It is our honor to offer Master Classes throughout our school year for our Elite , Pre professional and Professional Division Dancers. Mr. and Mrs. Schissler bring their vast connections of Master teachers, dancers, directors who are relevant to today's dance world.

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Past Master Class Teachers:

Garielle Whittle , New York City Ballet 

​Friday January 26th , 2018

3:30-5:00 Advanced

5:00-6:30 Intermediate

Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Garielle Whittle began her dance training with Thomas Armour and Martha Mahr. At age 15, ballerina Violette Verdy awarded her a Ford Foundation Scholarship to the School of American Ballet where she studied with Alexandra Danilova, Felia Doubrovska, Antonina Tumkovsky, Muriel Stuart, Helene Dudin, Stanley Williams and Andre Eglevsky.

In 1969, Garielle was personally invited by George Balanchine to join the New York City Ballet. She danced with the company under Mr. Balanchine’s direction for 14 years, performing in over fifty ballets by Balanchine and Jerome Robbins. Ballets including Serenade, Symphony in C, The Four Temperaments, La Valse, Episodes, The Cage, Theme and Variations, Jewels, Emeralds & Diamonds, Chaconne, The Concert, Le Tombeau de Couperin, Western Symphony, Vienna Waltzes, Symphony in 3 Movements, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, and Monumentum Pro Gesualdo & Movements for Piano and Orchestra.

In 1983, she retired from dancing and joined the faculty at The School of American Ballet where she taught nine levels of students for thirty years. She personally transcribed and annotated the first seven years of SAB’s syllabus and instructed all new teachers in that syllabus. She auditioned all new students seeking enrollment in SAB and as a principal auditioner traveled nationally to evaluate students for SAB’s Summer Course. In 1997 Peter Martins awarded her the Mae L. Wien Faculty Award for Distinguished Service.

From 1983-2012 Garielle was also the Children’s Ballet Mistress for The New York City Ballet, staging and rehearsing SAB students in roles for all Balanchine, Robbins, Wheeldon and Martins ballets. She also staged the children’s roles of the Balanchine and Robbins repertoire for San Francisco Ballet, Boston Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre, The Semperoper Ballet of Dresden, Germany and in Tokyo, Japan.

Ms. Whittle is a repetiteur for the The George Balanchine Trust, The Jerome Robbins Trust, and for Christopher Wheeldon.

Simon Ball

Simon Ball began his ballet training at Pittsburgh Youth Ballet in his home town of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He continued his studies with the School of American Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, The Conservatory of Point Park College, and The School of Classical Ballet (American Ballet Theatre's training program). He also attended summer programs in Havana, Cuba, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Mr. Ball began his professional performance career in 1995 as a member of the corps de ballet at Boston Ballet under the direction of Bruce Marks. He was promoted to soloist in 1996, then to principal in 1999, where he remained until 2003. He was then invited by Stanton Welch to join Houston Ballet as a principal dancer in 2003 to the present. Mr. Ball has had the opportunity to perform leading roles in many important works which include:

Simon Ball has also received a number of prestigious awards including the Margarite Amelita Hoffman scholarship at the international ballet competition in Jackson, Mississippi (1990); the gold medal at the First International Ballet Competition in memory of Rudolf Nureyev in Budapest, Hungary (1994); and the gold medal at the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi (1994). He was invited to perform at the Benois de la Danse in Berlin, Germany (1999). He has also performed in numerous galas and as a guest artist with many companies in the United States and abroad.

Mr. Ball began teaching since his time in Boston Ballet. Since then he has had the privilege to be on the teaching faculty of Boston Ballet School, Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy, Pittsburgh Youth Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, Kansas City Ballet School, Rice University - Movement Instructor, Opera Studies graduate program, Hope Stone Dance, Vail Valley Dance Intensive and the Saratoga Summer Dance Intensive as well as teaching company class and coaching of Houston Ballet Company and HBII.

Simon and his wife Frances are the parents of two lovely young ladies, Eva(8) and Gia(4). 

