Judy Klopfenstein

Judy Klopfenstein is co-owner of Dallas Ballet Center and artistic director of Dallas Ballet Company. Extensively trained in New York City, she performed with Neubert Ballet Theater, and locally with the Dallas Ballet. Film credits include The Anthology of American Jazz Dance. She attended Texas Woman’s University as a dance major and performed and toured with the Dance Repertory Theater. Locally Ms. Klopfenstein trained under George Skibine, Nikita Talin, and Robert Scevers.

She has directed and restaged many ballets including The Nutcracker, La Boutique Fantasque, Sleeping Beauty, La Fille mal Gardee, Graduation Ball, Coppelia, Pineapple Poll, Swan Lake, Raymonda, Le Corsaire, and Don Quixote. Ms. Klopfenstein has guest taught for numerous summer workshops and has been invited to restage ballets for many ballet schools and student companies. Students under her direction have been accepted with scholarships to workshops including SAB, Boston, Houston, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Pennsylvania.

Brent Klopfenstein

Brent Klopfenstein is co-owner of Dallas Ballet Center and director of the Boys’ Program. He studied under scholarship in New York City with David Howard, trained with Arnott Mader of the Royal Ballet, and American Ballet Theater, and also trained with Maggie Black. Brent’s professional experience includes the Ballet Repertory Theater in New York City, ABT II. He has performed in major ballet productions such as Nutcracker, Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty, Carmina Burana, Romeo and Juliet, and Les Sylphydes.

Carter Alexander

Carter Alexander began his dance training with his mother Amanda Stone in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He continued his training at Booker T Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and at Dallas Conservatory of Ballet (formerly Dallas Ballet Academy. After graduating from BTWHSPVA, Carter danced with the Hartford Ballet. At Hartford Ballet, Carter studied with internationally renowned teacher Truman Finney. While dancing with the Hartford Ballet, Carter also met his wife Jeanne Elser. Carter continued his career with the Kansas City Ballet and Pennsylvania Ballet where he danced in ballets by Alvin Ailey, George Balanchine, Todd Bolender, and Marius Petipa, to name a few; additionally, he taught on the school faculties for both companies. After retiring from dancing, Carter was the principal teacher at Ballet Workshop New England and Associate Artistic Director for the Massachusetts Youth Ballet. He then reunited with his mentor Truman Finney at The School of Ballet Arizona, where Carter was the Assistant School Director. Carter was Senior Faculty for seven years at Miami City Ballet School (MCBS), as well as serving as School Principal. While at MCBS, Carter’s work with the pre-professional students was instrumental in helping over 70 students to gain professional work. Since returning to Dallas, Carter has been Associate Artistic Director of Chamberlain Performing Arts, Artistic Director of Dallas DanceFest/Dallas Dances (’16, ’17, ’18),  and Artistic Director of Ballet Dallas (2018-2020), where he choreographed four premieres for the company. Carter has been a guest teacher at Ballet Austin, Indiana University, CPYB, and The Portland Ballet, as well as many other companies and schools. He has also served as a ballet consultant for Booker T. Washington HSPVA. In 2018, Carter organized the aka:ballet choreography project with Hailey von Schlehenried, and Albert Drake. This project created five world premiere ballets in three weeks which culminated in a very successful public performance at the Latino Cultural Center. Carter is currently an Artist-in-Residence at SMU Meadows School of the Arts (Division of Dance). Carter has choreographed two works for the Meadows Division of Dance: Luisant (2019) and Syvällinen (2020). Carter recently earned his BFA in Dance Performance from SMU and is currently working on attaining an MFA in choreography from Jacksonville University.

Charlie Alvarez-Contreras

Charlie Alvarez-Contreras is a fresh mind from Dallas seeking to share his knowledge and philosophy to students who want to excel in the art of dance. Charlie’s Foundation for his style comes from styles such as Locking, Popping, and Krump and other freestyle dances, which he has been training in and continues to do so. He has also been taking class constantly and seeking out knowledge from world-renowned choreographers whenever the opportunities present themselves. Charlie’s credits include winning the Dallas Hip Hop fest 2013 Freestyle Championship, placing 3rd at World Of Dance Houston 2014, receiving Best Elite Choreography Awards at Platinum Dallas 2014 and 2015. His routine was also chosen to compete in the Star Power World Championship in 2015 out 600 numbers. Charlie is excited for new opportunities to showcase his work and his dancers.

