COMPANY 

CAMILLA CURRAN

Camilla Curran is a Vaganova trained ballet dancer and teacher. She studied with her mother, Nora Curran, beginning at age 7 and continued through her graduation from the Allegro Ballet Academy having completed all eight levels of the Vaganova syllabus at age 18. She has attended numerous intensives and received private coaching from some of Russian ballet’s best dancers. Her performing repertoire includes all Nutcracker pas de deuxs, the White Swan pas de deux from Swan Lake Act I, various solos from Don Quixote, Coppelia, and Swan Lake, Mrs. Nora Curran’s original choreography as well as her own. She has performed for Roudnev Dance Company, Performance Art Network and the Allegro Youth Ballet, and currently enjoys dancing principal roles with Tennessee Ballet Theater.

She served for several years as the Director of Dance for local ballet school House of Talent and currently teaches ballet and choreographs for Children’s Ballet Theater. Miss Curran is also a model and fashion stylist and enjoys working in all areas of the arts.

 

KELBY AUTEN

Kelby is joining us from Louisville, KY. She is the past coordinator of the Bella Ballet program at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. She is a graduate of Western Kentucky University and the Mahurin Honors College with a BA in Dance and a Minor in Performing Arts Administration (Magna Cum Laude). During her time at Western she was the President of the WKU Student Chapter of the National Dance Education Organization, a member of the Dance Company, a member of the National Honors Society for Dance Arts (with honors), received a FUSE grant to travel to The Big Apple Tap Festival in NYC, was awarded a scholarship to study abroad at Ballet de Civitavechhia in Italy, and was selected as Outstanding Student in Dance for 2016-2017. Kelby has also trained at the Rockette Summer Intensive and completed the Professional Intern Training program at Stephen Foster Productions in Bardstown, KY. She recently completed her fifth consecutive season as a featured dancer in the Stephen Foster Story and as tap captain and ensemble member in Mary Poppins. She is so happy to take on this new adventure with Tennessee Ballet Theater.

KIMBERLY MADSEN-THOMAS

Kimberly Madsen-Thomas has loved dancing and performing her whole life. As a child, she danced with Mankato Ballet Company and Academy of Competitive and Performing Arts in Starkville, MS. As an adult, she has choreographed and performed for Terpsichore MSU Dance Theatre Company, Propulsion Dance Company, and Intersect Dance Company. She was also featured in Pitch Perfect 2 as a member of Das Sound Machine. Since moving to Memphis, she has danced for Opera Memphis, Memphis Black Arts Alliance, and the Women's Theatre Festival under choreographer Steven Prince Tate. Kimberly lives with her husband, Bobby, and her three children in Bartlett. She is thrilled to continue her ballet and contemporary journey with Tennessee Ballet Theatre!

ERIN WALTER

Erin Kenny Walter began her ballet training with Judy and Michael Tevlin at Memphis Ballet. She performed with Youth Concert Ballet and Tennessee Ballet. She attended intensive summer sessions at Ft. Wayne Ballet, Burklyn Ballet Theater in Vermont and at the San Francisco Ballet School. She graduated from Briarcrest High School and earned a B.A. in English from the University of Notre Dame in 1993. Her roles include Arabian, lead Mirleton and the Dew Drop Fairy in The Nutcracker, and solos in Les Sylphides, Raymonda and The Colors of Mozart. Erin is on faculty for ballet at St. Mary's School and also teaches for Roudnev Youth Ballet.

ALYSSA LUCERO

Alyssa has performed with Theater Memphis, Performance Art Network, the Harrell Theater and has competed professionally as a ballroom dancer. She enjoys sharing her love of musical theater, modern and classical ballet with students and audiences of all ages and brings vibrant energy to the TBT staff.

RAISSA BORGES

Raissa Araujo Borges was born and raised in Recife, Brazil. She began dancing at the age of 8 under the direction of Simone Monteiro at Ballet Maysa and attended classes with other teachers, including in several intensives, workshops, and conferences. While in Brazil, she also taught ballet classes and choreographed for her local group. Raissa was part of Clemson Dancers in 2012-13, where she took ballet and jazz and performed with the group. Later she moved to Fayetteville, Arkansas to continue her engineering studies, there she took training from Roselyn Cicerone and joined the Pineapple Tree Dance Company in 2016-17. Her repertoire includes Aurora from The Sleeping Beauty, Swanilda from Coppelia, and various solos and corps roles from Sylvia, Paquita, La Bayadere, Don Quixote, and Walpurgis Nights. Raissa also works as an engineer and recently moved to Memphis with her husband. She is excited to join TBT and share her passion for dance in the city of Memphis.

 

 

 

AL JARVAR

Al began dance training at Backstage Performing Arts in Fayetteville, TN under Miss Lana Groce. He furthered his education in dance at the University of Memphis where he received a B.L.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies concentrating in Dance and Anthropology. Al has trained in the RAD ballet technique at Dancers Inc. He has also trained with Collage Dance Collective with their pre-professional dance corps. Professionally, Al has performed as an ensemble cast member at Playhouse In The Square in Mamma Mia and Priscilla:Queen of the Desert. Al has also danced with with local modern dance companies Bridging Souls Productions and Project:Motion. Currently Al is a returning company member of Tennessee Ballet Theatre and is looking forward to revising the role of Drosselmeyer in their annual production of the Children's Ballet Theater Nutcracker. 

