NATALIE CANNON ZUNDEL
Associate Artistic Director
Natalie Cannon Zundel has deep roots with BAHBT. She performed with the company from a young age, became one of their first full-time professional Artists in Residence and came full circle after serving for five years as BAHBT’s Ballet Mistress before becoming the Associate Artistic Director in June of 2016. Ms. Zundel has over ten years of teaching experience in the greater Houston area. Most of which were spent under the direction of friend, mentor and BAHBT’s founder, Lynette Mason Gregg. In 2001 Ms. Zundel received BAHBT’s Helen Mason Scholarship Award: a full scholarship to study in New York City. She also received scholarships and training from The Kirov Academy in Washington D.C. and American Ballet Theater in New York. While dancing with BAHBT she performed coveted roles including Clara and the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Katrina in Alan Hineline’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and her favorite role, Giselle. In 2003, she began choreographing professionally for BAHBT with a piece entitled Vienna Waltz. It was given special recognition at the Southwest Regional Dance America Festival Ms. Zundel has enjoyed creating and staging six full-length ballets for BAHBT: Dracula, Edward Scissorhands, Coppélia, The Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and Swan Lake. She and Artistic Director, Nelson Madrigal, have also choreographed and created two abbreviated ballets for BAHBT: Snow White and Cinderella, which were designed to bring the performing arts into area schools. She is honored to be a part of this company, organization and legacy. In addition to Ms. Zundel’s work with BAHBT, she also serves as Feijóo Ballet School’s Associate Artistic Director. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Fitness and Human Performance from the University of Houston – Clear Lake. She and husband Ryan have two beautiful daughters, Madeline Renee and Penelope Anne. She would like to thank her family for their endless love and support, personally and professionally.