Anne Powell, director, began her training with Viki and Yuri Chatal in Memphis, Tennessee, joining Memphis Ballet Company at 15. She attended the University of Oklahoma (2 semesters on scholarship) where she studied with Miguel Terekhov, Yvonne Chouteau and Ko Yukihiro and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ballet Pedagogy. Ms. Powell also completed her Master’s degree in Counseling Education and Psychology from Colorado University at Denver in 2005.

Ms. Powell has performed with Memphis Ballet, Oklahoma University Ballet, Moveable Parts and Dance Detroit. She has also studied with Tulsa Ballet Theater and Kansas City Ballet. She taught ballet and tap for 12 years at Broken Arrow Academy of Dance, Jenks School of Ballet and was a performing artist and teacher with the Harwelden Arts Institute in Tulsa Oklahoma.

She directed the children’s program at Colorado Mountain College for five years and has participated in numerous teachers’ seminars including the Vaganova Teachers’ Seminar at Western Michigan University, Julliard Arts Institute and the Briansky Teachers’ Seminar in Saratoga Springs, New York. Ms. Powell has participated in the Vail International Ballet Teachers Conference and the Nutmeg Ballet Teachers course in the Vaganova Syllabus years one to three. She also attended the National Ballet School in Toronto, Canada. Ms. Powell also completed teacher trainings and courses at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet Company and Colorado State University where she has also guest taught. Ms. Powell recently completed and received certification from Ballet Arts Theatre of Florida summer workshop for teachers in the Vaganova Method.

Ms.Powell’s students have gone on to attend the pre-professional programs at Walnut Hill, Joffery New York, Interlochen, and the Rock School. Her students have repeatedly been chosen to participate in excellent pre-professional summer programs such as Boston Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Orlando Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Ellison Ballet, Joffery Ballet in New York, Harid Conservatory, Ballet West, Colorado Ballet, and Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts. Her students have attended many college programs on scholarship. The University of Utah, University of Oklahoma, Point Park College, Colorado State University, and Mercyhurst College to name a few. She has one student dancing professionally with Atlanta Ballet and one student dancing professionally with Oregon Ballet Theater. Another former student is now working and traveling the world on the Princess Cruise Line. Her former student Jonathan Windham was selected as one of the 25 Dancers to Watch by Dance Magazine and returned to Vail to perform in the Vail International Dance Festival in 2013.