Jody Skye Schissler Artistic Director and Faculty
Jody Skye Schissler began her training at the Conservatory Ballet locally in Reston, Virginia. She furthered her training at the Joffrey Ballet School, North Carolina School of the Arts, Pacific Northwest Ballet School, and School of American Ballet, all as a scholarship student.
By graduation, Jody was invited by Suzanne Farrell to join the Fort Worth Ballet as a member of the Corps de Ballet. She continued her career dancing Soloist and Principal roles at Ballet Chicago and Ballet Metropolitano de Caracas in Venezuela. In the mid ‘90s, Jody began performing as a Guest Artist, performing with a variety of companies and schools throughout the US. In 2001, she joined Ohio Dance Theatre as Principal Dancer, dancing leading roles at the historic Cleveland Playhouse to much acclaim by leading Arts Critics. Throughout her career, she performed in a vast repertoire of Balanchine and Principal/Leading roles in Classics such as The Nutcracker, Coppelia, Swan Lake, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella, and Giselle.
“Ms. Skye,” as her students refer to her, has 30 years of teaching experience. Even as a student, her attention to detail was recognized, and she was chosen to participate on the teaching staff of Pacific Northwest Ballet School. In the midst of her dancing career, she was part of the permanent staff of outstanding professional schools, such as Fort Worth School of Ballet, School of Ballet Chicago, Milwaukee Ballet School and Ohio Dance Theatre. She has taught in Northern Virginia since Fall of 2003, at Conservatory Ballet and Classical Ballet Theatre, ages ranging from 3-adult.
Many of the SBC students have gone on to join professional ballet companies and to great success in collegiate dance programs. Former students have gone on to have careers with the following Professional ballet companies such as, Richmond Ballet , Nashville Ballet ,Pennsylvania Ballet 2, Grand Rapids Ballet , Louisville Ballet and Cincinnatti Ballet. Mrs. Schissler continues to have relationships and personal rapport with many dance schools and companies in the nation. Students have been accepted to the following Summer intensives: American Ballet Theater, School of American Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Ballet Chicago, Boston Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Ballet West, Miami City Ballet, Carolina Ballet, Houston Ballet, Kaatsbaan, San Francisco Ballet, Washington Ballet, Atlanta Ballet and Exploring Ballet with Suzanne Farrell; many received scholarship offers. Students have also placed at the prestigious YAGP Competition as First Place Senior Division and Pre Competitive, Third Place Junior Classical and in the Top 12 for Pre Competitive, Junior and Senior Divisions in both Classical and Contemporary as well as Top 6 and 12 Ensemble. In 2016, Skye Ballet Center had students place in First and Third at the Easton International Ballet Competition. Students placed First Place Preparatory Division , and Bronze Medal and Top 6 for the Senior Division Classical and Contemporary at the National Ballet Competition. Students have also been selected to compete in the prestigious Valentina Kozlova International Competition.
Mrs. Schissler and her husband Allen Schissler were thrilled to announce the opening of their school, Skye Ballet Center, in September 2012: first at their temporary home, and then enthusiastically at their current location in the Sunset Business Park in January 2013.
Mr. and Mrs. Schissler live in Reston, Virginia with their 5 children. They feel privileged and honored to have worked with many remarkable artists throughout their careers and are honored to pass on the knowledge, beauty, grace, and passion to the next generation of dancers. Mrs. Schissler can be reached at email@example.com
Executive Director and Faculty
Mr. Schissler initially trained at Dayton Ballet, starring in the "The Littlest Angel" at age 8 to much acclaim. He continued his training and graduated from the Alabama School of Fine Arts. He trained at the Pacific Northwest Ballet School as well. As a student at Pacific Northwest Ballet School, he was approached by Artistic Director Kirk Peterson of the Hartford Ballet to be a Corps de Ballet member of the company. There, he quickly rose to the rank of soloist. Other professional affiliations include Alabama Ballet, American Repertory Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, and Washington Ballet. The last years of his dance career involved traveling around the nation as a Guest Artist with ballet schools and companies such as, but not limited to, Upstate NY Ballet, Yuma Ballet Theater, Utah Regional Ballet, Bartlesville Ballet, Ohio Dance Theatre, and a Gala Performance in Japan in 2004. He obtained Principal status dancing leading roles in Swan Lake, Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Birds of Paradise, and Billy the Kid, often dancing with his wife Jody Skye Schissler.
Mr. Schissler has taught on staff of Professional Schools, including the Princeton Ballet and Hartford Ballet, and at regional schools such as Ohio Dance Theatre, Loudoun School of Ballet, and Classical Ballet Theatre. He has been sought after to teach Master Classes throughout the nation. Mr. Schissler shared the responsibility with his wife for all aspects of the Ohio Dance Theatre 2003 summer performance season. He has served as a Judge for the Dance Masters Competition and the Loudoun Ballet Choreography Competition.
Mr. Schissler has been a Massage Therapist for 12 years. He has aided in the healing and recovery of many persons from accident, injury and surgery. He has practiced locally at the Lofty Salon, Warrior Yoga (now Beloved Yoga), Scarlet O’Haira’s, and the offices of Chiropractor Dr. Tim Scheuerman. He is the only licensed Body Evolution Practitioner™ in the DC Metropolitan Area. Other relative experiences include being the Manager at Lofty and Scarlet O’Haira’s Salons.
Mr. Schissler has been in Business Administration and Management since 2006 as a Certified Manager of Community Associations at Legum and Norman, Inc. He is currently the General Manager for the Regency at McLean, a Condominium in McLean Virginia. He is licensed as a CMCA, AMS and PCAM (Professional Community Association Manager).
Mr. Schissler teaches the Intermediate and Advanced , Pre Professional levels of SBC along with his wife as well as the Boys Program and Pas de Deux classes. Both Mr. and Mrs. Schissler run all the rehearsals and coaching for SBC productions and YAGP.