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Springfield, Missouri

Staff and Faculty

Ashley Walden

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

awalden@springfieldballet.org

Ashley Walden

Ashley is proud to call Springfield, Missouri her forever home. She attended Glendale High School, where she played on the girls soccer team, enjoyed being a peer mediator, was published in her 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, with minors in Fine Arts and Global Studies. While at Drury, she was the public relations leader for Students in Free Enterprise, who won the SIFE World Cup in 2003. Ashley was also an Executive Committee member for two years in Pi Beta Phi fraternity.

Ashley joined Springfield Ballet in 2017 after serving three years as Director of Operations with United Way of the Ozarks. She enjoys volunteering for several local organizations including Springfield Ballet Guild and Sporting Springfield Soccer Club. She is a member in Rotary of Springfield Southeast and classmate of Leadership Springfield Class 33.  With a deep appreciation of arts, Ashley 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 one fur baby.

 


Artistic Director
 

Maria Hall

School Principal

mhall@springfieldballet.org

Maria Hall

Maria’s early dance training began at Springfield Ballet under the direction of Ashley Paige Romines.  She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Missouri-Kansas City with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Ballet, Modern Performance and Choreography.  At UMKC, she trained under Paula Weber, Mary Pat Henry, David Justin, DeeAnna Hiett, Gary Abbott, Tobin James and Sabrina Madison-Cannon.  During this time, Maria performed works by Alvin Ailey, Gregory Dawson, Peter Anastos, Kameron Saunders and Philip Jerry.  She performed with Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey and the Alvin Ailey 1st Company in "Memoria.”  Maria also performed "Eden” as an apprentice with Wylliams-Henry Contemporary Dance Company.  She has trained at summer programs including SummerWind Youth Ballet, Giordano Dance Chicago, The Rock School for Dance Education, Kansas City Ballet and Netherlands Dance Theatre.  Maria had the opportunity to travel to Guatemala to perform in the 76th Annual International Choreographers Showcase with dancers from around the world.  After graduation, Maria spent a season dancing with Missouri Contemporary Ballet, where she performed in works by Karen Grundy, Sean Aaron-Carmon, Penny Saunders and Fernando Rodriguez.  As an alumna of Springfield Ballet, Maria is honored and excited to be back at the ballet school that shaped the foundation of her dancing.  She is thrilled to share all she has learned and help the future stars of the dance world grow and flourish.  
 


Kaitlyn Pack

Operations Manager

kpack@springfieldballet.org

Kaitlyn Pack

Kaitlyn grew up dancing in Acworth, GA at Bravo Dance Center with an emphasis on modern/contemporary styles. In high school, she joined the winter guard team where she was a featured dancer for 4 years and competed nationally. Kaitlyn attended college at Kennesaw State University and received a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing with a certificate in music and entertainment business. She started her career at The Georgia Ballet in Marietta, GA where she held multiple roles including office manager and marketing/box office manager for over 8 years. While at The Georgia Ballet, Kaitlyn was also on faculty to teach introductory classes for students ages 4-7. Kaitlyn is excited to be back in the ballet world after stepping away for a few years in Springfield with her fiancé, Jake, and her 2 cats, Chandra and Quinn.

 


Tami Franklin

Outreach Programs Coordinator

outreach@springfieldballet.org

Tami Franklin

Tami C. Franklin began ballet at Miss Margaret’s Dance studio in Stillwater, Oklahoma. After Miss Margaret’s retirement, her preteen and teen years included classes in ballet, pointe, tap and jazz at Encore! Dance Studios, Inc. Her teaching career began in 1987 under the mentorship of Linda Twedell. She was a performing member of the Encore! Dance Company for four years and the Stillwater High School Pom Squad for three years. Tami spent two summers with Universal Dance Association leading and instructing dance camps for high school students across the United States. She received additional training through Tremaine’s regional and national dance conventions for over 20 years as a dancer, competitor, and instructor. Training with artists such as Joe Tremaine, Doug Caldwell, Darryl Retter, Laurie Johnson, Benji Schwimmer, Desiree Robbins, and Keri Lagrand. In 1992 she moved to Pensacola, Florida and spent the next two years teaching ballet, tap, and jazz at Five Flags Dance Academy. 

