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About Chamberlain Performing Arts

Plano based, Chamberlain Performing Arts, formerly Chamberlain Ballet, was established in May 1984 by Artistic Director, Kathy Chamberlain as a student ensemble dedicated to providing students a stepping-stone to professional dance careers. During their 10th season, Chamberlain Performing Arts became a semi-professional company with their debut of the Chamberworks Series in collaboration with the Plano Chamber Orchestra. Chamberlain is dedicated to serving North Texas and the surrounding community by providing professional quality performances and outstanding outreach programs. Chamberlain Performing Arts takes great pride in the ongoing efforts to expand its cultural diversity through performance collaborations. November 2002 began the association with the Charles W. Eisemann Center, giving the company a new, permanent performance venue.

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Mission Statement

Chamberlain Performing Arts is committed to presenting excellent ballet to enrich the North Texas community,
enlighten with arts education, and encourage through outreach programs.

Board of Directors

Founder/Artistic Director

President

Vice President of Finance

Vice President of Marketing

Vice President of Development

Secretary

Guild President

Members at Large

Kathy Chamberlain

Raj Aggarwal

Robert Patterson

Lisa Gardner

Jena Abernathy

Julie Foughty

Jessica DeMotte

Jana Boyles, Hollie Lawing, Catherine Mooney-Burton, Anna Tseng, Sandra Weissinger

Administrative Staff

Karen Davis

Director of Operations

Megan Taylor

Administrative Assistant

Lisa Berry

Accountant

Artistic Staff

Kathy Chamberlain

Founder/Artistic Director

Kathy Chamberlain

Kathy Chamberlain began her training at age five at the Winifred-Bryan School of Dance where she was introduced to ballet. After realizing her dream of becoming a professional, she focused on classical ballet and made the switch to Etgen-Akinson School of Ballet. At age eleven, Kathy was accepted as an apprentice to the Dallas Metropolitan Ballet, where she was noticed by talent scout, Violette Verdy of New York City Ballet.

 

Through the School of American Ballet (SAB) and the New York City Ballet (NYCB), Kathy became a Ford Foundation Scholar at age twelve. After suffering a career ending knee injury, Kathy was given the idea to turn her passion to teaching. Her focus has been to teach young dancers whose dreams were based, like hers, on a love for the art and beauty of ballet. Just shy of her twenty-first birthday, she had her teaching philosophy, ethics, and style in mind and thus began the Chamberlain School of Ballet at Keystone Park in 1977. Starting with 127 students, the school blossomed enough to expand to a second location north of Richardson, and a branch was opened in Plano in 1984.

 

Desiring to be able to give students a stepping stone into a professional career, Kathy established The Chamberlain Ballet Company, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to presenting world class dance and educate through outreach programs in May of 1984. In 1986, Kathy consolidated the schools into one location in Plano, which remains the current site.

 

After focusing on classical ballet for much of her teaching career, Kathy began reflecting on past students and their talents and realized many of her students excelled in other dance genres other than classical ballet. She then started a highly anticipated jazz and tap program, which expanded into modern and composition classes. Having created a program that produces well-rounded performers, she is proud of the diverse training Chamberlain Performing Arts has to offer its company members.

Carter Alexander

Associate Artistic Director

Mr. Carter Alexander began his ballet training with his mother Amanda Stone in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He continued at Arts Magnet and Dallas Ballet Academy before joining the Hartford Ballet, where he studied with his mentor, Truman Finney. He danced principal and soloist roles with the Kansas City Ballet, and also danced with Pennsylvania Ballet (where he taught on the faculty of the Rock School). Mr. Alexander received an offer to become the principal teacher at the Ballet Workshop New England in Boston, where he taught for five years. He also became the artistic associate of the Massachusetts Youth Ballet. He then joined Truman Finney at The School of Ballet Arizona as Assistant Director of the school. He was most recently Principal on the Miami City Ballet School faculty.

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Megan Taylor

Relevé Manager and Instructor

Megan Taylor received her BFA in Modern dance and double minor in English and Secondary Education from Texas Christian University in May of 2013. Her early dance training began at Chamberlain School of Ballet in Plano, TX.

 

Most recently she has studied under the TCU faculty as well as other artists including Peter Kyle and Parisa Khobdeh. Megan has performed in works by Susan Douglas Roberts, Suki John, and Sarah Gamblin. She is currently dancing with Impulse Dance Project under artistic director, Anastasia Waters.  Mrs. Taylor looks forward to beginning her second year with Chamberlain Performing Arts as the manager of the Relevé program and assistant to the Director of Operations.

Lynne Short

Rehearsal Mistress

Lynne short joined the faculty of Chamberlain School of Ballet in the fall of 2013.  From 2001-2012, Ms. Short was Principal and head teacher at Ballet Austin Academy where she developed and honed a syllabus that has produced students and dancers who learn to realize the joy of working in a deep, thorough, meticulous way.

Before moving to Texas in 2001, M. Short was a faculty member at Pacific Northwest Ballet School (PNBS) from 1984-2000.  During this time, and under the guidance of Francia Russell, Director of PNBS, the ideas of dedicated colleagues with various backgrounds were formed into a unified, cohesive syllabus.  Much of the success of the training at PNBS was attributed to the curriculum and the collaborative efforts of its teachers.

Ms. Short’s professional career dancing with Memphis Ballet, Hartford Ballet, First Chamber Dance Company and Pacific Northwest Ballet allowed her opportunities to appreciate the art and her love of teaching.

Jane Martin

Ballet Mistress

Jane Scichili Martin grew up in Richardson and received her ballet training with the Dallas Metropolitan Ballet, Kathy Chamberlain and the School of American Ballet in New York. She was a principal dancer with the Hartford Ballet Company in Connecticut for 11 years. She danced lead roles in Concerto Barocco, Moors Pavane, Esplanade, Romeo and Juliet, Nutcracker and Coppélia. She originated many lead roles in choreography by director Michael Uthoff. Jane returned to Texas in 1990 to teach for Kathy Chamberlain and was ballet mistress for Chamberlain Ballet for 7 years before taking a break to raise her twin boys.  She returned in January 2013 as Ballet Mistress for Chamberlain Performing Art’s production of Coppelia and began teaching full time again in the fall of 2013 as well as working as Ballet Mistress for the company.

Lisa Hess Jones

Resident Choreographer

A native of Amarillo, Texas, Ms. Hess trained with her parents, Neil and Camille Hess.  Further training included the San Francisco Ballet, Harkness Ballet, School of American Ballet and American Ballet Theatre.  Ms. Hess joined New York City Ballet in 1975 and later became a soloist.  She danced with Nureyev and Friends, was a guest artist with Sydney Ballet in Australia and toured Asia with Stars of the American Ballet.  In 1989, Ms. Hess became involved with the Carlisle Project allowing her to create choreography for professional dancers and for the Northeast Regional Dance Festival and the Southwest Regional Dance Festival.  She has created works for ballet companies around the country such as Annapolis Ballet Theatre, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Brigham Young University, and West Texas State University.

Suzette Mariaux

Rehearsal Mistress

A Dallas native, Ms. Mariaux began her training at the Etgen-Atkinson School of Ballet. She went on to study on full scholarship at the School of American Ballet in New York City.  Subsequently, Suzette performed professionally with New York City Ballet under George Balanchine and in Europe with the Frankfurt Opera Ballet.  The mother of four, Suzette brings that insight and experience to her exceptional teaching background.

Guest Faculty

Information on Chamberlain Performing Arts guest faculty is soon to come.