Therese Laeger

Artistic Director

Therese is a graduate of the Alabama School of Fine Arts and Birmingham-Southern College with a B.A. in Dance Arts Management.  Therese began her professional career as a dancer with Birmingham Ballet, and then Cleveland Ballet.  Returning to Birmingham, she joined the The Alabama Ballet/Ballet South performing soloist and principal roles.  Following her performance career, she held leadership positions with Alabama Ballet, Alabama School of Fine Arts Dance Department, AROVA Contemporary Ballet, and Edgewood Dance.  Collaborating with filmmaker Colleen Laeger, she produced the award-winning film AROVA.  Following her passion for teaching, Therese completed pedagogical studies with The Paris Opera Ballet School (Bessy, Golovine, NYU), The Vaganova Syllabus (White), The Royal Academy of Dance (London), The Revolutionary Principles of Movement (Chapman) and teacher training at The Pilates Center (Boulder, CO).  Most recently, she received an Artist Fellowship from the Alabama State Council on the Arts (2019) to develop seminars focusing on the ART of Teaching Ballet.  Therese travels as an independent teaching artist, staging classical and neo-classical repertoire. Currently she is on faculty with University of Montevallo, Samford University and since 2015 as a Teaching Artist for The Dance Foundation.