Caroline Atwell

Originally from Charlotte, North Carolina, Caroline Atwell received much of her formal training at Charlotte Ballet under the direction of Patricia McBride, Jean Pierre Bonnefoux, Mark Diamond, and Kathryn Moriarty, and attended various Summer Intensives at the Chautauqua Institution, San Francisco Ballet, and Houston Ballet. Continuing her training as a Ballet Major at Indiana University in 2014, she had the opportunity to train under Violette Verdy, Michael Vernon, and Shawn Stevens. While at Indiana she performed in numerous ballets including George Balanchine’s Serenade, Raymonda Variations (5th variation), Swan Lake & Emeralds, the world premiere of Saudade by Sasha Janes, and as ‘The Harp’ in Jerome Robbins’ Fanfare among others. Caroline graduated with distinction in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Ballet & Business and a Minor in Spanish. In May of 2017, she spent a Summer Season as a Company Artist with American Contemporary Ballet under the direction of Lincoln Jones. That fall, Caroline joined Nevada Ballet Theatre while finishing her University studies from afar. In her time at NBT, Caroline had the pleasure of performing in various ballets including Balanchine’s Serenade, Western Symphony, and Raymonda Variations, Lew Christensen’s Beauty and the Beast, and Christopher Wheeldon’s Carousel. A few of her favorite roles include ‘Big Swans’ in Ben Stevenson’s Swan Lake, the Pas De Trois in Ben Stevenson’s Dracula, and ‘Phlegmatic’ in George Balanchine’s Four Temperaments. In the Fall of 2018 Caroline debuted her choreography at the Mystére Theatre for NBT’s annual collaboration with Cirque du Soleil. She premiered another work for the collaboration in the Fall of 2019. After moving to Dallas in August 2020, Carolibne joined Avant Chamber Ballet and is now in her second season as a Company Artist. Caroline is also completing her Romana’s Pilates Certification and is an instructor at Park Cities Pilates Center.

Sarah Hopewell Berry

Sarah Berry was born and raised in Dallas and began ballet at the age of 3 at the Dallas Ballet Center, under previous owner Mary Wilcox. At the age of seven, she realized her passion for classical ballet and performance, and she began dancing under the direction of Vivi and Flemming Flindt, with Dallas Ballet. Her teachers included Vivi Flindt, Elaine Comsudi Tate, Jenny Johnston, Madame Nathalie Krassovska, Jennifer Holmes and Victoria Lee Ramsay. As the company transitioned, she continued to dance with Ballet Dallas under the direction of Thom Clower. Throughout her career, Sarah danced roles in ballets such as Nutcracker, Giselle, Coppelia, Les Sylphide, La Sylphide, Le Conservatoire, The Toreador, Sleeping Beauty, Firebird, Swan Lake, Tarantella and others.  She also had special roles choreographed for her, including Four Cygnets, the Aurora Variation from Sleeping Beauty, an original work named Zaar by Kent Whites and Bolero, to name a few. She attended Arts Magnet, (now Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts), under the direction of Rosanne Cox and spent summers dancing with the Boston Ballet School in their summer intensives.

Sarah has an undergraduate degree from The University of North Texas in Child Development and a Master’s degree in Education with a specialization in Special Education. Sarah has been teaching school for 19 years and is currently a 2nd Grade teacher.  Sarah is honored to continue sharing her love and passion for classical ballet and for children by being a part of the Dallas Ballet Center family.

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Rachael Klopfenstein Briscoe

Rachael Klopfenstein Briscoe, the oldest daughter of Brent and Judy Klopfenstein, trained here at the Dallas Ballet Center, where she was also a member of City Dance Theater (now Dallas Ballet Company). Rachael spent her summers at the School of American Ballet, American Ballet Theater, and Ballet Austin, where she danced as a trainee for two years and was on faculty with Ballet Austin Academy teaching in the youth and children’s divisions for 4 years.

