Phone:

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Dance Faculty

Phone:

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Kate Walker

Director of the Dance Conservatory, Ballet / Modern / Tap / PE / Portfolio

Kate Walker graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington and an MS in Sport and Exercise Psychology from Argosy University. She has performed and had choreographic works presented around the country. She has been featured in Dance Studio Life, Dance Spirit and Dance Teacher magazines for her experience as both a teacher and dancer. In the summers, she serves on faculty at the American Dance Festival. Kate joined the Dance Faculty at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in 2008 and became Dance Department Coordinator in 2014.

katwalker@dallasisd.org | 972-925-1226 | Room 050


Phone:

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Brian Devine

Assistant Director of the Dance Conservatory, Ballet / Modern / Kinesiology / Portfolio

 

 

bdevine@dallasisd.org | 972-925-1256 | Room 050


Phone:

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Michelle Gibson

Ballet / Modern / Beginning Rep / World Dance I

Choreographer, Cultural Ambassador, Educator, and Performing Artist Michelle N. Gibson received her BFA in Dance from Tulane University and her MFA in Dance from Hollins University/American Dance Festival at Duke University. Michelle is a nine year faculty member with the American Dance Festival’s school intensive held at Duke University. She has taught and set choreography at various intensives, institutions and universities such as Middlebury College, Spelman College, and Henderson State University just to name as few. Michelle has also choreographed for several theater companies and live entertainment organizations locally and across the country. Michelle’s choreographic works range from genres of the African Diaspora, Afro and Contemporary Modern, Afro Funk, Jazz, and her own New Orleans Second Line Aesthetic. One of her latest choreographic works, Voices of Congo Square, uses the rich culture and history of the Black Mardi Gras Indians that premiered in 2018 during the 300th Tri-Cenntinal Celebration of New Orleans at the Orpheum Theatre in
New Orleans LA.

micgibson@dallasisd.org | 972-925-1244 | Room 050


Phone:

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Michelle Zada Hall

Ballet / Modern / Beginning Rep / Conditioning

A native of Columbus, Ohio, Michelle Zada Hall earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance Education, with a minor in Physical Education from The Ohio State University. Her thirteen year professional performing career includes dancing as a member of Philadanco’s second company “D/2”, Lula Washing ton Dance Theater, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble and five seasons with Dallas Black Dance Theatre while serving as their Costume Mistress as well. In addition to dancing, Michelle has appeared as a featured actress in many local and nationwide commercials and print advertising, including McDonalds and Qdoba Mexican Grill. With a duo passion for performing and education, she has taught for privately owned dance studios and numerous master classes throughout the United States and is currently on staff at Dance Industry in Plano, Texas. This is Michelle’s third year on Dance Faculty at Booker T. Washington HSPVA. She teaches Ballet, Modern, Beginning Repertory, Physical Education and also serves as Director of the World Dance Ensemble. Michelle Zada-Hall, a native of Columbus, Ohio, Michelle Zada Hall earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance Education, with a minor in Physical Education from The Ohio State University. Her thirteen year professional performing career includes dancing as a member of Philadanco’s second company “D/2”, Lula Washing ton Dance Theater, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble and five seasons with Dallas Black Dance Theatre while serving as their Costume Mistress as well. In addition to dancing, Michelle has appeared as a featured actress in many local and nationwide commercials and print advertising, including McDonalds and Qdoba Mexican Grill. With a duo passion for performing and education, she has taught for privately owned dance studios and numerous master classes throughout the United States and is currently on staff at Dance Industry in Plano, Texas. This is Michelle’s third year on Dance Faculty at Booker T. Washington HSPVA. She teaches Ballet, Modern, Beginning Repertory, Physical Education and also serves as Director of the World Dance Ensemble.

michhall@dallasisd.org | 972-925-1226 | Room 050


Phone:

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Estela Tejeda

Ballet / Modern / Composition

Estela Tejeda is a native of Chicago. She received her MFA from Southern Methodist University where she received a full artistic scholarship. Before coming to Dallas, she lived in New York City where she was a founding member of Sanza Nemo Collective Dance, a company originally based out of Italy, which relocated to New York. She also worked with a number of smaller companies
including, Cecilia Marta Dance Company and New York-based Ballet de Puerto Rico where she performed principal roles. In addition, she worked and performed in collaboration with Compagnie Jus de la Vie in Stockholm, Sweden. Ms. Tejeda has taught internationally as well as regionally for over 15 years and has presented her own works in Europe, New York, Houston, and in the Dallas Fort-Worth area. She completed her fourth year of teaching at Mountain View College and at the Hathaway Academy of Ballet where she serves as co-artistic director for their contemporary ensemble "The Project.” She is eager to begin her work as a faculty member of the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. 

