ThePerforming Arts CenterofTemple Terrace

Home of Temple Terrace Ballet

♦ Location: 10630 N. 56th St., Suite 211

Contact: Lee – 813-767-6849;

Lee Virgillio











Artistic Director, Ballet Master


Born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Lee Virgillio received his early training and performance experience with the Louisiana Concert Ballet Company and the Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance from Florida State University and has performed and choreographed for numerous dance companies throughout Florida including the Tallahassee Ballet and Southern Ballet Theatre in Orlando. Mr. Virgillio has danced principal roles in The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Giselle, Coppelia, Les Sylphides, Paquita, Cinderella, The Sleeping Beauty, along with numerous contemporary works and his own choreographic repertoire. He has performed as a guest artist with companies in Tennessee, Maryland, Virginia, and La Paz, Bolivia. In addition to teaching Ballet technique - including pointe and partnering, acrobatics, and serving as director for several dance programs, he has also served as a coach, choreographer and program director for women’s competitive gymnastics teams. In addition to his experience as a dance artist and instructor, Lee has additional experiences performing as a musician and in theatre, as well as all aspects of stagecraft and theatrical production. He owns and operates Verge Video Productions, specializing in video and photography services for the arts. Examples of his work can be viewed on his web-site,


Fay Leonard

Teen/Adult Ballet, Modern Dance, Pre-Ballet, Mini-Acro

Fay started studying Classical Ballet at Temple Terrace Ballet at the age of 3 under the direction of Cuban-born founding director Matilde Rabina Barretto, a protégé of the world famous Prima Ballerina, Alicia Alonso. She has performed many leading roles in Classical Ballets including Swan Lake, Coppelia, and Cinderella. Fay is now attending USF as a dance major and looks forward to a career as a dance performer and teacher. We are extremely happy to have her continuing to teach for us.

Gary Flannery

Tap I, II, & III; Musical Theatre

Gary Flannery, is a professional performer who toured the world as Shirley MacLaine’s partner; was a Principal Dancer on many TV Shows and Hollywood movies; and was Bob Fosse’s LEAD dancer on Broadway in “PIPPIN” and “DANCIN”. He was also Fosse’s Principal Dancer in the movie “ALL THAT JAZZ!” Gary serves as a strong leader, teaching Master Classes, Lectures, and Seminars at Universities, Dance Schools and Colleges around the world! He teaches ANY level of **FOSSE REP** along with Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Tap, Musical Theatre & hip-hop, as well as giving lectures on Dance and Musical Theatre History. He is passionate about choreographing, directing & writing for plays, musicals, and revues. Gary Flannery received scholarships in ballet to Balanchine’s School of American Ballet and the Juilliard School, and while still training as a teenager, became Bob Fosse’s protégé. Bob Fosse called him the “Bull” for the shear non-stop, dance-till-you-drop attitude he took into rehearsals and performances. Fred Astaire, upon seeing Gary perform in the Fosse musical Dancin' in 1979 proclaimed, “It was one of the greatest dance performances he had ever seen!” Gary is now working on finishing and promoting his 23 years of work on a historically revealing project "The Great American Revue.” Books, documentaries and revivals are currently being planned. We are extremely fortunate and honored to have Mr. Flannery share his knowledge and experience with our dancers.

Helena Alessi
Pre-Ballet; Jazz I, II, & III; Hip-Hop I, II, & III; Musical Theatre 
Born and raised in Georgia, this twenty four year old resident of Tampa has been a teacher and choreographer for over seven years. She currently is studying Sociology at The University of South Florida and is also an award winner dancer at the top ten best competition studio in Georgia, Dance Arts Centre Performing Arts Company. She was a principle dancer at Southern Ballet Company and was featured as the Rat King and Lead Spanish in the Nutcracker. Her choreographic passion lead her to Peachtree Ridge Dance Company and Southern Ballet Company. With a passion for dance and performing it's no surprise you can find her on the silver screen working as a featured extra in movies such as Step Up 4, the new live action Little Mermaid and Melissa McCarthy's Life of The Party as well as many TV shows. Helena is excited to be teaching at Temple Terrace Ballet for a year full of fun and learning.