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Shelby Williams AKA Biscuit Ballerina

Shelby received her professional training on scholarship at the Washington School of Ballet and the Houston Ballet Academy. Shelby previously danced with Houston Ballet 2, Dresden Semperoper Ballett (Germany), Ballet d’Europe (France), and Barcelona Ballet (Spain), and as a soloist with BallettMainz and the Hessisches Staatsballett in Germany. There she performed leading roles in works by Crystal Pite, Ohad Naharin, Johan Inger, Douglas Lee, Alexander Ekman, Pascal Touzeau, Georg Reichel, Richard Siegel, Marco Goecke, and Cayetano Soto. 

In 2016, she joined the Royal Ballet of Flanders where she has danced featured roles in works by director Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui as well as in works by William Forsythe, Pina Bausch, Hofesh Schechter, Akram Khan, Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham, Benjamin Millepied, Andonis Foniadakis, Jeroen Verbruggen, Edouard Lock, Meryl Tankard, and Alan Lucien Øyen amongst others. She was promoted to soloist in 2018.

In Dance Europe Magazine (October 2017), she was nominated in the category “Outstanding Performance of a Female Dancer” for her performances in “Approximate Sonata 2016” by William Forsythe and “Café Müller” by Pina Bausch, portraying “Steely strength in the Forsythe, and all vulnerability in the Bausch”.

Megan Fairchild

Photo by Paul Kolnik

Ms. Fairchild was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, and began her dance training at the age of four, studying with Judy Levitre and Kaelynne Oliphant at Dance Concepts in Sandy, Utah, and at the Ballet West Conservatory in Salt Lake City with Sharee Lane, Deborah Dobson, and Maureen Laird. While also at the Ballet West Conservatory, Ms. Fairchild was also a Ballet West trainee.

Ms. Fairchild entered the School of American Ballet, the official school of the New York City Ballet, in the fall of 2000, studying under the guidance of Suki Schorer, Susan Pilarre, and Kay Mazzo. In November 2001, Ms. Fairchild became an apprentice with the New York City Ballet, and in October 2002 she joined the New York City Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet. Ms. Fairchild was promoted to the rank of soloist in February 2004, and in January 2005, she was promoted to principal dancer.

Ms. Fairchild’s expansive repertoire includes principal roles in full-length ballets and contemporary works. Principal roles include the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Dewdrop in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, Pierrette in Balanchine’s Harlequinade, the Second Act Divertissement in Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Swanhilda in the George Balanchine/Alexandra Danilova production of Coppelia, Aurora and Princess Florine in Peter Martins’ The Sleeping Beauty, and Florence in The Blue Necklace in Susan Stroman’s Double Feature.

Ms. Fairchild has also danced the roles of Calliope in Balanchine’s Apollo, and Lise in Martins’ The Magic Flute.

Ms. Fairchild has also danced principal roles in George Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante, Ballo della Regina, Chaconne, Danses Concertantes, Divertimento from Le Baiser de la Fee, Divertimento No. 15, Donizetti Variations, Duo Concertant, Jewels, Raymonda Variations, Serenade, La Source, Square Dance, Stars and Stripes, The Steadfast Tin Soldier, Symphony in C, Tarantella, Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux, Theme and Variations, Union Jack, Valse-Fantasie, Vienna Waltzes, Western Symphony, Peter Martins’ Barber Violin Concerto, A Fool for You, Eight Easy Pieces, Eros Piano, Fearful Symmetries, Octet, Papillons, Sinfonia, Songs of the Auvergne, Zakouski, Alexei Ratmansky’s Russian Seasons, Jerome Robbins’ Andantino, Brandenburg, Dances at a Gathering, The Four Season, The Goldberg Variations, Piano Pieces, and Christopher Wheeldon’s DGV: Danse á Grande Vitesse, and Mercurial Manoeuvres.

Ms. Fairchild has also originated featured roles in Eliot Feld’s Intermezzo No. 1, Robert LaFosse’s Land of Nod, Peter Martins’ Bal de Couture, and Naïve and Sentimental Music, Alexei Ratmansky’s Namouna, A Grand Divertissement, Christopher Wheeldon’s Shambards, and Angelin Preljocaj’s Spectral Evidence.

