MEET OUR STAFF

 


kristy

KRISTY O'CONNELL

• Faculty member of British Ballet Academy for 28 years

• Director and Choreographer for Ballet, Tap and Jazz

• TATD member for 25 years and has served on the board of directors.

• Associate member of the National dance Association

• Associate member of the International Tap Association

• 1983 and 1984 Senior Texas Division Winner Jazz Competition

1984-1987 UTEP Golddigger, performer, choreographer

1986 National Spirit Association Competition First Place

Winner under direction of Paula Abdul at U. C. Santa Barbara

 

Kristy's professional choreography credits include work with the late Sherman Hemsley for a tribute to our military, commercials for El Paso, Stewart Title and the El Paso Water Utilities.

 

 

 


amy

amy cataldi

• British Ballet Academy dancer for 15 years

• Faculty member of British Ballet Academy for 16 years

• Children's Work Assistant Instructor for 4 years

• Office Manager for 12 years

• Two time Disney Magic Music Days performer

• Orange Bowl Performer

• UTEP graduate

 

As a graduate from UTEP with a degree in Corporate and Organization Communications and a minor in Business Administration, Amy runs the accounting department at her family business during the day and is the office manager at British Ballet Academy during it's hours of operation.

 

 

 


erica

Erica Salazar

• British Ballet Academy dancer for 21 years

• Faculty member of British Ballet Academy for 10 years

• Ballet Director

• Instructor and Choreographer for Ballet and Jazz

• TATD member for 1 year

• Certified TATD ballet instructor

• UTEP graduate

 

 

Erica's performances include the Alamo Bowl, Sugar Bowl, UTEP halftime show, Disney Magic Music Days and Knotts Berry Farm. 

 

 


ivan

ivan marquez

• Faculty member of British Ballet Academy for 4 years

• Instructor and Choreographer for Hip-Hop

• Former Hip-Hop Instructor and Choreographer in Chula Vista, California at Step It Up and at Semeneya in San Antonio, Texas

• A UTSA alumnus

 

 

 

Ivan's professional competitive dance credits include World of Dance, Faction S.I.U, Unified Soul and others.  Ivan is quick to credit his parents for his involvement in the performing arts.  His mother, Wendy Perez was a singer and dancer and his father, Rudy Marquez was a musician and dancer.

 

 


jules 

jules maldonado

Bio coming soon

 

 

 

 


itzel 

itzel balboa

• Faculty member of British Ballet Academy for 2 years

• Dance styles include Ballet, Jazz, Jazz Funk, Hip-Hop and Contemporary

• UTEP graduate

 

 

 

Itzel's competitive dance credits include World of Dance; Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles and Chicago.  She has also had the honor of dancing for Weird Al Yankovic, the Aida Opera, The Nutcracker and has danced in opening shows for K-Ci & JoJo and Jenni Rivera.

 

 

 


bailey

Bailey Hollis

• British Ballet Academy dancer for 14 years

• Faculty member of British Ballet Academy for 3 years

• Instructor for Ballet and Jazz

• Dance styles include Pointe, Jazz, Tap and Hip-Hop

• UTEP student

 

 

 

Bailey's performances include the Valero Alamo Bowl and the Champs Sports Bowl.

 

 

 


hallie

Hallie Anglade

• British Ballet Academy dancer for 18 years

• Faculty member of British Ballet Academy for 6 years

• Assistant Instructor for Children's Work

 

 

 

 

Hallie is currently a student at UTEP with a desire to join the military in the near future.

 


daniela

Daniela Samaniego

• British Ballet Academy dancer for 12 years

• Faculty member of British Ballet Academy for 1 year

• Dance styles include Pointe and Jazz

• St. Raphaels student

 

 

 

Daniela was a junior assistant volunteer in the jazz 1 and combo class for 1 year. She has also performed at the 2016 Valero Alamo Bowl. 

 


gaby

gaby samaniego

• British Ballet Academy dancer for 13 years

• Faculty member of British Ballet Academy for 2 years

• Dance styles include Pointe and Jazz

• Loretto Academy student

 

 

 

Gaby was a junior assistant volunteer in Ballet I, Jazz I and the children's combo class for 2 years.  She is a 2013 Holiday Bowl and 2016 Valero Alamo Bowl performer.

 


robby

robby olmos

• British Ballet Academy dancer for 10 years

• Faculty member of British Ballet Academy for 2 years

• Eastwood High School student

 

 

 

 

Robby performed in the 2016 Valero Alamo Bowl.

 


haleigh

Haleigh Tomasello

• British Ballet Academy dancer for 14 years

• Faculty member of British Ballet Academy for 3 years

• Dance styles include Pointe, Tap and Jazz

• 2015 Pulse Tour dance student

• Chapin High School student

• Chapin Legends Dance Company Captain

 

Haleigh's performances include the Orange Bowl, Champs Bowl, El Paso Chihuahuas Baseball, UTEP Basketball, and El Paso's "Spooktacular". In her spare time she has choreographed for quinceañeras, weddings, and she also choreographed a number for the school musical - Godspell.  Haleigh has also attended the UTEP Gold Diggers Dance camp every summer for the past 3 years.

 

 

 


ray

Ray Alba

• Former Los Angeles, California dancer

• Dance styles include Jazz, Hip-Hop, Ballet, Contemporary and Salsa

• UTEP's "Desert Dance" student organization President Officer

• A UTEP alumnus

 

 

 

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Ray began dancing while still in high school and moved to El Paso to pursue a dance degree at UTEP.  He has performed in the UTEP faculty dance show for the past two years and has been invited to various dance conventions.  This is Ray's first year as part of the British Ballet Academy faculty. 

 

 

 


rebekah

REbekah muñoz

• British Ballet Academy dancer for 15 years

• Faculty member of British Ballet Academy for 1 year

• UTEP senior

 

 

 

Rebekah's performances include the 2013 El Paso Youth Ballet production of Cinderella and many UTEP productions. This year when she attended the TATD convention Rebekah was asked to be a protege for the ballet instructor Libby Lovejoy she is working towards her TATD certification.  She has also performed as a back up dancer for Weird Al Yankovic.  Rebekah will be graduating from UTEP in the spring of 2017 with a BA in Dance Education.

 

 

 


tori

Tori Brookshire

• British Ballet Academy dancer for 16 years

• Faculty member of British Ballet Academy for 1 year

• Former Eastwood High School Advanced Dance and Saltatrix performer

• Disney Performing Arts workshop participant at Disneyland in California

• 2015 Pulse Tour dance student

• UTEP and EPCC student

 

Tori has performed in the Orange Bowl and the Holiday Bowl. She works part-time at her parent's business, Eastwood Locksmith, and this year she will be assisting in the Jazz 3 class.  She is currently attending UTEP and EPCC working to get into the Dental Hygiene Program.

 


victoria

victoria flores 

• British Ballet Academy dancer for 15 years

• Faculty member of British Ballet Academy for 1 year

• Former El Dorado High School DECA Secretary

• EPCC student

 

 

Victoria's performances include Champs Sports Bowl, Holiday Bowl, and Universal Studios Macy's Parade. Her love for dance led her to skip her high school graduation in order to perform at the annual recital.  Victoria also does choreography for quinceañeras in her spare time. She is currently attending EPCC before transferring to UTEP.