Anna Sessions | Director of Dance : Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, Contemporary and Modern Instructor
Anna Sessions is originally from Fairfield, Texas. She trained under Lydia Spano (Pacific Northwest Ballet, Ballet Austin, Ballet Magnificat!) and Natalie George at Joy’s School of Dance in Waco, Texas. Anna also graduated with her Associate of Arts Degree from Mclennan Community College in Waco, Texas. As a student she trained during the summers (2009-2013) at Ballet Magnificat! Summer Intensive in Jackson, Mississippi and also at Ballet Academy East in New York City. In 2012 and 2013 she was selected to be a part of the pre-professional company at Ballet Magnificat! Summer Intensives.
Anna was accepted into the Ballet Magnificat! Trainee Program as a Trainee II in the fall of 2013. During her years as a Trainee II, she was also a part of the Events Company at Ballet Magnificat!. Anna toured nationally and internationally for two years as a part of the Events Company. In July of 2015 Anna was invited to be a Company Apprentice with Ekklesia Contemporary Ballet. She toured nationally with the company during that year, and performed many leading roles. Anna was invited to become a Company Artist at Vivid Ballet in July of 2016 and finished her last season with the company in June of 2017.
She is currently a Company Member with Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet in Dallas, Texas. Her repertory includes various original works by Kathy Thibodeaux, Jiri Sebastian Voborsky, Caleb Mitchell, Vincent Hardy, Durell Comedy, Victor Lazano, Steve Rooks, Elizabeth McMillan, Erin Boone, and Emilie Skinner. She has also been teaching all styles of dance to all ages for over 10 years, and has been trained in with experience teaching Vagonova, Balanchine, Cecchetti and RAD methods. From 2008-2013 Anna owned and directed her own ballet school in Fairfield, Texas. She has also been a Guest Instructor at The Dance Company’s Summer Dance Intensive (2014-2016) in Madison, Alabama. Anna has taught for over 10 different ballet schools and dance academies across the country, as well as serving as the Ballet Mistress for a Different Drum Dance Company at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. She is thrilled to be directing the Dance Program at LCFA, and looks forward to sharing the joy of dance with all of our students!
Amanda Gohring | Hip Hop, Tap, Jazz, Musical Theatre and Ballet Instructor / Administrator
Amanda Gohring a.k.a. "A-Go," is a choreographer, teacher, artistic director, and dancer, whom began dancing at three years old. She has studied tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, modern, and contemporary from Natalie George, Meredith Sutton, Brooke Schlecte and Joy Burkhart at Joy’s School of Dance in Waco, Texas. She has also traveled to places such as Miami, Los Angeles, and New York City to train with Will Adams (Willdabeast), Tyce Diorio, Jojo Gomez, Janelle Ginestra, Tricia Miranda, David Moore, Candace Brown, and many other amazing artists and creators. She has also trained in all styles of dance at conventions such as: The Pulse, Monsters of Hip Hop, The Drop Off, TATD and Dance REVOLUTION.
She is a past staff member at JSOD (Joy’s School of Dance) and past Co-Director for Miriam’s Army Directors as well as a current member of TATD (Texas Association of Teacher’s of Dancing). She received a BBA through Tarleton State University with a focus in Marketing.
Amanda, in her career, has choreographed for Baylor Dance Company, Austin Ballet, CenTex AllStars, 4 Waco, Texas high school drill teams, and Shirley McPhail School of Dance based in Austin, Texas. She has also been a hip hop guest faculty instructor at the convention, TATD (Texas Association of Teachers of Dancing).
Amanda is currently on her 10 th year of teaching! She is very excited to share her passion for all styles of dance!
Stephanie Browne | Ballet, Tap, and Jazz Instructor
Stephanie Browne is a Dallas native. After high school, she moved to Jackson, Mississippi, where she was a trainee with Ballet Magnificat!, the world’s premiere Christian Ballet Company. Stephanie has had numerous performing opportunities all over the world including the Young Tanzsommer Program in high school and traveling to Honduras with Ballet Magnificat!. While at Ballet Magnificat! she performed at churches, local private and public schools, inner city after-school programs, and many Christmas festivals. She also enjoyed teaching numerous dance classes in public schools in the Jackson area. Stephanie’s passion is to teach children and young adults the skill and art of dance and performance. She is currently teaching various dance classes throughout the week as well as pursuing certification as a Bar Method instructor. Stephanie is thankful for all the opportunities the Lord has given her to continue using the gift of dance and teaching to pour into others. Outside of teaching, Stephanie enjoys spending time with family and friends, serving at Watermark Community Church, and enjoying life. Stephanie has tasted and seen that the Lord is good and desires to share the grace-filled life change because of the Gospel with others!
