Our Teachers

Yen-Li Chen's dancing has been praised by critics and audiences from Asia to South America and through out the United States. She has been an invited guest artist at the Festival International de Caracas - Venezuela, The Santiago international Festival - Chile, in Taipei, Taiwan and at several dance companies across North America. A remarkable mastery of technique and artistry in both classical and contemporary repertory has earned Ms. Chen accolades of audiences through out the world. Her repertory includes title roles in Giselle, Coppelia, Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake, the Nutcracker and numerous others. Yen-Li has thrilled Arizona audiences since 1992. Ms. Chen brings the same passion and artistry of her dancing into the classroom as a master teacher. She has guest taught at numerous ballet schools in Taiwan, Texas, Oregon, Arizona and California. In Taiwan, her early training in Vaganova and other ballet techniques has served her very well as a dancer and a teacher. Yen-Li currently resides in Chandler, Arizona with her husband and former Ballet Arizona principal dancer, Qisheng Zhang, and their two children.

GPRGail Passey Reed began her training in California with Contra Costa Ballet and San Francisco Ballet School before joining the Marine Ballet. She then danced for two years with Baltimore Ballet, where her leading roles included the title role in Alice in Wonderland, Bluebird Pas de Deux from The Sleeping Beauty and Flower Festival in Genzano. Ms. Reed joined Ballet Arizona in 1985, its inaugural year. She received critical acclaim for her portrayal of Swanhilda in Michael Uthoff's Coppelia. Other principal roles include the title role in Ben Stevenson's Cinderella, Sugar Plum Fairly in The Nutcracker, George Balanchine's Valse Fantasie, Grand pas Classique, and John Cranko's Opus1. She retired from the stage in 1997 and began teaching and administrating for The School of Ballet Arizona. Ms. Reed is married to former Ballet Arizona dancer Michael Reed and they have one little girl Liliana. Gail is very happy to join the faculty of Yen-Li Chen Ballet School.

GPR Antoinette Klimek has lived and trained throughout the United States, studying at Ballet Omaha, American Ballet Theatre, Western Arkansas Ballet, Lou Conte Dance Studio, Visceral Dance Chicago, and on scholarship with Dayton Ballet. As a young dancer, she performed with Ballet Omaha II, Western Arkansas Ballet, and appeared in Dayton Ballet′s Nutcracker and Romeo and Juliet. Antoinette moved to Chicago after receiving an academic scholarship to study at the University of Chicago. There, she joined University Ballet of Chicago as a performer, teacher, and choreographer, assisting in the production of ten performances over six seasons, including full-length ballets. Finding a love of teaching through this experience, she joined the staff of Chicago's ARCC Ballet and Dance, where she had an active role in program development through her work as an instructor, choreographer, production co-manager, and dance librarian. In addition to teaching, Antoinette is an active freelance professional performer. She has danced with Geiger Dance Project, Elements Contemporary Ballet, Jaxon Movement Arts, and as a guest artist with Ballet North and Midwest Ballet Theatre. In 2012 she co-founded Untapped, a group of rotating freelance professionals who create repertoire for Chicagoland events and festivals. She has a great love of the classics, and her favorite featured roles include the title role of Giselle, Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, and Dulcinea and Mercedes in Don Quixote.

GPR Brett Bauer After receiving training at the National Ballet School (Toronto, Canada), The Kirov Academy (Washington, D.C.) and San Francisco Ballet School, Mr. Bauer enjoyed a 15 year professional dancing career, beginning with Suzanne Farrell's touring company in 2001, then joining the San Francisco Ballet as a corps member from 2002 - 2010. During his time with SFB, Brett performed a variety of Soloist and Principal roles in works by Helgi Tomasson, Lew Christensen, George Balanchine, Christopher Wheeldon, Yuri Possokhov, Stanton Welch, Paul Taylor, Sir Frederick Ashton and Mikhail Fokine to name a few. In addition, he appeared in the PBS filming of The Nutcracker performing the Arabian trio and participated in company tours to Greece, France, London, China and throughout the United States. In 2010, Brett took his talents to Portland, Oregon signing on with Oregon Ballet Theater under the direction of Christopher Stowell. He joined as a Soloist, then was promoted to Principal dancer for the following season and had the privilege of performing classical and contemporary leading roles with the company for five seasons. Brett's time at OBT also included two tours to South Korea performing the Nutcracker, as well as multiple U.S. tours including representing OBT for Ballet Across America at the Kennedy Center in 2013. In 2015, Mr. Bauer accepted a Principal contract with Silicon Valley Ballet, previously Ballet San Jose, under the direction of José Manuel Carreño. Brett was selected by Mr. Carreño and Loipa Araújo to perform the role of Albrecht in the U.S. premiere of Alicia Alonso's Giselle and is forever grateful for that honor and opportunity.

