Cem Catbas, Artistic Director

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Cem Catbas, Artistic Director

Mr. Catbas is the Artistic Director of Baltimore Ballet School and co-founder and Director of Baltimore Ballet Company.  He danced principal roles with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, the Istanbul State Opera and Ballet, the Istanbul Contemporary Ballet, and the Koblenz Ballet in Germany in addition to Baltimore Ballet.  Roles he danced include the title role of Dracula in Ben Stevenson's (Houston Ballet Production) Dracula, the title role of Romeo in Romeo and Juliette with the Istanbul State Opera and Ballet, The Monk in Carmina Burana (Kent Stowell's production from Pacific Northwest  Ballet), the title role of Peer Gynt with the Koblenz Ballet, and numerous other principal roles.

 

Awards he has won include the 2006 and 2002 Individual Artist Award for excellence in solo dance performance from the Maryland State Arts Council, Gold Medal in the 1st International Seleznyov Ballet Competition in 1991, and the Most Promising Dancer Award from the city of Istanbul.

 

He has a B.F.A. egregia cum laude from the Istanbul University State Conservatory where he studied with Ramazan Bapov, Nikolai Morozov, and Ludmilla Morkovina.  He has worked with Ben Stevenson (Houston Ballet), Patricia Wilde (NYC Ballet) Marianna Tcherkassky and Terrence Orr (ABT), Richard Glasstone (Istanbul Ballet), and Kent Stowell (Pacific Northwest Ballet), among others.

 

He has choreographed The Nutcracker, Pictures at an Exhibition, A Gershwin Rhapsody, Carnival of the Animals, excerpts from Petrouschka, and danced in and staged Scheherazade, Les Sylphides, the 2nd act of Giselle, Swan Lake and La Bayadere for Baltimore Ballet.  The esteemed dance critic George Jackson praised his "passionately stretched line, buoyant leaps and plush landings."

 

He has been a judge for several competitions including the Frederick Arts Council.  His students have gone on to dance professionally, have won numerous awards including 1st Prize at the regional Youth America Grand Prix Competition, winner of the MD Distinguished Scholar Award, and have received full scholarships to the School of American Ballet and other schools.  He has been interviewed on WBFF-Fox News, WMAR-TV, WJZ-TV, WBAL-TV and Comcast Local Edition.  He has given Master Classes in the US, Canada, and Europe.  He also has several articles on dance which were published at www.bourgeononline.com and he maintains an art/philosophy blog called "BARRE NONE".  He appeared in May and June issues of Dance Magazine 2012.

 

 

Valeriia Ivlieva

Valeriia Ivlieva is a principal ballerina and the Deputy Artistic Director of Baltimore Ballet.  She was previously a principal dancer with Russian Grand Ballet, Kiev Youth Ballet, Kiev Municipal Academic Opera and Ballet, and Cairo Opera Ballet Company.  She performed principal roles internationally, and toured more than 20 countries in Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Snow White, Carmen, Don Quixote, Cinderella, Carmina Burana, Romeo and Juliet, Odysseus, Zorba the Greek, Spartacus, Pinocchio, Cipollino, the Wizard Harry and the Snow Queen, Opera Aida, Pictures at an Exhibition, and Firebird as well as many modern and contemporary works.

 

Ms. Ivlieva has won the first place in 2005 Grand Pas Competition from Donetsk, the gold medal and a special award in 2006 Galician Terpsichore International Ballet Competition, and the silver medal and a special award in 2007 Crystal Shoe Kharkov International Ballet Competition.  She has diplomas from Kharkov Ballet Theatre, a B.F.A. from the Kiev College of Performing Arts, and a B.A. from the State University of Performing Arts Administration, all with honors.  Ms. Ivlieva’s name is included in the Honorable Book of Fame in Kharkov.  She has taught master classes in the US, Europe and Africa, and she was a Ballet Mistress/Choreographer with Mystic Ballet Company and Academy.  Ms. Ivlieva has won the best choreographer award in 2015 for her modern choreography and her students have placed at the Youth America Grand Prix Competition.

