Offering Pre Professional Ballet classes to ages 5-19.

SBC Master Class Series 2019-2020

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Julia Erickson, Former Pittsburgh Ballet Theater Principal Dancer

Saturday September 21st, 2019 

11:00-12:30 Technique Class                                                                                         Intermediate

12:30-2:30 Technique Class with Pointe                                                               Advanced/Pre Professional 


Julia Erickson is a professional dancer, most recently with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre where she was a Principal Dancer for ten years. She is also a prolific choreographer and repitieur, having created numerous works for Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, The Dancers’ Trust, and Ballet In The City.Originally from Seattle, Julia toured to Europe and Asia with Pacific Northwest Ballet and danced with Texas Ballet Theater for two years prior to moving to Pittsburgh in 2001.Julia is actively working with Barak Ballet in Los Angeles and The Chamber Dance Project in Washington, DC. She is also the recipient of the 2014 BRAZZY Award for outstanding female dancer.

Julia was the subject of visual artist Sonja Sweterlithes 2009 and 2011 exhibits Beautiful Dreamers and Julia,and creator and co-founder of Barre, a nutrition bar startup.




Yumelia Garcia, Former Joffrey Ballet and Milwaukee Ballet Principal Dancer

Friday November 22nd, 2019 

4:30-6:30 Technique Class 

Intermediate/Advanced/Pre Professional 


Born in Venezuela, Ms. Garcia received her professional training in Caracas at the Escuela de Ballet Gustavo Franklin. She joined the National Ballet of Caracas at the age of 15 under the direction of Vicente Nebrada and was promoted to soloist one year later.

Ms. Garcia began her U.S. Career with Heinz Pohl at Ohio Ballet. She then performed as a principal dancer with the Milwaukee Ballet where she had a ballet created for her: Scheherazade by Katherine Possen. Ms. Garcia then moved on to Ballet Florida where she was featured in principal roles in contemporary and classical works, most recently as Ben Strevenson’s Cleopatra.

Her remarkable versatility, technical prowess and intensity have led her to perform classical roles in full length ballets such as Kitri in Don Quixote, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Giselle and Carmen in their title roles. Ms. Garcia has also performed contemporary lead roles in pieces by George Balanchine, Alonzo Ving, Cho San Goh, David Parson, Jean-Paul Comelin, Lar Lubevich and Christopher Weeldon. She was invited to be a part of The Trey McIntyre Project at White Oak in 2006, and has performed at prestigious festivals such as Jacob’s Pillow, Vail International Festival and Wolf Trap.

Ms. Garcia had an illustrious career  with The Joffrey Ballet and has hit the stage to critical acclaim in Ashton’s Cinderella


Courtney Lyon, Artistic Director Ballet Quad Cities, former Milwaukee Ballet dancer

Saturday April 25th , 2020

11:00-12:30 Technique Class                                                          Intermediate/Advanced/Pre Professional 

12:30-2:30                                                                                                                          Ballet Quad Cities Rep Workshop                                                                                    *For Advanced/Pre Professional only 


