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: 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: Advanced 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.

 

 

Ashlen Loskot

Instructor: Ballet

 

Ashlen Loskot began her dance training at the age of 2 ½ . For the first 17 years, she received her
training from Patricia Thornton and Gari Bohem at Bohem Ballet Academy of Dance. Upon their
retirement, she had continued her dance instruction with Mishic and Val Liberatore of Wichita Falls
Youth Ballet. In addition, over the past 10 years she has had several opportunities to work with the
renowned Ron Cunningham, Artistic Director of Sacramento Ballet.
In 2007 Ashlen became a company member of the Wichita Falls Ballet Theatre and has performed
numerous soloist roles, in Aladdin’s Quest, Hansel & Gretel, Frog Prince, Rumpelstiltskin, and Doll
Maker’s Dream. Ashlen has performed soloist roles such as Snow Queen, Dew Drop, Arabian Princess
and Butterfly in the Wichita Falls Ballet Theatre’s production of The Nutcracker. Her most recent roles
with the Wichita Falls Ballet Theatre were as the principle dancer, Cowgirl Annie in the Western Ballet,
Titania in A Midsummer’s Night Dream and Snow White in Once Upon a Ballet.
In the summer of 2015, Ashlen auditioned and was accepted to dance professionally with the Dallas Neo
Classical Ballet Company for the season of 2015-2016.
In the summers of 2014 and 2017, she performed with the Wichita Theatre in the role of Demeter in
CATS the musical. Also, at the Wichita Theatre, she danced the role of ChaCha in Grease and performed
the role of Arista, one of Ariel’s sisters, in The Little Mermaid in the theatre’s 2016 season.
She is currently a senior at Midwestern State University and will be graduating this December with a
degree in Exercise Physiology. She aspires to help injured dancers continue what they love to do,
dance… but first, she will pursue opportunities and possibilities in musical theatre.

Michael Sherry

Instructor: Ballet

Michael Sherry is thrilled to be joining the staff at the Wichita Falls Youth Ballet. After working regionally and on the road professionally Michael first came to Wichita Falls to dance for the Wichita Falls Ballet Theatre.  Michael is now the Artistic Director of Backdoor Theatre.  In addition to his avidness for horseback riding and James Bond movies Michael has performed in many regions over the country singing and dancing.  NY Credits: Chicago, The Country Club, Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”.  Other Credits: Phantom of the Opera, A Chorus Line, Oklahoma!, Big River, …Charlie Brown, Westside Story,.  Dance: Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Doll Maker’s Dream, Landscape Ever Changing (Tera Nova Ballet).  Special thanks to the collaborative efforts from the Wichita Falls Ballet Theatre, support from Backdoor Theatre, the actors and dancers willing to take this journey, and to my ballerina wife who got me here in the first place. 

 

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.

Lori Spencer

Instructore: Jazz 

 

Lori Spencer is returning to the WFYB to teach Jazz 1 & 2 this year.  She has been involved with dance and cheer for over 20 years and looks forward to teaching Jazz again to the younger generation of WFYB dancers. 

 

Lori began dancing in her hometown of Victoria, TX as a child, and continued training throughout high school.  While attending high school, she danced with a dance team that competed across the United States.  During this time, she had the opportunity to train with choreographer, Laura Klimist, who was a student of both Martha Graham and Twyla Tharp.  The teaching she received from Mrs. Klimist was inspirational and the motivation she needed to continue dancing in college.   

 

While at Texas A&M University, she danced with the A&M Dance Company performing regionally.  Lori then transferred to Texas State University to complete her education and danced with the Texas State Dance Group.  She performed interpretive and contemporary dance in San Marcos, TX.

 

After graduating from college, Lori taught drill team and cheer for several Texas High Schools.  She married Bart Spencer and moved to Wichita Falls 8 years ago where she taught at Dance Etc., before joining the WFYB family in 2012.  Most recently, Lori was the Spirit Coordinator at Christ Academy where she was in charge of cheer and the elementary pep squad.

 

Lori holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas State University in Fashion Merchandising with teacher certification, and a Masters degree in Education Counseling from Concordia University.   She and Bart have 2 children.  She enjoys being a sports mom to their son Maddux and loves the opportunity to be with their daughter McKena as she dances with the WFYB.        

Erin Sherry

Ballet Instructor

 
Erin Sherry is a native of Wichita Falls and was a member of the Wichita Falls Ballet Theatre for 20 years. She appeared  in many performances of the Nutcracker where she took on several different roles including Sugar Plum, Russian, Rat Queen and Snow Queen. Since leaving the ballet she has been very active with Backdoor Theatre where her husband is also the artistic director. Erin has performed in several productions including Cassie in A Chorus Line, Sally Bowles in Cabaret, and Louise in Gypsy just to name a few. She is beyond thrilled to be returning to the studio to teach this year.

Anastasia Myers

Guest 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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