Our Faculty

All teachers at the Claire School of Dance are performing artists as well as experienced teachers. Our teachers have performed at Houston Ballet, Ballet West, Hubbard Street, Dominic Walsh Dance Theater, Alley Theatre, Diverseworks, and abroad.

Roxanne Claire

Roxanne Claire

Roxanne Claire is the owner and director of the Claire School of Dance, and director of Summer Magic art camps. Ms. Claire is also a writer, choreographer, photographer, and video artist.

A certified teacher in the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum, (primary through Level 3), Ms. Claire received her training in modern dance in Paris, where she studied extensively with Jean Gaudin and Ruth Barnes. Also part of her background are workshops with Carolyn Carlson, Suzanne Linke, Angelin Preljocaj, Mark Morris, and Sean Curran. She received her training in classical ballet in Omaha, Nebraska, from Valerie Roche (Royal Academy of Dance, London).

With over 20 years of teaching experience, Ms. Claire has developed and trained others in her own curriculum for teaching dance and movement to small children. As director of Summer Magic, she has developed art curricula for a variety of camps.
Recipient of a Diverseworks residency, Ms. Claire’s choreographic work has been shown in Houston, San Francisco, and abroad. In August 2018, she was invited to perform at the International Festival for Contemporary Dance in Mexico City.

In addition to her personal choreographic work, Ms. Claire produced and directed annual productions of her New York Nutcracker, an original production for Claire School of Dance students, from 2002 to 2015.

Ms. Claire’s video work has been shown at film festivals both in Houston and abroad. In September 2018, one of Ms. Claire’s videos, "Marked," was shown at Frame x Frame Dance Film Festival, a co-production of Frame Dance and Houston Ballet. Ms Claire was the recipient of a Texas Filmmakers Grant for her video, "Ritual of Remembrance."

Ms. Claire also holds a J.D. from the University of Nebraska.

Some of Ms. Claire’s work can be found online at roxanneclaire.com.

Reagan Israel

Reagan Israel

Reagan Israel began dancing in Sugar Land, Texas, where her love of the art was cultivated by Sharon Valant for ten years. In high school she danced with Ballet Forte, a pre-professional Regional Dance America company, where she studied ballet and modern and performed in classical and contemporary ballets. Throughout her teenage years, Reagan attended RDA festivals as well as summer intensives at Ballet Magnificat and the Atlanta Ballet. She also trained at Ballet Center of Houston under Victoria Vittum and performed with the Houston Repertoire Ballet and Sandra Organ Dance Company. After high school, Ms. Hand became a trainee with Ballet Magnificat and moved to Mississippi to study and share the gospel through dance full time for three years. After sustaining a chronic injury, Reagan left the stage and began teaching in 2012. She is passionate about the arts and hopes to encourage the pursuit of excellence in her students.

Ms. Hand has been trained and certified by the American Ballet Theatre in their National Training Curriculum in Primary through Level 3. She also holds a bachelor’s in Psychology and English and teaches Latin at a private school in Houston.

Melissa Pritchett

Melissa Pritchett

Melissa Pritchett is an Alley Theater Company Artist who has appeared in The Farnsworth Invention, Rock ‘N’Roll, Eurydice, Cyrano de Bergerac, Othello, Death on the Nile, Treasure Island, Hitchcock Blonde, Much Ado About Nothing, Black Comedy, Witness for the Prosecution, The Miser, The Pillowman, After the Fall, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.

Other theatre credits include Broadway 2003 (directed by Ann Reinking at Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center), Beauty and the Beast, Brigadoon (Theatre Under the Stars), Fiorello!, Pal Joey, On the Town (Bayou City Concert Musicals) and Footloose (Great Caruso).

As a dancer, she was a principal dancer for Longview Ballet Theatre and locally with Sparacino Company Dancers. Her training includes the Broadway Theatre Project 2003 with Ann Reinking and Ben Vereen. In addition to choreographing for the Claire School of Dance, she has choreographed several shows for Bayou City Concert Musicals including One Touch Venus, Finnian’s Rainbow and Fiorello!

She holds a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from Sam Houston State University.

