Mrs. Rebecca Movement Ballet Theatre Director
Rebecca graduated with honors with a BFA in Ballet Performance from the University of Oklahoma. While at OU, she performed in numerous classical and contemporary ballet pieces under the direction of Mary Margaret Holt. Rebecca also performed with OU on an artists exchange program in Clermont-Ferrand, France and was recognized as a member of Who's Who Among American Colleges and Universities. While completing her studies at OU, Rebecca performed with Tulsa Ballet Theatre under the direction of Marcello Angelini. After graduation, Rebecca returned to her home state, Arkansas. She performed numerous Soloist roles with Ballet Arkansas under the direction of Kirt Hathaway. In 2001, Rebecca left BA to perform with the Los Angeles Contemporary Ballet. While performing with this company, she also expanded her experience with commercial dance projects, such as Austin Powers 3, Catch Me If You Can and Toyota. Rebecca decided to retire from performing in 2005 and focus all of her energy on teaching ballet and contemporary dance. She spent 10 years as Ballet Director for Revolution Dance Center in Montrose, CA, where she helped create,organize, and develop a ballet program for recreational ballet dancers and also a level ballet program for pre-professional dancers. She was Artistic Director of Revolution Ballet Company for the last 6 years. This company was divided into 4 different age levels and performed her classical and contemporary choreography at various theaters and competitions. She has also taught for Ballet Arkansas, Dance Dynamics in LR and was recently the Ballet Mistress for the local children's cast of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet's production of The Nutcracker at the Walton Arts Center. Her students have attended summer workshops with ABT, Joffrey, SAB, Alvin Ailey, San Francisco Ballet and many more. She has had many students perform as EDGE Scholarship dancers in Los Angeles, professional dancers for dance companies and commercial dance and college level performers around the US.
Rebecca loves to focus on clean technique and strong musicality. Building a dancer that has a strong understanding of the basic fundamentals of ballet will allow them to be more versatile and enjoy a good challenge in the classroom. She wants dancers that walk away from her class feeling motivated and inspired to be better dancers.
Rebecca lives in Centerton with her husband, Chris and their 3 young kids, Ryder, Addison, and Finley Rose.
Miss Petey Owner & Director
River Jordan “Petey” Peterson's roots were laid here in Northwest Arkansas. She is so excited to be back in her hometown making her vision of a different kind of dance studio come to life. Petey has been dancing since age 5. Growing up in Fayetteville, Petey performed and competed at many venues and competitions, winning numerous dance scholarships along the way. She also danced on her junior high and high school dance teams, even serving as captain. After high school, Petey moved to Dallas to begin her dance career and trained under Kitty Carter, Nicole Hill, and Leslie Snelson-Figueroa. Petey taught at PowerHouse of Dance in Dallas, built the award winning Industry Crew and then taught at Dance Industry for several years. As the Hip Hop Director at DI, Petey trained many nationally acclaimed hip hop groups, as well as individual performers. Her professional dance career led her to dance and choreograph for many well-known companies, such as Disney, Nickelodeon, and Barney (the kids' show). Her choreography was even seen at the Superbowl XLV, in the half-time show with the Black Eyed Peas. She is known for her choreography in multiple genres, including hip hop, jazz and contemporary. Petey moved back home to Fayetteville in 2015 and is realizing her dream of owning her own studio that is focused on training everyone who loves to dance, from beginners who are learning good technique, to advanced dancers with professional aspirations. She is beyond happy to be spreading her love of movement to a whole new, growing group of students. Petey also hopes the Movement will be a place where dancers of all ages, levels and goals can feel comfortable coming to take classes appropriate for them.
Michael Gann Instructor
Michael is from Northwest Arkansas and went to high school at the Arkansas Arts Academy. He studied dance at University Arkansas Little Rock under Stephanie Thibeaualt, training in Modern and Ballet. He has performed in many dance productions, including the Fall Dance Harvest at the UALR University Theatre. He also had the pleasure of performing in a Walmart Industrial Film as an ensemble dancer, as well as many theatre productions. Michael teaches Ballet and Contemporary at the Movement.
Alex Brooks - Choreographer/Guest Instructor
Alex grew up dancing in the Dallas community and has been heavily influenced by those around her. As a student at Dance Industry, she was given a chance to teach and choreograph solos for her younger peers and that is where she found her love for teaching. She’s trained at prestigious summer intensives including Hubbard Street Dance Summer Intensive, San Francisco Conservatory, and The Soul Escape Company Intensive. She attended Marymount Manhattan and decided that her path would be different than others and was ready to dive into the world of teaching. Alex is so happy to be back at the studio and is excited to continue to influence those the same way that her teachers influenced her. Alex believes in creating an inspirational positive environment for the dancers while instilling a level of confidence, Alex's gift for igniting passion in dancers is contagious. We are honored to have her as a part of the Movement
Blake Worthey - Instructor
Blake is a dance artist and has had the pleasure of working with The Movement this year. Blake has a B.F.A. in Dance Performance from the University of Arkansas - Little Rock and has most recently worked with Modus Operandi, a training program in Vancouver, B.C. While in Vancouver he got to work with great people/groups such as OutInnerSpace, RadicalSystemArt, Company 605, Kidd Pivot, and Ballet BC. Blake is interested in creating works that are physically challenging but a mostly fun experience.
Coach Larry Bilhartz - Acro Coach
The Movement is honored to have Coach Larry teaching acro. Larry was the former women's gymnastics coach at Oklahoma State University. He was also the owner and Director of Caravan of Camps, an international gymnastics training camp. Larry loves working with the Movement dancers, helping them improve their acro skills and strength. Petey is also lucky to have her grandfather working with her!
Caitie Sweeney - Instructor
Caitie was born in Boston, MA and has been dancing since she was 3. She has trained at studios in Boston, Atlanta and Northwest Arkansas in all genres of dance. She has attended summer intensives at Broadway Dance Center, Joffrey Ballet, Tremaine, Ballet Arkansas, Dance Sessions and others and continues her dance education at dance conventions such as Jump, Nuvo, Radix, Tremaine, Dance Makers, Pulse, Soul de Soul, Hollywood Vibe, and 24 7, winning numerous scholarships along the way. She was privileged to be invited to attend Dance Awards last summer. She plans to major in Dance Performance in college once she finishes high school and dreams of dancing professionally. Caitie is excited to teach Pre-ballet and Simply Tap at the Movement this year, sharing her love of dance with her students, while helping them learn good technique.