Faculty

As director I’m honored and grateful to present the faculty.

I share their passion and love for dance, their commitment and effort to make a dancer better. Our faculty comes from diverse backgrounds and companies, their experiences and amazing career’s are what make them and this experience unique. They bring a wealth of knowledge and creativity to the program.
Can’t wait for the summer intensive to start!

Sincerely,

Alvaro Palau
Director

Aaron Jackson

Aaron Jackson

Aaron Jackson received his formal training in New York City at the School of American Ballet. He attended a number of summer intensives on full scholarship including Joffrey Ballet School in New York, Pennsylvania Ballet School, San Francisco Ballet School, and The School of American Ballet where he trained year round. He joined The Dance Theater of Harlem in 2000 where his repertory included performances in China at the Shanghai Dance Festival. In 2001 Mr. Jackson joined The Washington Ballet in Washington, DC, where he danced for eight seasons. While a full time company member, he began his teaching career at The Washington School of Ballet Summer

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Elizabeth Gaither

Elizabeth Gaither has had a career span as a professional ballerina for 22 years. She began her earlier ballet studies with her mother, Gloria Gaither in Miami Florida. While studying with her mother she received three years of high honors in the Royal Academy of Dance Examinations. She then continued her ballet training at the Houston Ballet Academy, joining Houston Ballet Company at the age of 15. After dancing with Houston Ballet for 5 seasons Ms. Gaither decided to follow her dream of wanting to dance with American Ballet Theatre. She was able to live out her dream and joined the company for nine incredible seasons. During her time there she toured the world, danced on the

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Felipe Oyarzun Moltedo

Felipe Oyarzun Moltedo

Felipe Oyarzun Moltedo is from Santiago, Chile. / He began dancing at the age of 12 and has since received several awards and distinctions, including Chile’s Best Dancer Inter-American Circle of Dance Professionals Award. In Santiago, Mr. Oyarzun Moltedo ran his own company, which led to multiple national and international tours. He holds a BFA Degree in Dance, an MA in dance education with honors from the University of Chile, and an MFA in Dance degree from The George Washington University Department of Theater and Dance. In Washington DC, his works have been presented at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, Corcoran Gallery of Art, and Dance Place, among others. Currently, Mr. Oyarzun Moltedo is a guest choreographer and faculty member for Joy of Motion’s Youth Dance Ensemble program and a dancer of Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company where he also serves as technical coordinator.

 

“Fidel García” In 1992, Fidel finished his studies as a professional dancer and as a ballet teacher at the National Ballet School in Cuba (Camaguey City). Since then he has taught ballet in Mexico, Washington DC and New York City and has danced as a Principal/Soloist with The Washington Ballet, Ballet NY, Dance Theater of Harlem, Ballet de Camaguey (Cuba), Washington Opera, among others.
In 2006 he began his pilates studies at True Pilates NY under the tutelage of Romana Kryzanowska (Joseph Pilates’ protégé), Sari Mejia Santo (Romana’s daughter), Daria Pace (Romana’s granddaughter) and Cynthia Shipley along with other Romana’s Pilates

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Florian Rouiller

Florian Rouiller

Florian Rouiller is a dance teacher, choreographer, and performer who has worked extensively across three continents. Mr. Rouiller has an MFA in Dance from the University of Maryland, where he choreographed and performed the original productions Profondeur Inconnue and Wave while continuing extensive performance with local dance companies outside the university.  Mr. Rouiller began his dance career with training at the prestigious John Cranko School in Stuttgart with a BFA, and performed with the Stuttgart Ballet in productions such as Sleeping Beauty and Giselle. Upon immigrating to the United States, he danced with Merce Cunningham Dance

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Luis R. Torres

LUIS R. TORRES (Studio Company and Trainee Ballet Master) from Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, in his 12th season with The Washington Ballet joins The Washington Ballet’s artistic team as the Studio Company and Trainee Ballet Master. Prior to joining TWB, Torres was a soloist with Ballet Theatre of Maryland (1995-1997) in Annapolis, Maryland, and performed soloist and principal roles with Ballet Arizona from 1997-2003. Many dancing roles have been created for him by a number of world renowned choreographers such as Moses Pendleton, Ib Anderson, Dwight Rhoden, Edward Liang and Annabelle Lopez-Ochoa. Torres began his training in Puerto Rico under the  

