Teachers

Meet Our Teachers

Our instructors are highly qualified, experienced and passionate, providing a high level of technical instruction and fun to all ages and abilities. We not only teach technique, poise, rhythm, and grace, we also teach dedication, cooperation, team work, and discipline. With over 240 combined years of teaching, it is our goal to provide a dance environment for our dancers to gain the greatest combination of dance and life training. We are proud to announce all PDC instructors are CPR and First Aid Certified.

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Mrs. Brianna Leake

Mrs. Brianna is the owner and director of Premiere Dance Center. She purchased Fusion Dance Company in 2009, creating Premiere, a family friendly facility where she trains not only great dancers, but great people. She has been an instructor and choreographer for over 17 years. Mrs. Brianna initiated her professional dance career in Los Angeles, California touring with Spanish children’s entertainer La Chilidrina throughout California, Legends of Las Vegas in China and Tokyo’s Wizards at Ikspiria in Japan, along with performing in numerous show regionally. Mrs. Brianna began to focus primarily on her love for teaching and choreographing in 2000. Her students and choreography have received several awards both regionally and nationally, including being featured in Dance Teacher Magazine’s “Top 50 Studios on the Move.” Her students have received multiple scholarships and awards and have gone on to work as professional dancers in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. Mrs. Brianna strives to educate and build confident dancers so they may have many opportunities to perform and love what they do!

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Mrs. Cinnamon Balkman

Cinnamon Balkman is a magna cum laude graduate of Sam Houston State University, where she received a bachelor of arts degree in dance with a minor in psychology. While attending college she performed nationwide with Spectrum Dance, Raven Dance Project and the Cindy Carpenter Dance Company. She was also a member of Chi Tau Epsilon dance honor society, Who’s Who among American college students and received several other academic awards.

 

Upon graduation, Cinnamon made her home in Austin where she has performed with Kinesis Dance Theatre, Mosaic Dance Body, Wicked Cricket Dance and several independent choreographers in the area. Cinnamon has taught and choreographed ballet,tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, modern and creative movement for several studios, schools, drill teams and dance companies for over 20 years now. Mrs Balkman also enjoys judging for Showbiz/Primetime dance competitions, teaching creative movement at Shepard of the Hills Presbyterian preschool and is an active member of the Cecchetti Council of America. Most recently, Cinnamon was asked to share her knowledge of dance education with other instructors, as a presenter for both the Round Rock ISD dance program and the Texas Dance Educators Association in Houston.

 

Cinnamon has been blessed to share her love for dance with others and has been honored to be on staff with Premiere Dance Center since its opening in 2009.

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Ms. Kori Moore

Ms. Kori began her training in dance in the Dallas area at the age of four. As a competitive dancer, Kori studied tap, jazz, ballet, points, musical theatre, lyrical and hip hop. Through her experience, Kori received multiple scholarships and awards from various dance competitions and conventions. As a student of Motion Center for Dance, under the direction of Mandi Bryan and Luke Kolling, Kori had the privilege to work with talented guest choreographers such as Justin Giles, Leo Morimune, Lane Alexander and A. C. Ciulla.

 

At the young age of eighteen, Kori was hired as a professional dancer onboard Royal Caribbean’s “Voyager of the Seas” where she performed in full production shows and taught multiple dance classes to guests. After cruising along the Mediterranean and Caribbean, Kori returned to Texas to become a teacher at Motion Center Dance, the studio in which she had previously developed as a student.

 

In 2012, Kori moved to the Austin area to pursue her education. While attending Texas State University, Kori thrived as a teacher and choreographer for Premiere Dance Center. As her love for teaching dance grew, Kori was given many opportunities to choreograph for different dance studios and high school dance teams throughout the Austin area. In the past few years, Kori’s choreography has won several awards and achievements at numerous dance competitions.

 

Recently, Kori graduated from Texas State with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies. As Kori’s college experience comes to an end, she is thrilled to continue her lifelong passion for dance and share her knowledge with each and every one of her students!

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Mrs. Jamie Gregoire

Mrs. Jamie grew up in Austin dancing at Ballet Austin Academy and was fortunate to learn under the direction of choreographers and teachers such as Lambros Lambrou, Stephen Mills, and Michelle Martin. During her time at Ballet Austin, Jamie performed yearly in productions of The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, Four Last Songs, Peter and the Wolf, and original choreography works. She was also selected to dance with The Royal Ballet of London during their US tour. Jamie’s love of teaching began at Ballet Austin when she assisted with children’s classes.