Upon returning to Oklahoma in 1994 she founded Steppin’ Out dance studio in Tuttle, a suburb of Oklahoma City, where she shared her passion for dance and her love of teaching with her students for 14 years (1994-2008). She has choreographed numerous works in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, contemporary, hip-hop, and pom for the classroom, recital and competition stage. Tami also loves to country two-step! She has danced, competed and instructed 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 where she teaches dance and works with children at Sonlight Academy. In 2017, she founded The Brave Butterfly, a non-profit organization whose mission is to empower all people through leadership, ethics, and the Arts. Tami’s pursuit of higher education gained her a BA in Anthropology (May 2016) and a Masters of Professional Studies in Global Philanthropy (December 2017) from Missouri State University. Tami not only loves to dance, but she also loves people! With over 30 years of teaching experience and her anthropological perspective toward philanthropy, Tami is enthusiastic to be part of Springfield Ballet.

 

 


Eugenia Alcocer Peters

Creative Director/ Designer

Eugenia is Owner and Creative Director at glOh Studio. 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. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Theatre and Dance Department at Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri; a member of the World Dance Alliance, National Dance Education Organization, and Springfield Dance Alliance.


Adriana Fritz

Instructor
Adriana Fritz

Born and raised in Xalapa, Mexico, Adriana began her ballet training at the young age of three at the Ballet Royal Xalapa, which is accredited by the Royal Academy of Dance in London. She continued her dance training until the age of 18 completing all the Graded and Vocational examinations. Aside from classic ballet, Adriana seasonally trained in contemporary ballet, neoclassical ballet, Mexican Folklore and Hip Hop. She participated in multiple summer intensives including American Ballet Theatre, Iowa City Ballet, and Ollin Yolitzli in Mexico City among others. During her undergraduate career, she performed and choreographed for four International and Latino Banquets at Missouri State University and choreographed for Greenwood Laboratory's Ozark Heritage Language League. In May 2020, she completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Cell and Molecular Biology and minored in Chemistry at Missouri State University and plans to attend medical school in the Fall of 2021.


Hattie Geltemeyer

Instructor
Hattie Geltemeyer

Hattie began dancing at age five in Colorado Springs where she performed in two productions of The Nutcracker with the San Diego Ballet. She began dancing at Springfield Ballet in 2010, where she was a scholarship student for seven years and performed in numerous productions of The Nutcracker. She was also seen in many Spring productions including, Beauty and the Beast, A Tale of Two Wolves, Alice in Wonderland (2013 and 2017), Peter Rabbit and Other Tales by Beatrix Potter, Snow White, Cinderella, and Mother Goose. Hattie has attended many of Springfield Ballet’s past summer intensives, as well as Missouri Contemporary Ballet’s summer intensive. Hattie participated in Springfield Ballet’s Young Choreographer Showcase from the very first year in 2013 until her senior year in 2018 as a dancer, choreographer, as well as the Stage Manager in 2015. Hattie is currently attending Missouri State University for her BFA in Dance, as well as Minoring in American Sign Language at Ozark Technical Community College. She is the Co-Fundraising Director with Missouri State Dance Company and successfully directed a performance and is working on more for the future! Hattie is thrilled to have been a faculty member with Springfield Ballet for the past two years, and looks forward to many more!


Brandi Houck

Instructor
Brandi Houck

Brandi Houck is a native of Springfield, Missouri. She started dancing at age four and studied for numerous years at Springfield Ballet. During the summers, she attended intensives at State Ballet of Missouri (now Kansas City Ballet), Virginia School of the Arts, Alabama Dance Theatre, Joffrey (on scholarship) and Milwaukee Ballet (full scholarship). She went on to attend the University of Missouri – Kansas City on scholarship and received her BFA in Dance. While in college, she returned to Springfield Ballet as the guest artist Sugar Plum Fairy two years. The highlight of her professional career was with the Albany Berkshire Ballet as a principal dancer for a winter and two summer seasons. She danced roles of Sugar Plum Fairy, Snow Queen, and the Dew Drop Fairy in The Nutcracker as well as lead roles such as the girl in white in Carmina Burana, Emily in Our Town, pig tail girl in Graduation Ball, gypsy in Petrouchka, and the trio in Red Ellington. Brandi also performed with Kansas City Ballet as a freelance artist in the corps de ballet in the productions of Carmina Burana, Swan Lake and Serenade. Additionally, she choreographed A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Missouri Repertory Theater along with several other pieces and has taught both ballet and modern to various ages and levels and at several different schools. Brandi currently works as a Healthcare IT Epic Radiant Consultant for a health system in Champaign, Illinois.


