Kait Weber received her early dance training at The Dance Center, the official school of the Brandywine Ballet. She went on to train at the Washington Ballet, Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts, and Wilmington Academy of Dance. Kait is a graduate of Towson University where she earned her BA in Mass Communications as well as pursued the Dance Performance major, graduating Cum Laude. While an honors scholarship recipient at Towson, she performed with the Towson University Dance Company and performed lead roles in the Nutcracker as well as several other classical and contemporary works. She also performed with the Baltimore Ballet in various productions and taught ballet, modern and jazz at the school for five years. Kait joined DCM and Ballet Chesapeake in 2010.
Sarah Brown received her early dance training at Towson University’s Children’s Dance Division, Rage Box Contemporary Dance Center, and Carver Center for Arts & Technology. She went on to train at Point Park University’s Conservatory of the Performing Arts as a Jazz Dance major, where she participated in master classes with a number of professional artists including Sonya Tayeh, Desmond Richardson, and Dance Theatre of Harlem. Sarah finished her schooling at Towson University, where she earned her BA in Mass Communications, Public Relations. She spent the past 4 years dancing and performing with the Baltimore Blast Cheerleaders and was Captain on the team for 2 of those years. Sarah loved the platform the team gave her and was humbled to be a part of their community outreach opportunities. Sarah has worked professionally in the event planning and marketing field for the past several years and joined DCM and Ballet Chesapeake in 2019.
Rachael Ball received her early dance training at Towson University’s Children’s Dance Division and The Moving Company Dance Center. She continued her training at The Community College of Baltimore County, and finished her schooling at The University of Maryland College Park; where she received a B.A in dance performance as a Creative and Performing Arts Scholar. Since then she has performed with D.C and Baltimore dance companies including, Glade Dance Collective, and Deep Vision Dance Company. Rachael has been teaching dance for over 5 years specializing in early dance program classes. She has also choreographed award winning competition routines for local dance studios and is currently on faculty at Our Lady Of Mount Carmel School in Essex as their Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade dance teacher.
Diane Brown studied ballet as a child at the Ellen Price Eckhardt Ballet School. In 1983 she began teaching ballet and creative movement for the Jarrettsville Recreation Council. She studied modern dance at the Baltimore County Gifted and Talented Camp under Leslie Weiss Timos. And studied jazz and tap at the Wally Saunders Dance School. While there she also studied ballet with Edward Stewart and Barbara Miller. She was asked to join the Wally Saunders Dance Company in 1982, and performed with them through 1984. Miss Diane entered Towson State University in the fall of 1983 on a dance scholarship and performed with the Towson State University Dance Company While a dance major at Towson, she studied ballet with Edward Stewart, Camille Izard, and Helene Brezeale. She studied modern with Andrea Lewis and Dottie Fried, and jazz with Patty Corday. Following knee surgery, she switched her major and received a bachelor’s degree in Health Science with a minor in Psychology in 1988. Her course work included anatomy and physiology, early childhood development, and program planning. In addition to her career as a health and wellness counselor, she taught ballet, jazz and creative movement at Harford Dance Center before joining the Dance Conservatory staff in 2000.
Returning to the Untied States after touring Europe as Ballet Mistress with "Rock The Ballet," Deborah Engerman took on the role of Director of Maryland Classical Dance Academy, along with teaching at Charm City Ballet and Susquehanna Dance Center. She trained early in life with the Baltimore Ballet under Wendy Robinson in the RAD (Royal Academy of Dance) tradition, passing her graded exams. Her classical studies also include training with Petrus Bosman, David Keener, and Christine Hennessy. Later, while pursuing her BA in International Policy at Dickinson College, she continued her study of classical ballet with the teachers of Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. Her dance training also includes Vaganova Technique, French Methodology, and the Dance Education Program at Towson University. Ms Engerman has staged ballets to include the Nutcracker and Swan Lake, Act II. Dancers trained by Ms. Engerman have earned professional contracts and danced with Universal Ballet, ABT, Complexions, The Washington Ballet, The Vienna Opera Ballet, the Boston Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Ballet Inc, Texture Ballet, Hubbard Street, and on Broadway. She has also been a coach to dancers succeeding at numerous international ballet competitions, such as The Prix de Lausanne, the Varna IBC, and The Youth America Grand Prix. Her student and, Adrienne Canterna, took the Junior Gold Medal at the 1998 Jackson USA International Ballet Competition. She is currently happy to continue to train dancers in MD and PA, while living with her husband and two dogs, in South Central PA.
