TADA's Summer Ballet Intensive will be held in June 2020 for dancers ages 7 and up, or TADA Ballet Levels 1 and higher. The intensive is open to ALL students and the public, with special rates for current TADA Youth Ballet Members. Classes will include ballet technique, professional repertoire, strength/core training, men's technique, pointe work, variations, modern, musical theater, partnering, as well as a performance on the last day at a local theater. Classes will be taught by guest artists from the Houston area, and around the world! Acceptance is by audition only. Audition information will be available in January 2020.
Please email Elise Elliott, Ballet Director, at email@example.com if you have any questions.
Jesus Acosta is originally from Guanajuato, Mexico and currently dances with the Houston MET Dance Company. He is currently in his third season with Jane Weiner and the Hope Stone Dance Company in Houston, and he is in his fifth season as one of the founders of NobleMotion Dance. He has been teaching and choreographing for 10 years in the Houston area, and has danced nationally at the Ailey Theater in NYC and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. among others. He was a guest artist for Dangerous Lorraine's Dance Theater and a performer for the Kista Tucker Dance Co., Reck Productions, and Rednerrus Feil Dance Co. Dance Magazine has recognized him for his "fluidity of motion...punctuated by sharp arrests and dynamic shifts of focus and presence." Recently his choreography received gala status at the RDA Festival. Jesus is also an award-winning choreographer for our TADA Company and Star Team!
Native-Houstonian Lauren Anderson danced with Houston Ballet from 1983 to 2006, performing leading roles in all the great classical ballets, appearing across the world to critical acclaim, and becoming one of Houston Ballet’s most beloved stars.
She trained exclusively at Houston Ballet's Ben Stevenson Academy from the age of seven. She joined Houston Ballet in 1983 as a Corps de Ballet, 1987 was promoted to Soloist and in 1990 became the first African-American to be promoted to principal dancer at Houston Ballet. She is also one of the few African-American ballerinas at the head of a major ballet company anywhere in the world. In January 2007, Ms. Anderson assumed her new role of Program Manager for Houston Ballet’s Education and Community Engagement program where she conducts master classes at area schools, and lectures to students on dance and her historic career as one of America’s most distinguished African-American ballerinas.
Jenette Anzalone comes to us from Singapore, where she graduated with a degree in Ballet and Contemporary dance from the La Salle-SIA College of the Arts. A veteran teacher of over 20 years and the owner of Dance Circle Studios in Singapore, she has taught jazz, contemporary, hip hop, ballroom, and ballet at various international schools, including La Salle-SIA and the National University of Singapore. She has choreographed and performed in several major productions including Broadway Our Way, Tune In and Turn Out, Sunrise, Sunset, among others, and was the lead dancer in Mercury Rising, the Musical and That’s Kit. She also starred in John Meade Dance Company’s production ofIcons. Throughout her career she received numerous accolades, including honors of distinction at the UK Royal Academy of Dance and the highest awards at The Dance Excellence International Dance Festival in Los Angeles. Jenette has an incredibly passionate and enthusiastic style of teaching all of her students, toddlers through adults! She is proud of her daughter Estrella who currently competes on the elite level with the TADA Company. .
Mirannda achieved her Master's of Fine Arts in Dance from Sam Houston State University. She now dances professionally in the Houston area, performing with contemporary ballet company Nicolay Dance Works, Haven Arts Theatre, and with the Texas Renaissance Festival Daytime and After Dark productions. As a choreographer, Mirannda has had her work performed on stages in Italy and Corpus Cristi. She is currently working with Dana Nicolay on an immersive production of Alice's Adventure's In Wonderland which will premiere in May 2019. Mirannda has studied and performed in many places including, the Boston Conservatory, the American Dance Festival, and Dance Italia with notable choreographers and teachers such as Andrew Noble, Elizabeth Corbet, Dana Nicolay, Teoma Nacarrato, Giovanni Del Saenz, Jennifer Mabus, Christiano Fabbri, and more.