Abigail Lind

Instructor
Abigail Lind

Abigail L. Lind is a dancer, choreographer, and dance educator based out of the United States. Abigail attended Missouri State University where she studied Modern, Ballet, Jazz and many other styles of dance. Professionally, she has worked nationally and internationally as a Performer, Intern, Director of Dance, Coach, Teacher and an Artistic Director with many astounded artists including but not limited to Olwen Grindley, Loretta Yurick and Robert Connor. As an instructor, Abigail’s past and current credits include Studio B Dance Center, Point O’Pines, Dance Theatre of Ireland, Point Performing Arts and Springfield Dance Alliance.


Richard F. Nebel, II

Instructor
Richard F. Nebel, II

Richard F. Nebel, II is a proud Springfield Ballet Alumni. He completed his classical ballet training with the late John Magnus, dancing with the Portland Festival Ballet. With Mr. Magnus, he had the opportunity to work on both classical roles as well as original contemporary works. When opportunity called he followed to New York City, where he has been able to build a career in ballet and theatre. He returned to Springfield to complete his BFA in Musical Theatre at Missouri State University (Go Bears!), graduating in 2020.   Pilates developed as a natural interest from his ballet technique-balance, power, and focus. He is also a Comprehensive Certified Pilates instructor at The BodySmith Pilates Studio. Richard is so grateful for and inspired by his return to Springfield Ballet- excited to perform and learn right alongside our dancers both in the studio and onstage.  Before you ask, he's 6'7".  Tall men dance, too!


Hayley Reeder

Instructor
Hayley Reeder

Hayley recently completed her BFA in dance at Missouri State University. She has been dancing since age six and has taught for over six years. Her passion is dance and music and she enjoys getting to share that with her students. Her favorite memories at MSU have been performing in the Spring dance concerts, dancing in seminars series, and choreographing, Two Straight Lines -A piece that was chosen to be performed at the American College Dance Association conference, in which she attended and performed in 2018 and 2019.

Hayley loves all styles of dance including, Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Clogging, Irish, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Modern, Lyrical, Salsa, and Swing. She has completed level IV in the Cecchetti Council of America exams and has attended out-of-state workshops. In 2017 and 2018, she had the honor to judge at the Fine Arts Festival of music and dance. Some of her highlights of performing have been with Motion Playlist (an urban dance company). In her off time, you will find her composing piano music and exploring nature trails, spending time with her family.


Christy Theobald

Instructor
Christy Theobald

Christy began her career as a singer who performed in many traveling tour groups. Later she discovered dance and theatre which quickly became a passion. Christy then began her dance instructor training alongside Ms. Kathie at Sonshine Dance & Fitness. During her time there, she also studied Anatomy and Physiology at Ozarks Technical Community College, became certified in Core Barre and Zumba, and received several Pilates and Therapeutic trainings. Christy’s own health journey dealing with scoliosis has been a major motivator for her to learn and educate others about the benefits of fitness and dance.
In October 2015, Christy was hired at Silver Dollar City as an entertainer, with roles including Miss Tilly in the Saloon Show, Sarie Ellen McCoy in the Street Troupe, and Raggedy Ann in Tinker Junior’s Toy Shop. In June 2018, Christy joined Springfield Ballet’s faculty and received further training from recent Artistic & School Director, Ashley Paige Romines. She is excited to share her theatrical experiences and training with students to help further their development.


Emily Walley

Instructor and Production Assistant
Emily Walley

Emily Walley began dancing at age three and has been dancing at Springfield Ballet since 2013. She is a former work-study student and has appeared in many productions throughout the years. Some of her favorite roles include Snowflake and Flower in The Nutcracker, Teardrop and Tiger Lily in Alice in Wonderland, and Rose in A Tale of Two Wolves. Emily has attended Springfield Ballet’s summer intensives. She also performed in Springfield Dance Alliance’s 2019 Spring Concert, Seasons. She worked as the Assistant Office Manager and The Nutcracker Production Assistant for Springfield Ballet in 2019. She is currently studying Elementary Education at Missouri State University. Emily loves working with young children and hopes to become an elementary school teacher. She is grateful for the opportunity to continue dancing at Springfield Ballet while passing on her passion for dance through teaching!


Jamie Williams

Instructor
Jamie Williams

Jamie Williams, a Springfield, Illinois native, was a member of the 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 now works as an Education Specialist at Dickerson Park Zoo and enjoys dancing with Springfield Dance Alliance. She has been seen as Mrs. Stahlbaum in Springfield Ballet’s The Nutcrackeras well as the Stepmother in Cinderella, The Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland (2013) and The Evil Queen in Snow White. Jamie is thrilled to teach as a Springfield Ballet faculty member, as well as sew costumes for productions.