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.
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
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
blog called "BARRE NONE". He appeared
in May and June issues of Dance Magazine 2012.
Valeriia Ivlieva was a principal dancer with Kiev
Performing Arts, the
Academic Opera and
Ballet in Ukraine,
and the Cairo Opera Ballet
Company in Egypt.
She has performed
and toured internationally
Estonia) the title
Romeo and Juliet,
Odysseus, Zorba The
Wizard Harry and the
and Opera Aida,
as well as many
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.
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
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.
Ballet, Variations and Character
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
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.
Ballet (Guest Faculty)
Bat Udval Erdene
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.
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
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.
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.
Haley Rose received her early
training at The School of the Hartford Ballet, Dance
Connecticut, and The Hartt School Community Division.
Following high school, Haley studied at the Joffrey Ballet
School trainee program and the Gelsey Kirkland Academy of
Classical Ballet. Haley received her Bachelor’s degree in
Dance from Goucher College in May 2015. During her time at
Goucher, Haley performed works by Elizabeth Lowe Ahearn,
Katherine Ferguson, Amy Seiwert and Meredith Rainey.
James Heeney received his
training from Ballet Chicago and made his first professional
appearance with the Winston-Salem Festival Ballet in 2013.
He since performed with the American Swiss Ballet. James
just finished the 2014 season with Ballet Long Island
performing such works as Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, and
Firebird. He has also performed with the American Theater of
Actors in New York City including Shakespeare’s Two
Gentleman of Verona. He is an award winner at the 17e Concours
Internationale de Danse in 2014.