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Sarah Melli

Born in Madison, Wisconsin, Sarah began her ballet training at the Wisconsin School of Ballet with Tibor Zana. At 14, she received a full scholarship to the Milwaukee Ballet and was asked to stay and dance with the company.

Alyssa Gunsolus

Alyssa Gunsolus graduated with a BS in Dance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She started her formal training with Ms. Jill Kragie in 1996 and with Madison Ballet in 2000 under the direction of W. Earle Smith.

Shannon Simonelli

Shannon Simonelli, Ph.D., ATR is an Art Therapist and NeuroImaginal® Somatic Psychotherapist.

Genevieve Custer Weeks

Genevieve Custer Weeks was born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin. She took her very first ballet lessons with Sharon Butler, and received her early training primarily from Kate McQuade and Charmaine Ristow.

Nikki Hefko

Born in Mobile, Alabama, Nikki began her dance training at Mobile Ballet and moved to New Orleans to attend Loyola University from which she graduated with high honors earning Bachelor and Master degrees in Literature and Education.

Christina Fagundes Turner

Christina Fagundes Turner began her twenty four year professional dance career with San Francisco Ballet in 1982.Christina Fagundes Turner began her twenty four year professional dance career with San Francisco Ballet in 1982.

John Gardner

John Gardner was born in Lafayette, Indiana, and began his ballet training at the age of 12 with Glen Ashton in Lafayette, and subsequently trained at the National Academy of Arts in Champaign, Illinois, under the direction of Michael Maule.

Michele Gifford

In her twelve year career at New York City Ballet, Michele Gifford performed many soloist and principal roles including George Balanchine’s Apollo, Rubies, Agon, and Stars and Stripes.

Allison Gonzalez

Allison Gonzalez has an extensive history in the ballet, which has taken her around the world performing, choreographing and teaching.  

Maurya Kerr

Maurya Kerr danced with Alonzo King LINES Ballet from 1994-2006. She is on faculty with the LINES Ballet Education Programs and conducts residencies nationally as a visiting guest artist with BODYTRAFFIC, Hollins University, University of Minnesota, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and The School at Jacob's Pillow. 

Margo McCann

Margo McCann was born in Beaumont, TX and began her early ballet training with Marsha Woody.  Ms. McCann completed her training in New York City at the American Ballet Theater School and on full scholarship at the School of American Ballet. 

Amanda McKerrow

Amanda McKerrow is one of America’s most acclaimed ballerinas. She has the honor of being the first American to receive a gold medal at the International Ballet Competition in Moscow in 1981. 

Marlene Skog

Marlene Skog’s career as performer, award winning choreographer and teacher spans over twenty-five years at home and abroad. A native New Yorker born in Brooklyn, Marlene studied in the hub of dance including the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, Merce Cunningham Studios, New Dance Group, and Ballet Arts-Carnegie Hall.

Edward Villella

Edward Villella (born October 1, 1936, Bayside, New York), is a danseur and choreographer, frequently cited as America's most celebrated male dancer of ballet at the time.