Fort Worth School

Committed to the Highest Standards

Texas Ballet Theater Schools provide a complete training program for recreational dancers as well as those aspiring to be professionals. All classes are offered in a safe and nurturing environment and offer performance opportunities at all levels. The Fort Worth School follows the American Ballet Theater National Training Curriculum and is home to Texas Ballet Theater School Professional Division.

SHOWCASE YOUR TALENT

​Dancers enrolled in Texas Ballet Theater School have the opportunity to showcase their talent on stage throughout the year, including TBT’s annual production of Ben Stevenson’s The Nutcracker. TBTS students also dance in their School's annual Spring Performance. Other performance opportunities include local civic and cultural events, as well as competition settings for advanced students.

A WIDE RANGE OF DANCE STYLES

As students progress, they have access to training in other genres, such as modern and jazz, providing a well-rounded education and thorough knowledge of other dance styles.

Join Our Performance Groups

Texas Ballet Theater School performance groups present classical repertoire and original choreography throughout North Texas. Students are invited to audition upon achievement of required skills.

Faculty and Staff

KATHRYN WARAKOMSKY-LI, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR/PROFESSIONAL DIVISION
Director of Schools Picture

Kathryn Warakomsky-Li, originally from Boston, MA, began her ballet studies at the relatively late age of 14 in Springfield, Virginia with Oleg Tupine. She graduated from the State University of New York at Purchase with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance. She was invited to join the Ballet de Santiago under the direction of Ivan Nagy where she rose to the status of principal dancer. In 1989 Ms. Warakomsky joined Houston Ballet and became Principal dancer. She has over 20 years performing experience dancing lead roles in all the major classical ballets including Swan Lake, Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella, Cleopatra, Etudes and Coppelia. She also danced in numerous contemporary works by Ben Stevenson, George Balanchine, Jiri Kylian, Kenneth MacMillan, John Cranko, Ronald Hynd, James Kudelka and Christopher Bruce among others. Ms. Warakomsky-Li has toured extensively around the world dancing throughout North and South America, Asia and Europe. Upon retiring from the stage in 2001, Ms. Warakomsky-Li was invited to teach at Houston Ballet Ben Stevenson Academy where she staged and rehearsed many pieces for the upper school. Ms. Warakomsky-Li has been teaching for Texas Ballet Theater School in Fort Worth since 2003 where she has taught all levels of the school. She is an American Ballet Theatre (ABT) Certified Teacher who has successfully completed the ABT Teacher Training in Primary through Level 7 of the ABT National Training Curriculum®. She has also traveled to Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia to view the Bolshoi and the Vaganova Schools and to participate in their training programs. Ms. Warakomsky-Li was named Principal of Texas Ballet Theater School Fort Worth in January 2007 and in 2016 was promoted to Associate Director and heads the Professional Division. Ms. Warakmosky-Li has also managed the Summer Intensive since its inception in 2007.

LETICIA OLIVEIRA, FORT WORTH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL
School Principal Picture

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Leticia Oliveira began her comprehensive training at the age of seven at the School of Teatro Municipal of Rio de Janeiro. Beginning her professional career at young age of 16, she danced with Teatro Municipal of Rio de Janeiro, as well as the Joffrey Ballet and Houston Ballet, where she was a Principal Dancer. In 2007 she joined Texas Ballet Theater where she performed for 10 wonderful seasons. Ms. Oliveira has appeared in various international galas around the world, including Gala des Etoiles in Canada, Festival International de Danza in Cuba and the World Ballet Festival in Japan. She was also a “25 to Watch” in Dance Magazine in 2006. Her 23 years of performance experience include principal roles in ballets by Ben Stevenson, George Balanchine, Sir Frederick Ashton, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, John Cranko, Antony Tudor, Jiri Kylian, Robert Joffrey, Gerald Arpino, William Forsythe, Christopher Wheeldom, Fleming Flindt, James Kudelka, Val Caniparoli, among others. Ms. Oliveira has been a teacher with the Texas Ballet Theater School since 2009. In 2017, following her retirement from professional dance, she was appointed Principal of the Texas Ballet Theater Fort Worth School. She is also currently in the process of acquiring her Diploma of Teaching Studies from the Royal Academy of Dance.

