Keith Saunders

Associate Professor of Professional Practice
Classical & Contemporary Dance
Erma Lowe Hall 221 | 817-257-7615


Hollins University Roanoke, VA
Master of Fine Arts in Dance (2017)

Dance Education Laboratory New York, NY
Foundations in Dance Education (Certificate Course, 2005)

Ohio State University
Columbus, OH (1988-1989)

Harvard University
Cambridge, MA (1971-1972)

Courses Taught

Ballet Technique (All Levels)
Ballet Repertoire
Ballet Partnering
Junior Honors Seminar
Senior Honors Seminar

Keith Saunders has practiced the art and science of ballet as a performing artist, teacher, ballet master, repetiteur, coach, company director, director of education programs, lecturer, adjudicator, and consultant over a 48-year professional career.  A long-time dancer and ballet master with Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) under the direction of the late Arthur Mitchell, and Virginia Johnson (2010-2018), he has taught all levels of ballet while serving on the faculties of the DTH School, the BalletMet Dance Academy, the New Ballet School (Ballet Tech), Steps NYC, the 92nd St. Y, the University of Wyoming (Guest Artist-in-Residence), and the Snowy Range Dance Festival. He has choreographed works at the student, university, and professional levels, and taught numerous workshops and master classes in studios, schools, colleges, and universities across the United States and abroad. In 2017, Saunders earned an MFA in Dance from Hollins University (Roanoke, VA). He joined the TCU SCCDance faculty in 2018.

Corps de Ballet International

Arthur Mitchell, Karel Shook, & Dance Theatre of Harlem: Social Change Through the Arts

Presented at the Conference of the International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD)

January 26, 2018   Los Angeles, CA


Arthur Mitchell & Dance Theatre of Harlem: Ballet, Inclusivity, and Social Change Through the Arts

Presented at the CORPS de Ballet International Conference

July 10, 2019                      Tallahassee, FL