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Dr. Peggy Willis-Aarnio

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Phone: (850) ***-****  
The Willis Ballet Company
7702 McElvey Rd.
Panama City Beach , Florida 32407
United States


Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder
    The Conservatory of Classical Ballet
  • Representative
    North American


  • M.F.A. Degrees
    Texas Christian University
  • Ph.D.
    Mellen University
  • B.F.A.
    Texas Christian University
  • Ph.D
  • BFA
  • MFA
  • PhD
  • Ph.D.
  • M.F.A. Degrees
    Texas Christian University
  • Ph.D. Artistic Director/Choreographer
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Web References
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Dr. Peggy Willis-Aarnio is Professor Emeritus and a member of the Graduate Faculty in the Department of Theatre and Dance, former Head of the Dance Program at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. She was also a former soloist with the Fort Worth Ballet in Fort Worth, Texas. She received her B.F.A. and her M.F.A. Degrees from Texas Christian University in 1970 and 1972, respectively and her Ph.D. in 2002 from Mellen University. From 1968 to 1971, she performed in over 2800 performances in a summer theatre in Florida. She has continued her professional development with a series of post-graduate pedagogical studies with John Barker of New York, and Valentina Roumiantseva of the Vaganova Ballet Academy of Saint-Petersburg, Russia. In 1992, she received an invitation to complete her (advanced level) pedagogical studies in Teaching Method at the Vaganova Ballet Academy in Saint-Petersburg, Russia, where she became the first American Ballet Teacher to be sanctioned as a "Certified Practitioner and Teacher of the Teaching Method of Classical Ballet."
She is a prolific choreographer with over 60 original ballet works to her credit. Her full-length, original ballet, "Dracula - the ballet" appeared on U.S. Public Television in 1982 and was shown by over 70% of the PBS Affiliates nationwide (the highest carriage rate, at that time, of any fine arts program originating outside the N.Y. metropolitan area). In the last seven years, in addition to over fifteen original ballet and modern ballet works created for her students' performances at Texas Tech, she also has had the distinction of creating three, major new Classical Ballet
Professor Willis-Aarnio is also the Author, Director and Narrator of the unique and valuable video reference work on the (Russian) Teaching Method of Classical Ballet, "Classical Ballet Lesson" (In eight Volumes, first through eighth class).
Dr. Willis-Aarnio is also the Director and Senior Teacher of The Willis Conservatory of Classical Ballet, a school that she founded in 1979 specifically for the purpose of providing an affordable opportunity for local children, regardless of family circumstances or
Professor Peggy Willis-Aarnio has recently been honored by the Socie
Professor Willis-Aarnio was engaged for the seven years in doing research, and writing the first, English Language Biography of the life and professional achievements of the great Russian Pedagogue and Choreographer, Prof. Agrippina Vaganova.
Prof. Willis-Aarnio was awarded a leave of absence (Sabbatical) by
Peggy Willis-Aarnio is the Daughter of Margaret Dozier and the late
Above, The First Willis Ballet Company, 1983 and below, Prof. Peggy Willis-Aarnio's "The Diamond Ballet" starring the Saint-Petersburg Classic Ballet Theatre of Marina Medvetskaya, 2007
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Welcome to our Website, 2 Sept 2015 [cached]
The Willis Ballet - Peggy Willis-Aarnio
Professor Emeritus Peggy Willis-Aarnio, Ph.D .
Peggy Willis-Aarnio, BFA, MFA, PhD
Professor Emeritus, Texas Tech University, Former Head of the Dance Program in the Department of Theatre and Dance
Professor Emeritus Peggy Willis-Aarnio, Ph.D.
For anyone, w e offer educational products of classical ballet; for teachers, a methodical and scientific approach to the teaching of classical ballet with our teacher training programs ; for students, ballet lessons for all ages; and, for the public, live performances showcasing the finest in Classical Ballet, including new classical choreography and a chronicle of original ballet works. Based on the inspired principles of the teaching method of classical, and its vocabulary, these works validate the legitimacy and effectiveness of the pure and true schooling as being a main source of maintaining the purity of the art form and serve as a bridge from the past to the present and to the future. This lineage is a direct, unadulterated source of knowledge, as evidenced in her educational products and seen in her live and video performances of both original creative works and the classics.
Our Artistic Director and Choreographer, Dr. Peggy Willis-Aarnio , is Professor Emeritus at Texas Tech University and Former Head of their Dance Program.
Presently, she is Director and Senior Pedagogue of the Willis Conservatory of Classical Ballet, and Artistic Director/Choreographer of The Willis Ballet. She is an internationally recognized author, educator, teacher, dance historian, and choreographer and is also a leading authority on the teaching method of classical dance. She offers teacher training courses , and is ready, willing and able to help teachers internationally who have the desire to learn the most modern, scientific, authoritative and most effective teaching method for classical ballet, one that has produced the greatest ballet artists of the twentieth century.
Prof. Willis-Aarnio's original choreography has been seen internationally in over 400 cities, in North America and Europe with world premieres of her work in Saint-Petersburg, Russia, most notably at the Hermitage and Pushkin Theatres, the first American to choreograph Classical Ballet in Saint-Petersburg, Russia, the birthplace of Russian Classical Ballet.
Professor Emeritus Peggy Willis-Aarnio and husband, Maj. Retired USAF Paul Aarnio
To View Dr. Peggy Willis-Aarnio's Visual Dossier, CLICK HERE.
Dr. Peggy Willis-Aarnio is celebrating 40 Years of Implementing the Teaching Method of Classical Ballet.
Professor Emeritus Peggy Willis-Aarnio's Documentary is available now through
Dr. Willis-Aarnio can be reached at or telephone: 850-236-1555.
About US, 28 April 2006 [cached]
In Lubbock, Texas, home of Texas Tech University, where Professor Peggy Willis-Aarnio had taken the position of Professor of Classical Ballet, The Conservatory of Classical Ballet was formed in 1979 and the Peggy Willis Ballet Company of the Conservatory of Classical Ballet was formed in February, 1983.
In 1991, the Peggy Willis Ballet Company presented "A Ballet Double Feature," which included a re-staging of Prof. Willis-Aarnio's 1981 production of "Dracula: the Ballet," and a "Ballet Gala Concert" featuring performances by seven, well-known Russian artists, headed up by the incomparable Prima Ballerina Assoluta, Galina Mezentseva.
As of the retirement of Professor Peggy Willis-Aarnio in 2003, and the relocation of the Conservatory of Classical Ballet and the Peggy Willis Ballet Company, in 2004 to Panama City Beach, Florida, one of the most important goals became establishing the Conservatory of Classical Ballet and the Peggy Willis Ballet Company's presence on the Worldwide Web, through a website called The Willis Ballet...honoring the life's work and career of Peggy Willis-Aarnio, and drawing attention to the wide ranging activities engaged in by both entities.
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Professor Peggy Willis-Aarnio
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