Teaching Excellence for Young Children

SANTA FE | MAY 23-27


Allegra Lillard's curriculum and approach to teaching young children creates a joyful and nurturing learning environment while building a solid movement foundation for children. This workshop will provide solid concepts, activities, strategies, and classroom management tools one can take directly into the studio to support the whole child. The workshop includes classes for Creative Movement for 3-4 year olds, and Pre-Ballet for 5-6 year olds, and is built upon years of practice and research on how the arts can create a joyful journey for young children to reach key development milestones, supporting their physical, emotional, social, and cognitive development.


  • First day of the series is a full day workshop,
  • remainder of week are half-days including workshop, observation/participation in classes, and debrief sessions.


Allegra Lillard

Allegra began dancing in her home state of Texas and received further training in Boston, New York City and Canada. Dance has taken her throughout the U.S., Canada, and Asia. In her professional career, she was featured in solo and principal roles in the Atlanta Ballet, Ballet British Columbia, Ballet Hawaii, Hawaii Ballet Theatre, and the Oregon Ballet Theatre.

Allegra moved to Santa Fe in 1996 where she continued to perform, teach and choreograph for dance schools in and out of state. Allegra was the Founding Director of Dance for Joy, a local dance school that offered creative movement and ballet for all levels from 2004-2011. She worked with NDI New Mexico as Master Teacher and Associate Artistic Director for a number of years and returned in 2011 as The Dance Barns Artistic Director, a position she held until August 2018.

Please use the form below to submit an application.  For more information, or if you have questions, please contact Liz Salganek, Artistic Director at liz@ndi-nm.org or (505) 557-6046.

Teaching Excellence for Young Children Program Application

Applications are considered based on training and experience in dance performance, dance education and/or physical education, and experience and desire to work with young children.