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Tamu Ortenzio

Position:Ballet Director
Tamu Ortenzio has over 25 years of teaching experience in ballet technique, pointe, choreography and arts management. Tamu Ortenzio is an ​American Ballet Theatre® Certified Teacher​ in levels Pre-Primary through 5 of the ABT® National Teacher Training Curriculum and Progressing Ballet Technique, a supplemental strengthening program for dancers. Additionally, Tamu is a certified trainer through American Council on Education. She has trained, mentored, and coached students now in prominent schools and companies including School of American Ballet, The Juilliard School, The Joffrey Ballet School, Nashville Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, The Rock School for Dance Education, State University of New York at Purchase, New York University Tisch School of the Arts, University of Arizona, to name a few. Tamu travels frequently as a choreographer and guest instructor nationwide. Tamu began her dance training at Mobile Ballet (Mobile, AL) and graduated from Spring Hill College with a Bachelor of Science degree in political science and, after her dance career, a Master of Social Science degree from Southern University. She continued her dance training after high school as a scholarship student at the Joffrey Ballet (NYC), Atlanta Ballet, International Rotaru Ballet School and Giacobbe Ballet School. Tamu’s experience in arts education and management include being a full time educator at several performing arts high schools and nonprofits. She also owned her own dance studio for seven years. In these roles Tamu staged full length ballets and various performance events. In 2006 Tamu started her own professional dance company, Willow Oak Contemporary Ballet in Baton Rouge, LA. There she was able to create original full length productions and work with amazing guest artists from Dance Theatre of Harlem, Los Angeles Ballet, Smuin Ballet, Ballet Black (UK) and Pacific Northwest Ballet. Original choreography has been performed at various New York City venues, at the Louisiana Dance Festival in Baton Rouge, LA, The Shaw Center for the Arts in Baton Rouge, LA. In addition to choreographing on professional dancers, Tamu has also choreographed group pieces and solos for competition dancers and studios.