Ballet Faculty

THE BALLET FACULTY

Christine Sarry

Director of Faculty, Upper School
A founding member and leading dancer in Eliot Feld's original company, American Ballet Company, and the Eliot Feld Ballet, Christine Sarry's performing career spanned 25 years.  She danced with the Joffrey Ballet and as a principal ballerina with American Ballet Theatre.  Her performance highlights include two performances at the White House and Variations on America, a Feld pas de deux created for her and Mikhail Baryshnikov.  In addition to working with Mr. Feld, Ms. Sarry has worked with choreographers such as
Agnes DeMille, Lar Lubovitch, Jerome Robbins, Twyla Tharp, and Antony Tudor.  She staged ballets for American Ballet Theatre, Atlanta Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada, New York City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, and the Stuttgart Ballet.  A faculty member of The Ballet Tech School since its inception, Ms. Sarry assumed the position of Director of Faculty for Ballet Tech’s School in June 2003.

Patrice Hemsworth
Director of Faculty, Lower School
A former dancer with Feld Ballets/NY and Chicago City Ballet, Ms. Hemsworth assumed the position of Director of Faculty for Ballet Tech's Lower School in 2008.  She is also Ballet Tech’s Ballet Mistress, and sets ballets and rehearses students for Kids Dance performances.  Ms. Hemsworth trained at the School of American Ballet for 12 years.

Elizabeth Barrow
Ms. Barrow received her M. Ed. at the University of Georgia and a BA in Education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Later she danced with Garden State Ballet and Savannah Ballet and served as the ballet mistress of Garden State Ballet (NJ). In addition to teaching, Ms. Barrow sets ballets and rehearses students for Kids Dance Performances.  She served as Director of Faculty for Ballet Tech from 1991 until 2003.

Daniel Levans
A former leading dancer with Eliot Feld and New York City Ballet, and principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre, Mr. Levans studied with Richard Thomas, Barbara Fallis, Vincenzo Celli, Vera Nechimnova, Patricia Wilde, and George Balanchine. He has choreographed ballets for U.S.and international companies, and has also choreographed and directed musical theater productions. Mr. Levans joined the Ballet Tech faculty in 1992. In addition to teaching at Ballet Tech, Mr. Levans has been a guest teacher at The Juilliard School.

Tammi Shamblin
Ms. Shamblin received her BFA from the University of Utah, where she studied under Bene Arnold and Attila Ficzere and performed with the Utah Ballet. Relocating to Sacramento, she danced for Capitol City Ballet and the Sacramento Ballet, choreographed and presented work, and was the Ballet Director for the Roseville School of Dance Youth Ballet. Since moving to New York, she has performed with the New York Dance Theatre and Christy Walsh.

Laura Careless
Ms. Careless was born and raised in the UK and received her dance education at the Royal Ballet School, London, the Ecole-Atelier Rudra Bejart in Lausanne, Switzerland, and The Juilliard School, New York City, where she performed in Mr. Feld’s Sir Isaac’s Apples. She dances professionally with Company XIV (www.companyxiv.com), a New York-based dance and theater company working in live performance and film.  Ms. Careless has taught dance throughout the United States and joined the Ballet Tech faculty in the Fall of 2008.