Technique, Pointe, Mens' Class, Pas de Deux (level 7), Jazz, Modern, Tap, Injury Prevention
Li Anlin, June 7 – 9
Assistant Director, Texas Ballet Theater
Mr. Li was born in Nanjing, China. At age 13, he began training with the Beijing Dance Academy and graduated to the Young Dancers Company where Mr. Li first met and worked with Mr. Stevenson. In 1982, he joined the National Ballet of China as a soloist. In 1985, Mr. Li was invited by Ivan Nagy to join Ballet de Santiago in Chile as a Principal dancer. In 1989, Mr. Stevenson invited Mr. Li to join Houston Ballet as a soloist.
During his 21-year career, Mr. Li performed classical and contemporary pieces all around the world working with many notable figures of the dance world. Mr. Li retired from the stage in 2000 and became Ballet Master at Houston Ballet before coming to Texas Ballet Theater in 2003. Mr. Li has been Assistant Artistic Director of Texas Ballet Theater since 2005
Kathryn Warakomsky-Li, June 10 – 11
Studio Company Director, Texas Ballet Theater
Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Kathryn Warakomsky-Li began studying ballet at the 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-Li joined Houston Ballet and became the Principal dancer. With over 20 years of performance experience, Warakomsky-Li has held lead roles in nearly 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 works by famed contemporary choreographers like Ben Stevenson, George Balanchine, Jiří Kylián , 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 the 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. She also heads the Studio Training Company and has managed the Summer Intensive since its inception in 2007.
Anna Donovan, June 14 – 18
Principal Rehearsal Assistant, Texas Ballet Theater
Technique, Pointe, Pas de Deux (level 7)
ANNA DONOVAN A native of Ireland, Anna Donovan won a scholarship to train at the Royal Ballet School in England when she was ten years old. After performing in Kaiserslautern, Germany she joined the Irish National Ballet and was rapidly promoted to Principal Dancer. She joined the staff of Ballet Dallas in 1991, serving as Principal Ballet Mistress and instructor of the Dallas Conservatory of Ballet. She is included in The Who’s Who of Teachers in America 2000, 2001, 2005. Anna
joined the artistic staff at Texas Ballet Theater as Principal Ballet Master in 2000.
Keith Saunders, June 21 – 25
Assistant Professor of Professional Practice
School for Classical & Contemporary Dance
Texas Christian University
Ft. Worth, TX
Keith Saunders has practiced the art and science of ballet as a performer, teacher, ballet master, company director, lecturer, adjudicator, and consultant over a 47-year professional career. A long-time dancer and ballet master with Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) under the direction of the late Arthur Mitchell, and Virginia Johnson, he has taught all levels of ballet while serving on the faculties of the DTH School, the BalletMet Dance Academy, the New Ballet School (Ballet Tech), Steps NYC, the 92nd St. Y, the University of Wyoming (Guest Artist-in-Residence), and the Snowy Range Dance Festival. He has choreographed works at the student, university, and professional levels, and taught innumerable workshops and master classes in studios, schools, colleges, and universities across the United States and abroad. In 2017, Saunders earned an MFA in Dance from Hollins University (Roanoke, VA). He joined the faculty of the School for Classical & Contemporary Dance at Texas Christian University in 2018.
Kellye A. Saunders, June 21 - 25
Kellye A. Saunders began her training at the Jones-Haywood School of Ballet in Washington, D.C. She continued her dance education with Rosella Hightower at Le Centre de Danse International in Cannes, France, before joining Dance Theatre of Harlem, where she rose to the rank of principal dancer. Ms. Saunders featured roles include Firebird, Giselle, Agon, A Song for Dead Warriors, Apollo, Serenade, The Four Temperaments, The Moor’s Pavane, Allegro Brillante, and Fancy Free, among many others. She also appeared in the Broadway productions of The Red Shoes and Porgy and Bess, and as a guest artist with the New York City Ballet, dancing the role of the Striptease Girl in George Balanchine’s Slaughter on Tenth Avenue. Guest appearances also include Collage Dance Collective, the Washington Ballet, Complexions Contemporary Dance, the Flint Institute of Music, and the Metropolitan Opera. Ms. Saunders has had extensive experience teaching and coaching dancers at both academic and professional levels. From 2010-2013, prior to becoming a ballet master at DTH, she served as the project coordinator for Harlem Dance Works 2.0, a choreographic workshop that produced new repertoire for the Dance Theatre of Harlem company. In 2015, Ms. Saunders graduated Summa Cum Laude from St Mary’s College of California with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance Performance. She is currently on faculty at Texas Christian University.
Emily Hunter, June 7 - June 21
Emily Hunteris the Co-founder and Co-director of North Texas Dance Arts Academy, a daytime dance academy opening in Fall 2021 in Roanoke, Tx. She received her formative training under Penny Askew at Western Oklahoma Ballet Academy. She holds a BFA in Dance from the University of Iowa (UI) and a Master of Arts in Dance Education from the University of Northern Colorado (UNC). She was awarded the Francoise Martinet Ballet Scholarship, the UI Dance Department Scholarship, and the UNC Graduate Dean’s Scholarship. In addition to guest artist work, Mrs. Hunter danced professionally with Charlotte Adams and Dancers, Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth, and Duarte Dance Works, and as a founding member of Bruce Wood Dance Project and Texas Dance Theatre. In 2011, she was featured in Pointe Magazine, highlighting her as a classically trained dancer who found success in a career in contemporary dance. She is a Co-founder and former Vice President of FurtherDance Fort Worth, a nonprofit organization committed to fostering community, professional development, and service within the Fort Worth contemporary dance landscape. Her choreography has been presented by professional and student companies alike across Texas and surrounding states. Since 2006, she has taught ballet, modern, composition, and more throughout the DFW metroplex, including serving on the Dance Faculty at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts from 2014-2020.
Jennifer Milner, June 10 - 24
JENNIFER MILNER is a certified Pilates trainer specializing in dancers and post-injury recovery. Jennifer danced with several companies across the country before a knee injury ended a successful performing career. She graduated from the Kane School of Core Integration.