Sheyna Ferrero, Conservatories Director
Sheyna Ferraro is an active member of the arts community as a teacher, organization leader, and a former professional dancer. High quality, accessible arts training is Ms. Ferraro’s passion. A graduate from Leadership Fort Worth’s Leading Edge program, she serves as a board member for FurtherDance Fort Worth and Expanco and co-founded the Fort Worth Dance Forum. Ms. Ferraro joined the Texas Center for Arts + Academics family in 2003 as a member of the FWAFA dance faculty where she continues to teach and direct their Academy Dance Company. In 2015, Ms. Ferraro was named the Director of the Texas Art Conservatory and has taken on the role of Director for TCAA’s newest program, the Texas Art Conservatory.
She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ballet along with a Secondary Teaching Certification in Dance from Texas Christian University. Even before graduating from TCU, Ms. Ferraro started teaching at local dance studios and choreographing for middle and high school dance programs. She enjoyed performing with both Contemporary Ballet Dallas and Contemporary Dance Fort Worth before retiring from performing to focus on teaching. A life-long learner, Ms. Ferraro was the recipient of the Bates Dance Festival Teacher Fellowship Scholarship in 2012 and in the summer of 2014, she had the opportunity to travel to Bali, Indonesia to study traditional Balinese style dance. Ms. Ferraro encourages young artists to be life-long learners as she influences them through her dance classes and her organizational involvements.
Ashanti Williams, Instructor
Originally from Dallas, TX, Ashanti received her early training in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, lyrical and hip hop from Kitty Carter’s Dance Factory. She is a proud graduate of Texas Christian University where she completed the BFA program in Modern Dance from The School for Classical and Contemporary Dance. With over 10 years of experience, Ashanti has taught dance all over the metroplex, specializing in Jazz and Contemporary styles.
Carla Brown, Instructor
Carla started her dance career at Dancer’s Workshop under Kathleen Sinclair Cristofori in Yuma, Arizona. Carla then continued her dancing through Miss Minnie’s School of Ballet in Roswell, New Mexico where she had the opportunity to train in and perform multiple styles of dance including Mexican Folk Dance, River Dance, Swing Dance, Broadway, jazz, tap, and ballet. Carla was a frequent performer in The Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty among other productions. Carla studied choreography and dancing at Texas Tech University and choreographed for a competitive group performance at Lubbock Christian University. She has passed through professional level VI and holds a Cecchetti Ballet Teacher certification.
Crystal Derrick, Instructor
A Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts alumna, Crystal graduated cum laude with her BFA in Dance from Sam Houston State University. She began her training at Margo Dean’s School of Ballet and eventually became an apprentice for Ballet Concerto. During college, she apprenticed for Rednerrus Feil Dance Company and upon graduation became a member of the company and the costume mistress. She taught at multiple studios in Houston, The Woodlands, and Cypress, Texas.
Jackie Millan, Instructor
Jackie Millan is a Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts alumna with over 25 years of dance experience. Jackie graduated magna cum laude with her BA in Dance from Hunter College in New York City with department honors in dance and an academic scholarship. Since graduating, Jackie danced with MWest & Company and Bolly Dhamaal Dance. She currently dances with imPULSE dance project. Jackie taught dance in New York, New Jersey, and Texas. She completed the National Dance Institute’s Teaching Artist Training and several workshops with Associated Dance Teachers of New Jersey.
Joshua Barr, Instructor
Joshua began his dance training at the age of 10 at the Allegheny Ballet Company. He later trained on scholarship at Pacific Northwest Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, and Ballet Austin. After high school, he went on to study Dance and Biology at Penn State University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Integrative Art Studies. During his undergraduate studies, he was offered a full-scholarship to dance in the Professional Division Trainee Program at Ballet Austin. After completing his undergraduate studies, he went on to study on full-scholarship at University of Oklahoma, where he earned his Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance. While a graduate student at University of Oklahoma, he had the distinct honor to serve as Graduate Teaching Assistant to the School of Dance. Since graduation, he has served as an active member of the Dance Studies Association. His research interests include: site-specific dance performance practices, democratic choreographic processes in Classical ballet, and the intersection between dance and politics. He currently serves as Educational Programs Coordinator for Texas Ballet Theater, and as guest instructor for several ballet schools throughout Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Lori Vasquez, Instructor
Lori is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago, where she completed BFA in Dance with Honors specializing in choreography and teaching. Born and raised in Fort Worth, she started dancing at the age of five and studied ballet, modern, jazz, and hip hop. While at Columbia, she studied various styles of modern dance including Cunningham, Graham, and Horton, and also trained in West African dance and improvisation. During Lori’s time at Columbia, she was able to be a part of a community outreach program as a teaching artist and teach dance at schools in Chicago.
Lori choreographed three pieces for the Arlington Heights Dance Department, including My Immortal (2011-2012), which was showcased at the National High School Dance Festival. Lori’s choreography, Change Over Time (2016) and Sweetpoo Gorda Beebs (2018) has appeared at the Dance Center stage of Columbia. Currently, Lori is a member with imPULSE Dance Project and pursuing a teaching certification to teach in public school’s dance programs.
Madison Winter, Instructor
Madison Winter just graduated magna cum laude with a BFA in Ballet with University Honors from Texas Christian University (TCU). While at TCU, Madi participated in residency works such as Antony Tudor’s Dark Elegies (John Gardner and Amanda McKerrow répétituers), Summer Lee Rhatigan’s At Play, as well as premieres by Jennifer Archibald, Keith Saunders, General MacArthur Hambrick, Elizabeth Gillaspy, and Li-Chou Cheng. Originally from Boulder, Colorado, her training started at Longmont Dance Theatre and was shaped by attending summer programs with Next Generation Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, and Colorado Ballet.
“What I most appreciate about Texas Dance Conservatory is that my children are taught by fully trained dance professionals. I know they will train safely while being pushed to advance their technical skills.” – Texas Dance Conservatory Parent