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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

Tampa Bay Ballet offers two studio spaces. Studio A is a large space, larger than most stages with a PA system used for performances. This space is great for rehearsing pieces for stage, large classes and is the location of many Tampa Ballet Theatre performances like: Paquita and the Romantic Pas De Deux. Studio B is a smaller space that is ideal for smaller classes and private lessons. Both studios feature wood sprung marley floors, free-standing barres, partitions with long mirrors, and track lighting.

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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.

Alexandra Annas

Biography and picture coming soon.

Madeline Auxlund

Ms. Madeline Axlund began dancing at the age of five with the Tacoma City Ballet in Tacoma, Washington. Upon her relocation to Florida, she continued her training at Tampa Bay Ballet under the direction of Lindsay Clark. Madeline has risen through the ranks of Trainee, Apprentice and is currently a Company Member with Tampa Ballet Theatre. She has performed numerous soloist roles including Paquita, and Marzipan. Madeline also placed in the top 24 senior classical division at YAGP for her performance her variation from Grand Pas Classique in 2015.

Amanda Ciotuszynski

Ms. Amanda Ciotuszynski has over 6 years of teaching experience. She trained at: Florida Ballet School under Dan Deal, Mary Devine, Ronnie Wright, and Meg Boone, Tampa Bay Ballet under Lindsay Clark, Richard Geiger, and Heidi Romero, and the University of South Florida with Andrew Carroll and John Parks. Amanda received a Bachelors Degree in Marketing from USF in 2015. She is now a Company dancer at Tampa Ballet Theatre. Some of Amanda's favorite roles include Stepsister in Cinderella, Sugar Plum in The Nutcracker, and Boots in Sleeping Beauty.

Sarah Ensley

Biography and picture coming soon.

Christopher Liddell

Mr. Christopher Liddell is an ABT certified teacher in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT National Training Curriculum. He has been privileged to teach alongside some of the world's greatest artists at prestigious studios like Steps on Broadway, Harkness Dance Center and Cecchetti Ballet Council of America. His students have been accepted into schools such as, American Ballet Theatre's Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School, La Guardia Arts and Professional Performing Arts, while others continue to gain work on Broadway, TV and film. Chris loves to teach Broadway Jazz and is known for his short film "B.A.L.L.E.T a Romance".

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.

Tammy Spain

Mrs. Tammy Spain studied in Honolulu, Hawaii with Honolulu City Ballet, Danceworks, and at the University of Hawaii, where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Biology. Tammy has performed professionally with various dance companies including: Starlight Express Dance Company, the Nohelani Cypriano Show, and Navatek Cruises. Tammy attended graduate school at Yale University in a biological science program and continued her studies in ballet with the Yale Recreational Dance Program. After graduating, Tammy moved to Florida to start a family, pursue her career as a scientist and continue studying dance where she joined Tampa Ballet Theatre as a company dancer and later joined the Board Of Directors.

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.

Patricia Zaggers

Pat Zagers was born in Indiana and started dancing when she was four years old. She has had dance instruction in Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Acrobatics, and Clogging. She taught at dance studios in Michigan, and also taught dance to adults at the college level until moving to Florida in 1979. Pat returned to school and obtained a bachelor's degree in education in the field of exercise physiology from the University of South Florida. She has had dance classes with Buster Cooper and Al Gilbert and more recently has been instructed by master tap teachers Avi Miller and Ofer Ben, Dianne Walker, Germaine Salzburg, Jay Fagan, and Lane Alexander. Miss Pat loves children and believes that dance should be a combination of fun and discipline to make the best experience possible for all.