Summer Intensive

Turning Pointe

The Turning Pointe Series is The Tallahassee Ballet’s summer intensive workshop program designed to provide in-depth professional training opportunities for the experienced dancer. Faculty and staff of The Tallahassee Ballet, with special guest artists and master teachers, provide a full range of excellent dance training in ballet, repertoire, pointe, classical variations, contemporary, hip hop and body conditioning. Classes focus on the proper alignment and posture of classical dance with an emphasis on musicality, style and expression.

No auditions are required for the Turning Pointe Series. Dancers are expected to follow appropriate ballet class etiquette including arriving at the studio at least 15 minutes prior to class and being fully prepared to begin dancing at the given time. Female dancers must wear black leotards, pink tights and proper ballet slippers and/or pointe shoes (if appropriate). Hair must be in a neatly secured style. Males must wear white/black t-shirts, black tights and black ballet slippers.

Register early to guarantee placement. Scholarships are offered. More information is available upon request.


Turning Pointe 2017

June 5th – June 16th, 2017

Young Dancemaker’s Workshop (Dancers ages 11-14)

  • Instructors: Judy Tyrus, Robert Priore, Lauren Anderson, Kai Lin
  • June 5-16, 2017, 9am-2:30pm
  • Tuition: Non-Company Member $600 Company Member $550

The YDM Workshop includes four classes a day: Ballet Technique, Contemporary/Jazz/Hip Hop, Repertory, and Conditioning/Pilates.

Pointe for Young Dancemaker’s (Dancers ages 12+*)

  • Instructors: Judy Tyrus and Lauren Anderson
  • June 5-16, 2017, 2:30-3:30pm
  • Tuition: Non-Company Member $250 Company Member $200

Intensive class for dancers who are at least 12 years old with at least one full year of pointe training. Students will be engaged in a serious study of ballet terminology, proper execution of intermediate steps, and various classical enchainment. Requirement: Must be enrolled in Young Dancemaker’s Workshop.
*Younger TTB company members may attend by invitation only.

Advanced Dancemaker’s Workshop (Dancers ages 15+)

  • Instructors: Judy Tyrus, Robert Priore, Lauren Anderson, Kai Lin
  • June 5-16, 2017, 9am-3:30pm
  • Tuition: Non-Company Member $600 Company Member $550

The ADM Workshop includes five dance classes a day: Conditioning/Pilates, Ballet Technique, Ballet Repertory, Jazz/Contemporary, and Hiphop. Dancers will be challenged with the most intense program of instruction. This is a rigorous workshop for the most serious of dance students.


For inquiries , please contact Lauren Hernandez, Associate Artistic Director at or 850-224-6917 ext. 22.


Instructor Bios

Lauren Anderson June 12-16

Native Houstonian Lauren Anderson danced with Houston Ballet from 1983 to 2006, performing leading roles in all the great classical ballets, appearing across the world to critical acclaim, and in the process, becoming one of Houston Ballet’s most beloved stars.

She trained exclusively at Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy from the age of seven. She joined Houston Ballet in 1983 as a Corps de Ballet, 1987 was promoted to Soloist and in 1990 became the first African-American to be promoted to principal dancer at Houston Ballet — and one of the few African-American ballerinas at the head of a major ballet company anywhere in the world.

Ms. Anderson danced leading roles in most of the classics. She created the title role in Ben Stevenson’s Cleopatra, and her performance as Cleopatra received accolades from international critics. Anna Kisselgoff, dance critic for The New York Times compared her to the great Italian actress Eleanora Duse, and Christine Temin of The Boston Globe pronounced her “a powerhouse in interpreting the role that Stevenson created on her.” Ms. Anderson performed across the globe as a guest artist.