 

 

April Giangeruso (Guest Faculty)

April Giangeruso was born in Washington D.C. and began her early training in her hometown of Ellicott City, Maryland.  At age nine, she received a full scholarship to the Kirov Academy of Ballet where she studied from 2001 - 2005 under the direction of Ludmilla Morkovina.  She also studied with Valentina Kozlova and at 15 years old was the youngest female finalist at the 2006 USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi.  She has performed the Bluebird Pas de Deux from The Sleeping Beauty, the Grand Pas de Deux from The Nutcracker and Raymonda, and Medora and the Slave Pas de Deux from Le Corsaire.  She has attended the ABT Summer Intensives as a National Training Scholar, and in September 2007 she joined the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at ABT.  Giangeruso joined ABT II in December 2007 and joined American Ballet Theatre as an apprentice in January 2010 and became a member of the corps de ballet in June 2010.  April was recently featured in The New York Times, click here to read.
 

 

Evgenia Singur, Ballet, Variations and Character (Guest Faculty)

Evgenia Singur was a principal dancer for the Russian State Ballet in Moscow, where she performed principal roles in The Nutcracker, Giselle, Coppelia, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Spartacus, and Don Quixote.  She toured with the company internationally to Austria, England, Germany, Japan, Switzerland, Ireland, Italy, China, Indonesia, Mexico, North & South Korea, United Arab Emirates (Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Oman), and Spain.  Ms. Singur began training as a rhythmic gymnast, then a figure skater, and finally as a ballet dancer from 1993-2001 at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy and Moscow State Institute of Choreography before joining the Russian State Ballet.  She won the 2004 International Dance Festival in Korea, and the Silver Award in the 2002 Dance Europe Magazine Competition.  Ms. Singur recently appeared in the lead female role in Baltimore Ballet's productions of Scheherazade at Kraushaar Auditorium and Les Sylphides at the BMA, as well as a lead dancer at Artscape at the Lyric Opera House in July 2009.

 

 

Bat Udval, Ballet (Guest Faculty)

Bat Udval Erdene is a former principal dancer with the Russian Ballet Theater and was inducted into the Hall of Fame as one of the world’s greatest male dancers. 

 

 

Carrie Millikin Euker

Carrie Millikin Euker, originally from Rockford, IL, Carrie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Dance from Mercyhurst University and an MBA degree from the University of Colorado, Denver. Carrie has performed professionally with Milwaukee Ballet II, David Taylor Dance Theater, 7Dancers, and Missouri Contemporary Ballet as well as appearing as a guest artist nationally. During her time at MCB, Carrie originated the role of Alice in Karen Grundy’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and in 2011 became the founding director and lead instructor of the School of MCB. While serving in this position she lead various outreach programs and in 2013 co-founded DanceAbility, a program offering dance classes to students with special needs. Carrie serves as an adjudicator for Energy National Dance Competition and continues to appear as a guest performer, instructor, and choreographer.

 

 

Jennifer Miller

Jennifer Miller has been teaching dance professionally for the last eight years, including ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, and "mommy and me".  She performed with the American Spirit Dance company for four years while earning her Bachelors of Performing Arts in Dance Performance from Oklahoma City University.  She has been fortunate to teach in many places around the United States, including Carmel Academy of Performing Arts in Carmel, California and Ballet Hawai’i in Honolulu, Hawai’i.  Sharing the technique of dance and the art form that it is; fulfills her in a way that only performing itself can rival.  She looks forward to instilling the love of movement in her students.

 

 

Erin Weinblatt  

Erin Weinblatt started dancing at the age of 3, and studied with Baltimore Ballet from 2003 till graduation.  She has performed in the Nutcracker, Carnival of the Animals, La Bayadère and Les Sylphides.  Erin received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, where she continued to dance.  She is currently working towards her nursing degree and enjoying teaching at Baltimore Ballet.