Dallas, Texas - Ballet Dallas presents Holiday at the Ballet, December 8-9, 2018, at the Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts. Holiday at the Ballet features premiere works from renowned Guest Choreographers & re-staging of two holiday masterpieces.


Ballet Dallas & The Youth Ensemble of Contemporary Ballet Dallas present Clara’s Dream, featuring favorite dances within Act II of The Nutcracker!  Share the wonder with Clara as she takes us to the Land of Sweets.  Co-Artistic Director Carter Alexander is premiering Waltz of the Snowflakes and Sugar Plum divertissement to the work this year.  The professional Ballet Dallas company and the Youth Performing Ensemble share the stage for the dances of Arabian, Spanish, Mirlitons, the Sugar Plum Fairy, Cavalier & more! 


Ballet Dallas commissioned Hailey Von Schlehenried for a premiere work.  She has been an inspiration in our studios setting a stunning quartet. This is Ms. Schlehenreid’s second commission with Ballet Dallas, premiering Subconscious Motion in May 2018. Hailey was named Dance Magazine’s 25 to Watch Choreographers and is in demand throughout the nation.


Guest Choreographer Vincent Hardy is re-staging Seasons set to moving music by Max Richter.  Mr. Hardy formerly danced with Complexions Contemporary Dance Company and is the current Artistic Director of Zion Dance Project in Denton, Texas. Seasons features eight dancers and fuses contemporary with ballet, inciting all the excitement and introspection the changing of the seasons bring! 


Ballet Dallas is also re-staging Robert Beard’s Ceremony of Carols.  Robert Beard was formerly with Martha Graham Dance Company and retired as a professor of modern dance from SMU in 1993. He is prolific choreographer and is known for his command of the Graham technique and insightful style. Ceremony of Carols is a moving, sweeping work set to Benjamin Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols.”  Mark Landson of Open Classical directs the music presented live on harp and the Open Classical women’s chorus.


Tickets are ON-SALE NOW and can be purchased on-line at www.balletdallas.org, at the Eisemann box office or by phone at 972-744-4650! Tickets are $19-$32! Discounts are available – visit us on-line to learn more!


As our milestone 18th Anniversary Season of concert dance opens, Ballet Dallas continues to challenge the conventions of ballet, introducing audiences to a new image of dance!



About Ballet Dallas


Ballet Dallas is a professional dance company whose mission is to use the language of ballet, contemporary dance and music to present ballet as a progressive and innovative art form.  The professional company Ballet Dallas, formerly Contemporary Ballet Dallas (CBD), officially re-branded as Ballet Dallas in May 2018. The School of Contemporary Ballet Dallas will continue as CBD.  Ballet Dallas, founded in 2000 by SMU dance alumni, performs a diverse repertoire of ballet, modern and jazz influenced works to inspire the North Texas community.  Ballet Dallas performances offer North Texas an alternative to classical dance by fusing traditional ballet with contemporary dance and music, confirming that the future of ballet is not limited to the traditional style. Ballet Dallas also continues to present community outreach programs to underserved students through our Chance to Dance educational initiatives.


About Carter Alexander


Carter Alexander began dance training with his mother Amanda Stone in Cheyenne, Wyo. He continued his training at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas and at the Dallas Ballet Academy. After graduating from high school Alexander danced with the Hartford Ballet, where he studied with internationally renowned teacher Truman Finney. While dancing with the Hartford Ballet, Alexander also met his wife Jeanne Elser. He continued his career with the Kansas City Ballet and Pennsylvania Ballet and taught on the school faculties of both companies. After retiring from dancing, Alexander was the principal teacher at Ballet Workshop New England and artistic associate for the Massachusetts Youth Ballet. Alexander then reunited with Finney at the School of Ballet Arizona in Phoenix, where he served as assistant school director. He also served as a senior faculty member for seven years at Miami City Ballet School (MCBS) as well as serving as the school principal. While at MCBS, Alexander’s work with pre-professional students was instrumental in helping over 70 students gain professional work. Since 2013, Alexander has served as associate artistic director of Chamberlain Performing Arts in Plano, Texas. He also serves on the board of directors of Dance Council of North Texas.  He is on faculty with Southern Methodist University's Division of Dance and joined Ballet Dallas as Co-Artistic Director in August 2018.  


