Faculty | Gayle Corkery School Of Ballet

Faculty
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GAYLE CORKERY
Director and instructor for all levels of the Gayle Corkery School of Ballet, studied at American Ballet Theater School in New York City and then performed with the Fort Worth Ballet and the Dallas State Fair Musicals. Ms. Corkery received her B.A. and M.A. degrees from Texas Christian University where she studied ballet, theater, voice and literature. She performed and taught ballet in Germany for two years and returned to Fort Worth to open the Gayle Corkery School of Ballet in 1970. In 1972 she was selected to participate in the School of American Ballet Services to Ballet Students and Teachers under a Ford Foundation Grant. This program was designed to further the development of professional ballet instruction in the United States. By special invitation Ms. Corkery attended the last teaching seminar of George Balanchine, the director of the New York City Ballet. She also attended seminars of the Paris Opera Ballet in Paris and the Kirov and Bolshoi Academies in Russia. Ms. Corkery developed the Fort Worth Country Day Ballet Department in 1983 and served as the director for 27 years. Ms. Corkery directed eight ballet training DVD’s for young children with NYC ballet pianists Steven Mitchell, Whit Kellog and Tim Grundman.

 

CARRIE CHENG
was born in Miami, Florida and started her training with Thomas Armour of the Miami Conservatory. She continued her training under Dulce Anaya and the Jacksonville Ballet Theater. She earned a BFA in ballet from the University of Utah with a full four year scholarship. She has danced professionally with numerous companies including the Utah Ballet, Eugene Ballet, Ballet Theatre of Boston, North Atlantic Ballet and Ballet Concerto and has made guest artist appearances throughout the United States, Mexico and Taiwan. She has been a guest teacher for summer ballet programs for schools such as; Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, Texas Ballet Theater, Atlanta Ballet and Ballet Theatre of Boston. Internationally, she has taught in Taiwan and China. Cheng has been adjunct ballet faculty at Texas Christian University, Tarrant County College and served on the board of directors for the Dance Council of North Texas. She was an instructor in ballet for Texas Ballet Theater School in Fort Worth from 2008-2016 and is currently the director of ballet at Fort Worth Country Day. She received a National Honor Roll’s Outstanding American Teachers Award in 2005-2006 and teacher of the year for Texas Ballet Theater School for 2013-2014 and 2014-2015. Carrie Cheng is an “ABT” Certified Teacher who has successfully completed the ABT* Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 3 of the ABT* National Training Curriculum.

 

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LI CHOU CHENG
started his professional training when he was thirteen at the Beijing Dance Academy in China. At the age of nineteen he joined the Beijing Central Ballet as a dancer, soloist, and also served as a ballet master and rehearsal director for company. Since immigrating to the United States in 1980 he has been Assistant professor at the University of Utah and Arizona State University. In 1988, Mr. Cheng was named as the Principal teacher for both the Boston Ballet Company and School. Currently Mr. Cheng is a Professor of Professional Practice in Ballet and Modern Dance working with the School for Classical & Contemporary Dance at Texas Christian University since 1990.
As a guest teacher in demand nationwide, he has been worked with many ballet companies and their summer dance programs such as Pittsburgh Ballet, Boston Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Ballet West, Ballet Met, Ballet Austin, Indianapolis Ballet, Eugene Ballet, Ballet Oregon, North Carolina School of the Arts and Walnut Hill School of Arts.
His international teaching experience includes The National Ballet School of Canada, The National Institution of Arts in Mexico, the Taipei National University of Arts and the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre in Taiwan.

 

NATALIE BRACKEN
graduated with a BFA in Ballet and a BA in Political Science with Departmental Honors from TCU. She is currently on the dance and theatre faculty at Fort Worth Country Day. Natalie served on the staff at Broadway Theater Project and has taught at Texas Ballet Theatre, Dance Concept, the Dian West Studio, and the Gayle Corkery School of Ballet. She was a company member of Texas Dance Theatre and continues to enjoy performing as a soloist with the Festival Ballet of North Texas. Natalie also has enjoyed dancing with Karl Marshall Productions. Natalie has worked with choreographers Melissa Thodos and Christopher D’Amboise and been featured in many famous ballets including George Balanchine’s Valse Fantaisie, Stephen Mills’ Women in Light, and Petipa’s Giselle, Swan Lake, and Don Quixote. She has also performed in several industrial productions, workshops, and musicals. Natalie feels fortunate to be pursuing a career doing what she loves as a dancer, actor, teacher, and choreographer.

 



MARIE HARBOUR
began dancing at the age of seven taking ballet classes at Texas Ballet Theater and the Gayle Corkery School of Ballet. Marie has taught ballet at Gayle Corkery’s school under the guidance of Gayle Corkery for six years. She earned her B.A. in Dance Education at Texas Women’s University, where she learned more in depth teaching techniques in ballet, modern and ballroom. While at Texas Woman’s University, Marie was a member of their International Dance Company, an ensemble that traveled all over Texas performing a variety of dance genres at public and private schools, festivals and conferences. She also performed in multiple informal and formal dance performances and participated in Musicals. Marie has taught ballet in public and private schools, community events, studios and workshops throughout the DFW metroplex. Marie loves working with and helping students of all ages experience and understand the wonderful art form of dance.

 



LIBBY KROEGER
received classical training in Fort Worth, Texas, at Gayle Corkery School of Ballet, under Gayle Corkery and Carrie and Li Chou Cheng. She received additional training at the Masterworks Festival, Ad Deum Dance Company and Texas Ballet Theater's summer intensive programs. Ms Kroeger graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance from Belhaven University, where she studied under Caleb Mitchell, Laura Morton, and Ravenna Tucker-Wagnon and most enjoyed performing George Balanchine’s Serenade. Since graduating, Ms. Kroeger has performed with Ballet Concerto, Luminario Ballet of Los Angeles and Festival Ballet of North Texas. Currently, she is performing with Ballet Frontier and Contemporary Ballet Dallas and will be starting her third year teaching ballet at Epicenter for the Arts and Gayle Corkery School of Ballet.

 



ASHTYN CAMPBELL
After graduating from high school, Ashtyn Campbell was accepted into Dance Revolution as a trainee. She trained in multiple styles of dance, performed and toured nationally. Ashtyn attended many dance intensives including The Broadway Dance Collective and Ballet Magnificat Workshops and has studied with the Gayle Corkery School of Ballet for five years. In 2016 she danced in the Column Awards in Dallas and most recently starred as Margy Frake in Artisan Center Theater’s showing of State Fair and Ariel Moore in Gateway’s Chasing Lights. Ashtyn recently went through Pilates certification training and plans to become a Nutritionist as well. She delights in teaching several styles of dance including ballet, jazz, musical theater and this past year she assisted Ms. Corkery in teaching elementary ballet. Ashtyn has special rapport with young students. She enjoys teaching creative movement to students ages 3-6.


Guest Teachers

Master classes have been taught by some of the most illustrious names in the ballet world.

VIOLETTE VERDY, former principal dancer NYCB, former director of the Paris Opera Ballet and the Boston Ballet

ALLEGRA KENT, former principal dancer of the NYCB

SUKI SCHORER, former principal dancer of the NYCB and now premiere teacher at the School of American Ballet, the official school of the NYCB

COLLEEN NEARY, former principal dancer of the NYCB and now director of the Los Angeles Ballet

EDWARD VILLELLA, former principal dancer of the NYCB and former director of the Miami City Ballet

DANIEL DUELL, former principal dancer of the NYCB and now director of Ballet Chicago.

MARIE-CHRISTINE MOUIS, former principal dancer Boston Ballet