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

Director of Schools Picture

Merideth Tullous is a Texas native and trained with the Lone Start Ballet under the direction of Neil Hess. She an alumna of Texas Christian University, graduating with a BFA in Ballet.  During her college career Mrs. Tullous studied with TCU faculty and other dance artists, including the late Fernando Bujones. She then went to New York City and worked with Ballet Tech, Eliot Feld's NYC School for Dance. She spent 9 years there as a Beginner Ballet teacher, Auditions Selector, and Program Coordinator for their city scholarship program. Mrs. Tullous also worked in marketing for several years specializing in small-business promotion and was promoted to Director of Marketing before she left to focus all of her time on the arts.  In 2014, Mrs. Tullous became the Manager of TBT’s Community Enrichment Program which reaches thousands of students annually. In 2016 Mrs. Tullous was promoted to the new position of Director of Schools.

School Principal Picture

Kathryn Warakomsky-Li, originally from Boston, MA, began her ballet studies at the relatively late age of 14 in Springfield, Virginia with Oleg Tupine. She graduated from the State University of New York at Purchase with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance. She was invited to join the Ballet de Santiago under the direction of Ivan Nagy where she rose to the status of principal dancer. In 1989 Ms. Warakomsky joined Houston Ballet and became Principal dancer. She has over 20 years performing experience dancing lead roles in all the major classical ballets including Swan Lake, Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella, Cleopatra, Etudes and Coppelia. She also danced in numerous contemporary works by Ben Stevenson, George Balanchine, Jiri Kylian, Kenneth MacMillan, John Cranko, Ronald Hynd, James Kudelka and Christopher Bruce among others. Ms. Warakomsky-Li has toured extensively around the world dancing throughout North and South America, Asia and Europe. Upon retiring from the stage in 2001, Ms. Warakomsky-Li was invited to teach at Houston Ballet Ben Stevenson Academy where she staged and rehearsed many pieces for the upper school. Ms. Warakomsky-Li has been teaching for Texas Ballet Theater School in Fort Worth since 2003 where she has taught all levels of the school. She is an American Ballet Theatre (ABT) Certified Teacher who has successfully completed the ABT Teacher Training in Primary through Level 7 of the ABT National Training Curriculum®. She has also traveled to Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia to view the Bolshoi and the Vaganova Schools and to participate in their training programs. Ms. Warakomsky-Li was named Principal of Texas Ballet Theater School Fort Worth in January 2007 and in 2016 was promoted to Associate Director and heads the Professional Division. Ms. Warakmosky-Li has also managed the Summer Intensive since its inception in 2007.

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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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Merideth Tullous

Director of Schools

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Kathy Warakomsky-Li

Associate Director/Professional Division

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Charmaine Hunter

Upper School Principal

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Ashley Friedman

School Administrator

Josie Baldree
Patricia Bochnak
Diana Crowder
Reida Dobi
Lauren Hibbard
Shane Howell
La'Wonda Hunter
Melian Izotova
Kristin Klade
Mary McLendon
Leticia Oliveira
Erin Reece
Nicole Von Enck
Ashanti Williams

2017-2018 Class Schedule

Registration for 2017-18 opens on April 10.

Classes begin August 21, 2017.

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Class Placements


These programs 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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