Diane Spinelli

/Diane Spinelli

Diane Spinelli

Director of Metropolitan HomeSchool Program

Diane (Yelenosky) Spinelli was a member of the Houston Ballet from 1978-1985 where artistic director, Ben Stevenson, choreographed featured roles on her–Helga in Ben Stevenson’s “Peer Gynt”, and Clara in “The Nutcracker”.  She performed the roles of Fanny Cerrito in Sir Anton Dolin’s “Pas de Quatre”, a Russian girl in Balanchine’s “Serenade”, and the Wedding Dance pas de deux in Act. III of “Coppelia”.  

Prior to that, she danced with the National Ballet of Iran in Tehran, Iran (1976-1977) after completing her training at the Royal Ballet School in London, England.  

Repertoire includes Peter Wright’s “Giselle”; Ben Stevenson’s “Swan Lake”, “The Nutcracker”, “Sleeping Beauty”, “Cinderella”, and “Peer Gynt”; George Balanchine’s “Serenade” (Helgi Tomasson); Frederick Ashton’s “Two Pigeons”; as well as “Coppelia”, “Raymonda Act III”, “Firebird”, “Prince Igor”, “Scheherezade”; David Lichine’s “Graduation Ball”; Harold Lander’s “Etudes”; John Cranko’s “the Lady and the Fool”; Ronald Hynd’s “Papillon” and “Rosalinda”; Glen Tetley’s “Daphnis and Chloe”; Barry Moreland’s “Prodigal Son in Ragtime”; and Doris Humphrey’s “Water Study.”

Following her career, Diane has mostly home educated her 7 lively and delightful children with her husband Don’s passionate support.  She has taught ballet at Metropolitan since its formative years, and is presently director of the Homeschool Program.

By |2019-10-21T07:52:31-04:00July 27th, 2014|Comments Off on Diane Spinelli

About the Author:

Thank you for your interest in MSA!