Kalamazoo Ballet Bullard School 

Faculty: Kalamazoo Ballet/Bullard School

Artistic Director: Terry Bullard

Therese Bullard is a former professional dancer, born in Purley, Surrey, she immigrated to Canada with her parents and younger brother before settling as an adult in the United States.

She danced with Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet and America's Radio City Music Hall in New York City, in addition to performing in numerous operas and musicals. Her favorite role is the part of Jeanie in Brigadoon.  She appeared in Canadian television in several weekly shows, including Hit Parade, Barris Beat, Show Time, and the Robert Goulet, Jackie Ray, and Perry Como shows.  She also performed in Canadian Exhibition Grandstand extravaganzas featuring Victor Borgia, Ed Sullivan, Tony Martin, Jimmy Durante or Danny Kaye

Ms. Bullard trained with Phyllis Atkins, Grace Holdich and Cone Ripman Schools in England, with Margaret Craske and Anthony Tudor in New York, and Bettina Byers, Gladys Forrester in Toronto, as well as a four-year intensive at the Canadian School of Ballet under the direction of Gwenyth Lloyd, where she earned Royal Academy certificates in both dance and teaching.  Ms. Bullard holds a Master's Degree in Communication from Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Ms. Bullard has served as summer Chairman of the Dance Department at Wichita State University, guest faculty member for summer programs at Creighton University, Director of Dance for Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, and teacher of master classes in Malaysia, Japan, Canada, England and the United States.  She served for many years on both the faculties of Nazareth College and Western Michigan University.  She presently teaches for WMU's Lifelong Learning Academy. 

Ms. Bullard received the Irving S. Gilmore Kalamazoo Medal of Arts Award in 1988, the Thistle Award from the Scottish Society of Kalamazoo in 2007, and the Community Dance Advocacy Award from Partners in Dance at Western Michigan University in 2009. She was made a life-long member of Regional Dance America and again honored at the National Regional Festival in Montreal in 2012.  Most recently, in appreciation for Ms. Bullard's dance contribution to their lives August and Aimee Tye honored her at the Hyde Park School's Twentieth Anniversary Celebration in 2013.

Associate Director: Aimee Tye

Ms. Tye began her training with Bullard School.  After only one year with
Kalamazoo Ballet as an apprentice she graduated to company member, and soon thereafter attained the position of soloist.  Her  training continued with Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet School for two years in addition to studies with Paul Sanasardo and Joel Hall.

With Kalamazoo Ballet, Ms. Tye danced the roles of Odette/Odile in Swan Lake and Cinderella, in Cinderella.  The role of the White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland was set on her by the Bullard/Tye team.  Ms. Tye graduated from Western Michigan University with an emphasis on sculpture.  She danced with Detroit Metropolitan Ballet Theatre and has performed in Chicago with Winifred Hawn Dancers, Second City Ballet, Salt Creek Ballet and Joel Hall Dancers.

Before coming home to join the faculty of Bullard School & Kalamazoo Ballet, Ms Tye served as Associate Director and faculty member of Hyde Park School of Dance for nineteen years.

Choreographer and Teacher: Eugene Chua
Mr. Chua began his early training at age nineteen with David Shields, former soloist with Sadler Wells Royal Ballet.  After intensive training for several years, Gene auditioned and was accepted to Boston Ballet, his performances included: Nutcracker, Swan Lake and Rudolh Nureyev's Don Quixote.  He joined Omaha Ballet as principal and danced:  Franz in Coppelia, the Cavalier in Nutcracker, Bournonville's Konservatoriet, Kermesse en Bruges, Napoli, Ramonda Pas de Dix, and Paquita.  Contemporary works included Balanchine's Allegro Brilliante, the thief in Lew Christnsen's Con Amore, Puck in Bruce Well's Midsummer Night's Dream, Loyce Houlton Carmina Burana, Ze'eva Cohen's Out of Wilderness and Sal Aiello's Clowns. 

Mr. Chua has a BS and MS in Plasma Physics from MIT and MBA from Washington University.  He has wide experience in the business world.  This includes consulting with Ernst & Young and Deloitte & Touche.  He was also Director of Program Management at U.S. Cellular.  His team managed a complex multi-year, multi-million dollar plan culminating in the launch of U.S. Cellular's easyedge suite of wireless data services.  These services continue to comprise an ever-increasing percentage of the company's revenues and earnings.

Mr. Chua has taught master classes, coached principal dancers and conducted workshops in the U.S. and abroad.

Pianist: Susan Bland
Susan Bland will accompany classes at The Bullard School of Dance.  Born and raised in Kalamazoo, Susan studied flute and piano through high school and entered Western Michigan University, as a music major.  After working at Bronson Hospital for some years her love of music drew her to sales and marketing at Warner Bros. in Chicago.

Another turn in her life brought her back to Kalamazoo to care for her aging parents and, again, the medical field, this time at Western Michigan's Health Center.  Susan is pleased to return to her first love - - music.  We are delighted to have her join us.


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