Whitley Green, daughter, student, teacher, and performing artist is passionate about using dance to create safe spaces for self discovery and exploration, ultimately guiding participants to unique self-expression and creative leadership. Ms. Green currently teaches at her alma mater, as the first Hip Hop professor in the University of North Texas Dance & Theater Department and serves as a substitute in the Dallas Independent School District. She is honored by the privilege to learn, lead, and serve through the Fine Arts as a life practice.
Allen Kinzie, has been a Ballet Master / Teacher and Choreographer for the past thirty years. Some of the works he has created have been,“Coppelia”, “A Midsummer NIght’s Dream”, “Appalachian Spring”, “Scenes de Ballet”, and “Trauma into Light” to name a few. His ballets have been performed in Europe, Mexico and the United States and he continues to create works that are technically challenging, innovative and musically sensitive. As a dancer, Mr. Kinzie performed with Dallas Ballet, Chicago City Ballet, Ballet Theatre Francais de Nancy, Balletdu Nord, and the Boston Ballet. Mr. Kinzie toured extensively and performed with Rudolph Nureyev in his productions of Don Quixote and Swan Lake to fifteen foreign countries.
Although choreographing with an emphasis on contemporary composers and movement invention is a passion, Mr. Kinzie is an accomplished Master Teacher and has taught at Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts, the Boston Ballet School, Southern Methodist University, Texas Christian University and the University of Oklahoma. Mr. Kinzie is a specialist in teaching classical male dancers in technique and partnering. He has worn many hats in the world of ballet from dancer to ballet master to pedagogue to director. His work is demanding and relevant with the passion to continually push the limits of dance art.
Catherine Garratt Fothergill a native of Birmingham, Alabama, Catherine trained at the Alabama Dance Academy, and Alabama Ballet Center for Dance before completing her studies with the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet under Marcia Dale Weary. Catherine joined the Louisville Ballet, and shortly thereafter, the Alabama Ballet. Catherine danced leading roles in the all of the paramount classical ballets, and in numerous works by esteemed choreographers Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, Agnes De Mille, Frank Staff, Jirí Kylián, Twyla Tharp, and Antony Tudor, among others.For several months of the year, Catherine travels throughout the United States and abroad as a sought after guest instructor, repetiteur and ballet mistress. Catherine has taught for esteemed organizations of classical ballet, professional ballet companies, and semi-professional academies. She has taught multiple levels of the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus and has passed numerous students with distinction. Catherine frequently assists in the staging of works for Japan Ballet Association, Balleteatro Nacional de Puerto Rico, and Les Ballets de France. Within Japan, Catherine has served as a guest instructor and ballet mistress for the Takako Classical Ballet, Chida Toshiko Ballet, and Hiroko Masuya Classic Ballet, and was a ballet mistress for the 37th annual Zendo Ballet Festival. She is a frequent guest instructor for the Cecchetti Council of America.
Michael Fothergill began his training in central Iowa, and furthered his dance education as a full-scholarship recipient of the Milwaukee Ballet School, Boston Ballet School, and the School of American Ballet. Following an early graduation from high school, Michael accepted an invitation to train extensively with American Ballet Theatre. During this tenure, Michael instructed at Steps on Broadway and the Peridance Capezio Center, and subsequently accepted prominent appointments as a principal dancer in companies across the United States and abroad. Michael has danced the male leads in the classical staples, as well as in works by Ashton, Balanchine, Baryshnikov, De Mille, Dow, Duato, Fokine, Fosse, Kylian, Massine, Prokovsky, Robbins, Tharp, and Tudor, among others.As an educator, Michael frequently travels across the United States, Canada, Japan, and France. He is a frequent guest instructor for the Cecchetti Council of America where is is the founding Artistic Director of the Enhanced Men’s Training Program. Michael recently completed his fourth year on the faculty of Samford University, located in Birmingham, AL. This year marks Michael’s return appointment to the distinguished panel of judges at Japan Ballet Association’s Hokkaido Ballet Competition. Michael has recently been appointed the Executive and Artistic Director of Ballet Arkansas after a 7 year stint as principal dancer and choreographer with the Alabama Ballet.
The SW Committee CCA welcomes Franco Baleto to their Fall 2018 workshop in Bentonville, Arkansas. Franco Baleto has been a street dancer his entire life. Born in Dallas, Texas, Franco grew up break-dancing and competing in talent shows and battles. Following in the footsteps of Barry YoungBlood, Franco began dancing with GDDS six years ago. He strives to encourage his students to open up and feel the music. Gathering attention with his showshopping mohawk, Franco enters a room and never leaves a stranger. He credits his performance with the “American Idols Live” in Branson, Missouri as one of the most inspiring moments of his life. In addition to teaching Hip Hop and performing, Franco works as a volunteer for the Fort Smith Girls and Boys Club and is currently an instructor at Grace DeWitt Dance Studio.
