Summer Faculty
  Daniel Duell
Founder and Artistic Director, Ballet Chicago
Repetiteur, The George Balanchine Trust

Ballet Chicago Artistic Director Daniel Duell is a force in the development of American Classicism, and is passionate about the advancement of ballet technique in its purest and most energetic form. As a dancer with the New York City Ballet from 1972-1987, he was taught and coached daily by George Balanchine. Quickly rising through the ranks, Duell was promoted to Soloist in 1977, and then Principal Dancer in 1979. He performed a wide-ranging repertoire, dancing leading roles in the ballets of George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Peter Martins, and Jacques d'Ambois, among others, including multiple works that were created for him. A Ford Foundation Scholarship recipient from the age of 13, he trained with the Dayton Civic Ballet, then at The School of American Ballet, and at the age of 19 was invited to join NYCB. In addition to his fifteen years at NYCB, he was a featured guest artist for numerous companies nationwide and performed for several PBS Dance in America public television programs. Duell has been choreographing since 1980 and has created works for Ballet Chicago, Ballet Hispanico of New York, Dayton Ballet, Harkness Dance Theatre, The Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, and The School of American Ballet. He also collaborated with WTTW Channel 11 in Chicago to design two programs; the first, an Emmy Award winning special (outstanding cultural programming) on Ballet Chicago, and the second entitled "Love in Four Acts," a program showcasing four Chicago choreographers selected by Duell. He was also awarded the 2000 Ruth Page Award from the Chicago Dance Community for the Artistic Direction of The Ballet Chicago Studio Company. 

Duell is a frequent lecturer on ballet, music, and the arts, serves on several not-for-profit boards and advisory boards, and has been an adjudicator for the National Endowment for the Arts and The Illinois Arts Council. He is also a repetiteur for The George Balanchine Trust and stages ballets across the United States. He conducts master classes in both the United States and Europe, including repeated teaching engagements at The School of American Ballet, Indiana University at Bloomington, The University of Iowa, and the Bulgarian National Dance Academy in Sophia, Bulgaria. In Spring 2011, Duell worked with the Royal Danish Ballet, teaching and coaching the company in preparation for its New York season. Duell returned to The Royal Danish Ballet in Spring 2012 in preparation for the company's Copenhagen performances of Balanchine/Stravinsky masterworks.

  Patricia Blair
Associate Artistic Director and School Director, Ballet Chicago
Repetiteur, The George Balanchine Trust

Patricia Blair was born in New York City, began studying ballet at the age of 7, and launched her professional performing career at the age of 17. She trained in many schools including North Carolina School of the Arts and Harkness House for Ballet Arts, but attributes her summer at the School of American Ballet with igniting her love for and commitment to the Balanchine Technique®. A fun fact - while a student at North Carolina School of the Arts, she was chosen to dance the role of "Myrtha" in Giselle alongside principal dancers Svea Ekloff (Grande Théåtre de Genéve) and American Ballet Theatre’s Burton Taylor – a true honor. After leaving NCSA, she returned to NYC, studied with David Howard and Nanette Charisse, and subsequently joined the Eglevsky Ballet under the direction of NYCB former principal, Edward Villella. Six years later, while still dancing full time with the company, she became one of the organization's Ballet Masters.

Ms. Blair performed as a guest artist developing new works with numerous NY choreographers, danced in musical theatre productions across the US and on Broadway, and briefly entered the LA motion picture world with Pavanne for a Dying Princess, a solo dance film created especially for her.

Ms. Blair is highly committed to the artistic education and personal well-being of young dancers. She began working with children when she was only 15 years old, and to this day, her love and respect of classical ballet and passing that on to young artists is one of her greatest passions. She was an active teacher in New York City at both Harkness House for Ballet Arts and Steps NY. Additionally, she volunteered to teach at-risk youth in churches and community centers.

