About Chamberlain Ballet
Plano based Chamberlain Ballet was established in May 1984 by Artistic Director Kathy Chamberlain. Chamberlain Ballet was formed as a student ensemble dedicated to providing students with a stepping-stone to professional dance careers. During their 10th season, Chamberlain Ballet became a semi-professional company with their debut of the Chamberworks Series in collaboration with the Plano Chamber Orchestra. Chamberlain Ballet is dedicated to serving North Texas and the surrounding community by providing professional quality performances and outstanding outreach programs. Chamberlain Ballet takes great pride in the ongoing efforts to expand its cultural diversity through performance collaborations. November 2002 began the association with the Charles W. Eisemann Center, giving the company a new, permanent performance venue.
Chamberlain Ballet is committed to presenting excellent ballet to enrich the North Texas community, enlighten with arts education, and encourage through outreach programs.
Director of operations
Vice President of Finance
Members at Large
Ray Bittel, Press Jones, Christina Ryan, Dr. Anna Tseng, Genevieve Wilson, and Troy Young
Kathy Chamberlain began her training at age five at the Winifred-Bryan School of Dance where she was introduced to ballet. After realizing her dream of becoming a professional, she focused on classical ballet and made the switch to Etgen-Akinson School of Ballet. At age eleven, Kathy was accepted as an apprentice to the Dallas Metropolitan Ballet, where she was noticed by talent scout, Violette Verdy of New York City Ballet.
Through the School of American Ballet (SAB) and the New York City Ballet (NYCB), Kathy became a Ford Foundation Scholar at age twelve. After suffering a career ending knee injury, Kathy was given the idea to turn her passion to teaching. Her focus has been to teach young dancers whose dreams were based, like hers, on a love for the art and beauty of ballet. Just shy of her twenty-first birthday, she had her teaching philosophy, ethics, and style in mind and thus began the Chamberlain School of Ballet at Keystone Park in 1977. Starting with 127 students, the school blossomed enough to expand to a second location north of Richardson, and a branch was opened in Plano in 1984.
Desiring to be able to give students a stepping stone into a professional career, Kathy established The Chamberlain Ballet Company, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to presenting world class dance and educate through outreach programs in May of 1984. In 1986, Kathy consolidated the schools into one location in Plano, which remains the current site.
After focusing on classical ballet for much of her teaching career, Kathy began reflecting on past students and their talents and realized many of her students excelled in other dance genres other than classical ballet. She then started a highly anticipated jazz and tap program, which expanded into modern and composition classes. Having created a program that produces well-rounded performers, she is proud of the diverse training Chamberlain Ballet has to offer its company members.
Mr. Fox began his training at the age of nine in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with Moscelyne Larkin and Roman Jasinski. He studied on full scholarship at The School of American Ballet (SAB) where he was asked to join New York City Ballet. While with the NYCB, Mr. Fox worked under the direction of George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, and Peter Martins. He danced as a Principal Dancer with the Tulsa Ballet and the San Francisco Ballet under the direction of Helgi Tomasson. Mr. Fox is grateful to have had teachers like Stanley Williams, Andrea Kramarevsky, Alexandra Danilova, Irna Kosmovska, Antonina Tumkovsky, Bill Martin-Viscount, Wilhelm Bermann, David Howard, Patricia Wilde, Leon Danielion, and John Clifford, who have influenced both his dancing and teaching careers. Throughout his career, Mr. Fox has performed principal roles in Divertimento #15, Symphony in C, Four Temperaments, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Serenade (George Balanchine), Fancy Free, Four Seasons (original cast), and Interplay (Jerome Robbins) as well as works by Jiri Kylian, Val Caniporoli, Michael Smuin, and Paul Taylor.
Lisa Hess Jones
A native of Amarillo, Texas, Ms. Hess trained with her parents, Neil and Camille Hess. Further training included the San Francisco Ballet, Harkness Ballet, School of American Ballet and American Ballet Theatre. Ms. Hess joined New York City Ballet in 1975 and later became a soloist. She danced with Nureyev and Friends, was a guest artist with Sydney Ballet in Australia and toured Asia with Stars of the American Ballet. In 1989, Ms. Hess became involved with the Carlisle Project allowing her to create choreography for professional dancers and for the Northeast Regional Dance Festival and the Southwest Regional Dance Festival. She has created works for ballet companies around the country such as Annapolis Ballet Theatre, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Brigham Young University, and West Texas State University.
