08/04/2017 – Ballet Technique with Michele Gifford

Friday, August 4, 2017 – 6:30-8PM
Ballet Technique with Michele Gifford
Professional Level Class (ages 18 or older only, please)
Arlington Heights High School Dance Studio
4501 West Fwy., Fort Worth, TX 76107
$15 purchased online in advance*,
$20 purchased at the door

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Michele Gifford brings a wealth of ballet knowledge when teaching. With a keen eye for how the body moves, she shares her passion for dance. This ballet class is sure to kickstart our Master Class Series this August, inspiring all of us to get back to class!

Michele Gifford grew up in Dallas, Texas. She began her training with Ann Etgen and Bill Atkinson at the Dallas Metropolitan Ballet. At the age of sixteen she moved to New York City to attend the School of American Ballet on full scholarship. Two years later, she became a member of the New York City Ballet. In her twelve year career at New York City Ballet, Michele had the opportunity to perform many soloist and principal roles including :Balanchine’s “Apollo”,” Rubies”, “Agon”, “Symphony in Three Movements”, ”A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, “Stars and Stripes” to name a few. Michele also originated many roles including Jerome Robbins’ “ West Side Story Suite”, Peter Martins’” Echo”, Christopher Wheeldon’s ”Slavonic Dances”, and David Parsons’ “Touch”. In 2000, Michele joined Texas Ballet Theater under Ben Stevenson. While at TBT, she performed several principal roles including Ben Stevenson’s “Copellia”, “Four Last Songs”,” Dracula”, and “Peer Gynt” along with Balanchine’s “Allegro Brilliante” and “The Four Temperaments”. Michele has also made several guest artist appearances including “Tchaikovsky pas de Deux”, “Who Cares”, “Barber Violin Concerto”, ”Carmina Burana”, and most recently with the Bruce Wood Dance Company, Ballet Concerto, Mejia Ballet International, and American Repertory Ensemble and continues to perform as a Principal guest artist. Along with performing she is a Balanchine Repetiteur and has the opportunity to stage and coach several ballets including Who Cares?, Walpurgisnaught, Serenade, and Valse Fantasie to name a few. Since 1999, Michele has been a certified GYROTONIC instructor and owns her own studio, Studio G, in Fort Worth, TX. Michele has two children, Ryan and Morgan.

Purchase Michele’s Class Now!

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 August 4 at noon 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 24 hours prior to the class. Cancellations made less than 24 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.