Kaleigh Courts was born and raised in Conroe, TX and began her dance training at NHPA in 2003. She attended the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, TX and was later accepted into the Houston Ballet Academy. She trained there for four years and joined the main company in 2014. In 2016 she was named one of Pointe Magazine’s “Stars of the Corps” for her role as “Maria” in Jerome Robbins’ West Side Story. After three years with the Houston Ballet, Kaleigh moved to New York City where she was cast in the role of “Baby” in the North American Tour of Dirty Dancing. She has since been taking classes from world renown teachers at Steps on Broadway, Gibney Dance, Peridance Capezio Center, and more New York studios. Kaleigh is excited to be back in Texas and to share her love of dancing with aspiring artists throughout Houston.
A musician who feels equally at home in many styles of music, double bassist David Connor is pursuing his passion for performance and education as one of the first ever Community Embedded Musicians with the Houston Symphony. As a performer David has recently appeared with the Pittsburgh Symphony and the Britt Festival Orchestra and as an educator he is on faculty at Texas Southern University and the National Take a Stand Festival at the LA Phil. As a fellow with the New World Symphony, David was a guest instructor for youth orchestras in Medellin, Colombia and Geneva, Switzerland. His Miami-based trio, “The alt Default,” won the Knight Foundation Arts Challenge for designing a collaborative songwriting residency that they taught at a Miami middle school in 2016. He was a Young Artist Fellow with Da Camera of Houston while a graduate student at Rice University from 2011 to 2013 and has been a fellow at Music Academy of the West, Aspen Music Festival, and Sarasota.
Eoghan Dillon was born in County Tyrone, Ireland. At the age of four, he moved to Canada, where he began dancing at the age of 12. In 2012, Mr. Dillon received a full scholarship to study at the Ailey School in New York City, where he studied under Milton Meyers, Francesca Harper, and many other prestigious professionals. Eoghan is currently a Rehearsal Director, and Educational Coordinator with Parsons Dance in NYC, an internationally renowned touring contemporary dance company. Under the direction of David Parsons, he has worked one on one with choreographers Robert Battle, Kate Skarpetowska, Trey McIntyre, and Ephrat Asherie. Eoghan has toured, taught, and choreographed all over the United States and Europe and most Recently he has been commissioned to set works on Parsons Dance, METDance, and Dark Circles Contemporary Dance Company, and Ballet Memphis. Eoghan has been featured in international marketing publications, most notably the GAP's "Dress Normal" Campaign and maintains teaching positions at the Flow40 Touring Dance Convention as well as The Broadway Dance Center in New York City.
Originally from Sacramento, California, Elise Elliott retired from the Houston Ballet as a Soloist in 2017, after ten years with the company. Following four summer programs, she became a member of the Houston Ballet in 2007. She enjoyed being featured in works by many choreographers, including Stanton Welch, Antony Tudor, Ben Stevenson, Jiri Kylian, George Balanchine, William Forsythe, Christopher Bruce, Sir Kenneth Macmillan, Wayne MacGregor, Jorma Elo, and John Cranko. She also toured with the company to Spain, Germany, China, Canada, and Australia. Elise has had the pleasure to teach with TADA since they opened their doors in 2014. In April of 2017, Elise became TADA's Ballet Director, as well as Artistic Director of TADA's Youth Ballet Company. Elise is happily married to fellow TADA teacher, Rhodes Elliott. They have a daughter, Annie, who was born in 2017.
Rhodes Elliott is originally from Florence, South Carolina. Rhodes retired in 2018 as a Demi-Soloist with the Houston Ballet, after having been with the company for 11 years. He received his early dance training and pre-pro experience with UNCSA, as well as The School of Dance Arts and South Carolina Dance Theater under the tutelage of the esteemed Susan Rowe. He attended several summer programs throughout his training, including North Carolina Dance Theater, Houston Ballet, and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. While dancing with the Houston Ballet, Rhodes enjoyed performing many works, including those by Stanton Welch, Jiri Kylian, Christopher Bruce, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Sir Frederick Ashton, Ben Stevenson, Twyla Tharp, George Balanchine, and Christopher Wheeldon. Rhodes has been on staff at TADA since they opened their doors in 2014. He is married to TADA's Ballet Director, Elise Elliott, and they have a daughter, Annie.
