Sandra Miller embodies the best of dance, historical and new, classical and contemporary, traditional and dynamic, and artistic and analytical. Her training touched the beginnings of classical ballet studying briefly with a 94-year-old teacher who was in Anna Pavlova’s company, expanded with stars of the legendary Ballet Russe, included tutelage under original members of the Alvin Ailey and Martha Graham companies, and continued with the masters that have produced today’s finest dancers. Studying with David Howard in the golden age of dance and sharing the barre with Mikhail Baryshnikov, Natalia Markarova, Antony Dowell, Gelsey Kirkland, Cynthia Harvey, Darci Kistler and other resident and rising stars of ABT®, NYCB and the Joffrey Ballet, she absorbed a wealth of knowledge to pass on to her students. Long-term experience with teachers who define classical dance coupled with experiential knowledge of the dynamic trends in contemporary movement, Sandra understands the range of dance today.
With a BFA in Ballet and an MBA from Texas Christian University, this highly educated teacher has the analytical expertise to back her innate teaching skills, and as a principal dancer in the Ft. Worth Ballet (now TX Ballet Theatre) she has the professional artistic experience to pass on to her students. She trained at the schools of the Joffrey Ballet, Alvin Ailey, American Ballet Theatre®, Washington Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, and Maryland Youth Ballet. She has worked with luminaries such as Arthur Mitchell, James Clouser, Erik Bruhn, Fernando Bujones, Francisco Martinez, Mark Schneider and Fernando Schaffenburg dancing classical productions and work created for her. Ms. Miller has been the artistic director of three regional ballet companies and co-directed a semi-professional modern dance company. A highly imaginative choreographer, her works range from classical to contemporary, whimsical to thought-provoking, repertory to full length. Augmenting her educational and artistic background is a Pilates certification and over 20 years of experience yielding a contemporary anatomically correct approach to training, and a physical rehabilitation basis to injury prevention. Sandra is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 7 & Partnering of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.
Through her over 25-year teaching career, Ms.Stegelman Miller has trained students that have gone on to dance with Ballet Austin, Kansas City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet, CityDance Ensemble, City Ballet of San Diego, CompanyE, and on Broadway. The owner of Balance Pointe Training Solutions, her entrepreneurial ventures included a dance and Pilates studio, business consulting, teaching, coaching, directing and choreographing for studios, and movement, alignment, and technique analysis workshops. Her dancers have been accepted into the schools of ABT®/NY, Houston Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Washington Ballet, Complexions, Boston Ballet, UNCSA, and Juilliard. She was a faculty member at the acclaimed South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, and has taught at Ballet Austin, Tulsa Ballet, Ballet Spartanburg, the Greenville Fine Arts Center, Booker T. Washington School of the Arts in Dallas, Schaffenburg Ballet Academy and Texas Christian University. Ms. Miller was also honored as one of a small international group of teachers who have had the most number of students accepted into the Juilliard School.