It is with
great joy and excitement that we invite you to join us for our 2014
season in dance. White Marsh Ballet Academy is a professionally run
dance school, preparing students for a career in dance, or the fun
and exuberance of learning an art form renown for it's beauty and
strength! Class emphasis is on technique and development of
performance skills. This approach, along with individual attention,
allows instructors to bring out the best in each student. We
emphasize dance as an art form and believe that hard work and
achievement of goals leads to self-confidence and enjoyment for our
With a staff that promotes enthusiasm and care for students first,
we strive to instill the passion of dance as an art form within each
student. The goal of our teachers is to inform and inspire;
creating thinking dancers and preparing them for the field of dance
as well as life.
WMBA holds a yearly school performance that is open
to all registered students. To experience first-hand all that WMBA
has to offer, please visit the studio during operating hours or call
Sandy & Shari
Sandra Harris received her ballet
training in the Russian and Checchetti methods of classical ballet. Ms.
Harris was awarded a scholarship to the Washington School of Ballet
where she received intensive ballet training. She also trained at the
Baltimore School for the Arts, under the direction of Sylvester
Campbell, and at the Ohio State Ballet under the direction of Heinz
Poll. Ms. Harris received a dance scholarship to Towson State University
where she trained and performed with Towson University's Dance Company.
While attending the University, she was selected for Towson University's
Russian Exchange Program. This enabled her to train in Leningrad where
she performed the leading role of Cinderella with Nikita Dolgushin,
director of the Leningrad Conservatory.
Ms. Harris danced
professionally as a soloist with the
Ballet Theatre of Annapolis
(now Ballet Theatre of Maryland) from 1990
to 1998 in such roles as Princess Florentine, Alice, the Chesire Cat,
Snow White, Cinderella, Clara, and the Snow Queen. She has performed
both regionally and internationally with such renowned principal dancers
as Leslie Carothers (Joffery Ballet), Christine Dunham, Wes Chapman, and
Phillip Neil (American Ballet Theatre). In 2001, Ms. Harris performed in
the modern dance group "The Moving Company" and the Christian dance
group "Unspoken Grace."
Throughout her career, Ms. Harris has had
the opportunity to work and learn from such prominent choreographers as
Ron Cunningham, Nikita Dolgushin, Jennifer Muller, Mitchell Rose, and
As an instructor, performance coach,
and choreographer, Ms. Harris has instructed at Baltimore School For the
Arts, Towson University, The Ballet Royale Academy, Experimental
Movement Concepts, The Talent Machine, Susan Ina's Dance Studio, Ballet
Theatre of Annapolis; The School and County Ballet.
was trained in the
Russian method of classical ballet. Ms. Bickel is a graduate of the
Baltimore School for the Arts where she trained under the direction of
Sylvester Campbell, Norma Pera, Susan Lawrence and Stephanie Powell.
Shari also has a B.F.A. degree from Towson State University where she
had the opportunity to participate in a student exchange program. Ms.
Bickel was a member of Towson University's Dance Company for
four years. While attending the University, she earned a full
scholarship and was the recipient of the Jim Snyder Award for the most
technically trained dancer. Ms. Bickel traveled to Russia where
she performed and trained under the direction of Nikita Dolgushin,
founder of the Leningrad Conservatory for music and dance.
danced professionally as a soloist with the Ballet Theatre of Annapolis
(now Ballet Theatre of Maryland)
from 1990 to 1998 and
had the lead in the company's production of Beauty and the Beast. In
performed in the modern dance group "The Moving Company"
and the Christian dance group "Unspoken Grace."
has worked with several choreographers including Mark Taylor, Mitchell
Rose, Ron Cunningham, and Edward Stewart. Ms. Bickel has
performed with several principle dancers of American Ballet Theatre
including Christine Dunham, Wes Chapman, and Phillip Neil as well as
Leslie Carothers, principal dancer at Joffrey Ballet.
positions include Ballet Theatre of Annapolis; The School, County
Ballet, Ballet Royale Academy, and Talent Machine. She has performed and
choreographed as a guest artist with The Part Two Dance Company.