Rachael holds a BA from the University of Texas at Austin, and holds a masters in fashion merchandising from Polimoda Institute of Fashion Design and Marketing in Florence, Italy. She teaches all age groups at the Dallas Ballet Center and helps rehearse the Dallas Ballet Company in productions of the Nutcracker and other repertoire.

Julia Cinquemani

Julia Cinquemani grew up dancing at the Dallas Ballet Center until the age of 16 when she moved to  Seattle to train with the Pacific Northwest Ballet.  She was a principal dancer with the Los Angeles Ballet where she danced such roles as as “Odette/Odile” in Swan Lake, and “Aurora” in The Sleeping Beauty, “Giselle”, “Kitri” in Don Quixote, and “Juliet” in Sir Frederick Ashton’s Romeo and Juliet. Most recently, Julia danced with the Miami City Ballet.  Julie founded, owns, and operates Jule Dancewear, a company dedicated to creating flattering leotards for all body shapes.  In her spare time, Julia loves spending time with her dog, Boots.

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Laura Corley

Dallas Ballet Center Instructor Laura Corley

Laura Corley began dancing at age five and earned her BA in Dance from the University of Texas in Austin where she performed with Dance Repertory Theatre and was the recipient of the Morton Brown Dance Award. While working toward her degree, she studied under Leon Danielian, Heywood “Woody” McGriff, Yacov Sharir and Lathan Sanford, and studied briefly with Merce Cunningham, Rebecca Wright, Edward Villela, and Robert Kovich during their residencies in Austin. After graduation, Laura founded two schools: Church of the Incarnation Dance Mentoring Program providing dance instruction for underprivileged students ages 6-18 and Church of the Incarnation Dance Program providing dance instruction for young church parishioners. Laura closed the schools in 2003 to relocate to Sewanee, Tennessee where her husband earned his Masters of Divinity. During that time, Laura taught ballet for the Sewanee Dance Conservatory and assisted as a ballet teacher in the Dance Department at the University of the South. Laura joined the Dallas Ballet Center faculty in 2010.

Christie Craddock

Christie Craddok is a native to the Dallas area and journied into ballet training after a doctor suggested a “good ballet class” as an alternative to surgery to correct a structural issue with her legs. Not only was the problem completely corrected, but also a lifelong love of dance was born! Christie began her classical ballet training at age 3, and studied predominately under the direction of Pat and Tanju Tuzer. At the Tuzer Dance School.  She studied many dance disciplines and performed in several productions including her annual favorite: The Nutcracker. In high school, Christie was a member of the Berkner Bandoleras drill team. Christie currently teaches Pre-Kindergarten at the Classical School of Dallas, where her four children also attend. She has a passion for both teaching and dance, and greatly enjoys the opportunity to merge the two at Dallas Ballet Center!

Jonathan Etibo

Dallas Ballet Center Ballet Instructors

Jonathan Etibo became interested in dancing after being inspired by watching Michael Jackson videos. At the age of twenty-one, he began taking hip-hop and jazz classes offered at his school in Raymond, Mississippi where he achieved a sense of choreography and developed skills in dancing. Later on that year, he made his first stage performance at the college’s winter concert. The following year, Jonathan moved to Dallas, Texas, where he began teaching at the University of Texas at Dallas. That same year, he also began training with Fenton Fulgham and was a member of the Elite-Ftroop Dance Team. Recently Jonathan worked with the choreographer of Step Up 3D, Jamal Simms, during the Dallas’ Superbowl weekend, opening for music artists Drake and Mystikal. Jonathan’s influences also include Keith Green, Keith Clark, Jenny Durbin and many other choreographers.

