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Brittany Adams, Ballet and Modern Instructor
Brittany began her dance training at The Boulder Ballet School at the age of eight. At Boulder Ballet she studied under Ana Claire, Peter Davison, Barbara Demaree, Becky Jancoscko, Rob Kuykendall, and Kathryn Elliot and performed as an apprentice to the company in the 2008-2009 season. She has attended many summer programs including Kansas City Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Joffrey Ballet, Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet, and The San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. Brittany attended Colorado State University and graduated in 2013 with a B.A. in Dance. There, she studied under Carol Roderick, Chung-Fu Chang, Jane Slusarski-Harris, Judy Bejarano, and Corey Seymour. She was selected to work with guest choreographers Viktor Kabaniaev, Gabriel Masson, Kathryn Elliot, Judy Bejarano, Tommy Parlon, and Richard Wacko. Her senior thesis was a twenty minute piece which premiered in an evening length show, Humanum, in 2013, which she co-directed. Upon graduation, Brittany was given The Faculty Award for Sustained Achievement in Performance, Choreography, and Technique. She then became an intern at Boulder Ballet under Director of Development, Lee Stern.
Elisabeth Coats, Children’s Instructor
Elisabeth is completing her final year at Concordia University, St. Paul. She is an active member in the dance department and has choreographed for and performed in three of their annual dance concerts – Spring Into Dance. She first began dancing at a young age in musical theatre and found her love for performing as she attended Main Street School of Performing Arts in her high school years. Since then she has been training in modern, jazz, ballet, tap, hip-hop, African, and choreographic techniques.
Mary Coats, Young Children’s Instructor
Mary studied dance at Luther College, Decorah IA, graduating in 1984. Mary has studied at the Summer Dance Institute in the Brain-Compatible Dance Education developed by Anne Green Gilbert and is certified in yoga. Mary also uses the Kodaly method of music education. This is her 12th year at SPB and hundreds of young dancers have been introduced to music and movement as a means of expression and group interaction for their physical, emotional and social well-being. Not only has Mary worked in the studio classroom, but also preschool environments, workshops and festivals, churches, junior high and senior high schools, and camp settings.
Rebecca Culp, Ballet Instructor
Rebecca trained at the Milwaukee Ballet School and received her B.A. in Dance from Western Michigan University. She has continued her professional development through intensive training in teaching the Vaganova Method with John White and a workshop with Carol Roderick. She developed a boys-only dance program and served as an adjudicator for the Ballet Conservatory at Dayspring School of the Arts in Saint Louis, Missouri. Rebecca danced with the SPB Company 2009-13, and has danced professionally with several ballet and modern companies, including the Wisconsin Dance Ensemble/Madison Ballet, Western Dance Project, Modern American Dance Company (MADCO), and Nancy Hauser Dance Company.
Laura Daugherty, Ballet Instructor
Laura began her early training at St. Croix Ballet and has been teaching for fifteen years. Her later training was with the Kirov Academy, Harid Conservatory, North Carolina School of the Arts, Classical Ballet Ensemble, University of Utah, and Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. She has performed in such works as Western Symphony, Aida, The Nutcracker, Paquita, Cupid and Psyche, Romeo and Juliet, and The Golden Bough. Laura has completed five teacher training courses and enjoys the process of developing dancers’ technique.Anna Goodrich, Ballet
Anna Goodrich, Ballet Instructor
Originally from Minneapolis, Anna started her training with the Andaházys and Minnesota Dance Theater. She has over 25 years of teaching and performing experience from the Midwest to Boston. She studied jazz at the Lou Conte studio in Chicago and the Luigi studio in New York. She currently performs with Saint Anthony Sacred Dance Company. Anna has continued ballet training in the Vaganova syllabus with Carol Roderick and Gabriela Komleva.
