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 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.
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.