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Meet Our Faculty

Catriona Steel

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

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. 

Dorrell Martin

A native Houstonian, Martin is former artistic director of Houston Metropolitan Dance Company and founder of Dorrell Martin Dance Fusion. The summer of 2003, the company MADE it's International Debut in Veracruz, Mexico. He received Honorable Mention for choreography at the World Jazz Congress. He has taught and set works on University of Louisiana, C.A.D Dance in New York City, Lamar University as well as companies in New Mexico and Louisiana. His studies include Paul Taylor, Ailey School, EDGE Performing Arts in Los Angeles, Steps on Broadway, and 2 years at the New York State Summer Intensive with New York City Ballet. Martin has worked with choreographers such as Kevin Wynn, Fred Benjamin, Liz Imperio of Los Angeles, Randy Duncan of Chicago and Pattie Obey of Holland

Ruthie Phillips

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.

Laura Catherine Hilley

Laura Catherine Hilley began training at Mobile Ballet when she was three years old. As her passion for the art grew and her performance opportunities increased, she became singularly focused on dance. After multiple summer intensives in New York City, first with American Ballet Theatre and then with The School of American Ballet, she relocated to Houston to train full-time with Houston Ballet Academy on scholarship. While there, she had numerous opportunities to perform works by Stanton Welch and Ben Stevenson with Houston Ballet. She then became a member of Cincinnati Ballet, where she worked with choreographer Adam Hougland and toured with the company to The Kennedy Center. Some of her favorite reps include Val Caniparoli’s Lady of the Camellias, Victoria Morgan’s Cinderella, and Septime Webre’s Alice in Wonderlandand Peter Pan. Upon returning to Houston, Laura Catherine danced with Houston City Dance and begins this season with Uptown Dance Company. Additionally, she guest performs and teaches a range of styles and ages throughout the Houston community.

Elizabeth Bates

Elizabeth Bates moved to Houston at the age of 13, where she trained at Allegro West Academy. While dancing for Mrs. Catriona Steel, Elizabeth completed her Royal Academy vocational examinations through the Advanced II level. A proud graduate of Texas Christian University, she obtained a Bachelor in Fine Arts in Ballet. While at TCU, Elizabeth performed leading roles in Pas de Quatre, George Balanchine's Episodes (restaged by Michelle Gifford), and premiered in Ben Stevenson's pas de deux, Anita. After graduation, she performed in the Crystal Charity Ball and was Sugar Plum Fairy in Royal Ballet Dance Academy's, the Nutcracker. Elizabeth moved back to the katy area in 2016 and is thrilled to work with the Allegro West Dance family once again.

Luz Angelica Morena Henestrosa, "Ms. Cora"

Luz Angelica Moreno Henestrosa has been dancing since the age of 5 through the Cuban Ballet Method and later grew up with the Royal Academy of Dance system, performing well in her examinations from grade 5 through intermediate. Cora worked at Eva Beltri Academy of Ballet in Leon, Mexico. She participated in international courses from the Mexican Association of Dance Teachers, Cuba’s National Council of Performing Arts, Anatomic Basics and Physiology of Body Movement applied to Dance Techniques, and Teacher’s intermediate seminar of Ballet in Guadalajara, Mexico. Upon graduating from her bachelor’s degree in Human Resources at University Iberoamericana, she has been teaching ballet for the past 11 years, both in the United States and Mexico. Cora is currently working to become a certified teacher of the Royal Academy of Dance, through the mentoring of Mrs. Catriona Steel. Her dedication to the pupils she assists under Mrs.Catriona’s mentoring at Allegro West, has gained them excellent scores on their examinations.

Maureen Kelly

 

Maureen Kelley spent most of the past decade based in New York City while performing professionally across the country. Originally from Michigan, where she did her first plié and shuffle at the age of four, Maureen is a proud alumna of the University of Michigan, where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with Highest Honors.

Since moving to the Houston area, Maureen has continued performing, most recently in West Side Story with the Houston Grand Opera. Her other favorite credits include Irving Berlin's White Christmas (Ogunquit Playhouse), 42nd Street (The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina), Rock of Ages (The Gateway Playhouse), The Producers (Arizona Broadway Theatre) and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (The Fireside Theatre).

Maureen’s tap dance style is influenced by her professional performance career and distinguished teachers including Randy Skinner and Ray Hesselink. She also draws upon her experience and training studying tap, jazz and ballet since youth, study at The Graham School, The American Dance Festival and American Ballet Theater. Maureen is thrilled to be teaching tap and continuing the tradition of the art form at Allegro West!