Dance Department Head - Norma Pera
Ms. Pera has been teaching at Baltimore School for the Arts since its inception in 1980 and has been Dance
Department Head since 1994. She began her studies on Long Island with Martha Manners and continued at the American Ballet Theatre School and the Joffrey Ballet School. While a member of the Maryland Ballet, she studied with Melissa Hayden and Elena Tchernichova. Ms. Pera has performed with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, the Houston Opera Ballet, and with Nureyev and Friends. She began her teaching with private coach classes for students and company members of the New York City Ballet and with American Ballet Theatre. At the request of Kathleen Crofton, she began teaching at the Maryland Ballet before beginning her tenure at BSA.
Instructor - Debra Robinson Deckelbaum
Debra Robinson Deckelbaum began studying dance in Baltimore with Ellen Gniazdowska and Wally Saunders, supplementing her studies with Oleg Tupine. Following high school, Robinson Deckelbaum studied at the Joffrey Ballet School and with Joyce Trisler at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. She returned to Baltimore in 1974 to dance with the Maryland Ballet, under the direction of Kathleen Crofton. After dancing with the Maryland Ballet, she attended Goucher College, graduating in three years with the support of the Rosenberg Scholarship, majoring in dance/performance and choreography. Following college, Robinson Deckelbaum began to teach alongside Wendy Robinson, both at the Baltimore Ballet and the Peabody Preparatory. Under Wendy Robinson’s teaching, Robinson Deckelbaum earned her ARAD, studying pedagogy of the RAD system. Robinson Deckelbaum is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 7& Partnering of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. She has been on the faculty at the Baltimore School for the Arts since 1988. In addition to BSA, she continues to teach at Peabody Preparatory as well as other schools in the area.
Instructor - Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell
Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell, M.F.A. is an Assistant Professor at Towson Univeristy. She began her dance training at the Baltimore School for the Arts under the guidance of Sylvester Campbell and Stephanie Powell. She was an apprentice with the Capitol Ballet in Washington D.C. and a full fellowship student at the Ailey School. She attended the Juilliard School where she worked with Anna Sokolow (Lyric Suite) and John Taras (Designs with Strings). In 1989, Ms. Fisher-Harrell joined Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, performing extensively throughout the United States and Europe the works of many choreographers including Twyla Tharp, Margo Sappington, and Daniel Ezralow. In 1992, Ms. Fisher-Harrell joined the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater under the direction of Judith Jamison where she became a principal dancer. During her 13 year tenure at AAADT, she performed all over the world and was featured in the works of Alvin Ailey (Blues Suite, Cry, Hidden Rites, Masakela Langage, Memoria, Night Creature, Pas de Duke, Revelations, The River and Streams), Robert Battle, Talley Beatty, Ron K. Brown, John Butler, Donald Byrd, Ulysses Dove, George Faison, Rennie Harris, Geoffrey Holder, Judith Jamison, Louis Johnson, Alonzo King, Donald McKayle, Elisa Monte, Jennifer Muller, David Parsons, and Dwight Rhoden. Her research and scholarship in continuing the Ailey legacy within the Towson University and Greater Baltimore community has resulted in a Dance USA American Masterpieces College Component grant, allowing the Towson University Dance Company to learn and perform excerpts of Alvin Ailey’s ballets and an Ailey II residency in 2011 hosted by Towson University. Ms. Fisher-Harrell received her MFA in dance from Hollins/ADF University and is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. She has been a guest teacher of the Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Summer Intensive, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ailey II, the American Dance Festival and the Dance Institute of Washington.Ms. Fisher-Harrell has received many awards including first place in the National NAACP ACT-SO Competition, a Young Arts Finalist (Miami.), seven Individual Artist citations from the state of Maryland, the Billie Holliday Arts and Entertainment Award from Bethel A.M.E Church and Living Legend Honors from MUSE 360 and Beth-El Temple Church of Christ. Some of her special performances include, the White House State Dinner for the president of Kenya (Mwai Kibaki), the 12th Annual Kennedy Center Gala with Nancy Wilson and Liza Minelli, The World Stars of the Opera International Ballet Gala in Budapest, Hungary (2001, 2003, 2005), Gala des Étoiles du XXI Siècle (Paris; and Toronto), the Fall for Dance Festival in New York, NY, Symphony With a Twist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Extraordinary Life of Miss Katherine Dunham Tribute at Symphony Space, New York, NY, the 2009 Chicago Dancing Festival and the 2011 Judith Jamison Farewell with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
Instructor - Sandy Lacy
Sandy Lacy is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Dancing in London. She has performed with the Maryland Ballet, Impetus Dance Company, Path Dance Company, Phoenix Repertory Dance, James Hansen’s Assemblage Dance Company, ClancyWorks Dance Company and Bill T. Jones /Arnie Zane and Company. Currently Ms. Lacy is Co-Artistic Director of Lacy& Shade Solo Duet Dance Works. Recent performances of Lacy & Shade include the Yes Virginia Dance Festival in Richmond, the Out of the Loop Theater Festival in Addison Texas, the Toronto Fringe Festival, the Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out Series and Performatica, a Forum on Contemporary Dance and Movement Arts in Puebla, Mexico. Ms Lacy is a recipient of seven Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Awards in Solo Dance Performance. She is a member of the Dance Faculty at UMBC and the Baltimore School for the Arts. In 2008 Ms Lacy completed the Gyrokinesis teacher training program. Where Were You,
a duet choreographed by Sandra Lacy and Adrienne Clancy in late 2009 was chosen to be performed at the Joyce SoHo Theater in New York City, the 27th
Annual Choreographer’s Showcase at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at UMCP and the Yes Virginia Dance Invitational at VCU’s Grace Street Theater in Richmond, VA.
