Six Tallahassee Dancers Accepted to Prestigious Summer Intensives

Dancing Through Summer Vacation

Six dancers from Performing Arts Center of Tallahassee

have been accepted to prestigious ballet summer intensive programs

TALLAHASSEE, FL – While most children are eager to begin a summer of no homework, fun vacations, and relaxation, six dancers from Performing Arts Center of Tallahassee will have a unique story to tell when they return to school after their phenomenal upcoming 2012 summer break. PACT dancers Tori Bulecza, 13, Claire Gunter, 13, Haley Holcomb, 13, Tenley Kiger, 15, Caroline O’Bryant, 12, and Emma Sanz, 14, have all auditioned for and been accepted into prestigious summer ballet intensives throughout the nation. All six dancers are current members of Company Etudes Youth Ensemble Ballet (CEYEB) and there is a lot to celebrate, as acceptance into these world-renowned programs is such an esteemed honor.

Bulecza and Holcomb have been accepted to the Florida State University’s School of Dance Summer Intensive in Tallahassee, while Gunter, O’Bryant, and Sanz will travel to SUNY Purchase in Westchester, New York to attendAmerican Academy of Ballet’s Summer School of Excellence. Kiger has been invited to travel to Alabama to attend the American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive.

In fact, not only have Kiger and Sanz been accepted to either AAB or ABT summer programs, both were accepted to the Joffrey Academy of

Dance Summer Intensive in Chicago, which is the official school of the Joffrey Ballet. Lastly, Sanz has one more to add to her list as she was accepted into the Patel Conservatory/Next Generation Ballet summer intensive in Tampa, FL also, so with three acceptances, Sanz has decided to attend Joffrey.

Performing Arts Center of Tallahassee director and owner, Amy S. Lowe is thrilled beyond belief for her dancers as she continually offers encouragement to the members of CEYEB, “Keep up the hard work! It’s paying off.”

Company Etudes Youth Ensemble Ballet is a pre-professional ballet company located right here in Tallahassee and housed at Performing Arts Center of Tallahassee. Each year, they put on two full-length productions including Christmas in Narnia in December and one full-length story ballet in the spring. For more information on the exciting things CEYEB and PACT have to offer, or call 850.562.1430.

From Left to Right: Tenley Kiger, Amy S. Lowe (director), Tori Bulecza, Caroline O’Bryant, Emma Sanz, Claire Gunter. Not pictured: Haley Holcomb


You’re in Good Company at PACT

There has been a special movement happening at Performing Arts Center of Tallahassee lately, and we are not just talking about the stellar dance moves. Riding on the heels of its success with “Christmas in Narnia: An Original Story Ballet” this past December, the Center’sCompany Etudes Youth Ensemble Ballet (CEYEB) has some big things in store this year.

The greatest addition to the Company began earlier this school year with the arrival of American Ballet Theatre® accreditation. Owner and Artistic Director Amy S. Lowe received certification fromABT® this past spring making the Performing Arts Center of Tallahassee the only dance school in Northwest Florida where budding and serious ballerinas can receive dance training from the American Ballet Theatre® National Training Curriculum. This recognition gives PACT students a unique, one-of-a-kind experience, where dancers can receive some of the best training in and around Tallahassee.

Secondly, the Center and the Company took on a big task this fall. Lowe, with the help of The Acting Studio at PACT‘s Director Naomi Rose-Mock, created a new holiday tradition with the very first production of “Christmas in Narnia” in December. The story was an adaption of the classic “Narnia” series and a welcome treat to holiday traditions, other than the normal “Nutcracker” productions seen around Tallahassee. The Center and the Company plan to make the show an annual event for many years to come.

Now, CEYEB has a brand new production in the works. This spring audiences are invited to escape from reality and experience “A Taste of Ballet,” featuring an evening of dinner and dance for one night only. This exciting event will take place Saturday, May 12, 2012 at the McFarlin House and The Leaf Theatre in historic Quincy, FL. For more information on the exciting things CEYEB and PACT have to offer, visit or call 850.562.1430.

