Amy Lowe - Artistic Director
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 certified Revolutionary Principles of Movement (RPM) teacher and 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 Heath 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.
She has completed Professional Ballet Teacher Training with world renowned pedagogue Ruth C. Petrinovic – “the ballet teacher’s teacher" and has studied pedagogy intensively with 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. She is a sought after choreographer and guest teacher, both nationally and abroad. Her works can currently be seen on several companies in the Southeast. 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 just completed a two year term as President and is also on the National Board of Directors of Dance Educators of America. 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. In her spare time she enjoys Gyrotonic, yoga and Pilates, as well as traveling with her husband Bryan and their two beloved basset hounds, Bonnie and Baxter.
Trent Montgomery is a graduate from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, receiving a BFA in Dance Performance. As a company member with Arkansas Festival Ballet for a total of four years, he has performed lead roles in Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, The Nutcracker, Beauty and the Beast, and more. In 2015, he
received the Chip and Cindy Murphy dell’Arte Dance Scholarship, enabling him to further his dancing at the Accademia dell’Arte in Arezzo, Italy. Early in his career, he toured the New York and Baltimore area with TEEBODANS, a performance company created and choreographed by Stephanie Thibeault. He has attended several
intensives on full scholarship including: Kansas City Ballet, Ballet Academy of Texas, and Paul Taylor American Modern Dance. Mr. Montgomery is currently attending Florida State University, where he is studying to receive his MFA in Dance. He returns this season to teach advanced ballet, pointe and partnering and coach our youth ballet company.
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 join the BACT dance family!
Christa Williams holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance Choreography and Performance from Lindenwood University, St. Charles, MO, and is currently pursuing a Masters of Fine Arts degree from Florida State University. She serves as the artistic director of her own company, Christa Williams Choreography, and her choreographic experience includes over 30 dance teams and studios throughout Illinois and Missouri. Christa performed with and choreographed for Hinge Dance Company, a pre-professional contemporary company based out of Oxford, Mississippi. She currently teaches jazz at the undergraduate level at FSU and works with the FSU Golden Girls.