Lauren Richter | School Principal
Lauren Richter Henry began her ballet training in Southern California in 1996. In 2006, she moved to New York City to continue her training at ABT’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School and worked privately with Prima Ballerina Assoluta Eva Evdokimova. During this time, Lauren was awarded a scholarship through YAGP to continue her studies in Monte-Carlo at the Princess Grace Academy of Classical Dance under the direction of Marika Besobrasova. Lauren received her first professional contract with the Prague State Opera Ballet in the Czech Republic and then moved on to dance with the Bucharest National Ballet in Romania.
Lauren is certified in Levels 1-8 through the Bolshoi Ballet Academy Teacher Training Program. She founded her own school, Richter Academy of Classical Dance, in Southern California from 2015-2021 and has taught on Faculty at San Francisco Ballet School for the 2019-2020 and 2022-2023 seasons. Lauren has judged internationally for the Concurso Internacional Latinamerica Danza Argentina and staged her version of the Nutcracker for the Ballet Parque del Conocimiento Argentina. She was honored to be awarded YAGP’s Outstanding Teacher Award in 2021.
In addition to ballet, Lauren is a certified Pilates instructor with a dance specialization through BASI Pilates, and she loves to use Pilates to help her dancers reach their fullest potential.
Julie Marquet | Faculty
Julie was born in Perpignan, France. She started her dance education at the age of five at the Ecole de Danse Classique Pascale Pavageau in Perpignan. In 2001 she continued her training at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Danse de Marseille and graduated in 2005. After graduation she danced at the Opéra Municipal de Marseille in the Corps de Ballet. Julie was a Corps de Ballet member of the Stuttgart Ballet from 2006 – 2015. Her repertoire includes La Sylphide (Schaufuss), Othello (Neumeier), Romeo and Juliet (Cranko), Swan Lake (Cranko), among many others. She joined Tulsa Ballet as a member of the Corps de Ballet for two seasons from 2015-2017, and retired the following year to join our full-time TBCDE Faculty and raise a family with husband and Principal Dancer Arman Zazyan.
Carla López Ponlla | Faculty
Born in A Coruña, Spain, Carla trained at the Professional Conservatory of Dance with Luciano Gómez and Carmen Ponlla. She danced with Ballet Carmen Roche, Zürich Junior Ballet, Víctor Ullate Ballet and Barcelona Ballet, where she performed Soloist roles under the artistic direction of Ángel Corella. Carla won first prize in the National Dance Competitions of Zaragoza, Torrelavega and A Coruña (Spain) before joining Tulsa Ballet in 2012 as a member of the Corps de Ballet. Her repertoire with the company includes There, Below (Kudelka), Classical Symphony (Possokhov), One/End/One (Elo), Company B (Taylor), Uniko/Juxtaposed (Cong), Blue Bird Pas de Deux (Angelini), Bolero (Fonte) and In The Middle, Somewhat Elevated (Forsythe), and Infra (McGregor), among others. In 2016, Ms. López retired from the company in order to join our full-time TBCDE Faculty.
Beatrice Sebelin | Faculty
Beatrice graduated from the school of the Teatro all Scala in 2002. She then joined the Teatro all Scala Company, where she danced from 2002-2003, and later danced with the Compagnia Neoclassica di San Remo del Teatro Ariston and Compagnia Nazionale Italiana of Rome. She joined Tulsa Ballet in 2008 from Balletto di Milano, and was promoted to Soloist in 2013, where she performed until retirement in 2016. She has performed works by Nacho Duato, Paul Taylor, Christopher Wheeldon, Jorma Elo, Wayne McGregor, Edwaard Liang, Val Caniparoli, Adam Hougland, Nicolo Fonte, Alejandro Cerrudo, William Forsythe and Ben Stevenson. Her repertoire includes The Sleeping Beauty, Excelsior Ballet, Notre Dame de Paris, Romeo and Juliet, Giselle, In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated, Rooster, Gnawa, Company B and The Nutcracker.
Amy Parker | Faculty
Amy Parker, originally from Chesapeake, VA began her dance training at the Academie de
Ballet. She furthered her studies at the Virginia Ballet Theatre and attended the Universal
Ballet Academy (presently Kirov Academy of Washington DC) summer intensive. Ms. Parker was a trainee with Ballet Magnificat!, later dancing professionally with Light Of The World Ballet and Arrows International. She served these companies in various roles such as Ballet Mistress, Directors’ Assistant, Administrator, and Booking Coordinator, guest teaching for events such as Project Dance. She has performed many original works by Jeff and Natalie Lewis, Ashley Rollinson, Hannah Beaver, Juri Sebastian Voborsky, and Tobin James, touring nations including the Philippines, India, Sri Lanka, Peru, Israel, Costa Rica, Honduras, Japan, Malaysia, and the USA. In 2020, Ms. Parker worked with The Promise at the Texas Amphitheater, later returning for The Promise Of Passover, serving as Choreographer, Dance Captain, and Dancer. Ms. Parker has taught ballet throughout the Oklahoma City Metro area since 2015, and is passionate to see her students achieve their highest potential as artists.