Ewa K. 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 interpersonal 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."
Ewa has owned and directed Lakewood Conservatory of Fine Arts since the opening in January of 2016. She teaches private piano, music classes, and art classes. Ewa also continues to study piano and guitar to keep her refreshed and inspired in her instruction. Teaching is a passion for Ewa, and she is beyond excited for all of her students at LCFA and the bright future ahead!
Founder and Director
Anna Sessions is a native of Fairfield, Texas. She received her private education from Freedom Academy (High School), Mclennan Community College (Associate of Arts) and Tarleton State University (pending Bacheelor’s in Business Administration), and became a business owner at the age of 14. She opened her first dance studio in her hometown of Fairfield, and directed and owned the successful business for 5 years. Anna also had the opportunity to direct, teach and choreograph for Joy’s School of Dance in Waco, TX from 2009-2013.
She received her dance training from Lydia Spano (Pacific Northwest Ballet), Nissa Kilman (Ballet Magnificat!), Jiri Sebastian Voborsky (Opera Ballet of the Moravian National Theatre), Kathy Thibodeaux (IBC Silver Medalist, Founder of Ballet Magnificat!), Francis Patrelle (Juilliard), and Sol Maisonet (Ballet Puertorriqueño, Ballet Theatre of San Juan, Ballet Concierto, and Ballets of San Juan). Anna also received classical vocal training for 10 years from Sarah Smith (University of Mary Hardin Baylor) and Rebecca Orms. She trained privately and chorally during those years. Anna also competed in singing competitions for 3 years in high school with classics from The Prince of Egypt, The Phantom of the Opera, Sound of Music, Oklahoma, The King and I, West Side Story, Mary Poppins, Wicked, Handel’s Messiah and countless others.
During the summers as a student, Anna spent her time training at summer dance intensives under Ballet Magnificat!, Ballet Academy East and Francis Patrelle. She was invited to be a part of Ballet Magnificat!’s Pre-Professional Company during two of the summers she attended the intensive. After high school, Anna was invited to become a Trainee II (highest level) with Ballet Magnificat!, and danced as a trainee for 2 years. While at Ballet Magnificat! she was invited to become a part of the Events Company (professional touring company) and had the opportunity to tour nationally and internationally as a company member. During her time with the Events Company she became a Master Teacher, and taught workshops and choreographed on her peers as well as international students. Anna was also an Instructor for the Ballet Magnificat! School of the Arts (Vaganova Method). She has experience and training in Balanchine, Vaganova, Ceccetti, RAD, Horton, Limon and Graham Methods.
In 2015 Anna was offered a contract and moved to New Haven, Connecticut where she danced as a company member with Ballet Hartford. She was also an Instructor for Connecticut Youth Ballet (now School of Ballet Hartford). Anna also became the Ballet Mistress for A Different Drum Dance Company at Yale University in the fall of 2015. She was a freelance Master Teacher in the entire Connecticut area from 2015-2017. With Ballet Hartford Anna toured nationally with the company, and had the opportunity to dance many lead roles from various choreographers. She also had the opportunity to study teaching at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet during her time in the Northeast. Anna had the chance to record several vocal tracks with producer Sidney Howard in Troy, Michigan while on tour with the ballet company. Anna has worked with choreographers such as Jiri Voborsky, Kathy Thibodeaux, Vincent Hardy (Complexions), Miro Magloire (New Chamber Ballet, NYC), Durell Comedy (Mark Morris), Silas Farley (NYCB), Caleb Mitchell (Houston Ballet), Marlana Doyle, and Sol Maisonet just to name a few.
Anna recently re-located to Dallas, TX and danced as a guest artist with Dallas Neoclassical Ballet and Festival Ballet of North Texas for her first year back in Texas. In the fall of 2017 Anna founded the professional ballet company, Ballet North Texas as the Assistant Artistic Director along with Artistic Director Nicolina Lawson. Anna became the School Director for Lakewood Conservatory of Fine Arts in August of 2017. She is grateful to be back in her home state of Texas doing what she loves best, directing and teaching students and professionals!
Eva Brandys, co-founder Lakewood Conservatory of Fine Arts, began her formal musical training in her native Poland, and she continued her education in the United States. Ms. Brandys holds a Masters of Music degree in Music Education and Piano Pedagogy from Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, TX, as well as Bachelors in Piano Performance from Dallas Baptist University (DBU) in Dallas, TX.
Eva has over two decades of experience as a piano instructor in both private and group settings. She has taught piano in Poland, England, and she has taught stateside in such settings as Dallas Baptist Children’s Lab School, SMU Piano Preparatory Department, and DALLAS/MUSIC, Inc. She is a member of the Texas Music Teacher’s Association (TMTA), and the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA).
She holds Certification at Levels I, II, III for the Orff-Schulwerk Association. The American Orff-Schulwerk Association (AOSA) is a professional organization dedicated to the creative teaching approach developed by Carl Orff and Gunild Keetman. Musical concepts are learned through singing, chanting, dance, movement, drama and the playing of percussion instruments. Improvisation, composition and a child’s natural sense of play are encouraged. Ms. Brandys also holds a Texas Educator Certificate for All-Level Music (Grades PK-12). In December 2014, Eva successfully completed the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program, a joint effort with Dallas Co. Community College District and limited to a small number of participants. She is an active member of Junior League of Dallas (JLD), Lakewood Women in Business (LWIB), and Park Cities/North Dallas Women in Business.