Suzanne Banbury - Artistic
Mrs Banbury studied extensively in New York City with the American Ballet Theater, Mia Slavenska, Robert Joffrey, Matt Mattox, Martha Graham, Alvin Alley, and David Howard. She performed professionally with the Houston Music Theater. Mrs Banbury has been teaching in Houston for more than thirty-five years and has had students accepted to the San Francisco Ballet School, the School of American Ballet (NYCB), the Boston School of Ballet, the Milwaukee School of Ballet, Ballet/Aspen, and the Austin Ballet.
Lori Barzilla - Instructor
Mrs Barzilla began her dance training at the age of eight with the Banbury School of Dance. She danced with the Allegro Civic ballet and went with them to Poland on a five-week dance exchange program. She has also danced with the Discovery Dance Group and Dance Arts Company in Houston. Mrs Barzilla has studied in New York with Robert Joffrey, Ron Forello, Bob Audy, JoJo, and the American Ballet Theater Ballet School. She has been teaching at Banbury for nineteen years. Mrs Barzilla has had students accepted to Joffrey Ballet, Alvin Alley, Ballet/Aspen, and the Austin Ballet.
Scarlett Banbury - Instructor
Scarlett has been teaching dance in the Houston area for over 15 years. She is a native Houstonian and second generation dance instructor. She began her dance training at age 2 at Banbury School of Dance. Scarlett spent summers in New York City studying different styles of dance including Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Modern and African dance. Scarlett studied Ballet with Houston Ballet’s Andrea Vodehnal and Jazz with Kenneth Epting, founder of Exclamation Dance Company. Scarlett was chosen to perform several times in the Houston International Festival, Galveston’s Dickens on the Strand and a multitude of performances at Banbury School of Dance. She was also selected for a part in Houston Grand Opera’s production of “Manon”. Scarlett was introduced to the world of competitive gymnastics when she was hired to coach elite level gymnasts on the Junior & Women’s USA Olympic Team. Scarlett had the honor of teaching Mary Lou Retton’s daughters who are also gymnasts. She is a member of the Texas Association of Teachers of Dancing and PhysicalMind Institute in New York City, where she was certified to instruct Pilates.
Ms Ashley - Instructor
A native Houstonian, Ashley began her training at Banbury School of Dance when she was 8 years old and completed her teaching apprenticeship training at 15. After graduation, she continued her dance education at Belhaven College and University of Houston. She has been fortunate to study several styles of dance including Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Pointe under many instructors including Suzanne Banbury; Kenneth Epting, founder of Exclamation Dance Company; Laura Morton, former instructor at Houston Ballet; Karen Stokes, founder of Travesty Dance Group; Steven and Britta Wynne, founders of At Marah Dance Company and many others. She also had the honor to perform professionally with the Sandra Organ Dance Company. She has been teaching for over ten years and has performed and taught at Banbury School as well as managed dance programs and instructed at Parker Elementary, Dancescape by Joyce, Yellowstone Academy, Spring Creek Athletics and Discover Gymnastics. Ashley is thrilled, honored and excited to be back at Banbury School of Dance!
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