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The Willis Conservatory of Classical Ballet

7702 McElvey Rd.

Panama City Beach, Florida 32407

United States

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Employment History

Professor of Classical Ballet

Texas Tech University

Education

Texas tech University

B.F.A.

Texas Christian University

M.F.A. Degrees

Texas Christian University

Ph.D.

Mellen University

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The Willis Ballet

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Peggy Willis-Aarnio, The Willis Ballet

The Willis Ballet
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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
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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).
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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
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Professor Peggy Willis-Aarnio has recently been honored by the Socie
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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.
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Prof. Willis-Aarnio was awarded a leave of absence (Sabbatical) by
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Peggy Willis-Aarnio is the Daughter of Margaret Dozier and the late
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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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Article on Dance by Prof. Peggy Willis-Aarnio

Brief History of The Willis Ballet
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The Company has added four major new classical ballet works by American Choreographer, Peggy Willis-Aarnio into their repertoire.
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Tributes to Peggy Willis-Aarnio
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"I am very interested in finding out about your department's dance studies, particularly those of Peggy Willis-Aarnio, whose accomplished teaching of the Vaganova "system" at Texas Tech I found out about, quite by accident, from a Lubbock resident who was in Moscow when I was, in december....I would very much appreciate if you could send me a brochure detailing the dance department and, particularly, any information about Dr. Aarnio's program.
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I decided to commission Prof. Willis-Aarnio to create a new work for the Company, and I can say, that I, in my career that spans 50 years as an Artist and as an Artistice Director, have very rarely had the opportunity to work with an individual that was so highly focused and intense about her work, but still a true pleasure to work with because of her confident, even-tempered work style. Also, her first work for me is really a crowning achievement in the technical mastery of a very complex piece of music ("Rhapsody on a Theme by Pagnani" by S. Rachmaninof) and her choreography beautifully reinforces the varied and complex quality of the music.
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Choreography by Peggy Willis-Aarnio
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Peggy Willis-Aarnio, Choreographer
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Choreography: Prof. Peggy Willis-Aarnio
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Remember When: L I B R E T T O by Paul Aarnio based upon an idea by Peggy Willis-Aarnio
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This version of the Nutcracker's choreography by Peggy Willis-Aarnio, is based on this story and also the original choreography of Vainonen.
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Professor Peggy Willis-Aarnio, Ph.D.
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Professor Peggy Willis-Aarnio is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, and a former soloist with the Fort Worth Ballet in Fort Worth, Texas. After 31 years of faithful service to the University, she moved her 501C (3) non-profit company and school, The Conservatory of Classical Ballet to Panama City Beach, Florida where she continues to teach and direct her company, as well as providing teacher training courses in the Teaching Method of Classical Ballet and at the same time, continues to choreograph and create new classical ballets.
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).
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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).
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Dr. Willis-Aarnio is also the Director and senior teacher of The 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 background, to have access to true Classical Ballet Instruction. The School celebrates its Twentieth Anniversary this Fall. In 1983, a group of local friends formed a non-profit 501 C Corporation, The Willis Ballet (so named to honor her for her achievements in teaching and choreography), to give her the support structure to continue to pursue her artistic vision, as stated in the Corporate Charter: "To Preserve the Complete Tradition of Classical Ballet.". Her official title became "Artistic Director/Choreographer," a post she has held ever since. The Willis Ballet, working through the Conservatory (its official school) and in concert with The Texas Tech Department of Theatre and Dance, has expanded the performing opportunities for Tech and local Ballet Students, and brought true Classical Ballet performances to Lubbock and other ballet audiences all over North America, and even to the United Kingdom (1987).
