Rise Dance

Rise Dance

Our Instructors

Scarlett Banbury

Scarlett has been teaching dance in the Houston area for over 20 years. She is a native Houstonian and second generation dance instructor. She began her dance training at age 2 at Banbury School of Dance, her mother’s dance studio. She spent many summers in New York City studying dance at such renowned studios as David Howard, Martha Graham, Alvin Ailey and “Steps” on Broadway.

Scarlett has studied with Houston Ballet’s Andrea Vodehnal, and more recently with Robert Underwood of American Ballet Theatre and Boston Ballet. She has performed numerous times in the Houston International Festival, chosen for a part in Houston Grand Opera’s Manon, Galveston’s Dickens on the Strand and performances at Banbury School of Dance.

Scarlett was introduced to the world of competitive gymnastics when she was hired to coach Ballet for elite level gymnasts on the Junior & Women’s USA Olympic Team and it is there she had the honor of teaching Mary Lou Retton’s daughters. Scarlett has choreographed for ANICO’s Moody Gardens Gala Celebration.

Most recently Scarlett became an American Ballet Theatre Certified instructor in Levels Primary – 5. Scarlett has taught many genres of dance, such as Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern and Ballet.

Megan Haverstock, MS

Megan grew up in Magnolia, TX and began dancing at 3 years old. As Megan grew older she applied her love for dance to her high school drill team where she served as Co-Captain for 2 years. Megan has had a total of 8 years of competitive dance training and has won multiple awards for her choreography.

While earning her BA in Sociology from Sam Houston State University, Megan taught ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, musical theater, and modern to 2 dance studios and the Boys and Girls Club of Walker County.

Megan obtained her Masters of Science in Psychology specializing in Child and Adolescent Development in 2020 and will start a doctoral program in the fall 2020 to pursue a PsyD in the field of School Psychology.

Megan teaches our Baby & Me, Toddler & Me, and Pre-Ballet classes.

Grace Ramazzini

Grace Ramazzini is a Tennessee native, where she first discovered her love of dance at the age of 8.

Training in ballet, jazz, and modern, she attended numerous summer intensives with Ballet Austin, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet, and more.

Grace attended Belhaven University and graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance. Currently, Grace dances professionally with Houston dance company Ad Deum.

Grace is passionate about the power of dance to tell stories and provide beauty in the world.

Our Instructors

Scarlett Banbury

Scarlett has been teaching dance in the Houston area for over 20 years. She is a native Houstonian and second generation dance instructor. She began her dance training at age 2 at Banbury School of Dance, her mother’s dance studio. She spent many summers in New York City studying dance at such renowned studios as David Howard, Martha Graham, Alvin Ailey and “Steps” on Broadway.

Scarlett has studied with Houston Ballet’s Andrea Vodehnal, and more recently with Robert Underwood of American Ballet Theatre and Boston Ballet. She has performed numerous times in the Houston International Festival, chosen for a part in Houston Grand Opera’s Manon, Galveston’s Dickens on the Strand and performances at Banbury School of Dance.

Scarlett was introduced to the world of competitive gymnastics when she was hired to coach Ballet for elite level gymnasts on the Junior & Women’s USA Olympic Team and it is there she had the honor of teaching Mary Lou Retton’s daughters. Scarlett has choreographed for ANICO’s Moody Gardens Gala Celebration.

Most recently Scarlett became an American Ballet Theatre Certified instructor in Levels Primary – 5. Scarlett has taught many genres of dance, such as Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern and Ballet.

Megan Haverstock

Megan grew up in Magnolia, TX and began dancing at 3 years old. As Megan grew older she applied her love for dance to her high school drill team where she served as Co-Captain for 2 years. Megan has had a total of 8 years of competitive dance training and has won multiple awards for her choreography.

While earning her BA in Sociology from Sam Houston State University, Megan taught ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, musical theater, and modern to 2 dance studios and the Boys and Girls Club of Walker County.

Megan obtained her Masters of Science in Psychology specializing in Child and Adolescent Development in 2020 and will start a doctoral program in the fall 2020 to pursue a PsyD in the field of School Psychology.

Megan teaches our Baby & Me, Toddler & Me, Pre-Ballet, and Beginner Combo classes.

Grace Ramazzini

Grace Ramazzini is a Tennessee native, where she first discovered her love of dance at the age of 8.

Training in ballet, jazz, and modern, she attended numerous summer intensives with Ballet Austin, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet, and more.

Grace attended Belhaven University and graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance. Currently, Grace dances professionally with Houston dance company Ad Deum.

Grace is passionate about the power of dance to tell stories and provide beauty in the world.

Professional Grade Sprung Dance Floors

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Dance is a beautiful art form that can be used to tell stories and elicit an audience’s emotions. But dance is also a sport that involves dynamic movement, stamina, balance, strength, and flexibility. Dancers are athletes, and just like any other athlete must train on the proper equipment, so must a dancer train on the proper dance floor.

That’s why RISE has invested in a professional grade sprung dance floor, the exact same flooring system used by some of the top ballet schools in the country such as San Francisco Ballet School and Joffrey Ballet School in NYC.

Our sprung floors reduce fatigue, prevent injury, and ultimately ensure a long dance career for our students. Investing in sprung floors is an important part of how RISE prioritizes the health and safety of our dancers!

Class Schedule

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Daytime Classes
10:00 am
10:30 am
11:00 am
11:30 am
12:00 pm
12:30 pm
1:00 pm
1:30 pm
2:00 pm
2:30 pm
3:00 pm
3:30 pm
4:00 pm
4:30 pm
5:00 pm
5:30 pm
6:00 pm
6:30 pm
7:00 pm
7:30 pm
8:00 pm
8:30 pm
9:00 pm

Our Facilities

For dancers, open space is a canvas for their art, so we wanted to give our students the biggest canvases possible. We have 3 dance studios:

  • Studio A is 1,500 sq. ft.
  • Studio B is 1,200 sq. ft.
  • Studio C is 600 sq. ft.

All of our studios feature high ceilings, mirrored walls, and in-wall speaker systems. Studios A & B are separated by a floor-to-ceiling acoustical floating partition that allows the studios to open up into one large performance space for recitals and showcases.

Studios A & B hold our ballet, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, and combination classes. Studio C holds our tap, toddler & me, and baby & me classes.

Performance Opportunities

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Our unique campus offers multiple spaces to host onsite performances for our students. Dance is meant to be performed, and our goal is to help normalize the experience of performing in front of an audience.

We build confidence in our younger students by starting with smaller, more intimate performances for family and friends. Students then advance to performing for larger audiences.

We offer performance opportunities in our 1,200 sq. ft. studio, 1,500 sq. ft. studio, 2,400 sq. ft. expanded studio space, and our 2,400 sq. ft. outdoor lawn! 

Teaching Methodology

Our program follows ABT’s National Training Curriculum under the instruction of Scarlett Banbury.

Students are introduced to fundamental positions and terminology along with guidance on coordination, body alignment, and musicality.

Our studio is dedicated to teaching students proper technique while also providing them with a space to have fun and build lasting friendships!