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Faculty

Barbara Weinstine
Ballet Instructor and Curriculum Advisor

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.

Mary Coats
Young Children’s Instructor

Mary Coats 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.

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.

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.

Andrew Lester
Ballet and Modern Instructor
Andrew Lester graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BFA in Dance. He began his formal dance training with Carlos Stroia in Central Minnesota. Mr. Lester has performed professionally with the Eclectic Edge Ensemble, Ethnic Dance Theater, Continental and Metropolitan Ballet companies and Shapiro and Smith Dance. He is a founding member of Saint Paul Ballet Company. Mr. Lester teaches ballet, modern dance and the boy’s classes.

Michelle Ludwig
Ballet Instructor
Michelle graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of St.Thomas with a double major in K-12 education and Spanish, as well as a dance minor from Macalester College. She comes from an eclectic background ranging in studies of hip hop, modern, tap, and contemporary dance to classical ballet studied primarily under the direction of Juli Mickelson and the Dance Endeavors team. She has studied intensively through both the Joffrey ballet program in New York City and the Magnus Midwest program in Flint, Michigan. Local performances have included modern and contemporary ballet choreography with Macalester College and pieces in the 2010 Minnesota Fringe festival under the direction of Sharon Varosh. Michelle is also dancing a third season with the St. Paul City Ballet Company where she has had the chance to perform roles in Sleeping Beauty (Jewels), Cinderella (Spring Fairy), The Enchanted Toyshop (Noelle), as well as other classical and neoclassical works.

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.

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.

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 at 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 Ballet, she is known for her engaging choreography.

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


Musicians

Naomi Bird
Bill Cermak
Franco Holder
Alice Novotna
Sally Reynolds
Melanie Safar

Staff

Sonia Hupalo, Studio Manager

Photographers

David Trayers
Lori Gleason
Chas Jensen

Louis Wendling