It is with great joy and excitement that we invite you to join us for our 2014-2015 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 dancers 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 at 410-931-3844

Sincerely,

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 Edward Stewart.

     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.

 

Shari Bickel 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.

     Ms. Bickel 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 2001, Ms. Bickel performed in the modern dance group "The Moving Company" and the Christian dance group "Unspoken Grace."

   Ms. Bickel 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.

     Her teaching 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.

 


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