Faculty and Staff
Stephanie Ochoa began her dance education at eight years old, studying Ballet and Jazz with Paula Magee of Silverton Ballet & Performing Arts Co. While earning her B.A. degree at Western Oregon University, she extensively studied Tap, Hip-Hop, African, and Modern dance.
Stephanie began teaching in 2001, instructing young children in Ballet and Jazz at the Silverton Ballet, and in 2004 she taught Vagonava Style Ballet at Corvallis Academy of Ballet.
In September, 2005 she realized her dream of sharing Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Hip-Hop with the wonderful students of the West Valley, opening Dallas Ballet & Academy of Dance.
Dallas Ballet & Academy of Dance celebrates 13 years in Dallas this Fall, with a new satellite studio space on Court Street to add to our Mill Street Home. Come and join us for spirited instruction, serious training, fun classes and a lifetime of learning. Enjoy participating in full length professional level performances in shows like Cinderella; A Fairy Tale in Tap, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, and our annual Nutcracker.
Come Dance with Us!
Do you folks know about Miss Veronica? She is Magic. Just her presence instills calm and devotion amongst our little students. We are so grateful to work with her!
Veronica Williams has four children, three of whom are old enough to take class at the studio and one tiny tot who is rarin’ to join next year when she’s three. They are: Ariannah, a Ballet lll, Tap lll, and Hip Hop ll Student. Bayden, a Tap ll Student. Xander a Tap/Jazz l
Student, and baby Briella who can't wait to start Creative Movement next fall!
Miss Veronica has taught for 12 years at Dallas Ballet, as both a substitute and a regularly scheduled teacher. She is a Faculty Member, the Costume Mistress, the Backstage Manager, and provides office support.
Miss Veronica describes herself as “A Domestic Engineer by day and a Dance Teacher by night.”
She currently teaches Tap and Creative Movement.
When asked her Favorite part of The Nutcracker, Miss Veronica said “The whole thing! Ours is my favorite as it changes and evolves every year. There is always something new to see.” See? I told you she was awesome.
Ok folks, let’s talk about my baby. No, not Rubí, Elizabeth Sutton.
Ok, she’s not my baby. She is the amazing daughter of Catherine and Tony Sutton, and they share her with me.
Lizzie took her first dance classes the very first year our program started, and she has never left. She’s never missed a show, never missed a Picture Day, never missed an opportunity to learn all she could. Lizzie was a natural student, and it was a no-brainer to build our teacher training program on her process. Now your children get to experience a teacher who has only ever been trained by our program- Lizzie is all method.
Miss Lizzie is our newest Faculty Member, and she teaches Creative Movement and Ballet Classes. In The Nutcracker she will perform as a guest artist in residence as a Polichinelle and a cast member in the Exhibition Dances. She also fulfills additional roles as understudy support and stage demonstrator.
Lizzie is a full time at Western Oregon perusing a B.S. in Biology with a minor in Dance.
When asked for her Favorite part in our Nutcracker she said: “watching the Advanced Hip Hop and Advanced Tap!”
Next up, my girl Spencer Schrock.
I met Spencer when she was a sophomore at Dallas High School. She was an extremely talented dancer from another studio who was looking for new connections in the dance community. What began as a teacher-student relationship has blossomed over the last 10 years into a friendship with a grown up woman who pushes me, respects me, and helps me always. I am so grateful.
Spencer is one of our first milestones too- she’s the first student to graduate, start a family, and then bring the new generation back to take classes. Nowadays Miss Spencer describes herself as “Refusing to leave, even while working stage left and/or sporting a PICC line.”
Spencer co-teaches some of our Ballet and Hip Hop classes with Miss Stephanie, and functions as one of our Picture Day Boss Ladies. In addition to all of this, Spencer has danced as a guest artist in many of our past Nutcracker performances.
Previously a full time 911 Dispatcher for five years, Spencer is now a stay at home mom of two children, which she says is way harder. She has retained the call-taker “it’s not optional” voice, so she comes in VERY handy when I need a bulldog to stand in the gap for me and make sure things get handled.
When asked about her Favorite part of The Nutcracker Spencer said “The way the music gets me all giddy every. single. year. Tchaikovsky, you magnificent musical beast.” Because she is hilarious. Did I mention that? You don’t expect it when you’re looking at her beautiful young self, but she has a witty and ironic sense of humor that makes me guffaw on a regular basis. Here’s the proof- this is how she finished her interview:
(Unrelated - Ballet puns are so my spiritual gift. When we start our studio coffee shop, let’s feature a “Dirty Chai-kovsky.)
See? I told you.
This is our newest Faculty member, Katelyn M. Ledford. She is a student at Western Oregon University, studying music. She is also Miss Veronica’s niece! Joining us this fall, Katelyn has been training under Miss Veronica to teach our Tap IV class!
Katelyn’s Favorite part of the "Nutcracker" is “that it is a completely new and educating experience. I'm learning a lot about the story and about dance itself.”