White Marsh Ballet Academy

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Teacher Biographies

 

Lindsey Bell

Instructor

Lindsey Hinchliffe is originally from Maryland and began her training at White Marsh Ballet Academy under the instruction of Sandra Harris and Shari Bickel. While dancing with White Marsh, Lindsey also attended summer programs at Point Park University, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, South Carolina Summer Dance Conservatory, and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York. Upon graduating high school, Lindsey studied at the University of Oklahoma School of Dance where she was mentored by Mary Margaret Holt, Jeremy Lindberg, Clara Cravey, Steve Brule, and Ilya Kozadayev. At OU, Lindsey performed in ballets including La Bayadere, Raymonda, The Nutcracker, Cinderella, and Pulcinella. While at OU, Lindsey also had the opportunity to perform in the musical, On The Town, and the opera, Don Giovanni, as well as choreograph for the Young Choreographer's Showcase on her fellow peers. After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Lindsey joined the Ballet Theatre of Maryland as a Apprentice in 2015. She was promoted to Soloist in 2017. With BTM she has performed as the Spanish and Chinese leads in The Nutcracker, the Diamond Fairy in Sleeping Beauty, and as Sirena, one of the mermaid sisters in Little Mermaid. Lindsey holds a Pilates Mat I and II Certification under the Power Pilates Alliance. 

Katie Hauf

Instructor/Teacher Coordinator

Katie Hauf began dance at the age of three at White Marsh Rec. Council. There she performed lead roles in ballets such as Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, The Nutcracker, The Wizard of Oz, and Giselle. Katie moved to White Marsh Ballet Academy when they opened their doors in the fall of 1997. She was a Senior Dance Member and Rehearsal Assistant with the dance company in residence, The Baltimore Dance Ensemble, from 1998-2003. Her repertoire with BDE includes, Swan Lake, Seasons, and Snow Queen and Dew Drop from The Nutcracker to name a few. Katie began teaching for WMBA in 2000. She has also guest choreographed Cirque for both BDE and WMBA Dance Company. Katie attended Goucher College where she obtained her bachelors degree in Dance and Elementary Education in 2003. As a Senior Teacher for WMBA, Katie has been promoted to Teacher Coordinator. She will mentor new teachers and assist them throughout the year.​

Lauren Amrhein

Instructor/ Company Rehearsal Assistant

Lauren Amrhein was trained in the Russian method of classical ballet. Ms. Amrhein has been dancing for 18 years. Ms. Amrhein trained under Directors Shari Bickel and Sandra Harris while growing up. While training at White Marsh Ballet Academy, Ms. Amrhein performed in roles such as the Sugar Plum Fairy, the Snow Queen, the Dewdrop Fairy, and was the lead in the dance company’s production of Beauty and the Beast. Currently, Ms. Amrhein is an instructor at White Marsh Ballet Academy, and a co-director of Ballet Company M at the University of Maryland, College Park. Ms. Amrhein is also a student at the University of Maryland, College Park on track to completing a Bachelor of Science in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

Kaitlyn Winner

Instructor

Kaitlyn Winner began dancing at the age of 4 and has been performing with WMBA since 2003. She was a member of The Baltimore Dance Ensemble and the White Marsh Ballet Academy Dance Company from 2004-2015. As a senior Company member, Kaitlyn performed as Clara (2011, 2012), Dew Drop Fairy, and Sugar Plum Fairy in Nutcracker, Snow White in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and the lead character in WMBA’s original production of Fairy Tale to Fairy Tale (2013 and 2014). She danced annually in Harford Dance Theater’s production of Harriet's Happiest Halloween.  As a member of the TU Dance Company, Kailtyn performed excerpts from ballets including Coppelia, Napoli, and La Bayadere, as well as original works by Runqiao Du, Ken Skrzesz, and Malcolm Shute.  During her time at Towson, she trained under the direction of Runqiao Du, Malcolm Shute, Susan Mann, Erin Du, and Ken Skrzesz. She is a performing member of the Contemporary Christian Dance Company, Unspoken Grace,  dances with the Charm City Ballet Company and The Danse Macabre, and is a choreographer and guest performer with WMBA. Kaitlyn holds a BS Degree in Psychology from Towson University and is currently pursuing a Graduate Degree in Clinical Professional Counseling Psychology at Loyola University of Maryland.

