1. Pandora

    • Choreography by Michelle Thompson
    • Performed by Ballet Spartanburg
    • Commissioned by Ballet Spartanburg for Dan Synergy 9: Celebrating the Power of Women
    • Original score by by Damien Simon
    • Preview by Danceinforma

  2. Planets

    • Choreography by Michelle Thompson
    • Commissioned and performed by Ballet Austin II
    • Created to Chopin made accessible by Musopen
    • Made possible by an National Endowment for the Arts Choreographic Mentorship Grant

  3. The Velveteen Rabbit

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    Spark premieres a contemporary take on the well-loved story The Velveteen Rabbit by combining dance, shadow play, and puppetry to create an engaging show for families to enjoy together. This new twist on a classic has a resounding emphasis on the importance of play. In the show, the title character is tossed aside for more high-tech toys. Once the Velveteen Rabbit is picked up by its companion, the Boy, they go on many imaginary adventures together. From the Velveteen Rabbit and the Boy traveling to a magical garden to deep-sea diving, the audience witnesses how using one’s imagination has no limits. This show is for all ages.

    • Saturday, March 4 with shows at 2:30 PM and 4:30 PM
    • The Town School at 540 E 76th St, New York, NY 10021
    • Tickets $10 in advance or $15 at the door
    • Featuring Serena Chang, Matt Dittes, Melissa Herchakowski, Brent Radeke, Kristen Santos, Michelle Thompson Ulerich, and Reginald Webber Jr.
    • Guest performance by Ella Mansager
    • Choreography by Chelsea Koenig
    • Lighting by Steph Wessels
    • Puppet design by Patrick Weigand



  4. Illusory Impressions: An Invitation to Shift

    • Choreography by Michelle Thompson
    • Produced by Ballet Zaida
    • Performed by Nicole Voris, Erin Crall, Alice Cao, and Imana Gunawan
    • Music Replay by Joey Contreras and Chris Abell
    • Lighting by Ilvs Strauss
    • Directed by Oliver Endahl

  5. This Is Where She Walked With Me

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    • Image by Joseph Hernandez
    • Choreography by Michelle Thompson
    • Music by Ben Stewart
    • Performed February 2016 by Jane Cracovaner and Elise Ritzel during NACHMO 2016 at Mark Morris Dance Center
    • Performed February 2017 by Jane Cracovaner and Zui Gomez during The Empathy Series 2017 at Center for Performance Research

  6. Yoga Flow: Core Tone & Energy

    (3 minutes) Ignite your power center with this Eagle variation. Take your Eagle posture onto your back and draw your toes and fingers away as you inhale and then hug your body in on your exhale. Draw your low belly in, tack your navel towards your spine, and knit your ribs together. Be mindful to start the movement from your deep core, and resist the urge to use momentum. If there is any strain in your low back, please make the movement smaller and more fine tuned. (Video by Farid Zarrinabadi)


  7. Yoga Flow: Seated Flow

    (8 minutes) Enjoy a balancing seated flow that incorporates forward folds and heart openers. Helps to bring ease to the backs of your legs, brightness to your heart, and a delightful opportunity to open your hips. Incorporate a strap for the forward folds and invite a blanket under the sits bones for modification options. (Video by Farid Zarrinabadi)


  8. Yoga Flow: Seated Hip Opening

    (16 minutes) Breathe deep and encourage opening in your hips, legs, and sides of your body. Send compassion and patience into your body, heart, and mind as you meet each moment. Check in with the smoothness of your jaw and face muscles, maybe even lifting the corners of your mouth into a smile. (Video by Farid Zarrinabadi)


  9. Yoga Flow: Standing Postures

    (48 minutes) Allow Tadasanda (Mountain Pose) to be your home base as you enjoy connection and alignment in this grounding flow. (Video by Farid Zarrinabadi)


  10. Yoga Flow: Tabletop Warm Up

    (3 minutes) Connect with your body and breath as you move through this simple table top warm up. (Video by Farid Zarrinabadi)


  11. Yoga Flow: Twisting

    (28 minutes) Invite creativity, movement, and circulation with this twisting flow. Practice with a block to bring more ease to your twists and legs or practice without a block for a bit more intensity. (Video by Farid Zarrinabadi)




  12. Austin 360 Review of Belle Redux

    Jeanne Claire van Ryzin reviewed Ballet Austin's premier of Belle Redux: A Tale of Beauty and the Beast for austin360:

    "...the final pas de deux of Belle (danced by Michelle Thompson who shared the role with Aare Krumpe) and Beast (Edward Carr who shared the role with Paul Michael Bloodgood), brought a refined elegance and emotional impact to the ending.... Thompson and Carr were at the most nuanced here too, their partnering dramatically seamless and heartfelt."



