Thomas Teague, originally from San Diego, has achieved principal status in each of the companies his career has taken him. He performed leading roles in contemporary works by such internationally acclaimed choreographers as George Balanchine, Glen Tetley, Val Caniparoli, Bruce Marks, Loyce Houlton, andaward winning Canadian choreographer Renald Rabu. He also performed principal roles in many of the traditional classics such as The Nutcracker, Giselle and Les Sylphides as well as the title roles in Romeo and Juliet, Tristan and Isolde and Eugene Loring’s Billy the Kid. Thomas’s career started at Minnesota Dance Theatre, moved on to Pacific Ballet Theatre (now Ballet British Columbia), and then to Oregon Ballet Theatre. Thomas has choreographed for Ballet Oregon and Milwaukee Ballet II and has been a guest performer throughout the country. Mr. Teague also teaches Pilates, is a licensed Massage Therapist and studied Oriental Medicine for 2 years.
In 1994 after retiring from their professional careers, the Teagues co-founded and directed Ballet Arte, Academy of Classical Ballet and Ballet Arte Dance Theatre in the San Diego area. They owned the school for 10 years where they developed a comprehensive training syllabus and produced, choreographed and directed an annual Nutcracker, Spring Repertory Concert and many educational outreach programs. Drawing from his rich background in contemporary dance, Thomas also developed a unique contemporary ballet syllabus which has been widely acclaimed. This contemporary training is so needed and relevant in the professional dance world of today. In 2004 they accepted the positions as Directors and Principal Teachers for the Academy of Colorado Ballet where they successfully opened a second location for the company. In 2005 the Teagues moved back to San Diego and were happy to open their own school again, Del Mar Ballet. In 2014 they decided to move back to Canada to be closer to family and left their school in very capable hands.
Thomas Teague instructs the following:
Absolute Beginner Ballet
This class is designed for Adult students that have no Ballet Background. It will give you the basic Positions (arms, feet, body). You will work on balance, stretch and strength and proper ballet lines through traditional exercises.
The class consists of approx. 1 hour at the Barre and ½ hr in the centre learning simple ballet steps, including some jumps and turns.
Absolute Beginner Ballet (barre/warm up)
Ballet: Helps to build a strong base, clean technique and proper alignment, all of which are essential for any kind of dance. Barre exercises, combinations across the floor and adagio are taught to live piano accompaniment.
Level: 1 is for dancers with anywhere from one to four years experience who enjoy a slower-paced class with less complex dance steps.