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Ben Stevenson

Artistic Director, O.B.E.

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Tim O’Keefe

Associate Artistic Director

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Li Anlin

Assistant Artistic Director

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Anna Donovan

Principal Ballet Master

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Daniel Tardibono

TBTS Administrative Director of Schools

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Kathy Warakomsky-Li

Associate Director/Professional Division

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Leticia Oliveira

Fort Worth School Principal

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Catherine Roe

Community Enrichment and Summer Intensive Coordinator

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Kelly Henson

Fort Worth School Coordinator

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Shannon Smith

Fort Worth School Assistant

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Amy Martin

Fort Worth School Assistant

Josie Baldree
Christa Beacham
Patricia Bochnak
Carl Coomer
Reida Dobi
Angelyn Fulton
Lauren Hibbard
La'Wonda Hunter
Melian Izotova
Kristin Klade
Erin Reece
Andre Silva
Merideth Tullous
Nicole Von Enck
Ashanti Williams
Leah Hammett
Gabriel Speiller

2018 - 2019 Class Schedule

Registration for 2017-18 opens on April 10.

Classes begin August 21, 2017.

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Class Placements

CREATIVE BALLET 3, 4, 5 AND PRIMARY LEVEL

These programs introduce young children to movement through music. Teachers use a hands-on approach to creatively present the fundamentals of dance. Classes for ages 3-5 meet once per week. Primary students (ages 6-7) may take one or two classes per week.

LEVELS 1, 2, AND 3

Levels 1, 2, and 3 begin a more formal approach to classical ballet. Students in Level 1 (ages 7-8) may take one or two classes per week. Students in Levels 2 and 3 are placed by teacher recommendation and take two classes per week.

MEN’S PROGRAM

Along with regular leveled classes, TBTS offers an additional boys-only class, recommended for young men ages 6-11. Students enrolled in Level 7 and Advanced take a Men’s class once a week as a part of the School curriculum. This class helps provide important focused training and introduces young men to the athletic side of dance.

LOWER SCHOOL JAZZ AND TAP

These fun classes expand young dancers’ abilities in diverse techniques and do not require enrollment in a ballet level.

LEVEL 4, 5, AND 6

Students are introduced to a more rigorous level of study, incorporating training elements and influences from the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) curriculum. Jazz, Modern, and Pointe work are also introduced. Students are required to take all classes listed for their level.

LEVEL 7 AND ADVANCED 1,2,3

Our most intensive levels build upon curriculum learned in Levels 4-6. Classes meet five to six days per week, emphasizing posture, placement, style, quality, artistic expression, strength, and musicality. Students are required to take all classes listed for their level.

NEW STUDENT PLACEMENT

New students ages 8 and older are required to attend an audition class for placement into the appropriate class level. Students are placed based on age, technique, physique, personal strength, and intangibles such as talent, grace, and maturity.

PROFESSIONAL DIVISION

The Texas Ballet Theater School Professional Division prepares advanced dancers for a professional ballet career. Students concentrate on perfecting technique and developing artistry through intensive full-day instruction. This comprehensive program provides the experience necessary to transition from student to professional dancer, all while offering personal attention in an intimate, nurturing environment.

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NEW STUDENT PLACEMENT

New students ages 8 and older are required to attend an audition class for placement into the appropriate class level. Students are placed based on age, technique, physique, personal strength, and intangibles such as talent, grace, and maturity.

LEVEL ADVANCEMENT AND PROMOTION

Advancement through Texas Ballet Theater School is based on many factors including a student’s strength, commitment, attendance, maturity, mastery of material and artistic development as assessed by the teacher and Principal. Advancement to the next level may occur  anytime during the semester but generally takes place at the end of each school year.

REPEATING LEVELS OF STUDY

Parents and students should not anticipate annual level advancements. Ballet classes do not progress at the same pace as traditional academic grades. It is common for students to repeat levels of study. Because the range of the criteria for promotion is so diverse, two or more years may be required before a student is ready for advancement to the next level of study.

