Guest Artists

Invaluable Collaborators

These teachers, choreographers, and performing artists add new dimensions to our classes and performances, enriching New Ballet students' development by giving them access to a wide range of teaching methods and choreographic styles. These unique artists mentor our students, sharing their wealth of experience and wisdom.

Elizabeth Corbett (Choreography)

Elizabeth Corbett danced with the Joffrey Ballet and the Milwaukee Ballet before moving to Europe. There, she became a soloist with William Forsythe’s Frankfurt Ballet and danced there for over a decade in works including Love Songs, ... Read More »

Nomalanga “Nomi” Eniafe (West African Dance)

Nomi teaches  in Metro Nashville Public Schools, has taught West African Dance in the Vanderbilt University Dance Program, and choreographed for Nashville area theaters and dance ensembles. Her work and classes are known for their energy derived ... Read More »

Carol Guidry (Ballet, Franklin Method & Jazz)

Ms. Guidry received her Royal Academy of Dance training and Advanced 2 Certificate at the Audrey Share School in Long Beach, CA. She was a soloist with the Minnesota Dance Theatre, appearing in works by George Balanchine, Sir Fredrick Ashton, Glen ... Read More »

General McArthur Hambrick (Ballet, Jazz and Choreography)

General McArthur Hambrick is a native of Fort Worth, Texas. He is a graduate of Texas Christian University, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance and has also studied at American Ballet Theatre, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and ... Read More »

Francesca Harper (Contemporary Ballet)

Ms. Harper blends original choreography, dance, music and film to create groundbreaking works that defy categorization. Harper was raised in New York City, where she studied at the School of American Ballet, the Joffrey Ballet School, The Ailey School, ... Read More »

Eriko Iisaku (Contemporary Ballet)

Eriko began her dance training with her mother, Yoshimi Iisaku. In 2006, she moved to New York and entered The Ailey School as a Fellowship student for four years and has also trained at Jacob's Pillow Contemporary Tradition and ADF (American Dance ... Read More »

Damien Johnson (Ballet)

Mr. Johnson is a Dallas, Texas native and received his early training there from Kitty Carter, Dallas Metropolitan Ballet, and Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing Arts. He then went on to study at Rock School in Pennsylvania and The ... Read More »

Kim L. Jones (Modern)

Kim Jones is a choreographer, dancer and a native New Yorker.  She is Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of North Carolina Charlotte, and a régisseur for the Martha Graham Resource Center.   She received her MFA summa ... Read More »

Myrna Kamara (Ballet)

Ms. Kamara is an international prima ballerina residing in Zurich, Switzerland. After training at the School of American Ballet, Myrna became a member of the New York City Ballet. She performed several ballets, from George Balanchine to Jerome ... Read More »

Joelle Lamarre (Soprano, Actress, and Playwright)

Joelle Lamarre is delighted to make her debut with New Ballet as a featured soloist in Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 at Springloaded 2019. Under the auspices of Chicago Opera Theater, Joelle debuted in Luther Lewis’s ... Read More »

Kaori Ogasawara (Ballet)

Kaori was born in Japan where she studied ballet with her grandmother, Kazue Ogasawara and Takao Hisamitsu. In 1993, she came to the US to train at the Boston Ballet school and later danced at Boston Ballet before joining Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre in ... Read More »

Toni Pierce-Sands (Horton Technique & Repertoire)

Co-founder of TU Dance in Saint Paul, MN, Toni Pierce-Sands performed with Minnesota Dance Theatre, Tanz Forum in Germany, Rick Odums in Paris, and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, where she was a featured soloist in such signature pieces as ... Read More »

Maxx Reed (Contemporary, Hip Hop)

Maxx Reed is a professional dancer/choreographer from Memphis, now based in New York City. Trained and proficient in movement from classical ballet to the most urban of hip hop (and everything in between), his work is driven by the unconditional love of ... Read More »

Robin Sanders (Hip Hop)

Robin Sanders became a member of the New Ballet/Arts Community DanceSpace in 2008 where she trained her dance company Hybrid Performance Group (HPG). Sanders went on to create Out Loud Artistry (OLA), a performing arts training and mentorship program. Read More »

Wayne Smith (Modern dance)

Wayne is one of the busiest movement artists in the Mid-South, as a teacher, choreographer and performer. He is an Adjunct Professor of Dance at The University of Memphis, and has previously taught at Emory University, Spelman College, Kent ... Read More »

Mel Tomlinson (20th Century Ballet)

A native of Raleigh, North Carolina, Tomlinson became interested in dance after participating in gymnastics in high school. He received a B.F.A. in dance from what’s now the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) after studying ... Read More »

Blakeley White-McGuire (Modern)

Ms. White-McGuire joined the Martha Graham Company in 2002 and swiftly attained principal dancer status. During her 15 years with the company she performed all of the major Graham roles - in Every Soul is a Circus, Appalachian Spring, Diversion of ... Read More »

Lisa Ballo (Ballet)

Lisa Alfieri Ballo trained at The School of Pennsylvania Ballet under Lupe Serrano; the San Fransisco School of Ballet under Richard Cammack and the School of Cleveland Ballet under Daniel Job.  She then became a member of the Cleveland San Jose ... Read More »

Christina Bernal (1948-2016) (Ballet)

Ms Bernal trained at San Francisco Ballet School and went on to dance with San Francisco Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, and Paul Mejia. Read More »

Christopher James Ray (Conductor)

Christopher James Ray is a conductor with a diverse background in both traditional andcontemporary operatic works. In 2017, Christopher joined the music staff of the renownedBayreuth Festival where he has worked on productions of Der Fliegende ... Read More »