Gloria Ewerz

Gloria Buckley Ewerz has been teaching ballet at Dallas Ballet Center since 1991. She trained in Fort Worth with Margo Dean and with Bill Martin-Viscount, Nikita Talin, Robert Scevers, Franklin White, David Howard, and at the Joffrey Ballet. She also received a Harkness scholarship to study at Southern Methodist University. She danced with Ballet Concerto, Fort Worth Opera Ballet, and Fort Worth City Ballet. Gloria recently completed her Doctorate in Audiology from A. T. Still University /Arizona School of Health Sciences.  As an undergraduate at North Texas State  University, she earned a minor in Dance. She has danced roles in Stars & Stripes and La Bayadere, and has appeared in many Dallas Ballet Company productions such as The Nutcracker, La Boutique Fantasque, Coppelia, La Fille mal Gardee, Hansel and Gretel, and Sleeping Beauty.

Libby Ferguson

Libby Ferguson returned to teach classes for children at the Dallas Ballet Center in 2013.  To balance her family life she entered into the realm of choreography and performance during the interim years. Libby has been privileged to study under the direction of Cecilia Kelley of the former Sadler’s Wells Ballet in England. Locally she trained under Robert Scevers, Nancy Schaffenburg-Cross and Nathalie Krassovska as well as being a long-time attendee of Miss Cyndi’s class at the Dallas Ballet Center.

Libby has danced both classical and neo-modern works in ballet and opera performing solo and pas de deux roles in both fields of study. Among the roles she performed are Nutcracker Grande Pas De Deux, White Swan Pas de Deux, Dying Swan, Dragonfly, portions of Les Sylphides and the duck in Peter and the Wolf. Choreography opportunities include classically oriented concerts with dancers and chorus for large liturgical events, Amahl and the Night Visitors and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Other musical choreography include Hello Dolly and Fiddler of the Roof. Libby has also performed locally within musicals at Lyric Stage, Garland Summer Musicals and within an opera at the Meyerson Symphony Center as a lead character.

Laura Freiburg

Laura Freiburg is a native of Quincy, Illinois.  She graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance. While at the University of Illinois, Laura danced with the Illini Dance Team and the Omnimov dance group. During her time in college, she taught dance in schools and worked at the Child Development Center. Laura also furthered her training at the American Dance Festival and through Ad Deum’s summer programs. After moving to Dallas, Laura has had the privilege to be apart of Dallas Black Dance Theatre’s II Company, for two years.  During that time she performed and trained in Ballet, Horton, Dunham, West African, and Praise Dance.  Laura has also performed as a liturgical soloist at the LCMS National Youth Gathering in New Orleans, and has performed pieces by Milton Myers, Zach Ingram, Baba Chuck Davis and Diane Maroney-Grigsby. She has been grateful to teach dance throughout the DFW community both in schools and dance studios, and is grateful to be apart of The Dallas Ballet Center.

Abby Jenkins

Abby teaches Creative Movement and Pre K Ballet and Tap. She has been an instructor with DBC since 2019 and has taught preschool dance since 2012. She grew up dancing at the Dallas Ballet Center where she&performed in The Nutcracker and was a member of The Dallas Ballet Company. Abby studied at Eastfield College adding Modern and Jazz to her dance interests. In 2014, she received her Associates of Arts Degree and joined a dance performance and teaching program with Light of the World Christian Ballet Company in Syracuse, NY. She has choreographed three musical theatre productions with Quo Vadis Players, a home school theater program. She volunteers as a dance instructor with For the Nations Refugee Outreach in Garland. Based on her experience training, performing, and instructing, she believes that dance does more than teach movement; it teaches confidence, discipline, and self-expression. Abby is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies from Purdue Global University.

Meredith Knight Tremenio

Meredith Knight Tremenio is the modern dance instructor at Dallas Ballet Center and a Professor of Dance at the University of Texas at Arlington where she is helping build a new dance program. She performs, choreographs, teaches, writes, and designs but considers herself to be first a learner and explorer. A founding member and long-time collaborator with Big Rig Dance Collective as well as co-artistic director of REDDance, she is interested in opening minds through artistic collaborations, multimedia investigations, and a little bit of humor. Meredith continues to create works that merge traditional and experimental dance and strives to expand her ideas throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth dance community. She recently received national recognition for her collaborative choreography, Face on the Ground, through her inclusion in the 16th annual Dance in the Desert Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Meredith holds her MFA in Dance from Texas Woman’s University where she was presented with the Pauline Bishop Leman Memorial Award & Scholarship (2009) and the Outstanding Graduate Student Award (2012). She is honored to have worked with artists such as Rebecca Bryant, Teena Marie Custer, Mark Dendy, Jordan Fuchs, Sarah Gamblin, and Jennifer Mabus.

