Faculty

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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 nearly three decades and she is celebrating her 22nd 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. Sharing her passion and love for the art of classical ballet is what continues to drive her to excel as an educator.

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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.  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.  

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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.”  She teaches young children’s classes in ballet and jazz and serves as the junior company’s rehearsal mistress 

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Cailey Campbell - Jazz and Contemporary 

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.

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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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Carlee Sachs-Krook - Ballet

Carlee Sachs-Krook moves fluidly between the roles of educator, scholar, writer, and performer within the dance field. An eclectic groover with a background in ballet, contemporary, jazz, tap, and Pilates, she holds a BFA in dance from Sam Houston State University (SHSU) and an MA in American Dance Studies from Florida State University (FSU). Drawing on her embodied experience as a mover and groover in popular and concert dance contexts, she balancés between research and practice related to dance technique and dance studies pedagogy, dance in popular culture, and performance politics related to gender.

 

She has shared her scholarship, writing, and performances on a variety of physical and digital platforms. Her written work has appeared in The Dancer-Citizen, Dance Informa Magazine, and The Tallahassee Democrat. As an emerging scholar, she has presented original research on competitive pole dance at the Popular Culture Association’s national conference and at the Ringling Museum in Sarasota, FL as an invited lecturer. She has performed contemporary and ballet works by Alexis Anderson, Erin Reck, Dionne Noble, and Dana Nicolay. In 2018, she traveled to Japan to dance in Dido and Aeneas as part of a collaboration between the opera companies at Kobe College and SHSU. 

 

As an educator, she is deeply invested in cultivating student-centered learning environments that encourage curiosity, play, and creative exploration-- whether in a studio or dance studies classroom. She has taught ballet, tap, contemporary, jazz, and creative dance for over ten years in both studio and community dance settings. Her pedagogical approach to dance training emphasizes somatic-based approaches to dance technique and is deeply informed by her Balanced Body Pilates training and experience teaching Pilates for the past four years. As a graduate student at FSU, she served as the teaching assistant for Dr. Jen Atkins’ undergraduate dance studies classes Classical Perspectives on Dance and Contemporary Perspectives on Dance. 

 

Moving forward, Carlee aims to pursue a PhD in dance and teach at university where she can continue to further weave together her passion for dance education, scholarship, writing, and performance.