Specialists

Meet our Specialists

Paula Sansom, A ballet teacher for 44 years, earned a BFA in ballet from Texas Christian University and a MFA in ballet from the University of Oklahoma. She taught in Houston at the Houston Academy of Dance, and in Tyler at Tyler Junior College where she directed and choreographed the Nutcracker for nine years. In Tyler she was also artistic director of Tyler Civic Ballet presenting full length “Coppelia”, “Les Sylphides”, “Pas De Quatre”, and excerpts from classical ballet repertoire as well as original and contemporary works.  Since moving to Austin she has taught at the Austin Conservatory of the Arts, where she served as associate director of the Nutcracker, and taught for the past fourteen years at D’ette and company dancers.  She has been a member of Texas Association Teachers of Dance since 2006.

Paula is our Senior lead Floor Specialist, Training Manager and Senior Professional Pointe Fitting Specialist and Manager. She also manages the Ballet Austin shoe orders and online store orders. Paula has been with Movin’ Easy since 2002.

Rachel Saathoff – Rachel is a Senior Professional Pointe Fitting Specialist and lead Floor Specialist. She is trained in pointe shoe modifications as well.  She manages customer inquiries and concerns and assists with studio outreach, events and orders. Rachel has been with Movin’ Easy since 2010.

Victoria Ciavattone was born in West Palm Beach, Florida; where she began her dance training at age 3. After performing in the Miami City Ballet, “The Nutcracker” in 1997, she moved to San Antonio and continued studying many forms of dance such as Ballet/Pointe,Tap, Jazz and Hip Hop. During grade school she was a competitive dancer in a pre-professional company called “Visions Dance Troupe” and later continued to choreograph and perform locally in roles such as a latin dancer for Six Flags Fiesta Texas in ”Ritmo Fantasma” ,”Latin Rhythm” and was Tweety Bird in “We Got the Beat”. In 2011, she was a guest artist for the San Antonio Metropolitan Ballet, and as the Dream Maker in “Hanzel and Gretel”. Victoria has been teaching and choreographing for 14 years, mostly in Jazz and Ballet/Pointe, and loves to teach all ages and levels. With over 15 years of dance retail experience and pointe shoe fittings, Victoria has moved to Austin to manage Movin Easy Dancewear.

Victoria is our General Store Manager and Professional Pointe Fitting Manager. She is trained in pointe shoe modifications.  She oversees our Ambassador program,  social media, and marketing team and is the Director of Our Studio Outreach programs. Victoria manages the online store sales and weekly/fall orders and has been with Movin’ Easy since October 2018.

April Steubing was born and raised in San Antonio, TX. She was in color guard at MacArthur High School for 4 years and captain for 2 years. She has over 6 years of dance retail and pointe shoe fitting experience, and was a Manager for 5, with a focus on group sales and studio outreach for 3 years.  April enjoys spending time outside with her children. She is Assistant Studio Outreach manager and marketing team. April has been with Movin’ Easy since April 2019.