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.
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
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
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
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!
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.
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 – 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
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.