Monique Zummo Steinhagen
Monique began her training from her mother, Marsha Woody Zummo, at the age of four and became a student assistant at sixteen. She has studied under renowned teachers such as Robert Joffrey and David Howard and studied two summers in New York City including the prestigious School of American Ballet, home of the New York City Ballet. Monique became a Junior Company member of Beaumont Civic Ballet at the age of ten, performing in BCB’s first Nutcracker, and later danced principal roles as a Senior Company member. Interesting highlights include: modeling in Dallas at the Kim Dawson Agency while attending college; runner-up twice at the Miss Texas Pageant and won the “Best Talent Award”; began teaching full time at the Academy in 1982; and won a scholarship award for outstanding choreography at SW Regional Ballet for continuing study at Sarah Lawrence University in New York. She is currently Co-Director with the Marsha Woody Academy, teaching all levels of dance, and also Co-Director of Beaumont Civic Ballet Company.
At the age of 11, Megan began her dance training at Marsha Woody Academy and was accepted as a Junior Company member with Beaumont Civic Ballet. At the age of 16, she choreographed her first piece for Beaumont Civic Ballet, which was performed at the National Regional Dance America Festival. In 1996 through 1998, Megan received the Monticello Award for Excellence in Choreography and the Regional Dance America Award for Excellence in Choreography. Last year, Megan choreographed Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which was extremely successful for BCB’s Spring Concert last year. She continues to teach and choreograph for the Academy and Beaumont Civic Ballet as well as teaching all levels in the Academy.
Tammy was trained at the Marsha Woody Academy and was a member of Beaumont Civic Ballet. She has continued to be an active part of Beaumont Civic Ballet, performing in The Nutcracker, has choreographed for Beaumont Civic Ballet and the Regional Dance America, SW Festival. Included in her busy schedule, Tammy has served as President of the Junior League of Beaumont, is an Administrative Pastor at Praise Church, and continues to choreograph and teach in the Academy and for BCB.
Gwen has had her training from the Marsha Woody Academy and is a member of the Beaumont Civic Ballet Company, performing principal roles. She is presently teaching the Hip Hop classes at the Academy and is our substitute teacher for all levels of dance. Gwen is also a student at Lamar University majoring in Civil Engineering. We welcome Gwen to the Marsha Woody faculty!
Matthew Forgas – Substitute Teacher – Matthew has danced with Marsha Woody Academy since he was ten years old. He danced many lead roles for Beaumont Civic Ballet including the Prince in The Nutcracker, Peter in Peter and the Wolf, Blue Bird in Sleeping Beauty, lead role in Prince Igor, Prince in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and Drummer Boy and Perpetuum Mobile in Graduation Ball; he studied extensively with John Magnus of Joffrey Ballet. Matthew currently is a manager for FedEx Express in Houston.
Ouida was trained as a dancer under Miriam Widman. She has been associated with Marsha Woody Academy since 1985 as secretary but also teaches in the Academy as a tap instructor, serves as costume coordinator, and is the Administrative Assistant for Beaumont Civic Ballet.
Wendy Castille – Secretary – Wendy was trained as a dancer under June Badon of Port Neches. She is new as a secretary at Marsha Woody Academy and has served on the Beaumont Civic Ballet Board for the past two years. She is the mother of last year’s BCB Sugar Plum, Morgan Castille. Wendy has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Texas A&M University.