Nevada Ballet Theater

ACADEMY OF NEVADA BALLET THEATRE

History
Founded in 1979, the Academy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization guided by a commitment to excellence in classical ballet tradition.
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Philosophy
The Academy believes that dance education is an ongoing process and continues throughout a dancer's career. Students whose lives lead to non-dance careers garner invaluable skills of discipline, dedication, poise and a life-long appreciation for the arts.
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Our Facility
Housed in a 36,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility, the Academy was built by JMA Architects with money donated from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation on land donated by The Howard Hughes Corporation. Encompassing seven dance studios, it is indisputably one of the finest dance facilities in the nation. It is home to over 400 students, the professional company of Nevada Ballet Theatre as well as artistic staff, faculty and administrative staff.
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ACADEMY OF NEVADA BALLET THEATRE
Academy Faculty & Staff

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Anna Lantz
Anna Lantz
School Director, Pre-Professional Ballet Program

 

Teranè Comito
Director of Education & Outreach/Head of the Pre-Professional Dance Program

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Cynthia Gregory

Artistic Coach

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Shannon Cangey
Academy Coordinator & Front Desk Supervisor

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Dodie Askegard

Children’s Program Coordinator and Instructor

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Vincenta Mendoza
Education & Outreach Assistant


Rena Alexander
Receptionist


Sylvain Collette
Receptionist


Taylor Harris
Receptionist

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Shara Bergal
Ballet

Shara Bergal is from Chicago where she received her training with Stone-Camryn, Larry Long (Ruth Page Foundation), and the School of Chicago City Ballet (Maria Tallchief). She was the recipient of ballet scholarships at the Interlochen Arts Academy and was an apprentice at the Boston Ballet under the direction of E. Virginia Williams, and later Violette Verdy. Shara studied further in NYC at the School of American Ballet, and with Wilhelm Burmann, Robert Denvers, Floris Alexander and David Howard. Her studies also took her to Paris, where she trained under Gilbert Mayer of the Pairs Opera Ballet and Gerard Wilk (Ballet of the 20th Century, Bejart). Shara has danced with professional companies in Chicago, St. Louis, Denver, Innsbruck, and St. Poelten, Austria, and has worked extensively in Vienna and throughout Western Europe. Shara eagerly draws on her diverse background to instill an enthusiasm for all forms of dance in her students.

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Andrew Branche
Jazz, Boys' Ballet

Born in Belize but residing in Las Vegas, Andrew started dancing in College at age 17 and within two years went to New York where he trained at the Dance Theatre of Harlem school under full scholarship and eventually getting into the second company. He then auditioned for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre School in which he was accepted under full scholarship as well. Within three years he was given the opportunity to perform one season with the company at the City Center in New York. He then pursued his career by dancing with such companies as: Mafata Dance Co., Roots of    Brazil, Alfa Omega Contemporary Dance Co., Nanatte Beardan Dance Co. and the Rod Rogers Dance Co. in which he spent 5 wonderful years and eventually becoming a featured dancer and soloist. He has been fortunate to work with artist such as: Joan Peters, Kevin Jeff, Ilio Palmari, and Frank Hatchet. Leaving New York after 10 years, Andrew danced in Jubilee! at Ballys in Las Vegas where he worked hard for a year and a half to eventually become principal dancer. Andrew left Jubilee! to dance on different cruise ships for Jean Ann Ryan Productions and NCL Productions. Andrew has written his own show in which he someday plans to showcase. He is studying to be a nutritionist and body conditioner and has since returned to the Jubilee! show. Without his parents support and the belief of his dance teacher Garold Gardener, he would not be where he is today.

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Marcus Bugler
Adult Ballet, Ballet

Having a dance knowledge covering a wide range of techniques, Marcus Bugler teaches master classes, gives workshops, adjudicates and choreographs in dance schools, camps and conventions across the country; notably University of Nevada Las Vegas, Lindenwood University, and Utica College as guest faculty.  He has taught ballroom dance at Dance Charisma in Las Vegas and has been a guest instructor at the Chatauqua Summer Arts Festival, Marin Ballet, Ballet School of Stamford, Steps, Broadway Dance Center, Eastern Virginia School of Performing Arts, Ballet Tennessee, Miss Linda’s School of Dance, Sawnee Ballet School, Festival Dance Camp at UGA, Exclusively Ballet, Balletfest, Dancentre South, South Carolina Summer Dance Conservatory, Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theatre, West Coast Dance Explosion, Dance Educators of America and the Academy and professional company of Nevada Ballet Theatre.

