Ashanti Williams is a proud graduate of Texas Christian University where she completed the BFA program in Modern Dance from The School for Classical and Contemporary Dance. Originally from Dallas, TX, Ashanti received her early training in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, lyrical and hip hop from Kitty Carter's Dance Factory.
With over 10 years of experience, Ashanti has taught dance all over the metroplex, specializing in Jazz and Contemporary styles, and is very excited to share her knowledge and skills set with the dancers of Texas Dance Conservatory.
Carla Brown started her dance career at “Dancer’s Workshop” under Kathleen Sinclair Cristofori in Yuma, Arizona. During this time she had the opportunity to perform in four Nutcracker Ballets. Two of which she held lead positions within her rolls. Carla then continued her dancing through “Miss Minnie’s School of Ballet” in Roswell, New Mexico. There she had the opportunity to train in and perform multiple styles of dance such as Mexican Folk Dance, River Dance, Swing Dance, Broadway, jazz, tap, and ballet. Carla also continued to perform in The Nutcracker Ballet taking on new rolls each year, and she had the privilege to choreograph the Arabian dance. Performing in a shortened version of Sleeping Beauty Ballet, Carla held the role of Sleeping Beauty. Carla’s choreographing and dancing continued as she studied briefly at Texas Tech University and choreographed for a competitive group performance at Lubbock Christian University. Carla is trained through the Cecchetti Ballet style. She has passed through professional level VI and holds a Cecchetti Teacher certification. Carla has taught dance classes in New Mexico, and Oklahoma, and is now adding Texas. “I believe dance is about expression, passion and above all self-control. My personal goal is to teach young dancers to perfect the basic steps that will allow them to perform their own passions.”
Crystal Derrick is a Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts alumna. She graduated Cum Laude with her BFA in Dance from Sam Houston State University. Ms. Crystal began her training at Margo Dean's School of Ballet and eventually became an apprentice for Ballet Concerto. She has had the honor of working with many artists over the years, such as Astrid Von Ussar, Bruce Marks, Luis Montero, Nathalie Krassovska and more. During college, she was an apprentice for Rednerrus Feil Dance Company and upon graduation became a member of the company and the costume mistress. She has taught at multiple studios in Houston, The Woodlands, and Cypress, Texas, but is so overjoyed to be back in Fort Worth and working at Texas Dance Conservatory.
Jackie Millan is a Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts alumna with over 25 years of dance experience. She recently moved back to Texas and is excited to bring her talents to Texas Dance Conservatory. Miss Jackie graduated Magna cum laude with her BA in Dance from Hunter College in New York City with department honors in dance and an academic scholarship. While at Hunter she had the opportunity to work with Vicky Shick, Kendra Portier, Jennifer Nugent, and more. Since graduating, Jackie has danced with MWest & Company and Bolly Dhamaal Dance. She currently dances with imPULSE dance project. Miss Jackie has taught dance in New York, New Jersey, and Texas. She completed the National Dance Institute’s Teaching Artist Training and several workshops with Associated Dance Teachers of New Jersey. She loves sharing her passion for dance with her students and continuously improving her own skills and abilities.
Joshua Barr was born in Altoona, Pennsylvania. He began his dance training at the age of 10 at the Allegheny Ballet Company, where he studied with Deborah Anthony, Cristin Davis-Burwell, Richard Cook and Cherie Noble. He later trained on scholarship at Pacific Northwest Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, and Ballet Austin. After high school, he went on to study Dance and Biology at Penn State University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Integrative Art Studies. During his undergraduate studies, he was offered a full-scholarship to dance in the Professional Division Trainee Program at Ballet Austin. After completing his undergraduate studies, he went on to study on full-scholarship at University of Oklahoma, where he earned his Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance. While a graduate student at University of Oklahoma, he had the distinct honor to serve as Graduate Teaching Assistant to the School of Dance. Since graduation, he has served as an active member of the Dance Studies Association. His research interests include: site-specific dance performance practices, democratic choreographic processes in Classical ballet, and the intersection between dance and politics. He currently serves as Educational Programs Coordinator for Texas Ballet Theater, and as guest instructor for several ballet schools throughout Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Lori Vasquez is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago, where she completed BFA in Dance with Honors specializing in choreography and teaching. Born and raised in Fort Worth, she started dancing at the age of five and studied ballet, modern, jazz, and hip hop. Lori did her training with Frances Lea Dance Center, Joe Berry, and Arlington Heights Dance Department. While at Columbia, she has studied various styles of modern such as Cunningham, Graham, and Horton, and also trained in West African dance and improvisation. At Columbia, Lori had the privilege of dancing and working with diverse artists such as Paige Cunningham, Stephanie Paul, Urban Bush Women, Bob Eisen, and Camille A. Brown & dancers. During Lori’s time at Columbia, she was able to be a part of a community outreach program as a teaching artist and teach dance at schools in Chicago.
Lori choreographed three pieces for the Arlington Heights Dance Department, including My Immortal (2011-2012), which was showcased at the National High School Dance Festival. Lori’s choreography, Change Over Time (2016) and Sweetpoo Gorda Beebs (2018) has appeared at the Dance Center stage of Columbia. Currently, Lori is a member with imPULSE Dance Project and pursuing a teaching certification to teach in public school’s dance programs.
Madison Winter just graduated Magna cum laude with a BFA in Ballet with University Honors from Texas Christian University. While at TCU, Madi has participated in residency works such as Antony Tudor’s Dark Elegies(John Gardner and Amanda McKerrow, répétituers), Summer Lee Rhatigan’s At Play, as well as premieres by Jennifer Archibald, Keith Saunders, General MacArthur Hambrick, Elizabeth Gillaspy, and Li-Chou Cheng. Originally, from Boulder Colorado her training started at Longmont Dance Theatre, and was shaped by attending summer programs with Next Generation Ballet under Peter Stark, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet under Marcia Dale Weary, and Colorado Ballet under Gil Boggs. Madi looks forward to delving into teaching and sharing her passion of dance.
What I most appreciate about Texas Dance Conservatory is that my children are taught by fully trained dance professionals. I know they will train safely while being pushed to advance their technical skills.