Theara J. Ward
Dance Theatre of Harlem
Theara Ward trained at Jones Haywood School of Ballet, 1975-77 under My teachers were Ms.Jones & Ms. Haywood, Sandra Fortune Green, Sylvester Campbell, Maria Newby, Hinton & Lettie Battle and company dancers from Capital Ballet. Ward began her professional career with the Dance Theatre of Harlem at 13 years old. Her first lead role was as The Priestess in Rythmetron, choreographed by Arthur Mitchell. teachers and coached at DTH included: Karel Shook, Arthur Mitchell, Alice Elliott (Ghanaian descent, Ghanaian royalty, trained at the Bolshoi), Tanaquil LeClerq, Victoria Fedine, Victoria Simon, Walter Raines, Homer Bryant, Patricia Wilde She has performed Balanchine ballets, such as The Four Temperaments, First Theme, Agon, Pas de Deux, Serenade, Dark Angel, Stars and Stripes, Fancy Free, Late Arrival as well as Swan Lake (Act 2), Creole Giselle (Bathilde), Footprints Dressed in Red, Firebird, and Princess of Unreal Beauty. She appeared in the film Eagles’ View Drive, choreographed by Arthur Mitchell, with Eddie Shellman. Ward performed as a guest artist at the Ballet British Colombia Gala in 1987. She also originated the role of Ghost of Christmas Future for the Madison Square Garden Version of A Christmas Carol.
In addition she studied ballet at Ailey Ms. Marino, Robert Atwood. Peff Modelski and Gabriela Taub-Darvash, Wilhelm Burmann and was privately taught and coached by William Griffith. her