Marta Hansen, Ballet Instructor
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Maureen Haworth, Ballet Instructor
Maureen always wanted to be a dancer, but after a knee accident, being practical, she decided to be the best teacher she could be. Studying privately with Muriel Tweedy and Nina Hodgson she achieved the highest qualifications. She is an Advanced Member of the Royal Academy of Dancing in Ballet. Maureen was the youngest candidate ever to be elected by her piers as a Fellow of UK’s National Association Teachers’ of Dancing, International, in ballet, tap and modern dance. She is an Associate member of the I.S.T.D in National Dance gaining an unprecedented Distinction from the President. Adjudicator, choreographer, examiner, lecturer and teacher. Registered and licensed by the RAD since 1985. Maureen has owned and directed Dance Schools in Manchester, London and Frankfurt, Germany. She was an actress, director, producer and founder member of the Frankfurt English Speaking Theatre, Germany. Maureen moved to Minnesota 26 years ago and has worked on the faculty of Ballet Arts Minnesota and Minnesota Dance Theatre.
Zoé Emilie Henrot, Ballet and Modern Instructor
Zoé graduated summa cum laude from Mount Holyoke College in 2012 with a B.A. in Dance and Biological Sciences. Zoé received her early dance training at The Boulder Ballet School, becoming an apprentice with the company in 2007. She has also trained with Kansas City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and Joffrey Ballet and has worked with prominent choreographers such as Peter Davison, Ana Claire, Jim Coleman, Terese Freedman, Rose & Charles Flachs, Kinsun Chan, and Diane Coburn-Bruning. In November 2012, Ms. Henrot was invited as a guest choreographer in the Five College Dance Department in Massachusetts to restage her work ‘Becoming Undone’. Her most recent work, ‘Gray Matter’, premiered at the Southern Theater as part of the Minnesota Fringe Festival in 2013. Zoé was named the Artistic Director for the 2014-15 SPB Season.
Christina Onusko, Ballet Instructor
Christina began her training in her native Pennsylvania. She performed with the Hartford Ballet and principal roles with Ballet West Virginia including Cinderella and the Lilac Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty. For five years she served as the Assistant Artistic Director at Ballet West Virginia. She has been a classical ballet instructor for over 35 years. She was trained in the pedagogy of the Vagonava method, studying with John Barker, during her tenure as an instructor at the School of the Hartford Ballet. During her time there she also served as the school director for one of two branch schools of the Hartford Ballet. Christina has also taught for Ballet West Virginia and the Pittsburgh Youth Ballet. She spent a fulfilling 15 years as a core ballet instructor and choreographer for Ballet Arts Minnesota. She has also been a guest instructor at many Twin Cities area dance schools including Saint Paul City Ballet. Using her design and costuming skills, she has created costumes for many different Twin Cities and national dance companies. During her time at Ballet Arts she created most of the costumes, including those for the City Children’s Nutcracker, which was a joint collaboration between Ballet Arts Minnesota and the Minneapolis Parks Recreation Program. Christina also is a certified Pilates instructor. And she created and directed the Maypole Dances for the Minnesota Renaissance Festival for 13 years.
Marianne Raub, Ballet Instructor
Marianne is happy to be back living in the Midwest with her family after years on the East Coast. Marianne spent much of her performance career with Ballet Iowa rising to the position of principal. She has also danced with Indianapolis Ballet Theatre and the Lexington Ballet and appeared as a principal guest artist with the Virginia Ballet Theatre and Ontario Ballet Theatre. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Butler University and is also happy to have trained with Wilhelm Burmann of Steps New York, Diana Cartier of ABT and Constance Walsh of Ballet Nova. Marianne is also an accomplished floral designer and proud mother of Eveline.