Anita Johnson has been a faculty member of DCM since 2016. She holds her Bachelors of Arts in Dance from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Anita has studied primarily ballet, tap, jazz and modern at several dance programs including Praise Ballet Academy, Perry Hall Dance, A Step Ahead Dance Center, CCBC and UMBC. Anita has taught classes with Belair Dance Academy, Dance Baltimore, and Dance & BMore, A Step Ahead Dance Center, and Perry Hall Dance, and she continues to teach classes at Dance Conservatory of Maryland and Forest Hill Dance. Anita has performed in various works set by choreographers including Peter Pucci of Pilobolus, Caleb Teicher of Dorrance Dance, Baakari Wilder of Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk, and Justin Lewis of The JaM Project and World of Dance. Anita is a member District Tap, a tap dance performing company led by Lisa Swenton-Eppard and Baakari Wilder. With the company, she has performed at venues such as the Kennedy Center, Dance Place, Atlas Performing Arts Center, Smithsonian museums, and Baltimore Theater Project.
Gail Melfi began her early ballet training in her home state of California. Under the direction of Rose Ann Sayler, she studied at the Menlo Park Academy of Dance, Silicon Valley. As a scholarship student, Ms. Melfi completed her formal training at the San Francisco Ballet School under the direction of Richard Cammack and faculty including Anatole Vilzak. Ms. Melfi began her professional career with Ballet Pacifica, Laguna Beach, founded by Lila Zali of Col. De Basil’s Ballet Russe. She studied under the private guidance of Natalia Krassovska. She then joined the San Antonio Ballet Company, directed by Vladimir Marek, dancing the company’s repertoire including Michael Uthoff’s Coral of the Sun, and Alberto Ginastern’s Concerto for Harp. Ms. Melfi was later invited to join the Cincinnati Ballet Company under the direction of David McLain and David Blackburn, performing classics such as Nutcracker, Coppelia, Swan Lake Act II, Giselle, Peter and the Wolf, Hansel and Gretel, Les Syphides, Sleeping Beauty, and George Balanchine’s Serenade and Concerto Borocco. Ms. Melfi worked with legendary Frederic Franklin in his setting of Tribute and Pas de Dix. Additionally, she performed Daniel Levan’s Concert Waltzes and David McLain’s Concert for Organ, Strings & Timpani and Winter’s Traces. Following her move to Baltimore, Ms. Melfi joined the Maryland Ballet Company, directed by Petrus Bosman of the Royal Ballet. In addition to the company’s classical works, she performed contemporary choreography including Lambros Lambro’s Sun Dances. Once again, Ms. Melfi had the honor of working with Frederic Franklin while performing Monotones I and II, and Napoli. Presently, Ms. Melfi is a faculty member of Dance Conservatory of Maryland, Towson University and Sudbrook Arts Centre. She joined the faculty of Peabody Dance in 2014.
Hans Nelson began his training under Joyce Morrison and continued full-time at the
School of American Ballet (SAB) in New York City, the Kirov Academy of Ballet in
Washington, DC, and the Ecole-Atelier Rudra Béjart in Lausanne, Switzerland. His
regular teachers at these institutions included Andrei Kramarevsky, Peter Boal, Vladimir
Djouloukhadze, and Azari Plissetski. At SAB, Mr. Nelson was selected as one of four
students to create an original work for the SAB Student Choreography Project. At the
Vail International Dance Festival in 2000, he studied with Jacques Namont of the Paris
Opera Ballet School and Pyotr Pestov of the Bolshoi Ballet Academy.
As a dancer, Mr. Nelson's répertoire included Les Sylphides (Poet), Giselle (Peasant
Pas de Deux), and Swan Lake (Pas de Trois), among others. He has taught at The
Washington School of Ballet and Mercersburg Academy. Mr. Nelson’s staging credits
include Les Sylphides as well as excerpts from the classical repertoire and original
choreography. Mr. Nelson was a cofounder, and later sole owner and director, of Ballet Conservatoire
XIV , bringing conservatory-style training to a small group of carefully selected dancers
from 2015-2020. In 2019, Mr. Nelson presented students for American Ballet Theatre
National Training Curriculum Student Examinations, with each student achieving a level
of distinction of Merit, Honors, or High Honors.
