The faculty at Central Texas Youth Ballet is highly trained and knowledgeable. As students, our faculty trained pre-professionally and later studied dance pedagogy through apprenticeships with highly regarded instructors in the ballet community. We encourage all of our faculty to participate in dance-related continuing education opportunities so we can offer our students the best dance education possible.


Ms. Reeder had the honor to study dance pedagogy through an apprenticeship with Marcia Dale Weary at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB), where she was fortunate enough to observe the teaching styles of various faculty members including another influential teacher, Leslie Hench. During her internship at CPYB, Ms. Reeder gained experience as a teacher’s assistant and teaching ballet to various levels, as well as college students and athletes enrolled at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA. As a student,

Ms. Reeder trained at Munro Ballet Studios in Corpus Christi and at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. She has performed in numerous full-length ballets, including George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™, and she attended summer intensive workshops at The Rock School of the Pennsylvania Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Houston Ballet Academy and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet.

She is certified to teach Pilates through the Core Connections® Pilates Teacher Training Program.

Ms. Reeder is an active member of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas and participates in community volunteer events throughout the year.


Ms. Flood still has dreams about her high school dance team’s spring performance…16 years later! Perhaps it makes sense: Shannon was dancing before she could walk, and be it in a studio, wedding reception, or nightclub, she’s always the first on the dance floor!

Her childhood was peppered with a multitude of activities–volleyball, piano, art classes–but she always ended-up pirouetting her way back to dance. She shimmied and shook her way through high school, attaining her girlhood goal of being the Westlake Hyline Captain. After high school, she continued kicking, twirling, and strutting as a TCU Showgirl. But the dancing didn’t stop there (and it likely never will!). Shannon always found a dance “home” in every city she lived-in over the past several years: San Francisco, New York, Barcelona, and now, Austin.

Shannon looks forward to sharing her love of dance and drill-team with her students!


Emily Ornelas was formally trained by the wonderful faculty at Dancer’s Workshop, Ballet Magnificat, and Dance Center School of Performing Arts. Her two most influential instructors, Tamu Ortenzio and Jennifer White taught her principles of classical ballet, tap, and jazz. She also studied various styles, including contemporary and traditional character dance, during a summer intensive with Nashville Ballet.

Throughout her years in the Baton Rouge Magnet High School advanced dance class, she developed a love of choreography and directed her fellow students in pieces performed at the Spring Concert each year.

Mrs. Ornelas has had the pleasure of participating in performances directed by others as well; favorites include LSU Opera’s Die sieben Todsünden, Opera Louisiane’s Cinderella, and Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker: A Tale From The Bayou.

She has taught ballet, tap, and jazz to pupils of all ages and continues to share her love of dance with the students of Central Texas Youth Ballet.


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