Nevada Ballet Theater

Artistic Staff


Tara Foy
Ballet Mistress

Having an association with Nevada Ballet Theatre for her nearly 30 years in the dance community of Las Vegas, Foy also brings with her esteemed national and international industry experience. She formerly coached principal dancers for some of the world's most prestigious global ballet companies, including New York City Ballet, The Royal Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and both The Bolshoi and Kirov Ballets, to name a few.

Foy, born and raised in London, England, started her dance career at age 16, when she was awarded a full scholarship to the prestigious Royal Ballet School. She has studied with the finest elite teachers in the world, including Dame Ninette de Valois, founder of Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet, and enjoyed a storied ballet career performing as Principal Dancer of Dublin City Ballet and appearing in many television variety shows and movies. Additionally, Foy was invited to choreograph and perform for The Summer Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia in 2000.

Foy's illustrious dance and performance career began at a young age, and she has since become a staple of artistic integrity in Las Vegas, founding the Elite Ballet Summer Intensive, and serving as Artistic Director of The Dance Center, Las Vegas' own prestigious open professional studio, and as the former Ballet Mistress for Cirque du Soleil.

Responsible for much of the day-to-day rehearsal and training of the company dancers, Foy will play a central role in the support and development of NBT's artists. In her new role, she will work side-by-side with the company's Artistic Director to prepare and grow the dancers.


Clarice Geissel-Rathers
Company Instructor

Clarice Geissel-Rathers enjoyed a 20 year dance career with Nevada Ballet Theatre beginning in 1983. She retired from the company as a Principal Dancer in 2004. A graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts, Clarice joined the Arizona Ballet Theatre as a soloist and later became a member of Ballet West. She has worked under several renowned choreographers such as Sir Frederick Ashton, Toni Launders, Anton Dolin, Vassili Sulich and James Jeon. Clarice’s repertoire includes Harald Lander’s Études, and George Balanchine’s Allegro Brilliante, Serenade, Symphony in C and Concerto Barocco. She has danced numerous principal roles including Odette/Odile in Louis Godfrey and Denise Schultz’s Swan Lake, and Aurora in Sleeping Beauty as well as leads in Carmina Burana, Anna Karenina and Paquita. Clarice is a recipient of the Governor’s Arts Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts.



Photo of Ms. Geissel-Rathers by Sampsel Preston Photography.
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