Master Class Series

Michele Gifford - Ballet

In her twelve year career at New York City Ballet, Michele Gifford performed soloist and principal roles including George Balanchine’s Apollo, Rubies, Agon, and Stars and Stripes. She also originated many roles, including Jerome Robbins’ West Side Story Suite, Christopher Wheeldon’s Slavonic Dances, and David Parsons’ Touch. In 2000, Ms. Gifford joined Texas Ballet Theater under Ben Stevenson. She performed several principal roles, including Stevenson’s Coppelia, Four Last Songs, and Peer Gynt along with Balanchine’s Allegro Brilliante and The Four Temperaments. She continues to perform as a Principal guest artist. As a Balanchine Repetiteur, Ms. Gifford has staged and coached several ballets including Who Cares?, Walpurgisnaught, Serenade, and Valse-Fantaisie. She is a certified GYROTONIC instructor and owns her own studio, Studio G, in Fort Worth, TX. 2016 will mark the fourth time Ms. Gifford will stage a George Balanchine work on Madison Ballet for the George Balanchine Trust©.

All master classes are free to SMB students enrolled in the School Division.
The minimum age requirement is 13 years old.
Regular Fee: $25 / Professional Rate: $15