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Aaron's Story


Growing up in Tyler, Texas, Aaron and his 4 siblings were homeschooled by their mother. Homeschooling instilled in Aaron an internalized love of learning, and with the encouragement of his parents and family, fell in love with dance and the performing arts. During his formative years, he took part in many local performances with Ballet Tyler, as well as performing in competitions in Dallas such as the Youth American Grand Prix. Aaron continued his training in Tyler until the studio officially closed. From then on, Aaron spent most of his weekends traveling to Dallas to continue his training at the Ballet Academy of Texas under the direction of Lisa Slagle. He also spent two summers at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive Programs under the direction of Dennis Marshall. His years were filled in part with rigorous homeschooling, and in part with dancing. From this upbringing, Aaron developed a duel personality as artist and scholar.

He earned his B.F.A. in Dance Performance and B.A. in Anthropology from Southern Methodist University in May 2019 with funding from the Meadows Artistic Scholarship. Aaron was granted Departmental Distinction in Anthropology for the completion of a senior thesis, and received the Outstanding Senior Student award for anthropology and the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance. In his time at SMU, Aaron received training from Leslie Peck, Myra Woodruff, Carter Alexander, and Christopher Dolder. He performed in pieces reworked and/or staged on the Meadows Dance Ensemble such as Paul Taylor’s Mercuric Tidings set by Annmaria Mazzini, Daniel Buraczeski’s Points on a Curve, and Cherylyn Lavagnino’s Seize en Jeu. He also performed in original works set on the Meadows Dance Ensemble such as Dwight Rhoden’s The Planets, Alex Sanchez’s A Rhapsody in Blue, and Christopher Dolder’s Boléro.

Since Aaron graduated from SMU, he has worked short-term contracts at dance studios and companies such as North Central Ballet, Chamberlain Ballet, Tuzer Ballet, Park Cities Dance, Tyler Junior College, and Ballet Dallas, and charity events such as DIFFA: Dallas, a charity that raises funds and grants those funds to companies providing preventative treatment for AIDS/HIV. While working as a freelance dancer, Aaron is also prepping his senior thesis in Anthropology for publication in a peer-reviewed undergraduate research journal at Southern Methodist University.


August 2015-May 2019


Earned a Bachelor of Fine Art in Dance Performance from the Meadows School of the Arts, and a Bachelor of Art in Anthropology with Departmental Distinction in the Dedmen School of Humanities and Sciences. I received the Outstanding Senior Student award for anthropology and the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance.
Curriculum included courses in kinesiology, dance history, composition, pilates, musical concepts, and dance production.
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May 9, 2019

Aaron sat down to discuss the ins and outs of his elaborate senior dance capstone piece, involving students across various SMU departments.


"The only way to do it is to do it."

Merce Cunningham

"Our arms start from the back because they were once wings."

Martha Graham


Dallas, TX




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