A Dallas native, Ms. Mariaux began her training at the Etgen-Atkinson School of Ballet. She went on to study on full scholarship at the School of American Ballet in New York City. Subsequently, Suzette performed professionally with New York City Ballet under George Balanchine and in Europe with the Frankfurt Opera Ballet. The mother of four, Suzette brings that insight and experience to her exceptional teaching background.
Ms. Martin began her dance training at the age of three and later trained with Kathy Chamberlain for five years. She was a member of Chamberlain Ballet for four years performing in numerous productions. Her summer studies included Ballet Austin, Joffrey Workshop in San Antonio, San Francisco Ballet, Ballet Workshop of New England, and extensive training with Truman Finney at Chamberlain Ballet. She also studied and danced professionally as a trainee with Ben Stevenson’s Fort Worth Dallas Ballet, performing roles in Giselle and The Nutcracker. Recently, Ms. Martin restaged her Peter and The Wolf for Chamberlain Ballet’s Family Ballet Series.
Jane Scichili Martin grew up in Richardson and received her ballet training with the Dallas Metropolitan Ballet, Kathy Chamberlain, and the School of American Ballet in New York. She was a principal dancer with the Hartford Ballet Company in Connecticut for 11 years. She danced lead roles in Concerto Barocco, Moors Pavane, Esplanade, Romeo and Juliet, Nutcracker, and Coppélia. She originated many lead roles in choreography by director Michael Uthoff. Jane returned to Texas in 1990 to teach for Kathy Chamberlain and was ballet mistress for Chamberlain Ballet for 7 years before taking a break to raise her twin boys. She returned in January 2013 as Ballet Mistress for Chamberlain Ballet’s production of Coppelia and began teaching full time again in the fall of 2013 as well as working as Ballet Mistress for the company.
Plano based Chamberlain Ballet is the principal pre-professional ballet company of North Texas. Chamberlain’s focus on building Classical Foundations for Life® is evident in the lives of its dancers who benefit from rigorous training and outstanding performance opportunities.
Open Company auditions | 8-10-19
Chamberlain Ballet held open auditions for the 35th anniversary season on August 10, 2019.
While auditions for the season have passed, we are always willing to give individual auditions for dancers interested in joining the performing company. This season, our dancers will participate in numerous productions and performances such as The Nutcracker, Peter & the Wolf,
Nutcracker Auditions | 9-14-19
Auditions for children’s roles are open to the public
Saturday, September 14, 2019
Must be 6 years old and in 1st grade by the beginning of the 2019-20 school year to be eligible to audition.
Location and times
Chamberlain School of Ballet
1st - 2nd Graders | 1:00 - 2:15 pm
3rd - 4th Graders | 2:30 - 4:00 pm
5th - 6th Graders | 4:30 - 6:00 pm
7th Graders & Up | 6:15 - 7:45 pm
(Chamberlain Ballet Trainees, Apprentices and Junior Company members come to their current grade groupings.)
Mandatory Parent Meetings
If your child is interested in performing in the 2019 Nutcracker performances, Mandatory Parent Meetings will be held at the Courtyard Theatre in Plano.
Monday, September 9, 2019 from 5:30-7:00 pm or Tuesday, September 10, 2019 from 7:30-9:00 pm
We are very interested in boys auditioning, so if your dancer has a brother or a friend that is interested, please encourage their parents to attend a parent meeting and have their son audition.
Remember, a parent MUST attend a Parent Meeting in order for the dancer to participate in the production!!!
November 29, 2019 at 2 pm & 7 pm
November 30, 2019 at 2 pm
December 1, 2019 at 2 pm
Chamberlain Ballet regularly brings in well known dancers and teachers from across the nation for master classes.
Recent master class teachers include:
Chamberlain School of Ballet is the official training academy of Chamberlain Ballet. If you would like more information please click here to visit Chamberlain School of Ballet’s website.