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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
Mrs. Elena Giannuzzi
Elena Giannuzzi is an Austin, Texas native. Dancing since the age of two, she trained in several forms of dance such as Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Modern, and Contemporary. Her passion to study dance took her to Sam Houston State University, where she graduated with a B.F.A. in Dance. She had the opportunity to work closely with artists such as Manuel Vigonoulle, Bliss Kohlmyer, and Joshua L. Peugh. Since training at SHSU, Elena was connected to study abroad with The Dance Italia Program out of Lucca, Italy. There, Elena took daily classes in Counter Technique with Elita Cannata and Gaga classes and Repertory with Chisato Ohno (Batsheva Dance Company). Additionally, Elena has worked under Elijah Alhaji Gibson who is a long-standing company member with The Gus Giordano Company, where Elena had the opportunity to train as a scholarship student with their College Program in Chicago, IL.
Most recently she has performed in The Dance Gallery Festival in NYC, Social Movement Contemporary Dance world premiere of “The Human Condition”, and Austin Dance Fest in Austin, TX. In 2018 Elena joined The Axis Connect, (Barton Movement) Program out of Los Angeles and New York City, where she studied under the guidance of many artists such as Jermaine Spivey (Kidd Pivot), Jacob Jonas (The Jacob Jonas Company), and Alexander Ekman. In addition, Elena also became a founding company member of the Social Movement Contemporary Dance in 2018 under the direction of Elijah Alhaji Gibson. Based out of Houston she trained, toured, and performed with company all over Texas.
Along with her dedication for performing, Elena is also a passionate teacher. Her choreography has been featured in the Annual Dance to Breath Benefit Concert, raising money for Cystic Fibrosis in Austin, TX. Elena’s focus + interest lies in the dance community and how to cultivate a place to come together and grow as artists.
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!