                                                                                                                               Ms. Liceica is a Principal Guest Artist - former American Ballet Theatre Soloist and New York City Ballet dancer
Born in Bucharest, Romania, she studied at the National Ballet School during which time she received the first place in Romania's National Ballet Competition. She went on to study at the School of American Ballet in New York where she won the Mae L. Wien Award for Outstanding Promise. She was invited to join the New York City Ballet where she performed in most of the company's Balanchine repertory from 1992 until 1996, including NYCB's 'The Nutcracker' movie.

She joined the American Ballet Theatre in 1996 and has performed with the company in all the great classics throughout the world during which time she was also awarded the Diagilev Award and the Silver Medal at the third Rudolf Nureyev International Ballet Competition as well as The Viewers' Choice Award at the Maya Plisetskaya International Ballet Competition in St. Petersburg, Russia. Anna was promoted to soloist with the American Ballet Theater in year 2000. Since then, she gave numerous performances throughout the United States, Germany, Austria, Romania, Hungary, Japan, China, Korea, Spain, Brazil, Russia, France, Mexico, with the American Ballet Theater, and as a Guest Artist with other companies abroad. Her repertory includes all great classics such as Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Don Quixote, Bayadere, Raymonda, Coppelia, Cinderella, as well as many contemporary master works. 

She is a judge and master teacher for Youth America Grand Prix and also a principal guest artist with Deutsche Oper in Berlin where she has performed in La Gioconda and Onegin, among others.

Throughout the years she has produced, directed and staged a series of performances called 'Classical Moves - Evening of Dance with members of ABT and friends' that include legendary classical works as well as new choreography by American Ballet Theatre members.


Kristi Capps Kansas City Ballet                                                                                                                        Friday November 17th                                                                                                   4:30-6:00 Technique Class


A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, her ballet training includes the School of American Ballet, Harid Conservatory and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. While at UNCSA, she was chosen to study and perform with the Hungarian State Ballet School in Budapest, Hungary. Upon her graduation, Kristi was a member of the Atlanta Ballet for three seasons and then joined Cincinnati Ballet. Rising quickly through the ranks to Principal, Mrs. Capps delighted audiences in many lead roles including Swanhilda in Coppelia, Kitri in Don Quixote, Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, Giselle in Giselle, Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Cinderella in Cinderella and Diamond in George Balanchine’s Jewels. Her repertoire also includes works by choreographers such as Twyla Tharp, Val Caniparoli, Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Trey McIntyre, Kirk Peterson, Stanton Welch and Jorma Elo. In 2002, Kristi danced the role of the Sleepwalker in the recreation of George Balanchine’s La Sonnambulaunder the direction of Frederic Franklin, CBE for the Balanchine Trust Archives. Mrs. Capps also danced as a principal with the Chautauqua Ballet Company in New York under the direction of Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux. In 2008, she performed the leading role in George Balanchine’s Chaconne with The Suzanne Farrell Ballet at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC As a guest artist, she performed with many ballet companies and galas such as the International Ballet Festival of Miami, Florida, International Dance Festival in Vail, Colorado, and with Angel Corella and Stars of American Ballet in Spain. Kristi performed original works by Luca Veggetti at New York City’s Guggenheim Museum “Works in Process” series as well additional works of Veggetti’s with the Morphoses dance company in Paris, France. As a teacher she has been part of the faculties of the Cincinnati Ballet Academy and Colorado Ballet Academy as well as a guest teacher at numerous universities and ballet academies throughout the country. Prior to joining KCB, Kristi served as ballet mistress in residence for Kansas City Ballet’s 2013-2014 season during the production of Dracula as well as a repetitor for its spring production of Cinderella.

