Valley Ballet Academy

"For Excellence in Ballet Technique"

Our Teachers

Mrs. Michelle Voges

 

Michelle Voges and her husband, Joshua Voges, took over the business and artistic directing of the Ballet Theatre Company in July 2009. [Ballet Theatre Company: Previous Owner from 1994-2009, Voges' Owned from 2009-2012, Voges' changed name of business and are current owners 2013-present]

Michelle started dancing when she was 6. She took part in performances such as annual June Recitals and annual professional level performances of the Nutcracker Ballet. Michelle was also part of high award winning professional level dance competitions in both ballet and jazz.

 

Once she was old enough to begin auditioning for major Ballet Companies, Michelle aimed for companies such as San Francisco Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Joffery Ballet, School of American Ballet, and she spent many summers training in the summer programs of Pennsylvania Ballet's the Rock School and one summer at Boston Ballet.

Now, at Valley Ballet Academy, Michelle has begun to achieve award winning status as ballet choreographer and ballet trainer at national dance competitions. New trophies and awards won by Michelle's students have begun to replace the ones she won as a student herself.

 

Michelle has been working with and teaching young children and dancers for nine years; as of 2012. She has taught in both preschool and dance settings and holds a teacher's certificate, is first aid and CPR trained.

 

"It is so exciting to be able to take an empty shell and make it into something beautiful for everyone to enjoy"- Michelle says about the newly remodeled facilities at VBA as well as training up young students.

 

She looks forward to working with all students who desire to dance.

 

Katie Ruwe

 

Katie has had the opportunity to train with such high end professional ballet companies such as American Ballet Theatre, the Kirov Ballet and the Rock School. She has learned and performed company repertoire such as Symphony in C, Sugar Plum Fairy and other soloist roles from the Nutcracker Ballet, and variations from Don Quixote to name a few. Katie has been on award winning ballet competition teams and has now successfully produced her own winning competition solos. She specializes in working with dancers who have the technique and capabilities to handle professional level ballet. We are extremely fortunate to have her knowledge accessible to our older dancers as they progress. 

 

Bandit

 

We are extremely lucky to have such a talent teaching at our studio as this artist; "Bandit". Reading through a short compilation of his background is exciting and should get you pumped to take his class!

Bandit has worked amazing artists such as Michael Jackson, Chris Tucker and Katt Williams, among others. He has performed in commercials for companies such as Pepsi. He has performed in three world tours with various artists, has an endorsement from Nike and is the CEO and music producer for banditstyle record label. This is just a short list of the amazing things Bandit has done in his career!

 

Mrs. Melinda Smith

on tour until further notice

 

Melinda Smith, formerly known as Melinda Gonzales while dancing as a student at the Ballet Theatre Company, is now our alumni Hip Hop instructor. She started dancing with us at the age of 9; taking classes in Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop and even tap. She has taken part in dance competitions in Ballet, Jazz and Hip Hop; each team competition going on to win Platinum Gold prizes, cash prizes, choreography awards. Melinda has also taken part in the Christmas Ballet Classic, the Nutcracker, while dancing with us at the Ballet Theatre.

In pursuit of higher Hip Hop education, Melinda has trained in places such as Los Angeles, Washington DC, and Las Vegas. She has been part of competition teams and productions outside of the Ballet Theatre Company that have furthered her Hip Hop experiences, making her an outstanding teacher in her art. She is currently a model as well as a back-up dancer for Dr. Dre's son, Curtis Young, in Los Angeles.

 

Her dance abilities have gotten her accepted into the Kirov Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, and the Rock School in Pennsylvania.

Now, at Ballet Theatre, she enjoys using all of her Hip Hop training to choreograph recital pieces for our young students.