Master Class Summer Series

The Studio School of Dance strives to provide its students the perfect opportunity to learn from and share experiences with leading dance artists from around the globe. Master classes + workshops — ranging from technique, improvisation, creative process and somatics. Dancer will have the opportunity to train in the following styles


We are thrilled to welcome all of the teachers listed below to our Master Class Summer Series.


Master Class Summer Series Information

REGISTRATION FEE: $50 per week ( fee will go towards remaining balance)

  • Week 1 thru Week 3 (June 12th-29th) 
    • Adeline Melcher, Texas Ballet Theatre Company Member
      • Class Time: 5:00-7:00 pm  (Advance Level Only)
      • Cost: $25 per class/ $100 for the week
  • Week 4 (July 10th-14th)
    • Leighann Kowalsky, Director for Dance at Millbrook School & Executive Director at the d’amby project
    • Diana Madrigal-Barnitz, Director The Studio School of Dance 
      • Cost: $25 per class
    • Elizabeth Gilbreath Val Alstyne,  Pilates Instructor
      • Cost: $15 per class
  • Week 5 (July 17th -21st)
    •  Patricia Perez ,  Ballet Mistress, Naples Dancer Conservatory
    • Abdelazis Roque,   Director Naples Dancer Conservatory
    • Elizabeth Gilbreath Val Alstyne,  Pilates
      • Cost: $15 per class
  •  Week 6 (July 24th-28th)
    • Abigail Simon , Ballet Instructor
    •  Emma Busi, Contemporary Instructor


*Please note schedule can change at any point. Please check back with us to confirm schedule. 



melcher4Adeline Melcher began her ballet training in New Orleans, Louisiana under the guidance of Myra Mier. She attended several ballet summer intensive programs, including Kirov Academy of Ballet, American Ballet Theater NYC, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Sarasota Ballet, School of American Ballet, Houston Ballet and Texas Ballet Theater. At 16, she became a student of Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy. There she performed in Serenade by George Balanchine, Graduation Ball by David Lichine, Ladies and Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra by Stanton Welch and The Nutcracker by Ben Stevenson. She is in her second season with Texas Ballet Theater.

IMG_4879Leighann Kowalsky is a dance artist and a producer. She choreographs and performs Irish & Contemporary dance with the d’amby project, Hawkins style of Modern Dance with Erick Hawkins Dance Company, and independently with individual artists including painters, photographers and sculptors. Kowalsky is currently the Director for Dance at Millbrook School & Executive Director at the d’amby project. Collaborative in nature, Kowalsky teams up both onstage and behind stage with dancers and artists of all genres & traditions to create new and exciting interdisciplinary work. Production credits have included IheartRadio Music Festival, The Tony Awards & NBA All Star Game. Performance venues have included Jacob’s Pillow’s Inside/Out Stage, The Queen Elizabeth Theater in Vancouver, B.C., The Fisher Center for Performing Arts at Bard College, and a residency term at DANCEHOUSE in Dublin, Ireland.

patricia-perez-mugshotPatricia Perez  trained at the National School of Ballet in Havana, Cuba and the ProDanza School of Ballet under the direction of Laura Alonzo. As a member of the San Francisco Ballet she has performed a variety of classical and contemporary repertoire that included Sleeping Beauty (Helgui Tomasson), Don Quixote (Helgui Tomasson/Possokhov), Swan Lake, Giselle, The Nutcracker, Lady of the Camelias (Val Caniparoli), The Four Temperaments, The Fifth Season, On a Theme, The Dance House, Rodeo, Artifact Suite, Firebird, West Side Story (Suite) and more.

Ms Patricia Perez has been a member of other prestigious ballet companies like Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley, Cleveland Ballet both under the direction of Dennis Nahat, Company C (Contemporary Ballet), Blankenship Ballet of Venice, Allegro Dance Company, Jefferson Ballet Theater, Mark Foehringer Dance Project, Pointe of Departure, Ashland Regional Ballet, The Canton Ballet, Alameda Civic Ballet, Bayer Ballet among others.

Held various teaching positions with Dance Connection (2002-2008), Blankenship Ballet Company of Venice (2001-2008), The Westlake School of the Arts (2005-2007), Jefferson Ballet Theater (2001-2006), Ballet San Jose School (2003-2005), Santa Clara Ballet School (2002-2005), Contra Costa Ballet (2009-2011), Alameda civic Ballet (2009-2010). Staged full ballets productions like The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Paquita, etc.

Ms Patricia received a full certification in Power Pilates and   worked for Yoga Works, Walnut Creek CA, PT innovations, (Physical therapy clinic in El Cerrito,CA) and Beyond Motion in Naples, FL. Currently works at Naples Dance Conservatory in Naples, FL as a ballet teacher, choreographer and  Pilates instructor.

abdelheadshotAbdelazis Roque received his training at the Professional School of the Arts in Camaguey, Cuba. After graduating in 1992, he has danced as a professional dancer with companies like: Ballet de Camaguey; Ballet Pro Danza in Havana, Cuba; Miami City Ballet; Miami Hispanic Ballet; Southern Ballet Theatre (Currently Known as “Orlando Ballet”); Ballet Theatre of Chicago-Lexington Ballet; The Washington Ballet; Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico; Chicago Festival Ballet; Chicago Lyric opera, Alma Dance Company among others.

