About Arlene Larson
Arlene Larson, RAD RTS, is a Registered Teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD). A native of Chicago, she studied with such notable teachers as Richard Ellis and Christine Du Boulay, Joel Hall, Mary Ward, Hama in Los Angeles, and members of the Twyla Tharp Company in New York.
Ms. Larson has been teaching since 1994, and has been entering students for RAD ballet examinations since 1996. She has instructed dancers with success to the highest level of Solo Seal Award, typically is only received by 20 to 30 dancers in the world each year. In 2014, Arlene trained a semi-finalist competitor for the prestigious RAD Genée International Ballet Competition, Antwerp, Belgium. A number of her students have gone on to professional careers in dance.
In addition to owning her own dance school, The Ballet Academy in Frankfort, MI, Ms. Larson is Artistic Director of Michigan Dance Theatre and coaches ballet students online via Skype for RAD exams. In 2004/2005, she was principal teacher at the Ballet Idaho Academy in Boise, ID. Additionally, Arlene has taught at numerous schools and universities in Michigan, including The School of the Grand Rapids Ballet, Grand Valley State University and Western Michigan University. Adding to her teaching repertoire, Arlene has coached university synchronized skating and competitive gymnastics teams.