Directors2018-12-04T00:23:59+00:00

Directors

Trilogy is built on the knowledge, professionalism and experience of the artistic faculty and administrative staff. Each student will learn dance technique, style, theory, and discipline from our excellent instructors. More importantly the teachers will treat every student equally and encourage self-confidence through personal achievements. The administration strives to serve the needs of each family and dancer.

The faculty members encompass professional backgrounds, loyalty, passion for dance, and the dedication to the creation of extraordinary dancers. Trilogy provides it’s staff with opportunities such as monthly continued education classes in curriculum, teaching concepts and guidelines, as well as CPR and child development classes.

Ronda Runnels

Owner & Director – Trilogy Dance Center and Insight Dance Ensemble

Ronda Runnels is the Owner and Director of Trilogy Dance Center, Move & Groove Pre-School Dance Program and Insight Dance Ensemble. Her dance journey began at the age of 3 and by kindergarten she knew she would own a dance studio. After pursuing her degree in Dance at The University of Texas @ Austin Ronda moved back to San Antonio. As she launched her dance career in Los Angeles and New York she realized Texas would be home. She opened her first studio in 1994, The Turning Point Dance Center with Stephanie Scott, and also created Visions Dance Troupe (the home of numerous teachers at Trilogy). Ronda then merged her school with Ballet San Antonio Academy in 2005 and then in 2009 Ronda assisted Paige Berry in creating Trilogy Dance Center. She has been the Artistic Director of many youth dance programs and founded Insight Dance Ensemble. The youth company has launched hundreds of dancers into the professional world of dance and college programs around the country. IDE dancers who have graduated have been honored to dance with Pink, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, and attended the best schools in the country such as, Point Park, Chapman, and SMU. Current IDE members are achieving National Scholarships and awards of great status.

In January of this year Ronda bought Trilogy Dance Center to take it to a new level of dance in the country. Trilogy’s intention is to train humans of all ages through movement to express themselves as dancers. Ronda takes great pride in training every student to be their best; not just teaching dance lessons, but teaching children life lessons. TDC is a certified member of National Dance Education Organization and participates in National Honor Society of Dance Arts. Ronda also has a passion for yoga and in 2013 received her yoga certification in Vinyasa Flow. She practices YOGA in every part of her life journey. Above her professional achievements Ronda’s greatest pleasures are her three children, amazing husband and spending time with family.

Lily Houtkin

Artistic Director – Trilogy Dance Center and Insight Dance Ensemble

Originally from San Antonio, TX, Lily found her passion for dancing at age 3. She is classically trained in Vaganova and has received the highest certificates in all levels of the Cecchetti  Ballet Technique.  At a young age, Lily performed in the Ballet West production of “The Nutcracker” and the Fort Worth Ballet production of “Cinderella”, in San Antonio. She continued to perform in different roles for numerous years.  Lily is also extensively trained in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Modern, Hip-Hop, and Tap. Throughout high school, Lily attended many competitions and dance conventions training with various dance teachers from both Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago. She received many Top Elite awards and scholarships which led her to Los Angeles to pursue her professional dance career.

Lily has worked with many choreographers including Paula Abdul,  Andre Fuentes and many more. She has performed in many stage productions at Disney’s world famous El Capitan Theatre including the World Premieres of “Tarzan” “Toy Story 2” and “Herbie Fully Loaded”. Her film credits include the feature film ”American Beauty”, “Rush Hour In Los Angeles”, and “Zombie Prom”. She has worked on industrials for Taco Bell and Marriott Resorts and has danced for many up and coming artist. Lily is also a certified Pilates Instructor and enjoys helping dancers lengthen their career through the Pilates Method.  Lily has recently relocated back to San Antonio to join the Trilogy Dance Center faculty teaching all styles of dance and is the Assistant Artistic Director and choreographer of Insight Dance Ensemble. She is excited to share her passion and knowledge of dance with the younger generation. She is also a member of San Antonio Jazz Ensemble and continues to perform various pieces with them throughout the year.

