Artistic Staff

Lauren Hernandez Ballet Mistress and Artistic Associate

An American Ballet Theatre® (ABT) Certified Teacher, Lauren Hernandez assists Artistic Director Tyrone Brooks in readying the Company for performances as well as choreographs for the company throughout the season.

Lauren Hernandez began her initial dance training with the Duluth School of Ballet under the direction of Peter Garick. She furthered her ballet training with The Centre for Dance Education at Atlanta Ballet studying under Sharon Story, Reiko Kimura, and Mary Rau. As a sophomore in high school Lauren was accepted into the Virginia School of the Arts, a pre-professional boarding high school for dance where she studied under a prestigious faculty including TTB Artistic Director, Tyrone Brooks, and worked with numerous choreographers.

After completing high school at VSA she pursued her professional career and became a trainee with the Richmond Ballet. As a member of the corps de ballet, she performed in productions such as The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, A Midsummer’s Nights Dream, and Swan Lake. While at Richmond Ballet, she continued her ballet training and study under the direction of the Artistic Director, Stoner Winslett, Ballet Master, Malcolm Burn, Judy Jacob, Julie Job, Arnott Mader, and Amy Seawright.

In 2011 Ms. Hernandez completed her BFA degree in dance from Florida State University School of Dance. While attending FSU she studied with Rick McCullough, Kennedy Center Award Winner Suzanne Farrell, Sheila Humphreys, Anjali Austin, Dan Wagoner, and Gerri Houlihan. She performed many works choreographed by Professors, MFA Candidates, and BFA Candidates. She was a soloist with The Tallahassee Ballet Company for six years where she performed numerous lead roles. Upon graduation from Florida State, she became the Administrative Assistant of TTB and full time faculty for the school. Within the past 2 years she has been promoted to TTB Dance School Director and now Artistic Associate for the company and Ballet Mistress of the school. Lauren’s choreographic achievements include Spanish, Arabian, and the Battle Scene from The Tallahassee Ballet’s The Nutcracker and pieces in both the 2014 and 2015 An Evening of Music and Dance. Ms. Hernandez is an American Ballet Theatre ® Fully Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT ® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 7 and Partnering of the ABT ® National Training Curriculum.

Kathryn Karrh Cashin Performance Director and Resident Choreographer

Kathryn Karrh Cashin has choreographed for The Tallahassee Ballet for over 25 years including The Nutcracker and numerous chamber works. Her full-length ballets include Beauty and the Beast, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Coppélia, Cinderella and The Sleeping Beauty. She has also choreographed several children’s ballets. She has served as choreographer for over twenty Florida State Opera works, most recently The Mikado, Eugene Onegin, Orpheus in the Underworld and will choreograph FSO’s Romeo and Juliet premiering October 31, 2013.

Ms. Cashin holds a BA in Russian/Business Administration, MA in Slavic and East European Studies and a PhD in Humanities. She is on the faculty of FSU’s Program in Interdisciplinary Humanities and supervises the multicultural film course.

Ms. Cashin, a former president of the Junior League of Tallahassee and graduate of Leadership Tallahassee, serves on the Leadership Council of FSU’s College of Arts and Sciences, and is a former curriculum and steering chair for Youth Leadership Tallahassee. She is on the board of directors of the Florida Center for the Performing Arts, a trustee for the Florida House on Capitol Hill and was recently elected vice-president of scholarships and grants for Alpha Delta Pi Sorority National Foundation.

Christopher Huggins Guest Contemporary Artist

Christopher L. Huggins is a former member of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and works in Europe, Japan, the Caribbean, and throughout the U.S. as a dancer, teacher, and choreographer. Born in Boston, Huggins trained under Andrea Herbert-Major, Danny Sloan, and Martha Gray. He attended SUNY Purchase and The Juilliard School and was a scholarship student at The Ailey School.

Huggins was named 25 Choreographers to Watch by the National Public Radio in 2008 and was the sole choreographer in 2008 for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Opening Night Gala Commemorating its 50th Anniversary. He is a 2002 and 2008 recipient of the Alvin Ailey Award for Best Choreography from the Black Theater Alliance in Chicago for Enemy Behind the Gates and Pyrokinesis, respectively, and has also worked on several projects for Disney in Orlando, Florida. He was a silver medalist for the 4th International Contemporary Dance Competition in Seoul, Korea.

Ann Todd Resident Costume Designer

Ann has been involved with The Tallahassee Ballet since 1987 when her daughter Julie joined the Company. Soon after, Ann became a member of the Costume Committee and began to design and create costume for the Company. Since that time, Ann has created more than 150 original costume designs for major productions including A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Coppélia. In addition to her role as Resident Costume Designer at The Tallahassee Ballet, Ann designs costumes for the Wesley Players and other local theatre groups in Tallahassee.


The Nutcracker

December 16-17, 2017
Treat yourself to one of the holiday season’s most treasured performances, The Tallahassee Ballet’s The Nutcracker.