Jennifer White- Artistic Director/Owner
Originally from Lake Charles, Louisiana, Jennifer White received her
classical ballet training from Sarah Quinn Jones at Dance Theatre
Southwest. While in high school, Mrs. White attended North Carolina
School of the Arts and graduated from the New Orleans Center for
Creative Arts with concentration in Dance and was awarded the Presidential Scholar and Regent Scholar Awards. She also trained and performed with Delta Festival Ballet in New Orleans. Her repertoire includes Petrushka, Cinderella, The Nutcracker, Taunhauser, Evangeline, Paquita, La Bayadere, La Corsaire, Swan Lake, Hansel and Gretel, The Magic Flute, The Barber of Seville, Bastien and Bastienne, and Amahl. In 2003, Mrs. White co-directed the Inner City Nutcracker for Mid City Dance Project and continues to work with children with special needs. She is also director of the Dance Center and School of Performing Arts Company and Junior Company. Most recently, Mrs. White co-directed, along with Dugg McDonough of LSU Opera, Seven Deadly Sins and was also choreographer for Trouble in Tahiti, also with LSU Opera. Mrs. White's vision for her school is to achieve excellence through quality instruction in all the arts for students wishing to pursue a professional career as well as a wonderful education for those who prefer to learn about their art form for their own personal enjoyment.
Additionally, Mrs. White is certified in PIYO, TurboKick and Body Pump and is an instructor several Baton Rouge area gyms. Mrs. White is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in Graphic Design and has her own design business, i see designs, llc. She is also a partner in her family's property investment company, White Oak Property Investments, LLC. Mrs. White is also blessed with a wonderful husband and two beautiful children.
Renee Brian is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, who was formally
trained by Mrs. Phoebe Brantley. She attended the North Carolina
School of the Arts and the Eglevsky Ballet School. She has been a ballet
teacher at the Dance Center and School of Performing Arts since it
opened in 1995. She has taught ballet to inner city and special needs
children with Mid City Dance Project. She is also a volunteer with the Baton Rouge Junior League, St. Joseph Academy, St. Jude the Apostle, and Catholic High School. Renee and her husband Kevin have three beautiful children.
Cecile Bankston has danced professionally with The Cincinnati Ballet, The
City Ballet of Houston, The Texas Ballet, The Tulsa Ballet, The Dallas Ballet
and also performed the musical “Carousel” with original Agnes DeMille
Choreography. Cecile has also appeared in productions with the Houston
Grand Opera, The Nashville Opera and the Portland Opera. She has
choreographed for the Houston Grand Opera, The Houston Symphony and also choreographed for several local Baton Rouge dance and theater companies. She has danced leading roles in classical ballets including Cinderella, The Nutcracker, Les Sylphides, La Sylphide, Coppelia, Giselle, and Swan Lake to name a few. She has also perform the works of contemporary choreographers such as John Cranko, John Butler, Christopher Bruce and Ben Stevenson. In 1990 Cecile danced a leading role in a command performance for President George Bush, his wife Barbara and the Prime minister of Japan. In 1993 Cecile danced leading roles in the documentary “Agnes DeMille the Dances of Carousel” Which was one of Agnes’ last projects before her death.
Currently Cecile is an internationally recognized Pilates Teacher; traveling and teaching master classes and workshops as well as Certification Programs. She is a regular visiting instructor on the website pilatesanytime.com, and works at Pilates By the Sea in Florida. She is happy to pass on her dance experience to the dancers at The Dance Center School of Performing Arts.
Lucia Kuimova Pettigrew
Lucia received her ballet training in Perm, Russia. She earned her Masters in
Choreography and Method of Teaching from Perm State University in Russia.
She toured extensively as a principal dancer with the Russian Ballet. For 13
years, she was a full-time faculty member of the Pacific Northwest Ballet
School in Seattle Washington. For nearly a decade, Lucia has been on the
world renowned faculty of the International Summer School of the American Academy of Ballet in New York with fellow staff members from Royal Ballet of London, Paris Opera Ballet School, National Ballet of Canada, South African National Ballet, New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre.