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GLADISA GUADALUPE -Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Gladisa Guadalupe started her training with Ballet de San Juan, becoming one the company’s youngest members.  At Ballet de San Juan Ms. Guadalupe studied under Lois and Carlos Serrano, Ana Garcia, Maria Carrera, Vanessa Ortiz, Ana Maria Castañon, Ramon Molina, Victor Huertas, Jose Pares, Miguel Campaneria.  

A Scholarship Alumna of the School of American Ballet, the official training academy of the New York City Ballet, Ms. Guadalupe studied under the celebrated George Balanchine, father of American ballet and of the modern ballet movement.  She also studied under the School of American Ballet’s famed faculty members Stanley Williams, Andrei Kramarevsky, Alexandra Danilova, Irena Kosmovska, Antonia Tumkovsky, Kay Mazzo, Muriel Stuart, Elise Reiman, Suki Shorer, Robert Denvers, Richard Rapp, Madame Dubrovska, Madame Darvash, Robert Denvers and William Bergman.  Read More.

CYNTHIA GRAHAM began studying dance in her home town of Houston, Texas. At 12 she was awarded a scholarship to study in New York City with the American Ballet Theater School, continuing her studies with the School of American Ballet, the Joffrey Ballet, and numerous other professional teachers in New York City. 

Cynthia became a professional dancer with Houston Ballet at 15 and at 16 joined the The Cleveland Ballet becoming a principle dancer. Ms. Graham also worked with The Cleveland Ballet school, the School of Cleveland Ballet.  She has toured with the Ballet Nuevo Mundo de Caracas Company in Venezuela and Spain. Throughout her dance career she has been a guest teacher and coach for various ballet companies.

MARKIAN KOMICHAK has been instructing Character Dance for almost forty years.  A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, be began his career performing at summer resorts in the Catskill Mountains.  In 1975 he appeared in Radio City Music Hall’s Christmas show.  Soon after, he founded and directed an annual summer dance workshop at Glen Spey, NY, for advanced dancers from around the country. 

He came to Cleveland in 1980 to establish the Kashtan School of Ukrainian Dance and was associated with The Cleveland Ballet and the School of Cleveland Ballet.  Mr. Komichak holds a Masters Degree in Music from Cleveland State University.       

LANA KRASNYANSKY started her career at the Odessa Ballet School under the direction of Ludmila Livanskaya before immigrating to the US with her family in 1989. Between Ohio and New York, Lana performed and studied under Mary Leitson, Sharon Burge, Carol Landis, Lainie Munro, Sheila Barker, Natalya Stavro, Germaine Salsberg, Michelle Dorrance and Barbara Duffy. While earning her BA in Dance from The University of Akron, Lana performed with the University's dance company and studied under Kathleen Davis , Mark Ozanich, Mary Ann Black, Tom Smith, and Cydney Spohn. In 2003, Lana moved to NYC where she was on the board of Director's for the St. Bart's Players Theater Group; performing, producing, directing fundraisers, plays and musicals. Throughout her tenure with the Players, Lana was seen in High Spirits, Fiorello! Guys and Dolls, A Little Night Music, and Follies. She choreographed Straight Up With A Twist, produced Rumors, Moon Over Buffalo, 1776, and Under the Influence. Ms Krasnyansky has taught ballet, tap and jazz throughout Cleveland, Ohio and abroad for over 15 years. Currently, Lana is working towards attaining her MA in Clinical and Mental Health Counseling from John Carroll University.

MICHAEL D. MEDCALF A Cleveland native and Cleveland School of the Arts graduate, Medcalf’s work as a choreographer and modern dance instructor, has received numerous commissions, awards and fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council and various dance companies, colleges and universities throughout North America. Additionally, he has choreographed for opera, musical theater, and contemporary dance companies nationally. Mr. Medcalf was associated with The Cleveland Ballet and was an instructor at The Cleveland Ballet school, the School of Cleveland Ballet.

In 1998, Michael Medcalf established Cleveland Contemporary Dance Theatre (CCDT) in Cleveland, Ohio.  Over the next 9 years as artistic director, he developed the company into a dynamic and highly sought after organization known for its innovative artistic programming, outreach approaches and collaborations.  In 2007, Northern Ohio Live Magazine honored Medcalf for his contributions to the dance community by awarding him with its Award of Achievement.

DAWN HOLST has been a student of vinyasa yoga and qi gong for many years and an instructor for nine. She believes in personal growth through an integrated practice that grows organically from multiple sources, practices, teachers and philosophies. She also holds a Masters in Education from Lesley College. "I am passionate about building a practice that is personal, professional and lasting that combines physical, spiritual and sensory dimensions."

