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 »

Tamara Hoffman (Master Teaching Artist, Ballet)

Tamara was born in Rochester, Minnesota and trained at numerous schools before completing her training at Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet professional division. Tamara then danced with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and Ballet du Nord in France. In her ... Read More »

Crystal Brothers (Teaching Artist, Ballet)

Crystal Brothers has performed on multiple stages bicoastal and internationally, and recently retired 25-year professional career as a ballerina, 23 of those years with Ballet Memphis. Read More »

ChloƩ Slade (Teaching and Performing Artist, Ballet)

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 »

Elizabeth Corbett (Master Choreographer, Ballet Instructor)

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 »

Catherine Barkley (Teaching and Performing Artist )

Catherine teaches Creative Movement, Pre-Ballet, Ballet level 1 and 2, Ballet fundamentals, and Horton modern technique class. Catherine started dancing at the age of three in North Mississippi training in various styles. After attending her first two ... Read More »

LeAnthony Douglas (Teaching and Performing Artist, Boy's Technique, Beginning Fundamentals, SCS Pathways)

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 »

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 »

John and Candy'ce Washington (Lead Teaching Artists, West African Dance and Drumming)

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 »