Ms. Anna grew up dancing with The Mid-Ohio Valley Ballet Company, a regional touring company that offers classical ballet training with year-round performing opportunities and prestigious guest faculty such as David Howard, JoAnna Kneeland, and Richard Early. Anna graduated with a BFA in Dance from Wright State University on a talent-based scholarship while simultaneously performing with Dayton Ballet Apprentice Company. After college, she performed with Pat White’s award winning trio “Aftershock” at the Kennedy Center, The Isadora Duncan Company, Bess Imber Chamber Ensemble, and Gem City Ballet. She also has performed with Repertory Dance Theater in Salt Lake City at the Utah Arts Festival. She was a full time adjunct professor at Strivers School for the Arts from 1998-2000 teaching ballet and modern technique, dance history, and advanced choreography. Anna was invited to be a guest teacher and choreographer for the University of Dayton, Colonel White’s Performing High School, Ponticorvo Ballet Studios and Wright State University. In 2000, she received the prestigious Monticello Award and was given the title “Regional Dance Connection Choreographer”. In 2005, Anna found her home at The Dance Center when she co-created Nutcracker in a Nutshell. She feels grateful for The Dance Center, where herself and her two children can dance, grow, and connect with the Bozeman community.
Ms. Deborah received her BFA in Modern Dance from Texas Christian University. Classes include ballet technique with James Clouser and Stephanie Woods, Graham technique with David Hochoy, Limon Technique with Susan D. Roberts, choreography, repertory, music theory, dance history, and teaching methods. Highlights include performing with the New Century Dance Scene, faculty, graduate, student works, and in the classic Graham work “Seraphic Dialogue”. She received a scholarship to attend the American Dance Festival where she was chosen to study choreography with Lucas Hoving and technique with Doug Varone. She has taught and choreographed throughout the Northwest including being an Artist in Residence with Ballet Idaho, where she taught four levels of modern technique, classes for children with special needs, and the dance curriculum in the Boise public schools. In 2004, Deborah founded The Dance Center in Bozeman, Montana. With The Dance Center, she has established “a fresh approach to dance” fusing classical technique and imagination. She has taught a dance residency each fall at Hawthorne Elementary since 2004. She co-created Nutcracker in a Nutshell beginning in 2005 creating a community dance performance each holiday season. With over twenty years of diverse, professional teaching experience, her students consistently remark “she is really cool and lots of fun!”
Ms. Austin graduated with a BA in dance from the University of Wyoming. Her professional experience includes Manassas Ballet Theatre, Tony Powell Music/Movement, Southwest Virginia Ballet, and Wyoming Dance Theatre . Among Ms. Austin's training includes teachers who were once students of the famed Vagonova Academy, The Choreographic School of Alma- Ata, and The Belarus National Choreographic Academy. She has also studied under Michelle Lees, Eric Hampton, Nancy Woods, Duncan Noble, David Keener, and Sharon Garber. She has taught and staged ballets through out Virginia and Michigan, including teaching at NOVA Ballet Academy, Manassas Ballet School, Western Michigan University, and as a dance artist for the nationally recognized Lincoln Center Institute (LCI) aesthetic awareness program. Upon moving to Montana, Ms. Austin staged “Coppelia” for Montana Ballet Company, worked as a choreographer for MBC's Nutcracker, and began teaching at Main Street Dance Theatre. In the spring of 2008, Ms. Austin traveled to the Ukraine and Moscow in order to further her ballet and pedagogical studies.
Ms. Austin’s students have been accepted to prestigious ballet programs worldwide including the Vagonova Academy, the Bolshoi Academy, the Goh Academy, ABT Young Dancers Program, Ballet Austin, Joffrey Ballet, and Colorado Ballet to name a few. Through her strong commitment to the arts, Ms. Austin hopes to share her passion for learning and accomplishment through dance.