HRB Artistic Staff


Ballet Mistress

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.


Resident Choreographer


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