Ashlee Albertson received her Bachelors degree in Piano Performance from Virginia Tech under the teachings of Dr. Tracy Cowden. She has performed Maslanka’s Symphony No. 4 at Carnegie Hall with the Virginia Tech Wind Ensemble. She has worked with the Richmond Ballet and the Richmond Ballet’s outreach program Minds in Motion as a rehearsal pianist. When she is not sitting behind a piano she is either cooking spicy new recipes, baking cheesecakes, or hanging out with her dog Fred.
Kristina Ancil Edwards, originally from Pittsburgh PA, received her formal training with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, where she completed both the Schenley High School and Graduate Programs. She has danced with the Pittsburgh Opera, Louisville Ballet, American National Ballet, Chicago Ballet, Albany Berkshire Ballet, Peoria Ballet, Nomi Dance Company, Chicago Folks Operetta, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Winifred Haun & Dancers, and ClancyWorks Dance Company. As a dance instructor, Kristina seeks to instill a love for movement, music, and coordination while developing a proper technical foundation and artistry. She has taught ballet, pointe, pre-dance, modern, and contemporary extensively throughout the Chicagoland area. Now, after relocating to the DC metro area, she has had the honor of teaching at BalletNova since 2015.
Dianne (Candy) Braden received a BFA degree in Dance from Texas Christian University, and has done graduate work in dance at American University. She has performed with the Fort Worth Civic Ballet, at Disney, and with the Jan Taylor Dance Company in Washington, D.C. Miss Braden brings her widely recognized strengths in tap and jazz to the faculty and is a founding member of BalletNova Center for Dance. Her choreography has been featured in several Center concerts.
Cindy Bragg grew up in Arlington, VA. Her dance training was grounded in Classical Ballet, but also included Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Modern, Yoga, Stretch, and Pilates. She studied principally with Judith Rhodes Calgaro at Arlington Dance Theatre, but also at Maryland Youth Ballet and Joy of Motion. She continued dancing in college, performing at Radford University and then joining the Virginia Dance Company at UVA. Cindy has a Masters in Teaching from UVA, is certified to teach preK-6th grade, and has achieved National Board Certification. She has been teaching since 1992, when she began working as an apprentice dance instructor. She believes strongly that dance is for everyone and that Ballet can be a powerful tool both for self-expression and for learning how to be more mindful about our bodies.
Colleen Buck is a native of the Washington, DC area and enjoyed dancing in local musical theater productions as a teenager. As a student at Boston University, she had the opportunity to begin formal dance training, studying tap, ballet, and jazz. After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, Mrs. Buck worked as a technical writer for a northern Virginia engineering firm and continued her education at the University of Maryland, where she received a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering. After a successful career as an engineer and technical writer, Mrs. Buck returned to the dance studio and found her passion teaching dance to young children. For the last 12 years, she has embraced the opportunity to pursue a true vocation, while still trying to grow as a dancer by taking classes weekly.
Silvia Burstein-Hendi was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she studied at the National School of Dance, obtaining her degree as National Teacher, and studied at the prestigious Teatro Colon where she obtained her Diploma as Professional Dancer. Ms. Burstein performed extensively in Canada with Le Ballet Classique de Montreal, Theatre Ballet of Canada, P.M. Ottawa Jazz and Le Groupe Lab (Le Groupe de la Place Royale). Ms. Burstein's teaching experience includes Le Groupe de la Place Royale, Elaine Hunter Dance School, Le Petit Ballet, Dance Educators, Atelier de Dance Carole Brouard, and Ottawa University. She choreographs and performs with Choreographers Collaboration Project.
Carole Ann Clark is co-founder and co-artistic director of The Ballet School in Salt Lake City, Utah. She received early training at the Briansky Saratoga Ballet Center in New York, from Oleg Briansky and Mireille Briane. From 1973 to 1980, she danced with Ballet West under the direction of William Christiensen, Bruce Marks and Toni Lander. For two years, Ms. Clark studied ballet instruction under Ballet West Ballet Mistress Denise Schultz, and from 1980 to 1987 served on the faculty of Ballet West Christensen Academy. In 1984, she completed the Teachers Seminar at the National Ballet School in Toronto, Canada. Ms. Clark has degrees in ballet and French from the University of Utah.