Company Etudes Youth Ensemble Ballet and PACT Present “A Taste of Ballet”


Featuring Company Etudes Youth Ensemble Ballet, this performance is sure to delight the palate and the eyes! The performance features David Lichine’s “Graduation Ball,” a comedic ballet centering around graduation from a Viennese boarding school as well as a second act of original classical and contemporary works. 

With an optional pre-show dinner at the historic McFarlin House, this performance can’t be missed!

Tickets will be available for sale in early Spring. 

Coming This Spring

This spring, Performing Arts Center of Tallahassee and Company Etudes Youth Ensemble Ballet invite you to escape from reality and experience “A Taste of Ballet,” featuring an evening of dinner and dance for one night only. This exciting event will take place on May 12, 2012 and is sure to be a night to remember.

Patrons will begin the evening with dinner at The McFarlin House featuring favorite seasonal spring cuisine. At the end of dinner, audiences will then treat themselves with a two-part ballet performance at The Leaf Theatre, also in historic Quincy, FL. The first portion of the show will highlight excerpts from David Lichine’s “Graduation Ball” set to the music of Johann Strauss, Jr., while the second-half of the show will feature original works by Artistic Director Amy S. Lowe and the faculty at Performing Arts Center of Tallahassee. The performance will showcase members of the Preparatory, Apprentice and Senior Company Etudes Youth Ensemble Ballet. With a running time of only approximately 90 minutes, the show is the perfect excuse to spend a family night out on the town.

“Graduation Ball” was originally choreographed by Lichine in the 1940s for the Original Ballet Russe. Through the years, it has become a ballet favorite for many audiences as it tells the charming and delightful story about a Viennese all-girls school and a neighboring boys military academy celebrating their annual graduation. Audiences will fall in love with the “Pigtail Girl,” chose sides with “The Rival Ballerinas” and laugh at the boisterous actions of the Headmistress and the General. “Graduation Ball” has been a part of the American Ballet Theatre’s repertoire for many years and Performing Arts Center of Tallahassee is proud to now include it in theirs. This comical ballet, followed by an all-original ballet concert will be an evening to remember and a new one-of-a-kind experience in North Florida for audiences of all ages.

Dinner will begin at 5pm, followed by the performance set to begin at 7pm. Patrons are encouraged to attend dinner, but there will be different ticket pricing options for those opting to attend the performance only. Ticket will go on sale in early Spring. For more information visit

“A Taste of Ballet”
May 12, 2012
Dinner – 5pm
McFarlin House
Performance – 7pm
The Leaf Theatre (Quincy Music Theatre)
Quincy, FL

Dancers Take Center Stage at Performance Awards

Dancers Take Center Stage in Performance Awards

Local Ballet School Participates in American Academy of Ballet Performance Awards

Tallahassee, FL – While most of us were enjoying a typical Sunday on October 23rd, something unique was happening inside the Quincy Music Theatre in Quincy, FL. Dancers from Performing Arts Center of Tallahassee took center stage in their annual American Academy of Ballet Performance Awards.

One by one, each dancer entered the stage performing specific exercises and routines for American Academy of Ballet director Mignon Furman. Each year, the Center diligently practices set exercises from the AAB Syllabus during the fall months to prepare for Mrs. Furman’s arrival. In fact, Mrs. Furman travels from her home in New York multiple times a year to participating international dance schools, and Performing Arts Center is lucky enough to be one of those schools.

The Performance Awards are the unique conception of Mignon Furman. The AAB program is taught throughout the U.S., as well as in 10 other countries, where students receive special instruction in the program from their dance school in addition to their regular classes. These routines are then danced before an audience and Mrs. Furman; for the Performing Arts Center that was the Quincy Music Theatre in front of a packed house of friends and families. Medals and certificates are awarded to each participant, and every student from the Center walked away with a medal to signify the accomplishment of completing their specific level. Perhaps the biggest accomplishment of the afternoon came from senior dancers Haley Iliff and Jennifer Lucas, who completed AAB’s final level, Level 12, both receiving the medal of “Gold with Distinction,” the highest medal a dancer can recieve. Brava!