Marcus has been a dancer with the Muny Opera in St. Louis; the Harkness Youth Dancers (performing at the White House), The Harkness Ballet, with whom he toured all over Europe, Joffrey II, the Eglevsky Ballet, and the New York Metropolitan Opera where he was a dancer, Dance Captain, Ballet Rehearsal Assistant, and finally Repetiteur in 2001.  In 2003 he joined the artistic management team of Cirque du Soleil, opening the production of Zumanity: the other side of Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas.  Before joining Cirque, he was invited, in 2003 and again in 2008, to Japan to choreograph the dances for the Ongaku-Juku production of the opera Die Fledermaus, and in 2007 for the Saito-Kinen Matsumoto production of Queen of Spades; all conducted by the brilliant Seiji Ozawa. He was also brought in as a guest artist of the Chicago Lyric Opera twice; first as Assistant Choreographer to re-stage the dances in the opera The Great Gatsby, and in 2006, as Choreographer for Robert Carsen’s production of the opera Orfeo.

Marcus teaches privately and internationally and is on staff as dance instructor for the Academy of Nevada Ballet Theatre as well as guest teacher for the for the dancers of the Cirque production of Viva Elvis. His recent performances on stage include Stepsister and Herr Drosselmeyer in Peter Anastos’ ballets Cinderella and Nutcracker for NBT, and the Widow Simone and Dr. Coppelius in The Academy of Nevada Ballet Theatre's presentations of La Fille Mal Gardee and Coppelia

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Serena Chu
Ballet, Character

Serena Chu was born in Long Beach, New York, where she received her early training at the School of American Ballet, performed in numerous productions with New York City Ballet, and participated in the 1990 Workshop performance of 'Puss In Boots' by Robert LaFosse. After attending the Bolshoi Ballet program in Vail, Co, she went on to study as a scholarship student with the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, Russia and was one of the first Americans to graduate. She was a member of Sarasota Ballet before joining Tulsa Ballet in 1999 where she reached the rank of Demi-Soloist. Her repertory includes works such as the trio in Arenal, Remansos, Fingerprints, Company B, Without Words, the Autumn fairy in Cinderella, the 'Russian' girls in Serenade9 Sinatra Songs, & A Midsummer Night's Dream, as well as leading roles in Lambarena, Western Symphony, Precious Stones from Sleeping Beauty, Por Vos Muero, and a piece created on her by Tony Fabre. She has worked with and performed ballets from such choreographers as Duato, Balanchine, Kylian, Forsythe, Caniparoli, Stevenson, DeMille, Taylor, Tharp, Wheeldon, and Welch. Ms. Chu has been seen in Dance Magazine, the NY Times, Newsday, on the cover of Tulsa World, DM magazine, was featured on CBS Sunday Morning, and was a NFAA Award winner. She has danced principal roles with other companies such as Gettysburg Ballet Theater, Huntington Ballet Theater, and most recently Ballet Des Moines. In addition, she has performed leading roles on the stages of the Joyce Theater in New York City, and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Serena has taught at notable schools in Tulsa, OK, Salt Lake City, UT, and Des Moines, IA.

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Crystal Danzer
Contemporary, Stretch, Competition, Ballet and Children’s Ballet

Crystal Danzer’s passion for dance began at an early age in her native Carmel, California and this lead her to study ballet in pursuit of a professional career. She earned her BFA in dance at the University of Arizona. While there, she performed various works, leading to a guest appearance in Arizona Opera Theater’s Beauty and the Beast. She also studied ballet in Italy with Philip Beamish and Evelyn Hart and performed lead roles internationally for four years. After graduating, Crystal moved to New York City where she toured with Cirque Le Masque and danced with the contemporary ballet company, Exit 12. She continued her professional dance career here in Las Vegas as a dancer with Donn Arden’s Jubilee! She is excited and passionate about sharing her love for dance with her students.

