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, www.vergevideo.com.
Pre-Ballet, Ballet II/III
Katy began her studies in classical ballet with Temple Terrace Ballet at the age of four, and later at New Tampa Dance Theatre where she also began training in Modern, Jazz and Tap She is a recent graduate from Palm Beach Atlantic University with a degree in Dance Performance and a minor in Psychology. There she studied both classical ballet and various modern styles such as Limon and Horton, participated in the dance department’s Performing Ensemble and was also a part of the universities Spirit Squad. We are happy to have Katy return to us as an instructor for our Pre-Ballet and Level I students.
Modern Dance, Pre-Ballet, Mini-Acro
Beginning at a young age, Colleen studied ballet in St. Petersburg, FL with Judi Jemison. Colleen was among the first graduating class of Pinellas County Center for the Arts’ dance program and studied ballet and modern under the direction of Reginald Yates, Suzanne Pomerantzeff, and Cynthia Hennessy. She continued her studies at USF’ Dance Department graduating with honors. Colleen has performed and choreographed works for the Florida Dance Festival. Throughout her experience, Colleen has been fortunate enough to perform the choreography of guest artists from May O’Donnell, Anna Sokolow, Lar Lubovitch, and Chen and Dancers. In addition, Colleen holds a Master’s degree in Education, teaches third grade, and enjoys spending time with her family.
Ballet I, II, & III
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.
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