 

In addition to ballet, Jamie broadened her dance experience to include competitive dancing in high school and was selected to be part of an elite dance group. While on the team, she competed in and won awards for duet and group dances at various competitions. During this time, she also began teaching dance. Jamie continued her studies in dance during college and returned to teaching once moving back to Austin.

 

Jamie has enjoyed teaching for more than 10 years, and continues to share her passion for dance with children of all ages.

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Ms. Sara Arnold

Sara began dancing at the age of 3 in Rochester, Michigan. Dancing competitively since kindergarten, Sara has trained in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, and Cecchetti. She moved to Austin in 2004 and still calls it home today. While her passion for dance began in pre-school, her love of choreography began in 8th grade when she founded the Lake Travis Middle School Jazz Company. Sara was a member of the Lake Travis High School Cavalettes, where she served as an officer for two years and captain her senior year. Upon graduation, she attended The University of Texas at Austin, majoring in Elementary Education. Throughout her tenure at UT, she served as both co-captain and captain of The Texas Pom Squad. She has choreographed for many dance and drill teams across the state of Texas. Sara is currently a first grade teacher in Lake Travis ISD and is thrilled to share her love of dance with all the students at Premiere Dance Center.

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Ms. Claire Wilcox

Claire has loved dance and musical theatre since the young age of six, when she made her debut as a puppy in a production of 101 Dalmatians. Since then she has performed in countless plays and musicals, with her favorite being A Christmas Carol at ZACH Theatre. Throughout middle and high school, she trained intensively in dance, singing, and acting as a part of ZACH Theatre’s education department in their Acting Conservatory and Pre-Professional company, as well as various dance studios. She is a student at Texas State University working towards her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Theatre. Claire is an extremely passionate artist and is firm in her belief that she has the power to inspire others and make change through her art. She loves passing on her love, joy, and passion for dance to others, and is incredibly excited and grateful to be a part of the Premiere Team!

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Ms. Cinda McCullars

Cinda began her passion for dance watching her mom teach at Joel’s House of Dance in Little Rock, Arkansas. She started dancing at the age of 3, and studied ballet, jazz, pointe, modern, and tap (her favorite!) for 16 years under the mentorship of Joel Ruminer. Her senior year of highschool she was presented the prestigious Outstanding Senior Dancer Award. After graduating she was honored to travel with the nationally known Joel Ruminer’s Dance Camps as a Dance Camp Kid where she had the opportunity to train under many top masters such as Al Gilbert, Jimmy Peters, Mary Lou Barnes, Marcus Alford, and many others. Cinda started teaching dance in high school and continued through college teaching at several studios around Arkansas. In 2002 she moved to Austin, and in 2005 had twins Eyan and Chloe. After being “dance mom” for a few years she got the itch to teach dance again, and now is thrilled to join the Premiere Dance Center family along with her daughter Chloe!

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Ms. Eva Gonzales

Eva Gonzalez is originally from Monterrey, Mexico. With many years of training in numerous dance styles, she pursued a BFA in dance at Sam Houston State University (SHSU). She has also completed her Mat and Reformer Pilates training through Balanced Body, and is currently earning her Apparatus training hoping to become a comprehensive Instructor within the next year. While working on getting her certification in Pilates, she has found ways to enhance her way of teaching dance technique. Her ambitions to help the community led her to become Vice President (2017-18) and Social Chair (2018-19) of Chi Tau Epsilon, the dance honor society at SHSU. Gonzalez has performed in Mind the Gap and Barnstorm at The MATCH Theatre in Houston, the ACDA Southern Conference, and multiple times in Danscape at the Hobby Center in Houston. She has been a dance teacher for seven years and a choreographer for five years, having her choreography win judges awards, teacher awards, and high point awards in Dance Showcase USA, Star Systems, Stage One, Legacy, VIP, Kids Artistic Revenue (KAR) and 8 Talent dance competitions. She enjoys sharing her love of dance and hopes to inspire and challenge her students while helping them reach their goals!

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Mrs. Anna Freemyer

Anna grew up training and performing with Incarnate Word Ballet School, Texas Ballet Concerto and Ballet San Antonio.  She continued her studies as a Presidentially endowed scholarship student at UT Austin Theatre and Dance dept.  After graduating with her BFA in Dance she pursued teaching full time.  During her 20+ years of teaching she has enjoyed directing and choreographing for competitive dance teams as well as creating a youth ballet performance group. She is honored to teach at Premiere!

