HRB Artistic Staff
Barbara LeGault is a graduate of Houston’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Barbara LeGault trained under Margo Marshall and is formerly with City Ballet of Houston. Since that time she danced many lead roles with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater and the Louisville Ballet. She was directed by Alun Jones and Helen Starr. In 1979, Jones paid Ms. LeGault the ultimate compliment by creating his Cinderella especially for her. She Also danced with Tennessee Festival Ballet, directed by David and Anna Marie Holmes, and with the Summer Festival Ballet In Lisbon, Portugal. Her repertoire includes appearances in Don Quixote, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, and Sleeping Beauty.
Other roles to her credit are appearances in the Houston Grand Opera productions, Mefeistofoles and Aida. Ms. LeGault has been on the teaching staff of American Academy of Dance, NHDT headquarters, since 1987. She is currently a faculty member of Ballet Center of Houston and the Ballet Mistress for Houston Repertoire Ballet.
An HRB alumna, Kristy Nilsson began her training at Ballet Center of Houston. She was a Dance Honors Student at Houston's High School for the Performing & Visual Arts and University of Oklahoma, before going on to perform with Charleston Ballet Theatre and Atlanta Ballet. Ms. Nilsson has choreographed more than 100 concert works (including 11 full-length/narrative ballets) which have been performed by 29 companies in 12 states in the U.S. & Canada, and has won choreographic recognition from Regional Dance America, the Southeastern Regional Ballet Association and Dance Canvas. Her works for Houston Repertoire Ballet include two narrative ballets: A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Racketty-Packetty House, and two contemporary ballets: Rhapsody in Blue and The Unkindest Year. "Miss Kristy" has been a full-time ballet & modern dance instructor since 2001 and enjoys teaching all ages from Pre-Ballet for preschool-aged children through Pre-Professional dancers and adults. Kristy is happily married to dance photographer Scott Nilsson, a former dancer, and is delighted to be on faculty at Ballet Center of Houston, teaching alongside some of the very instructors who shaped her career and love for dance.
Photo © Scott Nilsson, Photographer
Director of Outreach
Kristen Newsom is an alumna of Houston Repertoire Ballet and Ballet Center of Houston. She received her B.F.A. from Sam Houston State University studying ballet, modern, and aerial arts, as well as serving as Secretary for the University's chapter of Chi Tau Epsilon. She recently performed works by Gerard Theoret of Cirque du Soleil and Dionne Sparkmann Noble of NobleMotion Dance, one of Houston's most up and coming modern companies. Since 2009, Kristen has danced with Burklyn Ballet Theatre (BBT) as a student and a counselor and is now the Assistant Director for the Intermediate Program of BBT. In 2009 and 2013, she travelled with BBT to dance in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In addition to pursuing her dance career, Kristen has worked behind the scenes doing technical theatre for companies such as Dominic Walsh Dance Theater, and has a passion for acting and all manner of stagecraft. Kristen's set design is featured in Kristy Nilsson's production for HRB of Racketty-Packetty House (2017). Her choreography has been showcased in Huntsville, Texas, with Sam Houston State University; Houston, Texas; and Johnson, Vermont; and she was the recipient of the 2011 Choreography Award & Scholarship hosted by Burklyn Ballet Theatre. As Director of Outreach for HRB, Ms Newsom facilitates all aspects of our growing outreach mission to include The Nutcracker Experience and the Mother Ginger Experience, our immersive experiences for elementary students at Tomball ISD schools, as well as an additional enrichment program for Tomball ISD intermediate students. Ms. Newsom facilitates district coordination, audition, and classes/rehearsals, which culminate in unique performance opportunities for Tomball ISD students in front of their peers at HRB's annual Arts & Education production of The Nutcracker in December and Choreography Project in the spring.