Our Faculty

All teachers at the Claire School of Dance are performing artists as well as experienced teachers. Our teachers have performed at Houston Ballet, Ballet West, Hubbard Street, Dominic Walsh Dance Theater, Alley Theatre, Diverseworks, and abroad.

Roxanne Claire

Roxanne Claire

Roxanne Claire is the owner and director of the Claire School of Dance, and director of Summer Magic art camps. A regular contributor to Dance Studio Life magazine, Ms. Claire is also a writer, choreographer, photographer, and video artist.

A certified teacher in the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum, (primary through Level 3), Ms. Claire received her training in modern dance in Paris, where she studied extensively with Jean Gaudin and Ruth Barnes. Also part of her background are workshops with Carolyn Carlson, Suzanne Linke, Angelin Preljocaj, Mark Morris, and Sean Curran. She received her training in classical ballet in Omaha, Nebraska, from Valerie Roche (Royal Academy of Dance, London).

With over 20 years of teaching experience, Ms. Claire has developed and trained others in her own curriculum for teaching dance and movement to small children. As director of Summer Magic, she has developed art curricula for a variety of camps. Recipient of a Diverseworks residency, Ms. Claire’s work has been shown in Houston, San Francisco, and abroad. In addition to her personal choreographic work, Ms. Claire has produced and directed annual productions of her New York Nutcracker, an original production for Claire School of Dance students, since 2002.

Ms. Claire’s video work has been shown at film festivals both in Houston and abroad. Ms Claire was the recipient of a Texas Filmmakers Grant for her video, Ritual of Remembrance. You can see some of her work online at roxanneclaire.com.

Ashley Horn

Ashley Horn

Ashley Horn is a dancer, choreographer, filmmaker, costume designer, dance educator, and artist from the Houston area. She has shown choreography and films at ACFD, The University of Houston, Big Range Dnce Festival, The Texas Weekend of Contemporary Dance, Third Coast Dance on Film Festival, The Houston Fringe Festival, and Dance Month at the ERJCC among other venues and events.

She has had the opportunity to perform in works by Frame Dance Productions, Suchu Dance, FrenetiCore, Dancepatheater, Rebakah Chappell, and others. She has created costumes for FrenetiCore, Frame Dance Productions, Sol Y Luna Dance, The University of Houston Honors College, Sara Draper, and her own works.

Ashley is the co-founder and curator of Motion Captured: An Evening of Dance on Film at the ERJCC as a part of Dance Month. In 2012, Ashley was a recipient of an individual artist grant from the Houston Arts Alliance to create an evening-length dance film, Wanderland.

Ashley was named one of the 100 Creatives of 2013 by the Houston Press. Recently, the Houston Press named her as #3 on the top 10 Houston of 2014.

Melissa Pritchett

Melissa Pritchett

Melissa Pritchett is an Alley Theater Company Artist who has appeared in The Farnsworth Invention, Rock ‘N’Roll, Eurydice, Cyrano de Bergerac, Othello, Death on the Nile, Treasure Island, Hitchcock Blonde, Much Ado About Nothing, Black Comedy, Witness for the Prosecution, The Miser, The Pillowman, After the Fall, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.

Other theatre credits include Broadway 2003 (directed by Ann Reinking at Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center), Beauty and the Beast, Brigadoon (Theatre Under the Stars), Fiorello!, Pal Joey, On the Town (Bayou City Concert Musicals) and Footloose (Great Caruso).

As a dancer, she was a principal dancer for Longview Ballet Theatre and locally with Sparacino Company Dancers. Her training includes the Broadway Theatre Project 2003 with Ann Reinking and Ben Vereen. In addition to choreographing for the Claire School of Dance, she has choreographed several shows for Bayou City Concert Musicals including One Touch Venus, Finnian’s Rainbow and Fiorello!

She holds a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from Sam Houston State University.

Hilary Schaff

Hilary Schaff

Hilary is a New Orleans native who is happy to be in Houston. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Alabama in May of 2014, where she earned her BA in Dance, was a member of the Alabama Repertory Dance Theatre and had many of her original works showcased in DanceAlabama! She has since worked as a guest artist performing in works with Hope Stone Inc. and Noble Motion Dance, as well as working as an Apprentice with Frame Dance Productions for two seasons.

Hilary has enjoyed teaching Creative Movement and Pre-Ballet with Claire School of Dance since 2016 and loves getting to see every student grow in their love for dance. She has also been smiling and teaching at “Dance for Kidz” with Elizabeth Schlitzberger and with Hope Stone Inc.’s “the Hope Project”, sharing the love of whole-hearted, total-body movement in her classes of younger students around HISD communities since 2015. You can also find her choreographing field shows for the Travis High School Tiger Band, working on her Balance Body Pilates Teaching Certification or working out in any fitness class around town.