Crystal D. Bertrand, M.A.
Instructor of Dance
Office: Mary Moody Northen Hall, Room 273
An experienced and classically trained dancer in a variety of dance styles and repertoire, Bertrand has performed professionally with several production companies and has sailed internationally with some of the world’s best talent.
Mrs. Bertrand joined the dance program for the second time in 2003 and holds both a B.F.A. and M.A. degree from West Texas A&M University. Before dancing in her professional career, Bertrand first started teaching at WTAMU in 1993 as an assistant in the program where her devotion is deeply rooted in her long years of experience with the university and has since then inspired her to pass on the knowledge and legacy of the art.
Bertrand hopes to serve in numerous capacities to further the art and continue reaching out to all that strive for excellence in their pursuit of dance.
Teaching and Related Service
Mrs. Bertrand instructs all aspects of dance including but not limited to ballet, tap, jazz and choreography in the dance program. Her desire is to educate and demonstrate dance techniques at all required levels.
Mrs. Bertrand is currently the choreographer of the musical drama, “TEXAS”, the outdoor epic celebrating the Texas Panhandle in the Palo Duro Canyon. Being with the production for several seasons, she strives to teach the professionalism that is expected in this professional production in the dance classes that she teaches.
Mrs. Bertrand also holds the position of Academy Director of Lone Star Dance Academies, which is the official dance schools of Lone Star Ballet Inc., located in Amarillo, Texas. She is responsible for the educational components, academy procedures, its curriculum, student activities and promotes higher education amongst her students.
Research and Creative Activity
Mrs. Bertrand continues to do guest choreography, instruct master classes and workshops. She has been an artist in residence with Texas Commission on the Arts touring roster and is a member of the Dallas Dance Council. She has held past memberships including the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPRD), Congress on Research in Dance (CORD), and the Society of Dance History Scholar (SDHS) She has also worked as education director for the Texas Panhandle Heritage Foundation, creating curriculum ties and programs in association with the Windows on a Wider World project through the Globe News Center for the Performing Arts.