Todd Rosenlieb Dance

TRDance Center Faculty

Tracy Brooks – Operations Manager, TRDance Center

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

Ricardo Melendez – Associate Artistic Director-Todd Rosenlieb Dance, Artistic Director-Virginia Ballet Theatre, Virginia Ballet Theatre Ensemble

TEACHES: Graham based Modern, Intermediate & Advanced 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 and EDUCATION: BA-Dance Pedagogy Butler University, MFA-Theatre Brooklyn College

Kathy Brenner

TEACHES: Intermediate & Advanced Ballet, Pointe

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 and EDUCATION: North Carolina School of the Arts-Ballet Major, Joffrey Ballet School New York,  Melissa Hayden & Wilhelm Burmann New York

Kathryn Finney

TEACHES: Modern, 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 and EDUCATION: Paul Taylor School New York, Joffrey Ballet School New York, BA-Dance & Art History Denison University, Pilates Studio of New York

Lorraine Graves

TEACHES: Intermediate & Advanced 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 and EDUCATION: Tidewater Ballet, Joffrey Ballet School New York, BFA-Dance Indiana University

OTHER: President-Norfolk Commission on the Arts and Humanities

Sheena Jeffers

TEACHES: Modern, Beginner/Intermediate Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Yoga

COMPANY AFFILIATIONS: We Are Artists

TEACHING BACKGROUND: Young Audiences of Virginia, Central Virginia Dance Academy, Copeland Mills School of the Arts

TRAINING and EDUCATION: Governor’s School for the Arts, BA-Virginia Commonwealth University, BS-Virginia Commonwealth University, BA-Old Dominion University, MSEd-Old Dominion University, 200-hour Yoga Certification, K-12 Teaching Licensure

Michael Kaiser

TEACHES: Beginning & Intermediate Ballet

TEACHING BACKGROUND: The Governor’s School for the Arts Dance & Musical Theatre Departments

Joni Petre-Scholz

TEACHES: Intermediate & Advanced Ballet, Pointe, Floor Technique & Alignment

COMPANY AFFILIATIONS – Principal Dancer & Rehearsal Director Dances Patrelle New York, Manhattan Ballet, Eglevsky Ballet, Berkshire Ballet

TEACHING BACKGROUND:: The Governor’s School for the Arts, Old Dominion University, Ballet Academy East New York

TRAINING and EDUCATION: Special student at Skidmore College Dance Department, Empire State Youth Theatre Institute, Elizabeth Carroll, Michael Steel, Tomislav Vukovich, Bagha Follett, Francis Patrelle

Jaime Simpson

TEACHES: Ballet 3, Pre-Pointe/Pointe

TEACHING BACKGROUND: Indiana University Youth Program and College Elective Students

TRAINING and EDUCATION: Virginia Beach Ballet Academy, Maryland Youth Ballet, North Carolina School of the Arts, BFA-Ballet Performance Indiana University, Richmond Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Gus Giordano Dance School

OTHER: Dance Editor for AltDaily.com, Associates Degree in Interior Design, Owner Interfusion, Inc.

Lauren Sinclair

TEACHES: Beginning & Intermediate Ballet, Ballet 2, Pilates C

OMPANY AFFILIATIONS: Virginia Ballet Theatre, Todd Rosenlieb Dance, Elbert Watson and Ensemble, Ballet Austin

TEACHING BACKGROUND: Virginia Ballet Theatre, Todd Rosenlieb Dance, The Governor’s School for the Arts, Dynamic Movements

TRAINING and EDUCATION: Kirov Academy of Ballet Graduate, Boston Ballet School, American Ballet Theatre, Orlando Ballet, Registered Yoga Teacher (Institute of Health and Healing), Pilates Certification (Pilates@TRDance),BS-Communication/Psychology Old Dominion University

Jennifer Somers-Heable

TEACHES: Ballet 2/3, Ballet 3, Pre-Pointe/Pointe

COMPANY AFFILIATIONS: Todd Rosenlieb Dance, Lake Erie Ballet, Ballet Concerto Fort Worth, Virginia Ballet Theater

TRAINING and 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: Modern, Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Structured Hip-Hop

COMPANY AFFILIATIONS: Todd Rosenlieb Dance, Garth Fagan Dance

TEACHING BACKGROUND: The Governor’s School for the Arts, Tidewater Community College

TRAINING and 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

Christina Yoshida

TEACHES: Modern, Jazz, Pilates

COMPANY AFFILIATIONS: Todd Rosenlieb Dance, Second Wind Dance Company, Mina Estrada & Dancers

TEACHING BACKGROUND: The Governor’s School for the Arts, Old Dominion University

TRAINING and EDUCATION: BA-Dance Old Dominion University, AA-Dean College, Certification-Alvin Ailey, Pilates Certification-Pilates@TRDance

Krista Zomar

TEACHES: Intermediate & Advanced Ballet, Pre-Pointe/Pointe, Pilates

COMPANY AFFILIATIONS: Todd Rosenlieb Dance, Nashville Ballet, Virginia Ballet Theatre

TEACHING BACKGROUND: The Governor’s School for the Arts-Dance & Theatre Departments

TRAINING and EDUCATION: Deborah Hadley-Washington Academy of Performing Arts Seattle, Mark Morris New York, Bill Evans, Pilates Certification-Pilates at TRDance, SURDNA grant to study in The Netherlands