LA ROMERA received her flamenco training in Spain with maestros El Farruco, Ciro, Manolo Marín, Concha Vargas and Jose Galván. She made her professional debut in Sevilla and was a featured soloist in tablaos (flamenco clubs) throughout Spain. She taught flamenco dance in Madrid at the legendary Amor de Dios studio. Since returning to the United States, La Romera has performed with her flamenco group, "¡Duende! Flamenco", taught throughout North America, served as an artist-in-residence and conducted demonstrations in schools and colleges. She moved to Cleveland in 2006 from Felton, California where she was artistic director and principal dancer of "Fiesta Flamenca" a monthly flamenco show which ran for 9 years at Don Quixote's Music Hall. In 2003, La Romera received the Calabash Award for Excellence in the Ethnic Arts.    

KYLE PRIMOUS A graduate of Kenyon College with a degree in Drama and Dance, has danced and/or taught with Canton Ballet, Oberlin College, The University of Akron, Ohio Dance Theatre (ODT), Pittsburgh's Dance Alloy, Footpath Dance Co., at Jacob's Pillow, on the Drew Carey Show and is presently on faculty at Lorain County Community College and Cleveland School of Dance,. He's directed and/or choreographed plays and show choirs including: South Range HS and Elementary School choirs, Rocky River HS Show Choir, The Wiz, The Sound of Music, Trees of Hope, Once on this Island, LCCC's Serendipity III, Centerfest's Sneak Peak, the world premiere of Full Moon, Steelbound, The Odyssey, The Little Tommy Parker Celebrated Colored Minstrel Show, Treemonisha and Famous Orpheus. A member of Actors' Equity Association and AFTRA, Mr. Primous' regional credits include: I Love You Because (NYC Man), 14th Street Theatre; Peaches, Plums and Pontifications (Ensemble), Cleveland Playhouse & 651 Arts;The Hostage (Princess Grace), Center Stage; I Could Stop on a Dime and get Ten Cents Change (Ensemble), Cleveland Playhouse and Center Stage; other stage credits include: Dreamgirls (Jimmy), Cain Park; 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Mitch), Beck Center; Yellowman (Eugene), Karamu House; The Wiz (Uncle Henry/The Wiz), Cain Park; Dreamgirls (Curtis), Cassidy Theatre; Wonderland (Lead vocalist), Ohio Theatre; Ragtime (Coalhouse), Cleveland JCC; Five Guys Named Moe (No Max), Beck Center; ODT's Journey, (Ensemble); Parade (Jim Conley), Beck Center; Full Moon (Mercer), Dobama; truth (Dance), Dobama; and Mule Bone (Dave Carter), Karamu House. An unparalleled entertainer and performer, Kyle's dynamic 3½-octave vocal range has been heard in many northeast Ohio bands, Europe, Hawaii, at PlayHouse Square, The Cleveland Playhouse, Jacobs' Field, Cleveland Opera, The Tri-C Jazz Fest, throughout the Caribbean and, currently, Mr. Primous fronts the bands Redline and The Kyle Primous Group. Yet his greatest accomplishment to date is that of husband to Michelle and father to Kaden, Eliza and Jakob.  

   
TOM EVERT is a world -class dancer, teacher and choreographer who performed internationally with the Paul Taylor Dance Company in New York City and has co-directed his own company, DANCEVERT, since 1986. He creates and performs meaningful, entertaining and award- winning choreographic works and has remained dedicated to the educational process for over three decades. Tom has taught extensively in a vast range of geographic and cultural settings such as, universities, professional companies, K-12, for populations with special needs and professional development workshops for teachers. He is on the artist roster of Young Audiences of Virginia, the Ohio Arts Council, VSA Ohio and was a formative member in a program to assess artistic talent in Ohio K-5 students (Statewide Arts Talent Identification). Mr. Evert has directed numerous partnerships with ICARE (Initiative for the Cultural Arts in Education), which teams his organization with schools and provides arts integrated programming.  Mr. Evert has been trained and promoted to present professional development workshops for teachers by the Kennedy Center’s State-Based Partners in Education Program. With a big appetite for all the arts, Tom is an accomplished sculptor, painter and drummer as well. Collaborating with other artists and organizations to create festival-like projects is a strong new direction for DANCEVERT.     

HEATHER CARSON was classically trained in ballet as a member of the professional division of The School of Cleveland San Jose Ballet Company studying under the tutelage of Gladisa Guadalupe, Denis Nahat, Cynthia Graham, Elena Costanza.  She also had the opportunity to work with Ballet Masters from The Bolshoi and Kirov Ballets, The School of American Ballet, and The Royal Academy of Danish Ballet. Miss Carson performed with The Cleveland San Jose Ballet Company and other modern dance companies.   Miss Carson  attended Case Western Reserve University, studying Biology, Psychology and Dance receiving the award for Dance Excellence in Performance. Since her graduation, she has been working at the Cleveland Clinic and teaching ballet throughout the Cleveland area and is is currently working towards a PhD in Clinical Psychology.

