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 twenty-five 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 – BALLET, MODERN, 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 twenty-five 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
ANNAH GIBSON – BALLET, JAZZ, MODERN
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
A Northern Virginia native, Leanne started her training under at the Metropolitan Ballet School, later studying at Virginia Ballet. Leanne continued her training at the University of Hartford’s Hartt School, where she graduated cum laude with a BFA in Dance Pedagogy. She performed with American Ballet Theatre in The Nutcracker and Romeo and Juliet and in 2003 was the Assistant Director of the children’s division in Kirk Peterson’s Nutcracker. Leanne also attended summer programs at the Joffrey Ballet and Virginia School of the Arts. Leanne was a company dancer for four years with Manassas Ballet Theatre, performing many soloist roles. A founding dancer of Ballet Fantastique (Eugene, OR), Leanne has appeared in Oregon, Washington, and internationally in soloist and principal roles. Many of her students have gone on to acclaimed summer programs and Universities.
CAITLIN MURRAY - BALLET, TAP
Caitlin Murray found her love of dance in her first pre-ballet class at CBA. At CBA, she trained in ballet, tap, modern, and jazz, performing with the Ballet Arts Ensemble for six years and with the Junior Ensemble for three years prior. Caitlin is currently a member of the Dancin’ Unlimited Jazz Dance Company under the direction of Marilyn York. She attends George Mason University where she is studying Journalism and Media Production and Criticism.
MARY SWIFT – ADULT BALLET
DEBBIE JONES – ADULT TAP
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 of Pa. Mr. Kimball dances professionally with Bowen-McCauley Dance Company and continues to perform as guest artist with the BAE.
MARILYN YORK – JAZZ
Marilyn has been performing and teaching in the Washington area for more than thirty years. She received her original instruction at the Washington School of Ballet and continued her studies as a dance major at Butler University in Indiana. After college, Marilyn performed with the Capitol Ballet Company. She also studied with Luigi’s Jazz Center and the Broadway Dance Center in New York City and with Gus Giordano in Chicago. Mrs. York developed “Dancin’ Unlimited” in 1976, the area’s first all-jazz company. In 1986 she created the “Jazz & Tap Festival”, the only professional festival of its kind in the D.C. area.
SUSAN CONRAD – POINTE
Susan Conrad received her early training at The Washington School of Ballet and is a graduate of The Academy of the Washington Ballet. She later trained as a full scholarship student at Balanchine's School of American Ballet, American Ballet Theatre School, and as an apprentice with The Pennsylvania Ballet. She danced with The Washington Ballet, the Los Angeles Chamber Ballet, and Los Angeles Dance Theater. She has had extensive teaching experience both in the Los Angeles area, and locally at The Washington School of Ballet, Central Maryland School of Ballet, and The Northern Virginia Dance Academy. She holds a Bachelors degree and Masters degree in Audiology and Communication Disorders from George Washington University.
LAURA SCHMIDT – TAP
Laura graduated with Honors and a member of National Honor Society from Oklahoma City University with a Bachelor of Science in American Dance Pedagogy. Miss Schmidt teaches tap dance at the Center. She began teaching at CBA in 2012. Laura also dances professionally with Dancin Unlimited.
RICHARD RHOLDON – BALLET
Delta Festival Ballet of New Orleans
ADAM SCHIFFER – BALLET
ROGER JEFFREY – MODERN
George Mason University
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