Ballet Rincon
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About Us In Tucson, AZ

Established in 2001 as Southeast Tucson's Premier Classical Dance Academy, Ballet Rincon (BR) is committed to the highest standard in professional dance training. BR dancers have been accepted in several nationally recognized University Dance Majors and professional Summer Ballet Intensives, including that of American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet, Ballet Austin, Brigham Young University, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Indiana University, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Joffrey Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Long Beach Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, The Rock School, State Street Ballet, The University of Utah, and Washington Ballet.
Ballet Rincon's mission is to share our love of dance with the largest possible audience in our community, and to train our students in the classical tradition of dance as a performing art. We seek to provide a complete and varied education for our dancers of all ages, offering the finest training in an encouraging and professional atmosphere.
Ballet Rincon is proud to include the AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE® National Training Curriculum, a breakthrough nine level program that combines high quality artistic training with the basics of dancer health and child development. The ABT® National Training Curriculum consists of a comprehensive set of age-appropriate, outcome-based guidelines to provide the highest quality ballet training to dance students of all ages and skill levels. Pre-Primary through Level 3 will be taught by the ABT® Certified Teachers Jennifer Neuser, Alana Gatzke, and Angelina Lin Hannum, who have successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.

Our Artistic Staff represents an outstanding collective professional performance and teaching resume, to include work with: American Festival Ballet, Ballet Idaho, Ballet Magnificat!, Beijing Dance Theatre, Butler University, Colorado Mesa University, Corpus Christi Ballet, Dayton Ballet, The Harid Conservatory, Jerusalem Dance Theatre, North Carolina School of the Arts, North Dakota Ballet Company, Oakland Ballet, The University of Arizona, and The University of Utah.

Our Facilities

Ballet Rincon offers two spacious studios in the quiet and picturesque community of Civano in Southeast Tucson. Our large and sunlit Main Studio and Annex (Studio A) locations have floating marley floors, vaulted ceilings, and wall-to-wall barres.
Jennifer Neuser in Tucson, AZ
Jennifer Neuser - Director

Jennifer Neuser began her dance training in Wisconsin at age six. She studied with many dance professionals throughout the United States, including Juanita and Nikolai Makaroff (School of American Ballet; Bolshoi Ballet), Ronn Guidi (Oakland Ballet), Robert Lindgren (North Carolina School of the Arts), Marcus Alford (Gus Giordano Dance Company,) and Richard Verhoeven (Dance Masters of America).

Ms. Neuser, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.F.A., was a principal dancer for Wisconsin's Children's Ballet Theatre and the North Dakota Ballet Company (NDBC.) She went on to assume Assistant Artistic Directorship of NDBC as well as found and maintain the school's satellite facility. Jennifer was a member of the staff of Academy of Ballet of Tucson, and also performed locally as a guest artist with Tucson Regional Ballet. A veteran instructor of over two decades, she has travelled throughout the United States and taught hundreds of students, guiding many to success in advanced training programs, professional companies, and the Broadway stage.

Ms. Neuser founded Ballet Rincon in 2001 with resolve to offer the best possible classical training to the youth of Southeast Tucson. The school has since then fulfilled her wish, giving hundreds of young hopefuls who have passed through its doors the chance to understand and love the art of dance.

Jennifer Neuser is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.

Carrie Hill in Tucson, AZ
Carrie Hill - Director of Preschool Programs

Ms. Hill combines her advanced early childhood education and extensive dance background to do what she loves best: To teach young children to dance and experience joy in movement. Dance has been a part of her life since the age of 3, and as a child and teen, Carrie had the opportunity to study in both Europe and the United States.

Carrie was awarded her Bachelor of Science degree in Finance & Economics from Texas Tech University, and then followed her passion for teaching young children through extensive early childhood education from Central Texas College and Master of Education coursework from Northern Arizona University. Along with her classical dance education expertise, she brings to Ballet Rincon eight combined years of academic experience in teaching young children as a Balanced Literacy Specialist for the Tucson Unified School District and the United States Department of Defense Schools-Europe.

