2020 Summer Guest Faculty
After a brief professional dancing career, Lynne Short found the rewards of teaching ballet to be more satisfying and enriching than performing. She was fortunate to be part of the faculty at Pacific
Northwest Ballet School, from 1984-2000, when, under the guidance of Francia Russell, Director of PNBS, the ideas of dedicated colleagues with various backgrounds were formed into a unified,
cohesive curriculum. From 2001-2013, Ms. Short, as principal of Ballet Austin Academy, was able to implement a syllabus that produced students and dancers who learned to realize the joy of working in a
deep, thorough, meticulous way. There were four years of teaching at Chamberlain Ballet in Plano, Texas before Ms. Short relocated to the Pacific Northwest in 2017 where she is currently Principal of Tacoma Urban Performing Arts Center.
Ms. Ringer is a native of Summerville South Carolina and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Fordham University with a Bachelor degree in English. Promoted to principal dancer of the New York City Ballet in 2000 she originated roles in new works by numerous choreographers including Jerome Robbins, Alexi Ratmansky, Christopher Wheeldon and Peter Martins. Ms. Ringer has performed in the world’s choreographic masterpieces including the major works of George Balanchine and has inhabited the prima ballerina roles of legendary works including Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and Coppélia. In addition to her dancing career, Ms. Ringer has led the New York State Summer School for the Arts annual summer session since 2006, directed the artistic elements of the New York City Ballet Dancer’s Choice performance at Lincoln Center in 2010 and co-hosted New York City Ballet’s Dance with the Dancers fundraising event in 2002. Ms. Ringer has been celebrated multiple times on the covers of Dance Magazine and Pointe Magazine and is the recipient of the prestigious Dance Magazine Award, the Jerome Robbins Award, and the Dance Teacher Magazine Lifetime Achievement Award.
Audrey Baran is a dance performer, maker, and educator based in Charlotte, North Carolina. She holds a BA in Dance from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a MFA in Dance from Hollins University. As the founder and artistic director of Baran Dance & apprentice company BD2, she is dedicated to broadening perceptions and accessibility of contemporary dance in the Southeast. Audrey has presented work through the National Dance Educators Organization Conference, Bill Evans Somatic Dance Conference, North Carolina Dance Festival, Tobacco Road Dance Productions, Triangle Dance Project, Ladyfest CLT, Charlotte Dance Festival and numerous self-produced productions. She was the 2019 UNCC Department of Dance Distinguished Alum, an inaugural recipient of the Creative Renewal Fellowship from the Arts and Science Council, and has received awards and nominations for her work from the Movies by Movers Festival, the Charlotte Emerging Dance Awards, and the Carolina Arts & Theatre Awards. She is an Adjunct Lecturer in Dance at UNC Charlotte and on the teaching faculty of Charlotte Ballet Academy and Open Door Studios. Audrey is also a Registered Yoga Teacher at the 500-hour level, and thrives on sharing her love of movement and mindfulness throughout the Queen City and beyond.