ASHLEY CLOS
Artistic Director / Instructor

Classes: Adult Ballet, Ballet 4/5, Modern 4, Ballet 3, Modern 3, Ballet 2, Jazz 1/2, Jazz Basics, Ballet Basics

Ashley Clos was born in Lawrenceville, Georgia and grew up in The Woodlands, Texas. She began dancing at age 4 under the guidance of Karyn Simon-Poland at the Woodlands Civic Ballet. Ashley performed numerous roles with WCB across 13 years of training. Notably, she danced the parts of Clara and Sugar Plum Fairy in “Nutcracker.” Ashley was a Knox Gingham Girl under the direction of Tara Gourley in 7th and 8th grade--serving as an officer both years. She was part of The Woodlands High School Varsity Highsteppers her 9th grade year. For the remainder of her time in high school, she attended The Woodlands College Park and was the first Major of the Reveliers Dance Team in 2007-2008.

Ashley received a BFA in Dance from Sam Houston State University in 2012, graduating cum laud. She returned to Sam in 2014 for graduate school where she earned an MFA in Dance across three years of study. Her choreography and research has been showcased at the Ailey Citigroup Theater in New York City, the Gelsey Kirkland Arts Center in Brooklyn, the American College Dance Association South-Central Adjudicated and Informal Concerts, and the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association Conference in Albuquerque, NM. In 2018, Ashley was awarded a choreography residency through the Dance Gallery Festival to create work in the beautiful Catskills of NY state. She also had the privilege of studying in Lucca, Italy
for 3 weeks with the Dance Italia festival in 2016.

Ashley has published over 30 written previews and reviews with Houston Press and Dance Source Houston. On top of her work at Woodlands Ballet Theatre, she is an Adjunct Professor of Dance at Lone Star College - Montgomery
where she teaches lecture and technique courses.

 

 

Jorrell Lawyer-Jefferson
Instructor

Classes: Ballet 3

Jorrell Lawyer-Jefferson holds his Bachelors of Arts in Music and his Masters of Fine Arts in Dance from Sam Houston State University. Since debuting as a featured dancer in Houston Grand Opera’s 2019 production of Florencia en el Amazonas. Jorrell has gone on to work with powerhouses in the field of opera such as Eric Sean Fogel, Francesca Zambello, Rob Ashford, Robert Wilson and Phelim McDermott among others. He has worked with choreographers Andy and Dionne Noble, Evelyn Toh, Brandon Whitted, Gabriel Lamb, Sidra Bell and Mike Esperanza. Most recently Jorrell was cast as an inaugural scholarship member of Joshua L. Peugh’s Dark Circles Contemporary Dance USA’s Desert Peaks Arts Lab, a featured dancer with Joshua Manculich’s company Whirlwind Dance and as a featured dancer for Houston Grand Opera’s 2022 production of Turandot.

 

 

REBEKAH EVANS
Pointe Program Coordinator / Instructor

Classes: Ballet 4/5, Pointe/Pre-Pointe, Ballet 3, Ballet 2

Rebekah Evans spent her early years moving around with her military family, but grew up mostly in Conroe, Texas. She began her formal ballet training with Payne Academy of Ballet in The Woodlands and had the opportunity to join and perform many principle and soloist roles with their studio company in ballets such as The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Coppelia, Sleeping Beauty, and Etudes. In 2006, Rebekah was able to spend 7 months training and dancing with Utah Metropolitan Ballet as a member of their second company. There, she was also able to perform contemporary ballet works by award-winning choreographers, Heather Gray and Brittnee Squires. She is currently pursuing her BFA in Dance at Sam Houston State University. Rebekah is also mother to a 3-year-old daughter.

SHERRY PICKERT
Instructor

Classes: Pre-Ballet, Mini Movers

Sherry and her husband have lived in The Woodlands since 1994. She is mother to two daughters, one a Texas A&M graduate with a Masters in Chemical Engineering, the other a senior at The Woodlands High School,
both of whom started ballet at the age of 3, just as she did.

Sherry graduated from The University of Texas with a degree in secondary education mathematics
and a psychology minor.  

She taught pre-ballet students at The Woodlands Civic Ballet for 10 years and has taught at The Woodlands Ballet Theatre since it’s inception.  It has been very gratifying to watch so many of the students grow and mature as they dance their way into their teens. The excitement of seeing little girls go onstage to perform for the first time is a wonderfully heartwarming experience. She has also performed as Clara’s mom in several Nutcrackers, in addition to being a backstage Mom for over 20 years.

Though ballet requires hard work, seeing your daughter rush home from college for the chance to reprise her part as the Snow Queen in The Nutcracker shows the true joy in the heart of the dancer. That’s the love of ballet that Sherry looks to instill in her students.

 

CAITLYN CORK
Instructor

Classes: Mini Movers, Pre Ballet, Ballet Basics, Ballet 1, Ballet 2, Pre Pointe, Jazz Basics

Caitlyn Cork has lived in Spring her entire life. She began dancing at the age of 4 with Dancin’ Bluebonnets, a drill team based studio. At the age of 13, she switched from drill team to studio and began taking ballet and modern more seriously at Texas Academy of Dance Arts. She also danced 2 years at Csquared. Caitlyn is currently studying at Lonestar for her Associates of Arts degree and plans to attend Sam Houston State University majoring in Business and minoring in Dance. She is continuing her dance education with various programs in the area. She danced as a mirliton in TADAS Nutcracker 2016, and performed at YAGP 2017 as well as attended Dancer Palooza 2017 and Ballet West summer intensive 2018.