As BR's Director of Preschool Programs since 2002, Ms. Hill used her passion for movement to develop the Division's innovative ballet, tap and Preschool Movement Workshop curriculums, and she continues to sustain the foundation of BR's training philosophy in our youngest students. With children of her own, she understands the importance of positive feedback and encourages students to feel successful in their dancing and confident in themselves.
Mika Deslongchamps in Tucson, AZ
Mika Deslongchamps - Director of Jazz Programs

Ms. Deslongchamps has been training and performing since she was a child, and has taught at and choreographed for numerous dance studios and programs throughout southern Arizona. Her award-winning choreography is in demand by organizations throughout the Southwest. In her current tenure at Ballet Rincon, she collaborates in full-length ballet productions, teaches the advanced tap classes and intermediate to advanced ballet levels, and runs the Jazz Division.

Mika is also the co-founder and Artistic Director of Dance for a Cause (DFAC), a not-for-profit organization that challenges dancers while raising funds for a variety of organizations and bringing the joy of dance to new audiences.

Ms. Delongchamps holds a bachelors degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of Arizona. When not dancing, choreographing or teaching, she works with children full time as a speech therapy assistant in the Vail School District.

Mika Deslongchamps is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.

Alana Gatzke in Tucson, AZ
Alana Gatzke

Ms. Gatzke, a native of West Bend, Wisconsin, has trained for over 18 years in ballet, jazz, tap, modern and contemporary dance. She excelled in early dance training at the Metro Milwaukee Ballet Center under Rafael Delgado, and with Makaroff Youth Ballet under Jeanette Makaroff - both former principals with Milwaukee Ballet.

Ms. Gatzke went on to study at Ballet West Summer Intensive, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and BYU Summer Intensives, and is a graduate of the University of Utah with a BFA in Ballet Teaching. She has studied under many additional teachers, including Regina Zarhina - former principal with several international ballet companies, Jay Kim - former principal with Korean National Ballet, Calvin Kitten - former principal with Joffrey Ballet, and Maggie Tesch - former principal dancer with Ballet West.

In her performing career, Ms. Gatzke has had the opportunity to dance many principal roles including Sugar Plum Fairy, Dew Drop Fairy, and Snow Queen in The Nutcracker; and numerous additional sola variations in such classic ballets as Cinderella and The Sleeping Beauty. Alana is enthusiastic about working with young aspiring dancers and relishes the opportunity to share her love of dance with everyone who is willing to learn.

Alana Gatzke is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.

Angelina Lin Hannum in Tucson, AZ
Angelina Lin Hannum

Ms. Hannum trained in the ballet department at the Beijing Dance Academy; Alvin Ailey American Dance Center; and Académie de Danse Princesse Grace in Monte Carlo, Monaco under Russian ballet master Marika Besobrasova. An international performer, she has appeared throughout the U.S. as well as in Monaco, Jerusalem, and throughout greater China. She has worked with Ballet Magnificat!, Hosanna Sacred Arts, Jose Mateo's Ballet Theatre, Mussorgsky Ballet, St. Petersburg, Russia; Jerusalem Dance Theatre, Israel; and the Beijing Dance Theatre, China.

As an artist, her dancing has not only spanned the globe, it has also traversed all sections of humanity, from state dignitaries such as the royal family of Monaco, to inmates at the Mississippi State Penitentiary. In addition to her dance career, Angelina graduated with honors from Boston University, specializing in International Relations and Russian Studies. Her academic interests led her to a eight month stint in Jerusalem, Israel, where she was staff writer at the ICEJ, and her writings on the interplay between faith and politics were featured in the Jerusalem Post: Christian Edition.

Angelina currently resides in Tucson, AZ, where she received her MFA in dance choreography at the School of Dance at The University of Arizona. She performs and creates dances with several local companies, is a certified GYROTONIC® and Pilates instructor, and is an active and enthusiastic dance and movement educator.

Angelina Lin Hannum is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum
Julie Nichols in Tucson, AZ
Julie Nichols

Ms. Nichols began her dance training at the age of five at Michele's Dance Academy in Las Cruces, NM, where she later became a principal and founding member of the Las Cruces Chamber Ballet. There, she danced solo and principal roles in The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia and several additional original works. She also trained on scholarship with Pennsylvania Ballet and Milwaukee Ballet and received scholarships from the Cecchetti Council of America.

