Fanchon Cordell

I work to build self-esteem by encouraging independent critical thinking while creating a safe environment with a nurturing form of self-discipline in which the student is not afraid of temporary failure. I teach that temporary weaknesses are areas of opportunity for growth and strength.

Dance in a changing world requires a firm grounding in the basics to provide confidence to grow and adapt. Insofar as a professional dance career still can have an upper age limit, I try to prepare my students for a full life of contributing to the best of their entire abilities.


Fanchon Cordell received a full traineeship at Harkness Ballet where she studied under David Howard and Maria Vegh in New York City. She began her professional career with Ballet Repertory Company (a feed in company to American Ballet Theatre) and Eglevsky Ballet. As a member of American Ballet Theatre, she performed soloist roles in such ballets as Swan Lake, Giselle and Concerto, Les Patineurs and has worked with choreographers Balanchine, Baryshnikov, de Mille, Tetley, Tudor and Tharp. During this time she continued her studies with various New York based teachers. She has appeared in the Live from Lincoln Center Series. She has also participated in training in the following areas: Pilates, Gyrotonics, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Cecchetti Council of America and is certified in American Ballet Theatre’s Teacher Training Curriculum. Ms. Cordell received a UNCSA Excellence in Teaching Award, served as an adjunct faculty member at Wake Forest University and as guest faculty for the South Eastern Regional Ballet Association. Ms. Cordell joined the UNC School of the Arts in 1983 after teaching two UNCSA Summer Sessions.

Career Highlights

  • Contract with Ballet Repertory Company, NYC
  • Contract with American Ballet Theatre, NYC