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Broken Arrow, OKLA. – As the official grand opening for the Hardesty Center for Dance Education approaches, Tulsa Ballet is excited to announce the appointment of Cynthia Drayer-Reyes and Andre Reyes as Co-Principals of the new academy.  The Hardesty Center for Dance Education, which will open in August, will serve the community of Broken Arrow, Bixby and the South Tulsa area to complement Tulsa Ballet’s existing Brookside school. Mrs. Drayer-Reyes and Mr. Reyes will focus on bringing exceptional dance training to students who are looking to learn proper dance technique in a fun and inspiring environment. 

 “During the 13 years’ existence of our Center for Dance Education, we’ve built a national and international reputation as one of the premier dance schools for pre-professional training in the country,” said Tulsa Ballet Artistic Director Marcello Angelini. “This success didn’t happen by coincidence.  We are discerning when it comes to the competence of our instructors and the quality of the environment in which our students take their classes.  Professional grade sprung floors, size and shape of the studios, overall architecture of our structures, as well as excellence in instruction and professional interaction with our students and parents are some of the elements that earned us this worldwide reputation.  Our commitment remains consistent with the organizational philosophy of affording every student, whether she/he is interested in a professional career or just loves to dance for fun, the best dance training available in the region.  For this reason we hired two superstars of the dance world to lead our Hardesty Center.”

Drayer-Reyes has a lifetime of professional history in ballet performance, having been a Soloist Dancer with the Houston Ballet before becoming Principal Dancer with the San Francisco Ballet.  As a teacher, she brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and skills to Broken Arrow, having served as Classical Ballet Program Head at Boston Ballet School, and New York City Ballet Workout Instructor, as well as with the Pre-Professional and Student Division Faculty at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School.

Reyes brings 20 years of experience teaching, coaching and assisting advanced level dancers in refining their skills and mastering their form.  He was Principal Dancer with the San Francisco Ballet for 13 years before retiring and starting his teaching career.  His teaching experience includes being a faculty member with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater’s school and Boston Ballet’s school as well as a guest instructor at Harvard University, Stanford University and English National Ballet’s school among others.   

Both Mrs. Drayer-Reyes and Mr. Reyes are Co-Founders and former Co-Directors of Volee Dance in Palo Alto, California. Their knowledge, experience and expertise in the ballet profession will be an asset for the Broken Arrow and Greater Tulsa community, while being coherent with the philosophy of excellence that guides Tulsa Ballet as an organization.   



Tulsa Ballet announces the appointment of Cynthia Drayer-Reyes and Andre Reyes as Co-Principals of the new Hardesty Center for Dance Education in Broken Arrow.


Enrollment for both of Tulsa Ballet Center for Dance Education locations is currently open, and classes will begin in August


Hardesty Center for Dance Education, 1901 West New Orleans, Broken Arrow, OK, 74011

For more information about the Hardesty Center for Dance Education, call (918) 712-LEAP or visit tulsaballet.org/classes.

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Ryan Allen

Communications & Public Relations Manager 

Tulsa Ballet

1212 E. 45th Place | Tulsa, OK 74105  

Office: 918.749.6030 ex. 249| Cell: 918.704.7114 

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