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Tina Kay Bohnstedt – Owner and Director
Tina was introduced to ballet as a 9 year old while growing up in the circus in her hometown of Munich, Germany. Her mother decided to have one of the circus dancers, a professional ballet dancer from Poland, give Tina private lessons so Tina would look more graceful on the trapeze.
Tina began her intense dance training at the Heinz-Bosl Stiftung Ballet Academy in Munich in 1981, and received her diploma in 1989. During this time, she was awarded the Junior Gold Medal at the German Ballet Competition (1986) as well as fourth place finalist in the Moscow International Ballet Competition (1989). From 1989 to 1998 she was a principal dancer with the Bavarian State Ballet in Munich.
In 1992 her artistry was recognized with the Bavarian Cultural Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts. She performed a wide range of classical and contemporary roles, including Juliet in John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet, Kitri in Ray Barra’s Don Quixote, Aurora in Peter Wright’s Sleeping Beauty, Mary in John Neumeier’s Nutcracker, Olga in Cranko’s Oniegin and Bianca in Cranko’s Taming of the Shrew. She performed several lead roles in Balanchine pieces (Serenade, Symphony in C, Four Temperaments, Apollo, Who Cares) as well as works by Hans van Manen, Jiri Kylian, Ohad Naharin, Angelin Preliojai, Ulysses Dove, Gerhard Bohner and many others.
Tina toured internationally in China, Italy, Korea, the Philippines, Thailand, Colombia, Peru, Poland, Belarus, Spain, Switzerland and the United States. After moving to San Francisco in September of 1998 Tina became a guest dancer with the Lawrence Pech Dance Company. She joined Bay area professional company Diablo Ballet as a principal in September of 1999 and was featured in many works created for her by the company and guest choreographers such as KT Nelson, Val Caniparoli, Julia Adam, Nikolai Kabaniaev and Viktor Kabaniaev.
In 2007 Tina choreographed her first piece for Diablo Ballet, the critically acclaimed The Mirror. She created several other works for the company including A Tribute to Lena Horne, a piece choreographed in honor of her late mother. She has also choreographed pieces for Kirov Ballet Academy, Northern California Dance Conservatory, Metropolitan Ballet Academy, Colorado Conservatory of Dance, Contra Costa Ballet, Houston Ballet II, Houston Ballet, Uptown Dance Company and Space Coast Ballet Academy. She has also choreographed a number of solos for YAGP competitors and Orlando World Competition.
In 2005 Tina became Director of the Diablo Ballet Apprentice Program and in 2007 also began serving as a Ballet mistress for the company. During this time she served as guest artist and guest teacher for several companies in the San Francisco Bay Area including Smuin Ballet Company, Berkeley Ballet and Contra Costa Ballet. In January of 2011 Tina became faculty member at City Ballet San Francisco. In September 2011 she assumed the position of Ballet Master at Houston Ballet for two seasons. Tina has taught for many other ballet schools and companies including Kirov Ballet Academy, Bavarian State Ballet, Houston Ballet’s Academy, Space Coast Ballet Academy, Northern California Dance Conservatory, Metropolitan Ballet Academy, Panama Ballet, Dominic Walsh Dance Theatre and Colorado Conservatory of Dance.
Dominic Walsh – Guest Instructor/Choreographer
In 2002, Dominic Walsh, Principal Dancer and Choreographer with Houston Ballet, founded his contemporary ballet company, Dominic Walsh Dance Theater. After the company’s debut in February 2003, Dance Magazine declared, “At last Houston has a contemporary dance company on par with its symphony, opera and ballet companies.” Since then, the company has been racking up accolades and honors and has built a stellar reputation for taking the techniques and skills of classical ballet into groundbreaking territory. The company’s roster includes dancers of the highest caliber and its repertoire features inventive works by Walsh and such iconic choreographers as Mats Ek, Jiří Kylián, Mauro Bigonzetti, and Matthew Bourne.
Walsh was born in Elgin, Illinois in 1971 and started his training at an early age with Lisa Boehm, Frank Boehm, Warren Conover, and Larry Long in Chicago. He joined Houston Ballet in 1989, was promoted to Soloist in 1993, and Principal Dancer by 1996. Walsh danced throughout Asia, Europe, and North America receiving praise from international critics including Anna Kisselgoff of the New York Times who called him “impressively virtuosic” and the New York Post’s Clive Barnes who described him as “excellent and exuberant.” Walsh has danced all the major classics including Swan Lake, Giselle, Don Quixote, Romeo & Juliet, and Manon with international stars such as Nina Ananiashvili and Alessandra Ferri.
He danced Houston Ballet’s entire contemporary repertoire, and Ben Stevenson created numerous roles for him including Marc Antony in Cleopatra. Walsh was the inspiration for the lead roles in Natalie Weir’s Steppenwolf and In a Whisper.
Some of the choreographers most influential to his artistic development include Ben Stevenson, Jiří Kylián, Nacho Duato, Natalie Weir, William Forsythe, Glen Tetley, Sir Frederick Ashton, Sir Kenneth MacMillian, George Balanchine, and Christopher Bruce.
In 1998, Walsh created Flames of Eros when Ben Stevenson invited him to choreograph on Houston Ballet. This work won the prestigious Choo-San Goh Award for Choreography. He created three more works for Houston Ballet and Houston Ballet Academy. In June 2004, after 17 years with Houston Ballet, Walsh left to pursue Dominic Walsh Dance Theater full-time.
