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Todd Rosenlieb began his professional career in 1992 when Erick Hawkins selected him from a technique class to join his company in New York City. Named Company Director in the fall of 1995, Mr. Rosenlieb has staged Hawkins repertory around the country, including the last piece of Hawkins’ choreography, Journey of a Poet. During this time he coached Mikhail Baryshnikov in the lead role and danced with The White Oak Project at the Brooklyn Academy of Music for its premiere.

He has created original choreography for the Richmond Ballet, the Nashville Ballet,

Ballet de San Juan, Virginia Ballet Theatre, the Virginia Symphony and the Indianapolis

Symphony, as well as for the National and Regional High School Dance Festivals, at

Montclair State University, Virginia School of the Arts, Old Dominion University,

University of Nevada, Sarah Lawrence College, New York University, James Madison

University, Goucher College, University of Richmond, among others.

In 2009, together with Carol Thomas Downing, Todd created an original story and choreography for The Gift of the Magi with music by Adolphus Hailstork, and in 2010 he choreographed a triumphant Bernstein’s Mass under the direction of Pam Berlin.

Todd is considered the area’s most prolific choreographer and collaborator. Todd’s other work includes creating a series of dances based on the artwork of Goya and for the Art of Glass exhibits at the Chrysler Museum, staging for the Imani Quintet, choreographing for the new opera Pocohantas presented by the nationally acclaimed Virginia Arts Festival, filming a music video with Annie Lenox and Twyla Tharp, choreographing for Petula Clark, and staging the daunting music of I Never Saw Another Butterfly with the Virginia Children’s Chorus.

He earned his BA degree from Bucknell University in English and Economics and his MFA degree in Performance and Choreography from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Todd Rosenlieb



Ricardo Meléndez

Artistic Director, Ricardo Meléndez is the former Artistic Director for Ballets de San

Juan, Puerto Rico. He holds a BA in Dance Pedagogy from Butler University and an MFA in Theatre from Brooklyn College, where he served as adjunct faculty.

Ricardo has performed with the Alvin Ailey Dance Ensemble, Ballet Hispanico, the

Omega Liturgical Dance Company, and Indianapolis Dance Company. He was also

principal dancer and rehearsal director for Dance Kaleidoscope in Indiana where he

dedicated his efforts in developing arts in education programs.

Ricardo served as Resident Choreographer for the American Cabaret Theater, and he has taught,choreographed, and performed in the US and abroad as both an actor and dancer. Some of his acting credits include Puck in the Virginia Arts Festival production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet in Hamlet at Theater 22 in NYC, Rodolfo in A View from the Bridge, Orsino in Twelfth Night, Paul in A Chorus Line.

Currently he teaches at The Governor’s School of the Arts and Old Dominion University.



Daena Bortnick

TRDance & VBT since 2016
Houston Ballet Ben Stevenson Academy, Pacific Northwest Ballet Professional Division, Ballet Met II

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Elise Giannotti

TRDance & VBT since 2015

Montgomery Ballet, MoveWorks, The Ailey School

Caitlin Granville

TRDance & VBT since 2014

BFA-Dance, Shenandoah University, Soloist-Dissonancy Dance Theatres, Pointe Magazine’s Solo of the Month- Jan. 2013


Timothy Knoll

TRDance & VBT since 2018

BFA-Ballet, University of Utah, Central West Ballet First Soloist

Megan Montagne

TRDance since 2016

BFA-Dance Performance, University of the Arts, Choreosplat Dance Works, the Philadelphia Dance Ensemble


Alexa Dunks

TRDance since 2019 

BFA-Dance, Radford University

Soloist- danahbella Danceworks 

GSA-Dance Dept 2012

Amber Romano

TRDance & VBT since 2016

Brookline Ballet School,

Nashville Ballet 2


Andrew Cook

TRDance & VBT since 2019 

Danced with Academie De Ballet 2004- 2016 , Past Company member with BVI 2016-2017 , Trainee with Orlando Ballet 2017-2018

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Morgan White

TRDance 2019

TRD Company Member 2007-2009, Member AEA since 2012, CATS National Tour Virginia Opera , BA Christopher Newport University


Kathryn Gardner

TRDance & VBT since 2019
TRDance and VBT Ensembles 

Pittsburgh Musical Theater

West Virginia Wesleyan College


Michaela Hutchins

TRDance & VBT since 2019

Atlanta Ballet Conservatory Dancer 

Contracted Huntsville Ballet Company Dancer


Melody Stowe

TRDance & VBT since 2019

Performer and Assistant Director, The Limelight Collective;

BFA--Dance, Belhaven University



Amanda Clayton

TEACHES: Ballet & Pointe

Amanda Clayton began dancing at age 4.

She graduated from Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Pennsylvania, with her BS in conservation biology while participating in numerous dance concerts as a dance minor. She continued to train and dance with the Springfield Ballet Company in Springfield, Illinois, while attending graduate school for environmental science. Amanda moved to Hampton Roads in 2016 to work at the NASA Langley Research Center and is currently the Projects Manager for NASA’s DEVELOP Program. Outside of the studio, Amanda enjoys yoga, running, and hanging out with her cat.


Inaugural Chair

Deborah Thorpe

Immediate  Past President

Susan Hirschbiel

2019-20 Officers & Board of Directors

Lisbet Hanson, MD, President

Deborah L. Swiecinski, Treasurer

Emily Mitchell, JD, Vice President

Katie Kenerson, Secretary

Connie Campbell

Michael Curry

Emily Miller

Christie Mendoza McCall

Elise Giannotti, 

Company Representative

2019-20 Advisors

Elizabeth Blachman

Helene Uhlfelder, Ph.D.

Mikaela Watkins


Todd Rosenlieb

Artistic Director,


Robyn Robertson

Marketing &

Development Director

Ricardo Melendez


Virginia Ballet Theater

Lia Rudon

Business Operations


Erin Pentecost

MixMo Administrator

Christen Thomas & Tracey Buckner

Company Assistants


Thank you for your interest in supporting Todd Rosenlieb Dance and in helping us provide the Hampton Roads community and surrounding regions with professional dance and dance education. We are grateful to our sponsors and board members who dedicate their time and resources to helping us revitalize dance in Hampton Roads.

Ready to learn more about how you  can help? See what it takes to become a member today!

Todd Rosenlieb Dance was founded and incorporated in January of 2004. We are a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, and your contribution is tax deductible as allowed by law.

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