Fort Worth School

Committed to the Highest Standards

Texas Ballet Theater Schools provide a complete training program for recreational dancers as well as those aspiring to be professionals. All classes are offered in a safe and nurturing environment and offer performance opportunities at all levels. The Fort Worth School follows the American Ballet Theater National Training Curriculum and is home to Texas Ballet Theater School Professional Division.


​Dancers enrolled in Texas Ballet Theater School have the opportunity to showcase their talent on stage throughout the year, including TBT’s annual production of Ben Stevenson’s The Nutcracker. TBTS students also dance in their School's annual Spring Performance. Other performance opportunities include local civic and cultural events, as well as competition settings for advanced students.


As students progress, they have access to training in other genres, such as modern and jazz, providing a well-rounded education and thorough knowledge of other dance styles.

Join Our Performance Groups

Texas Ballet Theater School performance groups present classical repertoire and original choreography throughout North Texas. Students are invited to audition upon achievement of required skills.

Faculty and Staff

School Principal Picture

Kathryn Warakomsky has over 20 years of performance experience dancing lead roles in all the major classical ballets, including The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Coppélia, and many others. Born in Boston, Ms. Warakomsky graduated with Honors and a BFA in Dance from the State University of New York at Purchase, and is an ABT® (American Ballet Theatre) Certified Teacher, Primary through Level 7. While a principal dancer with Ballet de Santiago, Chile, she met and worked with Ben Stevenson O.B.E. She later joined Houston Ballet, rising to principal status there. Ms. Warakomsky has been with Texas Ballet Theater School in Fort Worth since 2003.

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Ben Stevenson

Artistic Director, O.B.E.

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Tim O’Keefe

Associate Artistic Director

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Li Anlin

Assistant Artistic Director

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Anna Donovan

Principal Ballet Master

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Ashley Bomm

Summer Coordinator

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Ashley Friedman

School Administrator

Carrie Cheng
Li Chou Cheng
Rachael Coad
Shane Howell
Charmaine Hunter
La'Wonda Hunter
Kristin Klade
Heather Kotelenets
Krista Langford
Mary McLendon
Leticia Oliveira
Erin Reece
Merideth Tullous
Nicole Von Enck

2016-2017 Class Schedule

2016-17 School Year Classes begin August 22

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Class Placements


Introduce young children to movement through music. Teachers use a hands-on approach to creatively present the fundamentals of dance. Classes for ages 3 - 5 meet once per week. Level 1A students (ages 6 - 7) may take one or two classes per week.


Levels 1B, 2A and 2B begin a more formal approach to classical ballet. Students in Level 1B (ages 7 - 8) may take one or two classes per week. Students in Level 2 and above are placed by teacher recommendation and take two classes per week.


Recommended for ages 6 - 10, young male dancers are introduced to the athletic side of dance. Young men ages 3 and older are encouraged to enroll in the regular school program.

Open Jazz and Beginner/Intermediate Ballet

These less formal, recreational classes may be taken with or without enrollment in a ballet level. Open Jazz is recommended for ages 8 - 12; Beginner/Intermediate Ballet for ages 10 - 14.


Students are introduced to a more rigorous level of study, incorporating training elements from Royal Academy of Dance (RAD), Cecchetti and Vaganova methods. Jazz, modern and pointe work also are introduced. Students are required to take all classes listed for their level.


Classes meet five to six days per week, emphasizing posture, placement, style, quality, artistic expression and musicality. Students are required to take all classes listed for their level.


The Texas Ballet Theater School Professional Division prepares advanced dancers for a professional ballet career. Students concentrate on perfecting technique and developing artistry through intensive full-day instruction. This comprehensive program provides the experience necessary to transition from student to professional dancer, all while offering personal attention in an intimate, nurturing environment.

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New students ages 10 and older are required to attend an audition class for placement into the appropriate class level. Students are placed based on age, technique, physique, personal strength and intangibles such as talent, grace and maturity.


Advancement through Texas Ballet Theater School is based on many factors including a student’s strength, commitment, attendance, maturity, mastery of material and artistic development as assessed by the teacher and Principal. Advancement to the next level may occur  anytime during the semester but generally takes place at the end of each school year.


Parents and students should not anticipate annual level advancements. Ballet classes do not progress at the same pace as traditional academic grades. It is common for students to repeat levels of study. Because the range of the criteria for promotion is so diverse, two or more years may be required before a student is ready for advancement to the next level of study.


This fee covers the cost associated with presenting the Spring Performance, including theater rental, staging, lighting, costumes and other production expenses. Generally, lower level students can expect to pay a fee of approximately $70, while advanced level students will pay a fee of approximately $105. Students who choose not to participate in the Spring Performance do not pay the performance fee. ** Note that this fee does not cover the entire cost of costuming; therefore, all costumes remain the property of Texas Ballet Theater.


Tuition is based on the class level in which the student is enrolled. Tuition and registration fees are non-refundable. Students are responsible for tuition for the entire year. Full tuition is due for students who choose not to participate in the Spring Performances. Students with outstanding account balances are not eligible for re-enrollment until outstanding payments are paid. Students who enroll after the beginning of the regular year may receive a pro-rated tuition rate. There are no credits for classes missed and no make-up classes offered. Reimbursements are not given for classes missed for vacations or school functions. Students are obligated for a full semester’s tuition even if they withdraw before the end of the session. Tuition credits may be applied to the following semester in the event students withdraw from classes due to a prolonged illness or injury verified by a doctor’s written confirmation. Texas Ballet Theater School must be informed in writing if a student decides to discontinue classes.


Annual- Due in one payment by August 1. Includes a 10% discount.

Two semesters- Due in two payments in August and January. Includes a 5% discount.

Ten Installments- Due on the first of each month, beginning in August.  The annual tuition is divided into ten equal payments, so no discount is given for partial months.

Family- Additional children in the same family will receive a 15% discount. For discount purposes, student in the highest level is considered the “first student”. Family discount does not apply to drop-in or special classes.

PAYMENT policies

Registration Fee – A $50 registration fee is due for each student (or $75/family) at the time of enrollment.

Late Fees – All payments are due on the first (or first weekday) of each month. Accounts that have not been paid by the 7th of the month will incur a $10 late fee.

Withdrawals – Parent is responsible for tuition for the full school year. Parent must notify Texas Ballet Theater School in writing if a student will be withdrawing from the program. At that time, all past due tuition is due. Students who withdraw will NOT receive a refund; however, we will credit the following semester in the event that a student withdraws from classes due to a prolonged illness or injury.

No Refund Policy – TBTS will not refund tuition payments or registration fees for any reason. Refunds will not be given for missed or cancelled classes.


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New students can inquire about Fort Worth School dance classes and register by contacting Ashley Friedman.

817.763.0207 Ext. 108
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