Courtney Lyon has been creating choreographic works for Ballet Quad Cities since becoming Artistic Director in 2009.  The 2018/19 season brings exciting choreographic debuts including Ravel’s “Ma Mère L’oye”,  “Paris en Pointe” which premiered in conjunction with the Figge Art Museum’s “French Moderns: Monet to Matisse, 1850-1950” and “Glassworks” premiering in February 2019 inspired by the “Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Dreihaus Collection.”  In April of 2018, Lyon’s Dance “Four” Piano, commissioned by Orchestra Iowa, was performed alongside Grammy-winning pianist Emanuel Ax at the Golden Key Gala in Cedar Rapids, IA.  Other recent notable works include Alice in Wonderland (2018) Billy the Kid (2017) The Firebird (2016) Romeo + Juliet (2015) and Rite of Spring (2014) with Orchestra Iowa. In November 2016, Lyon took inspiration from Gary Kelley’s book “The Dark Fiddler” and the music of Paganini’ Caprice 24 for a special performance at the Figge Art Museum. Her Bolero set to Ravel’s piano arrangement for four hands, was invited to close the Crème de La Crème at the Gallagher Bluedorn in April of 2015, can be seen on Iowa Public Television’s Love Stories airing in 2016, and has been a much requested encore performance. Full-length ballets The NutcrackerCinderella, and Romeo + Juliet have appeared on Iowa Public Television, with The Nutcracker receiving the 2014 Argpatch award for Best Live Action in Entertainment.  Other choreography for Ballet Quad Cities includes the full-length ballets The Sleeping Beauty (2015)Murder Mystery at the Ballet (2015), variety shows Monster Mash (2016), Transylvania Twist (2017), and Frankenstein’s Follies (2018) and The Promise of Living, which premiered at Orchestra Iowa’s 2012 Brucemorchestra. Ms. Lyon’s children’s ballet The Ugly Duckling, a Message of Acceptance told through Dance has been seen by thousands of elementary school children since 2009.

As an outreach coordinator for Ballet Quad Cities, she has created curriculum for the 2016 DREAMS program and leads classroom visits and month-long artist residencies in Iowa and Illinois public elementary schools that include collaborations with dancers, musicians, and local visual artists, culminating in performances open to the community.  In 2008, she received a Quad City Arts individual artist grant for original choreography for Peter and the Wolf and has partnered with Davenport School's Great Minds program for an anti-bullying campaign supported by her children's ballet The Ugly Duckling which was created in 2007.  Ms. Lyon has participated in the Kennedy Center's Artists as Educators Seminars Laying a Foundation: Defining Arts integration and Anatomy of a Lesson: Planning Instruction.

She is a principal faculty member of BQC School of Dance, where she has created and implemented a comprehensive syllabus for beginning through pre-professional ballet students. To support her teaching of classical ballet technique, Ms. Lyon has completed two pedagogue courses that involved study of the 1st through 5th years of the Vaganova syllabus with John White, an authority of the Vaganova teaching method and former dancer and Ballet master of the National Ballet of Cuba, as well as intensive training exploring the bio-mechanics of movement with physicist Kenneth Laws and master coach Arleen Sugano. She attended the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet’s Teacher Intensive workshop in 2013, and has participated five times as a choreographer for the Glenda Brown Choreography Project held at UMKC in Kansas City, MO. 

Ms. Lyon is a requested keynote speaker for civic groups throughout the Quad Cities area, has been a quest speaker on several arts related radio programs and podcasts, and has been invited to sit on area grant panels. 
 

Kristina Kambalov, Executive Director of First State Ballet Theater

Monday May 4th , 2020

3:30-5:30 pm Technique Class                                                                                   Advanced/Pre Professional 

5:30-7:00 Technique Class

Intermediate


Ms. Kambalov was born in Evansville, Indiana, and at the age of nine began studying ballet with Jean Allenby. She continued her studies at North Carolina School of the Arts and at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York, and danced with Ballet Theatre Pennsylvania and Russian Ballet Theatre of Delaware.

In August of 1999, Kristina and Pasha Kambalov opened Russian Ballet Centre in Newport, Delaware and later incorporated the school as a non-profit organization, First State Ballet Theatre (FSBT). In 2003, FSBT moved to Wilmington’s historic Grand Opera House, and in 2008 the professional company was born with ten dancers. Just 11 years later, FSBT comprises 24 dancers and performs statewide from August to April each season.  Ms. Kambalov served as FSBT School Director for 17 years before assuming the role of Executive Director. Over the past 11 years, FSBT has staged hundreds of performances, collaborated with dozens of arts and community organizations statewide, commissioned a number of world premières by new and established choreographers, and created Danceworks!, Delaware’s largest dance educational outreach program.

This is Ms. Kambalov’s third season as Executive Director and she continues in her role as teacher, coach, and ballet mistress for the company and the school.  Ms. Kambalov has also served on the jury of the World Ballet Competition and in 2006 she received the Wilmingtonian Award for outstanding contributions to the quality of life in Wilmington.



