Park Cities Dance | The Dallas Conservatory

A Little Bit of New York in Dallas

7979 Inwood Road, Suite 201, Dallas, TX 75209 | 214.357.8888

Our Faculty

At Park Cities Studios and The Dallas Conservatory, training is our top priority. Each one of our permanent faculty members has been selected for his or her exceptional professional background. Many have worked on the national or international stage, or TV and Film. Some faculty members have been selected from a National Search to relocate specifically to teach for us! No matter who is leading a class, you can be certain that every instructor you see through our beautiful studio windows – including our carefully selected "approved substitutes" – has the real world experience to help shape and mentor our 1,000 annual students.

Jacqueline Porter

Jacqueline Porter
Founding Artistic and Executive Director

Ballet, Pointe, Variations, Theatre Dance, Jazz Technique and Adult Ballet

Twice named YAGP’s Outstanding Teacher (2015, 2013) at the semi-finals of the famed international ballet competition, Jacqueline Porter was an award-winning Highland Dancer before beginning professional ballet training with the … Continue reading

Clair Culin

Associate Artistic Director of Park Cities Studios and The Dallas Conservatory

Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary and Tap

CLAIR CULIN  re-located from Atlanta in 2012 to teach and choreograph for Park Cities Studios and The Dallas Conservatory. In 2018 she was named Associate Artistic Director for both schools, … Continue reading

Olga Pavlova

Senior Ballet Faculty

Ballet, Pointe, YAGP coaching

Olga Pavlova, Russian prima ballerina, was born in Moscow, Russia, graduated from the famed Bolshoi Ballet Academy and has an impressive 30 years of professional career on stage as a classical principle … Continue reading

Kate Kuether

SENIOR DANCE FACULTY

Ballet, Tap, Jazz

Kate Kuether, TTC Dip, ARAD, ISTD, grew up in Gloucestershire, England, and trained at the prestigious Royal Ballet School in London, under the direction of Dame Merle Park, Course Director Miss Valerie … Continue reading

Jenny Durbin Smith

SENIOR DANCE FACULTY; RESIDENT CHOREOGRAPHER

Hip Hop and Jazz Funk, all levels

JENNY DURBIN SMITH is an award-winning choreographer and teacher, whose dynamic choreography has been featured on many national television commercials, industrials, films, reality television shows, and international stages. She is currently … Continue reading

Vincent Hardy

SENIOR DANCE FACULTY; RESIDENT CHOREOGRAPHER

Contemporary, Modern, Jazz

Vincent Hardy danced for Complexions Contemporary Ballet under the direction of Desmond Richardson and Dwight Rhoden before earning  his masters of Fine Arts from the University of California, Irvine, Department of … Continue reading

Sean J. Smith

SENIOR DANCE FACULTY; REHEARSAL DIRECTOR; RESIDENT CHOREOGRAPHER

Contemporary, Jazz, Tap

A native of Vancouver, British Columbia, Sean Smith has received training from The Ailey School, Toronto Dance Theatre and Goh Ballet Academy Canada in Vancouver, British Columbia. He has performed … Continue reading

Caroline Long Berko

Co-Director of PCS Performing Company, DANCE INSTRUCTOR,

Ballet, Pointe

Originally from Kansas City, received her BFA in Ballet and Business degree from Texas Christian University on a dance scholarship. She began her training at the Kansas City Ballet School … Continue reading

Alex Patrick

Director of Acro

Acro, Hip Hop

 Alex Patrick graduated from Southern Methodist University with a B.A. in Creative Advertising, a B.A. in Dance Management and Production, as well as a minor in Dance Performance. Alex is … Continue reading

John Kuether

Instructor

Theater Faculty

John Kuether is a highly experienced performer, educator, and resident director best known for his long association with The Phantom of the Opera. He spent ten years with the Broadway production … Continue reading

Amanda Durbin

Instructor

Theater Faculty

Amanda Durbin is an award-winning choreographer, actor, and educator, whose innovative and high energy choreography and performances have been nationally recognized and featured on live theater stages, television commercials, industrials, … Continue reading

Christi Murphy

Instructor

Theater Faculty

Christi Murphy is a deeply experienced acting teacher, coach, and director with more than 20 years of experience working in theater education and theater performance training in private programs and … Continue reading

Robert Anthony

Dance Instructor

Hip Hop, Jazz-Funk, Acro, Hop Hop Workout

ROBERT ANTHONY is one of DFW’s top hip hop personalities. Robert is a Dallas Jesuit grad with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology/sociology from Southern Methodist University, and a Master … Continue reading

Mary Priestly McLendon

DANCE INSTRUCTOR

Ballet, Pointe

Originally from Macon, Georgia, Mary has trained at some of America’s top schools including, North Carolina School of the Arts, Boston Ballet, Washington Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, and on … Continue reading

McKenzie Rollinson

DANCE INSTRUCTOR

Jazz, Modern, Contemporary

McKENZIE ROLLINSON received her BFA in modern dance performance from the University of Oklahoma. She grew up in Dallas, Texas dancing competitively throughout the nation and graduated from Booker T. Washington … Continue reading

Jill Nicholas

DANCE INSTRUCTOR

Ballet, Tap

JILL NICHOLAS has been teaching dance, choreographing, and coaching gymnastics in the Dallas area for 7 years and is thrilled to be joining the PCS faculty. She is trained in ballet, … Continue reading

Traci Kern

DANCE INSTRUCTOR

Primary Ballet, Tap, Jazz

Traci began her dance training in Dallas, TX at the age of 4 studying ballet, tap, jazz and modern. In addition to this dance training, she has appeared in a … Continue reading

Lexi Johnston

Instructor

Ballet

Lexi Johnston danced professionally with Charlotte Ballet from 2015-2018. She began taking ballet classes at age 6 with Longview Ballet Theatre under the direction of Pat George Mitchell in Longview, … Continue reading

Rhythmic Souls Tap Company

Instruction + Choreography

Tap

Katelyn & Co. offer students, parents and dance studios what they need to take their tap to the next level. They provide expert instruction through partner studios, making students some … Continue reading

Megan Van Horn

INSTRUCTOR

Ballet

MEGAN VAN HORN began her early dance training in Orange County, California at Ballet Conservatory of Saddleback Valley under the direction of Maryann Bayless. She spent her summers studying at The … Continue reading

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