In 2001 Ms. Fairchild was a recipient of the Mae L. Wien Award for Outstanding Promise.

In 2011 Ms. Fairchild danced the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy in PBS’ Live From Lincoln Center telecast of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, which was also screened in movie theaters and cinemas around the world.

In 2014 Ms. Fairchild played a lead role in the 2014 revival of “On the Town” on Broadway at the Lyric Theater. She was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award, and received a Theatre World Award for her portrayal of Ivy Smith, AKA Miss Turnstiles.

In 2015 Ms. Fairchild performed in a special international festival of George Balanchine’s Jewels at the David H. Koch Theater with the Bolshoi and Paris Opera, representing NYCB in the excerpt of Rubies.

Ms. Fairchild is currently a Teaching Fellow with the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet.

Patricia Zhou

Born in Canada, but raised in the U.S., Patricia has been said to be one of the most versatile dancers in the world today.

Though Patricia only started studying ballet professionally at the age of 13, she quickly progressed in her four years at the Kirov Academy of Ballet, going on to win multiple international ballet competitions including the Prix de Lausanne, which led to her job at the Royal Ballet at the age of 17.

After receiving a contract at the Staatsballett-Berlin, then under the leadership of Vladimir Malakhov — and later under Nacho Duato, Patricia moved to Berlin where she danced for five years, performing lead and soloist roles in many classical and contemporary works including Jewels, Sleeping Beauty, and The Nutcracker as well as works by Ohad Naharin, Jiri Kylian and Nacho Duato to name a few. 
In 2017, Patricia moved to Los Angeles after she was offered a contract with Benjamin Millepied’s L.A. Dance Project. Since then, Patricia has danced many of Benjamin’s duets and works as well as pieces by Justin Peck, Kyle Abraham and Martha Graham.

In 2019, Patricia left L.A. Dance project to pursue freelance work and has continued to reside in L.A..Patricia has been teaching for over 8 years all around the world including masterclasses and workshops in Hong Kong, Singapore, Wuhan, Beijing, Honolulu, Arles, Detroit, Los Angeles, and Taipei.

Elena Kunikova

Elena Kunikova is a well-known authority on Russian classical ballet. She is a graduate of Vaganova Ballet Academy, the school of Mariinsky Ballet in St. Petersburg, Russia. As a ballerina with St.Petersburg’s Mikhailovsky Theatre Ballet, she performed a diverse repertoire of classical and contemporary ballets including GiselleThe NutcrackerCarmenEsmeraldaPaquitaSwan LakeCinderellaAnthony and CleopatraMacbeth, and many others.

Since moving to the U.S. Elena staged classics such as Don QuixoteGiselleSleeping BeautyLes Sylphides, Grand Pas from PaquitaLittle Humpback HorseEsmeraldaHarlequinadeGrand Pas de QuatrePas des Odalisque, which were performed on the world’s most venerable stages including New York’s City Center, Joyce Theater, Paris’ Theatre de Chatelet, London’s Peacock, and Berlin’s Deutsche Opera.

Over the past twenty years Elena staged a large portion of the current repertoire of Les Ballet Trockadero, for which the London Critics’ Circle gave the company a prestigious “Best Classical Repertoire” award. Elena was profiled in many professional publications and documentaries, her work was featured in the BBC/CW series “Breaking Pointe” filmed during her staging of the Grand Pas from Paquita for Ballet West. Elena’s most recent creation, a one act ballet Divertimento was commissioned and performed by Dance Theatre of Harlem and later adopted by Ballet West II.

Elena’s students dance with premier companies all over the world, they excel at ballet competitions and are invariably recognized for their technical and artistic achievements. Among her teaching engagements were Steps on Broadway, School of American Ballet, The Julliard, Barnard College (technique and academic courses), Berlin Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Ballet West, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Kansas City Ballet and others.

Elena is often invited to teach master classed, conduct classical ballet repertoire seminars, and to participate in symposiums and panel discussions. She also contributed to Dance MagazinePointe, and Wall Street Journal Europe as a writer.

