Artistic Director Stefanie M. Best was born in San Francisco and was encouraged in the classical arts by her mother, a Russian emigree. Stefanie furthered her ballet training at Southern Methodist University, and received a Masters Degree in Dance from the University of Houston. She also spent three years at the Houston Ballet Academy.
Upon returning to Dallas, she spent ten years dancing for Krassovska Ballet Jeunesse, under the direction of Nathalie Krassovska, former prima ballerina of the Ballet Russes de Monte Carlo and the London Festival Ballet. Stefanie has danced in such classics as The Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Giselle, Paquita, Pas de Quatre, Chopiniana and Nutcracker, as well as numerous contemporary works. She also spent two seasons as a dancer with the Dallas Opera, including roles in Turandot, Un Ballo en Maschera, and Ariodante.
In 1995, Ms. Best founded the Allen Conservatory of Dance. Her students have been accepted into some of the most prestigious ballet programs in the country, many on scholarship. In 1999, she founded the Allen Civic Ballet, and functions as its President and Artistic Director. The Allen Conservatory of Dance is the Official School of The Allen Civic Ballet, which receives free rehearsal space and other commodities from the Conservatory.
Mary Muller began dancing with Stefanie Best in 1995 with the Krassovska Ballet Jeunesse, and began teaching for her at the Allen Conservatory of Dance in 1999. She has a BFA in Ballet from Texas Christian University, and over 25 years of teaching experience with children and adults of all ages. She was accepted to the School of American Ballet at age 12, and received many scholarships throughout her training. She studied with Kathy Chamberlain, Jerry ByWaters Cochran, Lisa Fuscillo, Ellen Page Garrison, Nathalie Krassovska, June Nelson, Fernando Schaffenberg and others performing principal roles such as Swanilda, Black Swan, Snow Queen, Sugar Plum Fairy, and both leading and support roles in many other ballets such as Les Sylphides, Sleeping Beauty, La Boutique Fantasque, Don Quixote, Faust, Pas de Quatre as well as many roles created specifically for her.
Jonathan Bostick has performed for choreographers all around the country, most recently, for Ron De Jesús Dance in Chicago, for Kiesha Lalama (2009ʼs Top 25 choreographers to watch), and for Shawn Stephens, Ballet Master for the Balanchine Trust and Twyla Tharp works. Originally from Texas, Jonathan received his B.F.A in dance with an emphasis in Kinesiology from the University of North Texas. Jonathan has studied and performed with Salt Lake City based Repertory Dance Theatre. He was selected to go to the “Vegas Round” of So You Think You Can Dance in seasons three and four. He also spent a year traveling Europe as an entertainer with Holland America Cruise Lines. As a Principal Dancer with Ballet Arkansas, Jonathan has performed contemporary ballet works as well as classical works, such as Snow, Arabian, and Russian in Tchaikovskyʼs Nutcracker
Linda Oustalet studied classical ballet from childhood through her teen years and returned as an adult to study at the Allen Conservatory of Dance and at Collin College. Linda has danced in the Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Coppelia and excerpts from Pas de Quartre, and Paquita.
Gypsy Crane Ingram’s dance palette blends together more than 25 years of experience as a professional dancer, choreographer, and educator. She is sought out for her innovative and unique teaching experience that allows students from diverse backgrounds to achieve their fullest potential in minimal time. She has trained dancers who work professionally at American Ballet Theater, Ballet Magnificat, and as freelance dancers in Texas, New York, Los Angeles and California. Gypsy holds an M.F.A. in Dance from Texas Woman’s University. From 2004-2013 she served as Director of the Dance program at Tarrant County College South. Prior to that she was a principal dancer and lead training school instructor for Collaborati Ballet Company. As a freelance choreographer, her works have been seen in the DFW metroplex in venues such as the Barefoot Brigade, Dance for the Planet, the South Dallas Dance Festival, Denton Arts and Jazz Festival, Denton Dance Festival, Arts Fifth Avenue, the Main Street Arts Festival, and RAW Dallas. Her works have been commissioned nationally and internationally for independent artists and companies in Philadelphia, New York, Orlando, Santa Fe, Chicago, New York, London, and Prague. She has been a frequent guest instructor at the American College Dance Festival. Additionally, she has served as Artist in Residence at North Central Ballet and as a guest artist with studios across North Texas, Houston, San Antonio, Orlando, Atlanta, and New York. Currently, Gypsy is adjunct faculty at Brookhaven College, ballet and contemporary instructor at Studio M in Rockwall, Extend Dance Academy primary school classical dance instructor at Parish Episcopal School, and master aerial instructor at Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy. She is also the artistic and creative director of Pie in the Sky Dance, an aerial fusion dance company.
Richard Trimmer began his career at the age of 17 in Colorado under the direction of W. Lawrence Boyette and Carla Parks. Richard studied both Cecchetti and Vaganova styles under such notables as Natasha Krassovska, Igor Youskevitch, Leon Danilean, Bill Martin-Viscount, and Jutec Kasamon. He also studied Martha Graham technique under James Nearing. He has performed with companies in Denver, Dallas, Oklahoma City, Pittsburgh, Little Rock, Shreveport, Lubbock, Chattanooga and been a Guest Artist with numerous ballet companies across the country. His most notable principal roles were in Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Nutcracker, La Bayadere, Don Quixote, Les Sylphides, Flower Festival, and Paquita. Mr. Trimmer has also choreographed a number of ballets and Pas de Deux.