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Lisa Racina-Torre Owner/Director

is a native of Denton, Texas, and holds a BFA in  Ballet from Texas Christian University.  She started Denton Dance Conservatory in 1988 and continues as DDC’s Owner/Director.

In 1991, she  founded and is the Artistic Director of the Denton City Contemporary Ballet, a non-profit dance company and it’s youth outreach company, DCCB II.  Over the past 30 years, Ms. Racina-Torre has choreographed extensively for the company as well as Denton Community Theatre, the Music Theatre of Denton, UNT Drama Dept., Wichita School of Performing Arts and others.

In addition to her studio and company,  Her company sponsors the Annual COLLAGE: Denton Dance Festival, holiday production, “A Gift for Emma,” and most recently, “Peter & the Wolf.”

Ms. Racina-Torre has spent two summers on the faculty at Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, served as adjunct professor of Ballet at University of North Texas, and was selected as one of only 20 choreographers in the U.S. to attend the Regional Dance America Craft of Choreography workshop in the summers of 2001 & 2003. She formerly served on the Scholarship Selection Committee and Board of Directors of the Dance Council of North Central Texas.

Her students have been accepted to highly respected summer dance and university programs all over the country, as well as winning awards in several dance competitions. Ms. Racina-Torre took the Denton City Contemporary Ballet on its second European tour to Austria as part of the Young Tanzsommer Festival in June 2014, and has also taken her company on an educational tour of New York City in June 2017!

Nicole Jordan

 is trained in all forms of dance and absolutely loves the challenge and variety that dance offers.  She has over 15 years of teaching experience in Ballet, Contemporary, Modern, Jazz, Hip Hop and Tap; and has worked with students ages two through adult. She is an award-winning choreographer and has taught for several studios in the DFW area. Nicole is certified in Paula Morgan Technique and Progressing Ballet Technique. Utilizing these techniques give her a clear assessment of her students and help them unlock their true potential. Nicole travels to New York City for the Dance Teacher Summit conference to further her dance training in ballet, contemporary, competition choreography, business management and marketing. She was a founding member of Ingredients Professional Training Program and traveled with Dance Revolution Dance Convention as a performer and assistant teacher. Nicole has performed in numerous musicals including: Jesus Christ Super Star, Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat, A Christmas Carol and Truthical:  the Musical. She is currently dancing with Simple Sparrow Dance Company, a modern dance company based in Denton, TX. She is pursuing her degree in Dance at Tarrant County College where she performed with their traveling company, Movers Unlimited under the direction of Dr. Kihyoung Choi, and will complete her degree at Texas Women’s University.  Nicole believes in “Big Picture Learning” and unlocking a self motivator in each student!  DDC is proud to have Nicole teaching beginning through advanced ballet, jazz, and contemporary, as well as be the founder and director of our very first Competition Company!

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