Performing Arts Center of Tallahassee not only completes American Academy of Ballettraining, but director Amy S. Lowe has been certified to instruct the American Ballet Theatre®National Training Curriculum as well.  The combination of these two programs has made the Performing Arts Center of Tallahassee a well sought out school for some of the best dance instruction in Tallahassee. For more information about Performing Arts Center of Tallahassee, visit

Artistic Director, Amy Lowe, pictured with Level 12 students Haley Iliff and Jennifer Lucas

Mignon Furman addressing the audience

You Can Act at PACT!

You Can Act at PACT!

Performing Arts Center of Tallahassee holds Adults Acting Classes through The Acting Studio @PACT


Tallahassee, FL – Look through the windows at Performing Arts Center of Tallahassee and you will find beautiful ballerinas dancing away, energetic children laughing and giggling, and full-grown adults making complete fools of themselves and loving every minute of it. This is not some alternate universe where adults act crazy; it’s The Acting Studio @ PACT.


The partnership between The Acting Studio @ PACT and Performing Arts Center of Tallahassee provides a wonder setting for performers of all ages. A mother can learn to act like a pro while her three-year-old takes a First Steps ballet class. A father can become an improv master while his thirteen-year-old masters her pirouette.  The environment around Performing Arts Center has everyone buzzing and is a place where a performer can truly foster his or her skills.


Under the direction of Naomi Rose-Mock, The Acting Studio is a contemporary acting studio for working adults right in the heart of Tallahassee, and this fall’s full class line-up is set to launch September 9th. Once released, spots will fill up fast so act quickly (no pun intended) and reserve your spot as soon as possible.


The acting classes offered this fall are sure to be filled with fun and enthusiasm so that each adult student can master important acting techniques. This past summer, “Music Audition Boot-Camp,” “Acting Fundamentals,” “Improv Intensive,” and “Dance Audition Boot-Camp” were just a few of the amazing classes offered for thriving adult actors. 


Naomi Rose-Mock, the director of The Acting Studio @ PACT, has directed numerous dramas and musicals throughout the Tallahassee area. Her acting classes are held at Performing Arts Center of Tallahassee which is owned and operated by American Ballet Theatre® certified dance instructor Amy S. Lowe.   For more information on these or any of our classes, please call 850.562.1430.


Narnia is the New Nutcracker!

Performing Arts Center of Tallahassee presents Christmas in Narnia coming this December

Tallahassee, FL – Going to see The Nutcracker is a yearly tradition amongst many dance and holiday enthusiasts alike. This year, however, the Performing Arts Center of Tallahassee is bringing a new holiday delight to northern Florida that is sure to be unlike anything that residents have ever seen. Coming this December, the Center will present Christmas in Narnia, an adaption and continuation of the “Chronicles of Narnia” series by C.S. Lewis.

The original story, featuring the Center’s Company Études, has been created and masterminded by Performing Arts Center of Tallahassee’s Amy S. Lowe with the help of The Acting Studio @ PACT’s Naomi Rose-Mock. Lowe is the owner and Artistic Director of the Center with an extensive background and training in dance, including most recently securing American Ballet Theatre® curriculum certification. Rose-Mock is the teacher and Director of the Acting Studio and has directed dramas and musicals in the surrounding Tallahassee areas for the past six years. This show is sure to be a treat for all ages as audience members will be whisked away from their seats and taken to the enchanted world of Narnia.

The plot illustrates that the people of Narnia are celebrating their first Christmas in centuries until the terrible White Witch returns evoking panic upon everyone. Audiences will follow the dancers and actors through trials and triumphs as they try to defeat the White Witch and bring holiday joy and happiness back to Narnia again.

Christmas in Narnia will be held at the Quincy Music Theatre in Quincy, Florida on Saturday, December 17, 2011 at 6pm. Tickets will go on sale in October. The Performing Arts Center of Tallahassee invites all of Tallahassee, Quincy, and surrounding areas to come join in an evening of fairy tale, dance, music, and theatre. For more information about the performance, tickets, or studio, visit