From Christchurch, New Zealand, Joshua Guillemot-Rodgerson is currently a dancer with the Houston Ballet. Originally a tap dancer for ten years, Josh moved to the United States to study ballet at Interlochen Arts Academy in 2010. In 2017, he graduated from The Juilliard School with a BFA in dance where he was mentioned in the New York Times for his performance in Paul Taylor’s Roses. He has attended summer intensives at Nederlands Dans Theatre, Springboard DanseMontréal, and Axis Connect New York. He was featured in the New Zealand documentary series Dare to Dream, and he recently performed in the Merce Cunningham Centennial “Night of 100 solos” celebration in Los Angeles. Josh has a huge love for improvisation and choreographing; he studied composition and Gaga technique at Juilliard and his choreography was selected as part of Choreographic Honors. He is excited to be joining TADA for this year’s Ballet Summer Intensive.
Shu Kinouchi was born in Kanagawa, Japan and began dancing at the age of two at Mayumi Kinouchi Ballet Studio, under his mother. At the age of nine, he started participating competitions in Japan, where he received scholarships to Hamburg Ballet School and American Ballet Theatre Summer intensives. Mr. Kinouchi trained with Hamburg Ballet School with John Neumeier, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre and American Ballet Theatre Studio Company. He danced as an apprentice with Jessica Lang Dance for a summer before joining Tulsa Ballet for three years, where he became a rank of demi-soloist. He joined Houston Ballet as a corps de ballet dancer in 2015. In addition to his professional career, Mr.Kinouchi was a finalist of Prix de Lausanne and Youth America Grand Prix in New York.
Melanie grew up in the Woodlands before leaving to pursue a career as a Professional Dancer. She has been Principal Dancer with Tulsa Ballet as well as Ohio Ballet, and has performed Internationally on stages as far flung as Hawaii, Japan, and New York. Melanie’s interest in — and respect for — Pilates developed well before she began instructing: she is a direct beneficiary of the healing power of the method. Melanie learned the rehabilitative benefits of Pilates first hand after an ACL tear that could have been a career ending mishap. Her performing life was extended through a combination of orthopedic surgery and intensive Pilates based therapy. When an opportunity to build a Pilates programme fell in her lap several years later, Melanie became certified through D.K. Body Balancing and retired from dance. She taught for close to a decade in Tulsa, where her clientele ranged in age from aspiring young dancers to spry senior citizens, from expectant mothers to athletes returning from injury, from business men reclaiming fitness after heart surgery to a former member of the US Olympic Tae Kwon Do team. In Tulsa Melanie worked alongside her mentor Danielle Cap Lema who uses Dennis Gibbons’ Muscle Release Therapy, MRTh® to complement the studio’s Pilates offerings. Melanie’s exposure to the power and benefits of Pilates combined with her mentor’s Release Work — and her never-ending quest to bring her clients the full movement potential of a well aligned body led her become a Yamuna Body Rolling practitioner from 2011-2018 and recently a certified Rossiter Level 4 Coach.
Born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, Lisa trained intensively with Mimi Priest at Jordan College Academy of Dance. Throughout her training, she received full scholarships to Boston Ballet, School of American Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and Houston Ballet summer programs. She was a National Scholarship Student with American Ballet Theatre in 1996 and 1997 and received their first Coca-Cola Scholar Award in the summer of 1997. She danced with Ballet Internationale of Indianapolis while finishing high school and upon graduation, and joined Washington Ballet for two seasons. In 1999, she joined Houston Ballet. Throughout her eight seasons with Houston Ballet, she danced featured classical roles in Ben Stevenson's productions, as well as numerous contemporary roles in works by Stanton Welch, Trey McIntyre, William Forsythe, and featured roles in Paul Taylor’s Company B, George Balanchine’s Serenade and Theme and Variations, as well as world premiere’s by Matjash Mrozewski and Julia Adams. In 2007, Lisa joined Texas Ballet Theater, where she once again had the opportunity to be coached by Mr. Stevenson.
In 2007 after experiencing first hand the amazing benefits of GYROTONIC® Exercise while recovering from an dance injury, Lisa began her certification process in the GYROTONIC METHOD® and has since enjoyed working with dozens of professional and pre-professional dancers. She has had the privilege to learn from Master Trainers, Juergen Bamberger, Donna Place, Debra Rose, Amy El, Erika Hassan, Miriam Barbosa and Tim McMinn throughout her continuous education. She has a certification in the Dancer Application, as well as the Psoas Principles and is currently working on her GYROKINESIS® certification. In 2017 she received her Holistic Health Coaching certification from Institution of Integrative Nutrition and has been able to use her unique experiences as both a former ballet dancer and holistic health coach to challenge herGYROTONIC® clients to new levels of body awareness and confidence as their movement takes on new levels of quality and strength.