In 1990, Ms. Anderson received The Special Jury Award in the USA International Ballet Competition and in 1996, the International Critics award in Chile. In April 1999, she was featured on the cover of Dance Magazine. She’s been featured in the People magazine and Pointe, as well as on the television programs “A&E Breakfast with the Arts,” “CBS News Sunday Morning,” and the game show, “To Tell the Truth.” She has been honored by The Martin Luther King Foundation, Coalition of 100 Black Women, YWCA, by the Urban League, Asian Chamber of Commerce, Delta Gamma Foundation, Texas Woman’s Chamber of Commerce, National Council of Jewish Women, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Houston City Council, Texas Legislature, and the United States Congress and the list goes on. In 2000, Ms. Anderson was chosen to be an honorary member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

In January 2007, Ms. Anderson assumed her new role of Artistic Outreach Associate in Houston Ballet’s education department where she teaches ballet classes at Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy, conducts master classes at area schools, and lectures to students on dance and her historic career as one of America’s most distinguished African-American ballerinas. She was a member of the 2014 International Dance School held in conjunction with the USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, MS. In Spring of 2016, She will be a permanent exhibit in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. Her greatest production to date is her son Lawrence Turner

Kai Michael June 12-16

Kai Michael is a working Dancer, Teacher and a Choreographer from New York City. He is known as one of the most versatile dancers of this new generation, being one of the few dancers that dance in concert and commercial industries while still battling and entering street dance competitions. He danced at a local studio for four years and then attended the prestigious Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Performing Arts , where he has trained in heavily in Ballet and Modern dance (Horton and Graham) and, at the same time, took class at Broadway Dance Center and connected with his local community, learning two new Street styles of this decade “Flexing” and “Lite Feet.”

After graduating he continued his training and went straight into the industry. Odyssey Dance Theater, Commercial with Mens Warehouse , Chris Brown, Prince Royce, Daddy Yankee/Wisin are some of his accomplishments , to name a few. He recently was on DanceOn for a Choreographers Competition directed by Nigel Lythgoe. He has also had the pleasure of being mentored by La Jon Dantzler (Smilez in Step Up 2, 3, Stomp the Yard) and Tokyo Kevin Inouye (TOKYO) (Hall of Fame Dance Challenge, TOKYOtheCOMPANY, “So You Think You Can Dance” Ukraine).

Kai continues to train, as well as give back to the community as a teacher and create for multiple industries, both in Concert/Theater and Commercial Dance! As a teacher, he teaches Hip-hop, Contemporary, and Improv. One of Kai’s future goals is to unite the dance cultures together by teaching and sharing all these different styles, while traveling the world teaching and choreographing.

Robert Priore June 5-9

Robert J Priore is very proud to be a founding member of Company | E, where he has had the honor of dancing works by Ohad Naharin, Andrea Miller, Sharon Eyal, Rachel Erdos, Roni Koresh, Marco Cantalupo and Thomas Noone.  Robert continues to hone his craft while being the Choreographer-In-Residence for the City Dance Conservatory program as well as an Ignite Artist. There he has the pleasure to set many works on the very high level students and work with them closely in developing not only his but his student’s artistry. He also had the pleasure of dancing with City Dance Ensemble where he danced works by Gregory Dolbashian,Paul Taylor, Kate Weare, Alex Neoral and Paul Gordon Emerson. Prior to dancing at City Dance Ensemble, Robert spent a year dancing in Dayton, Ohio with Dayton Contemporary Dance Company 2 under the direction of Shonna Hickman-Matlock. Dayton Contemporary Dance Company commissioned him to set a full-length original work for their 2011-2012 season as well as their 2014-2015 season. Robert received a BFA in dance from Point Park University. Robert was a 2015 recipient of the John F Kennedy Center Local Dance Commissioning Project and created a special work for the artists of Company | E, “Speak Easy”. “Speak Easy” has been on the road, being presented in collaboration with Company E, In Russia and most recently in Azerbaijan. In 2016 and 2017 Robert also was named an outstanding fellow in the arts in his home of the District of Columbia. In November Robert will be presenting new work at the Dance Gallery Festival in New York City, being named one of the three Level-Up commissioned choreographers. In January of 2017 Robert will be teaching at La Fabrica in Buenos Aires Argentina  and setting a work on local professionals for a performance there. In April of 2017 Robert will travel to Holguin Cuba to set an original work on the dancers of CoDanza.