Jason Kidd

Instructor

Danced at Baltimore Dance Center four years learning the styles of Hip Hop and ballet. Winning awards as a member of the Dance Company DanceAttack, such as, first place 2009 winner of the first Baltimore’s Got Talent in Baltimore Maryland 

Danced at Jamz Dance Center two years learning the styles of hip hop, ballet, jazz and contemporary. Winning many awards as a member of the Hip Hop Crew and Boyz Crew such as, 2011 Mr. Dance regional title, 2012 Runner-up Mr. Dance, 2012 Mr. Headliner regional title, 2012 National Mr. Headliner title holder, first place medal for USA Dance Olympic Team for Hip-Hop and recently placed 5th in the world at the IDO Dance Championships in Germany for Electric Boogie (Popping) and 16th in the Hip-Hop Battle. 

Auditioned for “So You Think You Can Dance” season 10, 12, 14 made it straight through to Vegas, made it through 1st round solos, Hip-Hop, Jazz in season 10. Season 12 made it to top 26. Season 14 made it to academy and was in the opening piece. 

Certified Ballroom teacher from June 2018 to present.

Cecelia Muscarella

Instructor

Cecelia (CJ) Muscarella has been dancing since the young age of three years old. Her love of dance was fueled by her mother Anne Muscarella, who is also an accomplished dance instructor. Graduating from the Long Island High School for the Arts in 2007, she went on to Towson University where she received a BFA degree in Dance Performance and a K-12 certification in Dance Education. She happily returned to her childhood studio’s (Body Language Dance and Theatre Arts Studio) staff and students to continue pursuing and sharing her love of dance where she choreographed many works on their Dance Company. She recently moved back to the Baltimore area and is so excited to be joining the staff at White Marsh Ballet Academy. Ballet, as the foundation for dance, has always been the main influencer in CJ’s choreography and teaching. She has been inspired by the great choreographers old and new: George Balanchine, Justin Peck and Bob Fosse. She is excited to continue bringing a combination of classical ballet with a contemporary style to the students of White Marsh Ballet Academy.

Christina Jadra

Instructor

Christina Jadra began her training at the age of two with White Marsh Ballet Academy. Christina was a member of the Baltimore Dance Ensemble and the White Marsh Ballet Academy Dance Company from 2005-2016, and danced many lead roles in their productions, such as the Sugar Plum fairy  and Snow Queen in the Nutcracker. From 2012-2016 Christina attended George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technologies Dance Program where she was trained by Maria Royals, Elizabeth Ahearn and Stephanie Powell. From 2014-2016, Christina was apart of Carvers Inertia Dance Company, Christina performed in contemporary and modern works as well as ballets, such as Petrouchka and was Princess Tsarevna in The Fire Bird. In the summer of 2015 Christina attended the American Ballet Theatre’s summer intensive where she trained under Carla Stallings Lippert, Carmela Gallace, Melissa Hale Coyle, Pamela Levy, Coleen O’Callaghan and Roger Van Fleteren. After graduating, Christina was in the trainee program at the Ballet Theatre of Maryland from 2016-2018. At the end of the 2018 season Christina was promoted to an Apprentice and will continue with BTM for the 2019-2020 season.

Tabitha Discher

Instructor

Tabitha began her training at The Dance Conservatory of Maryland and County Ballet Dance Studio. In 2011, she was accepted into the inaugural class of The School of Pennsylvania Ballet in Philadelphia, Pa. While there, Tabitha performed with The Pennsylvania Ballet in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker as a “Peppermint Hoop” and in Jerome Robbins’ choreography in the role of “Tin Soldier”. Tabitha was one of a small group of PA Ballet students chosen by Sandra Jennings of The George Balanchine Trust to perform with The Pennsylvania Ballet in George Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Following her studies with The Pennsylvania Ballet, Tabitha returned to Maryland, and danced regionally with Harford Ballet Company, Ballet Chesapeake, The Danse Macabre, and Charm City Ballet, as well as guest appearances with several other companies throughout the Baltimore-Washington area. Some of her principal roles have included the Genie (CCB’s Aladdin 2017), Scuttle ( CCB’s The Little Mermaid 2018), Ghost of Christmas Past (CCB’s A Christmas Carol), Lion ( CCB’s Wizard of Oz 2019), and Sugar Plum Fairy. She is excited to be joining the White Marsh Ballet Academy family!

