Shir Lee Wu
Artistic Director/ Principal Teacher
Shir Lee Wu, nationally celebrated master teacher, received Youth American Grand Prix “Outstanding Teacher Award” in 2003, 2008, and 2013. Ms. Wu has trained many serious and talented dance students for two decades. One of her students became a principal dancer with Pacific Northwest Ballet, and others have gone on to dance with New York City Ballet, Boston Ballet, Sarasota Ballet, Ballet Met, and Martha Graham Dance Company in New York.
Young Ge Chen
Trained with Beijing Ballet Academy in China under the Russian Vaganova classical ballet method. Mr. Chen was a former ballet master of Lio Ning Ballet Company in China. He has coached many students who have gone on to win prizes from major ballet competitions in Japan and China. Some of Mr. Chen’s students currently dance with professional ballet companies such as Australia Ballet and the Guangzhou National Ballet Company. Mr Chen has been working with Shir Lee Wu since 1998.
Rehearsal Assistant/ Modern/ Stretch Class
Elaine Garrison studied with Shir Lee Wu at the Columbus City Ballet School beginning in 1999. She attended ABT Summer Intensive Program and Cincinnati Ballet School Summer Intensive for many years. Elaine has also taken master classes with Orlando Monila, Laura Alanso, Katrina Killian. She performed in many productions with CCBS and CCBW, such as: Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Wonder Fantasy, Raymonda Variations and others. Elaine was awarded 3rd place at the Chicago YAGP 2002 in the Pre-competitive Division.
Yuka has studied with Ayako Takagi, Tatsuo Kasuya, Noriyasu Ikegame and Yoko Ota in Japan, as well as traveling abroad to study at The Royal Winnipeg Ballet School in Canada, and The Rosella Hightower School in Cannes, France after she received a silver medal in the Itabashi Ballet Competition.
She has also worked on a number of film projects, being chosen to perform in George Balanchine’s Minkus Pas de Trois for a film project for The Balanchine Foundation, as well as a variation choreographed by Rosella Hightower for a film of the French Ballet Examination at Paris Opera Ballet.
Yuka lived and performed in the US since 2001, dancing soloist and principal roles with David Taylor Dance Theatre, Corpus Christi Ballet, Oakland Ballet, Minnesota Dance Theatre and New Jersey Ballet. In addition, she was coached by Gelsey Kirkland personally and danced with dancers from American Ballet Theatre in New York. She is also a certified Pilates Mat instructor.
Her primary concern for her class is to help the dancer use correct body placement, as well as focusing on the coordination of the head, port de bras and musicality.
Yuka Omori is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.
Teachers & Choreographers
Anna, Kevent and Allana
Mary Rose Bushroe
Tap Dance and Pre Ballet teacher
Mary Rose Bushroe studied in the Dance Department at Marygrove College, under the direction of renowned ballet master and choreographer Iacob Lascu. Studies included various Modern techniques including Graham, and also Tap and Jazz. She also trained intensively in Ethnic Dance, Gymnastics, and Competitive Baton. While in Detroit she performed as a dancer with the Pistons, and with several local dance companies.
In New York Mary Rose was the Director of the Children’s Program at Jon Devlin’s schools, ran a training class for the New York Cosmos soccer team, performed with Jane Fonda, and a on a cable TV exercise program. In Columbus, she studied with John Barker, internationally-renowned author of The School of Classical Dance. She taught for many Columbus Public Schools, including Fort Hayes Arts and Academic High School, and several private Dance schools.
In the late eighties, Mary Rose founded Dance Reach, which became a thriving Dance Arts complex with more than 1400 students. Her students have won countless National level awards, and gone on to become Rockettes, graduate from Julliard, earn positions with major Ballet companies, Broadway show casts, and become choreographers, instructors for and owners of Dance schools throughout the country.
Mary Rose’s other accomplishments include participating in the Chicago Human Rhythm Project, a Master Tap Symposium featuring Diane Walker, Lane Alexander, Lloyd Storey, and Sam Weber. She was a lead instructor for Neoteric Dance Theatre, a program for at-risk children created by Jacques d'Amboise, and was invited to perform a Rhythm Tap solo for a benefit at the King Arts Complex.
Mary Rose met Shir Lee Wu while they were co-directors of Columbus Dance Ensemble, and is thrilled to be a contributor at Columbus City Ballet.