Alexis Salmen began her dance training at the Academy of Ballet at the age of seven where she studied tap, jazz and continues to study ballet. She has been accepted to Long Beach Ballet Arts Center with partial tuition scholarship and State Street Ballet summer programs. She performed with Tucson Regional Ballet for six seasons and attended five Regional Dance America Festivals. Ms. Salmen is currently on staff at the Academy of Ballet as a ballet instructor and works in a supervisor position at Agero Inc.
Geri Salmen began her dance training at the age of fifteen. She studied with Zuleka’s School of Belly Dance, Fritschy’s Dance Academy, and Academy of Ballet, where she has performed in annual school recitals. She has performed in Tucson Regional Ballet’s production of A Southwest Nutcracker since its inception and is currently the TRB’s Wardrobe Director. It was in the fall of 2002, when Ms. Salmen began working as a teaching assistant with the younger children, that her natural abilities as an instructor were revealed. This revelation led to an invitation to be on staff at Academy of Ballet as an instructor.
Aaron Smith received his BS in Dance from Wayne State University. He has danced for Ron De Jesús Dance and performed at The Joyce Soho, Chicago Auditorium Theatre and Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts. Mr. Smith has performed original works by Dwight Rhoden, Sonya Tayeh, Larry Keigwin, Janis Brenner, Nicholas Leichter, Ray Mercer and Miguel Perez. He has created original works for institutions that include Joffrey Academy of Dance in Chicago, University of Arizona, Dance Kaleidoscope, Island Moving Company, Visceral Dance Chicago and Denver School of the Arts. His choreography was presented at American College Dance Association and International Association of Blacks in Dance conferences. Mr. Smith went on to receive his MFA in Dance at the University of Arizona, where he received the School of Dance 2017 Graduate Creative Achievement Award. He has instructed the graduate research course Critical Issues in Dance, taught jazz, ballet, tap, and modern dance technique, and worked as a teaching assistant. He finds the ability to support, inspire and instill professionalism in the next generation of dancers the most rewarding part of teaching. Mr. Smith is currently on staff at the Academy of Ballet as a jazz instructor.
Victoria Snapp discovered her passion for dance at a very young age when performing her first solo at age six. She has trained in a variety of genres which include ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, and hip hop. Her tap accomplishments include a National Title Soloist at KAR Dance, along with national titles in contemporary and lyrical. Along with numerous intensive dance training experiences, Ms. Snapp was awarded a Joffrey Ballet scholarship which gave her the opportunity to extend her ballet and contemporary training in Los Angeles. She has worked with Gregg Russell and Ryan Lohoff (masters of tap) through Tap in the Network and is a scholarship recipient. She was also a member of the Catalina High School Pomline, BC Dance Team and Dance Force 1 Elite Team. Ms. Snapp’s vocal training led her to theatrical leading roles in Big, Fame, All Shook Up, and Princess and the Pea. She is attending the University of Arizona Honors College with a major in Physiology and a minor in Dance. She plans on continuing to perform but also finds it rewarding to teach young dancers and watch them grow to become technically accomplished and as they develop their passion for this fine art. Ms. Snapp is currently on staff at the Academy of Ballet as a tap instructor.