Ms. Nichols attended Brigham Young University, where she danced with the BYU Theatre Ballet for two years. Also at university, Julie found a love for choreography and costuming, and graduated from BYU with a BA in Theatrical Costume Design. Intertwining these passions throughout her career, she has staged numerous original pieces and designed an extensive costume portfolio.

For eight years, Ms. Nichols directed Ballet Belles, a small, child-centered dance academy and performing group. A wife and mother of four children, Julie is grateful to share her love of dance with others and is honored to continue to do this as an instructor and costume designer with Ballet Rincon.
Hanna Pancost in Tucson, AZ
Hannah Pancost

Hannah Pancost began her dance training in Tucson at age seven, and danced at many studios throughout the area before finding her home at Ballet Rincon in 2004. During her training at BR, Ms. Pancost danced lead roles in several of the great classics, including The Sugar Plum Fairy and Queen of the Snowflakes in The Nutcracker, Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, and Swanilda in Coppelia. Hannah augmented her training in 2008 with advanced study at the Kansas City Ballet.

Ms. Pancost obtained her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from the University of Arizona in 2014. She continues to dance and perform regionally with Funhouse Movement Theater. Hannah began teaching at Ballet Rincon in 2010 and enjoys instructing the dancers in multi-disciplinary beginning and intermediate levels, and hopes to continue sharing her love of dance with young ballerinas for many future years.
Hanna Pancost in Tucson, AZ
Mirela Roza

Mirela Roza was born in Fortaleza, Brazil, where she received most of her dance training with Tatiana Leskova from the Original Ballets Russes. She performed for four seasons at Ballet Municipal Theatre of Rio de Janeiro under the direction of Jean-Ives Lormeau, former étoile of Paris Opera Ballet. While performing with BTMRJ, she had the opportunity to perform in full-length classical ballets in the company’s repertoire including The Sleeping Beauty, Daphnis et Chloé and Les Présages. She has also performed in a national and international tour with Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus, which contributed to her versatility in different dance styles and techniques.

Ms. Roza received her intensive education at The University of Arizona, earning a B.F.A in Dance and a B.A. in Psychology. In May 2015, she received her Masters degree of Fine Arts in Performance and Choreography. During Mirela’s education at the U of A, she performed works by nationally recognized choreographers, including James Clouser and Doug Nielsen.

In addition to her current term at Ballet Rincon, Ms. Roza serves as Adjunct Faculty at Pima Community College. In her short time there, she has found that her background in education, performance, and choreography has helped her contribute to the activities and culture of the department. She looks forward to many future seasons of work with the dancers at Ballet Rincon.

Lee Anne Hartley - Guest Instructor

Lee Anne Hartley is the Director of FUNHOUSE movement theater which has served over 40,000 participants since 2000 through highly acclaimed dance concerts and its Youth Outreach Program. FUNHOUSE movement theater is the 2007 Lumie Winner for an Arts Education Organization sponsored by Tucson Pima Arts Council and the 2004 and 2005 Achievement Award Finalist for Community Impact sponsored by the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona.

Ms. Hartley has created work for arts festivals, universities, regional dance companies and public television. Recognized as “a talent to be reckoned with” by the Seattle Times, she has received awards for her choreography from the Seattle Arts Commission, Artist Trust of Washington State, and Arizona Commission on the Arts. She has performed work by National Endowment of the Arts recipients Jesse Jaramillo, Pat Graney and Mark Morris.

Lee Anne has instructed all ages from beginners to professionals. A former Arizona Roster Artist, she taught for children's dance author Annie Gilbert, and provided choreography for Raggamuffen Enterprises which served over 15,000 children in California and Washington State. With a Masters of Fine Arts in Modern Dance and as a certified Laban Movement Analyst, she has taught for the Universities of Arizona, Colorado at Boulder, Utah, and Washington. One of her favorite responsibilities in recent years has been teaching modern dance for Ballet Rincon.