Friday, January 8, 2016 – 6:30-8PM
Ballet Technique with Charmaine Hunter
Professional Level Class (ages 18 or older only, please)
School for Classical & Contemporary Dance at TCU
Erma Lowe Hall Studios, 3000 South University Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76129
$15 (purchased online in advance*), $20 (purchased at the door)
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Charmaine Hunter is known as an astute educator, talented choreographer, director, manager, motivator, extraordinary dancer and producer. Born in Jamaica, West Indies, at the age of nine Charmaine moved to the United States. Her family settled in Hartford, Connecticut and there she began her formal dance training at the Hartford Ballet School under the direction of Michael Uthoff. After a year of intense classical training, Charmaine moved to New York City to study with founder Arthur Mitchell of the Dance Theatre of Harlem. Her teachers included Karel Shook, Alvin Ailey, Suzanne Farrell, Tanaquil LeClerque, Carmen De Lavellade, Mary Hinkson, and William Griffith just to name a few. She rose through the ranks quickly from apprentice to corps-de-ballet eventually becoming principal dancer and one of the company’s ballerinas. She electrified audiences with her performances in a broad spectrum of roles. She is best known for her role as The Firebird choreographed by John Taras, Ballet Master with American Ballet Theater, and Medea, choreographed by Michael Smuin former Artistic Director of San Francisco Ballet.
Among the highlights of Charmaine’s career are command performances for European royalty and historic engagement at London’s Royal Opera House. She also performed for luminaries such as Quincy Jones, Bill Cosby, Oprah Winfrey, Nelson Mandela, Cicely Tyson, President and Mrs. Clinton, President and Mrs. Bush, Mr. and Mrs. Colin Powell, just to name a few.
In 1988, as principal dancer, Charmaine was invited to perform in the former Soviet Union as part of the United States Cultural Exchange Initiative. During this historic visit, Charmaine and the Dance Theatre of Harlem was inducted into the prestigious Kirov museum. In 1992, DTH again made history by traveling to South Africa for an unprecedented six week tour before the end of Apartheid. DTH was the first American dance company to perform in South Africa after the 30 year cultural ban was lifted and performing to sold out, integrated audiences in several townships.
Concomitantly spearheading an educational program with the company’s founder Arthur Mitchell, Charmaine taught in some of the country’s poorest townships. The program was created specifically for young people with little to no opportunities. This was the start of the now famous DTH Dancing Through Barriers.
In November 2000, as both principal dancer and the company’s ballet mistress, Charmaine traveled to China as teaching artist and principal dancer. Charmaine also conducted extensive outreach and educational activities in Beijing and Shanghai.
In January 2001, Ms. Hunter was invited to Canada by Mirvish Productions to direct the resident show Disney’s The Lion King at the Princess of Wales. Later, Ms. Hunter relocated to Las Vegas, Nevada to work with the Cirque du Soleil Casting. She was also invited to teach the cast of A New Day at the Coliseum in Caesars Palace which features Celine Dion. Ms. Hunter was also appointed the position as teaching artist with Disney Musicals In Schools through Disney Theatricals and Wolftrap Early Childhood Education through the arts with The Smith Center of Performing Arts and The Kennedy Center.
While in Las Vegas, Ms. Hunter co-founded the Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater with Bernard Gaddis formerly of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
Most recently, Charmaine has returned to the professional concert dance world after accepting the teaching position with the Professional Division of Texas Ballet Theater in Dallas Fort Worth under the guidance of Ben Stevenson Director Emeritus of Houston Ballet and Kathy Warakomsky-Li Principal of TBT School. She is thrilled to finally have the opportunity to work with and learn from one of our national treasures, Ben Stevenson.
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Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to class with your email receipt and confirmation number as proof of purchase. If you are purchasing your class at the door we accept payment in cash, check or credit card.
*Class will be available for online purchase until 24 hours prior to the class or until the class is at capacity. If for some reason you are unable to attend, you can cancel your class for a partial refund any time up until 48 hours prior to the class. Cancellations made less than 48 hours prior to your class will not be eligible for a refund. Please be aware that if you do not make your purchase in advance, you may not be permitted to take class due to limited space.