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 – along 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 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 at the start of class. 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.

For more information, contact MaryRebekah Wright at or 850-224-6917, ext. 22.


Turning Pointe 2019

June 3-14, 2019

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

  • Instructors: Lauren Anderson, Antonio Douthit-Boyd, Lorraine Graves, Maximo Oliveira
  • June 3-14, 2019, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
  • Tuition: Non-Company Member $700; Company Member $650

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: Lorraine Graves and Lauren Anderson
  • June 3-14, 2019, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Tuition: Non-Company Member $300; Company Member $250

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: Lauren Anderson, Antonio Douthit-Boyd, Lorraine Graves, Maximo Oliveira
  • June 3-14, 2019, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • Tuition: Non-Company Member $700; Company Member $650

The ADM Workshop includes five dance classes a day: Conditioning/Pilates, Ballet Technique, Ballet Repertory, Jazz/Contemporary, and Hip-hop. 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 MaryRebekah Wright, Assistant to the Artistic Director, at or 850-224-6917, ext. 22.


Instructor Bios

Lauren Anderson June 10-14, 2019

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 present role ofProgram Manager in Houston Ballet’s Education and Community Engagement department where she 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 Fall of 2016, her shoes were inducted into the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. Her greatest production to date is her son Lawrence Turner who is not a dancer but a musician!

Antonio Doùthit-Boyd June 10-14, 2019

Antonio Doùthit-Boyd (St. Louis, Missouri) began his dance training at age 16 at the Center of Creative Arts under the direction of Lee Nolting and at the Alexandra School of Ballet. He also trained at North Carolina School of the Arts, the Joffrey Ballet School, San Francisco Ballet, and the Dance Theatre of Harlem School. Mr. Doùthit-Boyd became a member of Dance Theatre of Harlem in 1999 and appeared in featured roles in the ballets South African Suite, Serenade, Agon, The Four Temperaments, Concerto in F, Return, and Giselle. He was promoted to soloist in 2003. He also performed with Les Grands Ballets Canadians de Montréal. Mr. Doùthit-Boyd joined the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 2004. In 2015 Antonio was named Co-Artistic Director of Dance at the Center of Creative Arts (COCA) in St. Louis, Missouri.

Lorraine Graves June 3-7, 2019

Lorraine Graves was born and raised in Norfolk, Virginia. She began her classical training under Gene Hammett at the Academy of the Norfolk Ballet. She was later awarded scholarships to the School of American Ballet and the American Ballet Center. Ms. Graves graduated in three years with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Ballet with Distinction from Indiana University. She joined Dance Theatre of Harlem immediately after college rising to the rank of Principal Dancer within one year. She was later given the extra duties of Ballet Mistress/Regisseuse where she was responsible for the works of many renowned choreographers. Performance credits include:

DTH’s “Creole Giselle”(Myrta); “The Firebird” (The Princess of Unreal Beauty); George Balanchine’s “Serenade” (Russian Girl), “The Four Temperaments” (Choleric), “Agon” (Pas de Deux); Arthur Mitchell’s “Holberg Suite” and “Rhythmetron” and many others.  Television credits include NBC’s airing of “Creole Giselle”, 60 Minutes with Ed Bradley, the closing ceremony of the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California and the PBS airings of “The Firebird” and Agnes de Mille’s “Fall River Legend”.  Ms. Graves has been blessed to receive several awards, including the Virginia Symphony’s “Song for a Dreamer Award” and “The Performing Arts Award” from the Historic Attucks Theatre in Norfolk, perform for Presidents, Dignitaries and Celebrities, highlighted by the late Princess Diana and the late Nelson Mandela.  She continues to teach and coach nationwide, is the Lead Adjudicator for the West Virginia Dance Festival and is certified by the Bolshoi Academy to teach levels one through three.  She is Secretary/Treasurer of her family’s business, Graves Funeral Home, Inc. and was fortunate to accompany Arthur Mitchell to Russia in 2012 as a part of the US Embassy’s, American Season’s Program. She is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Entertainment and Who’s Who Among Women.   Ms. Graves was honored to serve as Mr. Mitchell’s Artistic Assistant on his “Informal Evening on the Art of the Dance” at Columbia University (October 2017) where his archives debuted in early 2018.

Maximo Oliveira June 3-7, 2019

Maximo Oliveira is a senior and scholarship student within the Florida State University School of Dance.  He has trained in a variety of styles such as capoeira, hip-hop, and jazz-funk as well as contemporary and ballet. Maximo transferred to FSU from Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Florida, where he discovered his love for dance after singing his entire life. Maximo strives to be an artist that expresses himself through any medium whether it be choreography, dance, music, or film and hopes to collaborate with, inspire, and be inspired by others throughout his journey.


Past Instructors

Kai Lin Contemporary/Hip-Hop

Kai Lin 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 Ballet

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.

Kareen Camargo Ballet

Kareen Pauld Camargo was born in Haiti, and came to the United States at the age of two. She grew up in New York, where she trained at the American Ballet Theater School, The School of American Ballet, The Dance Theatre of Harlem School and Workshop Ensemble, as well as attending The High School of Performing Arts. While a member of the DTH Ensemble, she had the honor to perform the dancing sections in “Porgy and Bess” at The Metropolitan Opera House.

She traveled with the Artistic Director of DTH, Arthur Mitchell from 1989-1990 to Hawaii, Miami, and San Diego, performing “The Greatest Love of All” when Mr. Mitchell was chosen as, American Express Person of the Year. She performed with The Dance Theatre of Harlem Company for several years, dancing works by Arthur Mitchell, George Balanchine, B. Nijiinska, Agne de Mille, Geoffrey Holder, and many others.

Ms. Camargo moved to South Florida, to join The Miami City Ballet in 1990. She was a featured dancer in such ballets as Balanchineʼs Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Raymonda Variations, Scotch Symphony, Four Temperaments and Agon; Jimmy Gamonetʼs Transtangos; Lynn Taylor- Corbettʼs Mystery of the Dancing Princesses, and Paul Taylorʼs Three Epitaphs, Company B and Esplanade. After retiring from the stage, Ms. Camargo taught ballet at The Miami City Ballet School for many years(1998-2006),and this past summer has recently resumed her position there. She was rehearsal and ballet mistress for the children in Miami City Ballets production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker in 2005.

Ms. Camargo has helped stage and rehearse The Thomas Armour Youth Ballets version of The Nutcracker since 2008.

Ms.Camargo returned to the stage, when she joined Miami Contemporary Dance Company in 2005, and has performed in Ray Sullivanʼs Your Blood, My Blood, Love without Permission, Intimate II and Tango Undressed. In 2009, Kareen became Company Manager of The Miami Contemporary Dance Company.

Ms. Camargo joined the adjunct faculty of New World School of The Arts in 2009, where she currently teaches ballet in the Musical Theater Department. In 2011 she joined the staff of The Thomas Armour Youth Ballet, where she currently serves the community of Miami Gardens Florida, as outreach coordinator and ballet instructor. For the past two summers Kareen has directed and taught at Dance Theatre of Harlem Summer Intensive in Detroit, Michigan.

Ms. Camargo became certified in 2014 as a “barre fitness” instructor, which incorporates elements of ballet, pilates and yoga along with strength and stretching elements. She taught these classes at Barre Motion in Miami Beach, Florida as a Master Instructor until the studio closed in summer 2016. For the past 3 years Ms. Camargo has had the pleasure  of teaching The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater company classes when the company tours in Florida.

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.