Celebrating 27 Years of Excellence in the Arts!
Voted Best Southwest Dance School in 2010
The annual Spring Recital is on Saturday, May 19, 20180 at 4:00 p.m. at the Cedar Hill High School Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $10.00 and will be available at the studio for cash or credit, or at the auditorium for cash only. Children 5 and under are free. All students are required to come to the stage rehearsal on Friday, May 18, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at the auditorium (no costumes).
Our Level V/VI girls will be performing at Dance Planet 22 at Booker T. High School in the arts District on Sunday, April 8, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. Come out for day of free performances from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with several D/FW groups.
The studio will closed for Spring Break from Monday, March 12th through Saturday, March 17th. Regular classes resume on Monday, March 21, 2018. This is the last holiday until the recital.
Recital dances are being taught and costumes are slowly coming in, so please make sure your child makes it to all of their classes.
The studio will be closed for Winter Break from Thursday, December 21st until Tuesday, January 2nd. Regular classes resume on Wednesday, January 3, 2018.
Parents’ Observation Week is December 11th through December 16th. This is for immediate family members only since space is limited. This will not be a performance, but a regular ballet class. Parents may go upstairs to watch their child(ren)’s class and may take photos and videos from up in the loft. Please try to get a sitter for non-dancing siblings that are not interested in watching a ballet class.
The studio will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday from Wednesday, November 22, 2017 through Saturday, November 25, 2017. Regular classes resume on Monday, November 27, 2017. Have a safe and happy holiday!
Costume deposits are due (one costume payment) by November 30, 2017. The final payments for all costumes will be due on January 20, 2017 — no exceptions. Please turn in your measurement sheet with your first payment.
Classes are underway for the 2017/2018 season. We will be accepting new students through November only for this season.
Recital participation fees are due by October 31, 2017. The amount is $40.00 per student and $35.00 per student for each additional child in the same family. We will start collecting costume fees in November and they are due in their entirety by January 20, 2018.
The recital was another great success. Thank you to all of our faculty and students who put in such hard work. It certainly showed! Congratulations to all of you.
Several of our students will be very busy this summer: Laila Bobier will be attending Joffrey West in Los Angeles for 3 weeks; Lacy Brent will be attending Texas Ballet Theater in Fort Worth and Dallas for a total of 7 weeks; Ilsa Dorward will be attending Joffrey Ballet School New York; Maria Ferraro was accepted to the Joffrey Ballet New York (Elite Group), American Ballet Theatre, Texas Ballet Theater, and Kirov Academy, D.C. program, but will be attending Kirov Academy and Tuzer Dance School; Zuri Humphrey will be attending Dallas Black Dance Theatre in June for Modern and Jazz, and July for Contemporary, Hip Hop and African; Amie Kinard will be attending Ann Lacy School of American Dance, Oklahoma City University for 2 weeks and Boston Conservatory for 3 weeks; Lesly Marquez will be attending DISD Summer Intensive and private lessons; Jordan Peterson will be attending Joffrey San Francisco; Emerson Heneden and Madysn Watkins will be attending Dallas Black Dance Theatre’s Summer Enrichment program.
Our Graduating Senior, Scarlett McGraw, has been a student with Ozsoy School of Ballet since 2005. She will be attending Texas Tech University in Lubbock in the fall. She will be majoring in biochemistry and minoring in dance. We will miss Scarlett tons at the studio and we wish her all the luck in the world in her new adventures!
The mandatory stage rehearsal (no costumes) is on Friday, May 19, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at the Cedar Hill High School Performing Arts Center (auditorium). The recital is on May 20, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. and all students must be there by 3:30 p.m.
The studio will be closed for the Winter Break from Thursday, December 22nd through Tuesday, January 3rd. Regular classes resume on Wednesday, January 4, 2017. Have a safe and happy holiday!
Final costume payments are due by January 16, 2017. All participation fees should be paid prior to turning in costume payments. Costume payments will not be accepted until participation fees are paid in full. Measurement forms have been emailed on multiple occasions.
Classes for the 2016-2017 season started on Tuesday, September 6th. We will be accepting new registration through November, 2016. You may come in a few minutes before classes start to register or any evening during the week after we open for the season if you missed our registration weekends.
The Spring Recital is over and the students did a remarkable job, as usual. We are very proud of all of our kids. Thank you to all who helped make our show a success.
If you did not get a chance to order your dvd’s, Video Masters can be reached at (281) 488-0590; email firstname.lastname@example.org; website videomaster-usa.com and they are on Facebook.
We are no longer accepting new student registration for the 2015/2016 season. Our next registration period will be in August of 2016 for our 2016/2017 season that starts in September.
Costume Payments are now due. The absolute deadline for costume payments is January 16, 2016. Recital Participation must already have been paid.
