Ballet summer intensive

About the Program - June 1-12, 2020

TADA's Summer Ballet Intensive will be held in June 2020 for dancers ages 7 and up, or TADA 2020 Ballet Levels 1 and higher.  The intensive is open to ALL students, both TADA dancers and non-TADA dancers, with special rates for current TADA Youth Ballet Company 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 registration only - no audition required. *Dancers must have at least 1 year of ballet training to participate in this program. 


- 1 Week Intensive (No performance): June 1-5: $350 ($325 for YBC Dancers)

- 1 Week Intensive (Performance): June 8-12: $350 ($325 for YBC Dancers)

- 2 Week Intensive (Performance): June 1-12 $650 ($600 for YBC Dancers)

Please email Elise Elliott, Ballet Director, at if you have any questions.

Complete your Application and Register Today!

In order to complete your registration, you will need to complete the following:

- Application Form - Please select the appropriate application link and fill out the online form.

     *YBC Students*

     *Non-YBC Students*

- Application Fee: $25 (Waived for 2019-20 YBC Dancers)

- Two 4x6 Photos: Headshot and 1st Arabesque Tendu (Ages 7-9) or 1st Arabesque, on demi pointe or pointe (Ages 10+). YOU MUST SEND THESE PHOTOS SEPARATELY TO IN ORDER TO COMPLETE YOUR APPLICATION

information packet and schedule information

2020 Information Packet


Sample Schedule


2020 Faculty

Jesus Acosta - Jazz and Contemporary


Jesus Acosta is originally from Guanajuato, Mexico. He has danced with HopeStone Dance Company, MET Dance, and was a founding member 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!​ He is currently a member of Houston Contemporary Dance Company. 

Lauren Anderson - Ballet


-   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. 

David Connor - Music


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. 

Elise Elliott - Ballet, Pointe, Variations, Conditioning, Repertoire


Originally from Sacramento, California, Elise Elliott retired from the Houston Ballet as a Soloist in 2017. Following four summer programs, she became a member of the Houston Ballet in November 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,  and John Cranko. 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, and a son, Henry.

Rhodes Elliott - Ballet, Pointe, Variations, Men's Technique, Partnering, Repertoire


 Rhodes Elliott comes to us 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, and a son, Henry.  

Lisa Kaczmerek Petrozzi - Gyrotonics, Ballet


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.  

Mallory Mehaffey - Ballet, Pointe, Variations, Conditioning


Mallory Mehaffey was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and was raised in Richmond, Texas. Throughout her Middle School and early High School years, Mallory trained at Fort Bend Academy of Dance in Richmond, Texas. Mallory was fortunate to have earned scholarships to attend both The School of American Ballet Summer Program in New York City and the Houston Ballet Summer Program. In 2010, at the age of 15, Mallory was invited to join the Houston Ballet Academy. Following her first year of training, Mallory earned a position with Houston Ballet’s Second Company, HBII. For the next two years, Mallory trained under Sabrina Lenzi and Claudio Munoz, having the opportunity to travel around the world while gaining performing experience. In January of 2013, Mallory was invited to Lausanne, Switzerland to perform Stanton Welch’s A Dance in The Garden of Mirth at The Prix de Lausanne. 

Upon graduating Houston Ballet II, Mallory was offered an Apprenticeship with The Houston Ballet where she danced for three years as part of the company. Throughout her years of dancing with The Houston Ballet, Mallory had the privilege to perform in various Classical and Contemporary Ballets. Some of her favorites being: George Balanchine’s Serenade, Stanton Welch’s Velocity, Stanton Welch’s La Bayadere, George Balanchine’s Ballet Imperial, George Balanchine’s Ballo della Regina, Stanton Welch’s Divergence, Stanton Welch’s Swan Lake, and William Forsythe’s Artifact Suite.

In 2017 Mallory joined The National Ballet of Canada. Her repertoire with the company included John Neumeier’s Nijinsky, Marius Petipa’s The Sleeping Beauty, Christopher Wheeldon’s A Winter’s Tale, James Kudelka’s The Nutcracker, and William Forsythe’s A Second Detail. 

In 2019 Mallory joined Boston Ballet where she currently resides, continuing to perform beautiful works by William Forsythe, George Balanchine, Jorma Elo, and Jiri Kylian. 

Michael Liam Ryan - Ballet, Men's Technique, Partnering, Conditioning


Michael Ryan began his dance training at The Ballet Academy of Texas. In 2006 he was invited to train at The Orlando Ballet School on scholarship under the direction of Peter Stark.

Michael continued his dance training on scholarship at Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy, where he was honored with the Houston Ballet Academy Award for a promising future and commitment to the art form. In 2012 Michael joined Houston Ballet II where he had the opportunity to study under the direction of Claudio Munoz, Sabrina Lenzi, and Andrew Murphy. He was invited to perform at the AICD International Ballet Awards in Australia and attended the Assemblée International in Canada in 2013. Michael has had the opportunity to perform in Switzerland at the Prix de Lausanne as both a guest artist with Houston Ballet II and as an individual competitor, earning a finalist position in 2014. Michael went on to begin his professional ballet career with Houston Ballet that same year. Michael danced with Houston Ballet for three years before joining Boston Ballet in 2017, where he currently dances. 

Michael has had the opportunity to work with many renowned choreographers such as John Neumeier, Jorma Elo, Wayne McGregor, William Forsythe, Ben Stevenson, Mark Morris, Stanton Welch, and many others. 

Michael’s repertoire includes Paulo Arrais’ ELA (Husband); Sir Fredrick Ashton’s Cinderella; George Balanchine’s Chaconne, Coppélia, Prodigal Son, Serenade, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, and Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2; August Bournonville’s Bournonville Divertissements (Napoli); John Cranko’s Romeo & Juliet (Paris); Jorma Elo’s Fifth Symphony of Jean Sibelius; Sorella Englund’s La Sylphide; William Forsythe’sPlaylist; Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker (Arabian, Pastoral and Snow King); Marius Petipa’s The Sleeping Beauty; Jerome Robbins’ Fancy Free and Glass Pieces; Leonid Yakobson’s Rodin (Eternal Idol).

Hayden Stark - Ballet, Contemporary, Modern


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.   

Joshua Stayton - Ballet, Contemporary, Men's Technique, Partnering, Conditioning


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 - Musical Theater


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.  

Eoghan Dillon - Contemporary



Elise Elliott - Ballet, Pointe, Variations, Conditioning, Repertoire, Partnering


Rhodes Elliott - Ballet, Men's Technique, Pointe, Conditioning, Partnering, Repertoire


Josh Guillemot - Improv


Shu Kinouchi - Improv, Choreography


Melanie Nasser - Pilates


Lisa Kaczmerek Petrozzi - Gyrotonics, Ballet


Joe Celej - Jazz, Contemporary


Joshua Stayton - Ballet, Men's Technique, Contemporary, Conditioning


Hannah Weaver - Musical Theater


Sara Webb - Ballet, Pointe, Variations, Conditioning


Hayden Stark - Ballet Technique