Amy Lowe - Artistic Director, Instructor
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, Instructor
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 has recently stepped into the role of Associate Artistic Director with Ballet Arts Conservatory of Tallahassee. 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.
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.
Katerina De Lawyer - BACT at Home Director, Instructor
Katerina De Lawyer is excited to join the teaching staff of Ballet Arts Conservatory of Tallahassee! She began her dance training under Yvonne Racz-Key at Ballet Lubbock. In 2016, she graduated cum laude from Texas Christian University with a BFA in Ballet and minor in Child Development. During her time at TCU, she worked with many prestigious choreographers and teachers including Susan Jaffe, Willy Shives, Michael Bearden, Michele Gifford, and Susan Dromisky. Katerina performed soloist roles in various ballets such as Le Corsair, Birthday Variations, Paquita and Giselle. After graduating, she joined the Central Illinois Ballet Company as a dancer and teacher in 2016. There she performed principal roles in Dracula, Nutcracker, and Beauty and the Beast. Additionally, she designed the lighting for CIB’s Nutcracker and Beauty and the Beast. Katerina has taught dance in multiple settings including Hodges Community Center, Joe Berry Dance Company, All-Star Dance Academy, the Peoria Park District, and Cornerstone Dance Academy. Katerina’s teaching curriculum includes ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, musical theater, modern, creative movement, and hip-hop to various ages. Along with dance, she also assisted with science and art at the Fort Worth Museum School an academic based pre-school. Katerina has received awards including Nordan Fine Art’s Scholarship, Excellence in Lighting Design, and given Honorable Mention for her choreography When They’re Not Watching.
Maddie Kurtz - Instructor
Maddie Kurtz is originally from Westport, CT, and received her early dance training at the D’Valda and Sirico Dance and Music Centre. She holds a BA in Dance and Religious Studies from Colby College and an MFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from SUNY Brockport. Maddie continues to teach and choreograph at studios and universities along the East Coast, while also creating and producing contemporary dance works for the concert stage with her company, MKrep. With interests rooted in the overlap between concert and commercial dance, she has presented research at conferences including the National Dance Education Organization, The Dance Studies Association, and the Popular Culture Association. Maddie is a sought after competition adjudicator and currently judges for Inspire National Dance Competition and StarQuest International, and is on the roster of judges with Impact Dance Adjudicators. She is also a certified yoga (RYT-200) and Pilates instructor and is thrilled to continue teaching with the BACT dance family!
Rafael Tillery - Instructor
A native of Chicago, IL, Rafael began his dance training at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN, from where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Theatre and Dance in 2013. Rafael danced with the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company II under the direction of Shonna Hickman-Matlock from 2013-2014. In 2014 he relocated to St. Louis, MO to join the Modern American Dance Company (MADCO) where he performed for two years under the direction of Stacy West. He has worked with notable choreographers such as Molissa Fenley, Debbie Blunden-Diggs, William B. McClellan, Jr., Nejla Yatkin, Ronin Koresh, Rodney A. Brown, B.B Miller, and more. He attended the 2012 American Dance Festival, Trisha Brown Dance Workshop, and the Garth Fagan Dance Intensive and has had the opportunity to perform as a guest artist alongside Shen Wei Dance Arts, Garth Fagan Dance Company, and the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (1st company). Rafael’s choreographic work has been adjudicated to the American College Dance Association (ACDA), the Tennessee Association of Dance (TAD), and the Saint Louis Arts Alliance; he has choreographed and taught for various performance studios and dance companies within and around the Saint Louis area including Consuming Kinetics Dance Company, Patzius Performing Arts, Kirkwood Dance Center, Michelle's School of Dance, and Karlovsky and Company Dance. Rafael is currently in his second year as a Dance and Choreography MFA candidate at Florida State University; his studies focus on multidisciplinary approaches in dance composition and solo practices as well as Afro-aesthetics within contemporary dance techniques.