Glenda began her dance training in Beaumont, Texas where she was a Melody Maid. She was on faculty at the Emmamae Horn School in Houston. She is Co-Artistic Director of Allegro Ballet of Houston and Allegro Academy of Dance. Ms. Brown is a founder and director emeritus of Regional Dance America. She served as president of Regional Dance America/Southwest from 1981-2001. Prior to RDA, she served on the National Board for National Association for RDA and was elected national president of RDA 1995-2000 and coordinated the first Regional Dance America National Festival held in Houston Texas in 1997. She is now coordinator for RDA/SW. She directed the RDA National Craft of Choreography Conference from 1987-2001, and founded The Glenda Brown Choreography Project in 2001. She has served on the dance panel for the Cultural Arts Council of Houston and the Texas Commission on the Arts. She has served on the Advisory Board of Dance Teacher magazine, The Austrian Alps International Arts Festival, and is also Director of Stars of Tomorrow.
Vanessa is a native Houstonian and began her study of dance at the age of 3 with Emmamae Horn in Houston, Texas. She was auditioned and selected to join the Allegro Ballet company at the age of 11, and traveled abroad to Poland, Scotland, England, and Austria as a soloist. Vanessa attended the University of Oklahoma on a dance scholarship. She studied at San Francisco School of Ballet, The Joffrey Summer Workshops and with many outstanding master teachers. She is a co-director and Ballet Mistress of Allegro Ballet, and has been on staff at Allegro Academy of Dance since 1982. She taught dance at Village School for 22 years, and several other schools in Houston. She coordinated the first Regional Dance America National Festival held in Houston, in 1997, and was on faculty for the RDA/SW Festival in 2001. She also serves as Co-Director of Stars of Tomorrow.
Carla was born in Mexico City and was trained in ballet in the Royal Acadey of Dance (RAD) system. She studied under Jennifer Johnson, Andrea Andraca, Carlos Lopez, and Sergio Vicenzio, among others. Mrs. Capetillo presented RAD examinations to the Advanced level, and she attended several summer programs in Toronto, Canada, and Mexico City. She danced semi-professionally with the Ballet San Angel Inn in Mexico City. She started as a teacher assistant to Mrs. Andraca who trained her as a teacher for many years, and was teaching her first RAD group for examinations at the age of 19. She is currently a Teacher with Registered Status for the RAD, as well as a Mentor and the Practical Training Supervisor for the Southwest for the Teaching Certification Program of the RAD. Mrs. Capetillo received her Bachelor’s Degree in Pedagogy from the Universidad Panamericana in Mexico City. She has teaching experience of over 25 years. She developed a Creative Movement program for a school in Mexico that she has been updating and implementing in several studios, which works as a basis for the RAD Pre-primary level. Mrs. Capetillo moved to Houston in 1995 with her husband and three sons and has been teaching in studios around Houston since 2000. This is Carla’s 19th year at Allegro.
Angela is originally from Alexandria, Louisiana. She started dancing at the age of three, under the direction of Susan Hussey. She has assisted with the choreography of a community theatre’s production of "Annie," taught tap classes for Mrs. Hussey, and choreographed high school drill team performances. Angela is trained in the Al Gilbert tap technique and has competed in New York, Texas, and Louisiana. She is very excited to join the Allegro family and share the fun and rhythmic art of tap.
Levana Hoang is a native Houstonian and received her classical dance training from Allegro Ballet of Houston. Levana has attended Regional Dance America with Allegro’s company, obtaining scholarships to attend summer intensives at The Glenda Brown Choreography Project, Louisiana Dance Theatre, Dallas Ballet Company, Nashville Ballet, and Joffrey Ballet School. She also attended summer intensives at Tulsa Ballet and Houston Ballet. She has toured twice in Austria with Stars of Tomorrow under Allegro Ballet. Her training extended into hip-hop and commercial dance at Soreal Dance Studio where she has won first place at World of Dance regional competitions under Sandlot Varsity Team. Levana is currently a senior at the Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts studying dance from esteemed faculty and master teachers. She is excited to be back with her Allegro family, but this time, teaching!
Brooke Hoepfl is a senior studying Creative Writing and English at Emory University. She began her dance training with Margo Marshall School of Ballet and joined the company City Ballet of Houston in 2011. Brooke continued her dance studies at Emory University and has taken advanced classes in Ballet, Modern, and Contemporary. Additionally, she has been a member of Emory Dance Company, AHANA Dance, Doxa Dance, and is the president of her school’s tap club. After graduation, Brooke plans to pursue Elementary Education. She can’t wait to join the Allegro Ballet family!
Rosario Ramos was born and raised here in Houston. She is a former student of Allegro Academy of Dance where she received most of her ballet training. Rosario began teaching dance at 16 and is currently a student at the University of St. Thomas here in Houston. Her training and background in dance greatly influenced her decision to pursue vocal performance, specifically performance in opera, Broadway, and musical styles where she could incorporate some form of dance. Rosario is excited to come back to Allegro to pass down her love of dance to students!
Inger Lise Lund Jensen is a certified dance teacher that recently moved from Norway to Houston. She has more than 20 years of experience of teaching ballet, jazz and tap. She has worked as a freelance choreographer and dance teacher.
Lise is the founder of Fitness Akademiet of Norway.
She has successfully facilitated numerous workshops and instructor courses for dancers as well as teachers.
She is passionate about spreading the joy of dancing, and sees each student as an individual to give them the wonderful
feeling of mastery and achievement.
Andrea Garcia started her flamenco training in 2003 in Caracas, Venezuela at the Academia Tatiana Reina. After 10 years of flamenco training, she transferred to Pentagrama Academy in 2013 where she learned new styles like tap, hip-hop, and contemporary while still mastering flamenco. After she graduated high school she moved to Miami, FL were she continued her training at Millenium Dance Complex. Flamenco has always been her passion, it makes her feel empowered and strong.