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Carole Fisher
Ballet

Carole is an Associate of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing in London where Carole was born and received her early training with the Royal Academy of Dancing. As a professional dancer and singer, she performed in many Broadway and TV shows, including No, No, Nanette, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying andThe Bing Crosby Tribute, working for renowned choreographers such as Michael Kidd and ABT's Donald Saddler. She has choreographed numerous shows and television commercials. A certified Ballet Teacher of Dance Masters of America, her teaching career spans twenty years, including owning her own studio in Mendocino, California to teaching at Western Ballet, The School of Alberta Ballet and most recently the Camarillo Academy of Performing Arts in Southern California where she transformed the ballet department resulting in her students winning "Best Overall Technique" awards in competitions. Her students have been awarded scholarships to Juilliard, The School of American Ballet, Alvin Ailey, Joffrey, The San Francisco Ballet School and Canada's National Ballet School.

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Jamie Grover
Contemporary, Jazz

Jamie Grover is proud to call Las Vegas home and to be a part of the dance community.  She started dancing at the age of 3 in her grandmother’s studio, Carol Lee Dance, in Spokane, WA. It was there she developed her love for competition dance with her dance team competing at New York City Dance Alliance and Star Power. At the age of 17 she moved to Las Vegas to star in her first professional show, Jubilee!, at Bally’s Casino. After establishing her roots in Las Vegas, she hit the high seas performing for Jean Ann Ryan Productions on Norwegian Cruise Line and P&O Cruise Line.  Having traveled the world, she was ready to return home to Las Vegas and re-join her family in Jubilee! Being back home has afforded her wonderful opportunities to dance on stages with Britney Spears and most recently, Jennifer Lopez’s New Year’s Eve 2015 show at Caesar’s Palace.  In addition to Jamie’s dance career, her TV appearances include Hell’s Kitchen with Gordon Ramsay, Housewives of Atlanta, Ellen’s 12 Days of Christmas and photo shoots with Rod Stewart and Heidi Klum.  She is beyond ecstatic to return to her competition roots and be on staff with Academy of Nevada Ballet Theatre. 

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Karri Jonas
Contemporary, Jazz, Competition

Karri received a Future Dance Scholarship in the second grade after completing her first year in Nevada Ballet Theatre’s Go-Move-Dance!!! Program at Elaine Wynn Elementary School.  After two very successful years in the Dance Discovery Program she was promoted to the Academy of Nevada Ballet Theatre as a full Future Dance Scholar.  Karri is one of the first of three students to graduate from the program.  Karri always had a passion for teaching dance, and was an assistant teacher for four years while being a Future Dance Scholar.  Shortly after her 18th birthday Karri was given the opportunity to make her dreams come true, by teaching her own classes in the Go-Move-Dance!!! Program. Coming full circle Karri taught in the program at Elaine Wynn Elementary.  She has danced in many performances including Nevada Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker, where this past year she was the children’s production assistant. Karri is a graduate of Las Vegas Academy for the Performing Arts as a Dance Major.

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Erica Kirby
Hip Hop

 

With training in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Hip-Hop, Erica attended college at The University of South Dakota, in Vermillion, South Dakota. There, she earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Elementary Education (with concentrations in both Special Education and Spanish). After moving to Las Vegas, Nevada, Erica earned her Masters of Education degree in Literacy from Lesley University. Erica has been a teacher with the Clark County School District for fifteen years and is currently a fourth grade teacher at Dondero Elementary School. She was named Dondero's Teacher of the Year during the 2012-2013 school year. Erica has been employed as a dance teacher for Nevada Ballet Theatre's Future Dance Program for ten years. As a part of NBT's outreach dance program, she is responsible for the daily organizational tasks, classroom management, dance training, and choreography for over one hundred third, fourth, and fifth grade dancers. Ms. Erica Kirby is thrilled to be a part of NBT's teaching staff. Teaching young children the art form of dance is one of the greatest joys of her life. 

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Shondra Leigh
Contemporary

At the age of 3, Shondra Leigh began training in classical ballet and gymnastics in her hometown of Hamden, Connecticut. Discovering her path in life at an early age, Shondra continued to explore her talent as a dancer and studied traditional dance styles at Joan Phleps Palladino School of Dance.

