Faculty

 

rondaimg_1103RONDA RUNNELS – CEO Trilogy Dance Center

Ronda is the Artistic Director of Trilogy Dance Center.

She began her dance training in San Antonio and went on to pursue a dance degree at the University of Texas in Austin. There she danced with Third Coast Jazz Company and choreographed for numerous dance companies. She has studied dance in California and New York with the best teachers in the industry.  Returning to San Antonio, Ronda was the first artist of her kind to implement an outreach dance program to inner city schools. In 1994 she created Visions Dance Troupe, a semi-professional youth company, which received national choreography awards and inspired dancers to pursue dance degrees or professional careers in the dance arena. In 1995 she opened The Turning Point Dance Center. After 12 years of success in training dancers in ballet, jazz, modern, and tap she moved on to create Move & Groove Innovative Dance Program. Ms. Runnels founded Trilogy’s pre-professional dance company, Insight Dance Ensemble and is the Artistic Director of San Antonio Jazz Ensemble, the river cities only non-profit professional jazz dance company. Over the last 18 years Ronda has produced and choreographed original works that have received numerous awards in the field of jazz and contemporary dance. Her unique blend of jazz and modern makes her style of choreography powerful and intriguing on both young dancers and professional artists.

Her track record for training dancers is the best around. Dedicated dancers under Ronda’s curriculum have gone on to the best dance schools in the nation or on to be professionals in the entertainment industry. Her past students have been seen on national and international commercials, television shows, touring concerts, theme parks, cruise ships or have become instructors at top notch schools and universities across the nation.

Ronda is the program director at Trilogy Dance Center where she directs the youth dance company Insight Dance Ensemble, and is the artistic director of San Antonio Jazz Ensemble (SAJE). She currently is co-choreographer and an advocate for the End Fat Talk Campaign flash mob events.

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ANDREA GONZALEZ- COMPANY MANAGER

Andrea is currently a teacher with Northside Independent School District where she teaches 3rd grade.  She has been teaching for 15years.

Andrea has been the Company Manager of Trilogy’s youth company Insight Dance Ensemble for the past thirteen years.  Andrea’s youngest daughter is a member of the company.  Andrea has loved being a part of the dance world for the past 18 years with her daughters growing up at the studio.

In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and relaxing at home watching sports.

 

CHRISTY GARBER – Communications Manager

KIM FELTNER – Financial Advisor

 

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LILY HOUTKIN- ASSISTANT ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Originally from San Antonio, TX, Lily found her passion for dancing at age 3. She is classically trained in Vaganova technique and has received the highest certifications in all levels of the Cecchetti  Ballet Technique.  At a young age Lily performed in the Ballet West production of “The Nutcracker” and the Fort Worth Ballet production of “Cinderella”. She continued to perform in different roles for numerous years.  Lily is also extensively trained in Pointe, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, Hip-Hop, and Tap. Throughout high school Lily attended competitions and dance conventions training with various dance teachers from both Los Angeles and New York. She received many Top Elite awards and scholarships which led her to Los Angeles to pursue her professional dance career.  Lily has worked with choreographers including Paula Abdul,  Mia Michaels and Andre Fuentes. She has performed in stage productions at Disney’s world famous El Capitan Theatre including the World Premieres of “Tarzan”, “Toy Story 2”, and “Herbie Fully Loaded”. Her film credits include the feature film ”American Beauty”, “Rush Hour In Los Angeles”, and “Zombie Prom”. She has worked on industrials for Taco Bell and Marriott Resorts. Lily continues her dance training and enjoys working and traveling as a dancer and choreographer’s assistant.  Lily is also a certified Pilates Instructor and enjoys helping dancers lengthen their career through the Pilates Method.  Lily has recently relocated back to San Antonio to join the Trilogy Dance Center staff. She is excited to share her passion and knowledge of dance with the younger generation.

 

MELISSA EMRICO – Ballet Director

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Carla Sankey has been dancing since the age of 8. She trained in San Antonio with Ronda Runnels, attended workshops and competitions across the state, and trained at The Edge Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles. For almost 10 years, she worked as a performer for Six Flags, as well as choreographer director, and writer for multiple styles of shows including swing, broadway, country, hip hop and pop, and received recognition for her work on a national level. She has choreographed full shows at the Tobin Center, the Woodlawn, the Playhouse and the Harlequin theatres and received the ATAC Globe award for choreography in 2013 and 2014. She is also affiliated with the Northeast Independent School District where she has staged theatrical productions and choreographed for concerts, musicals and competitions. She has been the choreographer for Ethics Follies, a touring musical ethics conference for legal professionals for the past 3 years. Carla was recently on the faculty of the Joffrey Workshop alongside internationally acclaimed artists. Most importantly, she is the proud wife of a talented musician and mother of the most wonderful little girl in the world!

ANGEL LOPEZ

JERRA STOUT

BRITTA MOE

KIM INGRAM

ALLI BOYD

 

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