CHRISTINE CARSON was accepted into the professional division of The School of Cleveland San JoseBallet Company at the young age of nine. Christine trained under the tutelage of Ms. Gladisa Guadalupe, Dennis Nahat, Ellen Costanza, Karen Gabay and many other ballet masters. Ms. Carson performed with The Cleveland San Jose Ballet Company in major productions such as The Nutcracker and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Ms. Carson danced professionally with The Scream Team for the Cleveland Cavaliers and she feels privileged to have performed with local modern dance companies. Ms. Carson is currently teaching ballet throughout the area and pursuing a career in Child Psychology.

SUSANA WEINGARTEN EVERT born and raised in Mexico City, Susana began her ballet training at the age of four and began her professional training as a modern dancer at the School of Ballet Nacional de Mexico. Later she trained in the School of Ballet Independiente de Mexico where she danced professionally and toured the Mexican Republic and Central America. Susana moved to New York City to continue her dance training with Master teachers: Takako Azakawa, Kazuko Hirabayashi, Louis Falco, The Alvin Ailey Dance School, and Carol Rioux among others. She performed with Linda Diamond and Dancers at the Symphony Space and Lincoln Center Annex in New York City. Susana moved to Cleveland, Ohio with husband, Tom and son, Max Evert and co-founded "The Tom Evert Dance Company", where she has served as the co-director, principal dancer, choreographer and teacher. With her company now called DANCEVERT, she has created a major body of choreographic work and received fellowships for choreography from the Ohio Arts Council, The Arts Council of Fairfax County VA. etc. 

Susana has participated in many collaborations with prestigious organizations such as The Great Lakes Theatre Festival, The Cleveland Orchestra, The Cleveland Museum of Art, and the list goes on. She continues with her partner/husband  working extensively with arts integrated instruction in schools, outreach programs, and performances, locally, nationally, and internationally. She travels often to Mexico were she teaches workshops in various organizations such as TELEVISA in Mexico City, and TV Azteca (main TV-Cinema Nets in Latin-America).

ELENA BESKUR holds a Diploma of completion from the Ballet Academy, in Yekaterinburg, Russia where she was classically trained in  ballet.  In addition to her training and instruction in classical Ballet, Ms. Beskur holds teaching certification in Pilates, Zumba and in group exercise from the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America.  She holds a Bachelor of Science’s Degree in Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University with a major in Accounting, an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration from Tri C as well as a Bachelor of Arts’ Degree in Foreign Languages and Linguistics from Ural State University, Yekaterinburg, Russia.

MEGHAN HAAS trained at the School of Cleveland Ballet with Nicole Sowinska, Daniel Job, Dennis Nahat and Gladisa Guadalupe.  She joined The Cleveland Ballet at age 17 and danced in Giselle, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and many other productions as well.  She then joined Feld Ballet in New York City where she performed Eliot Feld’s original works.  She returned to Ohio to attend Hiram College while also teaching dance and performing with Tom Evert and Verb Ballets.  After earning her bachelor’s degree, she relocated with her family to Long Island.  She is excited to be back in Cleveland where she will be returning as a faculty member at Cleveland School of Dance.  She will also be earning her Master’s Degree in education at John Carroll University.

MARIE LaGIUSA CARR has studied flamenco, ballet and modern dance in Cleveland and Boston, at the Cleveland School of Dance (previously School of the Cleveland Ballet), Kent State University, and locally with master Spanish and flamenco dancers, Libby Lubinger, La Romera, and master classes with Ethan Margolis and Cihtli Ocampo. Marie has performed as a member of the Fairmount Spanish Dancers.

VICTORIA MEARINI is a costume designer, who studied costume design at Kent State University.  Upon viewing Victoria's portfolio, Renato Bianchi offered her a Stage position at La Comedie Française. There she researched for Lee Breuer's production of "A Streetcar Named Desire" and also sketched, shopped for fabrics, sewed costumes and was taught by Valerie Codgia corset making techniques. During her stage she was invited to learn millinery techniques resulting in a beautiful tricorne hat. In Cleveland Victoria has designed modern ballet costumes for Lynne Taylor-Corbett and Amy Miller for Groundworks Theatre productions. Victoria recently designed costumes for Karen Gabay's new choreography of The Nutcracker, for Ballet San Jose. Victoria was born in New York City, and was trained in Balanchine technique by Gloria Govrin of New York City Ballet, as well as Vaganova technique at the Vienna Opera Ballet. She performed with The Boston Ballet, The Pennsylvania Ballet, The Colorado Ballet, Eugene Ballet Company and The Cleveland San Jose Ballet Company, and Pointe of Departure.