Intensive Teachers' Bios

Phyllis Allen Guillis

Phyllis Allen has been teaching ballet throughout the United States for forty years. She studied at the Atlanta School of Ballet; and in New York, she studied at the American School of Ballet, David Howard Dance Center, and the Luigi School of Jazz. She performed with the Atlanta Ballet and danced professionally with Theatre Under the Stars. As a young performer in Regional Dance America, she was selected to work with George Balanchine in the Young Choreographer's Workshop. During that time she also studied with such greats as Robert Joffrey, Leon Danelian, George Zoritch, and Patricia McBride. At age twenty she choreographed Winnie the Pooh and Selections from Dr. Seuss which were televised on PBS. Ms. Allen taught and performed in Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Biloxi, Gulfport, Houston, and Los Angeles, and she was the founder and co-director of the Brazosport Civic Ballet in metro Houston.

In 1988 Ms. Allen opened the Lawrenceville School of Ballet. She founded the Southern Ballet Theatre of Georgia and for twenty years, she was the Artistic Director. Her former students are working professionally as performers with American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, and Carnival Cruise Ships. She also has former students who are teachers and choreographers all over the U.S. She sold her studio in 2009 and continued to teach in studios across metro Atlanta. Her family now resides in Denver, and one of her granddaughters studied at Metropolitan Academy of Dance.

 

Brianne Bateman

Brianne is a Colorado native and grew up dancing competitively with Shelly Trujillo, choreographer and Assistant Director of the Denver Broncos Cheerleaders. Brianne competed in jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, and hip-hop for 15 years with Shelly's company, all while training at The Edge in Los Angeles every summer. Brianne trained with choreographer Mandy Moore and attended multiple conventions with choreographers like Tabitha and Napoleon. At 18, Brianne began teaching multiple classes and choreographing for Shelly True Dance Academy, and at age 19 auditioned for a spot on the Denver Broncos Cheerleading team. Brianne was selected as a member of the team in 2005 and danced for them for 6 years. Brianne was selected as a performance team member as well and participated in eight Armed Forces Entertainment Tours covering over fifteen countries. Brianne was a Captain on the Broncos for 3 years and voted DBC of the Year twice. Brianne continues to teach at local studios in the area, as well as choreograph, and she continues to coach the Junior Broncos Cheerleaders and All-Stars Programs.

 

Katie Fear

Katie grew up dancing in Colorado and found her love and passion for dance in the studio and as member of her high school dance team. After earning multiple convention scholarships and awards in high school, Katie went on to earn a full scholarship as a member of the University of Tennessee dance team. Her team won their first Universal Dance Association National Championship in 2007 in the jazz category. She was a member of UDA staff teaching elite, college and international camps. Choreography credits include multiple top 10 high school and college routines in Jazz, Pom, and Hip Hop, some of which were featured on UDA’s ESPN show. After college, Katie moved to Louisiana where she was eager to get back into the studio teaching technique, ballet, jazz, and hip hop. Her students earned multiple top finishes at local and national competitions as well as scholarships at conventions. Katie has recently moved back to Colorado where she is the head dance coach at the University of Colorado.

 

John Gillette

For the past nine years, John Gillette has traveled the United States teaching workshops and master classes. He has trained with Wade Robson, NappyTabs, Dave Scott, and Twitch, all of So You Think You Can Dance, as well as with many other teachers/choreographers. Along with teaching and training, he has performed in commercials, television shows, and music videos.

 

Heather Wiegner (Rummelein)

Heather Wiegner (Rummelein) started competing gymnastics at age seven and continued on that path to college. She graduated in 2011 from Winona State University located in Minnesota. She competed all-around for the entirety of her collegiate career as a Warrior and earned All America status at her senior year National competition. Heather has coached in various settings with ranging ages. Her most recent experience included assisting the Overland High School gymnastics team as they earned third at State. Heather coaches on a regular basis with Aurora Illusions Gymnastics. Heather is excited to be teaching an Acrobatics class for dancers and the Metropolitan Academy of Dance Summer Intensive this year!

 

Erika Edwards

Erika began her dance training at the age of 6 with the Metropolitan Academy of Dance where she trained in ballet, tap, jazz, and lyrical. She danced in the Aurora Dance Art’s production of The Nutcracker as well as David Taylor Dance Theatre production of The Nutcracker.  She was the crystal fairy and spring fairy in the Colorado Ballets South school production of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.” Erika has also attended summer intensives with the American Ballet Theatre as well as the Kansas City Ballet. She is currently majoring in dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City with the Conservatory of Music and Dance with a dual emphasis in modern and ballet and will graduate with a BFA. She is studying under Paula Weber, Ron Tice, DeeAnna Hiett, Sabrina Madison-Canon as well as Gary Abbott. Some of Erika’s favorite dancing opportunities were performing “Serenade” by George Balanchine as well as “Variations of Episodes” by Paula Weber. She is currently 21 years old and is excited to be back teaching at Metropolitan Academy of Dance.