TDC WINTER INTENSIVE 2022
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Frisco Campus
Intermediate Ages 10-26
Intermediate/Advanced Ages 13-26
Join Ashley Ellis, former principal dancer of Boston Ballet, and Tea Perez, dancer with Parsons Dance for a fantastic experience. Dancers ages 10-26 will take daily classes in Ballet, Pointe, Modern and Rep. Don’t miss this at our gorgeous Frisco Campus.
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Ashley Ellis, former principal dancer of Boston Ballet, and current Associate Artistic Director, TDC Classical Training Program, teaches Ballet and Pointe.
Ashley Ellis, from Torrance, California, is an American ballerina who just stepped down from the stage as Principal dancer with Boston Ballet to take on the role as Associate Director of The Dallas Conservatory’s Classical Training Program.
Ellis trained at the South Bay Ballet under the direction of Diane Lauridsen, other influences included Alicia Head, Mario Nugara, Charles Maple, and Kimberly Olmos. During these years she attended intensive programs at the San Francisco Ballet, School of American Ballet, and three years at the American Ballet Theatre, on full scholarship. Ellis was the recipient of the Coca Cola scholarship award for two consecutive years, and won the first prize at the Los Angeles´ Music Center Spotlight Award.
Ellis began her professional career by dancing with the ABT studio company and the next year joined the prestigious American Ballet Theatre. After her time with ABT, Ellis moved to Spain to join the touring group, Stars of American Ballet led by Angel Corella, leading her to become one of the founding members of his new company. She danced as a soloist at Corella Ballet de Espana under the direction of Mr. Corella for three years before moving back to the USA. After her time in Spain she spent one season dancing with the Sarasota Ballet.
In 2011, Ms Ellis joined Boston Ballet as a second soloist, was promoted to soloist in 2012, and assumed the rank of Principal Dancer the following year in 2013. She has toured with the above companies around the world and made numerous guest appearances in in a wide range of galas and companies.
Ashley is married to choreographer and director George Birkadze, and they have two beautiful children. She is also the owner of her own dancewear line, RubiaWear.
Téa Pérez, dancer with Parsons Dance, teaches Modern and Rep.
Téa Pérez is from Dallas, Texas, where she trained and competed with The Dallas Conservatory from 2012-2016 under the direction of Jacqueline Porter and the Conservatory faculty. Téa simultaneously attended and trained with Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (BTWHSPVA) under the direction of Lily Cabatu Weiss and Kate Walker where she graduated with highest honors both academically and through the dance department. Pérez then moved to New York City in 2017 to continue her studies in the Ailey/Fordham BFA Dance Program under the direction of Melanie Person where she performed work by Alvin Ailey at the 2021 Ailey Spirit Gala. Pérez graduated sum laude in 2021 from the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program with a BFA in Dance along with a BA in Art History with a concentration in Contemporary and Modern Art. In turn, Pérez has had the opportunity to perform works by Alvin Ailey, Robert Battle, Kyle Abraham, Jessica Lang, Azure Barton, Lar Lubovich, and Dwight Rhoden, David Parsons, Matthew Neenan, and Rena Butler, among others. Pérez was an understudy with Parsons during their 2021-2022 season where she premiered at The Joyce Theater. Pérez is now in her first season as a full-time company member with Parsons Dance. Instagram: @tea_perez
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