Immediately after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in 2002, Shondra moved to Los Angeles to dance for Disney’s stage show Aladdin Live.  There she danced with tap legends Savion Glover and Gregory Hines, studied alongside Mandy Moore, Dave Scott and worked with innovators such as Travis Payne, Jaime King, the Talaguega brothers and more.

Shondra has had the opportunity to work for many companies including Cirque Du Soleil.  She has featured in music videos and on TV shows such as Dancing with the Stars, X-Factor and Australia’s Next Top Model.  Shondra has most recently toured three years as part of the cast of the Michael Jackson Immortal World Tour, a lifetime experience.

Shondra doesn’t limit herself as just a performer; she has a sincere passion to teach as well.  Shondra shares her love and knowledge for dance around the world as a dance instructor.  She has also taken her dance skills to the sky having studied Aerial Arts and receiving her Level One Certification to teach Anti-Gravity Yoga.  Mind, body and spiritual connection is key in her life.  Influencing others as she too has been influenced, Shondra’s passion for this craft has led to her being a mentor as well as an artist.  “Inspire and be inspired” is Shondra’s dance philosophy.

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Gene Lubas
Theatre Dance

Gene Lubas is a show business “lifer.” With over 25 years of experience, Gene has contributed his time and talent to the arts and entertainment industry all over the world. After receiving a full dance scholarship to Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Gene began a performing career which led him to study dance in Europe, performing with several dance companies, regional theatres, cruise ships and various Broadway shows, including the North American touring productions of the 50th Anniversary ofOklahoma!42nd Streetand The Will Rogers Follies to name a few. Gene was also fortunate to live and perform overseas in the first European Tour of the Broadway show 42nd Street. Upon his retirement as a performer, he was offered a production assistant position where he trained for stage management, casting many shows including The Osmond Second Generation Tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor DreamcoatGrease with Chubby Checker and Frankie Avalon, and Smokey Joe’s Café with Gladys Knight. During this time, he also taught tap, character and musical theatre as well as directing and choreographing shows along the East Coast and Canada. In 2000, he joined the world-renowned Cirque du Soleil. Since then, he has worked on four different Cirque du Soleil productions, holding various positions including general stage manager for the touring show Alegría during its Asia-Pacific Tour of New Zealand, Australia and Singapore. Upon returning to America, he moved to Las Vegas and began his career with the resident Cirque du Soleil shows on the Las Vegas Strip, starting as general stage manager for the water spectacular, O”, then artistic director for Zumanity, The Sensual Side of Cirque du Soleil and most recently as Artistic Director for Viva ELVIS. As an artistic consultant for Cirque du Soleil, Gene has created performances for The Tonight Show with Jay LenoAmerica’s Got Talent and So You Think You Can Dance among others. He has been in a 21 year relationship with his life partner Jerry and together they are the proud fathers of twin boys, Harrison and Wilson. He finds that mentoring and sharing his experiences with young performers gives him the most gratification.

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Pendu Malik
Modern, Stretch, Improv, Contemporary

Pendu Malik (Kishema Pendu Malik) is a professional dancer, choreographer and instructor originally from New York City. Currently residing in Las Vegas, Nevada, she has been featured in Cirque Du Soleil’s production of The Beatles LOVE for the past five and a half years. Pendu’s training includes Horton, Dunham, ballet, Graham, hip-hop, West African, Latin, dancehall, jazz, funk, Capoeira and gymnastics; and she continues to train and perform in these areas to complement her choreography and teaching. As a dancer, Pendu has worked with Cirque Du Soleil, the Cirque Du Soleil Movie Worlds Away, Alvin Ailey, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Summer Jam in Los Angeles featuring Mya and Ashanti; NIKE, WNBA/NBA All Star games, Dodgers Baseball games and many fitness commercials. Her choreography and teaching skills are in high demand internationally for conventions, circus schools, dance schools, stage shows and videos. She has worked in Brazil, Sweden, Peru, Argentina, South Africa and many other countries. Her American choreography credits include two works for Cirque Du Soleil and Nevada Ballet Theatre’s annual collaboration, A Choreographers’ Showcase and two movies that have aired on the Showtime Network. Pendu’s goal is to continue performing with other artists, on Broadway and with Cirque du Soleil. She wants to be known worldwide for her unique choreography which fuses African with other dance styles. In addition to her performing career, Pendu is a kinesiology and fitness specialist who holds a BS and MS in Bioengineering and Kinesiology with a Biomechanics emphasis, and she has presented at international conferences including IADMS (International Association of Dance Medicine and Science) in Singapore in 2012.