Instructor - Paula LeVere
Paula LeVere was first introduced to dance 27 years ago through the art form of ballet. Over the course of her career, Paula has studied with some of the well known names of the ballet world: Sylvester Campbell with The Baltimore School for the Arts, Laura Alonzo with the Cuban Ballet Company in Cuba, Arthur Mitchell with Dance Theatre of Harlem, and Fredrick Franklin of the Ballet Russe. Through her intense studies, Paula was able to perform major ballets such as Giselle, The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Firebird,
and other notable ballets. Paula also appeared as a guest soloist on Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood. In 1993, she earned a B.A. in dance from Point Park University where she was a positive influence in the lives of toddlers and young adults through her teachings of ballet. Most importantly, Paula has found a love in being a positive role model to the children she has guided and instructed throughout her profession. Paula has shared her knowledge and passion for the art of ballet through volunteer work with the inner city. Furthering Paula’s accomplishments, she formed a youth ensemble, Union City Youth Ensemble, for the inner city kids of New Jersey. Paula’s love for dance brought her back where it all began in Baltimore, Maryland. Paula was given a great opportunity to build the dance program at Meade Senior High School where she was director of the dance company. Currently, Paula is teaching for The Baltimore School for the Arts TWIGS program, and The Baltimore Ballet.
Instructor - Dmitri Malikov
Dmitri Malikov graduated from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in 1987. After graduating, Dmitri performed as a soloist and principal dancer with Lvov Ballet, Donetsk Ballet, Moscow City Ballet, Young Audiences of Maryland, and the Ballet Theatre of Maryland. Mr. Malikov also appeared as a guest artist with Baltimore Ballet, Peabody Preparatory and the Baltimore Opera. In 2002, while performing as a soloist with the First State Dance Company, Dmitri began teaching. He has taught at Sudbrook Magnet School, Severna Park Dance Academy, MidAtlantic Center for the Performing Arts and the Chesapeake Ballet Company. He joined us as last year setting excerpts from La Bayadere for our Spring Dance Concertand as an instructor for the young boys in the TWIGS program.
Instructor - Samantha Ordaz
Samantha Ordaz received her early training through Baltimore Ballet and Peabody Preparatory doing the strict Royal Academy of Dancing syllabus. In 1987 Ms. Ordaz was accepted into the Baltimore School for the Arts where she studied under Norma Pera, Sylvester Campbell, Stephanie Powell and Debra Robinson. In 1997 she was awarded the only Distinction for the RAD Grade 8 syllabus in the United States. Samantha performed with the Stephanie Powell Danse Ensembles I and II for five years and she recently performed with Movement Addiction in How to Disappear Completely.
In 1997 Ms. Ordaz began teaching privately and at various dance schools around Baltimore including the Carroll County School for the Performing Arts and the Dance Academy of Baltimore. She then went on to open her own school, the Northwest School of Dance based in Finksburg, Maryland. During this time she helped students get into the Baltimore School for the Arts, North Carolina School for the Arts, while other students were awarded numerous top ten soloist and group awards at local and National Dance competitions. Ms. Ordaz work was also awarded top choreography awards at the same local and national competitions. Thanks to generous grants from the Baltimore School for the Arts Foundation Ms. Ordaz was able to further her studies including completing the Russian Vaganova Syllabus under Mr. John White and the José Limón teachers training workshop in New York. Ms. Ordaz has been on faculty at the B.S.F.A since 2002.
