Meet the team…
AJ GARCIA-RAMEAU received her ballet training at the Houston Academy of Dance and the Austin School of Classical Ballet. She completed additional training under scholarship with the Alvin Ailey School, Joffrey Jazz & Contemporary, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and Northwest Dance Project’s LAUNCH11. AJ earned a BS degree in Chemical Engineering and a Dance Minor from the University of Texas while she performed with Exclamation Dance Company, the Austin Classical Ballet, and BHumn Dance Company. AJ then spent several years in Philadelphia working as a semiconductor engineer and a freelance dance artist before moving back to Texas. AJ enjoys her continued work in the tech sector while also teaching dance classes in the evenings and working as a guest artist with various local dance companies. Her recent solo work was featured at Dallas DanceFest, Austin Dance Festival, Philadelphia’s Come Together Dance Festival, Waco’s 254 Dance Festival, and Houston’s Barnstorm Dance Festival. More info about AJ can be found at www.ajdances.com
Dorothy O’Shea Overbey
Dorothy O’Shea Overbey grew up studying classical piano while training and performing corps de ballet roles with Ballet Austin. She received her BFA in Dance and BA in Philosophy from SMU in 1999, later dancing with Colorado Ballet, David Taylor Dance Theater, Ballet Nouveau Colorado, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Ballet New York, Dances Patrelle, and numerous independent choreographers in New York. She is currently on faculty at the Department of Theatre and Dance at UT Austin.
In 2017 Ms. Overbey founded Red Nightfall Productions and is now in pre-production for the virtual reality dance film, Crone. The live-dance version of Crone premiered at UT, accompanied by 25-piece orchestra.
Rachel is a performer, choreographer and teacher from Austin, Texas. She earned dual degrees from the University of Texas in Dance and Journalism. Upon graduation, Rachel attended the Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet Training Program on scholarship. She has danced with companies from Denver to Dallas and is happy to be back in Austin. She is currently the only certified Floor-Barre® teacher in Texas. Locally, she has performed with Austin Lyric Opera, Michelle Thompson Ulerich’s ongoing Illusory Impressions Project, David Chao’s Nessum Dorma, and is thrilled to be a part of Ventana Ballet’s inaugural season.
Jennifer is the director of the Austin School of Classical Ballet. She received her first eight years of professional ballet training in the Balanchine technique at the State Ballet of Missouri with Diana Adams, Una Kai and Flora Klenklein, under the directorship of Todd Bolender. She simultaneously studied with Tatiana Dokoudovska at the School of Russian Ballet. Jennifer spent summers on scholarship at the Briansky Saratoga School in New York, working with Oleg Briansky, Suki Schorer and Violette Verdy, among others. Later furthering her study of the Russian technique, Jennifer trained in Chicago with former Bolshoi Ballet soloist Dmitri Roudnev at the Roudnev Ballet of Chicago, where she also taught on the faculty. Moving on to dance in New York City, Jennifer studied intensively with former ABT principal Alexander Filipov and Kirill Matveev (formerly of the Kirov). Jennifer has danced professionally with ballet companies in Texas, Chicago, and New York, and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from the Conservatory at the University of Missouri at Kansas City (UMKC). For more than 15 years she has instructed students at all levels of training in the art of ballet. Her goal is to utilize the great traditions of the past to help create the great dancers of the future. More info about Jennifer and her school can be found at: www.austinclassicalballet.com
Ryan has delivered leadership development programs across various stakeholders over the past 10 years, including (but not limited to): Peace Corps, middle schools, high schools, churches, non-profits, and universities. He currently serves at St. Edward's University as the Assistant Director of Student Activities where he supervises teams of student employees to develop professional life skills, increase leadership knowledge, and enhance their student success. He directs a leadership course, conferences, workshops, and other involvement opportunities. His professional passion within leadership development is specifically within training design by curating specific trainings to meet the needs of his participants and build in valuable mechanisms for feedback in order to continue his role as a lifelong learner and practitioner. When he isn't involved in higher education, Ryan enjoys the occasional ultramarathon and loves to run in the snow or rain. His two non-negotiables in life: two eggs for breakfast every single day and biking to and from work (if he isn't running in).