Faculty

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.

RENA REEDER, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

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.




JACLYN LEFEBRE, FACULTY

Jaclyn LeFebre is originally from Dripping Springs, TX where she grew up training at Fusion Dance Company.  She passed commended Grade I- Advanced on the Cecchetti Council of America exams.  Upon graduating high school, Jaclyn was awarded a dance and academic scholarship to the University of Arizona. During her time at University of Arizona, Jaclyn performed works choreographed by George Balanchine, James Clouser, Susan Quinn, Michael Williams, and Sam Watson. Jaclyn graduated summa cum laude with a B.F.A. in dance and moved to Chicago for a spot in the Hubbard Street Scholarship program at Lou Conte Dance Studio. Jaclyn is a member of Actor’s Equity Association and has performed in many Chicago area theatre productions including 42nd Street, The Music Man, Timon of Athens at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Shout!, My One and Only, Now and Forever, and Mary Poppins at the Marriott Theatre Lincolnshire. Her favorite roles include Cha Cha DeGregorio in Grease, Cassandra in Cats, and Kristine in A Chorus Line at the Paramount Theatre. Jaclyn was a back up dancer for Beyonce on Oprah’s Farewell Episode, the leader of a flash mob for Estee Lauder, and performed in Chicago Freelance Dance. She is also a certified yoga and yoga sculpt instructor. Jaclyn taught at numerous studios around Chicago and most recently served as Director of Tap at The Academy of Dance Arts. Since moving back to Austin, Jaclyn has taught at various studios in the Austin area, and loves to spread her love and knowledge of dance with the next generation. 




EMILY ORNELAS, FACULTY

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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