TDC WINTER INTENSIVES 2023
Dancers ages 14-26 will take daily classes in Ballet, Pointe, Modern and learn pieces of famous repertoire.
Dancers ages 10-26* will take daily classes in Ballet, Pointe/Pre-Pointe and Modern
Tyler Donatelli, First Soloist with The Houston Ballet
Tyler Donatelli was born in Huntington Beach, California and trained at the Southland Ballet Academy in Fountain Valley, CA. She was the silver medal winner at 2012 Youth America Grand Prix as well as first prize in ballet at The Music Center Spotlight Awards 2012. She joined Houston Ballet II in January 2013 and became an apprentice for Houston Ballet in 2014. Donatelli continued as a corps de ballet in 2015. In 2017 she was promoted to Demi Soloist in March and Soloist in September. Donatelli was promoted to First Soloist in September 2022.
She has performed roles in Stanton Welch’s The Nutcracker (Clara & Sugar Plum Fairy), Zodiac, Tapestry, Romeo and Juliet, Red Earth, and Giselle; Mark Morris’ The Letter V ; George Balanchine’s Serenade and Jewels; Trey McIntyre’s Peter Pan (Tinkerbell); Justin Peck’s Year of the Rabbit; and Ben Stevenson’s Coppélia (Swanhilda). She has had roles created on her in Stanton Welch’s Zodiac, Just and Sparrow; Arthur Pita’s Good Vibrations and Justin Peck’s Reflections.
Donatelli has danced in several tours including Stanton Welch’s Swan Lake in Dubai, UAE and Minneapolis, MN (2018); Stanton Welch’s Velocity in Bonn and Tapestry in Ludwigshafen, Germany (2017); and Stanton Welch’s world premiere of Just and Sons de L’âme and Trey McIntyre’s In Dreams at Jacob’s Pillow in Becket, MA (2018). As part of the Company’s 50th Anniversary in October of 2019, she traveled to New York City’s City Center to reprise her original role in Justin Peck’s Reflections.
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
Jacqueline Porter, TDC’s Founding Artistic and Executive Director
Jacqueline Porter founded and directs The Dallas Conservatory, one of America’s largest and most highly awarded private performing arts schools. The 8-time winner of the prestigious YAGP “Outstanding School” award comprises three campuses and a faculty of 40 top professionals teaching dance, theater, voice and fitness to 1,700 children and adults.
Ms. Porter was herself trained by many of the 20th century’s greats including classical teachers David Howard, Marcia Dale Weary, and Wilhelm Burmann, and jazz legends Luigi, JoJo Smith, and Betsy Haug among many others. Professionally, Jacqueline worked on Broadway, National Tour, and regionally, with credits including understudying film icon Debbie Reynolds in The Unsinkable Molly Brown on a Pre-Broadway tour for one year, four years with Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat on Broadway and tour, and acting roles from Off-Broadway to the Santa Fe Shakespeare Festival.
The daughter of an English actor/director and Scottish dancer, Jacqueline began teaching and choreographing with her mother’s dance school at age 12, and has since guest-taught for over two dozen schools and festivals from Beverly Hills to Tokyo including outreach in India, Bali, the Philippines and Morocco.
During and after her professional years in dance and theater, Jacqueline accumulated 10 years of business experience in corporate luxury sales as well as marketing, fundraising and development for arts organizations including NYC’s Roundabout Theater, LA’s Riverside Philharmonic and The Dallas Symphony.
Now in her 16th Anniversary Season with The Dallas Conservatory, Jacqueline Porter has personally trained (often from their first classical steps) 17 professional dancers with North America’s top ballet and modern companies including the New York City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Houston Ballet, Parsons Dance, Mark Morris, Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal and Broadway. Her students have won scholarships and admission to the world’s finest schools and universities including Juilliard, USC, NYU, Royal Ballet School, Manhattan School of Music, and the schools of American Ballet Theatre and the San Francisco Ballet.
Jacqueline has personally trained and coached over 175 dancers invited to YAGP Finals since 2012, with over 40 of those invited as soloists.
When not in the studio, Jacqueline is an avid adventurer and theater-goer and has to date traveled to 28 countries on 5 continents.