Teaching Artists

Katie Smythe (CEO and Artistic Director, Ballet)

In addition to her responsibilities as CEO and Artistic Director, Ms. Smythe serves as Principal Teaching Artist, instructing young dancers daily in the studios and training the professional Teaching Artists. Read More »

Noelia Garcia Carmona (Dance Program Director)

Barcelona native Noelia Garcia Carmona graduated from Institut del Theatre i Dansa de Barcelona. She is an expert in executing and teaching the complex and challenging rhythms that are the foundation of Spanish Dance. Noelia’s Creative Movement ... Read More »

Aaron Atkins (Contemporary Ballet)

South Carolina native Aaron Atkins was already an up-and-coming contemporary ballet dancer when he was selected for the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities. While still in school, he made his professional debut with ... Read More »

Sandra Baldwin (Adult Ballet)

Ms. Baldwin began training in her native Memphis at Memphis Civic Ballet (later Memphis Ballet) under Yuri Chatal and Vicki Fedine. She was awarded scholarships to the Banff School of the Fine Arts, School of American Ballet in New York, Craft 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 »

Maria Bittick (Ballet)

Ms. Bittick began her ballet training at Mississippi Metropolitan Dance Academy and continued at New Ballet Ensemble in high school and college as a Trainee and Performing and Teaching Artist. She studied at the Martha Graham School summer program on ... Read More »

Briana Brown (Ballet, Flamenco)

Ms. Brown started dancing at New Ballet Ensemble when she was seven years old where she thrived as a student performer. After graduating high school, she joined New Ballet Ensemble as a company member and teaching assistant. Read More »

Travis Butler (Hip Hop)

Long considered one of Memphis’s finest Hip-Hop dancers, Travis  appeared with the Hip Hop group M'Town Image on a number of TV shows, including Amateur Night at The Apollo, So You Think You Can Dance?, and BET 106 ‘n’ Park. He ... Read More »

Kathy Caradine (Tap, Creative Movement, Costume Manager)

Kathy has been a fixture in Memphis dance and theater for over 30 years as a teacher and choreographer. A graduate of the University of Memphis, she has trained in Cecchetti, RAD, and Russian ballet techniques, and studied tap, jazz and musical theater ... Read More »

ChloƩ Slade (Ballet, Modern, Creative Movement, Teaching and Performing Artist)

Chloé began her dance studies when she was seven. She was selected for the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities under the wing of Nijinski awardee, Stanislav Issaev. Through her high school years at the Governor’s ... Read More »

John and Candy'ce Washington (African)

John Washington holds a masters in Education from Tennessee State University and was a teacher with Shelby County Schools for 27 years. He is a professional musician trained in voice, keyboard, saxophone and African/world drumming as well as arranging ... Read More »

Eslie Djemmal (Ballet)

Eslie Djemmal trained primarily in ballet at The Washington School of Ballet, before beginning her B.F.A. in Dance and Choreography at Virginia Commonwealth University. With her ballet training, she performed several times at the Kennedy Center and the ... Read More »