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Springfield, Missouri

Staff and Faculty

Ashley Walden

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

awalden@springfieldballet.org

Ashley Walden

 

Ashley Walden is proud to call Springfield, Missouri her forever home. She attended Glendale High School, where she played on the girls soccer team, was a peer mediator, had artwork published in the school’s art magazine, and received accolades in journalism and art at graduation. After high school, she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration at Drury University, where she was an active member in Students in Free Enterprise and won the SIFE World Cup in 2003. Ashley was also an Executive Committee member for two years in Pi Beta Phi fraternity at Drury. She joins Springfield Ballet in 2017 after serving three years as Director of Operations with United Way of the Ozarks. Community involvement is important to Ashley, and she enjoys volunteering for several local organizations including Springfield Ballet Guild, Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Advisory Board and Sporting Springfield Soccer Club. She made her acting debut as the Maid in the 2016 performance of Springfield Ballet’s The Nutcracker. Her husband, Amos, and she have three daughters and two fur babies. You will find them on the weekends at the soccer fields, ballet studio, at home watching a movie or celebrating an event with family and friends.

 


Ashley Paige Romines

Artistic and School Director

apromines@springfieldballet.org

Ashley Paige Romines

 

Ashley Paige Romines began her dance training in Sevierville, Tennessee, and continued on to pre-professional ballet training at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. She then studied on scholarship at the University of Oklahoma, and in 2003, she graduated summa cum laude with a B.F.A. in ballet pedagogy. In 2005, Ashley Paige received her Pilates Mat Certification through Power Pilates.

Ashley Paige’s performance experience includes Oklahoma Festival Ballet, Burklyn Ballet Theatre, and Northern Ballet Theatre in New Hampshire where she danced professionally for three seasons. Her favorite roles include Dew Drop Fairy, Spanish, Chinese, Marzipan, and Columbine Doll from The Nutcracker; George Balanchine’s Valse Fantaisie; Fairy of the Song Bird from The Sleeping Beauty; Cygnet from Swan Lake; Pas de Trois from Paquita; and a witch in James Clouser’s Carmina Burana as well as numerous roles in contemporary and modern ballets. She was also excited for the opportunity to tour internationally with Oklahoma Festival Ballet to Cancun, Mexico in 2002. 

As of late, Ashley Paige has focused more on her teaching and ballet administration career which is where her true passion lies. Prior to her time with Springfield Ballet, she taught all levels of classical ballet, creative movement, and Pilates at several pre-professional schools throughout the Northeast Additionally, she choreographed several original works and acted as rehearsal assistant for the staging of several classical ballets. 

Since joining Springfield Ballet as School Director in fall 2007, Ashley Paige has choreographed and staged The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, The Sleeping Beauty, Act III, Swan Lake, Act II, The Firebird, Pas de Quatre, Peter and the Wolf, excerpts from Snow White, excerpts from Les Sylphides, excerpts from Peter Rabbit & Other Tales by Beatrix Potter and several original contemporary ballets. During the summers of 2009 and 2013, she attended Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet’s Teacher’s Workshop. In 2012, she was named as one of Springfield Business Journal’s Forty Under Forty. She is delighted to have the opportunity to share her passion for the performance art through the Springfield Ballet organization. Ashley Paige has been happily married to her husband Frank for six years.

 


Lizz Walrath

Office Manager

officemanager@springfieldballet.org

Lizz Walrath

Lizz is from Mount Vernon, Missouri. She is a graduate of Oklahoma City University’s Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Entertainment with a Bachelor of Science in Dance Management and minors in History and Business Entrepreneurship. Lizz has danced since the age of 3 and danced competitively with Tiffany’s Performing Arts Studio for eight years. She performed as a member of the American Spirit Dance Company in the 2012 Home for the Holidays show. At the Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Entertainment she worked in the school’s costume shop as an assistant and in various production roles for three years including Assistant Costume Shop Manager and Wardrobe Supervisor. Lizz also worked backstage as a deck crew member and Assistant Stage Manager. She worked as a Dresser and Costume Shop Assistant for Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma’s 2015 summer season which included productions of Oklahoma!, Mary Poppins, Big Fish, and Billy Elliot. Lizz loves to be outside with her husband and their two dogs, Frida & Moose, learn about history and watch old movies.


