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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.

 

 

Nella Romanik Woodrum, Ballet

Nella Romanik Woodrum, originally from the Ukraine, received her dance degree from the Kiev Ballet Conservatory.  She then danced solo roles with both the Donetsk Ballet and the Lvov Ballet Companies in Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Giselle, Paquita, Esmeralda, etc., before joining the faculty.

 

 

Julia Parker Harlan, Ballet and Jazz

Julie Harlan is originally from Hawaii and holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Dance from University of California, Irvine, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Marymount Manhattan College. Performance highlights include Off-Broadway productions, Artscape Baltimore, the Laguna Dance Festival, and dancing suspended 80 feet in the air as an angel for live audiences and film. Julie has also been a member of several regional modern and ballet companies. Most recently an Assistant of Professor of Dance at Lamar University in Texas, she is now happy to be living in Baltimore with her husband and daughter. Julie is entering her 15th year of teaching dance to all ages and levels, and is happy to be teaching at Baltimore Ballet!

 

 

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. 

 

 

Leigh Alexander

Leigh Alexander has been dancing since the age of three.  She has explored many styles of dance including modern, tap, jazz, hip hop, country line, ballroom, African, & Native American, but her main focus has always been ballet. As a youth, she studied under Towson's Children's Dance Division with Patty Enoch Bond where she was able to gain a strong foundation in R.A.D. In high school, Leigh was accepted into the dance program at Carver Center for the Arts. After graduation, Leigh went on to receive her Associate of the Arts degree from CCBC in Dance.  During her attendance, Leigh was awarded "Outstanding Dancer of the Year" for two consecutive years.  In addition, she also received the only scholarships offered in the dance department, both years in attendance.  She graduated from Goucher College in 2008, where she earned her BA in Dance Therapy.

Leigh began her teaching career at age 11 as an assistant at Kingsville Recreation Center.  After three years she was awarded her own classes.  Leigh went on to teach creative movement, ballet, tap, modern, & lyrical to varying age groups around Maryland.  She is happy to be a member of the teaching staff at Baltimore Ballet.

Leigh's passion in the field of dance has led her in many directions, including costume design.  In 2006 she started designing and crafting dance costumes for herself and received several awards for outstanding craftsmanship at local and national conventions.  In 2008 she began designing and constructing costumes for several dance companies. She was recently recognized for her talent as a seamstress at Costumecon 2011 where she was asked to run several panels on her knowledge in costuming.  She was honored to create and design the costumes for Baltimore Ballet's production of the Firebird and looks forward to future projects.

 

 

Valeriia Ivlieva, Ballet, Variations, Character and Modern

Valeriia Ivlieva was a principal dancer with Kiev College of Performing Arts, the Kiev Municipal Academic Opera and Ballet in Ukraine, and the Cairo Opera Ballet Company in Egypt.  She has performed and toured internationally (Russia, Spain, Canary Islands, Germany, Poland, South Korea, Holland, Japan, China, Portugal, Romania, France, Switzerland, Estonia) the title roles in Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Snow White, Carmen, Don Quixote, Cinderella, Carmina Burana, Romeo and Juliet, Odysseus, Zorba The Greek, Pinocchio, Cipollino, The Wizard Harry and the Snow Queen, and Opera Aida, as well as many modern and contemporary works. 

 

Valeriia holds major international awards including Laureate of Galytska Terpsihora and Grand Pas from Donetsk Festival, and Kharkov International Ballet Competition in Ukraine.  She graduated from Kharkov Ballet Theatre, has a diploma from the Kiev College of Performing Arts and a bachelor’s diploma from the State University of Performing Arts Administration, all with honors.  She has taught master classes in the US, Europe and Africa, and was a Ballet Mistress/Choreographer with Mystic Ballet Company and Academy.