As a principal dancer with the Joffrey Ballet for 15 years, Jerel Hilding performed in works by many of the 20th century’s most influential choreographers, including George Balanchine, Gerald Arpino, Jerome Robbins, Frederic Ashton, John Cranko, Kurt Jooss, Leonide Massine, Mark Morris, and Twyla Tharp. He directed the New Jersey Ballet’s Artist-in-Education program and worked as an instructor for New York’s City Center Theatre Outreach Program. He has taught and choreographed throughout the country including New York, New Jersey, Arizona, Lousisana, and the Midwest. Hilding is an associate professor and associate chair of dance at the University of Kansas. He teaches all levels of ballet, pointe, pas de deux and music for dancers. In addition to choreographing and assisting with the direction of the University Dance Company, he has collaborated with the Kansas University Symphony Orchestra, the KU Opera and KU’s Department of Theatre & Film on musicals, opera and dance concerts. Hilding holds a bachelor’s degree in Music from Louisiana State University in New Orleans (now the University of New Orleans). (Ballet)Browse All Classes
Ballet VI & VII
Must be placed by an instructor / Advanced
Four ballet classes a week are recommended; three are required. Students are encouraged to cross-train by enrolling in Pilates, Modern II, and Jazz II-III to become strong and diverse dancers.
Turns and Leaps
4th - 8th Grade
Achieve your best leap and turn! This class focuses on building a foundation which allows a dancer to produce amazing leaps and turns for ballet and jazz.