Walsh won a second Choo-San Goh Award in 2007 for Amadeus for Anita, and received a 2008 Princess Grace Award for Mozart. Walsh was named a winner of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s 2010 National Choreographic Competition, and he was the Audience Choice and one of two Judges’ Award winners in Ballet Austin’s 2010 New American Talent/Dance Choreographic Competition. In 2012 he was inducted into the Fox Valley Hall of Fame. Walsh has been prolific, creating as many as three to five new works each season.
Walsh continues to receive commissions to set and create works nationally and internationally including Teatro di San Carlo, Naples, Italy, Medea (2009) and The Sleeping Beauty (2011); Ballet Florida, Bello (2006); Ballet Quad Cities, The Nutcracker (2008); American Ballet Theatre Studio Company, Alchemy (2004); London Studio Centre, Sub-Luminus (2010); Asami Maki Ballet Tokyo, À Bientot (2006); New National Theatre, Tokyo, Orfeo ed Euridice (2007) and Wolfgang for Webb (2010). After the premiere of Orfeo ed Euridice, critic Ryoko Sasaki wrote: “It is a sophisticated excellent work with meditation and emotion moderately blended with each other.” And critic Akiko Tachiki said: “The choreography in which techniques of classic ballet and contemporary dance fuse was full of deformations and twists, and sparkled with unique originality.” Walsh served as the Resident Choreographer for Sarasota Ballet of Florida, creating/staging Wolfgang for Webb (2008), The Trilogy (2009), and Time out of Line (2011), and travels throughout the U.S. and abroad as a guest teacher and coach for both companies and academies. He recently returned to Japan in Oct. 2015 to stage his Afternoon of a Faun. Walsh also stages the works of his longtime mentor, Ben Stevenson when not creating or staging his own works. The Carl Jung center has shown interest in Walsh’s works and creative process and he has given lectures at Houston’s Jung Center, most recently on his Camille Claudel, titled The Suppression of the Powerful Feminine. He has written for various publications on dance, and was a regular columnist for Origin Magazine. Walsh made his film debut as a co-director at the Brussels Short Film Festival in Spring 2015 with Malta Kano, TX. In 2015 Walsh became a proud father and closed DWDT after 12 seasons. In December he will launce his 200 page photo book he created with company photographer, Gabriella Nissen, titled simply “Dominic Walsh Dance Theater”.
Sandra Rahman – Instructor
Started her first dance studio at age nineteen.
She has been teaching dance for over 40 years. She was a principal dancer with the Lafayette Festival Ballet, the Baton Rouge Ballet Company, Houston Dance Center and the Louisiana Concert Ballet. She has worked with choreographers Agnes De Mille and James Clouser and choreographed for several theaters production groups.
Maria Eugenia Bieberach – Instructor
Studied at Higher College of Ballet in Lima, Peru graduating with honors. Was awarded a scholarship to pursue further training at the Colón Theatre in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Worked for 1 year as staff dancer at the Ballet Municipal de Lima Peru under Lucy Telge and eventually became lecturer at the same company. Was a soloist professional dancer at the National Ballet de Peru for 17 years. Studied Pedagogics in Santiago de Chile. Was evaluated by the Royal Academy of Dance in Great Britain and received a distinction with honors. Has been lecturer and teacher in several Ballet schools in Peru. Ballet Mistress on the faculty of Artisan School of Dance in Houston, TX (June 2006 — September 2008).
Guest teacher at Western Ballet in Mountain View CA, summer program (July- August.2008). Taught at San Jose Ballet School in Silicon Valley CA (September 2008 – June 2009). Returned to Artisan School of Dance as Ballet Mistress (August 2009 —December 2015) Has choreographed many dances in Acts I and Il of Nutcracker productions as well as Sleeping Beauty, and Coppelia.
Lindsay Cortner – Instructor
Began her ballet and contemporary training with Carolyn Gulledge and Beth Gulledge-Brown at Carol Ehler Dance School at the age of 13. She continued to train with them throughout high school at Uptown Dance Centre. She gained performance experience with the school’s second company until 2002, when she moved to New York to study in the Fordham/Ailey BFA program. There, Lindsay trained under Ana Marie Forsythe, Tracey Inman, and Milton Meyers, and performed works by Karen Arceneaux and Sidra Bell. She moved back to Houston to join the Uptown Dance Centre faculty, teaching Horton technique and creative movement, and she became a member of Uptown’s professional company in its seminal year.
Still at Uptown Dance Company, Lindsay has performed works by Sandra Organ in her company EVSODC, as well as works by Jane Weiner in the show entitled “One Step Promenade.” During her time with Uptown, she has had the opportunity to work with noted choreographers Tina Kay Bohnstedt, Marcello De Sa Martins, Randall Flynn, Cecelia Marta, Alex Pandiscio, Slam, Max Stone, Chet Walker, and Beth Gulledge-Brown. Lindsay graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of St. Thomas in 2013. She completed the Foundation and Advanced Forrest Yoga Teacher Trainings in 2013 and 2015, respectively, and she now teaches as a Level 2 Certified Forrest Yoga Instructor.
Mrince Williams – Instructor
Graduate of Klein High School, 2015.
Formerly a dancer with Fly Dance Company, Sky Dreams and Chucke’s Choreography. Assistant Choreographer with Sky Dreams. Currently dancer and Choreographer with SoReal Performing Arts Center and JD Showtime.
12+ years in Dance, Experienced Performer plus training in Choreography, Hip-hop, Breakdancing, Housing and various Latin Style Dances including Salsa, Bachata, Merengue. Studied basics for Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Lyrical and Contemporary. Break Dancing: Advanced skill set includes but is not limited to: Suicide, Flare, Swipes, Kip-up, 1990’s, Freezes, Knee Spin, Freestyle and many other combinations.