“Born into a family of Musicians and Artists, Riddhika has always been passionate about Performing Arts. Taking her passion, seriously when she started training in Bharatnatyam in Kolkata at age 6. Her hunger for versatility lead her to taking classes at The Shiamak Davar’s Dance School in Delhi. She started training professionally at The Danceworks (founded by Ashley Lobo), expanding to styles such as Jazz, Contemporary, Ballet, Hip-Hop and various Social Dance Styles under teachers from all over the world. As part of the school’s repertoire, she taught Jazz / Contemporary to children and adults. When she moved to the US, she joined Dance Identity (founded by Shaira Bhan) based in Sunnyvale California. She performed extensively around the US with the school and also instructed various dance classes. She went back to India to participate in the dance reality show ‘Dance India Dance season 3’ and was among the Top 14 contestants. Giving her the opportunity to work closely with ace Bollywood choreographer, Geeta Kapur on many projects and television shows.
After moving to Texas in 2016, she founded and established Dance Space, which offers dance and fitness classes. The school believes in providing professional training to both new and experienced dancers, inspiring them to discover the artist within. While providing a fun and an affirming environment that fosters dedication, discipline and a life-long passion for dance.
Dance is more than just movements created by the body, it is the connection one establishes with everything else around. Through teaching, Riddhika intends to pass on her experiences and knowledge as well as motivate individuals to embrace Dance as a passion and lifestyle beyond a hobby. Ultimately, her objective is to enable dancers to reach their goals and dreams by creating a space where they feel accomplished and fulfilled. “
Rubén Gerding, a native of Kentucky, received his early training from the Louisville Ballet. He received his MFA in Classical & Contemporary Dance from Texas Christian University and his BFA in Ballet Performance from the University of Oklahoma.
Rubén danced for three seasons with the Eugene Ballet under director Toni Pimble and four years under director Ben Stevenson at Texas Ballet Theater. He also danced in Casa Manaña musical theatre productions Damn Yankees and Beauty and the Beast and performed with Ballet Concerto, Metropolitan Classical Ballet, Bruce Wood Dance Project, Avant Chamber Ballet, and other North Texas dance companies.
Rubén taught Advanced Ballet at Booker T. High School for the Performing and Visuals Arts in Dallas, TX. He has been faculty for the University of Oklahoma Summerwind Youth Ballet and the Southwest Committee of the Cecchetti Council of America. Gerding has choreographed for universities in North Texas and Missouri and regional ballet schools associated with Regional Dance America: Southwest. He performed his own work Hungarian Dance for Two with fellow dancer Lea Zablocki at the Plano Dance Festival in Plano, TX.
Rubén is currently Assistant Professor of Dance at Southeast Missouri State in Cape Girardeau, MO.
Alex Brooks grew up dancing in the Dallas community and has been heavily influenced by those around her. As a student at Dance Industry, she was given a chance to teach and choreograph solos for her younger peers and that is where she found her love for teaching. She’s trained at prestigious summer intensives including Hubbard Street Dance Summer Intensive, San Francisco Conservatory, and The Soul Escape Company Intensive. She attended Marymount Manhattan and decided that her path would be different than others and was ready to dive into the world of teaching and choreographing. She continues to train and most recently performed as a company member in the 2017 SoulEscape Performance. Alex is so content to be sharing her love of dance with any and everyone.
The SW Committe of CCA welcomes Sara Padilla to our Fall Seminar at Doubletake Dance Studio. Sara is a very well-rounded dancer, having trained in tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, partnering, contemporary, modern, African, and hip hop. She received artistic and academic scholarship to pursue dance at Southern Methodist University where she performed the works of Adam Hougland, Joshua Peugh, and Millicent Johnnie and developed and showcased her own unique style of choreography. Sarah graduated summa cum laude from Southern Methodist University with a BFA in Dance Performance and a minor in Religious Studies in 2014. She has trained with The Dallas Repertoire Ballet, Joffrey, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Dark Circles Contemporary Dance, and the Martha Graham School and has performed for numerous events such as the Dallas Cowboys halftime show, The Nutcracker, Tarantella, BeautiControl, Dance Africa, Kenny Loggins, and Rob Reiner’s “LBJ.” She has choreographed a production of “The Lion King Jr,” several competition pieces, and premiered an original work at the 92nd Street Y in NYC as part of a mentorship with esteemed choreographer Doug Varone.
The SW Committee CCA will be offering classes on Saturday, August 9th at The Dance Movement with Dayna Meixell, June Smith, and Kaarlo Lawler. Classes start at 3:00 with Dayna Meixell to 4:45. Dayna will conduct a technique class of her favorite Cecchetti studies. June Smith and Kaarlo Lawler will teach from 5-7. Their class is a request and review class with both Kaarlo and June teaching. Please send your requests and reviews to [email protected] by August 5th, so that June and Kaarlo have time to prepare.
The Dance Movement is located at 10301 Custer Rd, Plano, TX 75025
These classes are being offered to SW Cecchetti Council members. The cost of both classes is being covered by the committee. We hope you can join us!