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Audra Johnson

Audra Johnson, a New Jersey native, received her early training from Christine Taylor and Luba Gulyeava and went on to continue her studies at The New Jersey Ballet School, The Harid Conservatory, and The Atlanta Ballet Center for Dance Education. She spent various summers studying at The Eglevsky Ballet, School of American Ballet, Boston Ballet, and The Harid Conservatory. She has danced professionally with The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, The Washington Ballet, and American Repertory Ballet. Ms. Johnson has performed several principal and soloist roles in classical ballets such as “The Sugar Plum Fairy” in The Nutcracker, “Raymonda” in Kirk Peterson’s Glazunov

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Debby Nachmann

Debby has been teaching yoga in and around Washington, D.C. since 2003. She is trained in Bikram and vinyasa styles of yoga. She is grateful for all the teachers she has trained with, including Bikram Choudry, Jimmy Barkan and Seane Corn. Debby’s classes range from gentle and restorative to vigorous and challenging. She believes in yoga as therapy to heal the body from injury and chronic disease; and to heal the mind from stress and anxiety. Debby teaches studio classes, corporate classes, private lessons and workshops. She aims to teach with compassion and hopes to help each student reach their individual goals. She motivates students to find greater awareness, presence and a deeper

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Glenn Sales

Glenn Sales (pianist) has been praised as “a first-rate musician…played with impressive clarity and passion.”(The New York Times). He has been a guest pianist for American Ballet Theatre since 1990, and the solo pianist for The Suzanne Farrell Ballet since 1993. He has also appeared as a guest for The Royal Ballet, The Paris Opera Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Dance Theater of Harlem, Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, Ballet de San Juan,The Washington Ballet, among others. Mr. Sales has rehearsed and performed over 20 ballets by Balanchine as well as works by Robbins, Bejart, Morris, Wheeldon, Goh, Tharp, Mejia, among others. He has made a film for The Balanchine Foundation of “Meditation” (Tchaikovsky/Balanchine) which Balanchine bequeathed to Suzanne Farrell. Glenn Sales also collaborates with Damian Woetzel and Yo-Yo Ma in various Arts Strike Programs given in public schools.

Tristi Ann McMaster Robinson

Tristi is a native of Carson City, Nevada, where she began her early training at Pinkerton Dance Academy, under the direction of Fern Pinkerton. Later she went on to train with Barbra Monibi, and then moved to California at 15 to study with Maria Vegh, Ruth Petrinovic, Jocelyn Volmar and Margaret Swarthout, Melinda Bach, among others, at the Marin Ballet School and Company in California. Through the years she trained in many styles of dance including Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Character and Gymnastics. Her career has spanned over 30 years as a professional dancer and teacher. She was formerly a Principal dancer with the Washington Ballet and Richmond Ballet, as well as a soloist with the Atlanta Ballet and a member of the Milwaukee Ballet Company. She has also performed across the nation as a guest artist. She has worked with choreographers and coaches such as Robert Barnett, Mary Day, Kirk Peterson, Maria Youskevitch, Baayork Lee, Val Caniparoli, Vincente Nebrada, Kevin McKenzie, Christian Holder, Suzanne Farrell, William Soleau, Victoria Simon, Philip Jerry, Dennis Nahat, Maurico Wainrot and Simon Dow. Her Principal roles included Kirk Peterson’s Vortex, Choo San Goh’s Birds of Paradise, Kurt Jooss’ The Green Table, John Butler’s Carmina Burana, Lambros Lambrou’s Shostakovich Piano Concerto #2, and The Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, as well as Balanchine’s Apollo, Allegro Brilliante, Serenade, Valse Fantasie, and Scotch Symphony, Four Temperaments’, and Stars and Stripes to name a few. In 1997, she was awarded OYA, Outstanding Young Women of America. Now a master teacher , she has been on the faculty of the School of the Richmond Ballet, as well as a national guest artist for many schools including The Atlanta Ballet, Northwest Florida Ballet, West End Academy of Dance, Busch Gardens, and Pinkerton Dance Academy, to name a few. She has taught many different levels and styles of dance including Ballet, Pointe, Variations, Tap, Jazz, Creative Movement, and dance exercise classes.

