Through hard work and dedication, Tyler Civic Ballet, Inc. was founded by Kathy
Senger in 1988. In 1991 Paula Sansom was appointed Artistic Director and
in 1996 Helen Chambers was appointed Assistant Artistic Director. Under
the direction of Mrs. Sansom and later, with help from Mrs. Chambers, the
Company continued to grow with the expertise of these two directors.
Lanier was appointed Artistic Director in the Spring of 2002. Mrs. Lanier
moved to Tyler in 1998 from Jackson, MS where she owned Studio One Performing
Arts Academy and was the Artistic Director for the school's performing company.
Jennifer Mondani began her service as assistant to the Artistic Director in the
Spring of 2003. Miss Mondani is a dance instructor at TJC.
The repertoire of the Tyler Civic Ballet Company has grown since its beginning
in 1988. The Company holds their annual Spring Concert and is also
participates in other community performances. Full-length
ballets performed by the Company have included Coppelia, Les Sylphides, and Pas
De Quatre as well as excerpts from Giselle, Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty.
With professional guest artist from around the country, the Company not only
presents dance from the classical repertoire, but also original works in
classical and contemporary styles. Company members have presented lecture
demonstrations and performances in the community at the Tyler Museum of Art
Christmas Celebration, Junior League of Tyler's Mistletoe and Magic, TJC's
International Day, and also receives numerous requests to perform for school and
civic organizations in the Tyler area.
The Mission of the Company is to promote education in the art of dance and to
provide performing experience and scholarships for promising young dancers in
East Texas. This is accomplished through classroom
instruction, special workshops, and reasonably-priced performances.
Tyler Civic Ballet has provided scholarship assistance to deserving
dancers for advanced studies with such schools as Aspen Summer Dance
Program, Aspen, Colorado; North Carolina School of the Arts; Boston
Ballet, Boston, Massachusetts; Ballet Austin in Austin, Texas; and the
Christian Dance Fellowship.
As a non-profit organization the Company depends on the support of friends,
patrons and benefactors for financial operation. Financial support also
comes from grants and fund-raising projects undertaken by the Ballet Guild and
Board of Directors.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can anyone be in Tyler Civic Ballet?
The company is open to any East Texas ballet dancer who meets the
following criteria. For the company, you must be at least 12 years
old, have one year of pointe experience and attend the workshop to audition. There is no upper age limit; the company has had several adult members.
How do you become a member?
Membership is determined by open audition. The auditions are held in
the summer months each year, and membership runs concurrently with the academic year.
What commitment is involved?
A Tyler Civic Ballet dancer must take at least 2 ballet classes per week.
The dancer must be available to rehearse each week, usually
involving a Saturday rehearsal. If cast in a performing role, a dancer
must be committed to be in the performance. A dancer agrees to maintain
good physical health, to be punctual for all rehearsals, performances or
other Civic Ballet activities, and to exemplify good citizenship in all TCB activities.