Joy Womack

International ballet star Joy Womack is the first American to be accepted into the renowned Bolshoi Ballet Company in Moscow, Russia. Ms. Womack was born in Beverly Hills, California. She began her formal dance training in Santa Monica at the Westside School of Ballet. She was trained in Vaganova technique under Yvonne Mounsey. In 2006, Womack enrolled in the Austin School of Classical Ballet, before studying at the Kirov Ballet from 2007-2009. She was the first American dancer to be offered a contract with the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow. In 2012, she joined the Bolshoi Ballet as a soloist, before becoming the prima ballerina of the Kremlin ballet at age 19. Most recently, Ms. Womack was a principal dancer at Universal Ballet and split her time guest performing with companies such as Sofia National Opera and Ballet, Kracow Opera and Ballet, and The Russian State Ballet.

Her repertoire includes Sir Frederick Ashton’s La Fille mal gardee, George Balanchine’s Coppelia, Jewels, and Serenade, Wayne Eagling’s Beauty an dthe Beast, Joseph Mazilier’s Le Corsaire and Paquita, Jules Perrot’s La Esmeralda, and Marius Petitpa’s Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty, and The Pharaoh’s Daughter.

In 2011, Womack received the Grand Prix award at the Youth America Grand Prix in Paris. In 2013, she won the Asian Grand Prix award and in 2014, she won the Silver Medal Arabesque Ballet competition in Perm Russia. That same year, she received the Global Promotion award for Emerging Expressive Talent. In 2015, she received gold in Classical Dance and in the Professional Division of the Bari International Ballet Competition. In 2016, she received the silver medal at the Varna Ballet Competition and in 2017, the gold medal at Korea International Ballet Competition.

Ms. Womack currently dances with Boston Ballet.

Deborah Wingert

Ms. Wingert began her training at the Central Pennsylvania Youth ballet under Marcia Dale Weary and became a scholarship student at the School of American Ballet in New York. At the age of sixteen, she was selected by George Balanchine to join New York City Ballet. During her fifteen years with the company, Ms. Wingert danced over twenty-five principal, soloist, and featured roles in productions that include Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Coppelia, Orpheus, Symphony in C, Jewels, Who Cares?,La Valse, Stars and Stripes, Prodigal Son, Bourree Fantastique, Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet, The Nutcracker, The Four Temperaments, and Mozartiana, Jerome Robbins’ The Concert and Antique Epigraphs, and Peter Martins’ The Sleeping Beauty. A principal and soloist with numerous nationally acclaimed companies, her film and television credits include The Nutcracker (Time-Warner), PBS “Great Performance” Dinner With Balanchine, “Dance in America” Balanchine – Serenade and Western Symphony, Peter Martins’ Concerto for Two Solo Pianos and “Live from Lincoln Center” A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Deborah Wingert is a prize-winning choreographer, receiving third place in the Northeast Regional Festival for Emerging Female Choreographers for her work Six by Six: Opus 56 for the Cumberland Dance Company. She is one of a small group of artists selected by the Balanchine Trust to set his choreography. In this capacity she has traveled throughout the United States and Europe setting and staging the Balanchine repertoire for companies including the Vancouver Ballet Society, West Virginia Ballet Company, Boston Dance Company, Northeast Ballet, Ballet Center of St. Louis, and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. She staged The Four Temperaments for Harvard University, and Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux for the New York International Ballet competition.

Ms. Wingert has taught at the School of American Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Ballet Academy East, the Livingston Ballet, Boston Dance Company, and the Vancouver Ballet Society to name a few. She has been a guest lecturer and instructor for the New York City Public Library, the University of Wisconsin, and the Pennsylvania Governor’s School of the Arts, the Northeast Ballet, Princeton University and Harvard.

Lindy Mandradjieff

Born in Pittsburgh, PA, Lindy received the majority of her training on full scholarship at the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet. At age 17, Lindy began her professional career with the San Francisco Ballet before joining The New York City Ballet, where she was regarded by critics as one of the hardest working dancers of her time.

