2020 Summer Master Class Series
Tuition and Fees
One-Time Summer Registration fee:
$25/per student (non-refundable)
Each Master Class is $40 for 2-hour session
OR $140 for all four days
Fridays: June 26; July 3, 10, 17
Mary Beth Tilley: Adv. Ballet 9:00-11:00 am
Fridays: June 26; July 3
Dex Honea: Int. Ballet 11:15-1:15 pm
Fridays: July 10, 17
Ahita Bergman: Int. Ballet 11:15-1:15 pm
Dex Honea danced professionally for fifteen years with Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Eugene Ballet Company and The Sarasota Ballet. Dex has been teaching since 2004, and directed the Sarasota Ballet School for five years, until recently transitioning into professional photography. His duties as director included running The Sarasota Ballet School, The Margaret Barbieri Conservatory and Dance The Next Generation outreach program for at risk youth. Dex specialized in teaching ballet technique, partnering and character classes. He has directed numerous successful summer intensives that included international students and teachers. As Education Director, he produced and directed all the shows, workshops, end of the year performances, outreach and master classes, adult program, and full school curriculum and syllabus. The Sarasota Ballet School won Best School at YAGP in 2015.
Mary Beth Tilley began her classical ballet training at the age of 7 at Ballet Magnificat in Jackson, Mississippi. A year later, she and her family moved back to Little Rock, Arkansas where she trained for many years at the Academy of Ballet Arkansas under the instruction of Kurt and Linda Hathaway, Eleanora Pohkitonova, Olivier Munoz, and was fortunate enough to work briefly with Susan Jaffe from American Ballet Theater who was one of the ballerinas who inspired her to dance. Her training consisted of all styles of classical ballet, including Vaganova, Balanchine, Cecchetti, and Bournonville. Mary Beth began dancing soloist roles with Ballet Arkansas at the age of 15, which included roles in The Nutcracker, Giselle, Ballet Under the Stars, Elvis Has Left the Building, La Bayadere, Paquita, Stars and Stripes, and many others. Mary Beth has been a dance educator in Arkansas since 2004 and is passionate about offering safe technique that enables the dancer to perform to the very best of their ability while also preventing injuries. She is also Progressing Ballet Technique certified. Mary Beth is excited to be in Colorado and work with the talented dancers of Colorado Ballet Society.
Ahita Ardalan Bergman has performed with Paris Opera Ballet where she danced throughout Europe and the USA. She taught with the Conservatoire de Region de Paris and later became Stage Manager and assistant choreographer for the Ballet de Monte Carlo. In 1991, Mr. Roland Petit asked her to join Ballet National Mareille as his Artistic Assistant and Stage Manager. After moving to the US, she served as Ballet Mistress with San Diego Ballet for 20 years and taught at the school.
Patricia Hoffman, Director, Principal Teacher, founded Colorado Ballet Society (formerly Ballet Society of Colorado Springs) in September of 1997. Before moving to Colorado Springs, she founded and directed La Jolla Festival Ballet and Dance Center in Southern California. She began her studies in Monterey, California, with Patricia Wester. At age 16, Ms. Hoffman began to study full time with England’s Ballet Rambert. She received her MFA in classical ballet from U.S. International University where she also later joined the faculty. Ms. Hoffman performed principal roles created for her with Ballet International and San Diego Ballet. She also directed and taught in London; was principal at the San Diego Ballet School; and directed the USIU Conservatory of the Arts.