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Janel Amsallem

Artistic Director

Janel Amsallem is a native Galvestonian and Alumni of Galveston Ballet since its formation. She received her early dance training under the direction of teachers Mary Fullen, Carl Siberon, Richard Munro, Sherry Hiott, Cathy H. Girvin, Ian Lufler, Gladysue Hovis, and Susan Carpenter-Porter. As a company dancer, Janel performed in many ballets at The Grand 1894 Opera House, which includes Les Sylphides, The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, La Boutique Fantastique, Raymonda, Cinderella, La Fille Mal Gardee, and several other productions and repertoires. Janel is an instructor, choreographer and Production Stage Manager. As an instructor, she has choreographed her renditions of The Nutcracker Suites, Giselle, Peter and the Wolf, Coppelia, contemporary pieces for Soulstice, and Don Quixote, The Magic Toyshop, La Fille Mal Gardee and Sleeping Beauty.

Judith Grywalski

Ballet Mistress

Ms. Grywalski received her early training at the Houston Ballet Academy under the direction of renowned teachers Ben Stevenson, Nicholas Polachenko, Ann St. Paul and Nathalie Krassovska, former Ballerina with Ballets Russes, and  scholarship studies with Michel Panieff. Judith joined Dallas Ballet in 1973 as an apprentice under the direction of George Skibine (Ballets Russe de Monte Carlo) and Marjorie Tall Chief (New York City Ballet) performing in many productions including The Firebird, Carmina Burana, The Nutcracker, and  productions of original choreography. Ms. Grywalski began teaching young students while still performing in Columbus, Ohio. She started a family and joined the faculty of BalletMet Dance Academy, official School of BalletMet Columbus. She taught ballet technique to students in the Lower School as well as Professional Track students, while concurrently teaching at Columbus Youth Ballet and Columbus Dance Theatre. Judith continued performing as a Guest Artist in original choreography by the respective Artistic Directors, Shir Li Wu and Tim Veach.  She has been a Guest Teacher at summer workshops and Master classes in Ohio and Houston, Texas.


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