Ashley Walden 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.
She joins Springfield Ballet in 2017 after serving three years as Director of Operations with United Way of the Ozarks. Ashley enjoys volunteering for several local organizations including Springfield Ballet Guild, Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Advisory Board 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 two fur babies.
Ashley Paige Romines
Artistic and School Director
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
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, Peter and the Wolf (2010 & 2018), Alice in Wonderland (2013 & 2017), Cinderella, The Sleeping Beauty, Act
III, Swan Lake, Act II, The Firebird, Pas de Quatre, excerpts from Snow White, excerpts from Les Sylphides, excerpts from Peter Rabbit & Other Tales by Beatrix Potter and
several original contemporary ballets, including Departure, which was presented in spring 2018. During
the summers of 2009, 2013 and 2018, 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 eight
Associate Artistic Director
Brian grew up in Grants Pass, Oregon, where he began his ballet training with Penny King. He continued his training at Jefferson Performing Arts School, in Portland, while dancing with their student company - the Jefferson Dancers. While at Jefferson he studied with Joseph and Elena Carter, Julane Stites and Mary Vinton Folberg, and worked with choreographers Paul Russell, Rachel Lampert, Donald McKyle and Jiang Wei Hao. In New York he studied with Tim Draper, Christine Neubert and Alfredo Corvino. During his 18 year professional career he performed romantic, classical and neoclassical ballets by Elena Kunikova of the Maly Theatre Ballet, Robert LaFosse and Stacy Caddell from New York City Ballet, Paul Boos from the Balanchine Foundation, Pamela Pribisco of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Cameron Basden from the Gerald Arpino Foundation and modern works by Meg Harper from the Merce Cunningham Company. He performed in many major cities around the world including New York, Mexico City, London, Edinburgh, Lisbon, Madrid, Rome, Lyon, Geneva, Berlin, Sydney, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Taipei.
Brian performed at the 1998, Kennedy Center Honors Gala in Washington D.C., the 1999, Life Ball in Vienna and Dancers for Life in Toronto. Television appearances include Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee on ABC in New York, The South Bank Show on BBC in London, and The Wide on NHK in Tokyo. He performed at Off-Broadway’s Town Hall Theatre in 1988, with Neubert Ballet and in 1995, with Joan Rivers and her Funny Friends.
As a teacher, Brian was on faculty at the Timothy M. Draper Center for Dance Education, Nazareth Academy, and the Rochester Association of Performing Arts and conducted master classes at The New England Ballet School in Connecticut, Live, Shinjuku-mura in Tokyo, Japan and Dance Space in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He was Ballet Master for Rochester City Ballet and Man Dance Company of San Francisco. In New York he choreographed for Benjamin
Briones Ballet, was a co-director and presenter for Mid-Pointe Project and was Artistic Director of two ballet companies, leading two tours to Japan, and tours to Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia, as well as performances in New York City. His choreography and lectures were seen at Shinjuku Bunka Center in Tokyo, National Performing Arts Center in Taipei, Esplanade -Theatres on the Bay in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre.
Outside of dance Brian attended Playwrights Horizons where he studied Musical Composition under the tutelage of David Bucknam. A concert version of Immortally Yours: A Musical, for which he wrote the book and lyrics was presented at Aquinas Institute in 2013.
Brian is proud to be working with Springfield Ballet, and looks forward to many years of successful collaborations with Ashley Paige Romines.
Lizz Walrath 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 three and danced competitively with Tiffany’s Performing Arts Studio for eight years. She performed as a member of the American Spirit Dance Company's Home for the Holidays. 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.
Outreach Programs Coordinator
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.
Mary Jo Greer
Mary Jo Greer is from a small town in northeast Kansas. She graduated from Kansas State University, College of Business, with a degree in Labor Relations. Mary Jo has over twenty-five years of bookkeeping experience in the private sector, of which she worked eighteen of those as Office Manager and Bookkeeper for a commercial construction company. Recently, Mary Jo has been self-employed as a bookkeeper for small business owners, as well as a Costume Designer and Wardrobe Supervisor for the independent film industry in southwest Missouri, where she earned several Internet Movie Database (IMDB) credits. Along with costuming, Mary Jo enjoys antique and flea markets, and gardening.
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
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.