 

 

BRANDON KING

Brandon G. King, known simply as B.K., a native of Memphis, TN and a graduate from CBU with an Electrical engineering degree. This amazing Talent is known as one of the Premier JOOKERS in the Memphis Community and world-wide having shared the stage with such greats as Yolanda Adams, Tye Tribbet, Grizzlies NBA half-time entertainment and more.

BK is the C.O.O.  of the Global Entertainment Company, M.E.M. (Memphis Entertainment Moguls)

He is a protege of Howard PHeelgooD who has personally trained and produced his staged performances such as Memphis MorphTWINS, More Than I Expected, and more.

Not only is BK an incredible Dancer/Jooker, but a busy choreographer and Tapper.

A well versed entertainer, BK, is thrilled to be joining the ranks of TBT's esteemed dancers!

STAFF

MARY VAN DYKE, FOUNDING DIRECTOR

 

Mary Van Dyke trained in classical ballet for 10 years with Pat German, Memphis Ballet under Michael and Judy Tevlin, and at the Alabama School of Fine Arts under Nureyev’s former dancer partner Dame Sonia Arova. Mary had extensive summer training in ballet, jazz and modern including four summers at the Boston Ballet School, at Joffery in NYC, Stanley Holden in LA, and in the Russian Vaganova training in Belgium with ballerina Irina Kolpakova. Mary danced professionally with Tennessee Ballet and Ballet Memphis. Her principal roles have included Tatiana in Midsummer's Nights Dream, the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Nutcracker and the Swan Queen Odette in Swan Lake. During her years with the former Tennessee Ballet, Mary designed a ballet program for the Memphis City School’s for the visually impaired.

ERIN WALTER, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

 

Erin Kenny Walter began her ballet training with Judy and Michael Tevlin at Memphis Ballet. She performed with Youth Concert Ballet and the former Tennessee Ballet. She attended intensive summer sessions at Ft. Wayne Ballet, Burklyn Ballet Theater in Vermont and at the San Francisco Ballet School. She graduated from Briarcrest High School and earned a B.A. in English from the University of Notre Dame in 1993. Her roles include Arabian, lead Mirleton and the Dew Drop Fairy in The Nutcracker, and solos in Les Sylphides, Raymonda and The Colors of Mozart. Erin is on faculty for ballet at St. Mary's School and teaches for Roudnev Youth Ballet.

NORA CURRAN, BALLET MISTRESS

 

Nora Curran is ballet coach for Children’s Ballet Theater Nutcracker and Tennessee Ballet Theater. Mrs Curran received her early classical training from her mother, Vera Sohr, formerly of the Oslo Ballet, Norway.  She has trained with renowned teachers from around the world, including Helena Kerolinska (Kirov Ballet, Russia), Roberta Chesnul, Christine DuBoulay and Richard Ellis (Royal Ballet, England), Vivi Flindt (Royal Danish Ballet), Patricia Sigurdsen (American Ballet Theater, New York), Alexandria Zaharius, (Missouri Concert Ballet), Jurgen Schneider (Stuttgart Ballet, Germany).  She also received jazz training while performing musical theater in New York from Bob Fosse, Robert Durkin, and Suzanne Carol.  Curran has performed and choreographed for the Chicago Youth Ballet, Illinois Ballet, Chicago Dance, Hinsdale Opera Ballet (Chicago), Fox Valley Theater (Chicago), Gateway Theater (New York),  Salt Creek Ballet (Chicago), Principia College (St. Louis), North Central College (Chicago), Vanderbilt University. She has performed leading roles in Swan Lake, Nutcracker, and Don Quixote.  Curran has been a guest teacher at North Central College  (Chicago), College of DuPage, (Chicago), the Salt Creek Ballet, (Chicago),  Vanderbilt University, University of Memphis, Steiger Studios (Minneapolis, St. Pau). Curran directed her own school in Dallas, Texas, was Artistic Director of the Salt Creek Ballet western locale in Chicago, founder and Co-Artistic Director of The American School of Russian Ballet in Memphis, founder and Artistic Director of the Oakland Youth Ballet, Fayette County. Ms Curran’s students have gone on to professional careers with the San Francisco Ballet, Houston Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Missouri Concert Ballet, Zurich Ballet (Switzerland), Ballet Met, Duluth Ballet, Alabama Ballet, Denver Ballet, Harkness Ballet, Joel Hall, Gus Giordono, Hubbard Street, Cirque du Soleil, and many other classical ballet, Broadway and television productions. 

ALYSSA LUCERO, RESIDENT CHOREOGRAPHER

 

Alyssa has performed with Theater Memphis, Performance Art Network, the Harrell Theater and has competed professionally as a ballroom dancer. She enjoys sharing her love of musical theater, modern and classical ballet with students and audiences of all ages and brings vibrant energy to the TBT staff.

GUYLA WANDERMAN, SET DESIGNER

HALEY WARNER, COSTUME DESIGNER

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