Ballet Academy of TexasMaster Class teachers 2018




  • Tim OKeefe

    Elizabeth Gillaspy

    June 11 - 15

    Elizabeth Gillaspy is a Texas-based choreographer and dance educator with over 30 years of experience teaching and creating. Her choreography has been performed in Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Bulgaria, France and throughout the USA. She has choreographed for Orlando Ballet (FL) under the late Fernando Bujones, Ishihara Ballet (Japan), The International Ballet Competition (MS), Youth America Grand Prix (NY), as well as for numerous solo artists, contemporary companies, universities, private schools, regional companies, and showcases. Equally at home in multiple movement disciplines, her performance experiences include dancing and touring with Atlanta Ballet, Atlanta Ballet Chamber Ensemble, North Shore Music Theatre, Casa Mañana Musicals (AEA), Dance Kaleidoscope (IN), and as a freelance artist in repertoire that ranges from classical and contemporary ballet and opera ballet to musical theater, jazz, modern dance and folk dance. She has taught and adjudicated throughout the USA, Japan, and Taiwan and her classes are often noted for their musicality, clarity, and joie de vivre. As a choreographer, and through her project-based artistic collective, Nymbal new ballet, established in 2010, Elizabeth is committed to the investigation of ballet as an essential, contemporary medium of artistic expression. Critics have noted her work as “complex”, “poetic” and “skillfully structured”. National Dance Association named her outstanding dance educator for college/university in 2006; she received the Deans’ Award for Teaching Excellence from TCU in 2007, and she served as President of CORPS de Ballet International from 2008-2010. She is Professor of Ballet and Director in the School for Classical & Contemporary Dance at TCU in Fort Worth.

  • Jennifer Milner

    Jennifer Milner

    June 11 - 18

    Jennifer Milner started her career as a ballet dancer, dancing with local Dallas companies before spending summers apprenticing with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and Boston Ballet’s second company. Raised in the Vaganova technique, Jennifer also studied the RAD syllabus with Joyce Seaborn-Bader and had a thorough grounding in Balanchine technique, both with Patricia Wilde at PBT and with several teachers in New York City, performing such Balanchine classics as The Four Temperaments (Phlegmatic), Square Dance, and Pas de Dix. Though classically trained, Jennifer has extensively studied all major theatre dance styles as well as tap, modern, Luigi, and jazz. After moving to New York Jennifer pursued musical theatre while still dancing with small New York companies, studying regularly under such famous teachers as Madame Darvash, Christine Wright, Elena Kunikova, Christina Bernal, Madame Youskevitch, and Chet Walker. Jennifer spent 12 years in New York and enjoyed a successful theatre career both there and touring all over the US. She spent two years performing as Meg Giry in The Phantom of the Opera and has worked at the Kennedy Center in DC, the Pantages Theatre in LA, and the Chicago Opera House, as well as doing several off-Broadway plays and readings in New York. Favorite roles include Anne in La Cage Aux Folles, both the Baker's Wife and Little Red in Into the Woods, both Sister Mary Amnesia and Sister Mary Leo in Nunsense, and Kristine in A Chorus Line. She’s worked with such respected theatres as Walnut Street Playhouse and North Carolina Theatre as well as area favorites like Music Theatre Wichita and Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, and she has sung as a guest soloist with the Dallas .... read more

  • Li-Chou Cheng

    Li-Chou Cheng

    June 11 - 22

    Mr. Cheng was born in China. He started his professional training at the Beijing Dance Academy and then joined the Beijing Central Ballet as a dancer, ballet master and rehearsal director. After immigrating to the United States, he taught at the University of Utah and Arizona State University as Assistant professor. In 1988 he joined the Boston Ballet as a Principal teacher.Mr. Cheng has been on faculty as a Professor of Professional Practice in Ballet at the School for the Classical & Contemporary Dance in Texas Christian University since 1990. In demand nationwide as a master teacher, he has worked with many ballet companies including Boston Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Ballet West, Ballet Met, Ballet Austin, Indianapolis Ballet, Eugene Ballet and Ballet Oregon. He has also taught in many universities and conservatory programs as well as internationally at the National Ballet School of Canada, Beijing Dance Academy, Taipei National University of Arts and the Taiwan Cloud Gate Dance Company. Mr. Cheng’s choreographic works have been staged for TCU and other professional schools. He was an adjudicator for the several ballet competitions and received Larry White dance educator award in September 2007.