Housed at Sugarloaf Performing Arts, the Sugarloaf Ballet Conservatory offers an alternative training environment for young artists interested in pursuing dance as a career path. Led by Artistic Director, Lori Zamzow-Wire, the concentrated curriculum provides pre-professional instruction in the areas of ballet, dance history, nutrition, and injury prevention. Anatomy and professional presentation are also components of the program. Designed for the serious dancer, this intensive ballet technique program offers unique preparation and research opportunities.
Sugarloaf Ballet Conservatory Classes are held during week-day mornings and afternoons. Students enrolled in the Conservatory program participate in home-school and online courses to complete academic requirements.
Conservatory Artistic Staff
Lori Zamzow-Wire (Artistic Director)
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.
“Dance is a great preparation for life.
It teaches discipline, balance and concentration.
It builds self-esteem, strength and character.
Dance instruction is beneficial to all,
whether or not they wish to become professional dancers.”
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.
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.
Jennifer Mason was raised in Atlanta, Ga where she began her training with humble beginnings at a local dance school in Decatur. She continued to pursue her passion after being accepted on scholarship to both The Atlanta Ballet and The Alvin Ailey School. Afterward, Jennifer received her BFA in Dance from Florida State University and was blessed to work under such instructors and direction as that of Suzanne Farrell (NYC Ballet), Jawole Zollar (Urban Bush Women), and Anjali Austin (DTH). Jennifer then pursued dance in several different avenues, from a soloist with The Universal Circus, to more contemporary work with Dance Iquail (NY) and Surfscape Contemporary Dance Theater (FL). She performed more classical works with Urban Ballet Theater (NY), as well as Ballethnic Dance Company (GA). Currently, Jennifer is the Co-Artistic Director of City Gate Dance Theater Company Inc. She enjoys being an instructor at Sugarloaf Performing Arts as well as other professional training programs in the City!
Conservatory acceptance is determined by the Sugarloaf Ballet Artistic Director.
For more detailed information, please contact Sugarloaf Ballet at 770-682-5333.