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Pat Patton Interview with Lynette Mason Gregg
from the Archives
Monday, November 18, 2002

photos by Lynda GuidryMy interview is with Lynette Mason Gregg, Executive/Artistic Director of the Clear Lake Metropolitan Ballet and Repertory Theatre, and owner and founder of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, and the theme of this interview will be “Women of Excellence”.  Listen

Lynette has a fascinating background, has been involved with dance since the age of three, and has studied internationally in Europe and Asia.  She established her first school in the suburbs outside Tokyo, Japan, and produced several students who performed with the Imperial Ballet of Tokyo.  During this time, Lynette was also exposed to the world famous Kirov and Bolshol Ballet companies.  Prior to returning to Texas, she continued her studies in Washington D.C. and New York City.  In 1972, she founded the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Deer Park, and then moved to Clear Lake in 1985. 

Lynette is also the founding Artistic Director of the Clear Lake Metropolitan Ballet.  In 2001, she started a brand new company, the Clear Lake Metropolitan Ballet’s Repertory Theatre.  The Clear Lake Metropolitan Ballet and Repertory Theatre is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing cultural awareness through dance, cultivating professional dance, developing aspiring dancers with diversified skills, and have begun dissolving the boundaries between classical ballet, contemporary dance, and musical theatre. 

Lynette has been selected for the second consecutive year as President of the Regional Dance America/Southwest.  As President, she will be leading the members of dance companies from Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma in networking and artistic growth activities.  She is also certified by the South Texas Association of Teachers of Dance, which is a chapter of Dance Masters of America.  Lynette formerly served as the Gulf Coast Regional Director to the Texas Assembly of Arts Councils, and developed a ballet curriculum for the San Jacinto College District where she served on the faculty for two years.  In 1981, Lynette was named Outstanding Citizen of Deer Park by the Deer Park Chamber of Commerce.

Interviewing Lynette was very special to me.  She has made a difference in my life and in the Bay Area community.  Lynette’s talent, creativity, and enthusiasm have enabled her to accomplish her goal of enriching the cultural atmosphere in our community, and her love and dedication to dance have brought the beauty, magic, and enchantment of dance to the Bay Area. 

Remembering Jim Guidry

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