Parents’ Observation Week is from Monday, December 14th through Saturday, December 19th. Parents will be allowed to watch classes from our upstairs loft and may take pictures and videos from upstairs. This is just so parents can see their children’s progress from September and not intended to be a show of any kind. Please limit the number of people you bring and keep a very close eye on any extra children.
We will be closed for Winter Break from Monday, December 21, 2015 through January 2, 2016. Regular classes resume on Monday, January 4, 2016.
Some of our students had wonderful summer experiences at various summer intensive sessions. It is extremely rewarding for students to attend summer programs at different schools. They learn so much by meeting new students and teachers.
The recital was another resounding success. Thank you to all of our students, parents, backstage and front of the house helpers. We can’t do it without the help and cooperation of all involved.
Please contact Mr. Eldridge regarding any questions about your 2015 costume photos at (972) 617-2227; www.eldridgehouse.com. Video Masters out of Houston is once again the videographer at the 2015 recital. If you did not order your video at the studio or the recital, you can reach them at (281) 488-0590; email@example.com; www.videomasters-usa.com.
2015 Graduating Seniors: Courtney Jase will be attending Texas Women’s University, premed, with a goal toward becoming an obstetrician. Jazmin Pettit will also be attending Texas Women’s University, majoring in dance and double minoring in business and education. Jordan Willis will be attending Point Park College in Pittsburgh, PA. She will also be attending Lines Ballet in San Francisco for their summer intensive. The best of luck to all of seniors!
All of our Level IV and V students that were able to take Daniel Mantei Keene’s master class really enjoyed being able to learn from him, and just having him back in the studio brings an enormous amount of energy. Thank you Daniel for sharing your knowledge and making us smile in the process.
Mr. Ozsoy will once again be busy after our recital this summer teaching in New York for seven weeks at the Joffrey Ballet School’s Summer Workshop. Before New York, Mr. Ozsoy will teach in Shreveport at Louisiana Dance Foundation’s Summer Workshop.
Valarie Cardenas, who started with us in 2006 as a Level III, will be attending McCombs Business School at the University of Texas at Austin under a Terry Scholarship. She is also Salutatorian of Duncanville High School. Alisa Collier, who started with us in 2001 as a Kinder, will be attending Prairie View A&M majoring in education, with a minor in dance. Tiara Edwards, who started with us in 2007 as a Level II, will be attending the University of North Texas in Denton, majoring in education with a minor in dance. Ashton Fails, who started with us in 2009 as a Level III, will be attending Texas Women’s University in Denton studying nursing to become a nurse anesthetist and later a nurse practitioner. Annette Hernandez, who started with us in 2009 as a Level II, will be attending Santa Fe University of Art and Design, majoring in graphic design. Caitlyn Jones, who started with us in 2009 as a Level III, will be attending the University of Oklahoma majoring in anthropology.
Claire Dial will be double majoring in history and government at the Liberal Arts Honor College of the University of Texas at Austin. Claire has been with Ozsoy School of Ballet since she was a Kinder. Wow, how time flies. Hannah Clark, will be attending Joffrey Ballet School’s year round program to continue her dance studies. Hannah started with Ozsoy School of Ballet as a Level IV in 2009, but it seems as though she has been here for a lot longer than that. Crystal Sellars will be attending Angelo State University, majoring in nursing, with a minor in dance. Crystal has been with us off and on for four years.
Former student, Daniel Mantei Keene, now with American Ballet Theatre, is choreographing a new piece for Columbia Ballet Collaborative in New York. The premiere performance will be in November at Manhattan Movement Arts Center. Daniel is becoming quite a choreographer!!
Mr. Ozsoy had a wonderful time teaching master classes at Compañia Nacional de Danza in Mexico City and coaching the principal dancers for the ballet “Esmeralda” to be performed in September. The director, Sylvie Reynaud, and the dancers really wanted him to return for the performance on September 23rd, so he went back to Mexico City for the show and it was spectacular.
The Joffrey Ballet School’s ballet and contemporary performance is this weekend at the Symphony Center in New York City tonight and tomorrow afternoon. Mr. Ozsoy’s piece “Paquita” is closing the show and guess who is dancing in that piece? None other than former student Bethany Schaffer! Mr. Ozsoy was pleasantly surprised when Bethany showed up in his performance group. She is currently dancing at Mercyhurst in Pennsylvania and was accepted into Joffrey’s summer program (again). I’m sure the performances will be a huge success.
It was nice to see Rachel Perry, Bethany Schaffer, McKinley Willis, Claire Dial and Claire Hackman over their winter holidays. It’s hard to believe that Bethany and Claire are graduating from college this year. Time flies.
