Sandra Miller is a 20 year veteran of teaching and has been the director of three regional civic ballet and modern dance companies. A former principal dancer with Ft. Worth Ballet (now Texas Ballet Theatre), she has worked with luminaries such as Arthur Mitchell, James Clouser, Erik Bruhn, Fernando Bujones, Francisco Martinez, Mark Schneider and Fernando Schaffenburg. She trained at the schools of the Joffrey Ballet, Alvin Ailey, Washington Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Maryland Youth Ballet and with David Howard in NYC. Sandra has a BFA and an MBA from Texas Christian University, owned a studio with 100% placement of graduates into professional situations, was a faculty member of the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities and has taught at Ballet Austin, TCU, Ballet Spartanburg and the Greenville Fine Arts Center. Certified in Pilates, she brings a wealth of anatomical, physiological and rehabilitative knowledge to her teaching and coaching.
Sandra began her choreographic career over 10 years ago staging works on a semi-professional modern dance company, and as artistic director of two regional civic ballet companies, she has expanded her repertoire to include classical and contemporary ballet. A highly imaginative creator, she has tackled subjects as intense as grief processing, the maternal life cycle and death, and quantum physics to light hearted looks at life in a fish bowl, photographic African safaris, and the affect of Latin rhythms on ones’ pulse. She has created repertory work and full length ballets and has had her work presented at NCSA.
As a teacher, Sandra has placed students in the finest schools across the country including Juilliard, NCSA, FSU, ABT/NY, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Houston Ballet, Boston Ballet, Complexions, Washington Ballet and Joffrey Ballet. Her dancers have had careers with Ballet Austin, Kansas City Ballet, CityDance, City Ballet of San Diego, DanceSmith and Ellesmere. States a former student dancing in Washington, DC: “Sandi is still one of my most inspiring and most favorite teachers even after all of my experiences at the Juilliard School, and dancing professionally in New York and Washington, DC. I studied with her for several years and during that time she helped me start to find my voice as an artist, and greatly improved my technique. We worked incredibly hard in her classes, and she challenged us to push ourselves and grow, but I also don’t remember another class where I also laughed and enjoyed myself so much! I have been able to carry all that I learned from her to a successful career, and I know that I wouldn’t be doing what I love today if it weren’t for her.”
All of her experiences in both the creative and business sides of dance have created a uniquely balanced professional. Sandra’s training includes historical and new, her teaching and choreography are classical and contemporary, her approach is rigorous and nurturing, and her aptitudes produce an analytical artist and a creative analyst. She is available for teaching, coaching or choreography.
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