  13. Performances

    Ballet Austin's 2014–2015 Season

    The Firebird
    Sep 26–28, 2014 at The Long Center
    Choreography by Stephen Mills
    Music by Igor Stravinsky

    The Nutcracker
    Dec 6–23, 2014 at The Long Center
    Choreography by Stephen Mills
    Music by Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky

    Belle Redux / A Tale of Beauty & The Beast
    Feb 13–15, 2015 at The Long Center
    Choreography by Stephen Mills
    Score by Graham Reynolds

    Director's Choice
    Mar 27–29, 2015 at The Long Center
    Luminaria by Stephen Mills; music by Jordi Savall
    One / the body's grace by Stephen Mills; music by Bach and Handel
    World Premiere by Jennifer Hart

    Swan Lake
    May 8–10, 2015 at The Long Center
    Choreography by Marius Petipa & Lev Ivanov
    Music by Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky



  14. A Path of Light and Dark

    • Choreography by Michelle Thompson
    • Performed by MOTION Dance Theatre
    • Music by Francis Poulenc, Catherine Davis, Erik Satie, and Arcade Fire
    • Live accompaniment by Patricia Black
    • Performed at Diana Wortham Theatre, Asheville

  15. Rem

    • Choreography by Michelle Thompson
    • Produced by Ballet Zaida
    • Performed by Oren Porterfield, [Jordan Moser] (https://www.facebook.com/jordanmosermusic), and Nicole Voris
    • Music by Jordan Moser
    • Directed by Oliver Endahl
    • Special thanks to Zac & The Museum of Human Achievement in Austin


  16. Ladder

    • Choreography by Michelle Thompson
    • Commissioned for San Angelo Civic Ballet's annual company gala
    • Performed by Michelle Thompson and Michael Burfield
    • Filmed at Austin Ventures Studio Theatre, Austin
    • Music by Penguin Cafe Orchestra and Moby
    • Debuted at Bill Aylor Sr. Memorial RiverStage, San Angelo

  17. Here and Gone

    • Choreography by Michelle Thompson
    • Produced by Steve Parker for a presentation of John Cage's Musicircus
    • Live accompaniment by Michelle Schumann
    • Awarded Best Chamber Performance of 2012 by The Austin Critics Table
    • Performed at Blanton Museum of Art, Austin







  18. And Then We Were 7

    • Choreography by Michelle Thompson
    • Music by Vivaldi
    • Performed by Young Artists of Ballet Austin
    • Performed at Austin Ventures Studio Theatre

  19. (i like you)

    • Choreography by Michelle Thompson
    • Music by M. Ward and Jordan Moser
    • Performed by Trainee Division of Ballet Austin
    • Performed at Austin Ventures Studio Theatre


  20. Coy

    • Choreography by Michelle Thompson
    • Music by Arcangelo Corelli
    • Performed by Young Artists of Ballet Austin
    • Performed at Austin Ventures Studio Theatre


  21. The Look

    • Choreography by Michelle Thompson
    • Performed by Young Artists of Ballet Austin
    • Performed at The University of Texas at Austin's Bass Concert Hall
    • Music by Burt Bacharach

  22. Wind

    • Choreography by Michelle Thompson
    • Performed by Upper Division Students of Ballet Austin
    • Performed at The University of Texas at Austin's Bass Concert Hall
    • Music by Fritz Kreisler

  23. Garden Party

    • Choreography by Michelle Thompson
    • Music by Yann Tierson
    • Performed by Trainee Division of Ballet Austin
    • Performed at Helm Fine Arts Center, Austin