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Director, Sandra Peticolas is the creative and driving force to the existence of Lafayette Ballet. The care and vision to cultivate a pre-professional school and performing company has been her priority since moving to Lafayette in 1986. Ms. Peticolas grew up in NJ within the scope of the New York professional dance scene, and its demands for dedication and excellence. She studied at American Ballet Theatre School in NYC under such legendary teachers as Valentina Pereyaslavic and Patricia Wilde. She received a BA in Dance with Highest Honors from Butler University in 1976 and was privileged to work under the Renaissance talents of George Verdak. Mr. Verdak's traditional values in choreography, theatre and presentation, and his rich heritage from the Ballets Russes shaped her esthetics of production. Ms. Peticolas danced professionally with Chicago Lyric Opera, American Dance Ensemble, Pittsburgh, and Virginia Ballet. She continued her studies in Pittsburgh with Mary Petrov and Kenneth Johnson, and in Philadelphia with Pennsylvania Ballet. She began teaching at Point Park College in Pittsburgh in 1977 in the Pre-Professional and College divisions. Blessed with a serious group of young students who came daily, she was able to hone her teaching skills in an ideal environment. She also was able to embark on her true love of choreography. From 1980-1986 she taught and choreographed for Virginia Ballet School and Company under the outstanding direction of Oleg Tupine and Tania Rousseau. In 1988, two years after relocating to Lafayette, she opened the school, and in 1989, formed Lafayette Ballet Company as an outlet for the growing talents of the dancers here. Ms. Peticolas has continued her fascination with the teaching components such as the Vaganova Method at seminars with Jurgen Schneider, and with dynamic muscular control and healthy training methods at seminars by the National Ballet School in Canada. In spring 2009 Ms. Peticolas guest taught at Studio Harmonic in Paris, France. Her opportunities to experience inspiring performances in Europe have enriched her perspecitive, and interest in other cultures, music, art and history color her thematic choices for choreography and the education of her young dancers. Despite the regional isolation of a midwest university town, Ms. Peticolas urges her dancers in outreach opportunities with summer study, masterclasses, performance trips and an awareness of the big picture, so that their respect for their own efforts, and their awe at the incredible level of the professional dance field are equally balanced and nourished.








Lisa Douglas

Lisa (Hendrickson) Douglas received her training at the Lafayette Ballet School beginning at age 4 in its first year of classes - 1988. She also has extensive training from Nutmeg Ballet School, The Rock School, Pennsylvania, and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. A long-time favorite of LBC audiences, Ms. Hendrickson has had principal roles in the Nutcracker, Beauty and the Beast, Peter Pan, Aladdin, Midsummer Night's Dream, Twelve Dancing Princesses, Air, Earth, Water, Fire, Paquita, Don Quoxote, and Raymonda, Danzas Antiguas, and Farewell.

Mrs. Douglas has been on the faculty of Lafayette Ballet School since 2005. She taught at Jefferson High School as artist in residence. Mrs. Douglas has been a competition ballroom finalist, and has choreographed for several theatrical productions: The King and I, Footloose the Musical, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and for various dance competitions. She holds an Associates degree from Ivy Tech Community College in Computer Design and a BS in Business and Computer from Indiana Wesleyan University. Mrs. Douglas serves as both Ballet and Rehearsal Mistress as well as continuing her own performances with Lafayette Ballet Company. Her eye for the details of the classical repertory have allowed her to set numerous classical repertory pieces and to coach the students as to style and content.

Nicole Brooks

A native of Lafayette, Ms. Brooks began her ballet training at Lafayette Ballet School. As a member of Lafayette Ballet Company she performed soloist and lead roles in The Nutcracker, The Twelve Dancing Princesses, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She attended the Universal Ballet Academy’s summer program in Washington, D.C., at age 15. She began teaching ballet at Lafayette Ballet School while in high school.

Ms. Brooks continued her dance training at Butler University in Indianapolis, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in dance pedagogy. While a college student she performed with Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre. She taught ballet, modern dance and dance history and choreographed new works as assistant director of the dance department at Tyler Junior College in Tyler, Texas, and taught ballet and choreographed at studios outside Seattle, Wa. She later performed with and choreographed modern dance works as a member of Windfall Dancers in Bloomington, Ind. Ms. Brooks earned a master’s degree in Journalism at Indiana University in Bloomington, and has worked in communications at newspapers in Indiana and Illinois as well as at two universities. She returned to her hometown in summer 2014 after a stint in Tallahassee, Fla., and is thrilled to again teach at Lafayette Ballet. She lives with her husband and daughter, Eleanor, not far from downtown Lafayette.

