Guest Artists

Courtney Beacham has been dancing for over 10 years. He is a regular guest artist of the balletfoundation and has performed both Classical and Contemporary roles with the company. He studied at Dallas Ballet Center and was a member of their company for three seasons. He danced there in many popular performances like Don Quixote, Raymonda, Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Jail House Rock, Guys and Dolls, Kiss Me Kate, and Grease. Courtney is currently a member of Contemporary Ballet Dallas and Epiphany Dance Theatre.



Norbert Nirewicz studied ballet at the National Ballet School in Gdansk, Poland. He was a participating finalist in the 7th National Ballet Competition. Two years later, he concluded his classical studies and participated in the 8th National Ballet Competition obtaining the Silver Medal. He began touring throughout Europe, Asia, South America and the United States. In 1998 he was chosen to perform in the Encore Gala at the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi. He currently is a free lance artist performing world wide. Norbert has partnered with balletfoundation ballerina, Leia Hardimon since 2002. Beyond Norbert's professional world, those who work with him here in Dallas know him as an exciting guest teacher, a wonderful friend, and an inspiration. Norbert and his wife, Sarah, have made their home in South Carolina. Mr. Nirewicz served as a Judge for this year's Classical Ballet Festival Variation Adjudications.



Andrey Prikhodko is guest artist for Paquita Pas de Deux with the balletfoundation. Andrey is a principal danseur with Metropolitan Classical Ballet. Andrey was born in Golovinny, Sverdlovsk Region, Russia in 1976. He graduated from the Perm State Ballet Academy in 1994, and was accepted into the ballet troupe of Grand Moscow Classical Ballet of Natalia Kasatkina and Vladimir Vasilyov. Mr. Prikhodko has toured in France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Poland, China and the United States and Canada. His extensive repertoire includes many leading roles in both contemporary and classical ballets. Andrey has been a principal danseur with Metropolitan Classical Ballet since the 2001-2002 season. He is married to fellow dancer, Marina Goshko. They have a young daughter, Alexandra. Mr Prikhodko served as a Judge for the Classical Ballet Festival Variation Adjudications.



Silveo Darley Oliviera is a resident danseur for the balletfoundation. Silveo is a native of Brazil and adds a special South American flavor to the company. He has danced with the balletfoundation in The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Paquita, Giselle, as well as many new works. He also performs with Suite Faith which is the faith based ministry wing of the balletfoundation.



Michelle Blum-Schuetz moved to Dallas in 1982 to study as a boarding student with Nathalie Krassovska and attend the Arts Magnet High School for the performing and visual arts. She has studied with Marina Svetlova, Richard England, Jacques D'Ambois, Jerry Bywaters-Cochran and the late Robert Joffrey. Ms. Schuetz performed in many ballets including Statues, a role given to her by Jutec Kassaman, the world premier of the production of Giselle staged by Valery and Galina Panov, Don Quixote, Flower Festival, Pas de Quatre, The Nutcracker, Chopiniana and Coppelia. She continues to perform and teach throughout the metroplex. Mrs. Schuetz served as a Judge for this year's Classical Ballet Festival Adjudications.



Anna Ward received her earliest dance training from Frank and Irina Pal in her hometown of Wichita Falls, Texas. She was a scholarship student with Neubert Ballet at Carnegie Hall, NYC and at the Harvard Summer Dance Center. When she returned to Texas she began her advanced training with Madame Nathalie Krassovska and performed in many ballets with Ballet Jeunesse. For many years she directed the children's program at Krassovska's School of Classical Ballet and also taught at City Ballet, Dallas. Ms. Ward's choreography has been set on many Texas ballet companies such as Allen Civic Ballet, balletfoundation, The Woodlands Festival Ballet, and Irving Ballet. Anna is choreographer and teacher for Galveston Ballet. She was a guest teacher at Salzburg International Ballet Academy in Austria in the summer of 2008. Anna spent the summer of 2009 teaching and choreographing at Long Lake Center for Performing Arts in New York. In June of 2010 she will be traveling to Norway with Galveston Ballet to perform several of her original works. She also serves as Artistic Advisor to the balletfoundation.