CREATIVE BALLET SHOWCASE for Creative Ballet 3, 4, & 4/5

Sunday, May 19, 2019 at TBTS Fort Worth

*NEW for 2018-19

All students enrolled in Creative Ballet 3, 4, or 4/5 are invited and encouraged to participate in the Creative Ballet Showcase at the end of the year. The Creative Ballet Showcase is held in the large studio at the School and is an exciting opportunity for students to show what they have learned during the year. Dancers will perform in one of three performances on Sunday, May 19, 2019. A short dress rehearsal will be held on Saturday, May 18.

Participation is optional, but highly encouraged. Commitment forms will be handed out in January and are due, along with performance fee, by February 2, 2019. Completed forms, along with Performance Fees, need to be returned as soon as possible so that the teachers can choreograph and teach their dance.

SPRING PERFORMANCE for Creative Ballet 5 –Professional Division

Saturday, June 1, 2019 at IM Terrell Academy of Visual & Performing Arts

All students enrolled in Texas Ballet Theater School (CB5 and above) are invited and encouraged to participate in the end-of-year Spring Performance. The Spring Performance is an exciting opportunity for students to perform and showcase what they have learned throughout the year. There are two to three performances and dancers will perform in one or multiple shows. Parents should be aware that this performance requires extra work and the students must attend all classes in preparation for the show.
Participation is optional, but highly encouraged. Commitment forms will be handed out in January and are due, along with performance fee, by February 2, 2019. Completed forms, along with Performance Fee, need to be returned as soon as possible so that the teachers can choreograph and teach their dance.

Absences between March 1st and the Spring Performance are generally not allowed and will jeopardize your child’s participation. If you anticipate missing multiple rehearsals for any reason, please discuss the possibility of an understudy role for your child with his/her teacher when you turn in the commitment contract. Addressing rehearsal conflicts early on with the teacher is essential to the teacher’s ability to choreograph and cast in a way that optimizes all students’ participation and experience. Remember, we want your child to be as successful on stage as possible! It is to the teacher’s discretion whether a child will be able to participate on stage and in what role based on attendance.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Tuition is based on the class level in which the student is enrolled. Tuition and registration fees are non-refundable. Students are responsible for tuition for the entire year. Full tuition is due for students who choose not to participate in the Spring Performances. Students with outstanding account balances are not eligible for re-enrollment until outstanding payments are paid. Students who enroll after the beginning of the regular year may receive a pro-rated tuition rate. There are no credits for classes missed and no make-up classes offered. Reimbursements are not given for classes missed for vacations or school functions. Students are obligated for a full semester’s tuition even if they withdraw before the end of the session. Tuition credits may be applied to the following semester in the event students withdraw from classes due to a prolonged illness or injury verified by a doctor’s written confirmation. Texas Ballet Theater School must be informed in writing if a student decides to discontinue classes.

PAYMENT OPTIONS AND DISCOUNTS

Annual- Due in one payment by August 1. Includes a 10% discount.

Two semesters- Due in two payments in August and January. Includes a 5% discount.

Ten Installments- Due on the first of each month, beginning in August.  The annual tuition is divided into ten equal payments, so no discount is given for partial months.

Family- Additional children in the same family will receive a 15% discount. For discount purposes, student in the highest level is considered the “first student”. Family discount does not apply to drop-in or special classes.

PAYMENT policies

Registration Fee – A $50 registration fee is due for each student (or $75/family) at the time of enrollment.

Late Fees – All payments are due on the first (or first weekday) of each month. Accounts that have not been paid by the 7th of the month will incur a $10 late fee.

Withdrawals – Parent is responsible for tuition for the full school year. Parent must notify Texas Ballet Theater School in writing if a student will be withdrawing from the program. At that time, all past due tuition is due. Students who withdraw will NOT receive a refund; however, we will credit the following semester in the event that a student withdraws from classes due to a prolonged illness or injury.

No Refund Policy – TBTS will not refund tuition payments or registration fees for any reason. Refunds will not be given for missed or cancelled classes.

Enroll Now

New students can inquire about Fort Worth School dance classes and register by contacting Kelly Henson .

817.763.0207 Ext. 3 kelly@texasballet.org
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