Judy Tyrus June 5-9

Judy Tyrus, former principal dancer with the Dance Theatre of Harlem has a wide range of professional experiences and has worked with teachers, directors and choreographers such as Arthur Mitchell, Frederic Franklin, Alexandra Danilova, Bronislava Nijinska, Karel Shook, Tanaquil Le Clercq, Michael Smuin, Glen Tetley, Mark Hinkson, Anthony Dowell, Geoffrey Holder, Billy Wilson, John Taras, Alonzo King, Garth Fagan, Rosella Hightower, Ron Cunningham, Frederic Franklin and Alexandra Danilova. Judy has also performed internationally in Austria, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Israel, Japan, Norway, Spain, Switzerland, Venezuela, South Africa, and Russia. She has danced the following ballets; Giselle, Swan Lake, Le Corsaire, Raymonda, Paquita, Voluntaries, Firebird, Songs of Mahler, Rondo Capricioso, Sylvia Pas de Deux, A Song for Dead Warriors, Flower Festival, Graduation Ball, The River, Balanchine’s Four Temperaments, Square Dance, Allegro Brilliante, Serenade, Agon, Bugaku, Stars and Stripes, The Greatest, Rhythmetron, Holberg Suite and Biosfera. Ms. Tyrus television appearances includes Creole Giselle, NBC Television Special, 1987 Dance in America, A Streetcar Named Desire, Sylvia Pas de Deux, 1986, Olympic Games, closing ceremony,1984, 60 Minutes (CBS) 1999, Sesame Street (PBS) 1991, Peter Jennings Special (ABC) 1991 Ms. Tyrus was the Archivist for the Dance Theatre of Harlem. She developed basic operating procedures for DTH archive, program, printed material, and photograph collections. Her most recent accomplishment was that of Arthur Mitchell Project (AMP) 2015, selected and organized archival transfer from Dance Theatre of Harlem to Columbia University Smithsonian, National Museum of African American Arts and Culture, Archive Lead for DTH, 2016; project lead on materials in the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, opening September 2016, Dance Theatre of Harlem featured in “Taking the Stage” an inaugural exhibition.


Past Instructors

Sarah Roberts Contemporary/ Hip Hop

Sarah Danelle Roberts, born and raised in Tallahassee, Florida, began her dance training at the Sharon Davis School of Dance. Roberts performed with The Tallahassee Ballet from age nine until she graduated from Leon High School in 2012. Lead roles included Clara in The Nutcracker, Snow White in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and Cinderella in Cinderella. Roberts currently lives in NYC and is a graduate from The Alvin Ailey Dance School’s Professional Training program. She has performed numerous works by choreographers Matthew Rushing, Ray Mercer, Amy Hall, and Pedro Ruiz. Roberts was a featured dancer in Deep Love Opera, a Broadway show in the 2015 New York Musical Festival.

Mel Tomlinson Ballet

Dr. Mel A. Tomlinson is a native of Raleigh, North Carolina. He studied in North America and briefly in Italy. He earned both his high school diploma (1972) and college (1974) degree from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, N.C. He received his Masters and Doctoral degrees in Christian Psychology from Carolina University of Theology in 2000. On January 7, 2001 he entered into the ministry in Charlotte, N. C. Tomlinson is certified in CPR, phlebotomy, Pilates and American Sign Language.

Dr. Tomlinson was a lead dancer with the following companies where he performed in principal roles: Agnes DeMille’s Heritage Dance Theatre, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, N. C. Dance Theatre, Boston Ballet and New York City Ballet. He has traveled the world extensively performing before Presidents, Crown Heads of State, Kings and Queens. Tomlinson has worked with such great as: George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Arthur Mitchell, Alvin Ailey, Agnes DeMille, Sir Frederick Franklin, Peter Martins, Bill Cosby, Josephine Baker, Ray Charles and Dr. Maya Angelou to name a few. He has taught and choreographed on the faculties of: Harvard University, UNCSA, UNCCharlotte, Boston Conservatory, Southern Methodist University and Boston Ballet’s CITYDANCE.

His choreography is based in classical ballet technique and line with shades of contemporary, jazz, tap, liturgical, and even folk dance. He is move and motivated by music and considers the people he is working with to be his muses. Tomlinson’s work has received acclaim from dance critics and audiences at large. Of particular note was the award for Most Outstanding Choreographer for the 2007 Youth Grand Prix at which he and his dancers received first place recognition. Presently he is freelancing as a guest teacher and choreographer giving master classes and workshops throughout the world. This is a gift and a portion of his God given ministry.


Rhythm Explosion

May 12 – 13, 2017
Sway to the rhythm of big band beats with Conductor Leon Anderson and Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra Jazz.


The Nutcracker

December 2017
Treat yourself to one of the holiday season’s most treasured performances, The Tallahassee Ballet’s The Nutcracker.