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Lori Marshburn
Tumbling, Children’s Ballet

Academy of Nevada Ballet Theatre tumbling instructor, Lori Marshburn began dancing professionally at the age of sixteen. She has appeared as “Cassie” in the national tour of A Chorus Line and as “Hunyak” in the national tour of Chicago. Lori’s early work included roles in It’s Magic and Super Stars at Carotids Magic in Charlotte, North Carolina, and in A Christmas Wish at Kings Island in Cincinnati, Ohio. She then went on to perform extensively as a dancer and singer in productions on Cunard Cruise Lines, Crown Cruise Lines and American Hawaii Cruises. Additionally, she served as dance captain on Cunard Cruise Lines and has choreographed for Ray Kennedy Entertainment and American Hawaii Cruises. Lori’s love of dance and acrobatics inspires her to share her impressive knowledge, skill and creativity with her students.

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Jordan McHenry
Contemporary, Competition

Currently on tour with the Martha Graham Dance Company, Jordan will work this year with the ANBT Competition Team and give Master Classes when in Las Vegas.

Born and raised in Colorado Springs, CO, Jordan is an alumnus of The Colorado Jazz Dance Company,   directed by Zetta Alderman. Jordan has trained internationally at programs including River North Chicago, Jacob’s Pillow, Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance as well as Springboard Danse Montreal.  He is privileged to have performed repertory by King, Darrell Moultrie, Crystal Pite, Jiri Kylian, William Forsythe, Martha Graham and Ohad Naharin.  A graduate of The Ailey School/ Fordham University BFA in dance program in New York City, he has performed in Ailey’s Memoria alongside Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and danced in The Holland Dance Festival with The Ailey School. Other international performances include the Tramway Theater in Glasgow, Teatro Del Elfo in Milan and CODA Dance Festival in Oslo. Jordan’s professional credits include Montreal based companies EZDanza, Jose Navas/Company Flak and Cas Public. Jordan joined the cast of Cirque Du Soleil’s Zumanity in 2010.

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Alan Medina
Hip-Hop, Breakdance

Alan D. Medina Narvaez is the Dance Captain/ MJ Warrior of Michael Jackson One by Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas. He also competed on America’s Best Dance Crew Season 6, America’s Got Talent, and Hip-Hop International.

Alan trained in Puerto Rico where he taught Hip-Hop and popping and trained with his Crew 787 in urban techniques such as acrobatics and tricking. Every summer Alan trains at The Pulse on Tour, Broadway Dance Center, and at the Millennium Dance Complex in Los Angeles. In college, he competed at the National Dance Team Championship. Alan strives to continue to grow and improve every day in his first love, dance.

When not performing in Michael Jackson One, he enjoys teaching Hip-Hop to young dancers because he loves to pass on his knowledge to future generations. He hopes to instill in them a passion for dance that can keep them evolving and believing that they can reach the impossible.

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Nicole Molineri
Ballet, Children’s Ballet

Nicole Molineri was born in Zurich Switzerland. When she was three, she moved to California where she began her Ballet studies and later spent a summer with the San Francisco Ballet.  After high school Nicole was offered a full scholarship with the Joffrey Ballet school in NYC.  After an incredible year with JBS Nicole was offered a job with the Hartford Ballet directed by Michael Uthoff, performing roles in Balanchine, Allegro Brilliant, Concerto Barroco, Donizetti variations, Paul Taylor Esplanade, Michael Uthoff: Carmina Burana, Romeo and Juliet, The Nutcracker, Coppélia, Awakening, and Murmurs of a Stream.  After nine years in Connecticut Nicole moved to Monte Carlo and danced for Jean Christophe Maillot for Les Ballet Du Monte Carlo with more Balanchine Ballets:  Agon, Four Temperaments, Serenade, Rubies, Who Cares.  She also worked with Pierre Lecott, Carlo Armitage, Denis Wayne, and Uwe Sholtz.  Nicole danced in touring companies that took her to China, South America, Hawaii, Italy, Cann Dance Festival, Germany, France, Sicily, and North Africa. After many years in the professional Ballet world Nicole became a ballet teacher in dance studios and school systems as well as for theater productions, show choirs, and figure skaters.

