Todd Rosenlieb Dance

About Us

Our Mission

Todd Rosenlieb Dance is a center for Dance promoting the highest level of professional performance, education, and community outreach. Through innovation, creativity, and inclusion, we explore Modern Dance and Contemporary Ballet that enriches the culture and community of the mid-Atlantic region.


Todd_Rosenlieb_-_2013_113TODD ROSENLIEB – Artistic Director-Todd Rosenlieb Dance, TRDance Center & TRDance Ensemble

Teaches: Hawkins based Modern, Pilates Mat

Company Affiliations: Former Company Director & Principal Dancer Erick Hawkins Dance Company, White Oak Dance Project with Mikhail Baryshnikov

Teaching Background: The Governor’s School for the Arts-Dance Chair, Tidewater Community College, Virginia School of the Arts, Virginia Ballet Theatre, Old Dominion University

Training & Education: BA-Economics & English Bucknell University, MFA-Performance & Choreography NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Master Pilates Teacher

 

 

 

Ricardo_Melendez_-_2013_084RICARDO MELENDEZ – Associate Artistic Director-Todd Rosenlieb Dance, Artistic Director-Virginia Ballet Theatre, Virginia Ballet Theatre Ensemble

Teaches: Graham based Modern, Company Ballet

Company Affiliations: Former Artistic Director-Ballets de San Juan Puerto Rico, Alvin Ailey Dance Ensemble, Ballet Hispanico, Dance Kaleidoscope

Teaching Background: The Governor’s School for the Arts-Dance & Theatre Departments, Tidewater Community College, Virginia School of the Arts, Old Dominion University

Training & Education: BA-Dance Pedagogy Butler University, MFA-Theatre Brooklyn College

 

 

 

KATHY BRENNER – Instructor

Teaches: Company Ballet

Company Affiliations: Principal Dancer BalletMet Columbus, Cleveland Ballet, Jose Coronado & Dancers New York

Teaching Background: The Governor’s School for the Arts, Old Dominion University, Virginia School of the Arts, Virginia Ballet Theatre, BalletMet Dance Academy, School of the Atlanta Ballet Adult Division

Training & Education: North Carolina School of the Arts-Ballet Major, Joffrey Ballet School New York,  Melissa Hayden & Wilhelm Burmann New York.

 

KATHRYN FINNEY – Instructor

Teaches: Company Ballet, Pilates

Company Affiliations: Principal Dancer & Rehearsal Director-Second Wind Dance Company, Todd Rosenlieb Dance, Virginia Ballet Theatre

Teaching Background: Old Dominion University, Virginia School of the Arts, Pilates Studio of New York, Virginia Ballet Theatre

Training & Education: Paul Taylor School New York, Joffrey Ballet School New York, BA-Dance & Art History Denison University, Pilates Studio of New York

 

LORRAINE GRAVES – Instructor

Teaches: Company Ballet

Company Affiliations: Principal Dancer & Ballet Mistress Dance Theatre of Harlem

Teaching Background: The Governor’s School for the Arts, Dance Theatre of Harlem Residency Program at the Kennedy Center, Virginia School of the Arts, Alvin Ailey School New York

Training & Education: Tidewater Ballet, Joffrey Ballet School New York, BFA-Dance Indiana University

Other: Norfolk Commission on the Arts and Humanities President

 

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DR. LYNETTE HAUSER Associate Artistic Director TRDance Ensemble

Teaches: Ballet, Modern, Pilates mat

Dr. Lynette Hauser began dancing at age 4. She graduated from Goucher College with a degree in biology but danced and performed throughout college as well as in Charlottesville VA where she attended UVA for her masters degree. Lynette is co-director of the TRDance Ensemble and also has a Classical Pilates Mat Certification. When she is not dancing, “Dr. Hauser” is a full time biology professor at TCC. She is also mom to 3 dogs and 2 cats.

 

MICHAEL KAISER – Instructor

Teaches: Ballet, Conditioning

Teaching Background: The Governor’s School for the Arts Dance & Musical Theatre Departments

 

Jalyn LasalaJALYN LASALA – Instructor

Teaches: Hip Hop

Jalyn has been teaching hip hop for over 5 years and has been teaching at TR Dance for over 2 years now! She has taken classes from many acclaimed dancers like Brian Puspos, Ellen Kim, Lyle Beniga and many more. Jalyn currently trains under a dance crew in the VA Beach area called CREWcial where she travels along the DMV to perform and compete at many different shows. She hopes to spread the love of hip hop to anyone who is open!

 

PociluykoSHERI POCILUYKO – Instructor

Teaches: Ballet, Pointe

A native to the Tidewater area, Sheri began her training at Eastern Virginia School of the Performing Arts in Williamsburg, VA with Sandra Balestracci. Pociluyko trained in Vaganova style ballet with the Kirov Academy in Washington D.C. under teachers, Adrienne Dellas, Mme.
Morkovina, Anatoli Kucheruk and Mme. Sisova. She attended intensives with Colorado Ballet, Richmond Ballet, and The Russian School of the Arts where she trained with American Ballet Theatre’s, Irina Koplakova. In Kansas City she was the Director of the Trainee Company at Dramatic Truth and taught with the Kansas City Ballet. Sheri joined Todd Rosenlieb Dance Center in Norfolk, VA in 2018 where she is dancing and teaching.

