Teaching Artists

Katie Smythe (CEO and Artistic Director)

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 (Associate Artistic Director)

Noelia Garcia Carmona teaches Flamenco at New Ballet to Levels 4-7. A native of Barcelona, Noelia 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 ... Read More »

John and Candy'ce Washington (Arts Programs and Community Services Liaison and Teaching Artist)

John Washington teaches West African Dance and Drumming at New Ballet. John 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, ... Read More »

Kathy Caradine (Costume Manager and Teaching Artist)

In addition to being our Costume Manager, Kathy Caradine teaches Tap and Creative Movement at New Ballet. 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 ... Read More »

Travis Butler (Teaching and Performing Artist)

Travis Butler teaches Hip Hop at New Ballet. 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 ... Read More »

LeAnthony Douglas (Teaching and Performing Artist)

LeAnthony Douglas teaches Ballet Fundamentals and Boys Technique at New Ballet, and teaches at our satellite programs in Dunbar and Peabody Elementary. Born and raised in Orange Mound, Memphis, TN, LeAnthony has been involved with NBE since 2008. He ... Read More »

ChloƩ Slade (Teaching and Performing Artist)

Chloé Slade teaches Ballet Levels 4, 5, and 7. Chloé started dancing at the age of seven and was selected to train at the South Carolina Governors School for the Arts and Humanities under the wing of Nijinski awardee, Stanislav Issaev. She ... Read More »

London Bruce (Teaching and Performing Artist Trainee)

London Alexis Bruce is an all-styles dancer, actress, dance instructor, and choreographer, from Memphis, TN.   Her ballet and tap or dance training started/began at the age of 3 under the instruction of Elizabeth Brown. She later went on to study ... Read More »

Kempton Daniels (Teaching and Performing Artist Trainee)

Kempton Daniels teaches Memphis Jookin and assists with Hip Hop at New Ballet Ensemble and School. He has been involved with NBE since 2014, and recently became a Teaching and Performing Artist Trainee in January of 2019. He is an all-styles ... Read More »

Anna Eckhardt (Teaching Artist)

Anna Eckhardt teaches Pre-Ballet 2, Level 1, and Level 3 at New Ballet. Anna began dancing at a very young age here in Memphis, TN and began formal ballet training at the age of 12 at Memphis’ Tennessee Academy for the Performing Arts. In ... Read More »

Tomisha Edwards (Teaching and Performing Artist)

Tomisha Edwards teaches Creative Movment, Pre-Ballet 1, Pre-Ballet 2, Ballet Level 1, Ballet Level 2, and Ballet Level 6 Year 1 Modern. She is a native Memphian, and is a graduate of Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, where she majored in Dance ... Read More »

Eslie Djemmal (Teaching and Performing Artist)

Eslie Djemmal teaches Levels 5 and 6 at New Ballet. Eslie earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and Choreography and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Ms. Djemmal is currently working towards her ... Read More »

Crystal Brothers (Teaching Artist)

Crystal Brothers teaches Levels 5, 6, and 7 at New Ballet. After a 25-year career as a professional dancer, and 23 years as a principal dancer at Ballet Memphis, Crystal has recently retired from performing and will continue her career in dance as an ... 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 »