Master Ballet Teacher at Ballet Center of Fort Worth Summer Intensive
Charmaine Hunter began her formal dance training at the Hartford Ballet School under the leadership of then Artistic Director Michael Uthoff and teacher Truman Finney. Charmaine then moved to New York City to study with Arthur Mitchell and Karel Shook, Founding Artistic Directors of the Dance Theatre of Harlem. She rose quickly through the company ranks and eventually became principal dancer and the company’s Ballet Mistress.
In January 2001, Ms. Hunter was invited to Toronto Canada by Mirvish Productions to direct the Broadway spectacular Disney’s The Lion King at the Princess of Wales Theatre. After three years, she relocated to Las Vegas after accepting the position of international talent scout with the Cirque du Soleil. She was also worked as dance teacher on the production of ‘A New Day’ with Celine Dion at Caesars Palace. While in Las Vegas, Ms. Hunter was appointed the position of senior manager of entertainment to oversee all entertainment aspects of the new Venetian Macau Resort, the largest entertainment resort in the world. After 2. Years In Macau, Ms. Hunter returned home to the United States.
Ms. Hunter then returned to the professional concert dance world after accepting a full-time faculty position as Upper School Principal with Texas Ballet Theater. She worked with the Professional Division and taught in the highest levels in the Academy under the leadership of Ben Stevenson O.B.E. Director Emeritus of Houston Ballet for two years.
Ms. Hunter joined the Orlando Ballet family in August 2017. She serve as the organization’s Director of Community Enrichment where she will coordinate and oversee all arts in education and community outreach programs. She is thrilled to be home with her family in Orlando and looks forward to an amazing future with the Orlando Ballet School. She is excited to be working alongside some of the country’s best dance educators and directors such as Phillip Broomhead and Jordan Morris.