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Anna Donovan - Principal Ballet Master
A native of Ireland, Ms. Donovan joined Texas Ballet Theater in 2000. At the age of ten, Ms. Donovan won a scholarship to train at the Royal Ballet School in England. From there, she went to Elmhurst Ballet School where she passed all the Royal Academy Examinations with Honors. After performing in Kaiserslautern, Germany, she joined the Irish National Ballet in 1973 and was rapidly promoted to Principal Dancer. During her sixteen-year tenure with INB, she toured extensively in Ireland, Europe and the United States and was recognized for her dramatic abilities and technical prowess. Ms. Donovan has worked with many notable choreographers including Sir Anton Dolin, John Gilpin, Hans Brennaa, Peter Darrell, and Domy Reiter-Soffer. She also had works created for her, one of which, The Playboy of the Western World , was a collaborative production with the traditional Irish music group The Chieftains. This production toured Ireland and was also presented in France, at Sadlers Wells, London and City Center Theater, New York. In 1989, she focused her energies toward teaching and was instrumental in establishing the Professional Dance Diploma Course in Dublin. She joined the staff of Ballet Dallas in 1991 serving as Principal Ballet Mistress/Repetiteur and instructor of the Dallas Conservatory of Ballet. While with Ballet Dallas, she collaborated with Lorraine Graves (Dance Theatre of Harlem), Fernando Bujones, James Clouser, Vivi Flint, and Peter Anastos. Ms. Donovan taught at Booker T Washington School for the Visual and Performing Arts in Dallas for four years and has been invited by many organizations nationwide as a guest instructor. She was nominated and is included in The Who’s Who of Teachers in America 2000, 2001, and 2005.
Jan Miller - Pre Professional Instructor
Jan Miller was trained under the R.A.D. syllabus by Patricia Cairns in Tacoma, Washington. While still a student, she was awarded “The Best in Ballet” prize at the Pacific Northwest Ballet Competition. At 16, she was personally selected by Robert Joffrey to join his New York apprentice program during which she trained and performed with the Joffrey Ballet and the New York City Opera. From that beginning, she went on to join Grand Theatre du Genève in Switzerland, Ballet Contemporaneo in Caracas, Venezuela, and the Milwaukee Ballet. Miss Miller began her teaching career in New York City at Ballet Arts and Peridance, the New Orleans Conservatory for the Creative Arts and Stephens College before joining Texas Ballet Theater as an advanced instructor on the Dallas school.
Maria Alfonsina Treneman is from Argentina, where she trained as a Ballet dancer with the “ Instituto de Danzas Jairo Benitez”. At the age of 17, she was invited in full scholarship to dance in Brazil at the “Escola de Dancas Maria Olenewa”. Later, she trained under the direction of Luis Carlos Nogueira, Emilio Martins and Maria Angelica Fiorani’s. She is a trained Ballet teacher since 1996 and has worked as such for the “Petite Dance Escola de Ballet” in Brazil, and in 2004 she joined the faculty of the “Tuzer Dancenter in Richardson, TX. Alfonsina has been a faculty member since 2010.
Christina began her RAD ballet training in England at the age of four and has completed her graded RAD exams as well as her vocational exams through Advanced 2. She has also completed the American Academy of Ballet Performance Awards from grades 5 through 12. She attended the AAB Summer Program on full scholarships from 2005 through 2010. She has worked with world renowned teachers and choreographers, such as Violette Verdy, through the AAB program. She has also trained in hip hop, tap, jazz and modern styles of dance. Christina participated in her first professional production at the age of eight. She has held multiple state titles in dance through her high school where she was 1st lieutenant of the Drill team. She has completed choreography for ballet, tap and modern performance as well as choreographing pieces from solos through large production pieces. Christina is currently working towards a BS of Kinesiology in Dance as well as her RAD Teaching Certificate. She hopes to one day be able to offer classes to the special needs dancers with a Dance Therapy License.
Diane Byrd began her ballet training with Joyce Seaborne Bader. She studied tap under Buster Cooper and Terry Wolter. She has passed her intermediate Royal Academy of Dance exams. She is a tap and ballet instructor for the Children's Division of Texas Ballet Theater School, Dallas.