Mr. Nelson is an ABT Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT
Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 7 and Partnering of the ABT
National Training Curriculum. He continues to attend professional development classes
and workshops at ABT.
Shana O’Brien has been a faculty member at DCM since 2002, teaching ballet, jazz, tap and modern dance. A graduate of Goucher College with a degree in dance performance and choreography, Shana has performed in works set by dance professionals such as Steven Mills of Ballet Austin, Rachel Berman, formerly of Paul Taylor Dance Company, and Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and Christopher d’Amboise, both former principals with New York City Ballet. She has presented choreography in many diverse venues including the American College Dance Festival, the Maryland Council for Dance Choreographer’s Showcase, and the Youth America Grand Prix ballet competition. In addition to her training as a student at DCM, Shana has studied under Marilyn Gaston at the Ballet Academy of Baltimore, Laura Dolid of the Sudbrook Arts Center, and at the Rock School of the Pennsylvania Ballet. She has experience performing in such varied settings as the Nutcracker at the Lyric Opera House, musicals in regional dinner theater, and competitions held by Dance Masters of America.
Stacey Royal-Potts has been a dance educator and performer for 20 years. While earning a degree in Environmental Science, Stacey performed with Fordham University's Dance Team as well as the campus dance company, Expressions Dance Alliance. Stacey earned a Masters of Education at University of Maryland Baltimore County, where she also performed with their resident dance group, Major Definition. Stacey has performed professionally with the NY Knicks City Dancers, former NJ Nets Dancers, and the WNBA's NY Liberty. While performing and teaching in the state of New York, she was honored to have the opportunity to take classes with a number of reputable choreographers, including Wade Robson, Mia Michaels, Ray Leeper, Tina Caspary, and the late Doug Caldwell among others. Stacey has taught ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hiphop, acro and modern in studios in both Rochester, NY and Baltimore, MD. Her choreography has won awards and been performed along the East Coast in Rochester, NY, Boston, MA, New York, NY, and Orlando, FL. Stacey earned her national dance teaching certification in ballet, jazz, modern, and acro through Dance Masters of America, Inc. When not teaching or taking adult class, you'll typically find Stacey at Target, or seeking a new adventure with her husband and two vivacious daughters.
Ashley Spears is a graduate of the Baltimore School for the Arts where her extensive ballet training has been in Vaganova, RAD, Cecchetti and Balanchine. She has studied the modern and jazz techniques of Graham, Cunningham, Horton, Fosse, Giordano, and Limone. After high school, Ashley moved to New York City to train as an apprentice to The Joffrey Ballet. In 2002, Ashley spent the summer at the Institute Nationale a Rouen in France studying both French language and culture as well as dance. Ashley is a graduate of Towson University with a major in English and a minor in French and is currently persuing further education towards physical therapy certification.
Meighan Winner began her dance education at Dance Conservatory of MD in 2002. She furthered her training through intensive programs such as Central Pennsylvania Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet and Ballet Chicago, earning her BA in dance at Goucher in 2020, Magna Cum Laude. She performed in a multitude of professional works, working with Alan Hineline of CPYB, Adam Hougland of Louisville Ballet, Christopher K. Morgan of Christopher K. Morgan & Artists, and Megumi Eda for Karole Armitage’s Armitage Gone! Dance. Her work has been presented at American College Dance Festival and competitively around Maryland. She has taught ballet and pointe for the last three years in Baltimore and Harford County and looks forward to working with her home studio.
Barclay Gibbs is the Owner and Artistic Director of the Dance Conservatory of Maryland (DCM). Barclay received her early dance training at the Peabody Preparatory, Towson University's Children's Dance Division, the Baltimore School for the Arts, and the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. As part of her training in the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus, Barclay completed both the Advanced Ballet and Solo Seal examinations. Barclay performed professionally with Ballet British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada and with Charleston Ballet Theater in South Carolina. Barclay has performed in many classical ballets as well as in works by leading choreographers such as Jill Bahr, John Alleyne, George Balanchine and Paul Taylor. Barclay received a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in Dance Performance graduating summa cum laude from Towson University. Barclay has taught and choreographed ballet and modern dance at schools throughout the mid-atlantic area including the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Towson University’s Children’s Dance Division, Baltimore Ballet, and the Peabody Preparatory of Johns Hopkins before joining Ballet Chesapeake in 2008, and becoming the the owner of the Dance Conservatory of Maryland in 2011.
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