She came to Chicago in September 1987, at the invitation of former NYCB Principal dancer Daniel Duell, to stage ballets for Chicago City Ballet's fall season. After working together for only three weeks, Duell invited her to relocate to Chicago and join his artistic team. From 1988-1997, she was Ballet Master for the newly established Ballet Chicago. For a brief period, she even filled in as the organization’s Interim Executive Director. In 1995 Duell and Blair formed The School of Ballet Chicago where she serves as School Director and Associate Artistic Director of the Ballet Chicago Studio Company. In addition to her work with Ballet Chicago, she has been a guest teacher for the Pacific Northwest Ballet School in Seattle, the National Dance Institute and New Mexico School of the Arts in Santa Fe, and Indiana University in Bloomington. She has also had the honor of teaching at The School of American Ballet in New York City.

Ms. Blair has a lifelong love for the ballets of George Balanchine, and values both the privilege of having performed so many of them, as well as the joy of passing them on to today’s dancers. As a repetiteur for the George Balanchine Trust, she is responsible for staging and maintaining a large body of work for Ballet Chicago. She has also staged Mr. Balanchine’s ballets for St. Louis Ballet, Indiana University Bloomington, and most recently, Huntsville Ballet.
  Ted Seymour
Resident Choreographer, Ballet Chicago

Ted was born in Dallas, Texas where he began his training at The Dallas Metropolitan Ballet. He later moved to Chicago to study with Daniel Duell and Patricia Blair at the School of Ballet Chicago as a member of The Ballet Chicago Studio Company. Ted choreographed his first ballet for BCSC, Toccata for 5, in 2001.
Later, Ted moved to New York to attend the School of American Ballet. While at SAB, Ted choreographed two ballets for the Student Choreographic Workshop and was invited by Peter Martins to create a new work for The New York Choreographic Institute. Upon leaving SAB, Ted joined Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, dancing for choreographers such as Edward Liang, Nicolo Fonte, and Benoit-Swan Pouffer. Ted joined Suzanne Farrell Ballet in 2007 where he has danced featured roles in Balanchine’s Episodes, La Valse, and the Act II pas de deux from A Midsummer Night’s Dream among others.

He has been a faculty member since 2009, and was named Ballet Chicago’s Resident Choreographer, choreographing for the company’s mainstage performances and educational programs. Ted choreographed the critically acclaimed Creatures of Prometheus for the 2012 International Beethoven Festival, Celestial Rites for Ballet Chicago’s 25th Anniversary Season at The Harris Theater in 2013, Intermezzi for Ballet Chicago’s 2014 Spring Repertory Season at The Harris Theater, Danzon! for 2015 and Secrets de Printemps for 2016.
  Dominique Atwood
Deeply Rooted Dancer Theater

Dominique Atwood is from Dayton, Ohio where she began her training at Jeraldyne’s School of Dance under the tutelage of Dawn Carter, Debbie Blunden-Diggs, Crystal Perkins, Alice Craig, Queala Clancy, Sheri “Sparkle” Williams, Ronald A. Brown and Shonna Hickman-Matlock. and Stivers School for the Performing Arts. She also attended Stivers School for the Performing Arts under the direction of DeShonna Pepper- Robertson; where she performed works by Karen R. Burke,Rodney Veal, Terrence Green and William McClellan. While in high school she received the NAACP ACT-SO Platinum Dance award.

Later she graduated magna cum laude from Howard University, with a B.A in Political Science/Pre-law and co-founded alongside Sankara McCain, the first Contemporary Dance Company on campus, I.AM.WE. While at Howard, as a former dance major she also trained with the late Dr. Sherrill Berryman Johnson, Patricia Thomas, Sandra Fortune- Green, Katherine Smith, Zane Booker, and Baba Assane Konte.

Since then, she has performed with a number of renowned companies and artists including Dissonance Dance Theater, Deeply Rooted, Winifred Haun & Dancers, Mary Mary, J.Cole, Wale, Raheem Devaughn, Natalie Cole, Shirley Ceasar, Dionne Warwick and Dolores Kendrick. She has been featured in The Hilltop, See Chicago Dance, Out and About NYC, Ngoma Reader, MTV, Under Armour and The Steve Harvey show. She has choreographed for the Miss Intercontinental United States pageant, Georgetown University and Outcry The Play. However, she is most passionate in the area of teaching and giving back the art of dance to the next generation of artists. She’s continues to fulfill this desire as an Instructor at Studio One Dance Conservatory (Chicago, IL), The Princess Mhoon Dance Institute (Silver Spring, MD) Gloria Eve School of the Arts (Long Island, NY) and Ballet Chicago.