Joe Celej, Associate Director of METdance, is a New York City based creative artist whose career spans nearly eighteen years of professional concert dance performance, choreographic investigation, and passionate instruction and mentoring of students.
Joe performed for nearly a decade with the internationally acclaimed concert company Elisa Monte Dance, performing extensively throughout the US, Europe, and Asia including theaters in Paris, Rome, and many seasons at the prestigious Joyce Theater in NYC. He was also honored to both meet and perform for the Duke and Duchess of Luxembourg. Joe has performed works by renowned artists including Elisa Monte, Robert Battle, Peter Chu, and Mario Zambrano with additional credits including Levi Strauss and Company, Wal-Mart, the City of Houston, and Houston Grand Opera. Joe’s choreography has been presented across the US and Europe and was honored to have his Joyce Theater choreographic premiere in 2011.
Joe has been a guest teacher/choreographer at established institutions including Steps on Broadway, SUNY Buffalo, Rice University, Salve Regina University, and the High School for Performing and Visual Arts Houston (HSPVA). Joe is proud to have mentored numerous dancers who are alumni of prestigious programs including the Juilliard School, SUNY Purchase, Point Park University, and Pace University, with former students performing with Eastman/Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, LA Dance Project, Lar Lubovitch, Ballet Hispanico, the Radio City Rockettes, and Disney. Joe is an honored recipient of a 2010 Presidential Scholar Teacher Recognition Award from the US Department of Education.
Joshua was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. He started dancing at the School for Creative and Performing Arts. After continuing his training with the Orlando Ballet School, under Peter Stark, Joshua joined Houston Ballet II to work with Claudio Muñoz. In 2009, he joined Tulsa Ballet and was promoted to Demi Soloist in 2014. Joshua also spent a year with Sarasota Ballet as a Demi-Soloist. After returning to Tulsa, Joshua was promoted to Soloist in 2018. Some of his repertoire includes leading roles in The Green Table (Jooss), Strictly Gershwin (Deane), Onegin (Cranko), A Million Kisses to My Skin(Dawson), Concerto (MacMillian), The Mirror Walkers (Wright), Age of Innocence (Liang), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Wheeldon), ONE/end/ONE (Elo), The Nutcracker (Angelini), Extremely Close (Cerrudo), among others. As a choreographer, Joshua has created works for Tulsa Ballet II, Dela Dance Company (Cincinnati) and the Helsinki International Ballet Competition. Joshua will be joining Cincinnati Ballet for the 2019-20 Season.
Hannah Weaver is a Director, Choreographer, and Performer active in the Houston area Theatre community. Her choreography credits include The Music Man, The Wizard of Oz, Mary Poppins Jr, and James and The Giant Peach - all with CYT Houston. She has recently been seen on stage at The Crighton as Medda Larkin in Newsies and as a Disciple on the Owen stage in Godspell. Hannah is passionate about using Musical Theatre and Dance to cultivate strength and diligence in her students. The Performing Arts are an excellent conduit for empathy and self-expression and Hannah is so grateful to get to share her love for Musical Theatre with the students she teaches.
Sara Webb received her early training at the Academy of Nevada Dance Theatre and at the Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton, Florida. She then attended the Houston Ballet Academy for one year and joined Houston Ballet in 1997. Ms. Webb was promoted to Principal in 2003. She performed lead roles in many classical productions and featured roles in a number of contemporary works. Ms. Webb performed in Hong Kong, Moscow, London, Germany, Spain, Canada, Australia, Panama, and Tokyo, as well as many cities in the United States. Ms. Webb retired from Houston Ballet in 2018, and joined the TADA Ballet Staff the same year. She is married to Ryan Bardo, and they have four children.
Hayden Stark grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. He began dancing at 3 years old, toured with Minnesota Ballet at ten, and, at fifteen, left home to attend North Carolina School of the Arts. After graduating in 2012, Hayden joined Houston Ballet II, was hired into the Houston Ballet Company in 2013 and has since elevated to Demi-Soloist. Hayden has enjoyed performing the lead role of Ariel in David Bintley’s The Tempest and soloist roles of Fire God in Stanton Welch’s La Bayadere and Indian Boy in Christopher Bruce’s Ghost Dances.