ROSSY GILLE for GTR Newspapers
The Hardesty Center for Dance Education will open in August and serve the communities of Broken Arrow, Bixby and South Tulsa to complement Tulsa Ballet’s existing Brookside school.
The school will include four studios with professional grade sprung floors, 10-foot mirrors and state-of-the-art sound equipment. The Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation Performance Studio will serve as a functioning dance studio as well as a performance venue for ballet students and educational outreach programs.
“Our commitment remains consistent with our organizational philosophy of affording every student, whether she/he is interested in a professional career or just loves to dance for fun, the best dance training available in the region. For this reason we hired two superstars of the dance world to lead our Hardesty Center,” says Tulsa Ballet Artistic Director Marcello Angelini.
Cynthia Drayer-Reyes and Andre Reyes will serve as co-principals of the new academy.
Drayer-Reyes performed as a soloist dancer with the Houston Ballet before becoming Principal Dancer with the San Francisco Ballet. As a teacher, she has worked with Boston Ballet School, the New York City Ballet and the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School.
Reyes brings 20 years of teaching and coaching experience. He performed as Principal Dancer with the San Francisco Ballet for 13 years before retiring and beginning his teaching career. He has taught with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater School, Boston Ballet School, Harvard University, Stanford University and the English National Ballet School.