WFYB Faculty

Wichita Falls Youth Ballet has the area's most accomplished dance instructors, each of whom brings their own personal approach to the studio. See below who they are:

April Longo

Instructor: Ballet

April M. Longo is originally from Johnson City, Tn and is fairly new to Wichita Falls. She is married to her husband, Nick Longo. And they have two beautiful young children – ages one and two. She most recently danced professionally with The Florida Ballet, performing principal roles such as Sugar Plum Fairy in the Nutcracker, Tatiana in Florida Ballet’s Urban Dream and soloist roles in Paquita, Fairest of Them All, and other Florida Ballet exclusives. She has also danced professionally with Tulsa Ballet II, under direction of Marcello Angelini, performing Balanchine’s Serenade, as well as Swan Lake, Pas de Quatre, Les Sylphides, and contemporary choreography by Tulsa Ballet’s Ma Cong. Prior to that, she danced with Kentucky Ballet Theatre, directed by Norbe Risco and earned her dual undergraduate degree on scholarship from Radford University in Virginia, with a B.F.A in Dance and a B.B.A in Business Management, graduating Summa Cum Laude in both.  April has taught dance technique to students in Tennessee, Virginia, Oklahoma, Florida, South Carolina and Colorado. She is excited and honored to be a new instructor at Wichita Falls Youth Ballet this year.



Margaret Gray

Instructor: Advanced Ballet


Margaret trained at the San Francisco Ballet School under the tutelage of Anatole Vilzak and Mme. Ludmilla Schollar. She received her training as a teacher from pedagogue Nolan Dingman in Hawaii.


During her performing career Margaret danced with San Francisco Ballet, San Francisco Opera Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Hawaii Ballet Theatre, and Ballet Hawaii, the latter to which she served as Ballet Mistress until returning to the mainland in 1989.


Margaret shared the stage with such celebrated dancers as Cynthia Gregory, Ivan Nagy, Cynthia Harvey, Soili Arvola, and Yoko Morishta.  She has worked with renowned choreographers Todd Bolender, Dennis Nahat, Leo Ahonen, John McFall, Lew Christensen, and Tom Pazik.


Margaret’s students have been accepted into ballet schools, programs and companies across North America including American Ballet Theatre, Kirov Academy,  North Carolina School of the Arts, Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, and Joffrey Ballet. Regionally, her students have been accepted to Tulsa Ballet, Ballet Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain, University of Oklahoma Dance Department and Modern Repertory Dance Theatre.


Margaret pioneered Lawton’s 1991 production of the Nutcracker serving as both ballet mistress and project director.  She has taught master classes for Ballet Hawaii, Wichita Falls Ballet Theatre, and the annual Mid-America Dance Network conferences.


Margaret was Founding Artistic Director of Lawton City Ballet.  During the period 1992 – 2011 she presented more than 60 main stage performances with a total outreach Impact of more than 75,000 people.  Performing venues included the Simmons Center Theatre in Duncan, McMahon Memorial Auditorium in Lawton, and as far west as the historic Ramona Theatre in Frederick, Oklahoma.  She was also responsible for inviting dozens of international guest artists from around the globe to share the stage with LCB, with many provided by San Francisco Ballet.


Regarding continuing dance education, from 2002 - 2012 Margaret has enjoyed a long-standing professional relationship with Tulsa Ballet, a company continuously ranked as one of the top ten professional ballet companies in the U.S.  This association has allowed Margaret to observe and interact with many world renowned ballet teachers, domestic and international, who guest teach for Tulsa Ballet’s Center for Dance Education’s annual “Pointe to the Future” Summer Intensive Workshop.



Erin Sherry

Instructor: Ballet

Erin Sherry is a native of Wichita Falls and was a member of the Wichita Falls Ballet Theatre for 20 years. She appeared  in many performances of the Nutcracker where she took on several different roles including Sugar Plum, Russian, Rat Queen and Snow Queen. Since leaving the ballet she has been very active with Backdoor Theatre where her husband is also the artistic director. Erin has performed in several productions including Cassie in A Chorus Line, Sally Bowles in Cabaret, and Louise in Gypsy just to name a few. She is beyond thrilled to be returning to the studio to teach this year.

