WFYB Faculty

Wichita Falls Youth Ballet has the area's most accomplished dance instructors, each of whom brings their own personal approach to the studio. See below who they are:

Nicolina Lawson

Instructor:Ballet/ Advanced Modern

 

Nicolina Lawson received her pre professional training in Royal Academy of Dance from Cindy Michaels and Jackie Colosio at Redding Ballet Academie in California. She has attended both Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet Pre-Professional Program; studying with Alonzo King and Summer Lee Rhatigan, and The Mark Morris Summer Intensive at Cornish College of the Arts. Additional people she has had the opportunity to work with include Robert Mosses, Arturo Fernandez, Julie Tobiason, Mishic and Val Liberatore, Meg Potter, Debra Rose, Katherine Warren and J.B Sullivan.
In 2000 she was invited to join Redding City Ballet. She has performed numerous principal roles in Redding City Ballet’s The Nutcracker as well as Fairy of the Dawn in Appalachian Spring, The Flower Seller in Gaite Parisienne, Lilac Fairy in Sleeping Beauty and Kitri in their production of Don Quixote. She has also been cast in numerous repertory pieces and contemporary works in their collaboration with the Shasta College Dance Festivals. In 2006 Nicolina moved to Venice and she became part of the performing company for Teatro De La Danza Italia – Ballet School of Pordenone directed by Salvatore Gagliardi and Stefania Sandrin. In 2010 she relocated with her husband to Anchorage and joined Alaska Dance Theatre as a project dancer in Gilmer Duran’s world premiere of Yup’ik (Swan Lake). In 2012 Nicolina joined Momentum Dance Collective performing in numerous repertory pieces and collaborative new choreography. One project included vertical and aerial dancing, training with Project Bandaloop, and a collaboration of Anchorage’s The Light Brigade. Currently she is an instructor and choreographer at Wichita Falls Youth Ballet directed by Mishic Marie Liberatore and Valentine Liberatore, as well as a company member of Contemporary Ballet Dallas and Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet.
When in Europe Nicolina taught creative movement at Aviano Air Force Base. In Anchorage she taught ballet, modern and jazz dance at Alaskan Dance Theatre and University of Anchorage Alaska, as well as Stott Pilates at Core Pilates Alaska. With Momentum Dance Collective sh participated in dance outreach programs across the cities elementary schools, high schools, and theaters. She has Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Administration and Marketing.

Margaret Gray

Instructor: Ballet

 

Margaret trained at the San Francisco Ballet School under the tutelage of Anatole Vilzak and Mme. Ludmilla Schollar. She received her training as a teacher from pedagogue Nolan Dingman in Hawaii.

 

During her performing career Margaret danced with San Francisco Ballet, San Francisco Opera Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Hawaii Ballet Theatre, and Ballet Hawaii, the latter to which she served as Ballet Mistress until returning to the mainland in 1989.

 

Margaret shared the stage with such celebrated dancers as Cynthia Gregory, Ivan Nagy, Cynthia Harvey, Soili Arvola, and Yoko Morishta.  She has worked with renowned choreographers Todd Bolender, Dennis Nahat, Leo Ahonen, John McFall, Lew Christensen, and Tom Pazik.

 

Margaret’s students have been accepted into ballet schools, programs and companies across North America including American Ballet Theatre, Kirov Academy,  North Carolina School of the Arts, Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, and Joffrey Ballet. Regionally, her students have been accepted to Tulsa Ballet, Ballet Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain, University of Oklahoma Dance Department and Modern Repertory Dance Theatre.

 

Margaret pioneered Lawton’s 1991 production of the Nutcracker serving as both ballet mistress and project director.  She has taught master classes for Ballet Hawaii, Wichita Falls Ballet Theatre, and the annual Mid-America Dance Network conferences.

 

Margaret was Founding Artistic Director of Lawton City Ballet.  During the period 1992 – 2011 she presented more than 60 main stage performances with a total outreach Impact of more than 75,000 people.  Performing venues included the Simmons Center Theatre in Duncan, McMahon Memorial Auditorium in Lawton, and as far west as the historic Ramona Theatre in Frederick, Oklahoma.  She was also responsible for inviting dozens of international guest artists from around the globe to share the stage with LCB, with many provided by San Francisco Ballet.

 

Regarding continuing dance education, from 2002 - 2012 Margaret has enjoyed a long-standing professional relationship with Tulsa Ballet, a company continuously ranked as one of the top ten professional ballet companies in the U.S.  This association has allowed Margaret to observe and interact with many world renowned ballet teachers, domestic and international, who guest teach for Tulsa Ballet’s Center for Dance Education’s annual “Pointe to the Future” Summer Intensive Workshop.

 

 

 

Kathryn Johnson

Instructor: Lyrical/Jazz/Hip Hop

 

Kathryn (Kat) Johnson has been involved with community theatre for five years. She has performed in Gypsy, CATS, Mary Poppins, Chicago, Beauty and the Beast, Annie Get Your Gun, Footloose, Hairspray, and Zombie Prom. She has been dancing with the Wichita Falls Youth Ballet for three years, focusing on ballet and modern dance. 

With vocal training for over ten years, Johnson received numerous soloist awards at State Solo and Ensemble during her high school years. Johnson is also trained in many styles of dance including: jazz, tap, modern, and hip hop. Kat is currently studying art at Midwestern State University. Her other hobbies include knitting and reading.

Anastasia Myers

Instructor Lyrical/Jazz/Hip Hop

 

Anastasia (Asha) Myers has trained in many dance styles over the past 19 years including Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Contemporary, Modern, Hip-hop, Musical Theatre, and even Acrobatics. She has attended many workshops and conventions throughout the years including LADF, LADM, Showstoppers, The Beat Dance, and OKLA, where she received training from renowned dancers and choreographers such as Stephen “Twitch" Boss (SYTYCD, Step Up movie series), Courtney Galiano (SYTYCD), Neil Haskell (SYTYCD), Mary Ann Lamb (Chicago The Movie, Broadway) and many more. She has also received training at Broadway Dance Center in New York City under contemporary choreographers Tracie Stanfield and Ashle Dawson.

When not busy with dance, Asha enjoys being a part of musical theatre productions and has been in numerous shows at the Wichita Theatre since 2008. Her favorites roles have been The Leopard (dance soloist) in Tarzan, and Victoria ('the white kitty') in CATS.

She has been teaching Jazz, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, and Hip-Hop classes for the past 5 years and feels very blessed to be entering her 2nd dance year teaching with the Wichita Falls Youth Ballet.

She is currently a Business Major at Midwestern State University and is very dedicated to her studies, making President and Provost Honor Rolls in the 2015-2016 academic year. 

 

Where to Find the Studio

Wichita Falls Youth Ballet

1501 Midwestern Parkway

#116

 

Phone: 940-733-3325

 

Email: wfyouthballet@gmail.com

 

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Studio Hours

Monday 3:30-6:00

Tuesday- 3:30-6:00

Wednesday 3:30-6:00

Thursday 3:30-6:00

Friday 3:30-6:00

Saturday- 10:00-12:00

Sunday- CLOSED

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