Academy registration begins in August and is a nine month program; however, we have ongoing registration throughout the year up until the first of March. Students that will be in the Academy Unleashed Production (recital) and will need to register by December as that is when we are focused on the spring Academy Unleashed productions for Academy students. Please visit the LSDA Calendar for specific dates and information. Dancers can choose from a variety of dance classes such as ballet, tap, jazz, pom and more! LSDA also offers a great Summer Program as well with our classes running June & July. These classes are instructed by a team of Lone Star Ballet qualified instructors that take great pride in working with their students. Dancers enrolled in the Hereford Academy will have the opportunity to learn choreographed dances and perform them in our Academy Unleashed Production each year. (Lone Star Dance Academy is the official school of Lone Star Ballet)
Dancers have the opportunity to learn choreographed dances and perform them in local community events if needed and requested. Must be nine years old or by special invitation from the Studio Director to audition.
"Expect magic in Hereford with Lone Star Dance Academy instruction. My name is Jean Banks and I am the Studio Director for Lone Star Dance Academy, Hereford. We have an outstanding team of instructors and remarkable performing opportunities where the dancers can express themselves in a positive and structured environment that encourages self-expression and confidence. I can't wait to see everyone in class dancing!"
Jean Marie Banks was born and raised in Amarillo Texas. She studied under the direction of Neil and Camille Hess for 13 years while performing for Lone Star Ballet in numerous productions of the Nutcracker. Other shows include; The Jim Cullum Jazz Band, The Lightcrust Dough Boys, and John David Southers.
Jean went on to pursue her degree at WTAMU and has a BFA in dance. During which time she studied under the direction of Edward Truitt, she continued performing for LSB and for WTAMU. Productions include; Nutcracker, Chicago, Carmina Burana, and Exposed Innervision.
While performing for Mr. Truitt Jean traveled to Russia and performed in Energy Unbound at the Kannon Dance Festival. She also danced in Mr. Truitt's Kinnetic Ties. Other names Jean has studied under include; Crystal Bertrand, Bruce Wood, David Taylor, Bill Young, Mia Cunningham, Waylyn Anderson, Stevan Nevochovich, and Natalia Kasparava. Currently, Ms. Banks is an instructor and directing the Lone Star Dance Academy in Hereford and pursuing her masters in political science at WTAMU.