GPR Raissa Chazova-Bauer

GPR Caitlin Klemmetson began her dance training at the age of four and has studied all forms of dance including ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, flamenco and modern. Caitlin has received extensive classical ballet training through Yen-Li Chen Ballet School. She has participated frequently in master classes and has attended numerous pre-professional summer intensives with Yen-Li Chen, Ballet West and American Ballet Theater. Caitlin most recently danced for several seasons with Southwest Youth Ballet Theatre. Her roles have included: Coppelia, The Nutcracker Ballet's Sugar Plum Fairy Pas de Deux, Snow Queen, Dew Drop, Spanish Dancer and Snow Corps de Ballet, Pas de Trois from Les Sylphides, Pas de Trois and Variations from Paquita, Peasant Pas de Deux from Giselle and Candle Dance from La Bayadere. Caitlin has worked with Laurence Pech in his original work entitled "Rhythmania," Jimmy Hao in his work "Claire De Lune" choreographed to the music of Debussy, Inna Stabrova in her pieces "Glory of Spirit" and" La Danse Vivante" and Jill Hammond in a solo work choreographed to "Simple Gifts" from Copland's Appalachian Spring. Caitlin previously danced within the corps de ballet and as a soloist with the Ahwatukee Foothills Ballet Theater for five productions of The Nutcracker Ballet. Caitlin began her dance studies at Kimberly Lewis School of Dance where, as a member of the KLSD Ballet and Tap Companies, she participated extensively in numerous dance conventions and competitions in Arizona and Southern California. Caitlin is honored to join the dance faculty of Yen-Li Chen Ballet School.

GPR Aaron Gilbert began his training under the tutelage of Kelly Roth, Constance Stine and Madame Xenia Chlistova. His training continued with T.J. Maheras, Miguel Garcia, Dominika Borovansky, Pegge Visicaro, Cliff Keuter, Kim Sonderegger, Elina Mooney, Nadja Langenhorst, Gail Passey-Reed, and Kee Juan Han. During his pedagogical training he had the honor of receiving mentorship from the esteemed Mr. Truman Finney. Aaron danced professionally with Desert Dance Theatre, Grounding Pointe Dance Company and Ballet Jude. During his five years with Ballet Jude he had the opportunity to perform in a multitude of ballets some of which included soloist roles in Turning Back Angels, Beauty and the Beast, and Suspect Lines. While he performed in numerous contemporary and classical ballets, he also worked for one year as Ballet Jude's Rehearsal Director. Additionally, Aaron spent 13 years teaching dance at Corona del Sol High School in Tempe, his final 7 as the Director of the dance program. He has also enjoyed teaching ballet at local dance studios for the past 17 years. Many of his students have gone on to perform with international touring musicals, dance on and choreograph for So You Think You Can Dance, perform with Gus Giardano Dance Chicago, and participate in many other artistic endeavors. His students have been accepted into training programs with the Washington School of Ballet, the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School, the Joffrey Ballet School, and the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. He is thankful to have worked and continue working with so many wonderful and passionate young dancers.

GPR Jacody Bullard was born and raised in Arizona and has been dancing since the age of 6. After starting with tap, he branched out into ballet, jazz, lyrical, and contemporary. His passion for dancing and competing lead him to be a competitive teacher and choreographer to inspire others. Jacody is also very involved in musical theatre. His favorite roles include Shrek in Shrek the Musical, Warner in Legally Blonde the Musical, and Genie in Aladdin. He is now heavily training as a professional ballroom dancer, specializing in American Rhythm, while still choreographing and teaching for competition studios in the valley as well as being the resident choreographer for Rogue Dance Theatre which is currently entering its third season.