Kathleen Sfamenos started tap and jazz dance at 3 years old. She began performing recital solos at 4 years old. After transitioning through different studios and styles of dance, she fell in love with ballet at The Woodlands Civic Ballet under instruction from Karyn Simon - Poland and had roles such as Clara in The Nutcracker and The Vision of Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty. Kathleen was accepted into the year round Houston Ballet Academy program. She was instructed by Priscilla Nathan - Murphy, Bridget Payne, Clara Cravey, Cheryne Busch, Steve Brule, and more. She went on to spend 5 years in the academy, was an active participant in the company's conditioning center and program, and by internal audition was selected to perform in 4 seasons of Houston Ballet’s The Nutcracker, a production of Houston Ballet’s The Sleeping Beauty, and was student soloist in Houston Ballet’s production of La Sylphide, playing the little girl / sister of Carlos Acosta in his role as James. She was accepted into The Rock School, Colorado Ballet,and Joffrey Ballet summer intensives in her teens. She later explored and experienced a year of drill team in high school before settling into a placement with the Houston MET TOO, youth dance company of METdance, by audition. She performed many contemporary pieces and was selected and traveled to dance in Arizona and California with the youth company. Her teachers there included Steven Boyd, Kiki Lucas, Annette Karim, and Kristi Burgess. Kathleen graduated high school receiving The Woodlands High School Dance Club's triple threat award for qualities of determination, dedication, and devotion and the club's most outstanding technique award.  Kathleen went on to be a freshman dance major at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California on the school’s presidential scholarship and was placed as a 3rd year ballet student while also completing her 1st year classes in other styles, techniques, and principles of dance. Judith Scalin, Patrick Damon Rago, Teresa Heiland, Scott Heinzerling, and Tekla Kostek were among her professors. She was invited back sophomore year to participate in the final 4th year of the ballet program, but committed to a transfer to University of Texas at Austin to be with her now husband instead and focused on child psychology and minored in education while developing a love for watching UT football *Hook'em Horns!*. Kathleen and her husband are raising their two wonderful children in the area, and Kathleen has been instructing ballet back in The Woodlands community since 2013 and has a certification in Progressing Ballet Technique. 

Kathleen Sfamenos

Ballet Instructor