The Facts, November 4, 2003



The Academy of Ballet and Dance Arts a comprehensive school of dance arts designed for quality dance instruction for recreational dancers and serious young performers and artists, ages four to adult, will open its doors this November at its new facility in Lake Jackson at 252 Plantation Drive.

The Academy will offer quality professional training in four dance arts areas Classical Ballet, Jazz, Modern, and Musical Theatre, to students from all parts of Brazoria County and neighboring communities. The curriculum is designed to provide beginner, intermediate and advanced dancers with a solid foundation in technique, assist those who wish to become a professional dancer or those who study for the pure enjoyment of the art form. This is accomplished with the Russian Vaganova method.  

The Vaganova method, acknowledged the world over as the foremost training syllabus, is known for its Artistic clarity, use of the upper body, and for the development of a strong center for adagio and allegro work. The Academy also has staff members who are highly trained in other dance curriculum such as the Royal Academy of Dancing and Cecchetti methods. The strong foundation provided by the Vaganova method plus the influence provided by the other styles ensures a well developed dancer with a competitive edge.

Each dancer may participate in Master Classes throughout the year as well as Summer Intensive Workshops with nationally known dance teachers. Classes are offered year round in our studio, equipped with specially designed "fully-floating" sub-floors covered with a professional no-slip dance surface.

The Academy of Ballet and Dance Arts is founded and directed by Deborah Rayburn who is also the owner and director of the Woodlands Dance Academy in The Woodlands, Texas.

Mrs. Rayburn began her dance training with Houston's Rogulio Rodriguez and continued her training with Houston's Margo Marshall, Deborah Quinam, Barbara Legualt, and the Houston Ballet Academy. She performed with the ballet companies City Ballet of Houston, Houston Dance Theater, Allegro Ballet, the Repertory Dancers, and as a Guest performer. Mrs. Rayburn earned her degree in dance and later was invited to study with Ballet Austin. She continues to take classes, study and perform locally. Mrs. Rayburn has taught dance in the Houston area for the past eighteen years.

Ballet is a performing art, and performances are an important part of the students training. Academy students have the opportunity to participate in Festival Ballet's annual production of "The Nutcracker". Each fall students audition for roles in the ballet.  The opportunity to perform with the company members, professional guest artists, and artistic staff, is a rewarding learning experience. The Academy presents a spring performance annually, which features students from all levels of the Academy

For more information on the Academy of Ballet and Dance Arts or Festival Ballet please call 979-292-0117 or visit the website at