Photo by Brian Guilliaux
Carter Alexander was appointed Artistic Director of Ballet Dallas in January. Carter’s association with Ballet Dallas began as a guest choreographer in 2018 when he created Duex Poémes to an original composition by Martin Morgan. In addition to Duex Poémes, Carter has created three premieres for the company: L’Inverno, Petites Danses en Noir et Blanc, and Oratorio. Since starting with Ballet Dallas in 2019 as Co-Artistic Director, Carter has commissioned works for the company by Durante Verzola, Hailey Von Schlehenried, Takia Hopson, Lauren Gonzales, and Silas Farley. Carter was instrumental in bringing about Ballet Dallas’s revival of George Skibine’s Romantic Encounters. Carter is committed to Ballet Dallas’s vision of making ballet accessible, affordable, innovative, and progressive.
Carter began his dance training with his mother Amanda Stone in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He continued his training at Arts Magnet, now Booker T Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, and the Dallas Conservatory of Ballet, formerly the Dallas Ballet Academy. Carter performed the role of The Poet in Les Sylphides for the premiere performance of the original Ballet Dallas in 1989/90. After graduating from BTWHSPVA, Carter danced with the Hartford Ballet. At Hartford Ballet, Carter studied with internationally renowned teacher Truman Finney. While dancing with the Hartford Ballet, Carter also met his wife Jeanne Elser. Carter continued his career with the Kansas City Ballet, and Pennsylvania Ballet and he taught on the school faculties of both companies.
After retiring from dancing, Carter was the principal teacher at Ballet Workshop New England, and Associate Artistic Director for the Massachusetts Youth Ballet (MYB). With MYB he choreographed new works as well as restating masterworks by Bournonville, Petipa, and Fokine. He then reunited with his mentor Truman Finney at the School of Ballet Arizona where Carter was the Assistant School Director.
From 2006-2013, Carter was Senior Faculty at Miami City Ballet School, as well as serving as the School Principal. While at MCBS, Carter's work with the pre-professional students was instrumental in helping over 70 students to gain professional work. He currently has students that are principal and soloist dancers with the New York City Ballet, Miami City Ballet, and Northern Ballet (England). His students are currently dancing in the Royal Danish Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Royal New Zealand Ballet, as well as many others in the U.S. and abroad.
Since returning to Dallas, Carter has been Associate Artistic Director of Chamberlain Ballet and Artistic Director of Dallas DanceFest/Dallas Dances (’16, ’17, ‘18). In 2018, Carter organized aka:ballet, a summer choreographic project with Hailey von Schlehenried and Albert Drake. This project created six world premiere ballets in three weeks. For the project, Carter created two works Sarabande and Nestemäisyys. The project culminated in a very successful public performance at the Latino Cultural Center.
Carter is currently a Visiting Artist-in-Residence at SMU Meadows School of the Arts (Division of Dance). In the Fall, Carter created Luisant to Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 for the Meadows Dance Ensemble at SMU. Carter has been a guest teacher at Ballet Austin, Indiana University, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, and The Portland Ballet, to name a few. He has also served as a ballet consultant for Booker T. Washington HSPVA.
Hailey is honored to be the Resident Choreographer of Ballet Dallas. A native of Johannesburg, South Africa, Hailey began her dance training with her mother, Angela Sham. Prolific in all dance genres, Hailey is a registered ballet teacher and holds a Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies with the Royal Academy of Dance (London, England). Hailey is currently the head choreographer at Royale Ballet Dance Academy in Dallas, TX where she teaches ballet, lyrical, and contemporary.
As a sought after teacher and choreographer, Hailey works extensively throughout the DFW area especially as a contemporary ballet and YAGP choreographer. Hailey has had the pleasure of choreographing on dancers from Texas Ballet Theater, Ballet Dallas, Avant Chamber Ballet, and Dallas Black Dance Theater, as well as many others. In 2017, Hailey was commissioned by Avant Chamber Ballet to create Yin and Yang for their Women’s Choreography Project (WCP). Hailey’s past commissions have included Ballet Dallas, a Dawson Project Choreographic Residency with New Ballet (San Jose, CA), Texas Ballet Theater Studio Training Company, Wanderlust Dance Project, Zion Dance Project, and Dallas Dances, to name a few. Hailey has had the privilege of being selected twice as a project tier choreographer for the RDA NCI. At RDA NCI, she was mentored by renowned choreographers Val Caniparoli and Ronald K. Brown.
In the summer of 2018, Hailey collaborated with Ballet Dallas’s Artistic Director, Carter Alexander, on aka:ballet, a summer collaborative dance project, that brought together dancers from different Dallas dance companies and concluded with the premiere of six new works.
