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. 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 choreographic work has been shown in Houston, San Francisco, and abroad. In August 2018, she was invited to perform at the International Festival for Contemporary Dance in Mexico City.
In addition to her personal choreographic work, Ms. Claire produced and directed annual productions of her New York Nutcracker, an original production for Claire School of Dance students, from 2002 to 2015.
Ms. Claire’s video work has been shown at film festivals both in Houston and abroad. In September 2018, one of Ms. Claire’s videos, "Marked," will be shown at Frame x Frame Dance Film Festival, a co-production of Frame Dance and Houston Ballet. Ms Claire was the recipient of a Texas Filmmakers Grant for her video, "Ritual of Remembrance."
In February 2018, Ms. Claire presented an exhibition of her photographs entitled "The Women in My Family All Sewed" and the installation "My Bedroom the Year of My Awakening."
Ms. Claire also holds a J.D. from the University of Nebraska.
Some of Ms. Claire’s work can be found online at roxanneclaire.com.
Melanie received her dance training at Ballet Austin. Currently on staff with Houston Ballet‘s Outreach Program, Melanie has pedagogy certificates from both Ann Green Gilbert’s Creative Dance program in Seattle and from Progressing Ballet Technique.
Her performing background ranges from ballet ("The Nutcracker," "Tarantella,") to touring with Weird Al Yankovic.
At the Claire School of Dance, Melanie teaches creative movement as part of our Early Childhood Program.