Jessica Zeller, PhD, MFA, is an Associate Professor of Dance in the TCU School for Classical & Contemporary Dance, where she teaches courses across the ballet curriculum and in dance histories, theories, and pedagogies. Zeller’s forthcoming book project, tentatively titled Critical Ballet Pedagogy: Teaching beyond the Ideal (Routledge), examines how ballet pedagogies materialize and considers praxis-based approaches for developing humanistic, equitable teaching practices. Drawing from dialogues with teachers and students, it offers imperatives for the work of ballet pedagogy in the twenty-first century. Her 2016 book, Shapes of American Ballet: Teachers and Training before Balanchine (Oxford University Press), unearths the teachings of lesser-known European and Russian ballet pedagogues and situates them in the context of early twentieth-century American Capitalism. Zeller’s most recent work appears in the anthologies (Re:)Claiming Ballet (Intellect, 2021) and Hybrid Teaching: Pedagogy, People, Politics (Hybrid Pedagogy, 2021). She facilitates pedagogy workshops for faculty, students, and administrators across higher education. She has been an active member of CORPS de Ballet International since 2010.