About Hailey Von Schlehenried


Hailey von Schlehenried was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa before moving to Dallas, TX. She has been dancing and studying dance for over 20 years and is a registered ballet teacher with the RAD, a graduate from the Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies program. Hailey is the resident choreographer at Royale Ballet Dance Academy where she also teaches ballet, lyrical and contemporary. She has had the pleasure of working with and setting work on dancers from many companies including Texas Ballet Theatre, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Dark Circles Contemporary Dance & dancers from SMU. Some of her recent work includes an original one act ballet, Ghosts, set to an original score and performed live. Hailey has had the privilege of being selected twice as a project tier choreographer for the Regional Dance America’s National Choreography Intensive where she worked with renowned choreographers Val Caniparoli and Ron K. Brown. Recently, Hailey was selected for the Dawson Project Choreographic Residency in San Jose CA, where she choreographed on the New Ballet studio company. Hailey heads the Royal Ballet Dance Academy Company where she choreographs for competitions such as YAGP, JUMP, and regional festivals. In addition to teaching and choreographing, Hailey dances flamenco as a guest artist with Daniel de Córdoba’s Bailes Españoles. 


About Robert Beard


Robert Beard trained under and performed with leading contemporary dance artists, such as Martha Graham, Jose Limon and Merce Cunningham. He has taught as a guest teacher at the Royal Academy of Dance, London, the Toronto Dance Theatre and at universities across the United States. Mr. Beard was Associate Professor for Southern Methodist University’s Dance Department, teaching modern dance and choreography. He holds an MFA in dance from Southern Methodist University. While at SMU, he taught classes in modern and choreography, as well premiered several works for both Hope and Sharp Concerts, on local dance companies & festivals. He retired from SMU in 1993 and resides in Dallas, Texas.


About Vincent Hardy


Vincent Hardy danced for Complexions Contemporary Ballet under the direction of Desmond Richardson and Dwight Rhoden before earning his masters of Fine Arts from the University of California, Irvine, Department of Dance. A native of San Diego, during his childhood Vincent started as a praise (liturgical) dancer & director. Mr. Hardy’s interest in studying other forms of dance began in high school under the direction of Sandra Foster-King at the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts. Later he continued his dance training under scholarship at the Academy of Performing Arts in San Diego. After high school, Mr. Hardy attended the University of the Arts (UArts), School of Dance in Philadelphia where he received a BFA in Ballet Performance. After his first professional job dancing for Complexions in NYC, Mr. Hardy moved to Los Angeles where he worked as a commercial dancer in television, film and video projects. At the same time, he choreographed for studios throughout the LA area. He moved to Dallas  in 2016 to join the growing arts boom with his wife, ballet dancer Abigail Marie Hardy and co-founded Zion Dance Project in Denton, Texas.


About Mark Landson


Mark Landson is a violinist, violist, composer, the founder and Director of Open Classical, and the founder of Neo Camerata. Mr. Landson has performed throughout the United States and Europe as a member of various orchestras and chamber ensembles including the Rochester Philharmonic, the New American Chamber Orchestra, and La Orquesta de Granada (the Orchestra of Granada, Spain).  Mr. Landson grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and graduated from the Eastman School of Music, he studied with noted professors Bruce Plumb, George Taylor, and James Dunham, violist of the Cleveland Quartet. After Eastman, he moved to Spain to become a member of La Orquesta de Granada, and toured throughout Europe and Morocco in both orchestral and chamber music groups. At this time he was also a member of the Boccherini String Quartet.  During this time, he began to develop his unique style of classical composition by melding classical motivic development with rock and pop sensibilities of harmony and pacing. Upon returning to the United States, he formed Neo Camerata, a group dedicated to performing his classical chamber music works in a variety of settings, including rock clubs and classical concert halls. In 2005, Neo Camerata released recordings of Mark Landson’s chamber music (“Travels”, on New Roads Records/Well-Tempered), and also collaborated with Ms. Magloire on the recording of her hip-hopera “Forbidden Opera”, released on EMI.  In 2011, Landson founded Open Classical, which produces a variety of innovative classical music programming, including costumed variety shows, amplified chamber music concerts and dinner concerts as well as signature Classical Open Mic events.  Mr. Landson has written a number of high enterainment concepts, including the comedy variety show Night of the Living Dead Composers, the comic operetta The True (Not Exactly True) Story of Thanksgiving, and Classically Jazzed, which features both original jazz songs based on famous classical melodies and jazz arrangements of baroque violin concertos.  In the summer of 2015, Landson’s Neo Camerata toured through Canada and the U.S. with the punk band Say Anything. December 2015 brought the premier of Landson’s comic operetta, “Goldilocks”, and in February 2016, Mr. Landson was the featured composer for the new ballet “Le Mozart Noir: The Untold Tale,” a collaboration between Ballet Dallas and the Dallas Bach Society.


About Open Classical


A new experience with classical music. With a comfortable and welcoming spirit, Open Classical produces highly entertaining music events that combine classical artistry with innovative concepts of audience engagement and sometimes comedic antics for the enjoyment by audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Based in Dallas, TX, OC’s passion is our ongoing flourishing community of supporters, fans and performers which has enabled the organization to fulfill the mission of putting classical music into the heart of everyday popular culture. Learn more at www.openclassical.org.