Ewa K. Buss | Director of Music
Ewa Korzeniowska Buss moved from Poland to the United States in 2003. Since her youth she’s had a passion for life, creativity and the arts. She originally came to the US (Dallas actually) to later attend a professional make-up artist school in Los Angeles, California. She immediately fell in love with the city and thus an easy decision for her to stay. She’s been a native to the Lakewood area for a decade.
Notwithstanding a successful career in the skincare industry, Ewa’s heart has always belonged to the arts, and her intrapersonal drive to teach and help others. Ewa initially pursued esthetics and professional make-up application and became a licensed esthetician in Texas. After graduation in 2008, Ewa’s entrepreneurial spirit called her to open Lashes to Lashes in Dallas. She enjoyed great success and after a few years decided to expand her knowledge and expertise into medically oriented skin procedures. As a specialist in skincare, she joined the Derm Lounge Med Spa. Ewa’s passion for art, dance and music has been an influential part of her life from an early age. She was raised in a family that embraced and promoted the arts. She has always known in her heart that she needed to follow the same path. At age five, she began playing the violin and at age six she began dancing. Her grandparents, both teachers, too owned a music school. Her grandmother played violin, piano and guitar as well as being a conductor. Her Sister is a professional opera singer and vocal coach in Poland. Ewa believes that “…..We’ve created an artistic learning environment, which allows children of all ages to engage in various kinds of arts. To be able to create such a wonderful place….where future generations may grow as emotionally in touch individuals is extremely rewarding to me."
Greg Raye | Guitar
Greg Ray has been teaching and performing in Dallas TX for 25 years. He teaches all ages and styles including Jazz, Rock, Pop, Classical, Blues, Country, Worship and more. He has taught at Greenhill School, Hockaday, Highland Park Presbyterian Music Academy and Dallas Music. He currently teaches at Park Cities School of Music and Lakewood Conservatory of Fine Arts. Greg is the Dallas Director of the Childbloom Guitar Program and has won multiple awards for excellence throughout the years. Many of his students have been accepted to Booker T. Washington High School for the Visual and Performing Arts. The guitar professor there has said that the best, most well-prepared students he has seen are Greg Ray's students.
Greg's background in Jazz and Classical guitar enables him to pass on a wealth of knowledge in Music Theory to his students, and his extensive experience teaching students of all ages and learning styles makes it possible to tailor his teaching style to suit each individual. Many of Greg's students have gone on to pursue musical careers vin college and professionally. Greg has also performed at many venues over the years, such as Sambuca, The Balcony Club, The Empire Room, The Venetian Room, The Barley House and The Green Room. His students also perform in various concerts.
Chelsi Clark | Voice, Piano
Chelsi Clark is a classically trained vocalist who aspires to take the opera industry by storm. Her love for music led her to study voice in the college of Music at Prairie View A&M University. The highlight of her college experience came in September, 2007 when she sang at the Oath of Office Ceremony for inductees to the Board of Regents for the Texas A&M Systems in Bryan, Texas. In undergrad her sincere love for music allowed her to become one of the 27 charter members of the Lambda Zeta chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota international Music Fraternity for women inc. She graduated from Prairie View in December 2008 receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Music with a concentration of applied voice. In 2014 she performed in the opera “Pearl Fishers” for the Fort Worth opera festival chorus as a member of the ensemble. She also performed for the Puccini Society of Dallas, The Congress of Christian Education National Baptist Convention and “The Color Purple” for Denton Campus community theatre. On April 2 nd 2015 in Dallas, TX she got the chance to perform the world premiere of the opera “Wading Home” which is based off of a novel written by Rosalyn Story and composed by Mary Alice Rich. Mr. Curtis King who is the founder and director of the Black Academy of Arts and Letters was so impressed with Ms. Clark, that he presented her a platform to perform an evening of negro spirituals. She has also done numerous public recitals at Good Street Missionary Baptist church in Dallas,TX where she is a member. Ms. Clark plans to have a promising career as an opera singer while sharing her love and knowledge with the hearts of children everywhere.
Gyuwain Kim | Piano
Born in Seoul, South Korea, Gyuwan Kim is a deeply dedicated teacher. He began piano lessons at the age of 7, and he made his concerto debut playing Beethoven’s first piano concerto at the age of 14 when he was chosen as a soloist for the Korean-Canadian Symphony Orchestra’s tour of Korea. He also appeared as a soloist with the Borodin Orchestra in Moscow, Russia, Kyung Hee University Symphony Orchestra, Gyeonggi Youth Performing Arts Members, and Seongnam Youth Symphony Orchestra. Additionally he has been actively engaged in a variety of musical roles as a soloist, chamber musician, and ensemble pianist and performed across Korea, the United Stated, Russia, and Taiwan at major concert halls, such as Seoul Arts Center, Seoul Sejong Center, and Dallas Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center.
