Colette Herring Compton began her teaching career at the age of 13 when her parents converted their den into a dance studio. The 50-cents per class rate she charged covered the cost of her summer studies. That was over fifty years ago and she has not stopped teaching or choreographing since.
Her experiences in classical ballet, musical theatre and drama began when she was nine taking her on adventures throughout the U.S., Europe, Great Britain, Canada and Mexico. She has performed with such companies as Le Grand Theatre de Verviers in Belgium, touring with Disney on Parade, Casa Manana Summer Musicals in Texas, Alexander Dinner Theatre in Los Angeles and Stage West Theatre in Springfield, Massachusetts to name a few.
Her favorite ballet roles include Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Swanhilda in Coppelia along with the Grand Pas de Deux from Don Quixote and Le Corsaire.
She has founded and been artistic director for six dance companies presenting both original works and full length productions of ballet, modern jazz, tap and character dancing.
Between the years of 1975-1977, she directed, staged, choreographed and performed in the complete Nutcracker for the University of South Alabama and Continuing Education Departments.
From 2002-2008, she lived north of Seattle working with several dance studios choreographing as well as preparing students for Dance Competitions. She also co-directed and eventually directed a small company that performed for the community.
Her last teaching position was with Avant Dance Studio in Corpus Christi, TX. where she taught, choreographed and coached students preparing them for competitions and performances.
The foundation for her teaching is based on her summer studies with the Royal Academy of Dance in London, England where she passed her Elementary Exam with a mark of “Commendation” in 1965.
She is a strong advocate of individual body alignment and injury prevention for students and believes the benefits of good ballet technique can be achieved by anyone at any age.
She has taught credit and non-credit courses in universities, continuing education and senior citizens programs, private studios and dance companies. In all cases, she has been told that she utilizes clarity with an odd sense of humor for which she has been appreciated over the decades.
Colette came to the realization that she must be doing something right when some of her very first students brought their children and eventually their grandchildren to study with her.
Now semi-retired and living happily with her husband of 14 years, she would like to establish herself in the community and share her experiences with young students and adults.