Audrey Lawrence

Audrey grew up dancing at Dallas Ballet Center before attending the School of American Ballet in New York City. She was scouted and recruited for Semperoper Ballet from the School of American Ballet in New York City. The Semperoper is a premier ballet company in Germany performing approximately 40 performances each year. Dancing at the Semperoper required the ability to dance works by a wide variety of artists including George Balanchine, Marius Petipa, David Dawson, Alexander Peck. Audrey also had the opportunity to perform for the Prime Minister of Saxony, Germany in Berlin. Audrey is currently studying for a B.S. in Electrical Engineering at Southern Methodist University.

Olivia Mann

Olivia Mann was born and raised in Dallas, Texas where she grew up dancing at Dallas Metropolitan Ballet, Dallas Ballet Center, as well as her high school, Booker T. Washington for the Performing and Visual Arts. While in Dallas, Olivia trained under the direction of Ann & Bill Atkinson, Judy & Brent Klopfenstein, Catherine Lewellen, and Emily Hunter. From the age of thirteen, Olivia has attended various summer intensives including Miami City Ballet, The School of American Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet. Olivia recently graduated summa cum laude from Point Park University, where she received a BFA Dance Major, with a concentration in ballet, and a Business Management Minor. She spent this past summer dancing professionally with the Sierra Nevada Ballet in their performance of Giselle. Olivia is so excited to be returning to Dallas and teaching at a place very close to her heart!

Terrence Martin

Terrance Martin Dallas Ballet Center Instructor

Terrence Martin was born in St. Thomas.  He represented the Virgin Islands in the 1979 Pan American Games as a gymnast and also was a member of the Ballet Theatre of the Virgin Islands.

Currently he is certified as a Personal Fitness Trainer and instructs a stretching and conditioning class for adults.  Terrence has performed since 1998 in the Dallas Ballet Company’s The Nutcracker as a guest artist in the role of Arabian.

Peggy McCaslin

Peggy McCaslin has been a faculty member at Dallas Ballet Center since 1971 and currently serves as Tap and Jazz Director. In 2013, Peggy received the prestigious Tap Legend Award from the Dallas Dance Council for her commitment and excellence in tap instruction. Peggy is the instructor and choreographer for The DBC Tap Connection, a tap performance group comprised of advanced tap students from the Dallas Ballet Center .The DBC Tap Connection has appeared in numerous National Tap Day events and has been invited by The Rhythm Junkies to perform in ‘Everything On Tap’ for the past five years. Peggy began her training at age ten in Tyler, Texas at the Ballet Academy under the direction of Marcia Grubb. Performing credits include four Coronations of the Tyler Rose Festival, musical productions with the Tyler Civic Theater and Tyler Junior College and numerous vocal performances with area churches and civic organizations.

Peggy studied dance, theater and voice at TCU and received her BFA. in 1972. She has studied with Fernando Shaffenburg, Nancy Schaffenburg-Cross, Victor Moreno, and Jerry Bywaters Cochran. Her Jazz training includes Gus Giordano, Luigi, Sam Fiorello, Jackie Sleight, Rhonda Miller, Bill Prudich and others. She has studied tap locally with Buster Cooper and Jackie Troup Miller and numerous others in Master Classes and workshops. Peggy’s tap students range in age from age 5 to adult and she shares her love of musical theater in her tap classes as well in various summer workshops.

