The GOAL of the Ballet Academy of Texas is to provide quality, professional dance Ballet Academy of Texas instruction for all ages. The primary focus is on classical ballet technique which provides a strong foundation for all other dance forms. Our goal for the recreational dancer is to gain self-confidence through the physical and mental accomplishments that come from positive dance instruction. The professional background of the directors and staff will provide the more serious student with the knowledge and training necessary to prepare for a career in dance. The school was awarded the OUTSTANDING SCHOOL award for the Southwest area at the Youth America Grand Prix, an International Ballet Competition, in 2005, 2006, 2007 2010 and 2013. The Ballet Academy of Texas opened a new, state-of-the-art 11,000 sq. ft. facility in October, 2005. It consists of four large studios, all with sprung marley flooring, viewing areas into all the studios, and two large waiting areas. It is conveniently located in the center of Coppell near the corner of Sandy Lake Rd. and Denton Tap Rd., just south of I-121.
Photography by Cathy Vanover-Whatley
The Ballet Academy of Texas recently hosted American Ballet Theatre’s Young Dancer Summer Workshop here in Coppell. The two-week intensive brought in over 60 dancers from throughout the United States to study with nationally renowned teachers hired from New York, and was coordinated by the Academy’s Director, Lisa Slagle. “It was an honor to host this workshop. It began in 2007 in New York City and I had the pleasure of being one of its first teachers,” said Ms. Slagle. “I’m pleased that it brought some benefits to the local economy to have these dancers living, eating, and shopping in the Coppell area,” she continued. Pictured here are the students and instructors of the workshop.
Dancers and Staff from the Ballet Academy of Texas in Coppell received top honors at the recent Youth America Grand Prix competition in Irving. This international competition held a "Qualifying Semi-Final" for the North Texas area at the Irving Arts Center the last weekend of January, with over 400 dancers performing from throughout the United States. The top honor of “Outstanding Teacher” went to the Academy’s director, Lisa Slagle, who, along with her staff, began coaching the dancers back in October for these performances. The school was recognized with a 2nd place in all of their ensemble entries, and Tammie Reinsch, longtime teacher and choreographer for the Ballet Academy, was recognized with the “Outstanding Choreographer” award for her funny and timely ballet, “Generation #”. Many dancers received recognition in their respective categories also. Pictured here are Michael Fass, age 17, who received a 3rd place in the Men’s Senior Classical Category, Joseph Dang, age 14, who received a 3rd place in the Men’s Junior Classical and top 12 in the Contemporary Category, and Mimi Lamar, age 15, who received a 3rd place in the Senior Women’s Classical Category. Also pictured is Lisa Slagle, Academy Director.
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