Instructor - Florian Rouiller
Florian Rouiller is a dance teacher, choreographer, and performer who has worked extensively across three continents. Mr. Rouiller has an MFA in Dance from the University of Maryland, where he choreographed and performed the original productions Profondeur Inconnue and Wave while continuing extensive performance with local dance companies outside the university. Mr. Rouiller began his dance career with training at the prestigious John Cranko School in Stuttgart with a BFA, and performed with the Stuttgart Ballet in productions such as Sleeping Beauty and Giselle. Upon immigrating to the United States, he danced with Merce Cunningham Dance Company as an apprentice, Ohio Ballet, Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, Milwaukee Ballet, Ballet Chicago, Ballet International Eldar Aliev, Ballet Metropolitano de Caracas and Ballet Contemporanea de Caracas in Venezuela, as well as Goteborg Ballet in Sweden. Performing soloist and principal roles and working with choreographers such as Alonzo King, Jiri Kylian, Simon Dow, Robert North, Jorma Uotinen , Jean-Paul Comelin ,Lynne Taylor Corbett to name a few….He has also performed with many companies throughout the United States and taught extensively, including at the Kirov Academy in Washington DC, the Washington Ballet School, City Dance Ensemble, and other schools throughout the Washington DC area. In the DC area, he has performed with City Dance Ensemble, Dana Tai Soon Burgess and Lucy Bowen McCauley, Karen Reedy. His piece Fragments was at the finals in the 2010 Korean Ballet competition and his solo Verge got the 3 prizes in YAGP 2013. Mr. Rouiller is currently teaching and choreographing in the DC area. This year he is teaching at Coppin State University and Baltimore Community College. Recently Mr. Rouiller was visiting artist at UMBC Fall 2013. Fall 2014 Baltimore School of the Arts, UMBC and Ballet Royale Institute of Maryland.
Instructor - Anton Wilson
Born in Annapolis, MD, Anton T. Wilson began his study of dance with Anne Waugh Allen and Edward D. Stewart before receiving a bachelor's degree from the North Carolina School of the Arts. He has performed with Ballet Theatre of Maryland; Parnassus Dance Theatre, Japan; Djazzex, Holland; Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo; Martita Goshen’s Earthworks; and Jennifer Muller/The Works, New York, among others. He has taught, choreographed, and toured internationally for 28 years. Anton is a 2007 and 2009 recipient of the Maryland State Arts Council’s Individual Artist Award for choreography. He was one of four choreographers selected to initiate the Four Steps Forward choreography project in the Hague, Netherlands. Locally, he has choreographed productions for the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and Opera Vivente, among others.In addition to workshops and master classes, Wilson currently teaches at the Baltimore School for the Arts and the Kirov Academy of Ballet, as well as maintaining his lifelong involvement in equestrian competitions.
Instructor - Lan Zheng
Born in Chengdu, China, Lan started dancing at the age of nine at the encouragement of her other who was a Chinese Folk Dance. When Lan was ten, she auditioned for admission into the Beijing Dance Academy for it’s prestigious pre-professional ballet program in 1992. Lan moved to Beijing to live at the Beijing Dance Academy where she trained for seven years. Under the guidance of Shu Xiang Wang and Sin Rong Cao, Lan learned Classical Ballet technique as well as other dance forms such as Chinese Folk Dance, Russian and Spanish Character Dance and Modern Dance. Upon her graduation in 1999, Lan was hired by the Shanghai Ballet Company, one of the five national professional ballet companies in China. From 1999 to 2002, Lan was a member of the corps de baller. She was appointed Leading Dancer in 2002 and Soloist Dancer in 2004. During her 13 year tenure at the Shanghai Ballet Company, Lan performed in productions directed by Jose Martinez and Pierre Lacotte of the Opéra National de Paris, Derek Deane of the English National Ballet, Ben Huys of the New York City Ballet and Bertrand d'At of the Opéra National du Rhin. As a result, while Lan trained under the Vaganova style, she has been influenced by the French and English styles as well. Lan performed internationally in Australia (2002), Spain (Coppelia, 2003), Japan (Swan Lake, 2006), United States (Coppelia, 2007), Thailand (Romeo and Juliet, 2009) and Finland (2010). In 2011, Lan was recognized as a "Master" dancer by the Chinese government. In 2012, Lan moved to New York City and joined the Ballet des Amériques as a Company Dancer and Teacher. At the Company, Lan performed in contemporary dance productions choreographed by Artistic Director Carole Alexis. She also taught advanced ballet technique to the School's students enrolled in the pre-professional program. In the Summer of 2013, Lan joined the faculty of Peabody Preparatory, Baltimore's premier community school for the arts. Peabody Preparatory is a division of the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University. Shortly afterwards, Lan joined the faculty of the Baltimore School for the Arts, the magnate arts high school for the City of Baltimore.