Melissa Meng

Melissa is from Vestal, New York, where she has been dancing since age 4. At 14, she began training with Rafael Grigorian at the Rafael Grigorian School of Classical Ballet. She has attended summer programs at the New York State Summer School of the Arts School of Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Kaatsbaan Extreme Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, the Chautauqua Institution and Balletmet. In 2014, Melissa graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science in Ballet, an Outside Field in Applied Health Science, and a Minor in Psychology. While at IU, Melissa had the opportunity to train under Michael Vernon and Violette Verdy, and danced soloist and principal roles in works by Marius Petipa, Michael Vernon, Peter Martins, Martha Graham, Augustus Bournonville, Nicolo Fonte, and George Balanchine. After graduation, Melissa danced with the Colorado Ballet Studio Company for two seasons, under the direction of Gil Boggs. She has performed with the main company in works by Christopher Wheeldon, Martin Fredmann, Augustus Bournonville, and Septime Webre. Melissa is currently dancing with Avant Chamber Ballet.

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Paula Reinke

was born in Dallas, Texas and began dancing at the age of 3 with teachers Ann Etgen & Bill Atkinson. She began her performing career in her teens with the Dallas Metropolitan Ballet Company. At the age of 18, after attending a summer dance program at the Boston Ballet Company, she was invited to stay by artistic director Bruce Marks. Paula danced with the Boston Ballet Company as a member of the corps de ballet from 1987-1991. Her performance experience includes many classical ballets such as Giselle, La Sylphide, Swan Lake, Nutcracker, Raymonda, Don Quixote, and Romeo and Juliet. During this time, Paula toured Spain and also studied with the famous Russian Prima Ballerina, Natalia Dudinskaya & her husband Konstantin Sergeyev both from the Kirov Ballet. She moved to the Pennsylvania Ballet for a year under the direction of Christopher D’Amboise. Paula performed many Balanchine ballets during her time with these two companies. Her favorites include, Concerto Barocco, Stars & Stripes, Theme & Variations, Bouree Fantasque, La Sonnambula and the Nutcracker. Paula then moved to NYC to study with Maggie Black & David Howard.

While recovering from an injury, Paula attended Marymount Manhattan College in NYC where she graduated with a BA in early childhood education, K-8th. She returned to Dallas and taught in PISD, HPISD and Preston Hollow Presbyterian School during which time she met her husband Bryan, and together they are raising their two children. She now teaches all age groups and assists with the pre-professional dancers. Paula feels fortunate to be teaching classical ballet to the young dancers at the Dallas Ballet Center.

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Mary Greenfield Story

Mary Greenfield Story graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Butler University and received her Masters of Fine Arts from Southern Methodist University. Her professional career was with Indianapolis Ballet Theatre and Dance Kaleidoscope where she performed ballets such as The Nutcracker, Coppelia, Raymonda, Swan Lake, and Petrouchka. She also performed in Bernstein’s Mass with Leonard Bernstein conducting. Her training included George Verdak, Karen Kriete, Luigi, and Betty Gour. Mary Greenfield Story began teaching at the Dallas Ballet Center in 1992 and continues to teach at the Ballet Intensive Summer Workshops.

Amy Sowell

Amy Sowell, a Dallas native, began her dance career at age 5 taking modern dance under the instruction of Jerry Bywaters Cochran (an acclaimed dancer from the Juilliard School) and started taking ballet at age 7 at Dallas Ballet Center where she also studied jazz, tap and character dance. She started teaching ballet at Dallas Ballet Center at age 17. She also studied ballet and performed in many ballets at Dallas Ballet Academy, the Krassovska School of Ballet and The Dallas Metropolitan Ballet (Etgan/Atkinson) where she performed in the Regional Dance America Southwest and auditioned for and made summer sessions for The Boston Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet, Ballet Aspen and The Pacific Northwest Ballet.  She taught ballet to all ages and ran the  office at Janie Christy School of Dance where she choreographed her own dances and helped with auditions. She also taught and choreographed ballets at Walnut Hill Creative School and Twist Power Yoga. Amy is also a teacher at The Lamplighter School and teaches after school ballet classes and summer camps there and at Good Shepherd Episcopal School. Amy holds a Bachelors degree in Family Financial Planning from Texas Tech University and was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority where she performed annual performances from the musical “Cats”. She couldn’t do all that she does without her supportive husband, Steve, and her three wonderful children, Jack, Michael and Holly.