In addition to her teaching and choreographing, Hailey has performed as a Flamenco soloist with Daniel de Córdoba’s Bailes Españoles. As a dancer with Bailes Españoles, she has had the honor of touring with the company as well as performing in operas and other major performances with The Orchestra of New Spain. Hailey is delighted to be joining Ballet Dallas as its Resident Choreographer and is thrilled about the company’s exciting future!
Hailey von Schlehenried
Photo by Brian Guilliaux
A native of North Texas (he grew up in Plano), Martin began his classical piano lessons at around the age of seven. Even with this early start in music, Martin spent the majority of his childhood focusing on activities other than music! In 2015, Martin graduated with a Bachelors of Music in Composition from the University of North Texas. Since graduation, Martin has become a highly sought after collaborative artist which has led him to freelancing all over the DFW Metroplex. While classical music is the starting point of his musical and compositional roots, as a performer and composer, Martin’s strongest influences come from his love for, jazz, soul, R&B, and gospel music. As a musician that strives to contribute musical material to numerous mediums, Martin’s musical range as a composer is extensive and compelling. Martin is also currently a pianist for the Division of Dance at SMU Meadows School of the Arts. As the Resident Composer/Music Director for Ballet Dallas, Martin is excited to reunite with his co-collaborators from the aka:ballet project, Artistic Director, Carter Alexander, and Resident Choreographer, Hailey von Schlehenried. On a personal note, Martin is married to the talented singer, songwriter, performer Kaï Morgan.
2019-2020 Board of Directors
Morag (“Mo”) Thompson - President
Morag (Mo) Thompson joined the CBD board of directors in 2012. She currently works for Sabre Holding – Car and Limo Product Manager. Mo, a Canadian, raised in Toronto, relocated to Dallas to accept a position with Sabre. Having lived in Barbados for many years, she worked as an audit assistant for Allison Associates, a public accounting firm. Upon returning to Canada, she joined Sabre as a Travel Agency Accounting Consultant and road warrior - traveling through North America, the Caribbean, and Europe. Performing Arts is available anywhere in the world. Mo, exposed to many art forms quickly developed a passion for Dance. As a byproduct of this love of Art, both visual and performing, realized that this is the quickest way to learn about any society and the environment in which they come. Mo enrolled with CBD School of Ballet as an Adult dancer and still takes classes weekly. When an opening presented itself, to join CBD as a board member, she naturally leapt (grand jete) at the chance. Bringing both finance and business skills, natural creativity and style, along with a strong sense of community make Mo an asset to the board. “Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.” ― Twyla Tharp
Katie Anderson - Vice President
Katie Anderson’s love of the arts began when her parents exposed her to lessons in music and dance as a child. She marched in the Longhorn Band at UT, and is a proud graduate of Baylor Law School. Katie is a counselor and litigator passionate about representing governmental entities, including primarily educational institutions and housing authorities. Katie is passionate about serving on the CBD Board because she has watched the company’s growth over the last decade and wants a wider audience to enjoy the innovative and creative contemporary works from choreographers across the state and nation.
Johnathan Crowder - Director of Development
Jonathan is a founding partner of Intelis Capital and a member of its investment committee. Jonathan serves in all aspects of the firm’s operations, with particular focus on developing investment theses, creation of internal processes and systems, sourcing potential investments, and providing both operational and strategic support to portfolio companies.
Prior to Intelis Capital, from 2014 to 2017, Jonathan served as a Product Manager and Product Marketing Manager of Choose Energy, a large enrollment platform for the retail energy industry. While at Choose Energy, Jonathan supported the company’s business development efforts, helped define parameters for strategic partnerships, developed strategic co-marketing initiatives with several of North America’s largest retail energy providers, designed the digital inventory management system, and led product management of the residential marketplace, including creation of a customer retention and analytics platform. Also at Choose Energy, Jonathan served as an internal business-stakeholder responsible for the residential marketplace at Choose Energy, owning and driving the strategic product roadmap for the largest consumer energy digital enrollment platform in North America, originating over $1 billion of energy supply annually.
Prior to Choose Energy, in 2014, Jonathan was a Generation Fellow at The Breakthrough Institute in Oakland, California. While at The Breakthrough Institute, Jonathan’s research focused on the unique institutional arrangements that foster significant innovations in the energy sector. This research gave Jonathan the rare opportunity to learn from leading thinkers in their fields, including renowned innovation scholars and Nobel Prize winners.
Jonathan holds a BA from Southern Methodist University in Markets and Culture.
