2019 Summer Intensive Faculty
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Jamie Dee Clifton
Hope Muir: Ms. Muir became artistic director of Charlotte Ballet in 2017. Born in Toronto, Hope was a founding member of Peter Schaufuss’s London Festival Ballet School. Upon graduation she joined the company (now English National Ballet), and in 1994 Hope joined Rambert Dance Company with the appointment of Christopher Bruce CBE and danced a wide variety of repertoire from prolific choreographers, including Ek, Kylian, Naharin, Tharp, Tetley, de Frutos, Cunningham and over a dozen Bruce works. After ten years with the award-winning RDC, she moved to Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and expanded her repertoire to include Forsythe, Duato and Lubovitch.
Silas Farley: Silas Farley is a member of New York City Ballet’s corps de ballet. He started ballet, jazz, and tap training with Sal and Barbara Messina in Charlotte, North Carolina, when he was 7 years old. At the age of 9, he was accepted into the boys’ scholarship class of North Carolina Dance Theatre School of Dance, where his teachers were NYCB alumni Patricia McBride, Kathryn Moriarty, and Mark Diamond. At the age of 14, Mr. Farley attended the summer course at the School of American Ballet (SAB), and was then invited to enroll as a full-time student. A choreographer since age 11, Mr. Farley created ballets for SAB’s 2010 and 2011 Student Choreography Workshops, as well as a work for the 2012 summer session of the New York Choreographic Institute, and a pièce d’occasion for the SAB 2013 Winter Ball. In 2012 he was one of two advanced SAB students selected for a student teaching pilot program at SAB. In August 2012, Mr. Farley became an apprentice with NYCB and joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in August 2013.
Heather Waldon: Heather Waldon trained at Colorado Ballet School, San Fransisco Ballet School and Pacific Northwest Ballet School before joining Boston Ballet. During her time at Boston Ballet she performed works by George Balanchine, Twyla Tharp, Mark Morris, and Bill T. Jones. After Boston Ballet she worked with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Robert Moses, Liz Gerring, and Richard Move. Heather is a founding member of The Sean Curran Company. Currently, Heather Waldon is teaching ballet at Hofstra University and NYU/Tisch School of the Arts. She has been a guest teacher for Charlotte Ballet Summer Intensive, Earl Mosley Dance Intensive, Eglevsky Ballet, Boston Conservatory, Connecticut College and NYU/Tisch Summer High School Program. Heather has choreographed works on Hofstra University as well as collaborating on a duet with Sean Curran. She has set the work of Sean Curran on NYU/Tisch, Fordham/Ailey, Marymount University, Montclair University, and Boston Conservatory. Heather is a teaching artist in the Mark Morris Dance Group’s Dance for PD (Parkinson’s).
Caleb Mitchell: Caleb Mitchell was born in Detroit, Michigan where he started his ballet training at 16. After graduating from the University of Arizona, Mitchell joined the Houston Ballet. During his tenure, Mitchell performed many featured roles in works by George Balanchine, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Sir Frederick Ashton, Ben Stevenson, O.B.E., Glen Tetley, William Forsythe, Paul Taylor, Christopher Bruce, Ronald Hynd, Lila York, Natalie Weir, Julia Adams, Trey McIntyre, Stanton Welch and others. He was awarded a Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellowship at the University Of California-Irvine, where he received his MFA in Dance. Mitchell’s choreographic and teaching engagements include creations for University of California-Irvine, METdance, Ballet 5:8, Vivid Ballet, Ekklesia Contemporary Ballet, Cirque du Soliel: Elvis, Texas Ballet Theater Professional Division, Charlotte Ballet Summer Intensive, The Masterworks Festival, Houston Ballet 2, and others. Mitchel has served as a Professor of Dance at Belhaven University, Santa Monica College and currently at Florida State University.
Gerard Ebitz: Gerard Ebitz was trained at the Miami Conservatory, the School of American Ballet, and the National Ballet School in Toronto. He danced professionally with New York City Ballet, Zurich Opera Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet and Miami City Ballet; as a founding member. As a teacher & choreographer, Ebitz has created work for the Carlisle Project, Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Rochester City Ballet, Ballet Jorgen, Santa Fe Dance Foundation, and Tsoying Performing Arts High School. He has also served as Artistic Director for Ballet Randolph. Ebitz has received many awards for his work including recognition by The National Choreographic Plan, the Florida Individual Choreographic Fellowship and the Surdna Arts Teachers Fellowship. He is currently on faculty at the Miami City Ballet School, University of Miami Theatre Department and New World School of the Arts.
Olivier Pardina: A native of France, Olivier Pardina was born to be a dancer. At age 10, inspired by his father, he begins his training under his watchful eyes before moving to Paris to continue his studies with the Master Teachers of the Paris Opera. At age sixteen, he is promoted to Principal Dancer with the Nice Opera House (France); four years later he is offered a contract by celebrated choreographer Maurice Bejart after winning the first prize in a National Ballet Competition. Pardina has taught at the Rock School in Philadelphia, the Orlando Ballet School, the San Francisco Ballet School, the National RDA in Phoenix and he is regularly invited in South America particularly in Brazil and Mexico. He was invited by the American Ballet Theatre, the Teatro de Rio de Janeiro and the Cordoba Ballet Company (Argentina) to teach the company. From 2013 to 2017, Olivier Pardina was Principal Teacher of the Pre-Professional division of the Miami City Ballet School.
Alana Isiguen: Alana Isiguen earned her BFA in Dance from New York University and MFA from the University of California Irvine. She received her formative training at the North Carolina Dance Theatre, now Charlotte Ballet. Under the direction of Jean Pierre Bonnefoux and Patricia McBride, she was trained in the Balanchine style performing various works including The Four Temperaments, Valse Fantaisie, and Raymonda Variations among others. She continued studying privately with Rebecca Wiley at the Piedmont School of Music and Dance who mentored her in dance pedagogy, staging classical works and rehearsal direction. Alana furthered her studies at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Chautauqua Ballet, Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet, the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance in Austria, and with Summer Lee Rhatigan at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. She has presented her choreography at the La Mama Experimental Theatre Club in New York and is a PMA-certified Pilates teacher. Her performance credits include works by Ohad Naharin, Mark Morris and William Forsythe. Alana currently serves as Assistant Professor of Dance at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle.
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