etejeda@dallasisd.org | 972-925-1253 | Room 050


Phone:

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Zac Hammer

Ballet / Modern / Dance History

 

Zac began his dance training at age ten. During his early training, he apprenticed with Ballet Oklahoma, under the direction of Bryan Pitts. In 2007, Zac graduated summa cum laude with a BFA in dance performance from Southern Methodist University, where his original choreography was produced as part of the mainstage season.

He has been cast in numerous industrials, and is a nationally recognized teacher of ballet, modern, and jazz. From 2007 to 2010, Zac toured both abroad and domestically with Parsons Dance, and from 2010 to 2014, was a dancer in the New York City cast of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Other companies include the Nicholas Andre Dance Company, Amy Marshall Dance Company, dre.dance, and Alison Chase Performance.

Upon returning to Dallas in 2014, he has worked as an adjunct professor of jazz dance at Southern Methodist University, managed and taught all styles at Preston Center Dance, and has been on faculty at the KD Conservatory. Choreographic works include the DIFFA Fashion Show, The Miss Texas Pageant, the Mary Kay Industrial, and numerous modern and jazz pieces for soloist and groups across the country.

zhammer@dallasisd.org | 972-925-1255 | Room 050


Phone:

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Alex Karigan Farrior

Ballet / Modern / Dance & Media

Alex Karigan Farrior graduated summa cum laude with a B.F.A. in Dance Performance from Southern Methodist University and an M.F.A. in Classical & Contemporary Dance with a Graduate Certificate in Gender and Women's Studies from Texas Christian University. She was Associate Artistic Director of Dark Circles Contemporary Dance (TX) and company member from 2014-2018. Other professional credits include: Amy Marshall Dance Company (NY), BODYART (NY), ModArts Dance Collective (NY), and Bruce Wood Dance Project (TX). Alex was featured as the “On the Rise” dancer in the December 2015 issue of Dance Magazine. In addition to performing, Alex has collaborated with renowned dance photographer, Lois Greenfield. She is featured in Ms. Greenfield's calendars and book, Lois Greenfield: Moving Still. As a dance educator, she has been an Adjunct Professor at Texas Christian University, and guest teacher at Southern Methodist University, University of North Texas, Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy, DISD Summer Dance Intensive, The Hockaday School, among other institutions in the private sector in DFW. She is also a member of National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) and has presented her research on critical pedagogy in dance education at the 2014 conference. Currently, she is an instructor at Texas Ballet Theater School Dallas and board member of FurtherDance Fort Worth. At Booker T. Washington HSPVA, Alex teaches Modern and Beginning Repertory.

akarigan@dallasisd.org | 972-925-1249 | Room 050


Phone:

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Kevyn Butler

Ballet / Modern / Jazz

Born in Oakland, CA, Kevyn Butler attended Delta Academy for the Performing Arts but began his formal dance training at the Oakland School for the Arts (OSA). He graduated with an emphasis in Ballet, Modern and Contemporary dance under the direction of Reginald Ray-Savage. Kevyn accepted his offer from the University of Arizona where he would study Ballet, Modern and Jazz. In 2016 he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and moved to New York City. He then joined Ronald K. Brown Evidence, a Dance Company in Brooklyn, New York and performed works such as Grace and Four Corners.

During his time in New York Kevyn encountered the Holy Spirit and became a believer. After his time in New York Kevyn travelled to teach and perform in France, Switzerland, Bulgaria and the Netherlands. He performed at the 2015 Jose Limon Dance Festival, Project Dance Paris, guested with Ad Deum Dance Company, Störling Dance Theater, Oakland Ballet, Ballet North Texas, and worked with choreographers such as Robert Garland (Dance Theater of Harlem), Daniel Agami (Ate 9 Dance Company), Guy Shomroni and Yaniv Abraham (Batsheva Dance Company). Kevyn is currently a company member with Zion Dance Project in Dallas, TX.

kevbutler@dallasisd.org | | Room 050