She is currently the Artistic Director and Co-Founder with Ebony Ingram of Dayo N Dance Performance Company and the Operations and Development Manager at Deeply Rooted Dance Theater.

  Paul Boos
Repetiteur, The George Balanchine Trust

Born in Sioux Falls, SD, Mr. Boos relocated himself to NYC at 15 to study dance as a scholarship student, first at the Harkness House, then American Ballet Theater School, and finally the School of American Ballet. After dancing principal roles in Balanchine’s Symphony in C and Robbins’ Dances at a Gathering as part of SAB’s graduation workshop performance, Mr. Boos was invited by Mr. Balanchine to join New York City Ballet, at the age of 18. Mr. Boos went on to dance with NYCB for 13 years before he launched into the international scene as a teacher. His first engagement came from the Royal Danish Ballet, where he taught company classes for 3 years, concurrently, he was a full-time faculty member of the National School for Modern Dance, also in Copenhagen. He has been invited to teach at the Royal Ballet School in London, Paris Opera, La Scala, Het National in Amsterdam, and Tokyo Ballet. In 1992, Mr. Boos was entrusted by the George Balanchine Trust to become a sanctioned rèpètiteur. Since then he has gone on to stage ballets at the Bolshoi, Paris Opera, Maryinsky, La Scala, Joffrey, and others.  Mr. Boos frequently teaches ballet at Steps on Broadway in New York City, his home city. The George Balanchine Foundation named Mr. Boos Project Associate for its Interpreters Archive (IA) in 2016. Here he directs the filming of principal dancers who worked closely with Balanchine, coaching roles they danced either as originators or as successors. This is Mr. Boos’ third summer teaching for Ballet Chicago’s Advanced Intensive.
  Elly Green
Brittany Hurst Faculty Member, Ballet Chicago

Ellen Green is from Illinois and has been dancing since she was a young child. She began her training with Judith Svalander, and later studied at The School of Ballet Chicago, performing with The Ballet Chicago Studio Company. She also was a summer and year-round student at The Rock School and The School of American Ballet, both on full scholarship. Ms. Green was an apprentice with The New York City Ballet in 2000 and joined The Royal Danish Ballet as a corps de ballet member in 2001. She has danced a large body of repertoire including George Balanchine’s Serenade, Swan Lake, Stars and Stripes, Walpurgisnacht, and Brahm-Shoenberg Quartet, August Bournonville’s Napoli, La Sylphide, and A Folk Tale, Jerome Robbin’s West Side Story Suite, John Neumeier’s Romeo and Juliet, The Little Mermaid and The Odyssey, Peter Martins’ Fearful Symmetries, and Helgi Tomassan’s Sleeping Beauty. Ellen Green has performed major roles with Ballet Chicago including “Waltz Girl” in Balanchine’s Serenade, “The Man I love” pas de deux in Balanchine’s Who Cares?, the second violin in Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco, and the Sugar Plum Fairy in Ballet Chicago’s Nutcracker.
  Brittany Hurst
Faculty Member, Ballet Chicago

Brittany Hurst was born in Los Angeles, California where she began her training at the Pacific Dance Academy under Louise Mandel. While training at PDA she had the privilege of taking master classes from Sheila Rozann. She later attended summer intensives at Ballet Chicago. In 2010 she moved to Chicago, Illinois and joined Ballet Chicago's Studio Company. While a studio company member she had the opportunity and privilege of learning and performing Balanchine ballets. Some of which are Agon, Concerto Barocco, Divertimento No. 15, Serenade, Square Dance, Rubies, Who Cares?, Stars and Stripes, Swan Lake, and Walpurgischnat. She is very pleased and honored to have joined the Ballet Chicago faculty.
  Amanda Saucedo
Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater

