Catriona Steel has been teaching dance for the past thirty years, both in the United States and Europe. Mrs. Steel is a certified teacher of the Royal Academy of Dance and holds teaching certificates in many disciplines with the British Association of Teachers of Dancing. In 2011, Mrs. Steel and Allegro West were honored with the School Recognition award presented by the American Ballet Competition. The same year, Ms. Steel was also awarded 'Outstanding Teacher' by Youth America Grand Prix. Her dedication to her pupils has gained them entry into some of the most prestigious schools worldwide including the Royal Ballet School, School of American Ballet and the Bolshoi Ballet School.
Lynsey Steel has been dancing since the age of 4 and grew through the Royal Academy of Dance system, perfoming well in her examinations from pre-primary through Advanced One. While training with Allegro West, Lynsey performed with Allegro Ballet of Houston and was able to perform throughout the Southwest region, Germany and Austria. After high school, Lynsey attended the University of Oklahoma on a Ballet Performance scholarship. There, she studied with Donn Edwards, Steve Brule, and Mary Margaret Holt. She performed George Balanchine’s ‘Serenade’ and Petipa’s ‘La Bayadere‘ with Oklahoma Festival Ballet, as well as original works by Jeremy Lindberg. Lynsey has been a member of Uptown Dance Company and Mix Tape Contemporary Company, performing works by notable choreographers including Chet Walker. Lynsey won the Youth America Grand Prix ‘Outstanding Choreographer’ award in 2009 and the ‘Outstanding Teacher’ award in 2012.
Ruthie Pegg began her training with Catriona Steel and trained in the R.A.D. program through Advanced One. She also spent time training at the Houston Ballet Academy, performing with Allegro Ballet of Houston, and gaining musical theater experience with Joyful Sound! Choir. Upon graduation from high school, Ruthie received the HCYA Award for Excellence in Fine Arts. In 2006, Ruthie went to Belhaven University on a dance scholarship, and graduated with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance in 2010.She trained with dance names including Cynthia Newland, Ravenna Tucker, Stephen Wynne, Britta Wynne, Caleb Mitchell and Laura Morton. Ruthie performed in several original works and classical works set by these and other choreographers. While in college, she was voted to receive the Diaknos Award for outstanding service to the Dance Department, and also served as Stage Manager for multiple productions.
Beryl Poon Stoutenberg
Beryl is a registered teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance and also holds teaching certificates in PMI Pilates, artistic gymnastics and aquatics. After graduating from school, she studied Dance and Kinesiology at the University of Calgary. Beryl began her career performing such shows as La Bayadere and KPMGs Centennial celebration (TV and radio). She has performed with and choreographed for Boney M, Econoline Crush, Snoop Dogg and Vince Neil. She has worked with companies such as Maxim Magazine, Urban Male Magazine, Bacardi and Benson; Hedges Extreme Sports and Music Series. In 2010, Beryl was a representative for Canadian arts and culture at the World Expo in Shanghai. Beryl has won numerous choreography awards in dance and gymnastics. Her commitment to her students has helped them continue in their studies at The National Ballet of Canada, Royal Winnipeg Ballet and Cirque du Soleil.
Jennifer is a native Houstonian. She has been teaching dance in the area for six years. Jennifer began dancing at the age of three – studying Tap, Ballet, Jazz and Lyrical. She trained for her Royal Academy of Dance (R.A.D.) ballet exams with Catriona Steel. She competed competitively at a Regional and National level for eleven years and performed with the Steven Boyd Dance Ensemble. She has continued her studies at Tapestry Dance Company’s Soul to Soul Tap Festival in Austin and has attended many teacher convention classes. Jennifer looks forward to sharing her love of dance and music with her students.
J. Cortney Palomo
J. Cortney Palomo, of Dallas, Texas began his dance training at the age of 11. He attended Booker T. Washington HSPVA (Arts Magnet), Dallas' distinguished performing arts high school and upon graduation, he was awarded a full scholarship to the internationally renowned Juilliard School in New York City. There he quickly found his passion for tap ("hoofing") through confidante Savion Glover. He had the privilege of training under and working with such famed dancers as Twyla Tharp, David Howard, Dianne Walker, Jimmy Slyde, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Charles Honi Coles, Henry LeTang, Trey McIntyre, Benjamin Harkarvy, Ben Stevenson, Finis Jung, Mark Dendy, Rhonda Miller, Gregory Hines and The Nicholas Brothers just to name a few. Cortney built his professional career working with such prestigious companies as Tulsa Ballet Theatre, Ballet Dallas, Fort Worth/Dallas Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Houston Ballet, and The Washington Ballet. His experience and expertise allowed him to be one of the original cast members of EFX at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, as well as be selected as a featured dancer in the movie "DanceCuba, Dreams of Flight". After nearly two decades of touring nationally and internationally, Cortney has moved to Houston, Texas and is proud to call it home.
Courtney Myers is from Houston, Texas. She graduated Cum Laude from Point Park University with a B.F.A. in Dance, where she had the opportunity to perform works by Doug Bentz, Garfield Lemonius, Ron Tassone, Kassandra Taylor and Marissa Balzer. In 2009 she graduated from the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston and received the Martha Lappe Scholarship. Courtney was trained by Catriona Steel for her R.A.D. exams through Advanced Two in which she achieved honors. Courtney also attended Houston Ballet Academy for a few years. She has continued her studies at Steps on Broadway and intensives at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, River North Dance Chicago, Leon Dance NY and Movement Invention Project. Courtney attended many conventions and competitions growing up including NYCDA, L.A. Danceforce, L.A. Dance Magic and Dance Masters of America in which she received many scholarships. She was honored to be Dance Masters of America's Chapter 3 Miss Dance of Texas in 2009. Courtney received the 2010 George Leon Memorial Choreography Award and the 2010 4-Phase Overall Excellence Award presented by Dance Masters of America. Courtney recently finished a dance contract with Royal Caribbean International onboard the Majesty of the Seas and performing with Michael Susten Company in New York City.