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 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 lead Floor Manager, Training Manager and Senior Professional Pointe Fitting Specialist. She also works in public relations with our studios and professional companies. Paula has been with Movin’ Easy since 2002.
Rachel Saathoff – Rachel is our lead General Manager. She is a Senior Professional Pointe Fitting Specialist and lead Floor Specialist. She is trained in pointe shoe cobbling as well. Rachel works in Event Coordination, Human Resources and Studio Outreach. She manages group, and custom orders, customer inquiries and concerns. She is also part of the social media and marketing teams. Rachel has been with Movin’ Easy since 2010.
Lauren Hawkins was born in Austin, TX and primarily trained at The Austin City Ballet, formerly known as The Austin Conservatory of the Arts. She has been dancing for over 20 years, and has attended Summer Intensives at The Virginia School of the Arts, Houston Ballet, Richmond Ballet, and Ballet Austin. She has trained with the Richmond Ballet in their trainee program, and performed with their company in their annual Nutcracker, Stoner Winslett’s ‘Windows’, Malcolm Burn’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and George Balanchine’s ‘Who Cares?’. She has also danced and taught for Ballet Lubbock and Austin City Ballet. Lauren graduated from Texas State University with a degree in English and Mass Communications. She currently is the Academy Administrator for Dance Institute, teaches at Round Rock Repertory of Dance and performs with Austin Metamorphosis Dance Ensemble as a resident artist.
Lauren heads up our Ambassador program and is a part of the social media team. She has been with Movin’ Easy since 2014.
Esther Vause is originally from Blanco Texas. She began her dance training at the age of twelve with Mayra Worthen school of Dance, later known as Ballet San Antonio Academy. In the Academy she studied under Mayra Worthen, Julie Morton-Simpson & Sandra Bravo. After her training with the academy she became a trainee with Ballet San Antonio. In 1997 Esther was accepted into Ballet San Antonio and danced with the company for ten years. With Ballet San Antonio Esther performed in the Nutcracker. Dancing roles such as Angel Queen, Chinese, Arabian, Snow, Candy Canes, Waltz of the Flowers and Dolls. Esther has won numerous awards for State and Nationwide competitions including gold for her own original choreography. She has performed in numerous other Classical Ballets including Cinderella, Swan Lake, Giselle, & Coppelia. With Ballet San Antonio Esther had the privilege to perform in original contemporary and modern works and set her own choreography for performances across the state. Esther has also studied under Houston Ballet’s Tiekka Schofield and Royal Ballet’s Carlos Acosta. She is trained in jazz, modern, hip hop, lyrical, and ballroom. Esther has been teaching ballet for 21 years. She has taught for studios such as, Ballet San Antonio Academy, ADC, Le Ballet, and was the Assistant Director at Ballet New Braunfels for eight years. She has directed the Nutcracker, set her own original works and been teacher to many young artists who have gone on to professional careers of their own. Besides a long and involved career in the dance community she enjoys, photography, art, horseback riding, movies, writing and coffee… lots of coffee! She has over 16 years experience in marketing, public relations, business management and accounting.
Esther is our Operations Manager, Buying Manager and Online Manager. She oversees our Ambassador program, marketing and social media team. She is also a Professional Pointe Fitting Specialist, and general floor specialist. Esther has been with Movin’ Easy since 2015.
Lynette Garcia – Lynette grew up in Kirkland, Washington and started training in all styles of dance at the age of 12. She performed in many competitions such as: New York City Dance Alliance, Youth American Grand Prix and The Dance Awards. During the off season she furthered her dance training at Pacific Northwest Ballet, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, and Ballet Austin’s summer intensives. After the six weeks at Ballet Austin, she was offered a contract to dance in the Butler Fellowship Program after graduating high school. At the end of her second year and entering her third year of being a Fellow, she was hired at Movin Easy Dancewear in 2016, where she fell in love with a new perspective on dance.
Lynette is a lead Professional Pointe Fitting Specialist. She is part of the floor management, and social media teams. She also oversees and manages our YouTube channel in association with the store and The Dance Loft. Lynette has been with Movin Easy since 2017.
Veronica Boccardo began her early training at the age of five performing ballet and flamenco. In 2017, she graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a B.F.A. In Dance with a certification in dance education through the Uteach dance program. She has performed works by Alvin Rangel, Shen Jun, Charles Anderson, etc. Including UT’s production musical “Little Women” and created her own choreography. She has had training at Joffrey Ballet, Mark Morris Dance Group, ABT Austin, Ballet West, and other programs. She competed for YAGP and has performed Nutcracker roles like principal reed flute (Ballet Southwest Academy) and the Arabian pas de deux (Allegro Ballet of Houston). She has training in Vaganova technique as well as Jazz, contemporary, Hip-Hop, social dance (Ballroom, Latin, country – trained by Sonia Jupiter), improvisation, etc. She also has experience with commercial work and freelance projects.
Veronica is our resident Videographer. She has been with Movin’ Easy since August 2018.
Kelsey Minzenmayer joined Ballet Austin II in 2018. Born in San Angelo, Texas, Kelsey received her early ballet training from the San Angelo Civic Ballet starting at the age of four under the instruction of Meghann Bridgeman and Suzanne Smith. In the summer after graduating high school a year early in 2015, she was invited to attend Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Professional Division Program where she danced on scholarship for two years. During her time at PNB she danced in many roles, but her favorites include George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker and Christopher Wheeldon’s Scene De Ballet. Kelsey spent the last year dancing as a trainee under the direction of Patricia Barker at the Grand Rapids Ballet. She has also been able to work with many notable choreographers including Gina Patterson and Penny Saunders. Kelsey has attended several summer intensives including Ballet Austin, School of American Ballet, Boston Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Kansas City Ballet.
Kelsey is a Professional Pointe Fitter and Floor Specialist. She also works with our marketing team and The Dance Loft. She has been with Movin’ Easy since fall 2018.
Ryanne Anderson originally born in Illinois, Ryanne grew up in the suburban Chicago area and began dancing at age 3. She started training seriously at Judith Svalander School of Ballet at age 9 for 10. Before joining the Ballet Austin Butler Fellowship program in 2018, she attended intensive programs at American Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet, Houston Ballet, and most recently Ballet Austin. She has had the opportunity to perform soloist and principal roles in her school’s productions, as well as freelance through her last few years of high school. She was hired to perform for a few productions of The Nutcracker, most notably performing the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy for a show at the University of Whitewater-Wisconsin.
Ryanne is part of our Floor Specialists team. She is in training to be a Professional Pointe Fitting Specialist. Ryanne has been with Movin’ Easy since fall 2018.
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 quest artist for the San Antonio Metropolitan Ballet, and as the Dream Maker in “Hanzel and Gretel”. Tori has been teaching and choreographing for 13 years, mostly in Jazz and Ballet/Pointe, and loves to teach all ages and levels. With over 10 years of dance retail experience, including 9 years as a pointe shoe specialist, Tori has moved to Austin to further her education and continue to share her love for dance while working for Movin Easy Dancewear.
Victoria is our lead Floor and Professional Pointe Fitting Manager. She oversees and manages The Dance Loft schedule and Events Coordination. She is also part of the social media and marketing teams. Victoria has been with Movin’ Easy since October 2018.
Daniela Medellin – Daniela is our Accounting and Office Manager. She has been with Movin’ Easy since Fall 2018.