While at the New York City Ballet, Ms. Mandradjieff danced featured roles in David Allan’s Reunions; George Balanchine’s Coppélia (Waltz), George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker (Marzipan and Dolls), Raymonda Variations, La Sonnambula, and Walpurgisnacht Ballet; Peter Martins’ Eight Easy Pieces, The Sleeping Beauty (Eloquence and Ruby), and Swan Lake (Pas de Trois and Pas de Quatre); Jerome Robbins’ Interplay; Richard Tanner’s Soirée; Helgi Tomasson’s Prism; and Christopher Wheeldon’s Mercurial Manoeuvres and Polyphonia. She also originated a featured role in Peter Martins’ Viva Verdi and corps roles in Melissa Barak’s Telemann Overture Suite in E Minor, Susan Stroman’s Double Feature, and Christopher Wheeldon’s Carnival of the Animals. In 2002, Ms. Mandradjieff appeared in the nationally televised Live From Lincoln Center broadcast New York City Ballet’s Diamond Project: Ten Years of New Choreography on PBS, dancing in Mercurial Manoeuvres.

A dancer as well as a scholar of dance, Lindy graduated with a B.A. in Dance from St. Mary’s College in California and obtained a Public and Professional Writing Certificate from the University of Pittsburgh. She has nearly 15 years of teaching experience at the community and university level, including at the prestigious Point Park University. Ms. Mandradjieff was also the private ballet instructor for the dancers on the Lifetime’s hit show, “Dance Moms.”  In addition to teaching, she has the rare privilege to stage works from both the George Balanchine Trust and the Peter Martins Trust.  Her students have been accepted into the top training programs, universities, and professional companies in the country and internationally.

Ms. Mandradjieff is married to Matt Fabyanic.  Together they have three young boys, Mason, Parker and Hudson.  As a mother herself, one of Lindy’s most important roles is as mentor to a whole new generation of dancers and arts enthusiasts.

Madame Olga

Madame Olga was born in the desolate snow capped mountains of Russia to her parents Daria and Igor. When Olga was five years old Daria noticed a rare gift in her daughter when she gracefully leaped into a full split across a frozen river to save a baby coyote from drowning. That’s when she knew Olga would become a ballerina.

From that moment the family took the brutal treck by foot to Leningrad to audition for the historic ballet school. On the way they battled ice storms, deadly quick sand, and a run in with descendants of Attila the Hun. When they arrived they were told Olga would have to wait five years before being old enough to audition. Olga would not accept this outcome so she put on her pointe shoes Daria had made of snow leopard skin and performed “The Swan.”

The legends who witnessed Olga’s dance were so taken aback by this five year olds interpretation of “The Swan” they thought Anna Pavlova had been reincarnated. She was accepted into the school, the youngest in history. At the age of fourteen Olga was the youngest ballerina to ever join the ranks of the Russian Ballet and that same year to perform the title role of “Giselle.”

Olga had a legendary career performing all the full lengths. Olga also began a career as a choreographer pushing barriers between the Soviet Union and the world. Her controversial piece “We Are One” won the “Russian Hope Award” encouraging peace with the West.

Now she lives in Manhattan, teaches ballet all over the country and still performs. Olga will always be connected to her homeland of Russia but now considers America her second home. She wants to change the world one pirouette at a time. 

Michael Cusumano AKA Madame Olga

Michael Cusumano grew up in Long Island New York. He began dancing at the age of 6. At the age of 14 he won the bronze medal at the International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria, the youngest male dancer to medal in the competition’s history till then. That same year he went on to win the special Jury Prize at the Prix de Paris 1994.

Michael then joined American Ballet Theater at age 15, the youngest male dancer in the company’s history. With ABT Michael danced in all the full length classics as well as works by Twyla Tharp, John Neumeier, Agnes DeMille, and Lar Lubovich to name a few.

After ABT Michael danced as a principal with Alabama Ballet, then as a soloist with the Boston Ballet.

He went on to perform in the original cast of “All Shook Up” on Broadway and then to star as “the jury” in the smash hit “Chicago” the musical on Broadway. Michael won the title of Mr.Broadway 2011. Other credits include “The Most Happy Fella” at New York State Theater, “On the Town” at Encores, “Live with Regis and Kelly”, “The Today’s Show”, “ABT Now for PBS”, “Le Corsaire for PBS”, feature film “Center Stage”, “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” “SNL”.

