Guest Faculty

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.

Chrysogone Diangouaya (Congolese Dance and Drumming CityDance and Refugee Empowerment Program Summer 2022)

Congolese artist, Chrysogone Diangouaya, is a master of African dance, choreography, drumming, and storytelling. His unique contemporary style and technique emerged through the study of traditional African dances and natural body movements. Read More »

Nomi Eniafe (West African Dance CityDance 2022)

Nomi teaches in Metro Nashville Public Schools, the Nashville Magnet School for the Performing Arts, and has taught West African Dance in the Vanderbilt University Dance Program. She has choreographed numerous productions for Nashville area theaters and ... 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 »

Eriko Iisaku (Contemporary Ballet Levels 5, 6, 7 and CityDance Summer 2022)

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 »

Kim L. Jones (Martha Graham Technique and Choreography (Summer Intensive 2022))

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 Levels 6, 7, Summer Intensive 2022)

Ms. Kamara received her early ballet training with Ellen Gniadowska and Peggy Lynne in Baltimore, Maryland. After studying for one year at the Washington Ballet School in D.C., she pursued her studies at the School of American Ballet in New York. From ... Read More »

Michael Medcalf (Modern)

As a professional dancer Michael Medcalf, he has been a member and guest artist with numerous professional companies; Alfred Gallman's Newark Dance Theatre (Newark), Ballethnic Dance Company (Atlanta), Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble (Denver), ... Read More »

Pablo Francisco Ruvalcaba (Modern, Limon)

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Briana Brown, Resident Artist 2022 (Ballet, Flamenco, Contemporary)

Ms. Brown began her studies at New Ballet at the age of seven, remaining until graduation from high school when she entered the New Ballet Performing and Teaching Artist Trainee Program. She concurrently entered the University of Memphis, majoring ... Read More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Jayashree Kumar (Indian Dance)

 Mrs. Kumar’s mother inducted the young Jayashree into classical Indian dance art at the age of seven.  She underwent rigorous training for over 14 years in several aspects of Bharatanatyam with two eminent recipients of coveted awards ... 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Mel Tomlinson (1954-2019) (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 »