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Mrs. Jennifer Hagen

Jennifer Hagen began dancing at 3 years old, training at various Studios in the New Braunfels and San Antonio area. While in High School she was a member of the Canyon High School Aristocats, and served as both Major, and Colonel. After High School she attended Sam Houston State University on Scholarship to be a part of the Ballet Company. After a year she decided she missed the Drill team life and transferred to Kilgore College, where she was honored to be a part of the “World Famous” Kilgore College Rangerettes.  As a Rangerette she performed at several Bowl Games, on a Carnival cruise ship and at the inauguration of President George W. Bush in Washington DC.
 

After completing two unforgettable years at Kilgore, Jennifer attended and graduated Cum Laude from Texas State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Dance Education. It was at this time that her love for teaching flourished as she taught at several dance studios in the New Braunfels and Kyle area. She was also a part of Tri Costal Ballet Theater and was a guest instructor for their summer intensive in 2009.

After college Jennifer taught at South Garland High School for two years, where she was Director of the Dixie Darlings. She then became the Director of the John Paul II High School Cardinal Belles. During her three years in the Dallas area she was chosen to choreograph and judge for many different schools, as well as being selected as a performer for the XLV Super Bowl Half Time show. Jennifer then returned to Austin to serve as the Assistant Director to the James Bowie High School Silver Stars.

Having been a Drill team director for 7 years, Jennifer then transitioned to studio teaching and was overjoyed to begin teaching at Premiere Dance Center, while also getting her yoga teaching certification. She took a few years off to have two beautiful baby girls, but now she is ecstatic to be back at Premiere doing what she loves!

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Mr. Cody Adams

Cody is native Austinite and a graduate from Texas State University.  Upon graduation, he followed his dream of becoming a firefighter and currently works for the Austin Fire Department.  He has over 9 years experience coaching competitive gymnastics and tumbling.  He is excited to be coaching at Premiere Dance and sharing his love for gymnastics!

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Mrs. Chelsee Capezzuti

Chelsee began her dance career at the age of 3 in Tyler, TX.  She danced for 15 years at Candy Crocker School of Dance, earning many individual and company awards along with dance scholarships.  While continuing to dance at her studio in high school, Chelsee was a member of the Whitehouse First Ladies Drill Team where she served as an officer and captain of the team.  Upon graduation, Chelsee went on to dance with the Kilgore College Rangerettes, serving as Freshmen Sergeant, Head Swingster (specialty jazz company), and then Captain of the Rangerettes her sophomore year.  From there, she attended Texas State University and majored in dance while also receiving a teaching certificate.  While in school, Chelsee was a member of the Roustabouts Dance Team at UT. She is grateful to have had many different performance opportunities such as performing in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.  She also danced in the Presidential Inaugural Parade as well as the Texas Black Tie and Boots Ball in Washington DC. Chelsee also humbly performed as one of ten professional dancers in the Miss Texas Pageant.  In the summers, she taught dance camps and conventions for Starmakers, Encore Creative Productions and Mike Miller Associates.  Chelsee was excited to become the director of the Westlake Hyline Dance Team and dance department in 2004. She led Hyline for ten years and earned numerous awards with the team.  Under her direction, the team traveled and performed in Los Angeles, New York City, Orlando, and Hawaii.  After making the hard decision to leave Westlake in 2015 and stay home to raise her 3 daughters, Chelsee is ecstatic to get back into her lifelong passion, dance.  She cannot wait to work with all of the dancers at Premiere and feels lucky to be able to teach and dance again. 

 

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Mrs. Caitlin Kinney Foley

Caitlin Kinney Foley got her start through acrobatic dance training at C & C dance studio in Maryland, then began to seriously study ballet at Baltimore School for the Arts and The Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory. Caitlin joined the Charlotte Ballet upon graduation and performed many notable ballets including La Bayadere, Paquita, Balanchine’s Rubies, Walpurgisnacht, and Stravinsky Violin Concerto, as well as contemporary works by Alvin Ailey, Twyla Tharp, and Dwight Rhoden.

She jump-started her film career as the featured ballerina in Step Up and became a top 12 finalist on season five of So You Think You Can Dance. Caitlin’s film and television credits include America’s Got Talent, The Academy Awards, Hit the Floor, No One Lives, Day 665, Zola Jumped In, Stash House, The Fresh Beat Band, and Parental Guidance. Caitlin has starred in commercials for Diet Coke, Progressive, Heineken, LaFuma, and Semir. She has danced and choreographed for many artists such as Paula Abdul, Kanye West, Calvin Harris, Death Cab for Cutie, Kinney and David Archuletta. She is currently on faculty with Hollywood Vibe Dance Convention as their ballet instructor and is a Co founder of the global online dance education platform, CLI Studios.

