Gina Hanchey

Photography Denny Culbert

Photography Denny Culbert

Gina has been teaching ballet for over 20 years, having trained in Lafayette at Dance Conservatory and with Madame Darvash and The Joffrey Ballet in New York. As a contracted dancer she performed alongside esteemed dancers from companies such as the New York City Ballet, Houston Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet. Expanding her career in the performing arts, she trained as an actor in Los Angeles with Larry Moss and at the legendary Groundlings School.

Experienced in stage, film and television, Gina is a member of the Screen Actor's Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA). As a writer and director, she has received top nominations from The Slamdance Screenplay Competition and The Los Angeles Filmmaking Competition and has had her films screened at the Egyptian Theatre and The Director's Guild of America in Hollywood. 

Gina's first love has always been ballet, and she is happy to be sharing her knowledge and passion with her students and the community in which she was raised.


Clare Cook

Photographer Molly Torian

Clare Cook is a choreographer, teacher, and collaborator from Lafayette, Louisiana. After a decade of living and working in NYC, Cook has returned to Lafayette with her husband, Robert Autin, to build a homebase for her professional work while still choreographing and teaching throughout the United States and abroad. Basin Arts is an extension of Cook’s passion for artistic collaboration combined with her experience in arts management and theatrical production. It comes out of her desire to support the development of professional artists in a hands-on, accessible environment, thereby helping to build a more diverse and widespread creative community. To learn more about Clare visit:


Jennifer Rohloff

Jennifer Rohloff began dancing at age three in Houston, TX. Since moving to Louisiana in 2000, she has danced with many local dance studios, including Gerami Academy of Dance, DeLarue Dance Center, The Ballet Studio, Elite School of Performing Arts, and The Ballet Academie. She first performed with The Ballet Academie in 2010, under the direction of Gina Hanchey. Jennifer has attended summer dance intensives at Giacobbe Academy of Dance in New Orleans, City Ballet of San Diego, Ballet Austin, Windhover and Walnut Hill in Massachusetts, The International Ballet Competition, and Tulsa Ballet. She has trained with David Howard, Gelsey Kirkland, Dusan Tynek, Ina Hahn, and Helanius Wilkins and participated in numerous master classes by visiting companies and artists in Lafayette. Jennifer is a recipient of the PASA Scholarship and Louisiana Alliance of Dance Scholarship. Jennifer traveled to South Korea in participation with Rotary International's Youth Exchange. While abroad, she attended dance classes, training in hip hop, kpop, and traditional dance styles. After returning to the United States, Jennifer participated in the Artist in Residency at the Acadiana Center for the Arts, studying under Theresa Wasiloski as well as the Basin Arts Dance Lab under Clare Cook. Jennifer attends UL Lafayette, majoring in International Relations while continuing to dance outside of collegiate studies. She is also the ballet instructor at Hamilton Academy of the Arts in Lafayette.