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Providing Ballet and Dance Instruction to Cypress, Tomball, and Spring area Since 1996

Artisan School of Dance Artistic Staff


 

Martha Brem Studio Founder & Artistic Director

Martha Carrasco Brem began dancing at the Royal Academy of Dance in Monterrey, Mexico when she was six years old.  She studied classical ballet, Flamenco, tap, and modern dance.  At age 13, Ms. Brem's love of ballet motivated her to seek a new ballet school where she would have performance opportunities with a Ballet Company.  When the company director, Luz María Quintero, became ill, at age 16 Ms. Brem stepped forward to make her directorial debut with the company's last performance, Swan Lake.  With Ms. Quintero's encouragement, Ms. Brem auditioned for La Escuela Superior de Música y Danza, a school of fine arts supported by the government of Mexico and established by Carmen Romano de López Portillo, then First Lady of Mexico.  Ms. Brem and seven other dancers received coveted invitations to train a La Escuela Superior.  Training included methodology of classical ballet taught in the Cuban Dance Technique, music appreciation, contemporary dance, music, anatomy of the human boday, and child psychology.  During the summers, Ms. Brem attended programs and workshops furthering her knowledge of classical ballet, including repertory, historical dance, and classical Spanish dance.  As she continued to perform, her most notable performances include a performance in Mexico City in homage to Alicia Alonso, founder of the Cuban Technique.  Ms. Brem also danced with La Escuela de Artes Escencias of the University of Nuevo León under the direction of Carola Montiel and Ma. Eugenia Fuentes.

Ms. Brem's love of dance inspired her to send her résumè to the Joffrey ballet in New York City, where she secured an audition.  As her parents, unfortunately, would not allow her to attend, she turned to Houston, TX, where an aunt resided.  She married in 1982 and in began a family and in 1988 returned to dance with the Houston Ballet and Spring Academy of Dance.  At this time Ms. Brem focused on specialized training for teachers by attending workshops with the Royal Academy of Dancing as well as in the school where she herself studied, La Escuela Superior in Monterrey, Mexico.  Ms. Brem established her first business, The Dancing Bearettes, where she taught children under the age of 6.  In conjunction with Lakewood Montessori School, Artisan School of Dance opened in 2000 offering instruction to students of all ages.  Since 2003 Ms. Brem has been the sole Director and Owner of Artisan School of Dance.  As a logical follow-up to her school, in 2007 Ms. Brem established Artisan Ballet Company, a non-profit company whose purpose is to encourage a love of dance in all her students as well as provide the Northwest Houston Community with quality ballet instruction and performances.


Angel Laza  Company Director and Instructor

Angel started his ballet training at the Escuela Vocacional de Arte Raul Sanchez in 1997 and continued at Escuela Cubana de Ballet in Havana, Cuba.  He joined Ballet Nacional de Cuba and danced soloist roles in differenc countries in Latin America and Europe.  Some of his teachers at the Escuela Cubana de Ballet and the Ballet Nacional de Cuba include Mirtha Hermdia, Ramona de Saa, Fernando Alonso, Loipa Araujo, Josefina Mendez and Alicia Alonso.  In June 2003,  he joined Ballet de Monterrey as a Soloist and worked with teachers such as Robert Hill, James Kelly, Jorge Amarante, Yuri Possokhov and Luis Serrano, to mention a few.  In December 2007, Angel was promoted to Principal.  In 2013, he moved to the United States.  In June 2010, Angel was a semi-finalist in the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi.  While in the United States, Angel has danced as a guest artist at numerous companies including Arizona Ballet, Canyon Concert Ballet, Dominic Walsh Dance Theater, Houston Grand Opera and Colombian Folkloric Ballet.  In 2014, he joined Ballet Spartanburg as a Principal Dancer.   Angel was Associate Artistic Director, Choreographer and Lead Principal Dancer for CFB's "Mi Colombia" musical. Some of the leading classical roles Angel danced with Ballet de Monterrey include La Bayadere, Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Coppelia, Diana and Acteon Pas de Deux and Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, He has started in modern ballets including Western Symphony, Assai, Sinergia, Uma Batida Diferente, Huapango, Danson and Esencia.


Ian Casady  Ballet Instructor

Ian was born in Marin County, California, and received his training there from David Roxandy and Jody White at Dance Theater Seven. He joined Houston Ballet in 1998 after studying at Houston Ballet's Ben Stevenson Academy and was promoted to soloist in 2002 and principal in 2007.

Ian's principal roles include the Prince in The Nutcracker and Marc Antony in Ben Stevenson’s Cleopatra. He has been featured in the full-length ballets Giselle, Swan Lake, The Snow Maiden and Peter Pan, as well as Stanton Welch’s Indigo and Bruiser; Dominic Walsh’s The Illusion of Separation and Dolcemente; Ben Stevenson’s Five Poems and Dusk; Nacho Duato’s Without Words; Trey McIntyre’s Second Before the Ground; and Natalie Weir’s Steppenwolf.

Ian teaches our professional program and dances full time with the Houston Ballet.