Former dancer, Yolonda Jordan D’Amico, did a wonderful interview with Mr. Ozsoy on dansetrack.com. It is very informative and brings back many great memories. You can view it at:
Well, as we expected, Daniel Mantei Keene was absolutely fabulous in “Duets” during American Ballet Theatre’s performances in Dallas in January 2012. We are so proud of Daniel and all he has accomplished in his dance career.
Two former students, Stephanie Stewart and McKinley Willis, both home for the holidays from UTA and OU, respectively, have been taking classes the last couple of weeks. It is always so nice to have our kids visit when they are in town.
Rachel McSween will once again be teaching Jazz and Modern classes for our studio with help from Alicia Peques. Thank you, Rachel and Alicia.
Daniel Mantei (Keene) was here for Thanksgiving on break from American Ballet Theatre and taught a master class for our Level IV and V students, which they thoroughly enjoyed. Thank you, Daniel. We always love seeing you.
The recital on Saturday, May 26, 2012 Cedar Hill High School Auditorium was another big success. Our students did an amazing job as usual. We look forward to seeing them again this fall.
Alicia Pegues has taken over the jazz and modern classes for Rachel McSween for the remainder of this season and will be our permanent teacher beginning in the fall. Please welcome Alicia into the Ozsoy family when you get the chance.
Mr. Ozsoy will once again be busy after our recital this summer teaching in New York for seven weeks at the Joffrey Ballet School’s Summer Workshop. Before New York, Mr. Ozsoy will teach in Shreveport at Louisiana Dance Foundation’s Summer Workshop and at KJ Dance’s Summer Intensive in Plano. He will also be teaching the company at Compania Nacional de Danza in Mexico City again this summer upon return from New York.
Our graduating senior — Rachel Perry — will be attending The University of Texas at Austin as a dance major. We are so happy she is to continue her dance education. Rachel often substituted for Mr. Ozsoy when he needed her and it is just so hard to let go. We will miss her enormously, to say the least. Good luck Rachel!
The recital went very well this year. We are forever grateful to the people that made it such a success — either backstage or in the lobby. Our parents are awesome. The folks at Cedar Hill High School are fantastic, as always. We were especially lucky to have had Pavel Perebillo from Stage Corps to do the lighting for the stage. Thank you.
Mr. Ozsoy will be doing his usual summer stints in Shreveport at Louisiana Dance Foundation, Plano at KJ Dance and New York at Joffrey Ballet School, with the added bonus of Mexico City at the Compania Nacional de Danza teaching company classes.
Our 2011 seniors, ShirJuanda Woodson will be attending Virginia Commonwealth University and McKinley Willis will be attending Oklahoma University. They will both be continuing their dance studies.
We were fortunate to be able to see former student Daniel Mantei Keene perform in ABT’s production of “Romeo and Juliet” at the Metropolitan Opera House on July 5, 2010. It was wonderful to see Daniel dancing on such a magnificent stage in such an outstanding production. Daniel looked wonderful, as usual.
When we were visiting with Daniel, he was telling us how he was auditioning to choreograph a piece for ABT later that week. Well, Daniel was selected to be one of four dancers, out of 17 that auditioned (including a couple of principal dancers), to choreograph a piece for American Ballet Theatre. The choreography will have its World Premiere at The Innovation Initiative, a one-night-only benefit for ABT at the Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center on October 12, 2010. We are so excited for Daniel to have this opportunity. He has always wanted to choreograph and to do so on his fellow company dancers is an amazing accomplishment. We are so proud of you, Daniel. Here is a link to see what he is doing: http://www.abt.org/contactus/enews/innovationinitiative.asp
The recital was a resounding success. We are so proud of our students and teachers. They did an outstanding job and had a great performance. Thank you to everyone who helped back stage and out front!!
We have several senior girls leaving us in 2010. As of this posting, this is where they will be headed: Claire Hackman will be attending Notre Dame in the fall. She was also accepted into Joffrey Ballet’s Summer Workshop in New York; Geneinde’ Taylor-Edwards was awarded scholarships to Austin College and Baylor University and will attend Drexel University. Sarah Hammonds was accepted into UT Austin, TCU, Cornish and Long Island University, but will be attending Sam Houston State University majoring in dance and business. Stephanie Stewart was also accepted into several colleges, including SMU, and summer dance programs, and will be attending Boston University. We are so proud of our seniors!
Mr. Ozsoy will be doing his usual 2 weeks in Shreveport and 8 weeks at Joffrey New York.
Alianna Whiteaker-Chudecke, our 2009 graduating senior, is having a great first year at Mercyhurst in Pennsylvania. She had an opportunity to sing in New York City over the Christmas holidays. Then she auditioned for and got the lead in her school’s production of “Sweeney Todd.” She will also be performing in the Opera Pops and Sizzles in March as Mimi from “La Boheme” and Caro Nome from “Rigoletto.” I certainly hope she is still able to throw in some dance classes with her busy schedule. We are so proud of Alianna.