Bethany Stimson

Bethany Stimson, a Dallas native, has been dancing since the ripe age of 3 years old! She began her training at the Dallas Ballet Center where she laid her dance foundation under the direction of Judy and Brent Klopfenstein and their faculty. Bethany went on to dance competitively under the direction of Kim McSwain. In high school, she served as Junior Lieutenant and then 1st Lieutenant for the Lake Highlands Highlandette Drill Team during her three years on the line. After graduating high school Bethany attended Texas A&M University where she was one of 15 dancers chosen to be in the very first class of dance majors. While in college, Bethany spent her summers in New York City training with David Parsons at the Parsons Summer Dance Intensive as well as the STEPS on Broadway intensive. One of her greatest accomplishments has been having her choreography, Kaleidoscope’s Terpischore, selected to perform at the gala performance at the American College Dance Festival during her senior year at Texas A&M. Bethany has a huge heart for teaching and loves watching her students reach new heights technically as well as stylistically. She is beyond thrilled to join the incredible teaching staff at the Dallas Ballet Center!

Katie West

Katie West is a native of Dallas, and trained at the Dallas Ballet Center where she studied ballet, tap, jazz, and lyrical under many wonderful teachers. She was also a member of City Dance Theater(now Dallas Ballet Company) and enjoyed performing at many different venues with them. She continued her dance training in college under Tiffanee Arnold at Collin College as a member of their dance ensemble where she was trained in modern dance and continued her ballet training. She started teaching for DBC in 2002 and has continued teaching jazz, lyrical and musical theater over the years. She has been married to her husband, William, for ten years and they have four children.

Jason Fowler

GUEST FACULTY – Jason Fowler began his ballet training here at Dallas Ballet Center under the direction of Judy and Brent Klopfenstein and at the Dallas Ballet Academy under the direction of Vivi Flindt.  He entered the school of American Ballet in 1993, and began his career with the New York City Ballet as an apprentice that same year, rising through corps de ballet in 1996 to Soloist in 2005.  Mr. Fowler began in current career in 2010 as repetiteur (ballet master) for Christopher Wheeldon; and to date, he has staged over 20 Wheeldon ballets, including Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Polyphonia.  Mr. Fowler continues to set and stage ballets for NYCB, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Miami City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, The Royal Ballet and Corella Ballet of Spain.  Dance Magazine featured Mr. Fowler in the May 2017 edition.

With our greatest appreciation, Mr. Fowler continues to return “home” to DBC.  Over the years, he has taught master classes and workshops as well as choreographed ballets for Dallas Ballet Company, several of which have been selected and performed at RDA Southwest.  His latest work, Hommage a la Russe, was selected and performed by DBCo at the 2017 National RDA Festival in Phoenix.

Olivier Pardina

GUEST FACULTY – Olivier Pardina, a former Artistic Director and Principal Instructor at the Nice Opera Ballet School, Pardina has lived in the United States since 1991. He taught at The HARID Conservatory for 20 years and has taught master classes throughout the world. Pardina has been a guest teacher at American Ballet Theatre and the Youth American Grand Prix, the world’s largest student ballet competition. A native of France, Pardina began his ballet training at age 10.  His training included master teachers from the Paris Opera Ballet. The Nice Opera Ballet offered the 16 year old Pardina his first professional position and promoted him to the rank of Principal Dancer by the end of his first year.

Pardina has toured with Rudolph Nureyev and worked closely with him as his understudy while working for the Nancy Ballet Theatre.  He also danced and toured the world with major French ballet companies. Among his breakthrough roles, was his portrayal of Petrouchka, in Hommage a Diaghilev. He also received critical acclaim for his performances in Serge Lifar’s Phedra, Moses Pendleton’s Pulcinella, Birgit Cullberg’s Miss Julie and Hans Van Manen’s Songs Without WordsFive Tangos, and Septet Extra. His students have won major prizes at both national and international dance competitions and many are now principal dancers at some of the top ballet companies in the United States and Europe.