Rebecca Ferguson

Instructor: Ballet


Rebecca began her dancing career at the age of four at the Boehm Ballet Academy of Dance. She joined the Wichita Falls Ballet Theatre at the age of eleven under the directorship of Patricia Thornton and Gary Boehm. She performed several roles in the Nutcracker, most notably Clara, while with Thornton and Boehm. Rebecca continued her career when the WFBT welcomed Valentine and Mishic Liberatore as the new directors. Under their leadership, Rebecca performed as now Queen and Spanish lead in the Nutcracker and Hippolyta in A midsummer Night’s Dream. Rebecca also performed as Louise in Roger and Hammerstein’s Carousel with Opera Breve in 2014. Rebecca retired from the world of ballet in 2016 but continues to help off-stage with rehearsals, teaching and working backstage.



Kathryn Johnson

Instructor: Lyrical/Jazz/Hip Hop/Tap/Ballet


Kathryn (Kat) Johnson began her dance training at the age of 15 at Dance Etc. in Wichita Falls. She received training in jazz, tap, hip hop, and lyrical dance. While attending Rider High School, Kat performed as a Raiderette and furthered her training in jazz, pom, and kick line routines. At the age of 18 Kat began training at Wichita Falls Youth Ballet. Kat has been a Senior Company Member of the Wichita Falls Ballet Theatre for three years and  has performed the roles of Arabian (The Nutcracker) and Fairy Godmother (Cinderella) with the Wichita Falls.

In addition to dance, Kat is very active in local community theatre. She has performed in CATS, Mary Poppins, Chicago, Pippin, Annie Get Your Gun, Footloose, Hairspray, Avenue Q, and many more. 

Kat’s future plans are to perform in a professional dance company and own her own business, but not before she finishes her Psychology Degree at Midwestern State University where she is expected to graduate in 2019. 



Raphael Louis Jones

Instructor: Inter./Advanced Modern


Raphael is a native of Oakland California and began his training in Theater at Skyline Performing Arts High School under the Direction of Amy Brosanhan in "Take it from the top", a production written by Actress/Playwright: Ruby Dee; He was featured in "Oliver", "Blues for Mister Charlie", and "West Side Story".

Raphael would later continue his acting in Theater Arts with the Tuskegee Little Theatre (Tuskegee University) in such plays as "An Actors Nightmare", "The Colored Museum", and "Aint Misbehavin'". Later after returning to the Bay Area, Louis was featured with The African-American Shakespeare Company of San Francisco in "A School for Scandal" as Sir Benjamin Backbite/Trip. With the Laney College Theater, he was featured in "Antigone", "Death of a Salesman", and "No Place to be somebody".
After signing with Beau Bonneau Casting, he continued his career in Acting to include Television/Commercial and Film.
Raphael has also worked with The National Black Theater of New York, New York in "Marion Anderson: Lady from Philadelphia", and worked for and taught for Debbie Allen at her Dance academy and choreographed, as well as started in "The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker".
Raphael's dance training began at the age of 7 with San Francisco Ballet Under the direction of Helgi Tomasson and Nancy Johnson, and also the Alice Arts Center in Ballet, Haitian and Dunham Dance Technique with Oakland Ballet as the resident Company. Raphael is a graduate of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theaters' "The Ailey School"with a Certificate In Dance and Dance Education. Raphael is an alumni of Ailey II, Genesis Dance Company, and Contemporary Ballet Theater (Bronx , NY.), and has Guest Performed with NUBA Dance Theatre, DZUL Dance, Juxtapower South African Dance Company, and Complexions Contemporary Ballet Under the direction of Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson.
Raphael Louis Jones
Has settled in Wichita Falls in January 2022, and looks forward to all future endeavors.


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