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Silke Ortloff
Contemporary

Before Silke started to train to become a dancer she was a gymnast. Later, during her study of sports at the University of Stuttgart she reinforced that knowledge into a license to be coach for gymnastics and she choreographed for the national team of gymnastic with tools.

As a dancer she was educated in Stuttgart (Germany) at the New York City Dance School and at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Centre in New York and worked in Europe and on tour in the United States as a tap-dancer and musical performer. When she returned to Germany she opened her own Dance Studio.

In 1990 she founded the Manhattan Dance Company in Stuttgart and she worked as a teacher and choreographer in the New York City Dance School in Stuttgart until 1995. In 1996 Silke was asked to choreograph and teach in Vienna (Austria). She created, directed, and choreographed several Musicals, supported by the Performing Arts Studios Vienna and choreographed the Viennese Opera Ball in Hong Kong in 1999.

When she moved to the Netherlands in 2000 she was engaged by the Fontys Hogeschool vor de Kunsten in Tilburg (The Netherlands) and until September 2008, she had a full-time engagement with the Fontys Performing Arts University as a teacher, choreographer and head of the Jazz and Urban dance department. Next to her work at the University, Silke choreographed for several Dutch dance companies like the Memento Dance Company and Het Internationaal Dans Theater in Amsterdam and completed successfully her study to be Master of Choreography at the University in Leeds (England).

In October 2008 Silke was asked by Cirque du Soleil to take over the Artistic Director position on their show Zumanity in Las Vegas. She evolved the show and re-created several acts on Zumanity before she took over the position as Artistic Director for one of the newest creations from Cirque du Soleil, Michael Jackson ONE in 2013. This show was awarded with the THEA (Themed entertainment award) in April 2014. Since April 2015 she is Artistic Director of the show KA.

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Clarice Rathers
Ballet

Clarice Geissel-Rathers enjoyed a 20 year dance career with Nevada Ballet Theatre beginning in 1983. She retired from the company as a Principal Dancer in 2004. A graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts, Clarice joined the Arizona Ballet Theatre as a soloist and later became a member of Ballet West. She has worked under several renowned choreographers such as Sir Frederick Ashton, Toni Launders, Anton Dolin, Vassili Sulich and James Jeon. Clarice’s repertoire includes Harald Lander’s Études, and George Balanchine’s Allegro BrillianteSerenadeSymphony in C and Concerto Barocco. She has danced numerous principal roles including Odette/Odile in Louis Godfrey and Denise Schultz’s Swan Lake, and Aurora in Sleeping Beauty as well as leads in Carmina BuranaAnna Karenina and Paquita. Clarice is a recipient of the Governor’s Arts Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts.

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Melissa Ridley
Children’s Ballet, Jazz/Tap Combo, Theatre Dance

Melissa Ridley has been dancing since the age of three and trained in ballet, jazz, tap, theater and ballroom dance. She acquired most of her training in Canada at various schools including the Academy of Dance, Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, Harbour Dance Center and the Langley Fine Arts School as a dance major. Melissa began teaching in 2002 and since then, has taught students of many ages and skill levels. Melissa has received the opportunity to participate in several dance instructor training programs as well as creative movement/artistic programs, all while completing her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology.

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Monika Rostomian
Ballet, Character

Monika began teaching ballet at Nevada Ballet Theatre in 2001. She came to the Academy from Russia where she received her training in the Vaganova method at the St. Petersburg (Kirov) Ballet Academy under the tutelage of famed prima ballerina Natalia Dudinskaya. She has performed throughout Europe, Asia and North and South America as soloist with many ballet companies, including Moscow Festival Ballet and Ballet of Russia. During her career she had also served as a ballet mistress and choreographer. Monika later graduated from the Moscow State Institute of Theatrical Art and was awarded its coveted teaching diploma. Her teaching skills encompass all levels of ballet and character dance, ranging from five year old beginner to advanced-professionals. She also qualifies in special training for figure skaters and in dance therapy for the psychological rehabilitation of children. Monika is dedicated to the highest standards of excellence in every aspect of her teaching.

