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History

The Performing Arts School of Classical Ballet has been located in Castle Hills for over 38 Years.

In 1990, Billie Fielden (“Miss Billie”) assumed ownership and began guiding the school. Since then, the reputation of the school as a well-known classical ballet training site has continued. Nancy Smith joined the faculty in 1997 and teaches our advanced classes.

Our Philosophy

“Over the years,” Nancy Smith notes “our students may or may not aspire to be professional dancers, but still they devote many, many hours to ballet training. It gives them an aspect of their lives that they value – the satisfaction of working hard and creating something beautiful.”

Our Students

A number of our former students have chosen ballet as their career. Many have become soloists with major ballet companies, and some have even been chosen as principal dancers. Still others have become ballet teachers, choreographers or have become successful in related dance fields.

While the majority of our students do not intend to dance as a career, they are experiencing the discipline and challenge of ballet as excellent training physically, mentally, and emotionally. The benefits of technical ballet training will remain with them and benefit them whatever their future holds.

Our Faculty

Our staff consists of advisor Billie Fielden, administrator and partner Elizabeth Saathoff, and artistic director Nancy Smith. Both Saathoff and Smith teach at the school, along with several other instructors, both professionally and locally trained.

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Our Staff

Nancy Smith
Nancy Smith
Nancy has studied extensively (including Joffery Ballet School and Ballet Repertory School) and has performed as a soloist with Ballet Repertory Company of New York, Shreveport Ballet, and San Antonio Ballet Company, later serving as Ballet Mistress

 for that company.

She has staged classical ballets for many organizations. Her students have been accepted into major ballet companies and have become teachers and choreographers. She has coached students for international ballet competition in Lausanne, Switzerland; Jackson, Mississippi; and Helsinki, Finland. Miss Nancy teaches Ballet V and Repertory.

Billie Fielden
Billie Fielden
Billie has been the advisor of PASCB since 1992. Her students have been accepted into major ballet companies (including four who became principal dancers), awarded Ford Foundation Scholarships, and danced in Broadway musicals.

“Miss Billie” has taught ballet for 50 years and previously owned a successful dance school in West Texas for twenty years. She has performed in, directed and choreographed numerous television and stage productions, and has been an instructor for the Cecchetti Method Exam Preparation Classes for Teachers.
 Elizabeth Saathoff
Elizabeth Saathoff
Elizabeth has been dancing since the age of 9 and has trained with Jackie Aguirre, Billie Fielden, Carol Boice, Sandra Bravo and Nancy Smith. She has taught our Ballet IV and Teen/Adult Classes for the past 7 years  and has had

 several students accepted into the America Ballet Theater Summer Training Program. Her repertoire includes Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, La Bayadere, Paquita, La Sylphide, Giselle, Le Corsaire, and Pas de Quatre.
Andrea Guerra
Andrea Guerra
Andrea has been dancing since the age of three, and has studied for the past nine years under the direction of Billie Fielden and Nancy Smith. While attending John Marshall High School, she enrolled in fine arts dance and jazz, and learned choreography

under the direction of Mrs. Gardner-Shore. In 2007 she participated in a two-week summer intensive at Ballet Magnificat in Jackson, Mississippi, and was placed in level 8 (out of 10). Andrea currently attends UTSA.
Michelle Badillo
Michelle Badillo
Michelle has been dancing for twenty years, beginning at the age of three. She trained under Billie Fielden for nine years, Nancy Smith for eleven years. She has also studied ballet under Sandra Bravo, and jazz and tap with George – Ann Simpson.

She has performed in “The Nutcracker” with Ballet Met Columbus and Dallas Fort Worth Ballet. Another noteworthy production in which she performed was put on by the Turandot Opera. She has attended several Houston Ballets summer intensives, and acted in a production of Camelot with San Pedro Playhouse. She is currently studying for a Bachelor of Arts in communications and dance. 
Olivia Deahl
Olivia Deahl
Olivia has been involved in theater and dance productions since early  childhood.  She has danced and choreographed award winning ballet and lyrical  pieces and has performed at the Majestic, Lila Cockrell, and the Municipal  Auditorium.  In 2011 

, she was blessed by the opportunity to play the role of  Belle from the musical Beauty and the Beast at Coker United Methodist Church.   She enjoys travel, playing violin, and piano.  She loves jazz music, Fred  Astaire movies, and her 2 year old yellow Labrador, Lord Peter Wimsey.