Welcome! Friday 12/2/2016     4:11 PM  

Our Instructors

Suzanne Semans Basic Ballet, Beginning Ballet, Intermediate Ballet, Advanced Ballet, Teen Ballet, Pre-Pointe, Pointe, Beginning Tap, Teen Tap, Intermediate Tap, Intermediate Teen Tap, Preschool Ballet/Tap, Adult Tap
Lyndsay Lunsmann Musical Theater, Beginning Jazz, Beg/Int Jazz, Teen Jazz, Intermediate Jazz, Advanced Jazz, Competitive Dance
Nikki Wuertz Acting III and Acting IV
Winkie Ballas Jamail Acting I and Acting II

More about our Instructors:

Suzanne Semans began her studio in 1967, in the Memorial, West Houston area.  She trained in Houston under Patsy Durante, Maxine Asbury, Vezee Edwards and Cecil Pickett.  She was a member of the Houston Civic Ballet and a dancer with the Houston Grand Opera.  She choreographed ballets for the Houston Civic Ballet and City Ballet as well as taught summer workshops in the Houston area.  She continued her training in New York with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo Company.  Suzanne also worked with several musical theatre companies in and around the New York area.

Since opening her studio she has had two musical theatre companies, "The Top Hats" and "Doin What Matters," of which she was the artistic director.  The "Doin What Matters" company was the first musical theatre company to perform in the new Hobby Zilka Hall.  She has had two studios in Houston, one in Dallas and has taught in New York and Europe.

Lyndsay Lunsmann has studied dance for 25 years.  She studied primarily at Abbott’s Performing Arts Center in Houston for 16 years, under Miss Paula Abbott and Kristen Belknap Vickers and was a part of the teaching staff for 4 years. Also, Lyndsay studied at Cypress Academy for 8 years.  Miss Lyndsay was also an 11-year member of the Abbott’s dance competition team.  She was awarded Miss Starbound in 2004-2005 and “Future Star Award” from Dance Spirit Magazine in 2005.  Miss Lyndsay attended the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston for two years where she was a dance major, then graduated from Cypress Falls High School.  Lyndsay has performed in three musical performances at the Theater Under the Stars (TUTS) between 2003-2005 including Brigadoon, A Chorus Line, and Singin’ in the Rain. After high school in 2005, she went to work for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines as entertainer/dancer.  Then, she attended Sam Houston State University, graduated with honors in December 2009 with a BFA in Dance.  While at SHSU, she received the prestigious Mary Ella Montague Scholarship for outstanding Dance Major.  During her spare time or lack there of, she performs with a modern/fire dance company called ChinaCat Productions. She started a competition team 6 years ago at Suzanne Semans Studio and can't wait for more years to come. 

Nikki Wuertz is originally from San Antonio, Texas. She began her theatre career in the classroom, inspired by an incredible teacher, and forever cultivating a great love of theatre education. She gained her BA in Theatre Arts from Hendrix College (Conway, Arkansas). During her undergraduate studies she was fortunate enough to also study at Birkbeck College, University of London (London, England). She then went on to receive her Master of Fine Arts degree in Acting from Louisiana State University, where she taught under-graduate acting for two years, and was a member of Swine Palace’s equity resident acting company. After taking some time off to start a family, Nikki found herself in Houston, Texas, teaching with the Alley Theatre’s department of Education and Community Engagement. She is now excited to be joining the team at Suzanne Semans Studio!

Winkie Ballas Jamail  has over thirty years of experience as a Producer/ Writer/ Vocalist/ Dancer/ Actress/ Educator. She teaches Acting I and II and holds two yearly shows showcasing each student in musical theatre roles, giving them a true stage experience. Winkie has performed at the MGM Arena in Vegas and at Caesar’s in Tahoe - live shows for CBS, ABC, A&E and ESPN. She was cast as Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar with Equinox Theatre; toured the US as lead vocalist for the Jimmy Clanton Showband; performed live at the Royal Albert Hall in England for the Dual of the Giants; produced and directed Houston Performs America!; past and present freelances include appearances in multiple venues as a Special Artist. She is also a Certified Educational Consultant, specializing in Classroom Management and Differentiated Instruction in acting, music, and dance for grades Pre-K through 12. Winkie states, “After working with children through young adults for over thirty years, I know for a fact, those who develop their artistic side are more likely to succeed in reaching their hearts desires.”



 

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