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Deborah Freed received her BFA in Ballet in 1975 and MFA in Theatre (Modern Dance emphasis) from TCU in 1977.  She taught modern and ballet for TCU for several years.  She also taught at private studios, performed and choreographed for Shakespeare in the Park and Hip Pocket Theatre, and was Dance Curator for the Fort Worth Modern Art Museum. In 1981 she joined IBM as a sales trainee. Her career progressed from mainframe sales to a variety of positions in the retail segment.  She served as a Certified Retail Consultant working with national and international clients before she became responsible for developing and deploying IBM’s business plan for retail kiosks. Deborah re-joined TCU’s SCCDance in 2011.  She interfaces with the Admission Office recruiting candidates, coordinating auditions, and performing a variety of marketing functions.

Email: d.freed@tcu.edu

Susan Austin (Costume Shop Supervisor) is a Fort Worth native, growing up in the local dance/theatre community. She has designed or constructed costumes for the Amphibian Stage Productions, Fort Worth Opera, Lyric Stage, Creative Arts Theatre and School, Hip Pocket Theatre, Richardson High School Theatre Magnet, Gayle Corkery School of Ballet, Fort Worth Country Day Theatre Department and Ballet Department, Festival Ballet of North Texas, Taps N Tunes, Midland Ballet and TCU SCCD. She has taught ballet classes and choreographed various musicals and ballet recitals. She has performed in Festival Ballet of North Central Texas' "Nutcracker" and has been seen on stage at Hip Pocket Theatre. She also enjoys stage managing and toured with Basil Twist's puppet production of "Petrouchka" which performed with the Fort Worth Symphony and the Phoenix Symphony.

Email: S.E.Austin@tcu.edu

Parker Anderson

Working and residing in Fort Worth, TX, Parker Anderson performed and studied with the Weatherford College Jazz Band on scholarship, graduating with an Associates of Arts in Music in 2010. He has been a member of the Mondo Drummers Ensemble since 2001 performing Latin, African and Brazilian drum rhythms at many arts venues including: Main Street Arts Festival, Jazz on the Boulevard, Bass Performance Hall, Hip Pocket Theatre, UTA, Debbie Allen Dance Company, Sister Cities, Fort Worth ISD, Imagination Celebration, Scott Theatre, Fort Worth Arts Council, Ballet Folklórico, and Fort Worth Community Arts Center.

Email: parker.anderson@tcu.edu

Larisa Cherkasov

 

Born in Moscow, Russia, but raised in Texas, Tonya Belosludtsev has been studying the piano since the age of five. She has performed and competed all over Texas while studying, and now she accompanies vocalists and instrumentalists and performs in churches. Tonya graduated from Texas Christian University in 2010 where she studied with John Owings and received her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance. Currently she is the accompanist at Texas Ballet Theater.

Email: T.Y.BELOSLUDTSEV@tcu.edu

Larisa Cherkasov

Larisa Cherkasov, a versatile performer, was born and trained in the USSR. She has performed extensively as a soloist, collaborative artist and chamber musician throughout Canada, Europe and US. Her appearances as a piano soloist for the Fort Worth - Dallas Ballet Company, Arlington Ballet, and TITAS enhanced their productions. She collaborated with distinctive artists such as Luis Montero, Fernando Bujones, Susanne Farrell, Evelyn Hart, and with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra in production of “Eugene Onegin”, “Rusalka”, and “Magic flute”. Larisa holds her Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Baku State Conservatory.

Email: l.cherkasov@tcu.edu

John Hopkins

John Hopkins – Born in Fort Worth, Texas, John has performed, composed and arranged music for choir, piano, organ, recorder, symphonic orchestra, handbell choir, jazz combo, celtic groups, Zimbabwe marimba band, film scores and dance education. He directs marimba and contemporary bands at Trinity Lutheran Church in Fort Worth. In the summer, he likes to attend Zimfest and play piano for the American Ballet Theater summer intensives in Austin. Awarded the Bachelor of Science in mathematics from TCU in 1982, he continues tutoring there in mathematics and statistics, as well as accompanying dance technique classes.

Email: j.hopkins@tcu.edu

Austin Patton is a local musician, DJ, and sound engineer who continues to work closely with the dance and arts communities of Fort Worth and Dallas.  He has had the distinct privilege of collaborating with many notable artists. Austin interned at the American Dance Festival in 2001, and has been perfecting his craft ever since.  The Artist’s primary focus is percussion.  Additionally, Austin often uses melodic instruments as well as electronics to supplement his rhythmic craft.  He values his work with the School of Dance at T.C.U. as it is a fantastic opportunity to collaborate with an amazing group of teachers, dancers, and musicians, and allows him further exploration of the relationship between movement and sound. 

Email: a.patton8@yahoo.com