Summer Intensive Instructors
Originally from Bowie, Maryland, Ms. Kondo trained at the Maryland Youth Ballet. She began her professional career with Orlando Ballet Company. She then joined Kansas City Ballet where she performed ballets including Nine Sinatra Songs, Company B, As Time Goes By, Frescoes from the Little Humpbacked Horse, Dark Elegies, and Rodeo. As a principal dancer with Eugene Ballet Company she was featured in many of Toni Pimble’s works such as All You Need is Love, Concerto Grosso, and Dark Side of the Moon. Her favorite roles while there included Clara, The Sugar Plum Fairy, and the Lead Female in Gerald Arpino’s Light Rain. Betty has also competed in International Ballet Competitions & performed in Dance Festivals around the world. More recently Betty has worked with contemporary companies including Owen/Cox Dance Group and Zion Dance Project. In the last year she has continued to teach, choreograph & perform including choreographing & performing in a music video for a Grammy nominated artist. She feels honored to train up the next generation of dancers through inspiring creativity in movement.
Laura Morton’s background includes extensive training in classical ballet, jazz, and modern from prestigious dance educators such as Anne and Nicholas Polajenko, ABT’s Alexander Minz, and at Ballet West with director Bruce Marks and Toni Lander. Her professional credits include Milwaukee Ballet, Delia Stewart Dance Company, Houston Metropolitan Dance Company and Ad Deum Dance Company. She has also earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, a Master of Science in Applied Exercise Physiology, and a Corrective Exercise Specialist certification. She has taught nationally and internationally. Her teaching credentials include serving on the faculties of Summer Arts Session (Ravensburg, Germany), Pacific Northwest School of Ballet (Seattle, WA), Evergreen City Ballet (Auburn, WA), Houston Metropolitan Dance Center, Houston Ballet Ben Stevenson Academy, and Ad Deum Dance Company (Houston, TX). She presently serves as an Associate Professor of Dance and Director of the Ballet Division at Belhaven University in Jackson, MS where she shares the valuable information gained from mentors, teaching experience, and continuing education in her discipline, as well as inspires a love for dancing in all her students.
Laura firmly stands of the belief that excellence in the art form of classical ballet from a Christian perspective is dependent not only on quality education in the art, but also on demonstrating and sharing who her students are in Christ. Her personal teaching philosophy and method not only reflect a comprehensive and analytical approach to instructing and explaining technique; but more importantly, a sincere concern for the overall health and well-being of her students spiritual, emotional, and psychological development.
Frankie Lee Peterson
Frankie Lee III was born in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, received his BFA in Contemporary Dance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts & continued training at Springboard Danse Montreal, Shen Wei Dance Arts, The Merce Cunningham Trust, The Dance Company Experience, Alonzo King Lines Dance Center, The Zion Dance Project & Anthony Burrell’s Breaking Barriers, to name a few. He has danced for Zaccho Dance Theater, Oakland Ballet, Dawsondancesf, Helen Simoneau Danse, Antonio Brown Dance, Juel D. Lane, Mark Dendy/Donavan Projects, Jeremy McQueen & the Zest Collective, to name a few. Frankie is the Founder & Artistic Director of FLEE DANCE & is a 2-time Isadora Duncan Award Nominee & Webby Award Winner. Frankie is currently on faculty at the Dallas Institute of Dance, The Dallas Conservatory & he is a Company Instructor for Dallas Black Dance Theatre. Frankie hopes to continue to share his life experiences, wisdom, knowledge, insight, and revelations with every generation.
Liz was the principle dancer and choreographer of “David” for Bethlehem 2000 and Jerusalem 3000 in Israel, and danced with the 1994 and 1995 “Young Messiah Tour.” Liz began her ballet education under Tatiana Dokodovska at UMKC, and completed her studies with Jean and Ekhardt Heidrick, principal dancers with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.
She began her professional career performing two years with the Kansas City Ballet, and later became a principal dancer with the Center City Ballet. Since devoting her gifts to the Lord, Liz has created a number of original Christian ballets: The Mystery of Christmas, The Power and the Glory, A Call to Repentance, The Book of Ruth, Dethroning the Prince, and Thy Kingdom Come (performed live with recording artist Steve Fry).
Christina Weinzetl began dancing at the age of 4. Upon moving to Cartersville, Ga at the age of 11, she began training with Steps of Faith Dance Company in their pre-professional program until the age of 18. Alongside her dance training, she was a part of a theatre company performing in musicals and straight plays.
Christina studied dance at Belhaven University and has a degree in Anthropology in which she graduated Magna Cum Laude from Lee University. Her training includes tap, classical ballet, contemporary, modern, musical theatre, and hip hop. She trained with such programs as The American Ballet Theatre, The Radio City Rockettes, and The Georgia Ballet. Professionally, Christina has spent the past 20 years teaching and choreographing for companies such as Dramatic Truth Ballet Theatre, International Dance Festival Ireland, Unity Dance Troupe, Cleveland Academy of the Arts, Atlanta Pops Orchestra and Dance Canvas. She has also danced professionally in London, England with Elevate Dance Company and The Rebirth Network. In addition to her dance training she has also studied both acting and voice. She has portrayed roles such as Cathy Seldon in “Singin’ in the Rain”, Sally Brown in “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown”and was featured in such TV shows as “The So and So Show”. Today Christina and her husband Austin reside in Cartersville, Georgia with their dog Astrid. They have a performing arts academy, ACT I Academy, as well as Highland Springs Dance Company, their professional company. Together they are passionate about raising up young performers in all areas of the arts and using the arts as a form of ministry. Christina is thrilled to be back teaching for Dramatic Truth’s Summer Intensive.