She is the Artistic Director for a new non-profit PDM Productions, Inc which will begin their 4th season and provides performance opportunities for those in Richmond and the surrounding counties. She has directed the Ballet “The Nutcracker Sweet” for 6 seasons, now under the new non-profit organization, PDM Productions, Inc.

She coaches Gymnastics; recreational and team levels. She is married to Norvell Robinson. They have three beautiful children who are constant reminders of humility, love, joy and happiness.

Lilla Séber

Séber is currently the founding director of Séber Method Academy. After 22 years of professional experience in both teaching and dancing in Europe and in the United States, Ms. Séber sought to create a teaching system that encompassed the best elements of all different methods of education in the world of classical ballet and dance.

Born in Hungary, Ms. Séber’s training began at the Hungarian Dance Academy in Budapest, where she studied for ten years on a full scholarship under the direction of Dozsa Imre. In the United States, she studied on scholarships at the North Carolina School of the Arts with Melissa Hayden, Duncan Noble and Pandi Gyula, in New York City with Fernando Bujones, David Howard and Tina Bernal, and at the Washington School of Ballet with Lupe Serrano and Rudolf Kharatian. She also received scholarships to study contemporary dance at Luigi’s Theatrical Jazz Dance and at the Alvin Ailey School.

Ms. Séber’s performing career began in Budapest with the Hungarian National Ballet, where she danced many principal and solo roles from the classical repertoire. After being a guest artist in the United States, Ms. Séber joined The Washington Ballet in 1995, where she continued to be featured in leading classical and contemporary roles. Her repertory included principal roles in many ballets, including “Giselle”, “Flames of Paris”, “The Nutcracker”, “Harlequinade”, “Stars & Stripes”, and “Our Town”.

Ms. Séber began her teaching career under the tutelage of Mary Day, founder of The Washington Ballet and The Washington School of Ballet, and Rudolf Kharatian, artistic director of the Armenian National Ballet, while still performing as a principal dancer at The Washington Ballet. Since then, she has produced many students who have received scholarships to highly-ranked institutions including the JKO School at American Ballet Theatre, Bolshoi Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, School of American Ballet, and who have went on to dancing in prestigious companies both nationally and internationally.

Ms. Séber is a great supporter of youth education through the benefits of the arts and has worked with both Sitar Center and Septime Webre’s Dance DC outreach program. Her passionate work in finding and offering solutions for the challenges of classical ballet training and in supporting a healthy and creative physical education led her to create Integrated Training Concepts for Dancers (ITCD), which includes the combination of classes in cross-training and artistic development for adults and youth alike. Ms. Séber also enjoys the academic approach of teaching classical ballet at higher education institutions such as American University and Georgetown University.

Ms. Séber was a recipient of the Artist’s Grant from the Soros Foundation. While still in Hungary, she was the subject of the film “Variations on a Well-Known Theme”, which played at the Cannes Film Festival, and also hosted the popular Hungarian TV show, “Tizen Tuliak Tarsasaga”.

Courtney Slaten

Courtney born and raised in Scotch Plains, New Jersey, Courtney celebrates a part Jamaican and part African American background. Before dancing, Courtney gained over a decade of experience as a student musician. He studied piano and saxophone from an early age, and was a member of one of the premier high school marching bands in the state.

His dance journey began in 2008 when he learned and performed salsa and rueda de casino as a student and later as president of Pa’lante Salsa en Rueda Dance Troupe at Cornell University. During his time with Pa’lante, he co-organized and hosted master Rumba and Afro-Cuban workshops with the late Felix “Pupy” Insua and his wife. Pupy was the source of his interest in Rumba and Afro-Cuban dance and a hidden genre known as timba (and the difference between authentic and Americanized forms of Cuban dance). In addition, he spent a semester studying basic Afro-Cuban and Cuban percussion with Palante percussion instructor Hiram Jimenez of Havana, Cuba. Courtney brings his marching, musical, and leader precision to rueda de casino and has been performing with DC Casineros since 2013.

Master Classes

Ballet - Modern - Pilates for dancers - Yoga for dancers - Stretch class - Partnering - Variations and pointe work - Casino Rueda Cubana

Hours of operation:

Adult Summer Intensive
July 11 - July 30
Tuesday - Friday
6:15pm-9:30pm
Saturdays
2:00pm-6:00pm

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4618 14th Street, NW
Dance Loft 14, 2nd floor
Washington DC, 20011

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