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 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.
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.
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.
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