Artistic Staff

 

Sharon Teague, Artistic Director

Sharon Teague has 20 years of intensive training and professional performing experience. She began dancing in San Diego, California when she was nine. Her primary instructors were Sylvia Palmer, Mieczyslaw Morawski, and Lynda Yourth. She spent summers studying at Pennsylvania Ballet, School of American Ballet, and California State Summer School for the Arts. At sixteen, she was invited to train at Houston Ballet's Ben Stevenson Academy on full scholarship and one year later, she joined the company as an apprentice. Ms. Teague was promoted to soloist in 2002 and then to 1st soloist in 2008. She has performed in numerous works by Stanton Welch, most notably the Neopolitan Princess in Swan Lake, the first pas de deux in Nosotros, the opening girl in Brigade, "Spring" in The Four Seasons and a pas de deux in Falling. She has portrayed comedic characters such as Swanhilda in Ben Stevenson's Coppelia, Lise in Sir Frederick Ashton's La Fille Mal Gardee, and parts in the Harlequinade pas de deux and The Concert by Jerome Robbins. Her more elegant work includes the Lilac Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty, the Winter Fairy in Cinderella, and both the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Snow Queen in The Nutcracker.

"She danced with confidence and finesse, giving a crisp and technically perfect performance.

She really took charge with the Sugar Plum solo...super sharp in the legs and feet, lyrical in the arms and hands. I wanted to stand up and cheer, 'You go girl.'"

- Molly Glentzer (Houston Chronicle review of Nutcracker).

She also received critical acclaim for her fouette turns in Graduation Ball and Les Patineurs. Her favorite roles were Valencienne in Ronald Hynd's The Merry Widow and the dramatic role of Olga in John Cranko's Onegin. Other major classical ballets in her repertoire include La Sylphide, Giselle, Romeo and Juliet, Don Quixote, Manon, Peer Gynt, Alice in Wonderland, Dracula, The Snow Maiden and Madame Butterfly. Ms. Teague has also danced a variety of contemporary roles, including those in Jiri Kylian's Petite Mort; Lila York's Rules of the Game; Mark Morris's Sandpaper; George Balanchine's Serenade, Theme and Variations, La Valse, Western Symphony, and The Four Temperaments; Sir Kenneth MacMillan's Gloria; Ben Stevenson's Four Last Songs; Harold Lander's Etudes; Serge Lifar's Suite en Blanc; and Christopher Wheeldon's Carnival of the Animals. She has danced in several world premieres,including works by Matjash Mrozewski, David Parsons, Trey McIntyre and James Kudelka. On tour she has performed in many metropolitan cities such as Hong Kong, London, Toronto, Montreal, New York City, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Miami, and Dallas. At Houston Ballet Ms. Teague was known for her "impressive work ethic of reliability and dependability". Stanton Welch quotes "(she has) extraordinary freedom in the classical vocabulary, which is very hard and rare to find."

She was named Artistic Director of Missouri City Ballet in the spring of 2011. She has successfully staged productions of The Nutcracker, Peter and the Wolf, Paquita, Swan Lake, La Sylphide and Coppelia. Ms. Teague has also choreographed an original one act ballet of Snow White for the company.  

Ms. Teague is married to Stewart Teague, a middle school science teacher. They have two beautiful daughters, Jenny Lou and Clementine.

 

Lauren Anderson, Principal Coach

Native Houstonian Lauren Anderson danced with Houston Ballet from 1983 to 2006, performing leading roles in all the great classical ballets, appearing across the world to critical acclaim, and in the process, becoming one of Houston Ballet’s most beloved stars.

In January 2007, Ms. Anderson assumed her new role of outreach associate in Houston Ballet’s education department where she teaches ballet classes at Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy, conducts master classes at area schools, and lectures to students on dance and her historic career as one of America’s most distinguished African-American ballerinas.

She trained exclusively at Houston Ballet's Ben Stevenson Academy from the age of seven. She joined Houston Ballet in 1983 and in 1990 became the first African-American to be promoted to principal dancer at Houston Ballet – and one of the few African-American ballerinas at the head of a major ballet company anywhere in the world. In addition, Ms. Anderson received the Special Jury Award at the 1990 International Ballet Competition as well as the International Critics Award in Chile.

Ms. Anderson danced leading roles in numerous classical ballets. Her repertoire included works by George Balanchine, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Christopher Bruce, James Kudelka, and Trey McIntyre. Ms. Anderson created the title role in Ben Stevenson's Cleopatra, and her performance as Cleopatra received accolades from international critics. Anna Kisselgoff of The New York Times compared her to the great Italian actress Eleanora Duse, and Christine Temin of The Boston Globe pronounced her "a powerhouse in interpreting the role that Stevenson created on her." Ms. Anderson performed across the world as a guest artist, appearing in New York, Chile, Moscow, and Chicago.

In April 1999, Ms. Anderson was featured on the cover of Dance Magazine. She has also been featured in the magazines People and Pointe, as well as on the television programs "A&E Breakfast With the Arts," "CBS News Sunday Morning," and the game show, "To Tell the Truth." She has been honored by The Martin Luther King Foundation, Coalition of 100 Black Women, YWCA, by the Urban League, Delta Gamma Foundation, Texas Woman’s Chamber of Commerce, Houston City Council, and the Texas Legislature. Ms. Anderson is also an honorary member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Ms. Anderson was awarded the Jefferson Award for Community Service in 2011.

