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.
Elizabeth Dennen was born and raised in Oxford, Connecticut. She began her early dance training at Woodbury Ballet, under the direction of Randyl Errica, and went on to win the Connecticut Classic Ballet Grand Prize for Pas de Deux in May 2011. She continued her training at Adelphi University under the direction of Frank Augustyn, earning a BFA in Dance, Magna Cum Laude, with a double minor in Marketing and Communications in May of 2015. While at Adelphi University, Elizabeth performed Acts Of Light, a piece by Martha Graham, at the Joyce Theater in New York City. She was the chapter President of Nu Delta Alpha, a dance honor society, which she brought to the University. Elizabeth had the honor of studying and performing One of A Kind and Petite Mort by Jirí Kylián under Elke Schepers her senior year. She was also chosen to appear in a series of video promotions for Adelphi University during her years as an undergraduate Dance Major. Following graduation, Elizabeth joined Kansas City Ballet for their 2015-16 season, as a member of the second company and performed in Devon Carney’s Premiere of The Nutcracker as Snow and Flowers. She also performed as a Swan in Swan Lake with KCB. Elizabeth has attended summer intensives with Bolshoi Ballet, Festival Ballet Providence and Boca Ballet Theater. While at Boca Ballet Theater, Elizabeth performed in Serenade and most recently, as Moya in Giselle. She joined Ballet Frontier as a Company Dancer in August of 2018 and has been teaching with Aledo Academy of Ballet for two seasons.
PREBALLET INSTRUCTOR & JAZZ TEACHER
Anna Yates is a Senior at Aledo High School. She has been dancing since the age of two and is in her third year studying at Aledo Academy of Ballet and second year of teaching.. 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.
GUEST BALLET INTRUCTOR
Originally from Alabama, Laura began her ballet training at The Montgomery Ballet at the age of 2. She then transitioned to the Alabama Dance Theatre and joined their student company to perform such roles as “Kitri” in Don Quixote, “Tinker Bell” and “Wendy” in Peter Pan, and “Clara” in The Nutcracker. Laura also trained at The Joffrey Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, The School of American Ballet and Ballet Academy East. At the age of 16, Laura moved to New York City to further her training at Ballet Academy East under the incredible instruction of Darla Hoover. One year later she was offered a position at Kansas City Ballet where she performed for 8 years. Her favorite performances with the company include the title roles of “Cinderella”, “Alice” and the “Sugar Plum Fairy”. Her repertoire also included works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Septime Weber, Edward Liang, Val Caniparoli, Twyla Tharp, and Agnes de Mille. Since 2009, Laura has been sharing her love of ballet by teaching throughout the Kansas City Area as well as Aledo, Texas.