ABOUT OUR SCHOOL
Our mission at the Aledo Academy of Ballet is to encourage dancers to find and express their individuality, artistry, and grace through the art of ballet, and to inspire a love for the arts among the dancers and in our community.
MEET OUR DIRECTOR
Caroline Arnold began her training at the age of 5 in Palm City, Florida. She moved to Texas when she was 10 years old and continued her ballet studies at Ballet Academy of Texas in Coppell under the direction of Lisa Slagle. During her last years of high school, Caroline studied at Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy.
Caroline attended Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music on scholarship, studying under many notable instructors including distinguished ballerina Violette Verdy. She left Indiana University after her junior year of college to join Kansas City Ballet and completed her degree while dancing professionally, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Ballet Performance in 2014.
Caroline danced professionally with Kansas City Ballet, Ballet West and with the Romanian National Ballet. She is now thrilled to have the opportunity to share her passion for ballet with her students at the Aledo Academy of Ballet.
Caroline is certified in Marie Walton-Mahon’s Progressing Ballet Technique and has studied under Lisa Howell, owner of The Ballet Blog, for her Level 1 Teacher Training. Caroline has attended Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet’s Teacher Workshop studying and learning Marcia Dale Weary’s syllabus and teaching method. She is a member of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science and a Trainee of The Ellové Technique®. Caroline is looking forward to finishing her certification for Ellové soon. Until then, she is enjoying practice-teaching.
Caroline is active in her church and enjoys spending time with her family and traveling, when not in the studio. She has many wonderful friends from her years dancing with Kansas City Ballet and with Romanian National Ballet and looks forward to returning to Europe someday to visit them.
MEET OUR JAZZ TEACHER
Anna Yates is a Junior at Aledo High School. She has been dancing since the age of two and is in her second year studying at Aledo Academy of Ballet. Anna has trained in ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, modern, contemporary, and hip hop. She danced competitively from age 11-15, and won multiple scholarships. Anna is currently a second-year officer on the Bearcats Dance Team.