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Our Mission

Our mission at Tampa Bay Ballet is to provide the highest standard of dance instruction and professional performing experience for students of all ages. Tampa Bay Ballet believes that a solid foundation in ballet is key to any dancer's success. The primary focus of the school is a structured ballet curriculum. We do offer classes in other disciplines, but techniques that will ultimately improve their ballet technique and performance quality.

History

Tampa Bay Ballet was founded in 2008 by Director, Lindsay Clark. Lindsay opened the ballet school based on a dream of providing talented dancers a place to perfect classical ballet technique and grow into a professional ballet company. Once dancers hit the age of 18, their dancing career either requires them to move, or quit all-together. Disgusted by the idea of talented dancers going to waste, Lindsay opened Tampa Bay Ballet, and in 2012 founded the professional ballet company, Tampa Ballet Theatre, which was named the in-house resident ballet company of Ruth Eckerd Hall in May 2015.


Tampa Bay Ballet Today

Today, Tampa Bay Ballet believes in providing the dancers of the Tampa Bay Area the highest level of quality dance training to help prepare them for a professional career. As the school and professional company continue to grow, Tampa Bay Ballet will be able to offer more opportunities to our students and provide a strong technical platform for them to expand from.

Facility

We will be moving to a new location in 2018! Until that time, please e-mail info.tampabayballet@gmail.com for up to date information regarding classes and where they are being held.

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Training Curriculum

The teaching methods of Tampa Bay Ballet's training curriculum incorporate elements of the French, Italian and Russian school of training and focus on principles such as correct posture, placement and coordination. Tampa Bay Ballet's training curriculum consists of a comprehensive set of age-appropriate guidelines, consistent with child/adolescent development, sports psychology, nutrition and training

Our Staff and Instructors

Lindsay Hensley Clark

Ms. Lindsay Hensley Clark is the Owner and Director of the Tampa Bay Ballet and the Artistic Director of Tampa Ballet Theatre, the schools affiliated professional ballet company. She has created original and classically restaged choreography such as: The Nutcracker, Dracula, Alice in Wonderland, Les Sylphides, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Coppelia. Her works have been performed locally at the Mainstage Theatre at Ruth Eckerd Hall, Mainstage Theatre HCC Ybor, the Largo Cultural Center and the James B. White Auditorium.

Anna Daught

Anna Daught began taking ballet classes at the age of 5 in Brandon, Manitoba. She fell in love with ballet and continued her training in Tucson, Arizona at Arizona Ballet Theatre under Cecily Winslow Bressel, Norman Walker, and Rochelle Zide-Booth. After moving to Johnson City, Tennessee, Anna danced with the City Youth Ballet under the direction of Susan Pace White and trained under Pat Holden, graduate of the National Ballet School of Canada and dancer with Memphis Ballet. Anna is a graduate of Mercyhurst University where she received her BA in dance with a choreography concentration. While still in college, Anna was a company member with Lake Erie Ballet where she performed solos in The Nutcracker and various contemporary ballets. Her training also includes summer intensives with Mercyhurst University and Dance Theatre of Tennessee. After graduation, Anna performed with Charlottesville Ballet as a trainee. Anna joined Tampa Ballet Theatre in 2016 and is excited to begin her second season performing with the company!

Katharine Kunz

Originally from Virginia, Katharine Kunz began her dance training at the respected Loudoun School of Ballet under Shelia Hoffman-Robertson, Maureen Miller, and Lisa Startsman. Her studies continued at the Joffrey Ballet (NYC), Orlando Ballet, BalletMet Columbus, and Steps on Broadway. She holds a BFA in Dance Performance from Towson University under the director of Dennis Price, Catherine Horta-Hayden, and Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell among others. Her performance credits include: Ensemble in Blue ā€˜nā€™ Gold (Greenston), Girl in the Red Dress in Frame by Frame (Pikieris), Raymonda in Raymonda Pas de Dix, Pas de Trois in Swan Lake and Sugar Plum in The Nutcracker. In addition, she had the pleasure of performing Brandenburg Concerto (Miller) at the Tanzsommer Dance Festival in Austria. Ms. Katharine has performed with Loudoun Ballet Company, Towson Dance Company, Nancy Romita and the Moving Company, Connecticut Ballet, Dance Cat-aylst (NYC), and The Next Stage Project Choreography Workshop (NYC). As a seasoned dance teacher, Ms. Katharine teaches ballet, pointe, and modern/contemporary to all ages and received her Pilates Certification from Power Pilates (NYC). She has taught at Loudoun School of Ballet (VA), B. Funk Dance Company (MD), Dramazone (NYC), Steps on Broadway (NYC), and Ballet Academy East (NYC). Presently, Ms. Katharine performs as a Company Artist with Tampa Ballet Theatre.

Heather Mills

Ms. Heather Mills studied at the Lisa Wilhelm Academy of Dance under Artour Bajanov, The Royal School of Ballet under Joanne Morscher, Mercyhurst College under Tauna Hunter where she earned her BA in Dance Management, and has attended Summer Intensives around the country including BalletMet and American Ballet Theatre. She has danced professionally with The Ballet Theatre of Maryland under Dianna Cuatto and is currently a Company Dancer at Tampa Ballet Theatre. She has danced professionally in multiple ballets including: Coppelia, Dancing Princesses, Firebird, Nutcracker, Swan Lake and Primal Dreams. She has also taught and choreographed ballet, pointe, tap and jazz at schools around the country.

Heidi Strohl Romero

Heidi Strohl Romero of Winston-Salem, NC, is a graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts, where she trained for nine years. She also studied at many intensive summer sessions: Pacific Northwest Ballet, Joffery Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, and Hungarian Ballet Academy. In her professional career she has danced with Charleston Ballet Theatre, Greensboro Ballet, Northern Ballet Theatre, Burklyn Ballet Theatre, Kim Robards Dance, Paradise Ballet Theatre, Gleich Dances, Key West Contemporary Dance, and currently with Tampa Ballet Theatre. Heidi has been teaching ballet, pointe and yoga in the schools of Greensboro Ballet, Northern Ballet Theatre,Adagio Dance Academy, Academy of Ballet Arts and Tampa Bay Ballet.