Offering more than 40 years involvement in dance and business arts administration, Ms. Cox received her dance training in Fort Worth with Margo Dean and Ballet Concerto and with the San Francisco Ballet. She has been involved with Chamberlain Performing Arts as the mother of two past company dancers and a past member of the Board of Directors. Ms. Cox is 3M retiree where she worked as an administrative assistant with 3M Health Care for twenty–four years.
Ballet Instructor, YAGP Coordinator, Coach & Choreographer
Chamberlain School of Ballet is pleased to welcome Tim Fox as a full time faculty member. Mr. Fox began his training at the age of nine in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with Moscelyne Larkin and Roman Jasinski. He studied on full scholarship at The School of American Ballet (SAB) where he was asked to join New York City Ballet. While with the NYCB, Mr. Fox worked under the direction of George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, and Peter Martins. He danced as a Principal Dancer with the Tulsa Ballet and the San Francisco Ballet under the direction of Helgi Tomasson. Mr. Fox is grateful to have had teachers like Stanley Williams, Andrea Kramarevsky, Alexandra Danilova, Irna Kosmovska, Antonina Tumkovsky, Bill Martin-Viscount, Wilhelm Bermann, David Howard, Patricia Wilde, Leon Danielion, and John Clifford, who have influenced both his dancing and teaching careers. Throughout his career, Mr. Fox has performed principal roles in Divertimento #15, Symphony in C, Four Temperaments, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Serenade (George Balanchine), Fancy Free, Four Seasons (original cast), and Interplay (Jerome Robbins) as well as works by Jiri Kylian, Val Caniporoli, Michael Smuin, and Paul Taylor.
A native Texan, Leslie grew up in Amarillo, where she studied Classical Ballet, Jazz and Musical Theatre under Neil and Camille Hess from the age of five. In West Texas, she studied instrumental music/theory and voice, and performed in such productions as Carousel, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, and the outdoor musical drama Texas, set in the Palo Duro Canyon. As a young adult, she accepted opportunities to model and perform in Tokyo, Japan and Asuncion, Paraguay, which enriched her global perspective and artistic lens. At the University of Oklahoma, Leslie majored in Letters and Dance Pedagogy, studying History and Philosophy, as well as Classical Ballet, Jose Limon, Doris Humphrey and Martha Graham dance techniques. As a member of the Modern Repertory Dance Theatre under Denise Vale, she performed the role of Medea from Graham’s 1946 Cave of the Heart and received training from Dudley Williams and Earl Mosley, former principal dancers of NYC’s Alvin Ailey Company. As a scholarship student at the Alvin Ailey American School of Dance, her foundation in ballet and modern dance were reinforced through the study of Martha Graham, Katherine Dunham (West African), Lester Horton and Classical Ballet. She continued her professional career from 2000 to 2005 with the Martha Graham Ensemble in New York, where she was privileged to study under contemporaries of Graham such as Yuriko and Pearl Lang, while also training with principle dancers Therese Capucilli, Jacqueline Buglisi, Donlin Foreman, Christine Dakin, Martin Lofsnes, Tadej Brdnik and Virginie Mecene. Leslie performed Steps in the Street from Graham’s 1936 piece, Chronicle at Lincoln Center’s State Theatre in Stars of the 21st Century, alongside companies such as Paris Opera Ballet, Munich Ballet, and NYC Ballet. Leslie also performed with Pearl Lang Dance Theatre, Pascal Rioult Ensemble, Buglisi-Foreman, and Linda Diamond Company, performing historical repertoire by Anna Sokolow. Upon returning from New York, Leslie earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance Composition on a full scholarship from Southern Methodist University, Meadows School of the Arts. As a graduate student, she performed the principal role of Mother in Eleo Pomare’s 1967 Las Desenamoradas, based on Garcia Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba. During her time at SMU, she served as Secretary of Meadows Graduate Student Council, became certified in Elementary Labanotation and attended San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, training under Summer Leigh Rhatigan, as well as Alessio Silvestri of the Bejart Ballet. In Lyon, France, Leslie participated in avant garde theatre with international artists at Les Subsistence. She coordinated, directed and performed in Site Specific Improvisations at Dallas Museum of Art, and danced Leni Wylliams’ Sweet in the Morning at the Winspear Opera House. She concluded her creative and academic studies in a collaborative presentation of original choreography in the 2010 MFA Thesis Concert, Body/Voice at SMU’s Bob Hope Theatre. She has since become a certified Yoga Instructor, served as Adjunct Professor of World Dance for five years at Texas Christian University, and instructed Ballet and Modern dance at Hathaway Academy, Frisco Dance Studio and Contemporary Ballet Dallas, where she appeared as guest artist/choreographer. She periodically teaches workshops in public schools and Oak Cliff, and plans to continue integrating her multi-genre training and performance experience as a lifelong teacher. Leslie loves sharing her fiery passion for movement, music and knowledge…fully engaging young dancers in the spirit of learning, while helping them discover the most incredible potential within themselves.
Ms. Hanson began her dance training at age 4 in Lewisville, TX at Ballet Conservatory where she studied ballet, tap, jazz, modern, and musical theater. After 11 years, she moved to New York at attend Manhattan Youth Ballet under a full scholarship. There she trained with amazing teachers such as Daniel Ulbricht, Deborah Wingert, Michael Vernon, Peter O’Brien, and Marina Staviskaya and performed in The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Serenade, Don Quixote, Divertimento No. 15, and in contemporary works by Brian Reeder and Attila Csiki.
In 2013 she moved back to Texas and began training with the Texas Ballet Theater School Dallas Campus and performed with Texas Ballet Theater in The Nutcracker. Over the years she has attended summer programs at Cincinnati Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet School on full scholarship, School of American Ballet, and Houston Ballet.
Ms. Hanson gained her first experience teaching in NYC at Manhattan Youth Ballet where she assisted teaching a pre-ballet class. She then taught ballet and variations classes at the Dance Project Dallas from 2014 until early 2015. She taught at Innovative Dance Inc. and is continuously looking for new ways to use her passion.
Director of Sales and Marketing
Mendy Lea grew up in Plano,Texas and attended Richland College which led to a career in sales and marketing. First, as VP of the McKinney Chamber of Commerce developing marketing plans and Director of Tourism for the City of McKinney. Then after starting a local magazine for the McKinney Chamber, she began selling advertising for Dallas Child, D Magazine Medical Directory and Associate Publisher of Plano Profile magazine. She enjoy’s the arts, travel, wine tasting and gardening.
Chamberlain School of Ballet is excited to have Mendy join our staff and use her expertise in the Sales and Marketing field.