Madison Ballet Academy
"Where Dancing is our Life"
Please meet our instructors below.
Our elementary to level IV classes are audition only. Please contact us if you are interested in classes. We look forward to working with you!
Catherine Gilliam Artistic Director
Catherine began dancing at the age of 2, and has not stopped a day since. She studied around the United States with various artists. She has formal Ballet training with instructors from the Alabama Ballet and ABT's Wes Chapman, and Roger Van Flederan, Shawn Black and Terri Wexler. University of Alabama's Cornelius Carter. London's Ballet Mistress, Cynthia Harvey, Joffery Ballet Director, Russian instructor Luba Galyeava,ballet instructor Jon Summers of the ABT and NY Ballet. Broadway Dance Theatre's Finalist Jung and David Howard. Large Pop Artists include Mandy Moore. Catherine danced across America winning scholarships and entries into World Class Dance companies, she has competed and traveled with some of the most famous artists in the world, who's names could be listed in a long list of exceptionaly talented people, but her roots are here in Huntsville, Alabama where she lives, breathes and eats dance! She is married and a mother of two. She has a BS in Wellness and has been teaching in the local schools, dance companies, and churches around Madison County for over ten years. She has worked inside and outside of Huntsville, Madison, Athens, Hazel Green, Hampton Cove, Birmingham and Decatur teaching dance and studying performing arts. She accredits her family to everything she has accomplished, " I have been blessed in my studies of dance and art and it is due to the fact that I have a great family, husband, children, my mother and father, aunts, grandmothers, family and friends etc. who have traveled with me and prepared me for my life long dream of sharing the love of ballet and arts with children who feel dance into their core soul.
I am thankful everyday for this blessing and talent and I hope that God blesses me with many more days of creativity!"
Studio number: (256)316-9788
Pre Ballet and early educational development, BASE, strech and strengthen classes. Amber started dancing at the age of 4 at local school of Huntsville Community Ballet. Ms. Amber continued dancing for NADC for many years after to continue her strengthening in sports. Winning many local championship games as well as one State championship. She played soccerand tennis. Amber is a true athelete and coach. Her injury awarness and stamina has led her to work with many children in the Boys and Girls Club here locally and in ATL, Georgia. She has worked at sports training camps and helps with our BASE for sports training class. She played Basketball for the University of Berry in Rome, Georgia, and is currently working on her PH.D. Amber has two dogs and a few cats:) She has taught dance and preschool dance instruction for over ten years. Amber is a wonderful teacher and a great role model.
Also known as, Ana's (company) mom. Ms. Lee has been a wonderful blessing to our office and studio this year for our accounts and record keeping as well as an advocate between parents and teachers. She has kept the line of communications open for all of us to reach her and Ms. Catherine. She and her son, Jacob, help to keep our website up and going, a job that never ends! Thank you to the Lee family for all you are doing! We are so thankful to have you as a part of the family!
Miss Leah Purves
Leah is a wonderful teacher that has just rejoined our studio to teach. She currently works with our Ballet I and PreBallet students. She has trained in all styles of dance but loves ballet the most. Leah has been dancing since she was 3 years old. She is also an advance vocalist with the Huntsville Community Chorus. Leah is so excited to share and work with students as well as continue her education in dance. We are so happy to have Miss Leah and are excited that she is here to share the fine art of ballet with our youngest students.
Miss Elizabeth Staley
Raised in Colorado Springs, Elizabeth recently moved to Huntsville to study computer engineering at UAH. Having danced since the age of eight, though, she wanted to remain involved in the dance community. Elizabeth trained at a small competitive studio called The Dance Colorado Springs - where she focused on learning ballet, tap, and how to teach. Additionally, she performed with Ballet Idaho and Oklahoma City Ballet for four years in the annual Colorado Springs Philharmonic Nutcracker. Outside of dance, Elizabeth held leadership positions in her high school's robotics team, marching band, winter guard, and National Honor Society. Someday, Elizabeth hopes to help design technology that can be used to assist the arts and dance, but for now she is thrilled to continue learning and sharing her experiences at Madison Ballet Academy.
Ms. Nikki Phelps is new to our studio this year. She will be teaching our new Barre classes. Ms. Nikki grew up in Buffalo, New York and moved to Alabama in 2011. She currently attends Athens State University and is working toward her Elementary Education Degree. She has been taking Barre classes for years and has been a teacher in the latest fitness craze. We are excited to welcome Ms. Nikki to Madison Ballet!
Additional Support Staff:
Jacob Lee: website and videography
Ana Lee: Teaching Assistant
Mrs. Karen Scott: Catherine's mom and performance crew
Audrey Fafard: Pilates instructor
Premier Preschools: hosts of city outreach educational program
Grace Lutheran Church and School: hosts of our Huntsville outreach educational program
Thank you to all for helping to share the arts!
"Where Dancing is Our Life"
Classes start for ages 2
For general information and class availability please send us an email.
Both class information and registration form can be printed off our website.
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