Foster creative development through student education and training in the fine arts while promoting and nurturing the appreciation of dance and musical theatre by providing the essential skills for lifetime success!
400 Hobbs Rd # 203 League City, TX 77573
Sarah Foster Lewis- Artistic Director/Founder
Sarah began her dance training over thirty years ago. She studied various disciplines of dance such as ballet, tap, jazz modern, variations, character, musical theatre and pointe. Sarah is a graduate of the High School for the Performing and Visuals arts in Downtown Houston. Sarah received her Bachelor's of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Houston and pursued her Master's in Counseling at Seaton Hall University while working as a special education teacher. Sarah is very excited to share her love and passion for the arts to the community.
Nicole Poor- Instructor
Nicole has been dancing for 20 years. She is trained in tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, contemporary and lyrical. Nicole studied dance and childhood education at the Community College of Rhode Island. She worked at In Motion Dance Studio before joining BAAC. Nicole has choreographed numerous award winning pieces in tap, jazz, musical theatre and contemporary through her career. She is very passionate about her dancing and teaching and loves to share her knowledge and experience with today's youth.
Quincy Starnes- Assistant Director/Musical Theatre Director
Quincy began his musical theatre training in 1989 when he was one of the students chosen by HITS Theatre to perform a musical while still a student at River Oaks Elementary. Quincy received his Bachelor's of Arts degree in Theatre from the University of Notre Dame. While at Notre Dame, he received instruction in costume design, lighting design, stage management and theatre history. Quincy was a founding member of the Pasquirella East Musical Company (PEMCo), which still operates today as the only student run musical theatre program on campus. He believes he can bring students a love of modern musicals as well as giving them an appreciation of the classics.
Amber Thornton- Assistant Director/ Instructor
Amber has been an active choreographer, dancer and instructor in the Houston dance scene for over 20 years. She has studied and performed with various companies and dance masters throughout the nation including Houston Ballet Academy, Delia Stewart Jazz Dance Co (The Houston Met), Gus Giordano, Hubbard Street, Steps and Broadway Dance Center NYC. Amber has taught intensives throughout Houston including Dance Houston Summer Intensives, Robert Underwood's School of Dance, In Step, Kennedy Dance Theatre, Houston Dance Theatre, Fuzion Dance Company, MCDC and Barabar King's Dance Theatre. She is excited to share her knowledge of the art of movement with students.
Lauren Hurstell- Ballet Mistress
Lauren began her dancing career at an early age and trained at the Ruth Page Foundation School of Dance. She worked with choreographers from Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and River North Dance Chicago. Lauren performed with the Civic Ballet of Chicago in both classical ballets and contemporary works. Her teaching career began as the Assistant Director of Evansville Dance Theater and then became the Ballet Director for Dalto Performing Arts where she choreographed an original dance production of Babes in Toyland. Lauren performed as a professional guest artist in The Nutcracker accompanied by the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra. Her choreography and dancing have been presented at the Miller Outdoor Theatre, Wortham Cullen Theater, Fringe Festival, Artists for Hope and the Dance Houston Festival.
Jeffrey C. Lewis- Executive Director
Jeffrey is a lifelong resident of the League City area. He attended Clear Creek High School where he played Soccer, ran Cross-Country/Track and was in the Choir. Jeffrey received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Rice University. While there, he competed in NCAA Division I athletics on the Cross-Country/Track & Field teams. He was a member of the 1995 Southwest Conference Championship Team for Indoor Track where he placed 3rd in the mile with a time of 4:10. Jeffrey is still active in athletics having coached athletes for several years and continues to compete personally. He has completed several Ironman Triathlons as well as the famed Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon.
Ashley Williams- Adminstrator Director/Instructor
Ashley began dancing at the age of 10 with a focus on Ballet, Jazz and Tap. She was an officer of the award winning Texas City Stingarettes Drill Team while in High School. Ashley continued with her dance education at TCU before transferring to the University of Houston. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Public Relations and a minor in Global Business. Ashley has maintained her passion for the art of dance and has found her home with BAAC. She is a proud mother of a son and excited to share her devotion for dance with other young kids.
Mike Tuneburg- Vocal Director
Mike holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and completed 2 years of graduate studies at Loyola University in New Orleans majoring in vocal performance. He has been a successful choir director, music teacher, and voice instructor for over 30 years. His students have had accomplishments such as Texas All State Choir, superior ratings at State Solo and Ensemble, lead roles in musicals, and numerous solo opportunities. He has also done musical direction for several music theater programs in the bay area of Houston. Mr. Tuneberg has performed in numerous musicals, operas, and oratorios over the years with companies including Loyola Opera Theater, Tulane University Acapella Choir, New Orleans Opera, Pensacola Symphony, Baytown Little Theater, and Houston Masterworks Chorus. Some of his favorite roles that he has performed include The Poet in Kismet, Judd in Oklahoma!, Lazar Wolf in Fiddler on the Roof, Mr. Bumble in Oliver, Baron Duphol in La Traviata, John Proctor in The Crucible, Dr. Bartolo in The Barber of Seville, and The Pirate King in Pirates of Penzance. Mr. Tuneberg presently teaches voice lessons at Clear Falls High School, Clear Springs High School, Victory Lakes Intermediate School and Bayside Intermediate School and is excited to be teaching and doing musical direction at the Bay Area Arts Conservatory.
Victorio Menghi- Guitar/Piano Instructor
Victorio received a Bachelor's degree in Instrumentalist in Popular Music, Specialty Tango Guitar from Avellaneda School of Popular Music, a Granted Degree in Electroacoustic Composition/Technology and Music from the National University at Quilmes. During his twenty-three year professional career, he has recorded 5 (five) CD's, 1 (one) DVD and worked as Song Editor on 1 (one) Book/CD/DVD. EMI Music distributes his recordings worldwide. Victorio has performed in concert to audiences throughout his homeland of Argentina, across Europe and both North & South America. The Argentine Foreign Ministry has financed his International Tango Fussion tour and he has been covered extensively on television, radio and media print.
Preslee Bishop- Instructor
Angela began her classical training under the direction of Lynette Mason Gregg, Richard Monroe, and Suzanne Longley, followed by Soili Arvola, Leo Ahonen, Olga Kostritsky, and Louis Fuente. She was the 1991 NYC Scholarship recipient, which afforded her the opportunity to train with the Joffrey Ballet Academy. She attended the High School for Performing and Visual Arts, and Houston Ballet Academy where she was able to work with Clara Cravey and Steven Brule. Angela studied Modern Dance at Alvin Ailey in their professional division. She has been teaching other dancers for over 15 years and is a great addition to the BAAC family.