Accompanist - Lawrence Bowie
Concert organist, joined BSA in 1987 as accompanist for ballet, T.W.I.G.S., and musical theatre classes. He studied harpsichord with Sally Bauer, organ with Margaret Sayre, and keyboard performance with Rachel Mahue at Bradley University School of Music. Mr. Bowie has been heard as soloist in major venues in the United States and Europe, including Washington National Cathedral, Round Lake Auditorium in Round Lake, NY, Organ Historical Society National Convention, Charles Cathedral in France, Alexander Palace in London, St. Peter’s Cathedral in Germany and has recorded for WCBU “Pipes on the Prairie”, a Public Radio program in Illinois. He is currently organist at St. Rita’s Roman Catholic Church in Alexandria, VA.
Accompanist - Rob Reid
Rob Reid has been banging on things ever since he was a kid, graduated from Musician’s Institute- P.I.T., Hollywood, CA. in 1992. A multi-instrumentalist, composer and singer, Rob’s versatile skills include many styles of drumset and hand percussion. He has worked as an accompanist at The Baltimore School for the Arts, as well as The Pennsylvania Regional Ballet , since 2005, and the TWIGS program since 2008. He was an accompanist at the Regional Dance America Festival 2005, 2009 and National RDA Festival 2007. Rob is also a member of Adinkra, McDaniel College’s West African drum ensemble. You can see him performing all over the Baltimore /DC. area with The Levee Sheiks, Alona, The Right Nows and The Aftereffekt ,among others.
Accompanist - Eduard Rotman
Eduard Rotman graduated from the Music College of St. Petersburg Conservatory and received a master’s degree in piano performance at the Belarus State Conservatory. Before coming to the United States, he traveled all over the world as an accompanist for the Children’s Concert Chorus. He has worked as a ballet accompanist for many institutions, including Towson University, the Peabody Institute, and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, as well as the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, DC, for the last seven years. He is on the faculty at Washington School of Ballet and Maryland Youth Ballet.
Accompanist - Mark H. Williams
Mark H. Williams recent projects include music directorship for 2009 productions of "Pinocchio" at the Pumpkin theatre in the fall and of "Little Shop of Horrors" at the Baltimore Theatre Project in the summer, both directed by James Kinstle. Mark was also the composer, musical director, and pianist for "Puss in Boots," a musical comedy-pantomime with script, lyrics, and direction by Roger Brunyate, director of the Peabody Institute's opera department. "Puss in Boots", a production of the Baltimore Theatre Project (2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons), featured current and former members of Peabody Opera Theatre, as well as the choreography of Carol Bartlett, director of Peabody Dance. The Baltimore Sun reviewer (Jan. 2008) wrote that the show "had the quality you'd expect of serious opera" and that the "the zesty music by Mark Hanson Williams supports the singers well". Mark also organized and composed all music for a summer 2008 concert at Baltimore's An Die Musik, featuring coloratura soprano Jessica Lennick, in honor of the 90th birthday of Baltimore artist Jane Frank. He collaborated with choreographer Lauren Withhart and drummer Rob Reid to create "Action Sculpture", presented in October 2008 at the Baltimore Museum of Art as part of "Free Fall Baltimore" festival. All of these projects have involved the use of toy pianos, which Mark collects. He has a masters degree from the Indiana University School of Music and won the 1999 composition prize at Fontainebleau (France).
Accompanist - Susan Wincek
Susan Wincek is passionate about both music and dance. As a young lady she received her piano certification at Peabody Preparatory, then went on to study dance at Butler University graduating with a BA in dance. Susan then started her professional career as a Spanish dancer with Maria Morales and continued on with various companies touring the Middle East, Spain, the United States and Canada. These companies included Raquel Peña and José Malina. It was a great pleasure for her to be able to combined her two loves when she started to accompany ballet class for the Carter School in Severna Park. Susan has been BSA faculty since 2008.