9527  Folsom Blvd Ste. E

Sacramento, CA 95827

(Butterfield Plaza)


Founded by Bobbi Bader

The Ballet Studio Instructors

(In Alphabetical Order)

Tia Costa:

​Tia Costa began her ballet career at age six at the Milpitas Dance Center with Susan Sigrist as her teacher. By the age of 13 she was an apprentice with the Santa Clara Ballet Company, co-directed by Josepha Villanueva and Benjamin Reyes, performing and touring many US states and Canada. Tia also danced at the Academy of Ballet in Placerville taught by Carol Fisher. In 1993 she opened her own studio in Georgetown which was in operation for 10 years, choreographing and producing performances annually. Tia also taught for 11 years with the Sacramento Academy of Dance.  Some of her former students have apprenticed with the Sacramento Ballet, are currently company members with the City Ballet of San Diego and have been on the summer program faculty for BYU.

Samuel Fulk:

​Samuel Fulk is a professional ballet dancer with experience in Contemporary, Modern and Classical styles.  Born and raised in California, he grew up performing in musical theatre and dramatic productions.  When he decided to pursue a career in the performing arts, Sam joined the pre-professional company Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre, directed by Robert Kelley and Diane Cypher.  He then went on to perform professionally with Utah Regional Ballet for five seasons under the direction of Jacqueline Colledge. During this time, he also attended Utah Valley University (UVU), from which he graduated in 2014 with a BFA in Dance, emphasis in Ballet.  With the experience gained from the dance program at UVU, Sam taught at Academy of Ballet, directed by Lynne Thompson, and served as the Director of their second company, Ballet Utah II North.  Since moving back to California, Sam has become a highly sought after dance instructor, teaching master classes in ballet technique and classical pas de deux.  In addition, he has had numerous opportunities to choreograph on dancers with varying levels of experience, from beginning ballet dancers (age 10+) to professionals. 

Lisa Gardner:

For more than 40 years, Lisa has studied the art of ballet, and for more than two decades, she has shared her passion by teaching others.  Lisa, a native of Sacramento, especially enjoys seeing children grasp the fundamentals of dance and grow to love ballet.  She has taken classes at various local studios including Crockett Dance Studio, Capitol City Ballet, and The Ballet Studio.  After graduating high school, Lisa spent a summer at the Boston School of Ballet.  She has performed in ballet recitals and shows including The Nutcracker, Firebird, and The Best of Broadway.  Lisa also has a fondness for theater and has danced at the Woodland Opera House in shows such as A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, My Fair Lady, and Guys and Dolls.  Away from the studio Lisa enjoys spending time with her husband and three boys. 

Pamela Lourentzos:

Pam has trained in Sacramento, New York, and Los Angeles and has danced with California Musical Theatre, Sacramento Opera, and in many concert and musical theatre productions.  She has choreographed and directed many musicals throughout Northern California, including West Side Story, A Chorus Line, Carousel, Godspell, Guys and Dolls, Kiss Me Kate, My Fair Lady, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Fiddler on the Roof, Western Star,  and Aint Misbehavin.  Pamela has won four Elly Awards for choreography and direction, and one Arty [Solano County] for choreography.  She also teaches at Cisneros Studios of Dance, Deane Dance Center, and Arden Hills Country Club.  She has also choreographed for Harrahs, Lake Tahoe, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, and off-Broadway in New York with the musical Julia.

Heidi McLean:

Heidi loves teaching beginning students of all ages the fundamentals of ballet technique, helping each student improve their skills with individual corrections and increased self awareness.  She is a strong believer in beginning with the muscles and natural turnout every student brings with them and improving from there.  She understands that by working with each student’s abilities anyone can learn ballet and enjoy dancing. This is also why she encourages all students, regardless of age, to participate in the annual recital. 

Katie Rogers:

Katie Michelle Rogers is a local dancer, teacher and choreographer- participating and contributing to dance in Sacramento for 15 years. Ms. Rogers is a proud graduate of Sheldon High School (’00), CSU Sacramento (’04/BA), and Mills College (’07/MFA). Past collaborations include: Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission (SMAC), Dangerous Lorraines Dance Theater, Lorelei Bayne Projects, and Red Bucket Dance Theatre.