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Our Teachers

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Amy Lowe - Artistic Director/Ballet, Conditioning

Amy Lowe’s extensive dance training, teaching and choreographic work encompasses a broad array of classical, neoclassical and contemporary repertoire. She holds a degree in Sports Medicine with specialization in injury prevention and treatment and has been recognized with the Award of Distinction in Anatomy and Physiology for Dancers from the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, London, England and was awarded a distinction diploma in Functional Kinesiology.  Mrs. Lowe is a Revolutionary Principles of Movement Master Teacher and the author of RPM's teacher training courses with the focus on the physics of movement as related to classical ballet.  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 also a Progressing Ballet Technique certified teacher and a certified Pilates teacher through PhysicalMind Institute in New York.  She has been recognized as the ACHI Magazine’s Mentor of the Year in 2020 and was a finalist with Tallahassee Women’s Magazine as Innovator of the Year in 2021.  

 

Her teaching career spans three decades and she is celebrating her 23rd anniversary as artistic director of Ballet Arts Conservatory of Tallahassee. She has served two terms as President for the Board of Directors of Florida State University’s School of Dance’s “Friends of Dance."

 

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. She's passionate about sharing her love for ballet and ballet wellness to Tallahassee youth.  

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Victoria Bulecza - Assistant to the Artistic Director/Rehearsal Mistress

Victoria Bulecza holds a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from Florida Southern College. She trained extensively under Amy Lowe at Ballet Arts Conservatory of Tallahassee and danced as both a soloist and principal with the company performing featured roles in “Snow White,” “Christmas in Narnia,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Alice in Wonderland.”   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 such 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 holds certification in Progressing Ballet Technique and has successfully completed the teacher training for Revolutionary Principles of Movement Level I certification as well as Alixa Flexibility.  She aims  to combine her passions for dance and wellness to encourage healthy training and performance practices in young dancers.  She teaches ballet and contemporary and serves as the company’s rehearsal mistress.  She truly loves teaching contemporary, conditioning and  ballet classes to Tallahassee youth.  

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Colby Ann Smith - Assistant to the Artistic Director/Rehearsal Mistress

Colby Ann Smith is a Tallahassee native and junior at Florida State University. She trained exclusively 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 performed as a soloist and principal with our company in such productions as “Snow White,” “Cinderella” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”  Miss Colby is our preschool ballet specialist - there's nothing like her classes!  She teaches young children ballet and jazz and serves as the junior company’s rehearsal mistress. 

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Lindsey Stephens - Ballet 

Lindsey Stephens began dancing at an early age in Andalusia, Alabama with Meryane Martin Murphy, artistic director of Andalusia Ballet and member of the Alabama Dance Council. Lindsey has extensive training in the Horton modern and ballet techniques, as well as other commercialized techniques such as jazz, tap, and acrobatics. She has been invited to Youth America Grand Prix’s finals in New York City and placed top fifteen in the Universal Ballet Competition’s contemporary category. She has attended summer intensives at Northwest Florida Ballet, Houston Ballet, Boston Ballet, Alabama Ballet, and Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Among her teachers were John Gardner and Amanda McKerrow, Ian and Eleanor Carney, Claudio Munoz, Wes Chapman, Roger VanFleteren, and Duncan Cooper. Lindsey is currently a junior at Florida State University pursuing a BFA in Dance with a secondary degree in Media Communication. 

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Linda Bulecza - Youth Company Costume Designer

 Linda Bulecza is the esteemed wardrobe mistress and costume designer for our ballet company.  She began assisting with costumes and props for Alice in Wonderland in 2007, costuming three dancers in paper mache teapots, and creating realistic tree logs from chicken wire, canvas, and paint. She assumed the position of Wardrobe Mistress with the first production of Christmas in Narnia in 2011 and works closely with BACT's artistic director, Mrs.Lowe in designing and creating the unique look our dancers have on stage. She has a special knack for creating unique and original costume designs that are specific to our company and our dancers. Linda retired as the Director of Staff Attorneys at the First District Court of Appeal and enjoys spending her time investing in her true passion, the arts. She has many expressive talents in addition to sewing, including jewelry designing and painting. But she is quick to point out that her favorite pastime is costuming the beautiful dancers of Ballet Arts Conservatory.  She is the proud mother of an accomplished alumna dancer.