Master Classes Description

Michele Gifford Ballet

Master Class

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Michele 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 Wheeldons’” 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.


Intermediate-Advanced Ballet for ages 12+

            Saturday, October 3rd, 2015 from 11am-12:30pm