Gabrielle Rustmann Barnett currently owns and operates Studio One. Her teaching career began at the age of 12 when her mother made her an assistant with the three year old class. She continued to teach classes until she left for the University of Florida in 1992 where she was active in theatre and dance. She transferred to the University of Oklahoma in the Spring of 1994 where she was active in Sooner Scandals, a student performance competition. Her Senior year, she co-directed, co-wrote and co-starred in the Kappa Alpha Theta’s Sooner Scandals skit and won the “Best Choregrapher” award for her choreography and her group won the entire competition with their original musical skit. She was the music director for her sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta, and acted in OU’s SummerStage. While studying English Writing, she made sure she kept the arts in her life. Other dance and theatre accomplishments include: Captain Elite Squad Sophomore, Junior and Senior years in high school, Dance Team Captain Junior and Senior year high school, choreographer for Shortgrass Gymnastics, Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute student in acting 1990, 1991 and 1992, Oklahoma Summer Olympic dance team captain and performer 1988, accepted to and attended The Academy of Dramatic Arts in Pasadena, CA in 1991 which included classes in dance, voice, and acting, won numerous awards at DanceAmerica and Tremaine dance competitions, summer training & competition with National Dance Association & Universal Dance Association, and held lead roles in Western Oklahoma State College’s production of A Chorus Line and Altus Community Theatre’s production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
Gabrielle has also choreographed for multiple Altus All-School Musical Productions, Altus High School Dance Team Director 1999-2004, and held the title of Miss Altus 1996, winning the Talent Award, Interview Award and Physical Fitness in Swimsuit Award. She is the Miss Altus Outstanding Teen Pageant opening number choreographer. She has judged numerous pageants including Miss Oklahoma preliminary pageants. Gabrielle has a combined dance teaching experience of over 23 years. She began at twelve and even taught summer classes during her breaks from college. Gabrielle has a passion for the arts and enjoys watching her students develop a life-long appreciation for dance, music and theatre.
Gabrielle is a member of the Oklahoma Dance Masters Association and regularly attends classes to sharpen her teaching skills. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Writing from the University of Oklahoma and an Master of Science in Psychology from Cameron University.
She lives in Altus with her husband, Stephen and her three boys Gage 13, and Gunnar 3, Sawyer 1 and new baby girl, Faith.
Began tap and ballet at age 5 with Leslie Brown of Jack Storey School of Dance in Lawton, OK
Also studied with Evelyn Brooks, Jenna Burke, Jerry and Ginger Long in Altus, OK and Neil Hutton of OKC throughout school years
Opened Gloria’s School of Dance in fall of 1960 while a junior at OSU
Played Rosie in OSU production of “Bye, Bye Birdie.”
Featured baton twirler with OSU’s Cowboy Marching Band 1958 – 62
Continued dance education with Dorothy Tiffel of Ruth St. Denis School of Dance in Van Nuys, CA; Jerome Scott of Bel Air, CA; Santa Anna Ballet Academy in CA.
B.S. Degree in Music [piano and voice] OSU 1962
Studied with Luigi in NYC; June Taylor School of Dance, NYC.
Teachers Accreditation at American School of Ballet, NYC 1963
Advanced ballet with Etienne Morgan, Paris, France 1973
Served as Ballet Mistress with London’s Royal Ballet Academy under Margot Fonteyn in Hong Kong 1975-76
Hong Kong International School Elementary Music Teacher 1975-77
Performer/Choreographer in ACT and British Theatre Productions, Hong Kong, 1975-77
Co-founder of American Community Theatre, Hong Kong, Ltd. 1976
Choreographer of USA Bi-Centennial Celebration in Far East Asia, 1976
Played Gwen Stacy in movie “Green Eyes” filmed in Manila, 1976
Opened Studio One in Altus, OK 1979
Director/Choreographer Altus High School Dance Team 1983-99
Certified to teach 12 areas including English, literature, business English
Choreographed 48 musical productions [Hong Kong, WOSC, AHS, AJH]
Continual dance education through regional and national dance conventions, i.e. Dance America, Tremaine, National Dance Association, Universal Dance Association
At the age of 72, continues to teach at Studio One.
Shannon Bridges Haigler began dancing at age three and competed for twelve years in the areas of Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical and Hip Hop with Sullivan Dance Studio. She also cheered for nine years where the varsity squad was named State Champions for four years. Shannon was named UCA All-Star and performed in the London, England New Year’s Day Parade. She attended the College of Charleston where she danced with the Cougarettes for four years and was Captain her last three years. While in Charleston, she taught at Dance Explosion for five years and was also the team instructor her last two years and led them to numerous awards as well as earning a choreography award. After moving to Guam, Shannon became the sole instructor for SKIP Entertainment, an elite studio where the students would learn dances from Los Angeles choreographers and compete with those routines all over the world. Shannon also headed up the marketing for Costume Gallery Hollywood Competitions & Sourcedance workshops, a competition and convention the travels throughout Australia. She taught Special Education for seven years and is currently obtaining her Master’s Degree in Psychology from Cameron University with the goal of obtaining her license in counseling.
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