Julie Niekrasz, Ballet Master and Former Principal Dancer Ballet Memphis

Saturday June 6th , 2020

11:30-1:00 Technique                                                              

Advanced/Pre Professional 

1:00-2:30 Variations 

Advanced/Pre Professional 


Julie trained at the School of Ballet Chicago, as well as at Milwaukee Ballet/Milwaukee Ballet II and summer programs at the School of American Ballet. She joined Ballet Memphis as a Company dancer in 2004 and enjoyed many roles including Hermia in Mark Godden's Midsummer Night's Dream; Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Wendy in Peter Pan and the title role in Cinderella, all by Steven McMahon; and in Trey McIntyre's Reassuring Effects of Form and Poetry and In Dreams before retiring from the stage in 2018. She also has choreographed several works on Ballet Memphis including Sa Voix, Reminisceand Corps de Fortitude. She also is a certified Dance for Parkinson’s instructor as well as a STOTT PILATES® instructor.

Stay tuned for more Master Classes!

Master Classes are $35 per class. Please email  to reserve your spot. skyeballet@gmail.com

SBC Master Class Series

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Past Master Class Teachers

Offering ballet Master classes at our SBC studio in Herndon Virginia, with such renowned professional ballet dancers such as;


Gillian Murphy, American Ballet Theater Principal 


Anna Licieca, YAGP Judge, American Ballet Theater Soloist, New York City Ballet Dancer 


Simon Ball, CPYB, Boston Ballet and Houston Ballet Principal Dancer 


Kristi Capps, Kansas City Ballet Ballet Mistress, Principal Dancer Cincinnatti Ballet 


Garielle Whittle, Balanchine Trust Reptiteur, New York City Ballet Dancer 


Rolando Yanes, Director Milwaukee Ballet School, Principal Dancer Milwaukee Ballet 


Michelle Wiles, Principal dancer American ballet Theater, Director Ballet Next


Charles Askegard, Principal Dancer New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Ballet Master Pennsylvania Ballet 


Septime Webre, Director of Hong Kong National Ballet ,Director Washington Ballet, Director of American Repertory Ballet


Deanna Seay, Principal Dancer Miami City, Boston Ballet Faculty 

                                                                                            Sona Kharatian, Principal  Dancer Washington Ballet  

                                                                                                                   Jon Jordan , Principal Dancer Washington Ballet    

                                                                                                                       Melanie Riffee, Suzanne Farrell Ballet                                                                                                                                                   


Julie Marie Niekrasz, Principal Dancer Ballet Memphis                                                                                                                    


Lara O'Brien, Principal Dancer, Carolina Ballet                                                                                                                                 


Tim Lynch, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Ballet Met Academy Director                                                                                               


Claire Rathburn, YAGP Gold medalist, Washington Ballet Studio Company                                                                                   


Jane Wood, Principal Dancer and Ballet Mistress Ballet West                                                                                                               


Arantxa Ochoa, Principal Dancer and School Director Pennsylvania Ballet, Director Miami City Ballet School                            Jerri Kumery, Dancer New York City Ballet  , Associate Director Richmond Ballet                                                                          


Gavin Larsen, Soloist Pacific Northwest Ballet, Principal Dancer and Ballet Mistress Oregon Ballet Theater                             


Deanna McBrearty, Soloist New York City Ballet                                                                                                                                   


Amy Brandt, Dancer Milwaukee Ballet and Suzanne Farrell Ballet, Editor of Pointe Magazine                                                                                        


Valerie Madonia, Dancer American Ballet Theater ,Principal Dancer Joffrey Ballet, Colorado Ballet Academy Director   


Rhodie Jorgensen, Dancer American Ballet Theater, Faculty Maryland Youth Ballet, Kennedy Center Childrens Mistress            


   Nicholas Ade, Dancer Pacific Northwest Ballet , Executive Director Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet                                


 Jennifer Kronenberg, Principal Dancer Miami City Ballet