St. Louis Dancing Classrooms’ team boasts decades of experience in dance, performance, teaching, and youth development
Angela Brooks, Site Director:
Angie Brooks has been dancing since the age of three, has trained with such dance stars as Gus Giordano, and had a decade-long performance career traveling around the world in musicals. Ms. Brooks has been a teaching artist for St. Louis Dancing Classrooms since 2009, teaches private and group ballroom dance lessons across the St. Louis area, and actively competes DanceSport at the professional level with her dance partner.
Carrie Fernandez, Teaching Artist:
Carrie Fernandez is a native of St. Louis where she got her start with the Gateway Ballet of St. Louis. As a student she was able to study on scholarship at many top company schools, including the Joffrey Ballet, ABT, San Francisco Ballet and the Bolshoi Academy in Moscow. After accepting a full scholarship to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center and moving to New York, Carrie continued to dance with local companies including Kozlov Dance International, Valentina Kozlova’s Daring Project, and New Jersey Ballet. She found her passion for teaching early and worked closely with many great teachers from the Bolshoi Ballet, NYC Ballet, and Alvin Ailey and was asked to develop a children’s program for Leonid Kozlov’s school where she choreographed and staged several children’s ballets. Since returning to St. Louis she has choreographed for the Maximum Pulse Dance Co and COCA’s Ballet Eclectica and is currently a member of the dance faculty at COCA. She joined St. Louis Dancing Classrooms in 2007 and trained under the founder, Pierre Dulaine.
Laura Maier, Teaching Artist:
Laura Maier has studied many forms of dance since she was just three years old. She has choreographed and taught tap, jazz, and ballet at Becky Kern’s Dance Studio, Civic Dance Center, Angie’s Dance Studio, and Dimensions Dance Center, as well as choreographed and taught performances for the Belleville East Swing Choir and Belleville East Drill Team. Laura earned her Bachelor of Science in psychology (child emphasis) from the University of Illinois and her elementary education teaching certificate from the University of Laverne. She trained and performed with Rosie Radiator and the San Francisco Tap Dance Team, and she presently teaches ballroom to fifth grade students as a teaching artist with the St. Louis Dancing Classrooms program.
Colleen Caul, Teaching Artist: Colleen has loved to dance ever since her grandpa and grandma taught her the jitterbug when she was a little girl. After ten years of studying ballet, jazz and musical theatre dance, she landed her first job following graduation (Northwestern University, 2004) as a Dance Motivator at Deb’s Family Disco in New York City. Colleen became a certified Dancing Classrooms Teaching Artist in 2009 and absolutely loves teaching ballroom dance to 5th graders in the St. Louis area. When she’s not ballroom dancing, you’ll find Colleen teaching Zumba, practicing Yoga, consulting with Pedal the Cause, or outside training for her next endurance run or cycling event.
Julia Wiegert, Teaching Artist Julia started her work with Dancing Classrooms in Omaha NE, but is very glad to be home in St. Louis. When she is not Fox Trotting with fifth graders, she works as an associate director for BravO! National Dance and Talent Competition and choreographs at various theatres and schools in the St. Louis area.