Whitney Schimming

Ballet

Whitney Schimming

Whitney is a Dallas native who began ballet classes as soon as she could walk.  She grew up dancing at Dallas Ballet Center and spent much of her childhood learning from Judy and Brent Klopfenstein as well as several of the other teachers with whom she now has the privilege of teaching.  Whitney also studied jazz, modern, and musical theatre in high school and served as a Junior Lieutenant and Senior Captain of her drill team.  She choreographed pieces for the several area drill teams during and after high school, including Lake Highlands and Pearce.  She completed her college degree in Secondary Education, Spanish, and History at Baylor University, graduating Magna Cum Laude.  While at Baylor, she participated in All University SING several times.  As a Junior, she served as SING chair for her sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma that won First Place that year, while continuing to take ballet and jazz classes in Waco at Joy’s School of Dance.  She also served as a demonstrator in many different classes in the Dance Department at Baylor for Joy Burkhart.  She then went to UCLA where she completed her Master’s degree in Hispanic Languages and Literature.  While in LA, she continued to take ballet and began studying tap at The Westside School of Dance in Santa Monica.  Whitney currently teaches Spanish Literature and Spanish IV classes in the Upper School at The Hockaday School where she has been a teacher for ten years.  She enjoys teaching ballet and taking the adult classes at DBC, and has two daughters who also dance.  She counts it a joy and privilege to have the opportunity to teach ballet at Dallas Ballet Center.