Anna Liceica                                                              Soloist American Ballet Theater                                        Dancer with New York City Ballet                                  YAGP Judge                                                        Saturday September 23rd, 2017                                        12:00-1:30pm Technique                                                1:30-2:30 Pointe/Variations 

Michelle Wiles, Principal dancer American ballet Theater, Director Ballet Next

Charles Askergard, Principal Dancer New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Ballet Master Pennsylvania Ballet 

Septime Webre, Director Washington Ballet, American Repertory Ballet

Deanna Seay, Principal Dancer Miami City, Boston Ballet Faculty                                                                                             Sona Kharatian, Principal  Dancer Washington Ballet                                                                                                                     Jon Jordan , Principal Dancer Washington Ballet                                                                                                                           Melanie Riffee, Suzanne Farrell Ballet                                                                                                                                                   Julie Marie Niekrasz, Principal Dancer Ballet Memphis                                                                                                                    Lara O'Brien, Principal Dancer, Carolina Ballet                                                                                                                                 Tim Lynch, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Ballet Met Academy Director                                                                                               Claire Rathburn, YAGP Gold medalist, Washington Ballet Studio Company                                                                                   Jane Wood, Principal Dancer and Ballet Mistress Ballet West                                                                                                               Arantxa Ochoa, Principal Dancer and School Director Pennsylvania Ballet, Director Miami City Ballet School                            Jerri Kumery, Dancer New York City Ballet  , Associate Director Richmond Ballet                                                                          Gavin Larsen, Soloist Pacific Northwest Ballet, Principal Dancer and Ballet Mistress Oregon Ballet Theater                             Deanna McBrearty, Soloist New York City Ballet                                                                                                                                   Amy Brandt, Dancer Milwaukee Ballet and Suzanne Farrell Ballet, Editor of Pointe Magazine                                                    Anna Liceica, Dancer New York City Ballet, Soloist American Ballet Theater, YAGP Judge                                                         Valerie Madonia, Dancer American Ballet Theater ,Principal Dancer Joffrey Ballet, Colorado Ballet Academy Director                        Rhodie Jorgensen, Dancer American Ballet Theater, Faculty Maryland Youth Ballet, Kennedy Center Childrens Mistress               Nicholas Ade, Dancer Pacific Northwest Ballet , Executive Director Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet                                 Jennifer Kronenberg, Principal Dancer Miami City Ballet 

Master Class Series 2017-18

Rolando Yanes, Milwaukee Ballet 

Friday February 2nd, 2018

3:30-5:00 PM

Rolando Yanes is a native of Villa Clara, Cuba. He received training at the Professional School of the Arts and the Vocational School of Ballet in Santa Clara, Cuba. While in Cuba, Mr. Yanes was a principal dancer with Ballet de Camaguey under the direction of Fernando Alonso. In 1995, he was awarded the Silver Medal at the prestigious International Ballet Competition in Brasilia, Brazil. Mr. Yanes came to the United States in 1996 as a principal dancer with Milwaukee Ballet Company.

Mr. Yanes expanded his diverse classical and contemporary repertoire while at Milwaukee Ballet dancing leading roles in such ballets as Romeo & Juliet, Swan Lake, Coppélia, The Nutcracker and Giselle. His powerful technique and unparalleled partnering skills led to principal roles in La Esmeralda, Spartacus, Troy Game, Who Cares?, Diana and Acteon, and Le Corsaire, as well as major works from leading choreographers like George Balanchine, Choo-San Goh, Robert Joffrey and Kathryn Posin. He has performed with numerous companies such as Ballet Taller de San Juan (Puerto Rico) and in The International Ballet Festivals in Havana, Cuba and Maracaibo, Venezuela.

Mr. Yanes became the director of The Nancy Einhorn Milwaukee Ballet II Program in 2001. Since 2004, Mr. Yanes has also been directing Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy.  He has created original work for the school including Alice in Wonderland and the upcoming Adventure of the Cipollino. He has been a judge in international and national ballet competitions including the American Youth Competition, DATE Competition in Sendai, Japan and the Japan Grand Prix.

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Simon Ball                                                             Houston Ballet Principal dancer                            Boston Ballet Principal Dancer

CPYB Faculty, Director of Mens Program                                                           Saturday  October 28th                                                   11:00-12:30 Technique class ages 9-11

12:30-2:00 Technique Class ages 12- 19

*Please stay tuned for more upcoming Master Classes of the 2017-18 Season