Tami Franklin

Outreach Programs Coordinator

outreach@springfieldballet.org

Tami Franklin

Tami C. Franklin began ballet at Miss Margaret’s Dance studio in Stillwater, Oklahoma as a shy 3-year-old. After Miss Margaret’s retirement, her pre-teen and teen years included classes in ballet, pointe, tap and jazz with Linda Twedell at Encore! Dance Studios, Inc. Tami began student-teaching and choreography in 1987 at Encore and was a member of the Encore Dance Company. She danced with the Stillwater High School pom squad for three years which included a 1st place Universal Dance Association award at Nationals in 1989. Tami spent two summers with Universal Dance Association leading and instructing at dance camps for high school students across the U.S. She received additional training through attending Tremaine dance conventions and competitions as a dancer, competitor, and instructor. The following two years she spent teaching dance at Five Flags dance academy in Pensacola, Florida. Upon returning to Oklahoma in 1994 she founded Steppin’ Out dance studio in Tuttle, OK. As owner, director, and instructor she shared her passion for dance and her love of teaching with her students for 14 years (1994-2008). She has directed 14 dance recitals and has accompanied her students to numerous regional and national dance competitions. Tami also loves to country two-step! She has danced, competed and taught partner dances including country two-step, shuffle, waltz, nightclub two-step, west-coast swing, salsa, cha-cha, east coast swing and shag. In 2016, Tami began annual trips to Port-de-Paix, Haiti to teach dance and work with children at Sonlight Academy. She recently graduated from Missouri State University with a BA in Anthropology and will be graduating in December 2017 with her Master of Professional Studies in Global Philanthropy. Tami not only loves to dance, she loves people! With 30 years of teaching experience and her anthropological perspective toward philanthropy, Tami is enthusiastic for the role as Outreach Programs Coordinator with Springfield Ballet and to be back in the studio teaching dance classes.


Evan Johnson

Bookkeeper

bkeeper@springfieldballet.org

Evan joined the Springfield Ballet team in January of 2015.  Originally from Moorhead, Minnesota Evan grew up with a talent for the musical arts and a passion for community enrichment. Throughout high school, Evan performed in multiple orchestral ensembles including the Fargo-Moorhead Youth Symphony, both the Moorhead High School Chamber and Symphony Orchestras, and the award winning Apollo Strings where he served as principal cellist for two years. Evan has a flawless record of Superior rankings at both the Minnesota Tier II Musical Festival and the Minnesota State High School League AA State Music Competition spanning over six years for large group performances. Evan has also received a Superior ranking for his Solo/Ensemble performance of Shostakivich’s Quartet No. 8 in the spring of 2013. In addition to his musical background, Evan also has experience with event coordinating. Evan served for two years as the Co-Chairman of the Fargo-Moorhead Youth Summit Committee, a youth led group of students committed to promoting leadership though out the Fargo-Moorhead community. In addition, Evan served as a Student Ambassador to the Metro Area Student Ambassadors in 2012, a group responsible for organizing the largest youth led food drive in the nation, Fill the Dome. Currently, Evan studies at Drury University as an Honors Student pursuing degrees in Economics, Finance, and Management. His goal is to enter the finance industry and eventually start his own business with an objective of building community identities.


Eugenia Alcocer Peters

Creative Director/ Designer

Eugenia is a partner, strategist and creative director at BRANDIGM. Over the past two decades, she has developed insightful strategy and successful campaigns for many global and national brands. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communication Design from the University of North Texas. Eugenia was born in Mexico City and is bilingual. She has served Springfield Ballet’s artistic design needs since the fall of 2009.


Sara Brummel

Instructor
Sara Brummel Sara Brummel earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Anthropology from the University of Colorado at Denver and holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Theatre with a Dance Emphasis from the University of Arizona. Dance training includes the North Carolina School of the Arts, the Pennsylvania Ballet, and studies with Juan Antonio, Takako Asakawa, Peggy Baker, Jerry Bywaters Cochran, Robert Cohen, Blondell Cummings, Lynn Dalley, Margaret Jenkins, the Louis/Nikolais Dance Theatre Lab, Bill Evans, Gary Masters, David Moroni, Nadine Ravine, George Skibine, Marjorie Tallchief, and David Hatch Walker. Performing experience encompasses a number of ballet and modern dance companies, including the Pennsylvania Ballet, New England Dinosaur, Dance Company of Ontario, and Contemporary Dancers of Winnipeg. As a professional dancer, Ms. Brummel appeared in works choreographed by Toby Armour, Malenko Banovitch, Anna Blewchamp, Rachel Browne, James Clouser, David Earle, Martha Armstrong Gray, Rodney Griffin, Ina Hahn, Janet Justice, Earl Kraul, Rozann Kraus, Judith Marcuse, Fred Mathews, Norman Morrice, Sophie Maslow, Linda Rabin, Cleo Parker Robinson, Lois Smith, Beth Soll, Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Norbert Vesak, and James Waring. As a teacher, Ms. Brummel’s credits include the Cambridge School of Ballet, Cambridge School of Weston, Colorado Ballet, Crested Butte Summer Dance Workshop, Dance Circle of Boston, Loretto Heights College, the Missouri Fine Arts Academy, Montezuma/Cortez High School, SEEK Summer Enrichment Program, American College Dance Festival, Springfield Ballet, the University of Denver, workshops in São Paulo, Brazil, and presentations at the Congreso de Pedagogia de Danze in Bogotá, Colombia. Sara Brummel is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the American Ballet Theatre® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 7 and Partnering of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. Ms. Brummel’s choreography has been presented in Bogotá, Seattle, Chicago, Albuquerque, St. Louis, Wichita, and Springfield. For several years she has collaborated in research conducted by Dr. James Hackney, a professor in the Physical Therapy program at Missouri State University.  Ms. Brummel is currently an Associate Professor in the Theatre and Dance Department at Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri.


