The Dian Clough West Dance Studio opened at 9 Westcliff Center in 1984. Under the direction of Mrs. West, the studio has consistently produced dancers who have gone on to professional careers. Alumni of the Studio have included Dylis Croman, currently on tour in Chicago, Jay Johnson, on Broadway previously in On the Town, Mary Michael Patterson, who appeared on Broadway in Phantom of the Opera, Ahmad Simnmons and Lili Froehlich, currently on Broadway in CATS, Joshua Allen, winner of Season 4 of So You Think You Can Dance, Dean de Luna, in the National Tour of West Side Story, and Caroline Beach, member of the Corps de Ballet of the Dresden Semperoper Ballet. In addition, students have appeared in Hands on a Hard Body, Catch Me If You Can, Hair, The Music Man, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Fosse, and 42nd Street, all on Broadway, as well as with the Radio City Rockettes, Disney World and Tokyo Disney, in commercials and videos, and in many regional theatres.

 

Dian Clough West (Director) received her BFA degree in Ballet/Theatre from Texas Christian University. She has studied with Gus Giordano of Chicago, John Medeiros, Frank Hatchett, Cecelia Marta, and many others in New York, and with Jackie Sleight, Bill Prudich, and many other teachers in Los Angeles. Mrs. West has performed as a soloist at Casa Manana, and has choreographed works for Casa Manana, Stage West, area industrial shows, Fort Worth Theatre, TCU, TCC, and for area schools and churches. Her groups Jazz West, Gravity, and Force West competed on Star Search in the 90s. She is currently the jazz instructor in the TCU Department of Ballet and Modern Dance, and is in demand for guest teaching.

 

Julie Ballew (Ballet) was trained at the School of American Ballet in New York. She danced as an apprentice with the New York City Ballet, and then was chosen by Frederic Franklin to dance as a soloist with his company, The National Ballet, in Washington DC. Locally, Julie has performed with Casa Manana, the Hip Pocket Theatre, and Stage West.

 

 

 

Laura Barbee (Ballet) earned a BFA in Ballet & Modern Dance at TCU. She continued her studies, on scholarship, with Dance Theater of Harlem and LINES Ballet. Professionally, Laura has worked with Alonzo King, Atlanta Ballet, Christian von Howard (VonHowardProject), Elizabeth Gillaspy (Nymbal), Lauri Stallings, Lydia Johnson Dance, and Susan Douglas Roberts (wild goose chase). She has performed locally and internationally at the Edinburgh Fringe, Festival Internacional Brincos (Guatemala), World Dance Alliance-Americas (Madison, WI) and at the WDA Global Summit (Dance Theatre Workshop, NYC). Her teaching credits include the Atlanta Ballet Center for Dance Education as well as the LINES Ballet BFA Training and LINES Ballet Summer programs.

 

Joy Atkins Bollinger (Ballet)Growing up in Aledo, Joy received her dance training as a scholarship student at the Fort Worth School of Ballet. During this time, she had the privilege to study Balanchine technique under the direction of Victoria Fedine, Paul Mejia and Suzanne Farrell at the Cedar Island Summer Intensive in New York. She continued her education completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in ballet from TCU. Joy has performed as a guest artist with Irving Ballet, Metropolitan Classical Ballet, Madison Ballet and Ballet Concerto, and danced with Bruce Wood Dance Company from 2002 through 2006. She has taught ballet at the studio for nine years, and now resides as the Director of the Arlington Heights High School Dance Department. She enjoys experimenting with contemporary choreography and finding new opportunities to perform.

 

Paige Halbert-Ertan (Ballet) began her ballet training under the direction of Letitia Gray (Cecchetti technique) and Susan Burton (RAD method) at the Gayle Corkery School in Fort Worth. She studied the Bournonville method with William Martin-Viscount at Southwest Ballet Center and Vivi Flindt at Dallas Ballet. Paige had the special privilege of being chosen to study intensively with world-renowned dancer & artistic director, Erik Bruhn (National Ballet of Canada). She studied Jazz with Dian West, as well as Modern/Jazz with Mark Hedley in Berlin, Germany. While in Berlin, she also received Modern dance training from Charles Wynn, studying the Horton technique. She has performed in many musicals, industrial shows and various concerts both locally and in Berlin. Before moving back to Fort Worth, Paige taught Ballet & Jazz for Tarrytown Dance Center and West Austin Dance Academy, both in Austin, and she has served as a guest teacher for State Street Ballet School in Santa Barbara, CA. In addition to teaching for many studios locally, Paige has enjoyed other unique teaching assignments, such as teaching Jazz for the PE Department at TCU and for Lena Pope Home.

Angela Kenny (Ballet) [photo by Ellen Appel]  Angela is originally from Aubrey, Texas. She has attended ballet schools at Texas Ballet Theater School Dallas, Tuzer Dancercenter, JKO School of American Ballet Theatre in NY, and the Royal Ballet Upper School in London, on full scholarship. During her time with the Royal Ballet School she was asked to perform for Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles and other British dignitaries. She has also received the Ursula Moreton and the Lynn Seymour awards for her choreography work. In 2004 she won the Youth Grand Prix at the Youth America Grand Prix Semifinals and went on to win the silver medal at the NYC Finals. A soloist with Texas Ballet Theatre, her favorite roles to dance have been Anitra and Mad Woman from Ben Stevenson's Peer Gynt, Bluebird in The Sleeping Beauty, and Arabian and Snow Queen in Ben Stevenson's The Nutcracker.

 

Joel Ferrell (Guest Choreographer) is Associate Artistic Director at the Dallas Theater Center, where his credits include directing Driving Miss Daisy, The Rocky Horror Show, God of Carnage, Cabaret, Dividing the Estate, and A Christmas Carol, and choreographing The Who's Tommy, and My Fair Lady. Joel is the former Artistic Director of Casa Manana, and has also worked at Plano Rep, Stage West, Classical Acting Company, and Shakespeare in the Park. He served for two years on the selection committee for the National Alliance of Musical Theatre New Works Festival in New York City and has worked extensively around the country for Portland Center Stage, Papermill Playhouse, Ford's Theatre and North Shore Music Theatre, among others.

 

Merrill West (Guest Choreographer/Jazz) has been dancing since she was 3. A graduate of New York University's Steinhardt School, she spent four years in the Broadway cast of 42nd Street, appearing on the 2001 Tony Awards. She has also spent seven years as a Radio City Rockette, and travelled extensively as the National Spokesperson for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Her regional credits include seasons with Sacramento Music Circus, St. Louis's MUNY, North Shore Music Theatre, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Casa Manana, and the Dallas Theater Center, where she appeared in Cabaret. She has taught master classes for NYU, Sacramento Music Circus, TCU, and OCU, and served as Adjudicator for Onstage. Television appearances include The Today Show, The David Letterman Show, The Rosie O'Donnell Show and PBS Treasures. She has appeared in two national tours of Irving Berlin's White Christmas, and is in demand as a teacher and choreographer.
 

 

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