Michael’s alter ego Madame Olga was featured on an episode of”Joan and Melissa Joan knows Best” dancing the Black Swan coda for WE TV. Madame Olga is currently a highly sought out teacher nationally and internationally. @madameolgav on instagram. As a singer Michael performed as the lead in the BBC up-fronts performing David Bowie’s “Changes.” Michael most recently appeared in the original production of “An American in Paris” on Broadway. He is currently on faculty at Pace University where he has taught for six years, and also teaches at world renowned institutions including Broadway Dance Center, Peridance, and Ballet Arts at City Center.

Viki Bromberg Psihoyos

Viki Bromberg Psihoyos trained at George Balanchine’s School of American Ballet for eight years before being accepted by Balanchine to join The New York City Ballet. She performed in over 70 works by Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Ruth Page, Peter Martins, Richard Tanner, Frederick Ashton, John Taras and others. Her television and film appearances include The Cage, Four Temperaments, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto, The Merry Widow and Chaconne.

Ms. Psihoyos currently works with the Balanchine Trust, staging ballets in the US and abroad, for professional companies, universities and dance academies. Ms. Psihoyos also offers Balanchine Workshops, focusing on the master’s unique approach to technique and musicality, in a studio setting through class and repertoire.

Ms. Psihoyos has also launched a Dance for Parkinsons Program in Colorado, where she resides. This has led to her Movement for Life classes for varied populations, including popular Inter Generational Movement Events, otherwise known as The Bigs and Smalls Dance Party. 

Kelsey Byrne

Kelsey Byrne is from Orange County, California, where she received her ballet training at the Pacific School of Ballet and the Orange County High School of the Arts.

After high school, she attended Indiana University as a ballet major in the Jacobs School of Music.

Upon graduating from college, Kelsey moved to Colorado and danced professionally with Boulder Ballet from 2015-2020. She was honored to perform a variety of leading roles with the company in both classical and contemporary works.

During her career with Boulder Ballet, she began teaching ballet lessons for a variety of different age groups at the Boulder Ballet School and Dance Dimensions of Longmont. She has been teaching dance since 2016 and has been humbled and inspired by the process of sharing her love of ballet with her students.

Kelsey’s teaching style incorporates her passion for a strong foundation of basic technique as well as a commitment to the artistic expression of each individual dancer. Kelsey is thrilled to be a part of Virtual Ballet Intensive.

Ryland Early

Ryland Early is a recently retired professional ballet dancer and is currently the Ballet Director for Michelle Latimer Dance Academy in Denver Colorado. 

After receiving his training at San Francisco Ballet School and Academy of Ballet in San Francisco, Ryland has danced with Houston Ballet 2, Ballet West, Ballet Arizona and Phoenix Ballet as well as guest appearances around the country.

Before moving to Colorado, Ryland worked for Club Dance, Can Dance Studio, and Master Ballet Academy. While with Master Ballet Academy, he developed the Ballet Elasticity app for Android and iPhone, featuring exercises created and used by their world-class staff.

Students of Ryland’s have gone on to dance professionally in everything from ballet, cheerleading, and commercial dance, and he prides himself on making classical ballet technique approachable to all kinds of dancers.

Rebeca Ramírez Vargas

Rebeca, originally from Mexico started her training in a small city called Cuernavaca. She moved to Cuba at the age of 15 to Study ballet in the National Ballet School of La Havana Cuba “Fernando Alonso”, where she graduated as a professional ballet dancer and a certified teacher.

After graduating she was accepted as an apprentice in the National Ballet Company in Mexico City.

Rebeca then moved to New York City to join the Joffrey Concert Group, where she performed choreography by George Balanchine including Serenade and Valse Fantasie. She also performed the works of Gerald Arpino, Suite Sean Seans, Light Rain, and more.

Two years later, Rebeca moved to Cleveland, Ohio to join the Cleveland Ballet. She danced there for two seasons where she performed The Nutcracker, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Alice in Wonderland.

Lexi Evans

Lexi Evans (Alexis Greenberger), the founder of Virtual Ballet Intensive, grew up studying ballet at Pittsburgh Youth Ballet under Jean Gedeon from the age of 3. She finished her training with Damara Bennett at the School of Oregon Ballet Theatre and joined the Israel Ballet in 2008.