Not only is Mr. Kim the first-prize winner at the Kyung Hee University Concerto Competition twice and the gold-prize winner at the Piano Society of Korea Competition, but also he is awarded the prize of excellent academic achievement from Kyung Hee University, appreciation plaque from Seongnam Youth Symphony Orchestra, and certificate of recognition for outstanding performance at The Midwest Clinic in Chicago. He served as a full-time teaching assistant at the University of North Texas and as the pianist of the UNT A Capella Choir, Men’s Chorus, Women’s Chorus, North Texas Wind Symphony, and Lone Star Wind Orchestra. Especially, he performed with the North Texas Wind Symphony on many recordings for the GIA Publications. Also, he served in an army band in South Korea.
Currently Mr. Kim is a Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) candidate in piano performance with a related field in wind conducting at the University of North Texas. He holds his Master of Music (M.M.) degree in piano performance with a related field in orchestral conducting from the University of North Texas and a Bachelor of Music (B.M.) degree in piano performance with a minor in violin performance from Kyung Hee University in Seoul, a prestigious private university in Korea where he earned the Music Teacher Certificate, received Dean’s Award, and graduated summa cum laude. Also, he is a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, Alpha Chi National College Honor Society, Golden Key International Honour Society, and The Society for Collegiate Leaderships & Achievement.
Ben Kim | Piano
Ben Kim is widely renowned as a brilliant and sensible young pianist. Born in South Korea, Kim began playing piano at the age of eleven. He pursued his bachelor's degree in piano performance from Kookmin University, Seoul, studying with Chulhee Yoon who is a renowned pianist in Korea. He performed in various locations including Cheongju, Jeju, and Seoul in South Korea and participated as collaborative pianist in numerous competitions. Beginning in 2011, Kim stretched his performance area to the United States, studying piano performance with Adam Wodnicki and pianoforte with Christoph Hammer at the University of North Texas (UNT). During his study for the master's degree, Kim was granted the USC Scholarship and Bridenthal Memorial Piano Scholarship. Currently, Kim is earning his doctoral degree at UNT as the recipient of School of Music Competitive Scholarship and also served as the pianist for the UNT A Cappella Choir with conductor Jerry McCoy. He also served as the pianist for UNT Men's and Women's Choruses in the past year. Kim presents solo recitals regularly and participates nationally as soloist, collaborative pianist, and chamber musician. Kim performed at San Antonio in 2015 TMEA and presented his solo recital on May 10, 2015 at Cheongju Culture and Arts Center. Ben enjoys teaching students of all ages. He believes that teaching love and appreciation for music and fine arts its most important mission for him as an educator.
Anna Sessions | Voice Instructor
Anna is a native of Fairfield, TX. She was trained in classical voice technique for over 10 years by Sara Smith (University of Mary Harden Baylor). Anna was a part of multiple Youth Ensembles in high school and performed regularly in her community. She was also privately coached in voice as she competed and won at the district level 2 years, and was invited to perform at the state level. Anna performed at the state level competition in 2011 and 2012. She has had the opportunity to professionally record several singles, and sang as a background vocal for Sidney Howard in 2016. Anna has also served as a worship leader in her church from 2014-2015. She continues to perform locally when she can and enjoys sharing the beauty of music with our students at LCFA!
Juan Pablo Gonzalez | Piano, Clarinet
Juan Pablo Gonzalez was born in Mexico City in 1993, and moved to the United States with his family in 2001. He began his study of music playing clarinet in the school band program in 2001. He showed prodigious talent, was principal clarinet and qualified for the Texas 5A All-region and All-State Bands every year until he graduated. He went on to continue his music studies at Texas Tech University where he studied clarinet performance under Dr. David Shea. He made quick progress and played in the University’s Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Opera, Orchestra and the Lubbock Symphony. In 2013 He won the Rocky Ridge Young Artist Seminar international Concerto Competition. His wide interest in music led him to leave university and study piano. He made prodigious progress studying under Dr. Brian Allison, Sheila Paige and Dr. Eva Polgar, and performed in the 17th Annual Keyboard Wellness Seminar.
In 2016 He received his BM in clarinet after studying with Daryl Coad at the University of North Texas. Juan Pablo currently lives in Texas and is active as a private teacher, freelance player and recitalist. He regularly performs as a soloist in Texas and in his hometown of Mexico City.