Yonghua Hu

Ms. Hu grew up dancing with LBS and after graduation she has returned numerous times to dance and be involved in productions. She takes on the levels of Fundamentals 1 and Beginning 1 and 2 Ballet to add her enthusiastic voice to our knowledgeable faculty. Yongua is currently enrolled at Purdue pusuing her pre-med studies. Yonghua is a wonderful example of how a life in ballet training molds serious goals in any field, and a discipline and grace to take it on with style. Yonghua performed a great deal with LBC, portraying the Ice Crystal in Nutcracker and the Dragon in the Weeping Dragon of Aleppo. She returned this spring to dance the role of Artemis in our premiere of Café Olympus.

Eddie Moffat

originates from San Pedro, California, where he received his training on full scholarship at the San Francisco Ballet School and the Nova Academy of Performing Arts. His career spans over two decades and ten ballet companies throughout the United States and Europe. Mr. Moffat has performed with Ballet Celeste International, Theatre Ballet of San Francisco, Spokane Ballet, Cleveland Ballet, Saarländisches  Staatstheater Saarbrücken, Indianapolis Ballet Theatre, Ballet Oklahoma, Orlando Ballet, Theatre Estonia, Ballet Austin and Ballet Internationale.

After retiring in 2002, Mr. Moffat transitioned to a career as a ballet teacher, teaching in the Indianapolis and Fort Wayne areas, including both competitive studios and performing arts schools. Mr. Moffat has additional training in the Balanchine style having attended the prestigious Teacher’s Workshop at the School of American Ballet- New York City Ballet under the direction of Peter Martins in 2011. In the same year, Edward also attended the Teacher Workshop at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet with Marcia Dale Weary. Mr. Moffat is also a world class unicyclist and holds two gold medals for distance unicycling.

Mr. Moffat, his wife Laura, and their son Ryan are excited to be returning to her hometown of West Lafayette.

Guest Ursula Eagly

Ursula Eagly is a dance artist originally from West Lafayette who has been based in New York City since 2000. Her works are characterized by a “rabbit-hole logic” (NY Times), and her research considers relationship to audience, a disjointed physicality, and the potential of porosity. Ms. Eagly's vivid imagination and vibrant presentation manner opened our students to new ways to view the steps they know, the steps they may encounter, and the world around them. Time, space and movement potential explored. Ms. Eagly set choreography on the dancers which was presented June 30.

Reva Simmons

Reva Simmons, a company member in the senior levels, will teach the Dance Basics level. Reva brings a fine knowledge of ballet vocabulary, a good sense of humor, patience with the young children, and perseverance to make it stick. Please welcome her warmly. Reva masquerades as the Evil Queen in Snow White, so students beware. She packs power with her teachers' apple. She has performed many roles in our ballets and has a special flair for the character work in Nutcracker.

Makenna Dejoie

Makenna, a student at Purdue University, and an LBC graduate, has taken on the teaching of the introductory level for 5 year olds with great success. Her easy manner but authoritative presence has inspired these young dancers in the energy and patterning necessary to access the ballet technique, as well as a love of dance.
Makenna's own passion for dance and enchantment with young children has led her to work toward a degree in college which will encompass and enrich both these loves. Ms. Dejoie's power in performance has impressed audiences, and has allowed her to take on some striking roles in the LBC productions.
This is Ms. Dejoie's fourth year with the 5 year olds, but she will also be teaching character technique on a rotating basis in many of the classes so that our students begin to absorb this rich and energetic part of ballet vocabulary.

Claire Daily

Claire, a recent graduate of LBS has been an integral faculty member for two years, nourishing the young beginners with precision, care, compassion and joy. Although she will not be teaching in the fall of 2019 due to her university scheduling, we are hopeful to have Ms. Daily return to us often to enrich our students. Claire has been a performer of depth, bringing life to such characterizations as Annabel Lee, the Governess in Nutcracker, and Ceres in the recent Café Olympus.

Our Teaching Philosopy

Every student deserves our respect, if that student wishes to learn. Not all bodies progress in the same manner, nor are they built with the same facility. Ballet benefits us all and is quite humbling. It is also the stuff of building - posture, presence, confidence, determination, and long-term goals. We applaud our dancers' efforts and encourage them to realistic expectations in their continued training.

Our Expertise

We have a very well trained faculty at LBS. Teachers are different in their individual approach but we share the same training, frustrations at motivating the students, and hopes for their success. We do not take our task lightly. It is very difficult to tell a bright student that the long and hard way is the only way. Please keep in contact with us for your questions and concerns. We want you to be involved, but repect our experience as well.