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
Hattie Geltemeyer 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 and performed in various productions. Her roles have included Maid, Angel, Mouse, Party Scene Parent, Solider Doll, and Russian in The Nutcracker, Flower, Lead Meadow, and Gypsy Vendor in A Tale of Two Wolves, a Heart in Alice in Wonderland (2017), Nanny and Owl in Peter Rabbit and Other Tales by Beatrix Potter, Lead Fox and Beggar Woman in Snow White, Court Dancer in Cinderella, a Poppy in Alice in Wonderland (2013), and a Pig in Mother Goose. Hattie has attended Springfield Ballet’s past summer intensives, this summer she will attend Springfield Ballet’s 2018 Senior Summer Intensive as well as Missouri Contemporary Ballet’s summer intensive. Hattie will attend OTC this next year for an Associate of Arts degree and plans to attend Missouri State University in the fall of 2019. Hattie is thrilled to be a part of the Springfield Ballet faculty!
Richard F. Nebel, II
Richard F. Nebel, II, is an alumnus of Springield Ballet and an original native of Bolivar, Missouri. After leaving Springfield Ballet and Missouri State University, Richard completed his 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. During his time in New York City, he has been able to bridge the world between both ballet and musical theatre in the last few years. These days, in addition to keeping up with his ballet, he is focusing primarily on where his theatre career can take him. His regional credits include: On the Town, Guys and Dolls, La Cage aux Folles, Funny Face, 42nd Street, and My Fair Lady. In Eugene, Oregon, he had the opportunity to dance with Ballet Fantastique, originating multiple roles in the new ballets The Dragon and the Night Queen and Scarlet Flower, a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. In 2016, he returned to Springfield Ballet to perform as Cavalier in The Nutcracker. Richard has just returned from a European adventure, where he danced and began work as an aerialist, specializing in Spanish Web, lyra, and partner silks. He is so thankful for the amazing training he received at Springfield Ballet, and is thrilled to have a home studio to return to!
Starr Needre began dancing at age three with Chamber Ballet in Williamsburg, VA. Starr continued her ballet training with Virginia Regional Ballet and performed in many productions of The Nutcracker. Starr also had the opportunity to travel and perform with the Robitshek Dance Ensemble in Heidelberg, Germany. Continuing her passion for dance, Starr attended Point Park University’s International Summer Dance Program and went on to gain her B.F.A. in Dance from Marymount Manhattan College. Starr has performed with Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Princess Cruises, The Holy Land Experience, Sea World Orlando and The Lost Colony as well as in West Side Story and The Addams Family. In addition to dance, she has acted in both The Mystery Dinner of Williamsburg and OBX Mystery Dinner. Starr has been a dance instructor at Virginia Regional Ballet, The College of William & Mary’s Camp Launch and In His Steps Worship Dance. Currently, you can find Starr performing in Branson with Legends in Concert. Starr is extremely thankful for her support from her loving husband and family. She is thrilled to continue sharing her love of dance through teaching!
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 also holds an International Teaching
Diploma from the North American Montessori Center (2010) and has trained in
Visual Thinking Strategies (2015). 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, and Rebecca
Enghauser; 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. She has also 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 is a co-founder of Springfield Dance Alliance and
has served as per course faculty at Missouri State University, a teaching
artist with Placeworks Arts Outreach, and on AATE’s Missouri Theatre in Our
Schools committee. In addition to her work at Springfield Ballet, she enjoys
spending time with her husband Matthew and son Daniel. Teresa is thrilled to
share her passion for dance as part of the Springfield Ballet faculty and is
honored to once again be a part of The
Nutcracker as rehearsal director.
Christy Theobald went to Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi as a Voice Performance major. She returned to Missouri and took an internship at Sonshine Dance and Fitness as a dance assistant and later became a Dance Instructor. Alongside her time at Sonshine, she studied Anatomy and Physiology at OTC, got certified in Core Barre and Zumba and went to a few Pilates and Therapeutic trainings. Christy’s own health journey dealing with Scoliosis has been a huge motivator for her to learn more about fitness and dance, giving her a huge desire to help others by educating them and to give them the tools to know how to take care of their bodies. Christy works as an entertainer at Silver Dollar City. She has performed in the Saloon as Miss Tilly for five seasons and is now joining the Street Troop as Sarie Ellen. In her spare time Christy loves craft projects and playing board games with her husband, Noah, and is thrilled to be a part of the Springfield Ballet faculty.
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.