Caradee Cline is a native of Texas, and a graduate of Texas Christian University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. She received her training from Svetlana Stanova and Nikolai Semikov. Upon moving to New York, she studied with Ilya and Zoya Gaft of the New York Ballet Institute. Caradee has danced with Sarasota Ballet, Montgomery Ballet, Nevada Ballet Theater and City Ballet of San Diego. At City Ballet of San Diego, Caradee was featured in Elizabeth Wistrich's Raymonda Pas De Trois, Nutcracker, Carmina Burana, Stravinsky Suite, Balanchine's Four Temperaments, and Serenade. She was invited by Long Beach Ballet to dance in their summer tour of China in 2009. Upon moving back to Fort Worth, she has been dancing with Ballet Concerto and is excited to be dancing her first full season with Texas Dance Theatre.
She first danced with TDT in Wil Starr's Webern Variations during its 2009-10 season.
Lea Essmeyer, Ballet
Lea Essmyer is originally from northern New Jersey. She has had most of her ballet training from Master Gabriella Darvash, as well as the Joffrey Ballet School in NYC. She danced with the Dayton Ballet under the direction of Dermot Burke. She has also danced with the Roxey Ballet and Repertory Dance Theatre. Some of her favorite repertory includes, "Walpurgis Night," Paul Mejia's "Serenade in A," Christopher Fleming's "The 3 Musketeers," Septime Webre's "Peter Pan," as well as "Dracula," "Othello," and numerous versions and roles in "Nutcracker." Most recently she had a ballet choreographed on her, "Kaguya Hime." Lea is currently a freelance artist in the DFW area..
Les Jordan, Ballet
Mr. Jordan began his early training with William Martin-Viscount and the Fort Worth City Ballet. He also studied with Margo Dean and performed with Ballet Concerto. He trained extensively in Dallas with such teachers as David Kirby, Jane Quetin and Key Meersman. He then moved to the University of Arizona in Tucson where he majored in ballet and modern dance. Upon returning to Texas, he joined the Dallas Metropolitan Ballet under the direction of Ann Etgen and Bill Atkinson, where he spent nearly six years before founding his school, The North Central School of Ballet and the North Central Civic Ballet Company. Mr. Jordan has received and accepted many honors in the field of dance including full scholarships to study with the Kiev Ballet, U.S.S.R., the Joffrey Ballet in New York, and the Hartford Ballet.