Lauren Lorentz de Haas, Artistic Director

A North Carolina native, began her training in Fayetteville with Josephine von Strasnicsak. She studied ballet with Constance Hardinge at Virginia Intermont College in Bristol, VA and North Carolina School of the Arts. An anthropology graduate of UNC, she received her MA in dance from UNC-Greensboro with recognized credits from American Dance Festival. Ms. Lorentz de Haas has been teaching ballet for over 35 years. She founded the Triangle Youth Ballet to serve the needs of young aspiring dancers and has served as director since 1995.

Kate Currin, Associate Director

Is a graduate from the Walnut Hill School of Performing Arts with a major in Dance. Kate studied at Fordham University in the Fordham/Alvin Ailey B.F.A. dance program.  She continued her dance training at Steps on Broadway and graduated from Fordham University summa cum laude with a B.A. in Religious Studies in 2007.  She has performed with Sweet Enuff Dancers and Jette Performance Company in New York, and was a member of Sidelong Dance Co. 2008-2009.  Kate also toured with the world-renowned acrobatic dance company Galumpha. Kate’s choreography has been performed by Sidelong Dance Co. and was selected to appear at the Southeastern Regional Ballet Association Festival in May 2009.  She taught Ballet and Jazz at Dance Cavise in Mamaroneck, NY throughout college and is currently teaching in Chapel Hill, NC at the Triangle Youth Ballet. 

Sharon McClellan, Director of Children’s Curriculum

Studied Ballet and Musical Theater at Jacksonville University, Children’s Theater and Choreography at the University of Kansas and South Indian Classical Dance at the University of Washington. Performed and choreographed for Dansync Performing Arts Ensemble. She has taught continuously in the area for 25 years.

Christiana Barnett-Murphy

Has been a part of the Triangle Youth Ballet family since 2002. She began dancing professionally while in high school with

2 Near the Edge Dance Company in the ongoing production “Night of Renewal”, which was performed throughout the North Carolina region including First Night Raleigh, Duke University, and The University of North Carolina. She also has performed with the Duke Repertory Company in works by Andrea E. Woods and Ava Lavonne Vinesett and with Dendy Dance Theater at the grand re-opening of the North Carolina Museum of Art. Christiana has attended the American Dance Festival for six summers and has had the opportunity to learn from and perform with some of the best in Modern dance. During the summer of 2012, Christiana was the personal assistant to ADF faculty member, Jesse Zaritt. She is currently a company member of Andrea E. Woods/SOULOWORKS and works as a freelance dancer, choreographer and teacher.

William Commander

Is a dancer, teacher, and choreographer based in Durham, North Carolina. William graduated from Elon University in 2011, where he earned a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography. In 2013, he, along with Stephanie Blackmon Woodbeck, started Tobacco Road Dance Productions, with the goal of helping North Carolina choreographers create and improve dance in this incredible state. He currently teaches at the ADF’s Samuel H. Scripps studios and Triangle Youth Ballet, and dances for Renay Aumiller Dances, VECTOR- a dance and multimedia company- Diego Carraso Dance, and Sara Tourek. In the past, William has worked with Lauren Kearns, Gaspard Louis, Adrienne Clancy, Jon Lehrer, and Killian Manning. William believes strongly in artistic collaboration, and is constantly striving to improve those around him as much as himself. 

Alexandra Goen

Born in St. Louis Alexandra Goen began her studies at Alexandra Ballet under the artistic leadership of Alexandra Zaharias. While at Alexandra Ballet Alexandra Goen danced in many productions, most notably as the Sugar Plum in The Nutcracker, a soloist in Paquita, and a Fouette Girl in Graduation Ball. She continued her studies at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet under the leadership of Marcia Dale Weary and had the opportunity to dance in Carnival of the Animals by Laszlo Berdo and Waltz de Joie by Melinda Howe. Alexandra Goen has attended summer programs at American Ballet Theater and at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet.

Sarah Honer

Began her dance training with the South West Virginia Dance Theater. received her B.A. in Philosophy, English, and Dance from George Mason University in 1998. In 2000, she was chosen as an Emerging Choreographer by SERBA (South Eastern Regional Ballet Association) and received a scholarship from Regional Dance America to attend The Craft of Choreography Workshop. Sarah has been teaching Pilates since 2000 and opened Spira Pilates Studio in 2002. Her certifications are through Physical Mind Institute(New York) and the Pilates Certification Center (North Carolina). Sarah is currently studying under Jennifer Gianni to aquire Balanced Body University's Bridge Certification. Sarah completed the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM Foundation Training (2008) and GYROKINESIS® Foundation Training (2011) with world-renowned master teacher Juergen Bamberger. She is also certified on the Jumping Stretching Board (2010). Sarah taught Pilates for the American Dance Festival's 6-week school and for SERBA.

Katie Moorehead

Grew up in Southeastern Connecticut where she started dancing at 3 years old. When she later became a member of the Dance Ensemble of Maggie Dennis' Dance Extension, she traveled throughout the region performing and studying with dancers from all over the world including Frank Hatchet, Pilobolus Dance Company, Joe Tremaine and Laurie Johnson. Along with dancing Katie has a love for theatre and has recently enjoyed performing with Seed Art Share and Paperhand Puppet Intervention.  She earned a communication degree from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois.

Jessie Parmelee

Jessie Parmelee, born and raised in Arizona, comes from a diverse performing background. A classically trained ballerina, she danced professionally all over the country with companies such as the Louisville Ballet, American National Ballet, and Inland Pacific Ballet. As a principal dancer with Inland Pacific, she performed many prominent roles including Sugar Plum Fairy (The Nutcracker) and Fairy Godmother (Cinderella). She was honored to be a part of Disney’s 50th Anniversary Celebration as an entertainer aboard the Disney Magic cruise ship. Later on in her career, Jessie expanded her horizons to include musical theater, performing in Phantom, CATS, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Spamalot, andThe Producers, to name a few. Jessie is also a certified Pilates instructor with a specialization in dance and is passionate about shaping the performers of tomorrow. 

Hannah Widener

Received her BFA in dance with a minor in English from UNC-G in 1994. She has performed in modern dance companies: Dansync, A Performing Arts Ensemble, and North/South Dance of NYC. Her teaching experiences include teaching children’s classes in ballet, jazz, tap, creative movement, and modern dance. She has also taught ballroom dance to adults.

Abby Williamson

Is originally from Chapel Hill, NC, where she began her dance training at Bounds Dance Studio under Lauren Lorentz de Haas. She was a member of the Triangle Youth Ballet for their first production of the Nutcracker in 1994. Abby went on to train with Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet under Marcia Dale Weary and spent her summers attending summer intensives at Pacific Northwest Ballet School in Seattle, WA. After graduation, Abby danced in the Professional Division at Pacific Northwest Ballet on a full tuition scholarship. She danced with the company in various performances. In 2010, Abby graduated from Cornish College of the Arts magna cum laude with a B.F.A. in Dance. The following year, Abby returned to Pacific Northwest Ballet, working in their Education and Outreach program. She has lived abroad and taught dance at two different international schools; International School of Kabul and Yongsan International School of Seoul. She also danced with Ad Deum Dance Company in Houston, TX. Abby loves merging her passions for the arts, other cultures, and mentorship to see students grow into stronger leaders and learners.