Karen Paulson Rivet, Ballet Instructor
Karen began her early training in St. Paul with the Andaházy School of Ballet and has been a classical ballet instructor for more than 32 years. Karen spent considerable time augmenting her training with classes from Gabriela Komleva, Luba Gulyeva, Marina Stavitskya, Carol Roderick, Michelle Lucci, and Ted Kivitt. She was previously on the faculty of Saint Paul Ballet until 2005 in the roles of ballet instructor, Director of the Performing Ensemble, choreographer and repetiteur. Karen’s teaching background includes Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, Ballet Arts Minnesota, Minnesota Dance Theatre and Continental Ballet among others. She is in high demand in the Twin Cities as a Master Teacher. Karen performed with the Andaházy Ballet Company, Saint Paul Ballet, Continental Ballet and Minnesota Dance Theatre in ballets including but not limited to Scheherazade, Pas de Quatre, Les Sylphides, The Golden Bough, Coppelia, Cinderella and The Nutcracker Fantasy. While on the faculty of Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists(SPCPA) and Minnesota Dance Theatre, Karen staged and choreographed multiple classical, character and contemporary works. Her full length ballet A Christmas Carol, The Ballet was created for Saint Paul Ballet in 2004 and was featured in St. Paul and St. Cloud. Karen continues her pedagogical work in teacher seminars with Carol Roderick of Colorado State University, DePaul University, Oberlin College and the Vaganova Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia as well as conferences with Minnesota Dance Medicine Foundation.
Anna Roehr, Ballet Instructor
Anna began her dance training at the age of seven with Ballet Nouveau Colorado. She studied there under Julia Wilkinson Manley, Richard and Jennifer Grund, and Marie Jose Payannet. Following that, she studied the R.A.D. vocational levels through high school while spending summers with Ballet Magnificat and Colorado Ballet. Anna was accepted to the dance department at Colorado State University in 2008. She studied with Carol Roderick, Chung-Fu Chang and Jane Slusarski-Harris as well as guest artists Viktor Kabaniaev, Judy Bejarano, Katie Elliot and Andrew Skeels. Anna was a member of the CSU touring student company as well as CSU’s ballet repertory ensemble. She choreographed her senior thesis, Black Ink, Blue Lines, which was showcased in an evening length production in 2012. After receiving her B.A. in performing arts with a minor in business, Anna began teaching ballet and pointe technique for The Studio Company in July of 2013. She is excited to continue with her passion for dancing in her first season with Saint Paul Ballet as well as teaching for the Saint Paul Ballet School.
Preston Stockert, Modern Instructor
Preston is a twin cities dancer, choreographer, and educator who has been teaching since the age of fifteen. His experiences in education began in North Dakota under the studio in which he received training himself. While receiving his BFA in Dance from the University of Minnesota, he continued educating through workshops and intensives throughout Minnesota and North Dakota. Preston has instructed dancers regularly at Ashley Ballet Arts Academy, Dancin on Broadway, and Saint Paul Ballet, and has worked with other dance schools and institutions through his own freelance work. Preston is looking forward to the possibilities this next teaching season has to offer, and is proud to be instructing at Saint Paul Ballet School.
Julia Sutter, Ballet Instructor
Julia brings an outstanding background in dance and arts education. She did her undergraduate work in Ballet and Modern Dance at State University of New York at Purchase, and also received an M. Ed. in Child Development and Education from Loyola University, Chicago. Her extensive teaching has included many years at The Bockman School of Dance, Chicago, three years at Minnesota Dance Theatre working with Loyce Houlton, and eighteen years at Ballet Arts Minnesota teaching ballet and modern dance, as well as choreographing student works. From 2006 to 2014 she has taught and choreographed for Minnesota Dance Theatre and The Dance Institute. Julia has also served as a lecturer in Movement and Dance for the Young Child at Loyola University of Chicago, Erickson Institute of Chicago, and the Greater Minneapolis Day Care Association. While at Ballet Arts Minnesota she also was an instructor of dance for “Young Audiences”, an outreach program for Minnesota Public Schools, as well as a guest teacher for the Minnesota Orchestra Education Program
Barbara Weinstine, Ballet Instructor
Barbara received her training with the Andaházys and is dedicated to the rich tradition of the Russian method, on which she bases her teaching. Barbara has studied with artists including Gabriela Komleva, Luba Gulyaeva, Marina Stavitskya, Alla Sizova, Vladimir Davidoff, Jurgen Schneider, and Carol Roderick. Barbara performed in classical ballets and original works including, Les Sylphides, Pas de Quatre, Scheherazade, Los Seises, Vivaldi Concerto and Miraculous Stag. She is proficient in knowledge and implementation of the Vaganova Syllabus.
Sonia Hupalo, Studio Manager