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.
Renée YiRan Li is a dancer, choreographer, and teacher. Formerly with the National Ballet of China and The Hong Kong Ballet as a dancer and choreographer, she also taught for the Hong Kong Ballet. She has a master’s degree in dance education from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts as well as an M. F. A from New York University Tisch School of the Arts. A certified instructor of the ABT curriculum (Pre-Primary through Level Five), Renée is also certified to teach yoga, Pilates, Zena Rommett Floor-Barre, Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis.