Tamorah Slease

Ballet Mistress

Tamorah Slease began her dance training in 1973 at the Suzanne Aker Shool of Ballet, where she studied the Cecchetti style of classical ballet, partnering, and Graham modern technique. In the summer of 1974, Tamorah was invited on scholarship to attend the Southern Methodist University’s workshop, receiving instruction from SMU faculty members, including Nikita Talin. The following three summers, Tamorah attended the Ballet West summer workshop under artistic director William Christiansen, where she studied both the Vaganova and Bouronville techniques from instructors such as Dinna, Bjorn, in addition to various other classes and forms of dance. Tamorah studied under such illustrious teachers as Dennis Nahat at the Cleveland Ballet summer workshop in 1978, which she attended on scholarship, as well as training with Atlanta Ballet for three weeks under Manny Rowe.

From 1978 pm. Tamorah danced at Ballet Lubbock udner Neil Hess, Leonid Mubarshky, and Shawna Berska. She performed as the first Snow Queen in Ballet Lubbock’s The Nutcracker in addition to dancing other leading roles in productions of Les Sylphides, Paquita, and Cinderella. She was invitied on scholarship to train year-round at the Houston Ballet Academy under Ben Stevenson, which she did from 1980-1982, becoming proficient in the RAD style. While there, she was also selevted to perform with the professional company in The Nutcracker as a Snow Maiden.

Tamorah’s professional career begain in 1985 when she joined the Texas Ballet Concerto in San Antonio. She had to opportunity to perfom such roles as Marie Tagolini in Pas de Quatre, Swanhilda in Coppelia, and leading roles in numerous works of original choreography by such artisits as Maya Worthen and Melissa Hale. From 1993-1995, Tamorah danced in Arizone with the Sierra Vista Ballet, where she performed leading roles in The Nutcracker.

In addition to her ballet and dance training, Tamorah received her Pilates Mat 101 and 102 certification in 2004. For five years, she was the owner of Pilates West in Albuquerque, NM and she taught both Pilates group and private lessons. Tamorah studied at the Body Dynamics School of Massage Therapy in Albuquerque, where she became a licensed massage therapist in neuromuscular therapy in 2005. Tamorah also studied Gait Analysis at Physical Mind, and Body Conditioning, Youga, and Stretch and Flexibility at Central New Mexico College from 2007-2008.

Tamorah has over 35 years of teaching experience, beginning in 1979 at Ballet Lubbock. She has also taught at Texas Ballet Concerto, Terry’s School of Dance in Springfield, VA, the Sierra Vista School of Ballet – where she was the rehearsal assistant for two years – and again at Ballet Lubbock as an instructor and rehearsal assistant from 2012-2015. In 2015, Tamorah took on the role of Ballet Mistress for Ballet Lubbock and has spent three semesters as an adjunct professor with the College of Visual and Performing Arts of Texas Tech University.