Lexi spent three seasons with the Israel Ballet, touring to Austria, Beijing, and the United States performing Don Quixote, Cinderella, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, George Balanchine’s Symphony in C, as well as original works by Itzik Galili, Krzysztof Pastor, and Berta Yalmpolsky.

Upon returning to the U.S. Lexi trained with Elena Kunikova and Deborah Wingert, freelancing for a season before joining The Sarasota Ballet in 2012. She was fortunate to dance Who Cares?, Serenade, The Four Temperaments (George Balanchine), as well as Lilac Garden and Gala Performance (Anthony Tudor), Christopher Wheeldon’s There Where She Loved, Paul Taylor’s Company B, and Frederick Ashton’s La Fille Mal Gardee. She was also an original cast member of Matthew Hart’s Circus Nutcracker.

Lexi danced with The Suzanne Farrell Ballet in the 2014/2015 season before moving to Boulder, Colorado to dance with Jayne Persch and Boulder Ballet, retiring in 2019 to focus on teaching and dance photography.

Her favorite roles include Lilac Fairy in Sleeping Beauty, First and Fourth Movement Demi-Soloist in George Balanchine’s Symphony in C, and Russian Girls in Balanchine’s Serenade.

Lexi has been teaching ballet since 2008 and is also a 500-hour E-RYT with Yoga Alliance. She has set repertoire and choreographed for Boulder Ballet and Boulder Ballet School, along with other dance schools in the area.Special Technique / Cross Training

Jamie Schuler (Modern and GYROKINESIS®)

Jamie Schuler received her early training in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with Maria Caruso at Bodiography Contemporary Ballet where she was fortunate to train and perform classical and contemporary ballet, as well as, modern works with the company throughout her high school years. Jamie went on to earn a Bachelors of Fine Arts in dance performance from Florida State University in 2011. She studied under Anjali Austin, Lynda Davis, Suzanne Farrell, Tim Glenn, Gerri Houlihan, Sheila Humphreys, Rick McCullough, Anthony Morgan, Dan Wagoner, Tom Welsh and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar. Working with the amazing faculty at FSU inspired Jamie to pursue teaching so that she could carry on the movement legacy that her instructors shared with her.

Upon graduation, life brought Jamie west to Boulder, Colorado where she found a rich dance and arts community; since 2012 she has performed with the award-winning modern dance company 3rd Law/Dance Theater under co-artistic directors Katie Elliott and Jim LaVita. 

During this time of deepening her work as a professional dancer, she began to invest in the GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® methods as a part of her personal cross training. Along with teaching classical ballet and modern dance forms to children and adults, Jamie is a certified GYROKINESIS® and GYROTONIC® instructor. She currently teaches at Colorado Conservatory of Dance, Longmont Dance Theatre Academy, Gyrotonic Bodhi, and 3rd Law/Dance Theater. 

Aubrey Klinger Fearns (Jazz)

Photo by Eli Akerstein; Pointe Dance Photography

Aubrey Klinger Fearns began her dance training under the tutelage of her
grandmother Nan Klinger, and performed with the Cuyahoga Valley Youth Ballet for ten seasons. Aubrey then spent three years at Point Park University graduating magna cum laude, earning her B.A. in dance performance.

Since graduation, she has worked through out the country in both concert and commercial dance. Her performance and choreography credits include; Opera Colorado: Aida, Jacob Mora: Exhibit M, Chicago Improve Group: Octavarious, Thodos Dance Chicago, Apex Contemporary Dance Theater, Renegade Performance Group (NYC), Carnival! Choreographer’s Ball, Dance Chance Chicago, The Dayton Arts Project, Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Welcome Yule!, and So You Think You Can Dance season 9.

Currently in her seventh season as principal dancer for Davis Contemporary Dance Company, Aubrey has danced in the premiere of 20 works, and help create the youth company of DCDC, Davis Dance Next Generation. She has also taken on a leadership role within the company as rehearsal director, costumer, and choreographer.