 

Jaime.SimpsonJAIME SIMPSON – Instructor

Teaches: Ballet, Pointe

Jaime Simpson began her ballet training at age 6, with opportunities to study at the Virginia Beach Ballet Academy, Maryland Youth Ballet, North Carolina School for the Arts, and Richmond Ballet. She then received her Bachelor’s Degree in Ballet Performance from Indiana University, training with Patricia McBride, Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, and Violette Verdy. Jaime began teaching ballet while at IU, working with college students as well as students in the youth program. Since returning to Hampton Roads in 2005, Jaime has taught all levels of ballet and pointe at several area schools, and has choreographed ballet pieces for VBBA, Arts Enter Cape Charles, TRDance Center, and the VBT Ensemble.

 

JENNIFER SOMERS-HEABLE – Instructor

Teaches: Ballet, Pointe

Company Affiliations: Todd Rosenlieb Dance, Lake Erie Ballet, Ballet Concerto Fort Worth, Virginia Ballet Theater

Training & Education: Boston Ballet School, Boston Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet School, Southwest Ballet School, Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Company, BFA-Dance & Minor-Dance Movement/Art Therapy Mercyhurst College

 

Janelle Spruill

JANELLE SPRUILL – Associate Artistic Director TRDance Ensemble

Teaches: Graham & Horton Modern, Jazz, Contemporary

Company Affiliations: Todd Rosenlieb Dance, Garth Fagan Dance

Teaching Background: The Governor’s School for the Arts, Tidewater Community College

Training & Education: The Governor’s School for the Arts, BFA-Dance & Minor in Media Studies Marymount Manhattan College, The Ailey School, American Dance Festival, Garth Fagan Dance, The Gus Giordano Dance School

 

Krista ZomarKRISTA ZOMAR – Instructor

Teaches: Ballet, Pointe, Pilates mat

Krista trained at the Washington Academy of Performing Arts under Deborah Hadley and Vera Altunina. In 2006 she received her Pilates Teacher Certification from Pilates @ TRD after completing the 600 hour training program, and in 2010 she received a SURDNA grant to study with Netherlands Dance Theater. Continuing education credits also include workshops with Dana Santi Pilates, Mark Morris Dance Group, and Bill Evans. Krista danced professionally with Nashville Ballet, Virginia Ballet Theatre (VBT), Virginia Opera and was a founding member of Todd Rosenlieb Dance. During her career, Krista performed the works of Frederick Ashton, Kathy Brenner, Lew Christensen, Bill Evans, Erick Hawkins, John Lehrer, Trey McIntyre, Ricardo Melendez, Marius Petipa, Todd Rosenlieb, Kim Whittam and Paul Vasterling. In addition to her instruction at the TRD Center and Pilates @ TRD, Krista has been on the faculty of The Governor’s School for the Arts since 2001 and Performance Pilates since 2012. She has also taught for VBT and Virginia School for the Arts.

Todd Rosenlieb Dance

Dear Friends,

As a valued member of Todd Rosenlieb Dance (TRD), Virginia Ballet Theatre (VBT) and the TRDance Center family, we’re reaching out to you during an unprecedented time of need. We’ve overcome many operational challenges in the past (recessions, natural disasters, etc.), but COVID-19 is uncharted territory for us all.

Our partnership with you through the years, has allowed us to provide an educational, directorial and performance space for students, dancers and choreographers who need to create to be their best selves. And by doing so, many of us have benefited from the magic and transformative power of dance. As performers and audience members we have connected. We have moved, engaged, entertained, laughed and sometimes, cried together.

With the temporary closing of our studio spaces and cancellation of the spring performance calendar for VBT and TRD, we are facing unparalleled operational challenges. We are working hard to recreate the way we do business, but the unexpected closing of TRDance Center has had significant financial implications for our professional dancers, staff, directors, teachers and technical crew. Ticket sales, student classes and Academy tuition accounts for half of our operating budget. The other half is from funding and generous contributions.

Will you consider taking a step to help during this challenging time? Your continued generosity will help sustain our two professional dance companies and the dancers, guest artists and choreographers who create art during these uncertain times.

Here are some ways you can help —

Although our performance season is currently paused, we are now creating ways to connect with our students and audiences in new ways that support social distancing, while still feeding our need to create art and connection. This week we’ve gone LIVE! with a collection of virtual teachings for open and structured classes at www.trdance.org. Please join us for a session soon. It will do your mind and body good to just dance.

On behalf of our professional staff, dancers and our Board of Directors we thank you in advance for your continued support.

Be safe,

 
Lisbet Hanson, M.D.
President
TRDance Board of Directors

Todd Rosenlieb
Founder & Artist Director
TRDance

Ricardo Melendez
Artistic Director, VBT
Associate Artistic Director, TRDance