Karen Nalley-Raines moved to the Texas Hill Country in October, 2008. She has been an integral part of Ozsoy School of Ballet for many years and we will miss her very, very much. We hope you got to say goodbye to “Ms. Karen”. Ashley Schlachter will be replacing Karen as the pre-ballet teacher on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
It’s hard to believe that Claire Allen has graduated from SUNY Purchase this May. Wow! She auditioned and was selected from hundreds of applicants to become a member of Yuri Zhukov’s new group of nine dancers performing a new piece in San Francisco. They are hoping for funding to continue the group past the summer to form a new company. What a wonderful opportunity for Claire to be part of something so new and exciting. We couldn’t be more proud.
Daniel Mantei (Keene) returned to American Ballet Theatre in New York in December, 2007 after a short stint at The National Ballet of Canada. At last report, he is very happy to be back living and working in New York City and ABT.
Mr. Ozsoy had an eventful first week in New York during the summer of 2007. On Tuesday night, he got tickets from Daniel Mantei to ABT’s performance of Romeo & Juliet. He’s so happy he got to see Daniel perform again with ABT before he moves on to the National Ballet of Canada at the end of July. On Wednesday afternoon, he accompanied 30 students from Joffrey Ballet School’s summer program to a seminar and lecture on George Balanchine, after which the group got to go to a performance of New York City Ballet to see first-hand Mr. Balanchine’s choreography. Mr. Ozsoy also attended a different New York City Ballet matinee program on Saturday afternoon. On Saturday night, he was lucky enough to get tickets to the second round of the New York International Ballet Competition. While backstage, he ran into Donna Davis, mother of former student Elizabeth Davis who is now attending Fordham University in New York. Well lo and behold, Elizabeth was working as Assistant to the Coordinator for the competition and there were squeals of delight when her mother called her to tell her to come backstage for a surprise.
Daniel Keene was one of the dancers at a Night of Stars Gala in Mobile, Alabama on November 1, 2003 with other members of ABT. Also on the bill was Rasta Thomas, among others. August 2003 — Daniel Keene will be dancin’ with the big boys come October. He was awarded a contract with American Ballet Theatre in New York beginning in October, 2003. Daniel will continue with ABT’s Studio Company until October. Way to go, Daniel. We couldn’t be more proud of you!!
Our Level V-VI students performed with Louisiana Dance Foundation at LA: Dance Alive! at the historic Strand Theater in Shreveport, Louisiana on Saturday, May 3, 2003. It is always a thrill for our kids to be able to perform with Carol Anglin and her company. Mr. Ozsoy is an artistic advisor to Louisiana Dance Foundation and is on faculty at their summer intensive workshop.
March 2003 — Another update on Daniel — He is now traveling to Belfast, Ireland and London, England with ABT II. That is the studio company for American Ballet Theatre in New York. We wish Daniel and the company well in their travels.
We ran into a long-absent student, Lauren Lettenmaier. She is attending UTA and is still dancing. She is performing with a jazz group in the Dallas area and is still as sweet as ever.
November 2002 — Daniel Keene came in town for Thanksgiving for only two days. Of course, while he was here he talked Mr. Ozsoy into giving him a class. It’s an addiction. Daniel has been performing all over New York with ABT II and will be dancing with Hartford Ballet in their Nutcracker this season.
Our teacher, Debbie Brynteson, has moved with her husband and the twins to Denver, Colorado. Our kinder and elementary students will miss her very much, as do the staff and the other students at the school. Debbie has been a part of Ozsoy’s everyday life for several years. She has been a tremendous help to all of us. We wish the family the best of luck in Denver.
Ashley Stirrat, a former student, is getting married during the Thanksgiving weekend. We wish her a long and happy marriage! Congratulations.
January, 2002 — Mr. Ozsoy has just returned from a triumphant trip to Turkey where he taught master classes and coached dancers at the Ankara State Ballet Company where he danced as a principal dancer. The dancers loved him and he had a great time seeing the new generation of dancers and he was quite impressed.
December, 2001 — Daniel Keene came in for the holidays from London where he is a scholarship student at the Royal Ballet School. He is still as impressive as when he left here for Great Brittain in July. His time home was too short and he didn’t get to spend enough time with Mr. Ozsoy who was in Turkey when Daniel got home. To the delight of his former classmates, Daniel taught two classes while Mr. Ozsoy was gone. The studio is still in one piece, so I guess they enjoyed it. He is returning to London on January 5 to begin rehearsals for “Swan Lake” with the Royal Birmingham Ballet Company. He also danced in their “Nutcracker” before coming home for the holidays. It seems London agrees with him and he is enjoying his time there.