When she is not rehearsing with Davis, she teaches dance, fitness, and choreographs throughout the country.

Alexandru Glushacov (Character) 

Alexandru Glushacov has over 20 years of experience as a professional dancer. He trained at the Academy of Ballet of Republic of Moldova.

Upon graduation, he joined the National Theatre of Opera and Ballet of Republic of Moldova where he quickly became a first soloist dancer. He later moved to Moscow and joined the Russian Classical Ballet and then the Russian State Ballet. With these companies he toured extensively throughout Europe and the United States.

Mr. Glushacov has danced around the country as a guest artist including Colorado Ballet. His repertoire includes soloist and principal roles in ballets like Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Don Quixote and many others, as well as contemporary performances.

As an instructor, with over 10 years of experience, he has successfully staged full length ballets and coached variations for competitions. His students have been accepted to major classical Summer Intensive Programs and to professional companies around the country. Mr. Glushacov has a degree in pedagogy in dance from the Academy of Music, Theater and Fine Arts, Moldova.

Page Jenkins

Page Jenkins graduated from the University of Colorado with a Bachelor of the Arts in Dance. After graduating she danced for 3rd Law Dance/Theater, Interweave Dance Theatre, Louder Than Words Dance Theatre, and New Breed Dance Company.

Page has taught for Colorado Conservatory of Dance, Colorado Ballet, National Ballet Academy Denver, and the Denver School of the Arts as well as teaching master classes and workshops throughout the region. She was also the Assistant Artistic Director of Colorado Youth Dance Theatre.

Page spent several years in Beijing designing and running the dance program at Beijing National Day School as well as teaching master classes and workshops in Beijing and Wuhan.

She is currently dancing with 3rd Law Dance/Theater and Wild Heart Dance. Page also teaches for 3rd Law Dance/Theater and is a licensed Gyrotonic® instructor at Gyrotonic Bodhi.

Terry Hyde

Psychotherapist/counsellor

Terry started dancing aged 6, won a 5 year scholarship to the RAD aged 10. He attended
the Royal Ballet’s Upper School, joining the Royal Ballet at age 18. To expand his
character work, he joined London’s Festival Ballet (now ENB) as a soloist, playing roles such as, Dr. Coppelius in Coppelia and Sancho Panza in Don Quixote. Terry left the ballet world to explore other artistic genres, and performed in musicals in London’s West End, in Film and on TV.

On retiring from performing, Terry set up as a Business Manager for people in show business. His clients included a number of well-known performers and many ‘jobbing’ dancers, singer and actors. On selling the business 15 years later, and inspired by the realization that many of the people he’d worked with also sought his advice on personal issues, he retrained as a psychotherapist attaining a Masters Degree in Psychotherapy &
Healing Practice validated by Middlesex University in 2012.

After working with an ex-ballet dancer suffering with bipolar disorder, Terry recognized that there was a very special niche that he could fill within the world of dance. He’s now combined his two passions, dance and psychotherapy bringing his ‘insider knowledge’ about life as a dancer into the realm of counselling. He founded www.counsellingfordancers.com in 2017 and has been working to support the unique needs of dancers in relation to their mental health ever since. Terry presents interactive Mental Health Self-Care Workshops for Dancers both in person and virtually. These proactive workshops are to help support dancers’ mental wellbeing, teaching them resilience and how to be mentally fit and emotionally strong. He now offers one to one therapy sessions available via video-link worldwide.

Pianist

Alaina de Bellevue

Alaina de Bellevue is a pianist, vocal coach, and répétiteur residing in Boulder, Colorado, USA.

She recently served on the faculty at Colorado State University as a coach for the Ralph Opera Center, and is the resident coach for James Madison University’s German Singer Sommer in Freiberg, Germany.

Alaina is also active as an orchestral pianist, appearing with Fort Collins Symphony, Boulder Chamber Orchestra, and Front Range Chamber Orchestra, among others.

She has performed extensively in Germany and Switzerland, collaborating with vocal and instrumental artists. Previously she held pianist-coach positions with Opera Colorado and Boulder Opera.

Alaina is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma in Vocal Coaching at CU Boulder, working as a rehearsal pianist and coach for the Eklund Opera Program.