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.

 

 

TIMITHY CHILD
Creative Consultant /Instructor

Timithy Child is a teacher, performer, and choreographer. Since graduating from Sam Houston State University with his MFA in dance, he has taught various styles of dance to both children and adults at The Huntsville Dance Connection and Enrich Gymnastics and Dance Academy. He has performed as a member of Nicolay Dance Works, directed by Dana Nicolay; Noble Motion Dance, directed by Andy and Dionne Noble; Ash Dance Works, directed by Rebecca French in Houston; and Haven Arts Theater, directed by Amy Barnes. Tim’s athletic background began in high school with a strong foundation in competitive sports. He was prominent member of both the basketball and track teams. When he transitioned to college for his Bachelor’s at New Mexico State University, he decided to explore his creative side.

After much experimentation in the arts, he found a passion in dance as it afforded him both his creativity and his previous athletic training. During his time at NMSU he was able to study and work with many choreographers including Debra Knapp, Ann Gavit, and Bill Evans. At Sam Houston State, he studied with Andy Noble, Dana Nicolay, Jenifer Pontius, and Erin Reck. Tim’s creative work has been presented at the American College Dance Festival with nomination for the national convention in 2012. His work has also been performed in the 2017 Austin Dance Festival, and the 2017 Barnstorm Dance Festival in Houston.

 

 

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.