DEBRA SAVAGE, DIRECTOR – BALLET, POINTE
Debra Savage grew up in Vienna, Virginia and began her performing career with the Virginia Ballet Co. While still in high school, Debra studied in New York City at the American Ballet Theatre School and at the Harkness House for Ballet Arts. She then attended the North Carolina School of the Arts BFA program.
Ms. Savage performed with the New Orleans Ballet Company, The Delta Festival Ballet, Connecticut Ballet Theatre, The Empire State Ballet, and others. She trained for more than ten years in New York City, where she also taught for the Manhattan Ballet School and Peridance Center. Debra Savage has directed the Center for Ballet Arts for 28 years and has been teaching since 1978. On July 11th, 2008, Mrs. Savage was awarded the Presidential Citation for Outstanding Educator by The Virginia Governor’s School for Humanities and Visual & Performing Arts, at the University of Richmond.
BENNETT SAVAGE, DIRECTOR – PILATES
Bennett Savage is a former member of the Metropolitan Opera Ballet and the Martha Graham Ensemble. He trained extensively in New York City and performed with the Mary Anthony Dance Theatre, Dinosaur/ Dance Express, Throne Dance Theatre, The Delta Festival Ballet, New Orleans Ballet Co. and the Lexington Ballet. Benn had the honor and privilege of working with Anna Sokolow in “Magritte, Magritte” with the Connecticut Ballet Theatre.
Mr. Savage’s performing experiences throughout the United States and Europe were inspired by a dance performance he attended while enlisted in the U. S. Coast Guard. For 28 years, Benn Savage has co-directed the BAE and CBA, where he has also taught. His modern choreography has won several awards. In 2007, his “Bach Canons” was chosen to be performed at the Regional Dance America National Festival at the Benedum Theatre in Pittsburgh.
FACULTY & STAFF
DUSTIN KIMBALL – BALLET, MODERN, PILATES
Dustin began his dance studies in Maine, followed by two years of training at CBA. While at CBA, he was awarded, both, the Bruce Wurl and Ron Benson Scholarships and performed with the BAE. For three years, he studied on full scholarship at the Rock School for Dance Education. Mr. Kimball has danced professionally with Bowen-McCauley Dance Company for more than a decade and continues to perform as guest artist with the DC metropolitan area. Dustin now serves as the Ballet Master of the Ballet Arts Ensemble of Fairfax as well as The Center for Ballet Arts.
ANNAH GIBSON – BALLET, MODERN, TAP
Annah began at CBA as a Kinderballet student in Mr. Benn’s class. She eventually studied dance extensively and performed with the BAE for many years. Miss Annah began assisting with children’s classes at age twelve, and has evolved into a gifted children’s teacher. Mrs. Gibson received an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts with a certification in Early Childhood Development and is a Special Education teacher in Fairfax County School System.
LEANNE MIZZONI – BALLET, POINTE
A Northern Virginia native, Leanne started her training at the Metropolitan Ballet School, later studying at Virginia Ballet and attending summer programs at the Joffery Ballet and Virginia School of the Arts. She continued her training at the University of Hartford’s Hartt School, where she graduated cum laude with a BFA in Dance Pedagogy. Leanne performed with American Ballet Theatre in The Nutcracker and Romeo and Juliet and was the Assistant Director of the children’s division in Kirk Peterson’s Nutcracker (2003). Leanne was a Manassas Ballet Theatre company dancer for four years and a founding dancer of Ballet Fantastique (Eugene, OR), performing soloist and principle roles nationally and internationally.
CAITLIN MURRAY – TAP, JAZZ, BALLET
Caitlin is a CBA student-turned-teacher and former company member of the BAE, performing such rolls as the Evil Queen and Fairy Godmother. She began teaching ballet in 2014 and took over the tap program in 2019. Caitlin danced professionally with the Dancin' Unlimited Jazz Dance Company since 2016, and is experienced in classic jazz styles and musical theatre. Caitlin graduated from George Mason University in 2020, and is the Marketing and Operations Manager for Dancing with Markers.
MARY WHITE-SWIFT – BALLET, POINTE, TAP
Mary White began her Intensive ballet training at CBA in 1993. She performed leading roles including that of “Sugar Plum Fairy” in early BAE performances of Nutcracker In A Nutshell. Mary continued her training at Mercyhurst University as Dance Major with a Teaching Concentration. Besides the BAE of Fairfax, Ms. White’s performing experience has included Erie Ballet Theatre and the Virginia Civic Ballet. She served as Ballet Mistress for the Joan Izzo Academy of Dance from 2001-2016. Now Mrs. Swift, Mary has served on the faculty of CBA for the past five years.
CIRIA MARTINEZ-BERRIOS – JAZZ
Ciria began training at CBA at the Pre-Pointe level and became a valued member of the BAE of Fairfax within a few years. While in high school, she began as a class assistant and then continued on to teach children’s classes, through her college years. As Miss Martinez, Ciria became a gifted choreographer of children’s Modern classes. She also danced professionally with Dancin’ Unlimited Jazz Dance Company for several years. Since, Mrs. Berrios has continued to teach at various area dance studios.
RYLIE CUTE – BALLET, JAZZ
From her time as a mouse in the Nutcracker to the title role in Cinderella, Rylie cherished being a student at CBA. After dancing with the BAE for many years, Rylie went on to earn a BS in Dance Science and a minor in Dance from Elon University in 2020. While at Elon, she performed with the Elon Dance Company and extensively studied ballet, modern, jazz, somatic studies, and choreography. She is currently a Physical Therapy Technician at The Centers for Advanced Orthopaedics.
ARMANI COINER – BALLET
RICHARD RHOLDON – BALLET
Delta Festival Ballet of New Orleans
ROGER JEFFREY – MODERN
George Mason University
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