Our roster of teachers is diverse, professional, and experienced. We recognize that learning and enjoyment must go hand in hand in dance class. Knowledge is one thing – The ability to impart that knowledge is another.
The ability to impart that knowledge and ignite a passion for learning is a gift shared by all our staff.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Favian Herrera Jr.
Has been choreographing, teaching and performing extensively throughout the country over the past 13 years. He began his studies at Raul Quintanilla Middle School under the tutelage of Tamara Coalson followed by 4 years of training at Booker. T. Washington HSPVA under the guidance of Kyle Richards, Dr. Linda James, Carla Wattley and leadership of Lily Cabatu Weiss. He has studied with renowned choreographers Dwight Rhoden, Desmond Richardson, Carlos Orta, Kanji Segawa, Ruth Andrien (Paul Taylor Dance Co.) and many others. Favian served as the resident choreographer of the Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico Dance Company, performed with Grupo Pakal Mayan Performing Arts, guest choreographer for Teatro Dallas (Dance of Death/Tina Modotti, Cycle/Pizcas), Contemporary teacher for Ballet Allegro of Houston, Guest Artist with Missouri City Ballet and taught at various studios throughout Dallas Ft. Worth and the Houston area. He has received awards from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts for his choreography, the Hispanic Heritage Awards Foundation (Warner Bros), been featured in VIBE Magazine with Erykah Badu, SLURPEE.COM AD, actor for Taco Cabana Commercial (2015), served as model/choreographer for DFW Airport Q2 Concessions Ad produced by Rick Rodriguez and served as choreographer for TXU Energy Film project. Favian has served as guest choreographer for Newman Smith High School, Choreography Consultant for Cardenas Marketing Network in conjunction with Captain Morgan Rum and was Choreographer/Director with Fried Okra Entertainment for Albertson’s 75th Anniversary commercial. In the summer of 2014 he was sought out to choreograph on the Wyckoff School of Dance in Wyckoff, New Jersey and also taught summer workshops for the Katy Elite Stars Dance Studio. In summer of 2015 Favian served as a Choreographer, Rehearsal/Tour Director for Bollywood Stars Neha Dhupia, Esha Deol and dance legend himself Govinda for Bollywood Grind Tour. He has also been active in the community as a Teaching Artist and Integration Specialist for non profit organization Big Thought, summer and after school programs throughout the past 6 years. In 2015 Favian was a founder and producer in conjunction with The Basement Art Gallery for the 1st annual DFW Art Awards, he hopes that as Director of Infinity Dance Productions they can add to the continued growth of dance, production and the performing arts in Dallas Ft. Worth. As of the present Favian is a featured RAW Artists and a judge/convention teacher for Competitions/Conventions throughout the country.
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.