(Fort Worth, TX…)—Clint Riley, Executive Director of Texas Boys Choir, Inc., has announced the formation of a new dance conservatory based at the Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts (FWAFA) facility at 3901 South Hulen Street in southwest Fort Worth: Texas Dance Conservatory. Open to the public for classes beginning August 31, 2015, Texas Dance Conservatory will offer rigorous, developmentally-appropriate instruction for dancers ages 3- 19 who seek a professional environment focused on versatility and artistic excellence. As well, beginning in June, the Conservatory will offer a special Summer Master Class Series.

Registration is now open for all offerings via the Conservatory’s website:

“We spent the fall and winter working with an advisory group of professional arts administrators, dancers, choreographers, and educators who helped us determine the viability of a new dance school for our community,” said Mr. Riley. “We’ve engaged guest teachers for a summer 2015 series of master classes and are assembling our fall 2015 Conservatory faculty now.”

Texas Dance Conservatory faculty will conduct classes in classical and contemporary ballet that aim to foster technical excellence and artistic achievement. Classes will provide rigorous, disciplined training to nurture the growth and development of young dancers within a fun, accessible and inclusive environment, according to Sheyna Ferraro, director of the Conservatory and head of the dance department at FWAFA.

“I am excited to continue the anatomical approach that’s been the cornerstone of my teaching,” said Ms. Ferraro. “With a curriculum that helps dancers train in a way that is healthy for their bodies, our many talented teachers hope to reach more and more students. Our unique, anatomical approach is ideal for developing versatile dancers."

Texas Dance Conservatory classes begin at $60 per month per student for one class per week. All classes will be held at Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts (FWAFA) and Texas School of the Arts (TeSA). Class offerings, offered daily during out of school hours and on Saturday, include:
• Ballet, 6 levels, beginner to advanced
• Jazz, 6 levels, beginner to advanced
• Contemporary, 3 levels, beginner to advanced
• Pointe
• Young Men’s
• Creative Movement for ages 3-4

“We expect the Conservatory to be a wonderful addition to dance training institutions in the Fort Worth area,” continued Ms. Ferraro. “Our goal for the Conservatory is to create an environment in which both professionallybound and recreational dancers receive high-quality training and feel right at home.”

To introduce the concept, there will be a Summer Master Class Series where professional dancers and choreographers provide instruction in their unique styles and share personal dance history. Summer Master Class Series fees begin at $27 per student, per class, with discounts available for those who register for Texas Dance Conservatory fall classes. The schedule includes:
• June 10 – Sarah Newton, TCU faculty
• June 17 – Katie Puder, Director, Avant Chamber Ballet
• June 24 – Kerry Krieman, Director, CD/FW
• July 29 – Nycole Ray, Director, DBDT II
• August 5 – Valerie Tabor, Director, Contemporary Ballet Dallas
• August 12 – Joshua L. Peugh, Director, Dark Circles Contemporary Dance

Admission to Conservatory fall classes and the Summer Master Class Series is by registration through

Texas Boys Choir, Inc. is the umbrella organization for Texas Dance Conservatory, for the world-renowned Texas Boys Choir, and for two charter schools: Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts on South Hulen Street at Arborlawn and Texas School of the Arts in Edgecliff Village. For information, call 817-717-4544 or visit the website.

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