Professor Peggy Willis-Aarnio has recently been honored by the Society of Russian Style Ballet (President, Gabriella Komleva, Honorary Chair, Anna Lendrum), Headquartered in London, England. The Society is an international examining body for promoting teaching and performing excellence in ballet. She was accepted to the Society as an honorary member, and designated as the Society's North American Representative and their newest board examiner. As the North American Representative of the Society, she is actively engaged in building a teacher/school network in North America, and conducting teacher training courses for any (and all) interested parties.
Professor Willis-Aarnio was engaged for 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.
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Prof. Willis-Aarnio was awarded a leave of absence (Sabbatical) by Texas Tech in 1997, so that she could complete her primary source (Russian Language) research. The manuscript was complete in the Fall of 2001, and was published by the Edwin Mellen Press (Lewiston, NY) in October of 2002.
In 1998, she was honored by the City of Lubbock, when she became the recipient of the YWCA's 1998 Woman of Excellence in Arts and Culture Award.
Prof. Willis-Aarnio retired from active teaching at the University level effective 31 August 2003 after 31 years on the dance faculty at Texas Tech. She will now concentrate on producing additional educational media projects to supplement and complement her already successful Educational Ballet Video/DVD Series entitled "Classical Ballet Lesson" and her Music for the Ballet Lesson Series, and on conducting teacher's courses in the Teaching Method Of Classical Ballet several times a year, and re-building her own company of dancers, The Willis Ballet, at her new headquarters in Panama City Beach, Florida. She will also be participating in more original choreography project both at home and abroad, and in follow-up writing projects.
Peggy Willis-Aarnio is the Daughter of Margaret Dozier and the late Walter Dozier of Panama City Beach, Florida, and the "Twin Flame" of Paul Aarnio.
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As a result of having seen the Educational Ballet Video series, The Board of the Society of Russian Style Ballet (An international Society founded to elevate the teaching and performing standards for Classical Ballet world-wide) Selected the Artistic Director/Choreographer of the Willis Ballet, Prof. Willis-Aarnio as an honorary Member and their newest board examiner. They also designated the Willis Ballet as their new North American Representative. In rising to the challenges presented by these nominations, the staff of the Willis Ballet has focused on three goals: Fostering awareness of the Society and what benefits it affords the teacher, the student and the school; Recruiting members for the Society; and, increasing the supply of properly trained teachers by conducting teacher training courses at least once per year (taught by Prof. Willis-Aarnio). To date, over twenty teachers have had one or more teacher's courses, and all twenty teachers are actively teaching on a day-to-day basis. Three of the teachers (the ones who own their schools) are currently grooming themselves, their students and their other faculty to begin an examination program.
In September of 2003. Prof. Willis-Aarnio retired from the faculty of The Department of Theatre And Dance and moved back to her family home of Panama City Beach, Florida. There, starting in January of 2004, we have built a new school and Company headquarters, including three studios, and costume and scenery workshops and storage, as well as facilities for our audio and video processing and facilities for conducting teachers courses and workshops.
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Paul is married to his Twin Flame, Prof. Peggy Willi


Arts

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We have a local ballet company, The Willis Ballet, that is run by Dr. Peggy Willis-Aarnio. It is a professional dance school, I do not want to get into the programs that are offered there when ballet classes are offered at other local schools. I want to focus on what is different. Dr. Willis-Aarnio, taught at Texas Tech for 31 years, and is currently a Professor Emeritus of that University. She is a leading international authority on the Classical Ballet Teaching Method. She is the Director of the Willis Ballet, and a choreographer whose productions have aired on PBS and has performed in England before Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip. She is the Director of the Willis Conservatory of Classical Ballet and most importantly a Teacher of Teachers.

Dr. Willis-Aarnio will be hosting the 13th Annual International Teacher's Congress and Student Workshop in July 2009.


The performance is choreographed by ...

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The performance is choreographed by Peggy Willis-Aarnio of Willis Ballet and produced in cooperation with Harmonic Motion Ballet of Rockwall.


Gallery

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Prof. Peggy Willis-Aarnio and her students.

Conservatory of Classical Ballet, Panama City Beach, FL. 2006

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