Erin Lane was born and raised in San Angelo, Texas, training at Ballet San Angelo throughout her childhood until she left to pursue a BFA in Dance from the University of Texas at Austin. Erin experienced the Ballet through its many stages of growth, from the early years residing in the Cactus Hotel Ballroom with a singular focus on the production of a local Nutcracker in partnership with the San Angelo Symphony, to what is now a community-wide arts organization centered on dance education, movement-based outreach programming, fitness, and the creation of original works for productions. While training at BSA, Erin had the privilege of partnering opposite American Ballet Theatre’s Tamás Solymosi in the role of Clara, and sharing the stage with Paloma Herrera, named by Dance Magazine as one of “The Top Ten Dancers of the Twentieth Century” the very year she danced the Sugar Plum role in San Angelo.
Erin’s academic work at UT expanded her classical ballet base and exposed her to a breadth of dance genres, pedagogy, artists, and choreographic material. As a UT student, she was invited to join two contemporary companies, Sally Jacques’ company Blue Lapis Light who created exciting site-specific aerial dance works in Austin, and Sharir + Bustamante Danceworks, under the direction of Yacov Sharir and José Bustamante. Also during her UT degree work, Erin was given the opportunity to continue her studies with La Escuela Profesional de Danza de Mazatlán under the direction of the renowned international artist Claudia Lavista and her partner from Delfos Contemporary Dance Victor Manuel Ruiz. Having found a passion for the contemporary dance expression coming out of Latin America, and with Claudia and Victor’s direction, Erin continued her professional work in Mexico with La Luciernaga Danza Contemporanea (Mazatlán, Sinaloa, MX), Tumakat Danza Contemporanea, and Cressida Danza Contemporanea (Mérida, Yucatán, MX). After maximizing her stay as a visiting artist in Mexico, Erin then gained valuable experience in the education, fitness, technology and business industries working in Spain, Dallas, and New York City. She continued to develop her skills and pursue her passion in dance through freelance choreography staged in Austin, such as an accessible and nontraditional piece exploring toddlers’ movement and utilizing a mother-child cast.
In the summer of 2016, Erin returned to San Angelo to help care for her father. She was reintroduced to the work of Ballet San Angelo, now a resident company in The Stephens Performing Arts Center on the San Angelo Performing Arts Center campus. Expressing a passion for reaching more people through dance in the BSA studios, she was charged with developing two pilots for Ballet San Angelo, Dance for Parkinson’s, now called Joy of Movement, and her own unique brand of fitness classes, now BSAFit. The unequivocal success of both pilots changed the face of the organization and paved the way for broader influences at BSA, timely in the changing industry of dance. Her first choreographic works for BSA included a public engagement dance experiment called Everybody Moves and a full length production based on the human phenomenon of play called Batteries Not Included : A History of Play. Erin also introduced the first BSA Student Choreographic Competition, which is now entering its fourth fruitful year.
Erin’s dedication to students, both young and old, her staff team, and her community has played a key role in moving BSA towards a fuller expression of our mission. She has expanded our instructional reach and strengthened artistic partnerships with organizations including San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, West Texas Rehabilitation Center, Be Theatre, Angelo State University, West Texas Counseling & Guidance, Canada’s National Ballet School, and Dance for Parkinson’s at the Mark Morris Dance Group in Brooklyn, NY.
The BSA Board of Directors proudly announced her acceptance of their invitation in the summer of 2019 to assume the Artistic Directorship of Ballet San Angelo. With dynamic leadership and a capable creative staff and Board team secure, we are uniquely poised to deliver our mission of Empowerment through Movement with new vigor for years to come.
Victoria Barker - Ballet Mistress
Victoria a native of San Angelo, grew up dancing at Ballet San Angelo where she danced many lead roles including Clara and Sugar Plum in The Nutcracker, the Pas de Deux from Don Quixote and Flames of Paris in An Evening of Dance, as well as The Rose Adagio from Sleeping Beauty in the 2014 Spring Gala. During the 2014-15 school year, Victoria trained at the Houston Ballet Academy and performed in Houston Ballet’s Nutcracker. In 2016 she was a guest artist at Montana Ballet Company’s Spring Gala. Victoria has attended summer intensives at the School of American Ballet in New York City, the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Houston Ballet, and Oklahoma City Ballet. She has been assisting and teaching at the ballet for the past 7 years and is delighted to take on the role of Ballet Mistress at Ballet San Angelo.