Her passion is teaching, “Every brain and body is different, it is our job as teachers to give students the tools to most efficiently use their individual instruments.”.

 

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Ms. Hayes Harkins

Hayes began her dance career in 2003 when she was 3 years old at Premiere’s predecessor, Fusion Dance Company in Austin as one of Miss Cinnamon’s students. She continued her dance training at Dana’s Studio of Dance in Keller, Texas, becoming a founding member of MOVZ Dance Company under the direction of Bri and Nick Zbrowski. She trained in Paula Morgan Technique along with styles of dance including tap, ballet, contemporary, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, and modern. Hayes was the recipient of MOVZ Dance Company’s Director’s Dancer of the Year Award in 2013. 

Hayes was a member, line officer, and captain of the national and international award winning Timber Creek High School Sky Dancers. Following graduation, Hayes began attending The University of Texas at Austin and was honored to become a member of The Texas Pom Squad. As a Texas Pom she cheered for crowds of up to 100,000 fans in Darrell K Memorial Stadium and at Big 12 men’s and women's basketball games.

Hayes has performed professionally in the chorus of Toderick Hall’s stage production, Oz. She was a dancer and actress at the Gaylord Texan in the production of their Summerfest Wild West Show. Most recently, Hayes shared the stage with Third Eye Blind at the Austin City Limits Music Festival, back up dancing in front of thousands of people.

She is currently studying youth and community education at The University of Texas in Austin. In addition to her private training, Hayes has studied dance through her high school arts and in college dance courses in several styles.

Hayes is a fourth year staff member at Crowd Pleasers Dance where she travels within Texas and the surrounding states providing camps, training, choreography, leadership, and competition for Junior High and High School Drill and Pom Teams. Hayes is thrilled to come back home to Austin and be part of the dance community where her love of dance began.

 

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Ms. Holly Bowling

Ms. Holly Bowling is currently a Junior at Texas State University. She has been dancing for eighteen years and trained at several different studios. Her training began at Melba’s School of Dance (2002-2008) when she lived in McAllen, TX, then Ballet Conservatory (2008-2014) when she moved to Highland Village, and lastly Paragon Dance Center (2016-2018) when she settled in Carrollton. She is trained in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, hip hop and musical theater. During her high school years, she was a part of the Hebron Silver Wings drill team. She served as Sophomore Lieutenant, Junior Lieutenant, and Captain her senior year. She was accepted into the BFA Teacher Certification program at Texas State University, but was not done with her hats and boots just yet and luckily made the Texas State Strutters. She was a part of Strutters for her freshman year but decided to retire from drill team and move on to the next chapter of her life. Holly has been with Merge Dance Company for two years which is a professor lead company at Texas State. She recently became a member of the Texas Association Teachers of Dancing and looks forward to sharing her love of dance at Premiere Dance Center.

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Mr. Trevor Parmentier

Trevor Parmentier is a Southern California native. While living in California, Trevor worked and performed with several dance organizations and companies along the Pacific Coast line. Now living in Austin Texas, Trevor shares his passion for life and dance by teaching all around the United States. He has been on staff with Dupree Dance and Dance Revolution touring the country on the convention circuit.  

In 2010, Trevor was a member of ILLovation crew who placed 1st overall at the World of Dance competition in 2010. In 2013, he starred as lead actor and dancer in Fryars music video “Cool Like Me”. 

He has taught in over 20 states around America, and continues to expand outside of the country, including Guatemala City, Guatemala. 

Whether it is teaching at conventions, or teaching a small class for kids after school, Trevor always has the same goal in mind, and that is to spread a positive light and influence in the dance industry where it is typically hard to find. His goal is to not only teach students how to move, but to love dance and to let it be a part of who they are.

 

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Ms. Scottie Medley

Scottie grew up in San Antonio where her love for gymnastics began. She started competing at the age of 4. At the age of 12 she switched from Artistic Gymnastics to Acrobatic Gymnastics. She went on to compete at the Elite level, win National Championships, is a member of the Junior Olympic National Team, and competed internationally for Team U.S.A.

 

After retiring from the sport as a competitor she started her career as a gymnastics coach and choreographer. With 12 years of experience coaching all ages and skill levels from 18 months to 18 years old. Scottie has been the Head coach of Artistic, Trampoline and Tumbling, and Acrobatic competitive gymnastics teams. As well as winning “Best Choreography” awards in regional and National competitions.

 

When she is not in the gym or studio she works as a professional organizer and nanny.
Scottie is thrilled to continue sharing her passion of the sport as a coach at Premiere Dance Center.

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