Ms. Anderson is the proud parent of Lawrence Bell Fitzgerald Turner.

 

Beverly Williams, Ballet Mistress  

Beverly Williams is a dedicated educator with a diverse background in the Fine Art of Dance.  She holds a B.A. and a M.F.A. from the University of Houston / CL and has continued studies in Humanities at the University of Houston / CL and in dance at Sam Houston State University. 

Ms. Williams is a high-energy teacher of dance in all dance genres and in all levels of dance education.  She has taught in private and public schools, American Schools abroad, colleges, universities, private dance studios and dance companies.  She was previously Director of Dance for the Kinkaid School in Houston, Texas for fifteen years. She enjoyed a long professional career in professional ballet, Broadway and films. She is also a well known choreographer and her latest projects include: Sam Houston State University, ISAS Arts Festivals, City Ballet of Houston, London, Scotland and Wales Tours 2005, and a London study in 2011 with the Royal Academy of Dance. 

Most recently, she has been a guest teacher in New York, Arkansas, and Alabama.Ms. Williams has spent the last several summers studying with the Royal Academy of Dance in the United States and in London, England.  In addition, she was Professor of Ballet at Houston Community College, and an instructor for the Royal Academy of Fine Arts – Bay Area Houston Ballet & Theater. 

She is currently publishing Fine Art Education books to be used as textbooks in schools across the country. Ms. Williams contributes the joys and successes in her life to the students and artists she has had the pleasure to work and share with.  Their love and accomplishments are the driving force that propels he energies to always believe in the journey of discovery that the Fine Arts provide us all.          

 

Kristin Thomas Martin, Ballet Mistress 

Kristin Thomas Martin, Ballet Mistress is a native of Pittsburgh, PA, where she began her ballet training at age of 3. At age 11, she was accepted for enrollment at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, receiving professional training under school director David Holladay and members of the artistic staff of the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre company including Patricia Wilde, Dana Arey and Marianna Tcherkassky.

She also spent her summers studying at such programs as the Chautauqua School of Dance and the School of American Ballet where she had the privilege to take classes with Stanley Williams, Suki Schorer, and Susan Pilarre. During her tenure at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre she performed in a wide variety of choreographies – from the story ballets of Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, and The Nutcracker to her Balanchine favorites including Symphony in C, Who Cares?, and Western Symphony among others.

In 2000, Kristin returned to the school at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville where she graduated with her BS in Chemical Engineering. She is currently employed with ExxonMobil Chemical Company and loves that she is able to continue her passion for ballet while still working full-time.

After a brief hiatus, Kristin is absolutely thrilled to be back working with Missouri City Ballet again and continues to be inspired by Sharon and the young ladies who dedicate their time to expanding their ballet horizons through the Company.

 

Lori Frazer, Executive Director

Lori has been dancing since she was 8 years old, beginning her training with Tiffany Turner Edwards at Dance Techniques in Garland, TX. From there she became actively involved in drill/dance team, serving as lieutenant on the Junior Varsity drill team as a freshman, a member of the Varsity team her sophomore senior years and serving as Captain of the Varsity team her senior year. In addition, she earned All American dance team honors from ADTS both in junior high and her high school years, earning the honor to perform in the halftime show at the Freedom Bowl . While earning a BBA in Finance from Southern Methodist University, Lori took a break from dance to focus on her studies.  

After college, she returned to the studio, focusing her training in modern, lyrical and ballet and training primarily with Kathleen Lobue of Sugar Land Dance Center for the next 8 years. She danced with and choreographed for Sugar Creek Dance Company for 10 years, transitioning to Artistic Director before moving to Pittsburgh. Once in Pittsburgh, she had the privilege to teach for Bella School of Dance for 5 years as well as dance with and choreograph for the dance ministry at Northway Christian Community both in weekly services and large productions. While in Pittsburgh, Lori continued her training with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and Point Park University. 

In addition to dance, Lori is also an AFAA certified Group Exercise Instructor and is certified to teach Zumba, PiYo, and Booty Barre, currently teaching at Life Time Fitness, 24 Hour Fitness and the YMCA.
 

Lori is married to Mike and is the proud parent of Brandon and Whitney.

 

D'Ann Shaver- Gimenez - Founder 

 

D'Ann Shaver-Gimenez founded the Laeral Dance Academy in 2010 with a desire to establish a professional training facility for aspiring dancers and to enrich the overall atmosphere of the community. Having been involved in dance since the age of 3, D'Ann has trained under the direction of Lynette Mason-Gregg during her primary years at Royal Academy of Fine Arts for 15 years. 

D'Ann has danced in companies including Royal Ballet Theatre of Texas, Ballet San Jacinto and Lone Star Jazz Ballet Company. She has also coached Elite Level gymnasts for International Competitions and High School Dance Teams. D'Ann is the Founder of the Missouri City Ballet Company.