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MISSION & VISION

Mission

To foster creative development through student education and training in the performing arts for a lifetime of success!

Vision

To become the preeminent destination for students education in the performing arts within the greater Bay Area.

Why Us?

Our commitment is to offer performing arts instruction in a fun and encouraging environment to children. We believe every child has a passion for the arts and our proudest moments are seeing the joy exhibited by our students. Our instruction is curriculum based to ensure consistency for all students.

Sarah Foster Lewis

Artistic Director

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 Seton Hall University while working as a special education teacher. Sarah is very excited to share her love and passion for the arts with the community. As a mother of two, she appreciates the importance of having a staff committed to nurturing children within the performing arts. Sarah is the proud mother to her son Clark and daughter Channing.

Jeffrey C. Lewis
Executive Director

Jeffrey is a lifelong resident of the League City area. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Rice University where he competed on the Cross-Country/Track & Field teams. Jeffrey has been a business owner in customer service industries for nearly 30 years and understands the importance of transparency with customers. He and his wife Sarah share two young children together so their parent perspective underlies most of processes within BAAC. Jeffrey is a lifelong advocate for the performing arts having played classical guitar since a young age. Exposure to movement and music from a young age can be very beneficial to children's development.

Quincy Starnes

Theatre Department Chair

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 receiving 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.

Nicole Poor
Dance Department Chair

Nicole has been dancing for over 20 years. She is trained in tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, contemporary and lyrical. Nicole studied dance and early childhood education at the Community College of Rhode Island. She worked at In-step Dance Center as well as Lyrics in Motion Dance Studio before joining BAAC. Nicole has choreographed numerous award winning pieces in tap, jazz, musical theatre and contemporary through her career. Nicole has taken master classes all over the east coast including Alvin Ailey, Julliard, and Broadway Dance Center. She has also performed professionally in Houston and her hometown state of Rhode Island. She is very passionate about her dancing, teaching and choreographing and loves to share her knowledge and experience with today's youth.

Ashley Williams
Administrative Director

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.

Alex Musgrove
Voice Director

Alex graduated summa cum laude from Lamar University with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. Although she is classically trained, she is comfortable teaching a variety of styles and specializes in mixed belting. Musical theatre and acting have been her passion since she first performed on stage at the age of six. Her favorite roles include “Miss Honey” in Matilda, “Maureen” in RENT, “Rizzo” in Grease!, “Catherine” in Pippin, and “Cheryl” in Evil Dead. She has also been the music director for over a dozen productions in the Houston area.She is currently studying for her master’s degree in Music Education at Columbia University with a focus on vocal pedagogy and cultivating a student-centered curriculum.

Ashley Hanson

Ballet Director

Ashley Hanson is from Tucson, AZ. and attended the University of Arizona’s School of Dance where she studied under the direction of Jory Hancock, Melissa Lowe and Susan Quinn. Ashley began her professional training with Ballet Magnificat under the direction of Jiri Voborsky and Kathy Thibodeaux. During her time at Ballet Magnificat, she taught and performed across the U.S. and Canada as well as 12 countries throughout the Middle East, Asia, Europe, South America and the Caribbean. Upon retiring, Ashley and her husband taught in studios through Arkansas and Colorado before returning to Texas. She has also served as a dance adjudicator at competitions in Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas and Colorado.

Katrinka Blystone

Music Director

Katrinka has shared her love of music through teaching piano for over 30 years through her private studio as well as performing with a professional duo and accompanying for various school districts in the Houston area. She received her Bachelor of Music from Henderson State University in Composition with a teaching certification in piano studying under Thomas Chase. She continued composition studies with James Greeson and Thomas Benjamin and her piano studies with Beatriz Pilapil and Nancy Weems in post graduate work. Katrinka continues to enjoy teaching and inspiring young people to love music.

Hannah Kelly
Broadway Stars Director

Hannah Kelly graduated from Midwestern State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance and a minor in Musical Theatre. At Midwestern, she served as the President and Social Chair of their chapter of the national theatre honor society, Alpha Psi Omega. Hannah fell in love with the stage at 5 years old and hasn’t looked back since. She has a background directing, stage managing, and performing, as well as designing props, hair, makeup and costumes. Recently, she has worked her magic as the props master for Cloud 9 by Caryl Churchill and the director of Chicken Salad by Paul Donnely. Hannah loves helping her students discover their own love for performing and hopes to foster a lifelong passion for the arts in the next generation of artists.

Kason Hanson

Biomechanics Director

Kason graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Science and a minor in Music Composition and Sound Design from the University of Colorado. He began his dance training under the direction of Mr. Rinat Mouzafarov, a graduate of the Vaganova Academy and dancer with The Bolshoi Ballet. Kason danced with Ballet Magnificat’s professional training program under the direction of Jiri Voborsky and Kathy Thibodeaux. His focus on conditioning and injury prevention led him to obtain his personal training certification and graduating Summa Cum Laude as a Physical Therapist Assistant. He will be biomechanics in dance that provides information not only for analysis of motion, but for understanding muscle use, forces acting on the body, issues of motor control, and the interaction between any one body part and the body as a whole.

Abigail Vernier
Stage Management Director

Abigail graduated from Southwestern University with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Psychology. She studied stage management, lighting design, and stage performance and was a member of the Stage Management Association. Before joining BAAC, she worked at theatres in and around Houston stage managing plays and musicals. Some of her favorite shows include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, 9 to 5, Once on this Island, and Shrek the Musical Jr.

Tessa Salomone

Ballet Instructor & Director of Contemporary

Tessa completed their MFA in Choreography from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance in London as a Leverhulme Arts Scholar and holds a BFA in Ballet from TCU where they were a Nordan Fine Arts Scholar. Receiving their early training from Fort Bend Academy of Dance, they later studied year round at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, DC and the Joffrey Ballet School Trainee Program in New York City. They toured the tri-state area and North Carolina as a dancer with Ballet for Young Audiences. Tessa danced professionally in Houston and trained and performed in Rome. They were a company member of PDX Contemporary Ballet in Oregon where she had the opportunity to develop her first commissioned work. Their choreographic research examines how dance, as an embodied form of testimony, can heighten the ability to form a connection of kinesthetic empathy between performers and audiences.

Bay Area Arts Conservatory

Contact Information

(281) 949-6484

info@baactx.com

400 Hobbs Rd Ste 203, League City TX 77573

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