Elaina Boisvert

Instructor

Elaina has a Bachelors in Education degree with a minor in Dance from Goucher College. Elaina has been dancing since she was 10 years old. Elaina has had the opportunity to perform in numerous ballets such as, Giselle, The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Cinderella, and Alice in Wonderland. She studied at multiple summer intensive programs, including Burklyn Ballet and The Draper Center. While she studied mostly ballet and pointe, she also had the chance to take classes in Modern, Jazz, Choreography, and Variations. She found her love for Jazz when she joined the Goucher College Dance Team and went on to compete in college dance competitions, which led to becoming a pre-professional cheerleader with the Baltimore Shuckers. Since graduating, she has pursued her love for education as a 4th grade English teacher at Carney Elementary. She is now excited to be able to combine her love her teaching and her love for dance, and could not be more excited to begin this journey with White Marsh Ballet Academy.

Madison Darrell

Instructor

Madison Darrell began dancing at the age of two. She had previously danced at DJ’s Dance Studio and Janette Brown’s Studio of Dance before coming to White Marsh Ballet Academy in 2008.  This year will be her 11th year as a member of the WMBA Dance Company. She has been cast in lead roles such as Clara, the Snow Queen, Dew Drop, the Spanish Lead, and Tarantella Lead in The Nutcracker, and danced in the spring performances of Seasons, Swan Lake, and Beauty and the Beast, to name a few.  She has also participated in the Ballet Theatre of Maryland’s performances of Excalibur at the Lyric Opera House and Bowie Center for the Performing Arts.  She is currently a senior at Perry Hall High School, and plans to continue her passion for dance throughout college.

Nicole Ford

Instructor

Nicole Ford began her training at the age of 5 and has studied for the last 6 years at White Marsh Ballet Academy. She is a member of the White Marsh Ballet Academy Dance Company and has been cast in roles such as Russian lead, Arabian lead, Paquita lead, and the Sugar Plum Fairy. For 3 years, she has performed as a member of Unspoken Grace, a Christian Dance Company. Nicole has performed through out the local community. She is a graduate from the prestigious, George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology, Dance program and is currently taking college courses while auditioning for professional dance companies.  

Brooke Altman

Instructor

Brooke Altman started dancing at the age of 3 and still continues today at White Marsh Ballet Academy under the instruction of Sandra Harris and Shari Bickel. Brooke has been in the WMBA Dance Company for 7 years and currently attends George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology for the dance program. While attending Carver Center, she trains under Stephanie Powell, Maria Royals, and Elizabeth Ahearn and was cast in the Inertia Dance Company. Brooke has attended summer intensives at Louisville Ballet, Royal City School of Ballet and Jazz, and accepted into the Eglevsky Ballet Summer Intensive. She also danced with Ballet Theatre of Maryland for the production of "Cinderella" at the Lyric Opera House. She has previously won a scholarship to Delaware Arts Conservatory from Maryland Council for Dance, which she attended for 3 years. Brooke aspires to be a professional dancer.

Alaina Williams Tary

Guest Instructor

Alaina Williams Tary received her training at White Marsh Ballet Academy where she was a founding member of Baltimore Dance Ensemble dancing lead roles in The Nutcracker and various other ballets. She is a graduate of Baltimore School for the Arts where she also performed numerous leading roles in The Nutcracker and other ballets, including Serenade and Paquita. Alaina graduated from The Juilliard School receiving a BFA in Dance in 2008 training heavily in ballet and modern technique. She danced with Bowen-McCauley Dance Company in Washington, DC. for 2 seasons and performed in a number of Broadway reviews and pop shows, in addition to flying as an aerial artist for Celebrity Cruises. Alaina's cirque style led to a performing tour with the Ringling Brother's and Barnum & Bailey Circus. She then toured with the world renowned "Radio City Rockettes " in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular in 2013. Ms. Alaina has been seen on faculty at White Marsh Ballet Academy since 2002.

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