Melanie Hovis

Melanie Hovis

Melanie received her dance training at Ballet Austin. Currently on staff with Houston Ballet‘s Outreach Program, Melanie has pedagogy certificates from both Ann Green Gilbert’s Creative Dance program in Seattle and from Progressing Ballet Technique.

Her performing background ranges from ballet ("The Nutcracker," "Tarantella,") to touring with Weird Al Yankovic.

At the Claire School of Dance, Melanie teaches creative movement as part of our Early Childhood Program.

Katey Tidwell

Katey Tidwell

Katey Tidwell, originally from Alabama, has been dancing since the age of five. After moving to Houston in 2002, she studied at The Humphreys School of Musical Theatre, The Tribble School at Masquerade Theatre, and with Penny Tschirrhart in the IB Dance program at Lamar High School.

Katey received her BA in Dance from The University of Houston where she was a member of the UH Dance Ensemble. While there she trained under Karen Stokes, Teresa Chapman, and Becky Valls. She has also worked with Jackie Nalett, Sophia Torres, Jhon R. Stronks, Leslie Scates, Sara Draper, and Jennifer Sommers. In 2017, she attended a teacher training at Axis Dance Company in Oakland, CA.

Katey works with The River Performing and Visual Arts Center and the Houston Ballet where she teaches dance and musical theatre to children with disabilities. Her work with The River includes instruction and choreography with the Performance Troupe and onsite classes as well as outreach with multiple elementary schools in the Houston area. She has been teaching with Houston Ballet’s Education and Community Engagement Program since 2013.

Sharon Teague

Sharon Teague

Ms. Teague was born in Los Angeles, California. When she was nine years old she began her ballet training and by the age of eleven was already performing with the American Ballet Theater as an extra. At the tender age of sixteen, she was invited to train at Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy on a full scholarship. One year later she joined the company as an apprentice. Ms. Teague was promoted to Soloist in 2002 and then to First Soloist in 2008.

After retirement from Houston Ballet, Ms. Teague has been busy raising her two daughters, Jenny Lou and Clementine. She also taught ballet extensively for seven years while directing The Missouri City Ballet, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) youth performing company. Ms. Teague’s students have been accepted to prestigious ballet schools around the world such as the English National Ballet School, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and The John Cranko School. Additionally, she completed an Associate of Arts in Teaching degree with Elementary Specialization from Houston Community College. She graduated with High Honors.

Currently, she is pursuing a BA in interdisciplinary studies with ESL supplement from the University of Houston-Downtown on a full academic merit scholarship. In December of 2019, she is expected to graduate and be officially certified by the state of Texas to teach grades PK-6. She is already qualified to teach ESL (English as a Second Language) students. Furthermore, she spent the 2017-2018 school year as an Associate Teacher for the Houston Independent School District.

Despite actively pursuing a career as an ESL elementary school teacher in urban education Ms. Teague always feels most at home in the ballet studio. Ballet was her first passion and will continue to be an integral part of her life. She considers herself fortunate to be able to combine her expertise in the art of ballet with the science of teaching and proper pedagogy she has learned while completing her degrees in education.

Cynthia Garcia

Cynthia Garcia

Cynthia was born and raised in El Paso, Texas and has a background in acting, singing, and dancing. She’s received a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Dance from Sam Houston State University, a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance Performance from the University of Texas at El Paso, and an Associate of Arts Degree from El Paso Community College.

Her dance training includes 21 years experience in styles such as Tap, Jazz, Modern, Ballet, Hip-Hop, Folklorico, Flamenco, and Aerial Silk. Cynthia has taught various levels of Tap, Jazz, and combination classes at The British Ballet Academy, Sam Houston State University, The Houston Metropolitan Dance Center, and Claire School of Dance.

Cynthia has also had work presented at the American College Dance Association, Comedy Dance Festival, and Bailando Dance Festival. She has had the pleasure of dancing for artists such as Sean Curran, Erin Reck, Dionne Noble, David Deveau, Andrea Vazquez-Aguirre, and Myron Nadel. She has been seen in shows such as Chess, In The Heights, Monty Python’s Spamalot, West Side Story, Singin’ In The Rain, The Producers, and VIVA! El Paso.

Cynthia has a love for all things art and embraces her theatrical and collaborative voice as a part of her creative soul.