Hello! I'd like to introduce myself to you. My name is Flor de Liz Norris, director of Flor de Liz Dance. As Director,
I welcome new faces and energetic bodies to join me in spreading the joy of dance. As a
student of dance for over 20 years my raw passion for the art of dance continues to grow. Dance
was awakened in me at the age of ten when I performed my first public concert as a member
of St. Joseph Ballet: a non-profit organization with the aim of providing an education in dance. With
the training came an awareness of the importance of an arts education and how it can change the
course of one's life. Under the guidance of Beth Burns (artistic director, St. Joseph
Ballet) and famed choreographer/dancer Donald McKayle, I pursued further training in dance
at the North Carolina School of the Arts (NCSA). Subsequently after my training at NCSA I came
to Tucson where I earned my MFA at the University of Arizona. Over the years
I've had the opportunity to work with a number of famed choreographers further enhancing my
love of dance which I hope to help you experience.
PRE-BALLET 1&2, HIP HOP/JAZZ 1&2, ENSEMBLE CHOREOGRAPHER
Lois Black-Unkrich was born in Des Moines, Iowa in 1956 where she began dancing in her mother’s school at the age of three. After moves to Hawaii, Northern California and Scottsdale Arizona, Lois settled with her family in the Phoenix area in 1970 where she became a serious ballet student at The Phoenix School of Ballet under the guidance of retired American Ballet Theatre soloist Kelly Brown.
At the age of 16, Lois auditioned for Jillana of New York City Ballet and was awarded a Ford Foundation Scholarship to attend the School of American Ballet’s summer program at Julliard where she attended in 1972.
Lois began her professional career with Arizona Ballet Theatre in Phoenix under director Steven Wistrich in 1976 and in the spring of 1979 accepted a contract with The Des Moines Ballet from director and choreographer Jorge Samaniego of The Nederlands Dance Theatre performing in many original works by Sananiego including I.P.B.N.’s film production of Romeo & Juliet.
In 1982 Stephan Laurent began his directorship of The Des Moines Ballet producing several ballets among them The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Coppelia where Lois was a featured dancer.
After leaving Iowa and The Des Moines Ballet in 1986, Lois danced a season under director Jean Paul Comelin in Tucson’s Arizona Dance Theatre and from 1987 through 1994 was a member of Mary Beth Cabana’s Ballet Arts Ensemble (now Ballet Tucson).
Lois is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 7 and Partnering of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.
CHILDREN BALLET LEVEL 3,4, & 5, BALLET LEVEL 4, ENSEMBLE CHOREOGRAPHER
Stephanie Stigers: Was ballerina, choreographer, and ballet mistress for the Israel
National Opera; American Concert Ballet; Radio City Ballet Co.; Los Angeles Civic Light Opera;
San Francisco Civic Light Opera. Artistic Director of Western Ballet Theater; choreographer and
soloist for Young Audiences; administrator and director of national CETA grants for four years.
Studied with George Zoritch, Peryaslavac at the Ballet Theater School, Royal Ballet School
of England and was offered an audition as guest artist for the Royal Ballet, and with John Barker,
American representative of Vaganova Choreographic School of Leningrad; was a student of Delores
Mitrovich, a protégé of Enrico Cecchetti. Choreographer and soloist in "Transformation",
a ballet included in KUAT film shown through-out the Rocky Mountain States and California.
CHILDREN'S BALLET LEVEL 2, BALLET LEVEL 3, POINTE, ENSEMBLE CHOREOGRAPHER
Jeffrey M. Rockland comes to our studio after an extensive career. A former soloist with
Atlanta Ballet and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Mr. Rockland danced soloist roles in many of
the classic repertoire as well as contemporary works by many of this century’s most well known
choreographers. As a teacher and choreographer, Rockland was company ballet master for
Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal and also served on the faculty of UC Irvine while attending as
one of that programs only MFA Chancellors Fellows. From 1992-1999, Mr. Rockland ran the
ballet program at the University of Northern Colorado. While in Colorado, Mr. Rockland formed
Colorado Dance Theatre and the Greeley Conservatory of Dance. In 1999, after receiving tenure
from the University of Northern Colorado, Mr. Rockland took a pause from full time work in dance in
order to pursue other business interests. In 2004, Mr. Rockland joined our studio where his three children,
Jacob, Talia, and Maliwan also dance.
BALLET LEVEL 4, ENSEMBLE CHOREOGRAPHER
My name is Karen Bergin. I have over 15 years of dance training in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Hip Hop. I have danced in various groups: Southern Arizona
Dance Theatre, Dance Southwest, Flor De Liz Dance, Dance Rhapsody, and Tucson Metropolitan Ballet. I Have done intensive summer programs with Cache
Valley Ballet, State Street Ballet, and the dance program at Utah State University. I have enjoyed teaching for over 6 years.
PRE TAP/JAZZ, HIP HOP/JAZZ 1 & 2
Susan Lewis has been teaching and performing Ballet in New York and Arizona for
over 20 years. Certified L.I.S.T.D (Licentiate Int'l. Society of Teachers of Dancing)
in the Cechetti Method, she has also trained with Hilda Morales (NYCB), Elizabeth Carr
(ABT), and Jane Matty (former owner of Dance Visions). She has taught levels ranging
from 2-yr-old (nursery school programs) to Advanced adult (in the private dance studio
setting and in the College environment). For the past six years in Arizona Susan has
been in charge of the Children's Dance Program at Northwest YMCA, adjunct instructor
for St. Gregory Preparatory High School, on the staff of Dance Visions and Flor de Liz
Dance, specializing in Beginner Adults.
BALLET LEVEL 1 & 2, GENTLE BALLET STRETCH, TODDLER DANCE
Mary Melinda Carter-White
B.A. Psychology, Media Communications, Spanish, Dance experience-Tucson Metropolitan Ballet, Tucson Civic Ballet, France Theater of Dance Gustafson Dance, Southern Arizona Dance Theater, Desert Divas Department Head-Performing Arts, Tuller School Department Head-Performing Arts, Presidio High School Dance coach-University of Arizona gymnastics team Twenty years experience in teaching, performing, choreography Dance teacher at France Academy of Dance, Gustafson Dance, Pima Community College, Dance Visions, Flor de Liz Dance
HIP HOP/JAZZ LEVEL 1