Victoria instructs all Academy levels.
Caroline Carrillo - Office Manager
Caroline was first introduced to Ballet San Angelo in 2010 when her daughter started taking classes. She was immediately struck by the level of professionalism and quality of education the dancers received. She started working at the ballet in January of 2017. She loves that her role as Office Manager allows her to connect daily with all of the wonderful ballet families! She continues to be impressed with everything BSA has to offer and feels incredibly blessed to be part of the team! She is looking forward to all of the amazing things the future holds for Ballet San Angelo.
Savannah Logsdon - Marketing Director
Savannah spent her high school years in San Angelo, finding her creative voice through theater before moving to Singapore to pursue a BA in Animation from LASALLE College of the Arts. She then worked as a freelance artist in Los Angeles for a number of companies, creating animated commercials, advertisements, and iPhone game apps. She returned to San Angelo in early 2018 to teach art and illustration to more that 1,000 local school students. It was then she realized she wanted to remain in the community which helped grow her as an artist. Savannah is thrilled to be using her creative talents for BSA.
Susan Kinney - Development Director
Susan Templeton Kinney joins the BSA team after years of service on the Board of Directors and more recently, in the Joy of Movement program. Since 1992 she worked with KFW Architects, where responsibilities included fiscal management of the firm, personnel, and participation on the design team. She is excited to turn her professional focus to supporting an art form that she loves. Her academic background includes a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in painting from the University of Texas in Austin and a Master of Social Work, begun at New York University and completed at the University of Houston. Her professional journey, built on her love of art, community and business development, includes positions at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Caroline Lee Gallery, Houston, and Covenant House New York. Facilitating children’s artwork has been a lifelong passion, and one of her favorite projects was the installation of prayer murals at La Gran Familia orphanage in Cuauhtémoc, Mexico. Locally, she has served on the Boards of Ballet San Angelo, San Angelo Performing Arts Center, River Corridor Commission, and Emmanuel Episcopal Church, and she is proud to currently serve on the US branch of the Board of Directors (FCNBS) of Canada’s National Ballet School in Toronto.
Susan is married to Craig Kinney, founding principal of KFW Architects, and has two children, Nathan, an industrial designer in Houston, and Helen Clare, a professional dancer in Germany. Susan’s downtime includes painting, cooking and pretending to be a gardener.
Maritza Pineda - Children's Division Instructor
Born and raised in South Texas, she trained in ballet and gymnastics before earning her BA in Dance from Rutgers University. Her passion has been to provide creative dance and movement programs in rural areas, churches and community centers, which she has done for 20 years. Maritza’s years of experience, loving enthusiasm for this age group, and belief that creative dance and movement builds confidence and teaches children to use their bodies respectfully and safely with grace and joy, makes her an ideal addition to our BSA family.
Amy Schiller - Costume Mistress
Amy is an exceptional seamstress and consistent supporter of BSA. Amy has been working tirelessly this summer re-organizing our costume room, updating Nutcracker costumes, and helping where ever she can towards our immediate needs as well as exciting future plans. We are truly fortunate that she is sharing her talent and positive spirit with BSA.
Meg Levesque - Children's Division & BSA II Instructor
Meg started her dance career at the age of 5 at a local dance studio here in San Angelo. At age 11, she joined a competitive dance team where, for 7 years, she trained, competed, and was awarded in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip-hop, and Contemporary. She has danced in many local productions, including Mary Poppins, White Christmas, and our very own Nutcracker. For the past 4 years, she has assisted and taught creative movement and pre-school classes. She is very excited to continue her dance education as she teaches new dance styles here at Ballet San Angelo.
Victoria Barker Ballet Mistress
Maritza Pineda Creative Movement
Meg Levesque Creative Movement and BSA II instructor
Megan Gonzalez Ballet Instructor
Debbie Rendon Joy of Movement
Amy Schiller Costume Mistress
Amanda Brake Costume Assistant
Erin Lane Artistic Director and BodyBarre, and Yoga Instructor
Stacy Lind Kundalini Yoga Instructor
Camille Martinez PiYO Instructor
Gail Moore PiYO Instructor
Kristy Scott BodyBarre Instructor
Sara Searsy BodyBarre Instructor
Camille Yale Pilates Machine and Mat Instructor