Ballet Mistress, Ballet North Texas
Cindy Costarella Michaels held the title of Artistic Director of Redding City Ballet from 1997 to 2012. After the premier of Redding City Ballet’s Nutcracker in 1997, she was invited by the president of Shasta College, to join the faculty of the Fine Arts Department teaching ballet and modern dance, tap, Choreography and Dance Analysis and the Pointe and Partnering class.
Along with her knowledge of the classics and contemporary ballet repertory she set historical works on the company and created numerous works of her own that were premiered by Redding City Ballet, Shasta College, Redding School of the Arts and California Dance Company. She established and directed the Shasta College Dance Festival; an annual college production that continues to bring community artists together with the students of the Shasta College dance department and was the supervising instructor for the Shasta College Dance Club. In 2008 she established the Summer Dance Festival at Shasta College, a performance that followed the Shasta College summer dance intensives.
Ms. Michaels also participated in the establishment of the dance program at Redding School of the Arts, the first charter school based on the visual and performing arts in Shasta County, and has choreographed for both RSA and the Shasta College’s operas, musicals, clinics and summer theater festivals. Ms. Michaels also continues to be a guest choreographer for Redding City Ballet as well as guest instructor for ballet and contemporary movement at TheRAP -The Redding Arts Project. She is looking forward to participating in the establishment and groundwork that is Ballet North Texas and North Texas Conservatory.