Joshua Stayton​ - Ballet, Men's Technique, Contemporary, Partnering, Repertoire

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​ ​​​Questions?  Email Ballet Director Elise Elliott at balletprogram@dancetada.com

David Connor - Music

A musician who feels equally at home in many styles of music, double bassist David Connor is pursuing his passion for performance and education as one of the first ever Community Embedded Musicians with the Houston Symphony. As a performer David has recently appeared with the Pittsburgh Symphony and the Britt Festival Orchestra and as an educator he is on faculty at Texas Southern University and the National Take a Stand Festival at the LA Phil. As a fellow with the New World Symphony, David was a guest instructor for youth orchestras in Medellin, Colombia and Geneva, Switzerland. His Miami-based trio, “The alt Default,” won the Knight Foundation Arts Challenge for designing a collaborative songwriting residency that they taught at a Miami middle school in 2016. He was a Young Artist Fellow with Da Camera of Houston while a graduate student at Rice University from 2011 to 2013 and has been a fellow at Music Academy of the West, Aspen Music Festival, and Sarasota.

Sara Webb - Ballet, Pointe

About the Instructors

Elise Elliott - Ballet, Pointe, Conditioning, Repertoire, Partnering

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 - Ballet, Men's Technique, Partnering, Repertoire

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. 

Melanie grew up in the Woodlands before leaving to pursue a career as a Professional Dancer. She has been Principal Dancer with Tulsa Ballet as well as Ohio Ballet, and has performed Internationally on stages as far flung as Hawaii, Japan, and New York. Melanie’s interest in — and respect for — Pilates developed well before she began instructing: she is a direct beneficiary of the healing power of the method. Melanie learned the rehabilitative benefits of Pilates first hand after an ACL tear that could have been a career ending mishap. Her performing life was extended through a combination of orthopedic surgery and intensive Pilates based therapy. When an opportunity to build a Pilates programme fell in her lap several years later, Melanie became certified through D.K. Body Balancing and retired from dance. She taught for close to a decade in Tulsa, where her clientele ranged in age from aspiring young dancers to spry senior citizens, from expectant mothers to athletes returning from injury, from business men reclaiming fitness after heart surgery to a former member of the US Olympic Tae Kwon Do team. In Tulsa Melanie worked alongside her mentor Danielle Cap Lema who uses Dennis Gibbons’ Muscle Release Therapy, MRTh® to complement the studio’s Pilates offerings. Melanie’s exposure to the power and benefits of Pilates combined with her mentor’s Release Work — and her never-ending quest to bring her clients the full movement potential of a well aligned body led her become a Yamuna Body Rolling practitioner from 2011-2018 and recently a certified Rossiter Level 4 Coach. 

Kaleigh Courts - Ballet, Pointe, Contemporary, Broadway

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, men's technique, pointe work, variations, modern, musical theater, and partnering, as well as a performance at a local theater on the last day. 


Classes will be taught by guest artists from the Houston Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, Broadway, The Houston Symphony, and more!


Register by May 15 for $50 off your registration costs.

Kaleigh Courts was born and raised in Conroe, TX and began her dance training at NHPA in 2003. She attended the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, TX and was later accepted into the Houston Ballet Academy. She trained there for four years and joined the main company in 2014.  In 2016 she was named one of Pointe Magazine’s “Stars of the Corps” for her role as “Maria” in Jerome Robbins’ West Side Story. After three years with the Houston Ballet, Kaleigh moved to New York City where she was cast in the role of “Baby” in the North American Tour of Dirty Dancing. She has since been taking classes from world renown teachers at Steps on Broadway, Gibney Dance, Peridance Capezio Center, and more New York studios. Kaleigh is excited to be back in Texas and to share her love of dancing with aspiring artists throughout Houston.

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.

For all Non-YBC students, once you have selected your class registration, you must all register for your audition class.

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Melanie Nasser - ​Pilates

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.

For students wishing to participate in only ONE week of classes, either the first or second week, please select between the two options below:
One Week Only - YBC Student Registration
One Week Only - Non-YBC Students Registration

To participate in both weeks of the intensive, select between the two options below:

2 Weeks - YBC Student Registration
2 Weeks - Non-TADA/YBC Student Registration

Lauren Anderson​ Ballet