17 years of dance experience as an instructor, performer and competitor in contemporary, jazz and hip-hop, with a minor in dance at the University of North Texas. Trained in Los Angeles at Millennium Dance Complex, Debbie Reynolds and Edge Performing Art Center, Alvin Ailey Summer Intensive Modern programs; Dance profile including: Jermaine Dupree, Ashley Simpson, Young Lloyd, Quint Black, etc and can be seen in the music videos; Cassidy, 9th Ward, Jermaine Dupree, etc. Also a former Las Vegas AFL Gladiator Dancer, Mandalay Bay Dancer, 2005 NBA All-Star Pre-game show dancer, MGM’s Centrifuge, Planet Funk, Choreographer for The Spanish Network “Telemundo”, Choreographer for Hip-Hop and Jazz Competitive Companies; receiving platinum, placing first-overall, and scholarships for dance teams and choreography.
Kelly Zitka has been dancing for 14 years and trained extensively in ballet, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, and tap. She is currently a student at Southern Methodist University with a double major in Dance B.F.A. and Business. She grew up dancing at Dance Industry Performing Arts Center under the direction of Christy Wolverton, and was a part of the elite company that is recognized nationally. She has trained at many selective summer programs including Tap Kids and San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. Kelly aspires to dance professionally in a company while using her business degree to pursue a career in the non-profit industry.
Terry Wolter is certified by Dance Educators of America and has taught for Dance Masters of America. She taught dance at the Hockaday School for Girls for 8 years and 13 years ago she created the dance department at Ursuline Academy where she currently heads the dance department. She was one of the original founders of the Dallas National Tap Dance Day Celebration along with Gracey Tune. In 2000 Terry was recognized by the Dance Council as one of Dallas’ Outstanding Teachers. Terry’s professional appearances include movies, educational TV, commercials, Theatre Three, Dallas Civic Ballet, and the touring company of Sweet Charity. Terry has danced with such names as Luigi, Gus Giordano, Ron Daniels, Bob Hope, Ann-Margaret and the SMU Dance Department. Her choreography has been seen at numerous pageants, Theater Three, and the Dallas Theater Center. Trained by Buster Cooper, she was a long time faculty member of the Buster Cooper School of Dance. She is a judge for national competitions across the country, has served as an executive board member of National Tap Dance Day and the Dallas Dance Council, and is the Founder, President and Artistic co-director of the Rhythm Junkies.
Thelma Flores holds a Bachelor’s degree in Performing Arts with a major in Ballet at the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon (U.A.N.L.) in Monterrey, N.L., Mexico. Over 10 years experience as a children’s Ballet teacher and Dance Program Coordinator. Collaborated, under the tutelage of master and teacher Fernando Alonso (founder of Cuban Ballet), in the restructuring of the curricula of the Classic Dance Basic Level of the U.A.N.L. She also has been offered scholarships by the Ballet of the Americas, Scuola Profesional Italiana de la Danza and U.A.N.L. She has passed her Intermediate Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) exams.
Marielle(Perrault) McGregor began her dance career training at Ballet Met. She holds a BFA in Dance Performance from SMU where she performed the works of many renowned choreographers, such as Eleo Pomare, Paul Taylor, and Robert Battle. Marielle has studied under celebrated dancers from a variety of modern backgrounds, including April Berry (Alvin Ailey), Nina Watt (Limon), Ruth Andrien (Paul Taylor) and Myra Woodruff (Martha Graham). Now performing with 6 o'Clock Dance Theatre and Contemporary Ballet Dallas, Marielle has also danced with Dallas Black Dance Theatre II, Sandra Organ, and Psophonia Dance Company, to name a few. She enjoys teaching modern because it is a technique that requires dancers use their entire torso and falling over is encouraged.
Jasmine White-Killins is a native of Cincinnati, OH. She began her dance training at the Cincinnati Ballet Academy, as well as attended Cincinnati’s School for Creative and Performing Arts as dance major from 4th – 12th grade. During Jasmine’s junior and senior year at SCPA she was a featured dancer on a television series highlighting the arts schools areas of study. Jasmine has been a scholarship recipient of many renowned dance schools like The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, The Marta Graham school, The San Francisco conservatory, and Dallas Black Dance Theater, just to name a few. Jasmine graduated with honors from Southern Methodist University with a BFA in dance performance as well as minor in Arts Management in 2013. Jasmine has taught numerous dance classes and workshops to all ages. Jasmine believes that all students have a special gift that needs to be cultivated and nurtured. Jasmine is now a member of Dallas Black Dance Theater’s Second Company and aspires to continue dancing professionally, leading to a goal of being an Artistic Director of a Performing Arts School in the future.