Selected Alumni Bios

Clarence McDorman

Clarence McDorman graduated in the inaugural class of the ABT Ballet Pedagogy concentration. Upon graduation, he assumed the Interim Ballet Director position for the private studio Dance Vision in Des Moines, Iowa, where he successfully presented intermediate-level ballet students for ABT Affiliate Exams. In 2010, he joined Ballet Academy of Texas in suburban Dallas as a full-time faculty member teaching intermediate and advanced technique, men's ballet, pointe, and pas de deux. At Ballet Academy of Texas, he successfully presented intermediate and advanced ballet students for ABT Affiliate Exams.

In September 2010, in collaboration with Ballet Academy of Texas director Lisa Slagle, he launched a daytime pre-professional training program for home-schooled students residing in the Dallas-Ft.Worth area. Numerous students of the daytime program under McDorman have since joined companies – such as American Ballet Theatre, ABT Studio Company, Ballet Austin II, and Ballet Met2.

Clarence served as Ballet Master for Ballet Ensemble of Texas from 2010 to 2012 and performed principal character roles in Nutcracker, Swan Lake Act II, and Coppelia. During this time, he also served as an Adjunct Professor of Ballet for The School for Classical and Contemporary Dance at Texas Christian University – teaching all levels of technique and men’s class. In 2012, he was an adjunct faculty member at University of North Texas, teaching the advanced level ballet course.

In recent years, McDorman has been a guest teacher for Interlochen Arts Academy, The Ballet Conservatory (Dallas), Foothills Dance Conservatory, and the ABT National Audition Tour. In 2015, he served as Interim Artistic Director for Ballet Indiana. He is currently a freelance teaching artist, based out of Birmingham, Alabama.