Originally from Sacramento, California, Elise Elliott retired from the Houston Ballet as a Soloist in 2017, after ten years with the company. Following four summer programs, she became a member of the Houston Ballet in 2007. She enjoyed being featured in works by many choreographers, including Stanton Welch, Antony Tudor, Ben Stevenson, Jiri Kylian, George Balanchine, William Forsythe, Christopher Bruce, Sir Kenneth Macmillan, Wayne MacGregor, Jorma Elo, and John Cranko. She also toured with the company to Spain, Germany, China, Canada, and Australia. Elise has had the pleasure to teach with TADA since they opened their doors in 2014. In April of 2017, Elise became TADA's Ballet Director, as well as Artistic Director of TADA's Youth Ballet Company. Elise is happily married to fellow TADA teacher, Rhodes Elliott. They have a daughter, Annie, who was born in 2017.
Rhodes Elliott is originally from Florence, South Carolina. Rhodes retired in 2018 as a Demi-Soloist with the Houston Ballet, after having been with the company for 11 years. He received his early dance training and pre-pro experience with UNCSA, as well as The School of Dance Arts and South Carolina Dance Theater under the tutelage of the esteemed Susan Rowe. He attended several summer programs throughout his training, including North Carolina Dance Theater, Houston Ballet, and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. While dancing with the Houston Ballet, Rhodes enjoyed performing many works, including those by Stanton Welch, Jiri Kylian, Christopher Bruce, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Sir Frederick Ashton, Ben Stevenson, Twyla Tharp, George Balanchine, and Christopher Wheeldon. Rhodes has been on staff at TADA since they opened their doors in 2014. He is married to TADA's Ballet Director, Elise Elliott, and they have a daughter, Annie.
TADA's summer ballet intensive will be held June 3-14 for dancers ages 7 and up, or TADA Ballet Levels 1 and higher. Classes will include ballet technique, professional repertoire, strength/core training, pointe work, variations, modern, musical theater, and partnering, as well as a performance at a local theater on the last day.
*THERE WILL BE A LEVEL PLACEMENT CLASS ON SUNDAY JUNE 2ND - MORE INFORMATION COMING SOON!
Classes will be taught by guest artists from the Houston Ballet, Municipal Ballet De Santiago, Tulsa Ballet, and more!
REGISTRATION BEGINS FEBRUARY 1ST
Register by May 15 for $50 off your registration costs.
Native-Houstonian Lauren Anderson danced with Houston Ballet from 1983 to 2006, performing leading roles in all the great classical ballets, appearing across the world to critical acclaim, and becoming one of Houston Ballet’s most beloved stars.
She trained exclusively at Houston Ballet's Ben Stevenson Academy from the age of seven. She joined Houston Ballet in 1983 as a Corps de Ballet, 1987 was promoted to Soloist and in 1990 became the first African-American to be promoted to principal dancer at Houston Ballet. She is also one of the few African-American ballerinas at the head of a major ballet company anywhere in the world. In January 2007, Ms. Anderson assumed her new role of Program Manager for Houston Ballet’s Education and Community Engagement program where she conducts master classes at area schools, and lectures to students on dance and her historic career as one of America’s most distinguished African-American ballerinas.
Sara Webb received her early training at the Academy of Nevada Dance Theatre and at the Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton, Florida. She then attended the Houston Ballet Academy for one year and joined Houston Ballet in 1997. Ms. Webb was promoted to Principal in 2003. She performed lead roles in many classical productions and featured roles in a number of contemporary works. Ms. Webb performed in Hong Kong, Moscow, London, Germany, Spain, Canada, Australia, Panama, and Tokyo, as well as many cities in the United States. Ms. Webb retired from Houston Ballet in 2018, and joined the TADA Ballet Staff the same year. She is married to Ryan Bardo, and they have four children.
June 3rd - 14th
Joshua was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. He started dancing at the School for Creative and Performing Arts. After continuing his training with the Orlando Ballet School, under Peter Stark, Joshua joined Houston Ballet II to work with Claudio Muñoz. In 2009, he joined Tulsa Ballet and was promoted to Demi Soloist in 2014. Joshua also spent a year with Sarasota Ballet as a Demi-Soloist. After returning to Tulsa, Joshua was promoted to Soloist in 2018. Some of his repertoire includes leading roles in The Green Table (Jooss), Strictly Gershwin (Deane), Onegin (Cranko), A Million Kisses to My Skin(Dawson), Concerto (MacMillian), The Mirror Walkers (Wright), Age of Innocence (Liang), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Wheeldon), ONE/end/ONE (Elo), The Nutcracker (Angelini), Extremely Close (Cerrudo), among others. As a choreographer, Joshua has created works for Tulsa Ballet II, Dela Dance Company (Cincinnati) and the Helsinki International Ballet Competition.