Angel Lopez

Assistant Artistic Director

Angel started dancing at the age of 20 as a ballroom dancer. He has trained with some of the top dancers in the commercial world such as Brian Friedman (Britney Spears’ Creative Director), Edyta and Alec (DWTS), Jojo Gomez (Tinashe Choreographer) and many others. He has had the opportunity to choreograph shows in Las Vegas for major Hotels and Casinos Such as Circus Circus and choreograph music videos for artists, choreograph industrials for national companies, and work with several television networks such as Bravo, Oxygen, Nickelodeon and Fox. Angel has taught and trained both nationally and internationally in Hip Hop, Jazz, Ballet, Ballroom, Contemporary and acrobatics.

Britta Moe

Ballet Director

Britta Moe began her dance training at the age of four. She has trained with Rising Stars of Texas, Mayra Worthen Ballet, The Turning Point, and Ballet Arts School. She has also attended summer dance intensives with Houston Ballet, The Julliard School, and Boston Ballet. In addition, she trained in Los Angeles and New York City during the summers at EDGE Performing Arts Center, Millennium Dance, Broadway Dance Center, and Steps on Broadway. She has danced with the pre-professional company Texas Ballet Concerto and has worked with choreographers to include: Shaun Royer, Mayra Worthen, Julie Simpson, and Ronda McClure. Britta was an original member of the professional dance company San Antonio Jazz Ensemble, performing all over the city, including most recently Luminaria 2015.

Over the past eleven years, she has instructed dance at Kathy Marfin’s Dance School, Ballet San Antonio, Ballet Arts School, and Trilogy Dance Center. Britta has also been a choreographer for Insight Dance Ensemble for several seasons. She has a Bachelor Degree in Business with a minor in Art from the University of Incarnate Word, as well, as a Master Degree in Architecture from the University of San Antonio. She is currently working as an architect at a small local firm and is teaching ballet, jazz, tap, and hip hop.

Phaedra Kingry

Discovery Program Director

Phaedra has an extensive background in the performing arts spanning over 35 years.  Throughout her career, she has trained in studios in California, at the Washington Ballet Academy (Washington DC), the Burchfield Ballet (Home of Ballet Mobile – AL), several month long summer intensive classes with masters from Joffrey Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet, and New York City Ballet, and master teaching classes with several prominent choreographers/teachers, including but, not limited to:  Mandy Moore, Misha Gabriel, Fhinis Jung, Katy Spreadbury, Judy Rice, Ronda Miller, Bob Rizzo, Debbie Dee, and Bill Evans.

She performed under the direction of former MGM and Jack Cole Company Choreographer, Dale Lefler, in Carmel, CA, was a principal dancer in the JTW Dance Company in Alabama and enjoyed several leading roles in Broadway musicals presented on a regional theatre basis. Her credits include a leading song and dance role in the premiere of the original musical, “Closed Session”, written by Gold Record winner Milton Brown – which included a nationally released music album cut in Nashville, TN.  She was also blessed to work for a season with the Moscow Ballet training local students for joint performances with this renowned professional company.   In addition to her studio classes, Phaedra serves as the choreographer for the CBC Kid’s Choir and CBC Special Programs, a choreographer for Insight Dance Ensemble, and a choreographer for various NEISD show choir and musical theatre performances.  Several of Phaedra’s choreography concepts was published as a chapter contribution to the book release:  “JUST ADD KIDS” written and compiled by Celeste Clydesdale.  Her choir choreography has been contracted for and released on video nationally by LIFEWAY.  Phaedra’s knowledge of and experience in the various disciplines of dance – ballet, jazz, tap, modern, hip hop and theatre dance – exposes her students to a high level, energetic, and most of all, understanding approach to teaching.  Currently, Phaedra also serves as the Assistant Director for Move and Groove Innovative Dance Program.