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Kaleigh Schock(NBT Company Artist)
Children’s Ballet

Born in Saint Charles, Illinois, Kaleigh Schock joined Nevada Ballet Theatre (NBT) in 2012. She began her training at the age of 15 at Faubourg School of Ballet in Hanover Park, Illinois, and then furthered her training at Ellison Ballet. Over the course of her dance education she achieved several prestigious honors. In both 2007 and 2008, she placed in the top 12 at Youth American Grand Prix Finals in New York in the Soloist Category. She was also awarded a full merit scholarship from The Royal Ballet School of England for the 2007-2008 Graduate Program and in 2009, she was awarded the Profession Advancement Award in Dance by Anna Marie Holmes at Jacob’s Pillow. Kaleigh then danced professionally with Ballet West II and Cincinnati Ballet. Since joining NBT, Kaleigh has performed roles including “Summer Fairy” in James Canfield’s The Nutcracker and “Lilac Fairy” in Sleeping Beauty.

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Shauna Tilp
Ballet, Children’s Ballet

Shauna Tilp started dancing at the age of four. She trained in ballet, modern and contemporary dance at several studios in Portland, Oregon. She attended summer intensive programs at Boston Ballet and the Cecchetti Council of America. During the 2007-2008 season, Shauna was spent a year as a member of the Colorado Ballet Studio Company where she took part in performances of Le Corsaire and The Nutcracker, and understudied for roles in Coppélia and Dracula. Recently, she earned her Minor in Dance from Pacific University where she performed and choreographed with the Pacific University Dance Ensemble. While in the Ensemble she performed works from Northwest Regional choreographers including Jennifer Camp, Mary Hunt, Robert Guitron, Amy Beth Frankel, Habib Iddrisu, M'Liss Stephenson, TJ Maheras, Timothy Johnson, and James Healey.

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Sean Viator
Jumps & Turns

Sean Viator grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where he began his training at De Frances Academy of Dance under the direction of Cathy, Gwyn and Angie De Frances. Before attending college, Sean had the honor of performing in two original Debbie Allen productions and worked closely with many well-known choreographers like Mark Meismer, Stacy Tookey and Mia Michaels. Sean went on to receive his BFA in dance, with a minor in Business Administration, from the University of Arizona. While at the University, Sean performed works by George Balanchine, Ann Reinking, Charles Weidmen and Larry Keigwin, among many others. Sean also performed on a 6-week tour in China with Art.If.Act Dance Project and apprenticed with River North Dance Chicago. He graduated from the University of Arizona in May of 2013 – Summa Cum Laude - and was awarded the universities top dance award – The Triple Threat Award. This is awarded to the person that most excels at Ballet, Modern and Jazz.  Sean was the first male dancer to ever win that award. After college, he danced with Odyssey Dance Theatre in Salt Lake City, Utah. As one of the countries premiere contemporary dance companies, Sean traveled around the US and Europe performing works by Mia Michaels, Christian Denice and Derryl Yeager to name a few. Sean is now dancing in Las Vegas’ longest running show, Donn Arden’s Jubilee!

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Marci Renee Weiss
Tap

A native Philadelphian, Marci Renee Weiss has toured the world as a choreographer for numerous production companies. She has choreographed the Trenna Howard Dancers as opening acts for stars such as Sal Richards, Jack Jones, David Brenner, Kaye Ballard, and Larry Storch. In 1989 Marci choreographed the second production of Naughty Ladies at the Showboat Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City. She also worked as the principal choreographer for the much lauded review Rock the Casbah at Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City. In the 1960’s and 1970’s Marci was the lead dancer and principal choreographer for Joe Cavalier at the Hurricane Club in Wildwood, New Jersey. She also served as his choreographer for productions in Las Vegas, Puerto Rico, Aruba, and for his South American tour. Marci studied ballet with Ethel Phillips and Wanda Fullerton Klazcak in Philadelphia, and Jazz dance with Matt Mattox and Luigi in New York City. She performed as a soloist in night clubs throughout the country, and in productions such as West Side StoryThe Music Man, and Sweet Charity.

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