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 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, POINTE, 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 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 ROBINSON – 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. Miss Robinson recently 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.
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. Ms. 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.
CAITLIN MURRAY - BALLET, TAP
Caitlin Murray found her love of dance in her first pre-ballet class at CBA. She has trained in Ballet, Tap, Modern, and Jazz and, in addition to teaching, continues to dance and perform with the BAE. Caitlin is also a current member of the Dancin’ Unlimited Jazz Dance Company under the direction of Marilyn York. She currently attends George Mason University where she is pursuing a bachelor of arts in Public Relations Communication.
DUSTIN KIMBALL – BALLET, MODERN, PILATES
Dustin began his dance studies in Maine, followed by two years of training at CBA. He was awarded, both, the Bruce Wurl and Ron Benson Scholarships while at CBA and performed with the BAE. For three years, Dustin 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.
CYNDI COOK - BALLET, POINTE, BODY BARRE
Cyndi has studied dance most of her life. Her father's military career split her concentrated study of classical ballet, tap, and modern across the states as she grew up, but she studied ballet intensively at CBA during middle school and high school. From 2001-2004, Cyndi participated in SERBA, two summer programs with American Ballet Theatre in Alabama and New York, and a summer in Governor's School dance program. Cyndi has rejoined us here at CBA since the fall of 2016 and currently teaches Ballet and Body Barre, a dance inspired exercise class. Most important to her beyond teaching the foundations of technique is helping each dancer maintain their love for the art itself. She loves working with each of our dancers. In her teaching, she aspires to foster creativity, cultivate self-esteem, inspire imagination, and reinforce the tenets of strength and technique in each of our dancers.
LAURA SNIEGOWSKI – 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 Sneigowski teaches Ballet, Tap Dance and Jazz 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
MATE SZENTES – BALLET
DEBBIE JONES - ADULT TAP
BAE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
BAE GUILD OFFICERS
President - Harriet Church
Vice President - Elizabeth Mansfield
Secretary - Susan McDermott
Treasurer - Kristan Marshall