Berea Flatness

Instructor
Berea Flatness

 

Berea Flatness earned her degree in Art and Design Education with a Dance minor from Missouri State University. She grew up as a student at Springfield Ballet for 18 years and appeared in various productions throughout the years. Berea has also choreographed Springfield Ballet’s Mother Goose in 2012 and was the rehearsal assistant for Alice in Wonderland. She has performed in several productions at Landers Theatre and Logan-Rogersville High School including South Pacific, Carousel, Annie, Peter Pan, Bye Bye Birdie, Hello Dolly, Fiddler on the Roof, Beauty and the Beast, and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. She was given the opportunity to choreograph Fiddler on the Roof, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,Wizard of Oz, Thoroughly Modern Millie, High School Musical and co-choreograph Beauty and the Beast at Logan-Rogersville High School. Berea is currently the art teacher at Logan-Rogersville Middle School where she teaches drama. Additionally, she is in charge of Student Council, the Middle School play, the Speech and Debate team, and co-directs Logan-Rogersville High School musicals.

 


Madison Jones

Instructor
Madison Jones

Madison (Maddy) Jones is a junior at Missouri State University, majoring in Chemistry. She began dancing in 2008 at Springfield Ballet and instantly fell in love with the art form. During her time here, she performed in numerous productions. Her favorite roles include March Hare in Alice in Wonderland, Goblin in The Firebird, a Hunter in Peter and The Wolf, Dance Mistress in Cinderella, and a Snowflake and Russian in The Nutcracker. In addition to attending Springfield Ballet’s summer intensive, she also attended the SummerWind Youth Ballet summer intensive at the University of Oklahoma in 2012 and The Jillana School summer intensive in New Mexico in 2013.  Madison joined the Springfield Ballet faculty in 2014.

 

 

 

 


Emma Kirksey

Instructor
Emma Kirksey

 

Emma Kirksey is a junior at Southwest Baptist University where she is majoring in English. Emma was a student at Springfield Ballet for ten years, gradually merging from peeking in on the "older dancers” in class to becoming one, and is excited and honored to join Springfield Ballet’s wonderful faculty. During her time as a student, she performed in many productions. Her favorite roles include Clara, Snow Queen, Dew Drop Fairy, and Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland, Fairy Godmother in Cinderella, and Snow White in Snow White. Emma has participated in numerous Springfield Ballet summer intensives as well as intensives at Next Generation Ballet in Tampa, Florida (2011, 2012).

 


Teresa Simpson

Instructor
Teresa Simpson

 

Teresa Simpson’s training covers a broad range of dance techniques including classical ballet, modern, and improvisation.She holds an M.S. in Administrative Studies with a focus in Arts Management (2015) and a B.F.A. in dance performance (2008)from Missouri State University. Teresa has toured with Missouri State University’s community outreach dance company, Inertia; performed in works by Sara Brummel, Rhythm McCarthy, Ruth Barnes, Shirley Russon Ririe, Rebecca Enghauser, and Ian Spink; and presented choreography at the American College Dance Festival. She began her pre-professional dance training with the St. Louis Ballet School, performing in the company's production of The Nutcracker and participating in student workshops and has trained with Nashville Ballet. Teresa helped create and implement a performing arts after school program at the Academy of Performing Arts in Nashville, TN, designed an after-school program curriculum for Missouri State University’s Citizenship and Service Learning office, taught movement and theatre games at the Rivendale Institute of Learning, and worked alongside Springfield theatre artists to create a one-act play accessible for children with autism. Teresa holds an International Teaching Diploma from the North American Montessori Center (2010) and has worked as a Montessori teacher, incorporating basic creative movement into a prepared environment Montessori curriculum. Most recently, she has served as a teaching artist with Placeworks Arts Outreach and as per course dance faculty at Missouri State University. In addition to her work with Springfield Ballet, Teresa is a co-founder of Springfield Dance Alliance and been a part of the AATE Missouri Theatre in Our Schools mini conference planning committee. Teresa is thrilled to share her passion for dance as part of the Springfield Ballet faculty.

 


Jamie Williams

Instructor
Jamie Williams

Jamie Williams, a Springfield, Illinois native, was a member with Springfield Ballet Company in Illinois for five years. During her time there, she danced roles in Swan Lake, Cinderella, The Sleeping Beauty, and many productions of The Nutcracker. Jamie then moved to Springfield, Missouri, and graduated from Missouri State University where she majored in biology and minored in dance. Jamie spends her days working as a Zookeeper at the Dickerson Park Zoo and her nights are spent dancing as a member of the Springfield Dance Alliance. She has been seen as Mrs. Staulbaum in Springfield Ballet’s 2012 & 2013 productions of The Nutcracker as well as the Stepmother in Cinderella and the Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland. She is an active volunteer at the Springfield Nature Center and enjoys selling antiques at her flea market booth at S.T.D. East in Springfield. Jamie is thrilled to teach as a Springfield Ballet faculty member.