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Michele Dement

Associate Director

Austin, Texas

Originally from Austin, TX, Michele received her formal training from Ballet Austin Academy, where she studied in their Pre-Professional Division until graduating in 2006. Additionally, she spent her summers training with American Ballet Theatre, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, and Boston Ballet.

In 2010 she graduated cum laude with a BFA in Dance as part of the inaugural class of Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet at Dominican University. While at LINES, she had the opportunity to work closely with Alonzo King, Gregory Dawson, Arturo Fernandez, Carmen Rozestraten, and Julia Adam. She danced professionally in Houston with former Houston Ballet dancer Sandra Organ Solis, and Jane Weiner’s Hope Stone. 

As an instructor, she worked with the Houston Ballet Academy for 8 years, teaching in the school and assisting rehearsals for children in company productions. She also worked with students around the city of Houston through their Education and Community Engagement classes. Teaching, recruiting talent, and giving lectures that brought a storytelling experience on the art of dance to the classroom. In 2014 she completed teacher training at the National Dance Institute with former New York City Ballet dancer Jacques D’amboise. As well as teaching ballet, Michele is also a certified Gyrotonic instructor. She has a passion for educating young minds in the art of dance, and believes children of all ages can benefit from the enrichment of arts education.