Upon graduation, she attended The University of Texas at Austin, majoring in Elementary Education. Throughout her tenure at UT, she served as both co-captain and captain of The Texas Pom Squad. She has choreographed for many dance and drill teams across the state of Texas. Sara is currently a first grade teacher in Lake Travis ISD and is thrilled to share her love of dance with all the students at Premiere Dance Center.

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Mrs. Melissa Glouchkova

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.

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Ms. Claire Wilcox

Claire has loved dance and musical theatre since the young age of six, when she made her debut as a puppy in a production of 101 Dalmatians. Since then she has performed in countless plays and musicals, with her favorite being A Christmas Carol at ZACH Theatre. Throughout middle and high school, she trained intensively in dance, singing, and acting as a part of ZACH Theatre’s education department in their Acting Conservatory and Pre-Professional company, as well as various dance studios. She is a student at Texas State University working towards her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Theatre. Claire is an extremely passionate artist and is firm in her belief that she has the power to inspire others and make change through her art. She loves passing on her love, joy, and passion for dance to others, and is incredibly excited and grateful to be a part of the Premiere Team!

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Mr. Matthew James

Matthew began dancing in Fort Worth, Texas at a young age. He has trained as both a competitive and concert dancer in jazz, contemporary, hip hop, ballet, tap, lyrical, modern and musical theater. He earned many awards and scholarships at different conventions and competitions during his time competing. The majority of his training took place at Foot Works Performing Arts Center under the direction of Whitney Moore and Lindsay McMahon, where he was able to work closely with multiple artists including Justin Giles, Tiffany Maher, Katie Drablos, and many others.

 

After graduating high school, Matthew began attending the University of Texas at Austin as a B.F.A. dance major, where he has been able to continue his dance training and work closely with choreographers such as Jenn Freeman, Charles O. Anderson, Bridget Moore and Gesel Mason. At UT he has been able to further cultivate his love for dance and performing as well as continue to improve his teaching skills. He is passionate about sharing his knowledge and love for dance with every student he has!

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Ms. Cinda McCullars

Cinda began her passion for dance watching her mom teach at Joel’s House of Dance in Little Rock, Arkansas. She started dancing at the age of 3, and studied ballet, jazz, pointe, modern, and tap (her favorite!) for 16 years under the mentorship of Joel Ruminer. Her senior year of highschool she was presented the prestigious Outstanding Senior Dancer Award. After graduating she was honored to travel with the nationally known Joel Ruminer’s Dance Camps as a Dance Camp Kid where she had the opportunity to train under many top masters such as Al Gilbert, Jimmy Peters, Mary Lou Barnes, Marcus Alford, and many others. Cinda started teaching dance in high school and continued through college teaching at several studios around Arkansas. In 2002 she moved to Austin, and in 2005 had twins Eyan and Chloe. After being “dance mom” for a few years she got the itch to teach dance again, and now is thrilled to join the Premiere Dance Center family along with her daughter Chloe!

 

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Ms. Eva Gonzales

Eva Gonzalez is originally from Monterrey, Mexico. With many years of training in numerous dance styles, she pursued a BFA in dance at Sam Houston State University (SHSU). She has also completed her Mat and Reformer Pilates training through Balanced Body, and is currently earning her Apparatus training hoping to become a comprehensive Instructor within the next year. While working on getting her certification in Pilates, she has found ways to enhance her way of teaching dance technique. Her ambitions to help the community led her to become Vice President (2017-18) and Social Chair (2018-19) of Chi Tau Epsilon, the dance honor society at SHSU. Gonzalez has performed in Mind the Gap and Barnstorm at The MATCH Theatre in Houston, the ACDA Southern Conference, and multiple times in Danscape at the Hobby Center in Houston. She has been a dance teacher for seven years and a choreographer for five years, having her choreography win judges awards, teacher awards, and high point awards in Dance Showcase USA, Star Systems, Stage One, Legacy, VIP, Kids Artistic Revenue (KAR) and 8 Talent dance competitions. She enjoys sharing her love of dance and hopes to inspire and challenge her students while helping them reach their goals!

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Ms. Haylii Baylis

Haylii began her dance training in the Fort Worth area at the age of four. She has trained in various styles of dance and has received scholarships and awards in the genres of tap, jazz, contemporary and hip-hop. She has performed under Kari Anderson as an All-Star dancer for Dupree Dance convention and under Michelle Keys for the Dallas Cowboys half-time show.

 

In 2015, Haylii attended Sam Houston State University as a member of the nationally ranked Orange Pride Dance Team. She transferred to Texas State University in 2016 where she graduated with a BFA in Dance. Throughout college, she has taught for CrowdPleasers Dance and currently tours and teaches with their newest branch of the company, Intensify.

 

Haylii plans to dance professionally while sharing her knowledge of dance with others and positively influencing her students throughout their dance journey.

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Mrs. Anna Ballay

Anna has been on her fitness journey for more than half her life, and she has spent nearly as long leading others on their journey, as well.

 

Anna found a love for dance at a young age. She went on to be part of her dance team in high school, then on to dancing as a Strutter at Texas State University, previously known as Southwest Texas State.

 

After graduating college, Anna continued working out in the gym, running, weight lifting and doing studio classes. As she carried on her love of fitness, she knew she had to share that passion, so she decided she would do it by teaching others.

 

She has led thousands of people on their journey to being healthy and fit for more than 11 years. She has instructed various cardio, bootcamp and functional training style classes, including Les Mills Body Combat, Body Pump and Body Attack.

 

Anna has led these classes at numerous gyms across the Central Texas area, including Austin, Buda, San Marcos and New Braunfels.

 

Not only does Anna continue teaching and helping others on their journey to health and fitness, but she is so passionate about it that she still takes time outside of the classes she teaches to focus on getting stronger and healthier through lifting weights and various types of cardio.

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Mr. Cody Adams

Cody is native Austinite and a graduate from Texas State University.  Upon graduation, he followed his dream of becoming a firefighter and currently works for the Austin Fire Department.  He has over 9 years experience coaching competitive gymnastics and tumbling.  He is excited to be coaching at Premiere Dance and sharing his love for gymnastics!

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Ms. Erin Carle

Ms. Erin began dancing at the age of two in her home town Sugarland Texas. By the age of ten she began training in contortion and rhythmic gymnastics. She joined her high school dance team while still dancing with her home studio. Her sophomore year of high school Erin competed in multiple team and solo competitions placing in every solo division. She placed third in the state of Texas for her solo in 2016. After two years of dance team Ms. Erin quit both her home studio and school team to pursue a career in ballet. At the age of sixteen she began dancing with a ballet company in Houston. Beginning as an apprentice, Ms. Erin worked her way up to a corps dancer by the age of eighteen. While dancing with the company, Ms. Erin once again began dabbling  in the circus arts. She trained in many aerial dance styles including aerial silks, stationary trapeze, flying trapeze and triple cloud swing. Once she graduated from high school she joined her college dance team where she was awarded a National Dance America Collegiate All American nominee. She is now a student at Texas State majoring in painting and teaches at a few studios in the area. Ms. Erin is so excited to be teaching at Premiere and can’t wait to share her love of dance with her students.