Mr. Roque has performed principal roles in ballets such as Le Corsaire, Don Quixote, La Fille Mal Gardee, Coppelia, Pas de Deux Classique, La Bayadere, Flower Festival of Gensano, Carmen (Don Jose), The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Paquita, Diana and Acteon, Flame of Paris, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Giselle (Albrecht), as well as a variety of contemporary and modern work.

In 2004 In addition to his work as a guest principal dancer Mr. Roque was name Artistic Director and Head Ballet Master of the Ballet Institute of Southwest Florida and the Southwest Florida Ballet, Inc. His students have receive numerous awards in regional competitions, scholarships and acceptance to important programs all over the country and thanks to the hard work, strict discipline and care for detail that was put into practice by Mr. Roque The Ballet Institute of SW Florida, also received the “Outstanding School Award” at the Youth American Grand Prix in Orlando, FL 2008 providing the program with significant recognition in the area.

In April 2010 Mr. Roque founded the Naples Dance Conservatory a dance school that uses mainly the Cuban School of Ballet method with the purpose of continuing bringing the best quality ballet training to the Southwest Florida region.

 In 2017, ABIGAIL SIMON returned to the Lyric Opera of Chicago to dance with Rob Ashford’s production of Carmen. In 2015, she performed as Louise in Carousel directed by Rob Ashford with the Lyric Opera and returned to the role in 2016 with the Houston Grand Opera. She appeared in the 2014 season with the Lyric Opera as a principal dancer in Capriccio with Renee Flemming. In recent years, she has performed throughout America in more than 30 Nutcracker productions as the Sugar Plum Fairy. Other recent roles include Juliet in Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet (Vienna). She trained at The School of American Ballet and performed with American Ballet Theatre prior to dancing for ten years with Chicago’s Joffrey Ballet (principal roles in The Merry Widow, Tarantella, Night, Kettentanz, Reflections, and many other featured roles). Simon has worked with such renowned choreographers as Wayne McGregor, Christopher Wheeldon, and Benjamin Millepied.

After performing as an actress off-Broadway at the La Mama Theatre in Stig Dalager’s I Count the Hours, she was invited on Broadway to perform a specially choreographed solo by Gillian Lynne celebrating Phantom of the Opera as Broadway’s longest running show. In 2014, Abigail signed as an Ambassador/Capezio artist and now routinely models internationally, and is recognized as an international guest speaker, teacher and ballet coach.

13308314_1001030600011956_3774210519198882557_oEmma Busi started dancing at age 4 at Silhouette School of Dance in Nashville, TN. After moving back to her hometown, Metairie, LA, she continued her dance education at The Academy of Classical Ballet then Helena Hosch School of Dance. Emma started dancing competitively with Helena Hosch’s Style Corps as well as with her schools dance team. During that time she had the opportunity to dance in selective competition showcases, halftime performances for the New Orleans Saints, Rose bowls, and many local events. She fell in love with the art of movement and performing. Emma and her family relocated to Shreveport, LA, due to hurricane Katrina and has since been spending most of her time there. She attended and taught classes at Red River National Stars in 2005 before beginning her training under Renee Cheveallier and Ginger Folmer at Centenary College’s dance department. It was at centenary that Miss Busi was introduced to modern dance and was made a member of the company Escaped Images. Together the company performed in various concerts, community events, and collaborated with praiseworthy bands and composers. Over the past few years Emma has had the pleasure of being a featured dancer in music videos and the film “looper”. She has performed with WC Choreography and La Rousse Promotions at countless Mardi Gras bals, fundraisers, and casino events. Emma has worked with The Shreveport Opera, Stage Center, Shreveport Little Theatre, and Factory Girls Productions. As well as being a featured character and dancer for the light suit dance crew, iluminate at Six Flags Over Texas. Most recently Emma has been an instructor at Power & Grace School of Performing Arts. Where she has taught babies to adults in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, and modern. She co-founded Louisiana Dance Collective, a company for adult dancers, to provide training and performance opportunities is Shreveport and Bossier. Although she loves and trains in all styles of dance Emma’s focus is contemporary hip hop, modern, and jazz. Miss Busi is constantly seeking to be challenged in these genres and never stops growing to be a better performer, choreographer, and instructor.

IMG_8379 Elizabeth Van Alstyne, (Pilates Instructor) former dancer, and Power Pilates certified instructor has been teaching Pilates and movement since 2003. Her specialties include working with young dancers to create strong, healthy bodies and helping them learn how to keep their bodies functioning at the highest level possible. Elizabeth graduated from Indiana university with a B.S. in ballet performance under the guidance of Violette Verdy, and went on to dance with the Nashville Ballet, and Ballet Austin II. After realizing she needed a more rigorous conditioning routine, Elizabeth enrolled, and completed over 600 hrs of apprenticeship and teaching, through Power Pilates of New York. Since moving back to Louisiana, she has taught full time at Romney Pilates Center and now at The Studio School of Dance. She is available to teach large or small groups, as well as private sessions in home or studio space