City Ballet of Houston / Margo Marshall School of Ballet



International Artistic Director and Teacher

Anna-Marie Holmes has performed and taught ballet in over 30 countries on five continents.  Trained in Russia, she became the first North American to be invited to perform with the Kirov Ballet.  She has taught and restaged many classical ballets for American Ballet Theater and Dance Theater of Harlem. From l990 to l994 she directed the schools for the Jackson International Ballet Competition.  As artistic director of the Boston Ballet, l997-2000, she was the visionary that built the company to national prominence.  During her tenure with Boston Ballet, she staged her own versions of many of the great classics.   Ms. Holmes has established and organized curriculums, arts festivals and collaborated on major tours, guest appearances and productions throughout the dance world.   Currently she is co-producing the full-length production of Raymonda for the Finnish Ballet and American Ballet Theatre and serves as director of the ballet program at Jacob’s Pillow in the Berkshires.

In fall 2004, she taught Laurencia pas d'action to Joffrey Ballet, and then taught the Royal Ballet in London, The Royal Danish Ballet in Copenhagen, the Ballet Capitole in Toulouse, and rehearsaed Bayadere in Antwerp Belgium.

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Anna-Marie Holmes, Ballet Program Director.

Margo Sappington

Margo Sappington, international choreographer and director, creates works for dance companies worldwide. She began her career as a dancer at the Joffrey Ballet in 1965, and later, in 1993, contributed Slide to the Joffrey’s full evening ballet, Billboards, with music by Prince, performed across the U.S.A. and broadcast on PBS television. Ms. Sappington made her choreographic debut in 1969, at the age of 21, in the musical, Oh! Calcutta!, in which she also appeared, performing in the U.S. and London. Inspired by great artists, her repertoire includes: Rodin, Mis En Vie (1974) for Harkness Ballet, Under the Sun (1976) for the Pennsylvania Ballet, on the works of Alexander Calder; Virgin Forest (1986) for the Milwaukee Ballet, based on the life and jungle paintings of Douanier Rousseau, and Toulouse-Lautrec (2000) for the Ballet du Capitole in Toulouse, France with the cooperation of Le Musée Toulouse-Lautrec. In 2001, Ms. Sappington collaborated with the Indigo Girls, performing live on stage, to create Shed Your Skin for the Atlanta Ballet. She was the first American choreographer to create an original work for the Central Ballet of China (Beijing, 1988). She has enjoyed a long relationship with the Hubbard Street Dance Chicago as well. Ms. Sappington has contributed to countless TV commercials and music videos, most notably with Germaine Jackson, as well as opera productions including three international simulcasts from the San Francisco Opera.

  Vinona Malaguilla


Originally from Oakland, California, Vinona Malaguilla has studied Flamenco with Houston area teachers since 1993. Her training includes studies with Maria del Espadin, the Rodriguez Dance Academy and Lucia Rodriguez. Additionally she has taken workshops from Antonio Granjero, Maria Benitez, La Tanya Flamenco, Susana de Palma, Nana Lorca, Omyra Amaya, Rosa Maria Navarrette and Antonio Vargas.


Vinona’s prior dance experience includes modern dance in high school and college and two years of adult ballet. Her teaching experience includes teaching Flamenco with the Leisure Learning program and teaching classes within the Maria del Espadin group. Vinona performs with the Del Espadin Baile Español under the direction of Maria del Espadin and along with Maria participates in the Young Audiences Program, bringing Flamenco to elementary and middle school children.