Amanda, of Mexican-Ukrainian descent, is a native of Chicago. Her dance training began at the age of five with the Nobleza Azteca Mexican Folkloric Dance Group under the direction of Frances Garcia and Vicente Guerrero. She danced nationwide with this company until the age of fourteen, and shortly after, started her formal Spanish dance training under the direction of Dame Libby Komaiko. Since then she has studied with master teachers Irma Suarez Ruiz, Jorge Pérez, Julia Hinojosa, Carmela Greco and Jose Greco, daughter and son of the legendary Jose Greco. Other master guest artists include Paloma Gomez, Cristian Lozano, Raquel Gomez, former soloists of Ballet Nacional de España, Jose Barrios, Ron de Jesus, Angel Rojas and Carlos Rodriguez. Amanda has also studied at the Joffrey Ballet and with ballet mistress, Anna Czajun. In 2012, Amanda studied in Spain with Carolina Arias, Joaquin Ruiz, and Maria Torres. Amanda was promoted to an Apprentice in 2013 and a company member, shortly after. She is on the teaching faculty of the Ensemble Español’s community outreach programs. She is the recipient of the Brommel-Komaiko-Perez Scholarship at Northeastern Illinois University, where she is majoring in Social Work with expectation of fusing her two passions; arts and community.
  Monica Saucedo
Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater

Monica, of Mexican-Ukrainian descent, was born and raised in Chicago. She began dancing with the Nobleza Azteca Mexican Folkloric Dance Group at the age of five at her elementary school, Kanoon Magnet, under the direction of Frances Garcia and Vicente Guerrero. She continued to dance ntionwide with this group until she was fourteen years old. Monica bgean her formal Spanish dance training with Dame Libby Komaiko at age eleven in 1999. Since then she has studied with Irma Suarez Ruiz, Jorge Pérez, Sara Samuels, Edo, Manolete, Timo Lozano, Video Peral, Celia Fonta, Belen Maya, Carmela Greco, Edwin Aparicio, and Ana González, Juan Mata, Paloma Gomez, and Christian Lozano of the National Ballet of Spain. In 2005 she was promoted to Company dancer, performing, teaching and studying nationally and internationally throughout the U.S., Poland, China and Spain. She is currently on the faculty of the Ensemble Español community outreach programs. Ms. Saucedo is also a Math teacher at Gordon Tech College Prep where she heads an after school SPanish dance program.
  Nicole Taylor Steward
Certified Gyrotonic® and Gyrokinesis® Instructor
Faculty Member, Chicago High School for the Arts

Nicky Taylor Steward is a graduate of the Chicago Academy for the Arts. She continued her studies with Joseph Holmes Chicago Dance Theater, Chicago Multi Cultural Dance Center, Deeply Rooted Productions and Lisa Johnson-Willingham. She has danced professionally with Bryant Ballet, Randy Duncan, The Joel Hall Dancers and Dallas Black Dance Theater. Ms. Taylor Steward has most recently danced with the Willingham Project, where she also served as rehearsal director and was a part of the creative process behind “A Bronzeville Nutcracker”. She was invited in January 2011 to become the Artistic Director of AileyCamp Chicago, where she worked as the Administrative Director for the past 7 years. In addition to her professional dance career, Ms. Taylor Steward is a graduate of The Chicago School of Massage Therapy, a certified Gyrotonic® and Gyrokinesis® Instructor, as well as a Level I Gyrotonic® Pre Tainer. Having twice completed the McEntire Pilates Comprehensive Professional Track, she was invited by Trent McEntire to become a Master Teacher in the fall of 2009. It is this combined experience and love of teaching dance and movement that she brings to her students.
  Megan Wright Otto
Faculty Member, Ballet Chicago
Faculty Member, Chicago High School for the Arts

Megan is a Chicago native and alumni of Ballet Chicago who holds a B.A. in psychology from DePaul University. She has danced professionally with the Los Angeles Ballet and the Saint Louis Ballet. In addition, she has performed with the San Diego Ballet and completed professional workshops with the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance and Alonzo King's Lines Ballet. Megan spent her summers studying at the School of American Ballet, the San Francisco Ballet School, and American Ballet Theater. Prior to joining the Ballet Chicago Studio Company, she trained at the Chicago Multi-Cultural Dance Center. Megan is also a faculty member at the Chicago High School for the Arts, and performs regularly at the iO Theater.

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