Our Guest Artists

GUEST ARTISTS

Meredith
Meredith Dunham, will be hosting Our Fall Seminar this year. She is the Director, Cecchetti Ballet Teacher, and Choreographer at ONE Academy Studio in Austin, TX. Meredith Dunham has been teaching, choreographing and directing dancers since 1992. She began her own training at the age of 4 under the direction of Suzanne Semans in Houston, Texas as well as training for seven years in gymnastics with Houston Gymnastics Acadmeny. Meredith has trained in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, lyrical, hip-hop and danced competitively with nationally ranked dance teams. After moving to Austin, Meredith taught ballet, tap, jazz and a Christian Dance class at Let’s Dance Dance Studio, owned by Sherri Todd. This was her first opportunity to combine her love for Christ with her love of dance, and was the beginning of a new passion. In 2007, Meredith began directing the Bannockburn Dance Ministry. In 2008, Meredith returned to study ballet under the instruction of Renata Sanford. In 2010, she became a certified Cecchetti teacher and an active member of the Cecchetti Council of America and Southwest Cecchetti Council. Meredith is honored and humbled to have the opportunity to train dancers for the purpose of glorifying our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Barry Kyle is originally from Martinsville VA. Barry specializes in the fields of tap, jazz, lyrical, and hip hop. His 49 years of dancing has taken him all over the world producing choreography for groups in the United States, Canada, Italy, Mexico, Russia and Germany. He has judged and taught master classes for almost every major dance competition in America and abroad. Barry has been seen performing on HBO, Showtime, and Showtime at the Apollo in New York City, and also for promotional video’s in Atlantic City and Las Vegas, working with such stars as Diana Ross, the late Marvin Gaye, Janet Jackson, the late Michael Jackson, Paula Abdul, and Julian Lennon just to name a few. Barry has choreographed award winning routines for numerous national talent competitions, ballet companies, and music videos. He was also a choreographer for the National Football League’s St. Louis Rams cheerleaders. Barry was chosen to star as a cartoon character named Syncopate in a television show; he also played the role of legendary tapper Bill Bo jangles Robinson in a 3-D animated movie. Barry was featured on MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew, Season 1, during the 25th Anniversary of Michael Jackson’s Thriller Album episode. In July of 2009 Barry choreographed and performed in concert with Lucho Silva and the Kumbia Kings. Barry choreographed an industrial for Image Technologies Corp. starring Trez Gregory, former singer with Brooks & Dunn. He also choreographed a piece and performed with his performance company BPAC in Dallas, TX at the “Move To Groove Ball”, an offshoot of the Carnival held in Los Angeles, CA. Barry was the 3rd Vice Director for the AAU/Urban Dance League Board of Directors for the South Texas District in 2008-2010. Barry choreographed the opening number for the Motivated “Pro”formance Conference in March 2014.For the last 5 years Barry has choreographed the opening number for several national competition

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Tomi Sue Pollock–Tomi Pollock began her teaching career 33 years ago by opening “The Dance Studio”. It is a professional training school where a student can learn to become a professional ballet dancer of quality, if he or she has the desire to achieve a career in dance.Tomi’s background of training was geared for a professional career in dance. She received a scholarship to study at the National Academy of Arts in Champaign, IL. The National Academy was a private high school for dancers and musicians. The students were boarded, had academic classes in the morning and classes in their field of the arts in the afternoon. The summer following Tomi’s junior year, she received a scholarship to the Joffrey School of Ballet in New York City. She began working on her teacher’s examinations in the Cecchetti Method of ballet and continued taking exams also as a dancer. While performing with the Mid America Dance Co. in St. Louis in 1981, she continued to teach at The Dance Studio. Tomi completed all of the teacher’s exams in the Cecchetti Method in 1991 and now holds the Maestro Enrico Cecchetti Diploma both as a dancer and a teacher with the Cecchetti Council of America and with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing-London England. This is an accomplishment few have achieved. When Tomi took her Diploma exam as a dancer in 1989, there were only six qualified examiners in the USA.Tomi is a Fellow Diploma member of The Cecchetti Council of America and also a Permanent Examiner in the organization. She is currently Liaison to the East Coast Committee.

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Rebecca Johnson–Rebecca Johnson is originally from Ann Arbor, MI where she received her early training from Marjorie Randazzo. From there she attended Virginia School of the Arts as well as summer programs at Pacific Northwest Ballet, Charleston Ballet Theater, and Ballet Austin. She has enjoyed performing roles in Twyla Tharp’s Nine Sinatra Songs, George Balanchine’s Serenade and Episodes, and in Stephen Mills’ The Taming of the Shrew, Hamlet, and Light/The Holocaust & Humanity Project. Recently, Ms Johnson has enjoyed performing the Dream Pas in Mills’ Cinderella, and as the Snow Queen and Arabian in The Nutcracker.

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Southwest CCA is a non-profit organization, which exists to foster, motivate and instruct both students and instructors in the Cecchetti Method of Ballet.

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