MEET THE ARTISTIC DIRECTORS
Valerie Shelton Tabor – Co-Founder & Co-Artistic Director
Mrs. Tabor co-founded CBD in 2000 and has since served as one of the company’s choreographers and now, Artistic Director of the re-branded Ballet Dallas. She received her early dance training from Ballet Midland, Dallas Metropolitan Ballet, and Tulsa Ballet Theatre. She has performed in works by choreographers Isadora Duncan, Helen Tamaris, George Balanchine and Martha Graham. As a Dallas native, Valerie attended Southern Methodist University, earning both a BFA in Dance and a BA in Sociology, graduating cum laude. Throughout her training, Mrs. Tabor had the privilege to work with renowned artists such as Ann Reinking, Suzanne Farrell, Heather Watts, Jillana, Gregory Hines, Timothy Curry, Anthony Ferro, Martin Viscount, Treat Williams, Savion Glover, and vocal coach Seth Riggs. Some of her honors include scholarships to study with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Hartford Ballet and Ann Reinking’s Musical Theatre Project. Mrs. Tabor’s performance experience is extensive and well-rounded, including Cinderella – as the lead, Pas de Quatre, Sleeping Beauty, Balanchine’s Jewels and Serenade, & Graham’s Diversion of Angels, as well as musicals, including Hello Dolly!, Grease, and King & I. Mrs. Tabor later graduated law school from the University of Oklahoma, earning a Juris Doctorate. She is a former Assistant District Attorney for Dallas County and an Assistant Public Defender for Dallas County. She is now in private practice, focusing on criminal defense, CPS and juvenile delinquency. She is former President & Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of the Dance Council of North Texas. She is married with two intelligent, imaginative & loving sons.
Carter Alexander - Co-Artistic Director
Carter Alexander began dance training with his mother Amanda Stone in Cheyenne, Wyo. He continued his training at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas and at the Dallas Ballet Academy. After graduating from high school Alexander danced with the Hartford Ballet, where he studied with internationally renowned teacher Truman Finney. While dancing with the Hartford Ballet, Alexander also met his wife Jeanne Elser. He continued his career with the Kansas City Ballet and Pennsylvania Ballet and taught on the school faculties of both companies. After retiring from dancing, Alexander was the principal teacher at Ballet Workshop New England and artistic associate for the Massachusetts Youth Ballet. Alexander then reunited with Finney at the School of Ballet Arizona in Phoenix, where he served as assistant school director. He also served as a senior faculty member for seven years at Miami City Ballet School (MCBS) as well as serving as the school principal. While at MCBS, Alexander’s work with pre-professional students was instrumental in helping over 70 students gain professional work. Since 2013, Alexander has served as associate artistic director of Chamberlain Performing Arts in Plano, Texas. He also serves on the board of directors of Dance Council of North Texas. He is on faculty with Southern Methodist University's Division of Dance and joined Ballet Dallas as Co-Artistic Director in August 2018.
2018-2019 Board of Directors
Katie Anderson’s love of the arts began when her parents exposed her to lessons in music and dance as a child. She marched in the Longhorn Band at UT, and is a proud graduate of Baylor Law School. Katie is a counselor and litigator passionate about representing governmental entities, including primarily educational institutions and housing authorities. Katie is passionate about serving on the CBD Board because she has watched the company’s growth over the last decade and wants a wider audience to enjoy the innovative and creative contemporary works from choreographers across the state and nation.
Erika Halasz Lemmons – Director of Events
Ginny Jackson began her life-long love affair with dance as a young gymnast. Her gymnastics training propelled her to study ballet with Natalie Skelton in Dallas. As a Fine Arts major at SMU in Dallas, Ginny studied with former Ballet Russes soloist, Nikita Talin and attended a summer workshop with the Joffrey Ballet. She studied modern dance under Toni Beck. Ginny performed with stage and screen personalities such as Bob Hope, John Davidson & Michele Lee. She later moved to Houston and studied with the Houston Ballet, Discovery Dance Institute & the Margo Marshall School of Ballet. Ginny taught at the Margo Marshall studio and eventually directed the pre-school division until her relocation to Dallas. Ginny had regularly appeared in the City Ballet of Houston’s annual performance of “Nutcracker”. Through her association with Beverly Williams and Keith Cross at the Kinkaid Private School, Ginny judged the school’s dance team auditions for many years. Ginny is a Customer Service Specialist at At Home Décor Superstore, works part time at Barnes & Noble Firewheel mall, and she substitute teaches for the Mesquite ISD. Ginny loved taking classes and CBD and you often find her in the studio!
Dian Kauth - Treasurer
Dian earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English, Political Science and Philosophy from Southern Methodist University and her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Tulsa College of Law. She is licensed to practice law in both Texas and Oklahoma. Dian is the Chief Fiduciary Officer of Texas Capital Bank’s Private Wealth Advisory team. She has more than 25 years of banking experience, primarily in trusts and estate management. She began her career as an oil and gas attorney in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In the early 1990s Dian joined First Interstate Bank in Dallas. She helped start Belmont Trust Company as its senior trust administrator, later joining JPMorgan Chase Bank, where she was the regional risk manager and senior trust officer. Prior to joining Texas Capital Bank, Dian was with U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management, where she managed multigenerational trusts for the bank’s most successful clients. She currently serves on various committees for the Texas Bankers Association Wealth Management and Trust Division. She teaches Ethics in the Texas Bankers Association Trust School and has been a speaker on topics ranging from Ethics to Estate Administration and Trusts for various local bar associations. She is a member of the Dallas Estate Planning Council and the Dallas Bar Association.
