Amy Lowe - Artistic Director, Ballet Faculty
Mrs. Lowe’s extensive dance training, teaching and choreographic work encompasses a broad array of both classical and contemporary repertoire. She holds a B.S. degree in Sports Medicine from the University of West Florida with specialization in injury prevention and treatment. Mrs. Lowe is a Revolutionary Principles of Movement (RPM) Master Teacher and lead Teacher Trainer for RPM's Teacher's Training Program. She is an American Ballet Theatre® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level VII and Partnering of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. She is a member of The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, London, England, and has been recognized with the Award of Distinction in Anatomy and Physiology for Dancers from ISTD and was awarded a distinction in Health Kinesiology. She is an Affiliate of the American Academy of Ballet and a Registered Teacher with International Dance Acclaim. She has served on the ballet faculty of Dance Educators of America. Mrs. Lowe is a certified Pilates instructor through the PhysicalMind Institute – New York City, New York. She is a licensed Progressing Ballet Technique certified teacher. She has trained and performed with Florida Classical Ballet Theatre, Briarwood Ballet, Ballet Pensacola and Kaleidoscope Ballet.
With a passion for ballet education and pedagogy, she has studied with world renowned pedagogues including Ruth C. Petrinovic, Raymond Lukens, Franco DeVita, Marcia Dale Weary, David Howard and David White. She has written, staged and choreographed numerous full length ballets including "The Little Mermaid," "Journey to Oz," "Windows to the World," "Alice in Wonderland," "A Midsummer Night's Dream," and the acclaimed "Christmas in Narnia." She has restaged "Graduation Ball," "The Fairy Doll," "Cinderella" and countless classical variations for performance and ballet competition.
As a versatile choreographer and educator, she has been recognized with various awards throughout her career, including being the three time recipient of the Dance Educators of America’s President’s Cup Award for excellence in ballet education. Mrs. Lowe has been listed in “Who’s Who Among Executives & Professionals.” She is on the Executive Board of Directors for Florida State University’s Friends of Dance where she serves as president. Mrs. Lowe has had the honor of sitting on a three member panel for the Former First Lady of Florida’s Arts Education Recognition Program, a program that recognized serious high school students who demonstrated exemplary talent in dance. Many of her students have gone on to find success dancing in professional companies across the country as well as college and university dance programs. Mrs. Lowe’s teaching philosophy is to train young dancers in the healthiest, safest method possible all while enabling them to reach their highest potential at whatever age or skill level that might be. Sharing her passion and love for the art of classical ballet is what continues to drive her to excel as an educator.
Trent Montgomery - Associate Artistic Director, Ballet Faculty
Trent Montgomery is a freelance dance artist, teacher, and choreographer who is trained in a variety of classical and contemporary movement practices. He holds a MFA in Dance from Florida State University with an emphasis in Performance and Choreography, and is the Associate Artistic Director of Ballet Arts Conservatory of Tallahassee and Capital City Festival Ballet. His artistic endeavors have led him to choreograph and perform all over the United States and multiple venues abroad. He has worked extensively with Arkansas Festival Ballet as a company member, guest artist, instructor, and now sits on the Season Advisory Council. He will perform as a guest artist with Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo as a part of their winter season at the Joyce and has recently received his Progressing Ballet Technique teacher certification.
While receiving his BFA in Dance from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Trent was awarded the Chip and Cindy Murphy dell’Arte Dance Scholarship, which enabled him to further his dancing at the Accademia dell’Arte in Arezzo, Italy. Throughout his career, he has had the privilege to perform works by Merce Cunningham, Dan Wagoner, Gianni Bruschi, and others. His choreographic thesis work titled masc4masc was published in FSU’s SIX Magazine in 2020, looking at male-gendered representation in classical dance forms. His teaching philosophy is to hone into each students’ current capabilities to expand and further their artistry, physicality, and technicality through a healthy, positive environment. His students have gone on to some of the top college dance programs and professional companies, and all of his students continue to inspire him throughout his career.
Cailey Campbell - Jazz and Contemporary Faculty
Cailey Campbell was trained in Greenville, SC at Dancers Corner and the Fine Arts Center. Her training was mostly in Jazz and Contemporary/Modern, as well as Ballet, Hip Hop, Tap, and Musical Theatre. Cailey is a current senior BFA Dance Major at FSU, where she has continued her training Ballet, Contemporary, and other dance related studies. In May 2021, she began her Comprehensive Pilates Instructor Training at Club Pilates Teacher Training. She is currently in her 500-hour training as a Pilates apprentice and has already taught 100+ reformer and mat Pilates classes. Cailey has been a part of the ensemble cast for Crawford Jazz Project dance company based in Orlando since 2018. She cannot wait to continue teaching and spreading her love of movement to others.
Colby Ann Smith - Children's Faculty
Colby Ann Smith is a Tallahassee native and junior at Florida State University. She trained with Amy Lowe beginning at age three. One of her favorite experiences at BACT was participating in the Youth American Grand Prix, and attending the American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive at the University of Alabama. In addition to assisting classes at BACT, she also taught preschool through second grade classes at Young Actors Theater in Tallahassee. She is thrilled to be back at BACT this year!
Tori Bulecza - Rehearsal Assistant
Tori Bulecza is a freelance dancer and teacher. She holds a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from Florida Southern College. She initially trained under Amy Lowe at Ballet Arts Conservatory of Tallahssee. While training at BACT, Tori taught classes in jazz and ballet and served as the founding chapter president of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts. Tori has had the privilege to work with choreographers as Carolyn Dorfman, Melissa Rector, Jerry Opdenaker, and Michael Foley, and has performed in numerous works ranging from classical to modern. While at FSC, Tori also studied exercise science and earned her AASDN nutrition specialist certification. She hopes to combine her passions for dance and wellness to encourage healthy training and performance practices in young dancers.