June 5 - 9
Andrew Parker, Artistic Director of Chattanooga Ballet is a regular guest master teacher at many ballet schools across North America. He has served on the dance faculty at Canada's National Ballet School, Boston Ballet School, Milwaukee Ballet, Walnut Hill School and Southern Methodist University - Meadows School of the Arts in Dallas, Texas. For eleven years he danced professionally with Milwaukee Ballet, Ballet Iowa, City Ballet of Houston and Tulsa Ballet. Mr. Parker received his classical training from Carol Jordan, Boston Ballet School and Milwaukee Ballet School. In 2000, he received his diploma with distinction from Canada's National Ballet School Teacher Training Program for Professional Dancers. He has studied ballet pedagogy with master teachers Jurgen Schneider, Tatiana Legat, Nicole Cavallin and Gilbert Mayer. In addition to his extensive work in dance education, Mr. Parker has created choreography throughout the United States and Canada.
ROBERT MILLS - Artistic Director Oklahoma City Ballet
Originally from Northwest Indiana near the heart of Chicago, Robert Mills is the Artistic Director of the Oklahoma City Ballet. He studied in Chicago, concentrating on ballet with renowned pedagogue and author Anna Paskevska, with former soloists of London’s Royal Ballet Richard Ellis and Christine DuBoulay, and at the Ruth Page Foundation with Larry Long. While in Chicago he also studied modern dance with some of the city’s best instructors. He received further training in ballet with full scholarships from the Milwaukee Ballet School, Richmond Ballet, The Rock School in Philadelphia and the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City.
Robert enjoyed a vast performing career touring internationally as a guest artist and dancing with the Milwaukee Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Oklahoma City Ballet, Eugene Ballet and Ballet Idaho. Critics across the country took note of his crisp technique and inherent acting ability. He has worked with some of ballet’s foremost artists including Basil Thompson, Christopher d’Amboise, Gloria Govrin, John Taras and Donald Mahler. His repertoire includes all the classical standards plus works by George Balanchine, Anthony Tudor, Agnes De Mille, Margo Sappington, Ann Reinking, Lila York, and many others. Prior to joining OKC Ballet as Artistic Director, he spent three years as Artistic Director of Ballet Nouveau Colorado (now called Wonderbound) bringing that company into the national spotlight. A sought-after teacher, he teaches on faculty at The Dance Center of Oklahoma City Ballet and has taught at the Kansas City Ballet School and Ballet Idaho Academy along with numerous summer programs across the country including the University of Oklahoma and Burklyn Ballet. An accomplished choreographer, he has created ballets for Oklahoma City Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Dance Theatre of Tennessee and Ballet Nouveau Colorado among others.
JENNIFER MILNER (Injury Prevention)
is a certified Pilates trainer specializing in dancers and post-injury recoveries. As a classical ballet dancer, Jennifer danced with several companies across the country before a knee injury ended a successful performing career. She became certified in the Pilates method of exercise, graduating from the Kane School of Core Integration and is a member of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science.