At an early age, Eileen received a prestigious Ford Foundation Scholarship to the School of American Ballet, followed by a full scholarship to SMU. At SMU, she became an assistant to ballet director Nikita Talin. Subsequently, she performed with numerous national companies including: Harkness Ballet of New York, Berkeley Ballet, Miami Ballet, Ballet Pacifica of Laguna Beach, and Los Angeles Choreographers and Dancers (a modern dance company). Mrs. McKee has directed small performing companies locally, nationally, and internationally. Eileen has studied with such notables as George Balanchine and his staff at SAB, including Alexandra Danilova: Madame Pereyeslavic and Antony Tudor at American Ballet Theatre; and David Howard, Maggie Black and Vladimir Doukodovsky in NYC. Eileen has taught locally for the SMU Dance Department, BTWHSPVA, and Buster Cooper. She was the former Ballet Mistress for the Krassovska Ballet Jeunesse prior to Madame Krassovska’s death. Eileen is a long time participant in the Dallas dance community, and is currently the adult intermediate/advanced/professional ballet instructor at School of Contemporary Ballet Dallas. Ms. McKee has a degree in Communications/ Public Relations from SMU and has been a fundraising and development consultant for Dallas arts organizations, assisting organizations such as Texas Ballet Theatre, Arts District Friends, the Dallas Bach Society, and Voices of Change. She serves as the Development Chair of the CBD Board and has been a board member for over 10 years.
Christie Sullivan earned a BFA in Dance Performance from Southern Methodist University. She was a company member of Bruce Wood Dance Company from 1999 to 2006 and Rehearsal Director for the Bruce Wood Project from 2010 to 2012. Additionally, she performed with various independent projects including Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico, Pointe Dance U.S.V.I, and the Barney Home Video Let's Make Music. She has choreographed events for Crystal Charity Ball, DIFFA: Dallas Collection XV, Dallas Symphony Christmas Pops, and Repertory Company Theatre. She has served on the board of Dance Council of North Texas and was awarded their Curtain Call Costumes Rising Star Teacher Scholarship award. Since 2007, Christie has been a member of the Fine Arts faculty at The Hockaday School and was awarded the Ackerman Award for Character in Education in 2013. She is currently pursuing a MA in Education (Dance Teaching) thru the Royal Academy of Dance/ University of Bath.
Morag (“Mo”) Thompson - President
Morag (Mo) Thompson joined the CBD board of directors in 2012. She currently works for Sabre Holding – Car and Limo Product Manager. Mo, a Canadian, raised in Toronto, relocated to Dallas to accept a position with Sabre. Having lived in Barbados for many years, she worked as an audit assistant for Allison Associates, a public accounting firm. Upon returning to Canada, she joined Sabre as a Travel Agency Accounting Consultant and road warrior - traveling through North America, the Caribbean, and Europe. Performing Arts is available anywhere in the world. Mo, exposed to many art forms quickly developed a passion for Dance. As a byproduct of this love of Art, both visual and performing, realized that this is the quickest way to learn about any society and the environment in which they come. Mo enrolled with CBD School of Ballet as an Adult dancer and still takes classes weekly. When an opening presented itself, to join CBD as a board member, she naturally leapt (grand jete) at the chance. Bringing both finance and business skills, natural creativity and style, along with a strong sense of community make Mo an asset to the board. “Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.” ― Twyla Tharp
Jordan Walker - Director of Development
Jordan Walker joined the Ballet Dallas board in 2018. Originally from Dallas, Jordan grew up in Austin and trained at Ballet Austin, Boston Ballet, and Harvard University, where she received her B.A. in History of Art and Architecture. Jordan began her career in philanthropy, first in grantwriting at Carnegie Hall, followed by work as a corporate giving consultant. After receiving her MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, Jordan joined Bain & Company. She is currently a Manager in Bain’s Dallas office, focusing on supporting corporate clients with large-scale transformation and change management. In her free time, Jordan enjoys the performing and visual arts, college football and baseball, and spending time with family and friends.
Director of home studio, CBD
Ms. DiGiuseppe is a Dallas girl, and began her training under Joyce Seaborne Bader, A.R.A.D., and Lyndette Bader Galen where she studied the Royal Academy of Dancing syllabus, as well as at Buster Cooper. Lindsay went on to earn a BFA in Dance, graduating cum laude from Southern Methodist University. Professionally, Mrs. Bowman has performed as Dance Captain at Busch Gardens, Williamsburg in This is Oktoberfest, The Frontera Festival in Austin, Sweet Charity with Austin Musical Theatre, West Side Story with Casa Manana, and six seasons with the former CBD! Ms. DiGiuseppe is the Director and owner of the School of CBD. She is versatile in teaching ballet, tap, jazz, modern, contemporary, pointe, and conditioning, as well as musical theatre, and character dance. Ms. DiGiuseppe loves teaching and working with children of all ages in dance.