Ginny Jackson began her life-long love affair with dance as a young gymnast. Her gymnastics training propelled her to study ballet with Natalie Skelton in Dallas. As a Fine Arts major at SMU in Dallas, Ginny studied with former Ballet Russes soloist, Nikita Talin and attended a summer workshop with the Joffrey Ballet. She studied modern dance under Toni Beck. Ginny performed with stage and screen personalities such as Bob Hope, John Davidson & Michele Lee. She later moved to Houston and studied with the Houston Ballet, Discovery Dance Institute & the Margo Marshall School of Ballet. Ginny taught at the Margo Marshall studio and eventually directed the pre-school division until her relocation to Dallas. Ginny had regularly appeared in the City Ballet of Houston’s annual performance of “Nutcracker”. Through her association with Beverly Williams and Keith Cross at the Kinkaid Private School, Ginny judged the school’s dance team auditions for many years. Ginny is a Customer Service Specialist at At Home Décor Superstore, works part time at Barnes & Noble Firewheel mall, and she substitute teaches for the Mesquite ISD. Ginny loved taking classes and CBD and you often find her in the studio!
Erika Halasz Lemmons – Director of Events
IB Stanley-Ikhilioju - Secretary
IB joined the Board of Directors for Ballet Dallas in 2018. She is a longtime patron of Ballet Dallas’ home studio Contemporary Ballet Dallas (CBD), and is excited to support ballet in Dallas as a whole, and to specifically put to use her skills and her love of ballet for the benefit of this growing company. When not taking class at CBD, she spends time attending to numerous pleasures and challenges, including family & friends, work (in the non-profit sector), fitness (yoga & half marathon training), and catching performances when & where she can (travel is not a barrier).
Christie Sullivan - Director of Outreach
Christie Sullivan holds a BFA in Dance Performance from Southern Methodist University, a MA in Education (Dance Teaching) thru the Royal Academy of Dance/ University of Bath, and Registered Teacher status with the Royal Academy of Dance. She was a company member of Bruce Wood Dance Company from 1999 to 2006 and Rehearsal Director for the Bruce Wood Project from 2010 to 2012. Additionally, she performed with various independent projects including Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico, Pointe Dance U.S.V.I, and the Barney Home Video Let's Make Music. She has choreographed events for Crystal Charity Ball, DIFFA: Dallas Collection XV, Dallas Symphony Christmas Pops, and Repertory Company Theatre. She has served on the board of Dance Council of North Texas and was awarded their Curtain Call Costumes Rising Star Teacher Scholarship award. Since 2007, Christie has been a member of the Fine Arts faculty at The Hockaday School and was awarded the Ackerman Award for Character in Education in 2013.
At an early age, Eileen received a prestigious Ford Foundation Scholarship to the School of American Ballet, followed by a full scholarship to SMU. At SMU, she became an assistant to ballet director Nikita Talin. Subsequently, she performed with numerous national companies including: Harkness Ballet of New York, Berkeley Ballet, Miami Ballet, Ballet Pacifica of Laguna Beach, and Los Angeles Choreographers and Dancers (a modern dance company). Mrs. McKee has directed small performing companies locally, nationally, and internationally. Eileen has studied with such notables as George Balanchine and his staff at SAB, including Alexandra Danilova: Madame Pereyeslavic and Antony Tudor at American Ballet Theatre; and David Howard, Maggie Black and Vladimir Doukodovsky in NYC. Eileen has taught locally for the SMU Dance Department, BTWHSPVA, and Buster Cooper. She was the former Ballet Mistress for the Krassovska Ballet Jeunesse prior to Madame Krassovska’s death. Eileen is a long time participant in the Dallas dance community, and is currently the adult intermediate/advanced/professional ballet instructor at School of Contemporary Ballet Dallas. Ms. McKee has a degree in Communications/ Public Relations from SMU and has been a fundraising and development consultant for Dallas arts organizations, assisting organizations such as Texas Ballet Theatre, Arts District Friends, the Dallas Bach Society, and Voices of Change. She serves as the Development Chair of the CBD Board and has been a board member for over 10 years.
Jordan Walker joined the Ballet Dallas board in 2018. Originally from Dallas, Jordan grew up in Austin and trained at Ballet Austin, Boston Ballet, and Harvard University, where she received her B.A. in History of Art and Architecture. Jordan began her career in philanthropy, first in grantwriting at Carnegie Hall, followed by work as a corporate giving consultant. After receiving her MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, Jordan joined Bain & Company. She is currently a Manager in Bain’s Dallas office, focusing on supporting corporate clients with large-scale transformation and change management. In her free time, Jordan enjoys the performing and visual arts, college football and baseball, and spending time with family and friends.