Anna Sessions | Director of Dance : Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, Contemporary and Modern Instructor
Founder of LCT - Special Needs Program
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 under 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 March of 2015 Anna was invited to be a Company Artist with Ekklesia Contemporary Ballet in New Haven, Connecticut. She toured nationally with the company during that year, and performed many leading roles. In the summer of 2016, part of Ekklesia Contemporary Ballet branched off to become Ballet Hartford in Hartford, Connecticut. Anna was a founding member and Company Artist with Ballet Hartford and finished her last season with the company in June of 2017.
She danced with Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet as a Company Artist in Dallas, Texas for their 2017-2018 season.
Her repertory includes various original works by Kathy Thibodeaux (IBC Silver Medalist), 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 Fairfield Academy of Dance 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. Anna currently serves as the Assistant Artistic Director for Ballet North Texas (affiliate professional ballet company to the school). 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, Contemporary and Ballet Instructor
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!
Alexi Grant | Tap, Jazz, and Ballet Instructor
Alexi put on her first pair of tap shoes at the age of three and hasn’t taken them off (much) since. Though she has trained in ballet, jazz, lyrical, hip-hop, musical theatre, and contemporary, tap has always been her favorite by far. Alexi was a member of Dallas’ Drawbacks Youth Tap Ensemble from 2009-2013 and was forever changed by the instruction she received from Katelyn Harris and Keira Leverton. As a member of DYTE Alexi had the chance to perform at numerous shows and festivals including Soul to Sole, National Tap Dance Day at Fair Park, Plano Dance Festival, Dance for the Planet, on Good Morning Texas, and many more. She has traveled to Austin, San Antonio, and Chicago to participate in Soul to Sole, Third Coast Rhythm Project, and Chicago Human Rhythm Project. Alexi has been fortunate enough to train with some of the greatest tappers in the world of tap dance, including Dianne Walker, Jay Fagan, Barbara Phillips, Acia Gray, Derick Grant, Jason Janas, Gene Medler, Josh Hilberman, Michelle Dorrance, Nicole Hockenberry, Nicholas Young, Max Pollak, and Sarah Savelli, to name a few. Alexi has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Communication Sciences & Disorders from Baylor University with minors in Child & Family Studies and Dance. She is currently pursuing her Master’s of Speech Pathology at the University of Texas at Dallas. Alexi teaches tap, jazz, and ballet and is also an instructor for the Dallas youth tap ensemble, Choreo Records. Teaching and sharing the art of dance is one of her greatest passions and she is excited for the opportunity to do this at LCFA!
Julianne Schick (Juli) | Creative Movement, Ballet, and Tap Instructor
Ewa Korzeniowska | Piano Instructor
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 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."
Brigitte Mena | Baby Music & Me, Baby Bach, Little Mozart, Private Vocal, Piano, Guitar & Ukulele Instructor
Brigitte Mena is a professional musician and performing artist from Dallas, Texas. She graduated magna cum laude from Southern Methodist University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music (vocal concentration) and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. While attending Southern Methodist University, Brigitte studied voice with Clifton Forbis and performed in the Meadows Choirs. Brigitte went on to further her education by graduating in 2017 with a Master of Education degree. Prior to joining Lakewood Conservatory, Brigitte taught music for three years at the Community School of the Park Cities, and in various public elementary schools. Additionally, she performs regularly around the DFW metroplex as a solo artist and with her folk-pop duo, “TBA.” Brigitte released her debut album in April 2018 and has been featured on Dallas local radio station, KXT 91.7. She looks forward to sharing her love of music with her students and helping them reach their fullest potential in a safe, fun, and nurturing environment.
Greg Ray | Private and Group 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.
Timothy (Tim) Buchanan| Private Vocal, Piano, Guitar and Ukulele Instructor
Singing and music have always been a part of Timothy’s life. Although born and raised in Texas, Timothy moved to Nashville to attend college at Trevecca Nazarene University in their National Praise and Worship Institute program. Vocally trained by Tasha Layton (studio vocalist for Disney and Nickelodeon, American Idol contestant, and BGV for Katy Perry) and Leann Albrecht (worship pastor and recording artist), he possesses skills in genres such as Pop, Contemporary Worship and Gospel, and Musical Theater, as well as experience in Jazz and R&B. While studying at TNU, he also gained proficiency in piano and acoustic guitar. Currently he uses his skills in leading worship at his church, teaching music at Lucas Christian Academy, and giving private lessons. His desire is to instill and help ignite a love and passion for music in those he works with.
Gyuwan (Gyu) Kim | Private Piano, Violin
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 Seongkyul | Private 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.
Rebecca Grove is a native of Fort Worth, Texas, and has been involved with music for close to 20 years. Through numerous years of piano lessons as well as ballet lessons, music became very much a big part of her life.
Eventually, Rebecca began teaching piano at Ballet Magnificat School of The Arts in Jackson, Mississippi where she danced full-time with the affiliate professional company of Ballet Magnificat. In addition to her classical training, Rebecca has several years of experience playing piano and keys for worship teams at her local church, as well as leading worship for Ballet Magnificat. More recently, Rebecca had the opportunity to receive more keys and band training through The Worship Team Academy at Gateway Church.Rebecca believes learning to play the piano is a gateway to so many things and a beautiful foundation that you can take with you wherever you go. There is a freedom and a joy to be had when you learn the art of piano, and she is very excited to be passing on the knowledge and the passion to her students
Ms Shannon’s students have attended Joffrey, ABT, Nashville Ballet, Kanas City Ballet, Alvin Ailey, and summer intensives, as well as been awarded university scholarships. They have gone on to to perform with Boston’s Urbanity, Dayton Ballet, Dance Captain for Disney Broadway Touring HS Musicals & 9-5.
Katina Johns | Ballet, Contemporary, Tap, and Jazz Instructor
Cindy Michaels | Ballet Instructor
Cindy Costarella Michaels held the title of Artistic Director of Redding City Ballet from 1997 to 2012. She was also invited to join the faculty of the Fine Arts Department at Shasta College in Redding California. Along with her knowledge of the classics and contemporary ballet repertory, she set historical works on the company and created numerous works of her own that were premiered by Redding City Ballet, Shasta College, Redding School of the Arts and California Dance Company. She established and directed the Shasta College Dance Festival; an annual college production that continues to bring community artists together with the students of the Shasta College dance department and was the supervising instructor for the Shasta College Dance Club. In 2008 she established the Summer Dance Festival at Shasta College, a performance that followed the Shasta College summer dance intensives. Ms. Michaels also continues to be a guest choreographer for Redding City Ballet as well as guest instructor for ballet and contemporary movement at TheRAP -The Redding Arts Project. She is looking forward to participating in the establishment and groundwork that is Ballet North Texas.
Ewa Korzeniowska | Art Director
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 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."
Ben Martin | Piano, Guitar and Drum Instructor
Ben Martin, from the DFW area, is a piano instructor who has been studying and playing music for over 16 years. He received an Associate’s Degree in Music from the Dallas County Community College District system, studied jazz and classical music performance and history at the University of Texas in Arlington, and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Art and Performance from the University of Texas in Dallas. He started his musical career with the electric bass guitar and quickly expanded his repertoire to include guitar, piano, singing/vocalizing, upright bass, mandolin, percussion, and the drum kit. Along with being proficient in music theory, composition, and music history, Ben has extensive experience performing and even composes his own music. Ben has a strong desire to instigate a love of music in his students and hopes each of his students gains an appreciation for the art of music.