In addition to our regular dance programming, we offer Boys Only ballet and contemporary classes. These classes are designed to build confidence as the students improve their strength, technique, and artistry in an environment geared towards motivation and success. Alumni of our program have gone on to dance with Miami City Ballet, Joffrey Ballet School, Tulsa Ballet, Florida Dance Theatre, and the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB). Our current students consistently win top awards at dance competitions and scholarships to train with prestigious schools such as CPYB, The School of American Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, and Pennsylvania Ballet. Students will receive personalized instruction from senior faculty members including Lori Zamzow-Wire and Jon Streit (bios below).
We offer full and partial tuition scholarships to boys of all ages and levels of experience. An audition will be held for dancers interested in becoming a part of our pre-professional program
Lori Zamzow-Wire has been passionate about dance since her early childhood. Lori grew up in Lakeland, Florida where she received much of her early training and teaching experience from Florida Dance Theatre. She pursued her dance aspirations by attending the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis on dance performance.
Lori has performed with several professional dance companies including dancing as a soloist for five years with The Georgia Ballet Company. In addition, Lori has extensive teaching and choreography experience. In her teaching career she has organized and started a ballet program at the Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in Marietta and she is the founding Artistic Director of the non-profit Sugarloaf Ballet company.
After teaching at Sugarloaf Performing Arts as the Ballet Director for several years, Lori purchased the studio in 2004. During the next couple of years Lori started building her vision for the studio and company. As Artistic Director she has choreographed full length ballets for Sugarloaf Ballet such as Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Aladdin, Peter Pan, Pinocchio, and Little Match Girl. In the school she focused on core skills at the early ages, hired in top instructors and gradually transformed the dance and tumble studio into the academy of arts that it is today. With her vision just started, there will be many more changes and improvements coming to the studio. Lori looks forward to a great new season with an exciting professional staff at Sugarloaf Performing Arts.
Jon Streit (Picture to Come)
Mr. Streit holds the position of Affiliate Professor of Dance at Brenau University. He earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance with a Teaching and Choreography emphasis from the University of Arizona where he danced with the Arizona Repertory Ensemble and taught ballet, jazz, musical theatre and modern dance. Prior to his time at the U of A, John danced with the Georgia Ballet, was a Guest Artist with Atlanta Ballet in Michael Pink's Romeo and Juliet and has been a guest artist throughout the Southeast. Mr. Streit has danced much of the classical repertoire including principal and soloist roles in Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Giselle, Coppelia, La Bayadere, The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, La Fille Mal Gardee, Paquita, and Cinderella among others. Mr. Streit has also performed principal roles in a variety of musicals including Anything Goes, The Addams Family, Damn Yankees, and most recently CATS as Mr. Mistoffolees at the Cobb Energy Center. John teaches all levels of ballet, modern, jazz and musical theatre and has taught as a guest teacher or on faculty at several dance schools and festivals in the Southeast as well as in Arizona. Mr. Streit just successfully completed the the Pre-Primary-Level 3 teaching certification at the ABT National Training Curriculum in NYC this summer.
Mr. Streit is also a choreographer and has created several concert works including the ballet Se Faire Echarper which won the best choreography award at Access Broadway, Let it Be which finished 1st runner-up at the Panoply Choreographic Competition and most recently Wind, Sand and Stars which was chosen to be performed at the Southeastern Regional Ballet Association Convention in 2016 in Durham, NC.
John serves as a coach for students attending the Youth America Grand Prix where he has coached Top 12 and Top 24 finalists.
John is thrilled to be working with the students at SPA this sesaon!