Academie De Ballet Classique

Academie De Ballet ClassiqueAt Acadèmie de Ballet Classique (ABC), they love to teach! They help their eager dancers learn and grow to become stellar dancers and people. How do they do that By being so clear in their lesson plans and breaking down steps into easy to do fundamental movements. Learning becomes easy, fun and before you know it those movements become a complete dance. For the upwardly moving dancer, the ones looking to sharpen their skills, we offer comprehensive training backed by the Royal Academy of Dance examinations.
These assessments bring clarity to how well a student dances as well as identifying areas needing more attention. They love to perform! Showing off for friends and family is so rewarding. Their dancers perform at several events throughout the year finishing with a big story ballet at the end of the school year. They’ve done Snow White & the 7 Gnomes, Peter Pan, Peter & the Wolf to name a few. Memory of these performances stays in the mind’s eye for a lifetime. Doing well, enjoying the process and being your own megastar is what it’s all about.
Founded by Valerie Holgers, ABC brings excellence in dance instruction to Central Oregon. Mrs. Holgers’ includes professional ballet experience, a Bachelor of Arts degree from Marylhurst College, Pilates certification, Certification and Registered Teacher Status with the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD). Mrs Holgers serves as a mentor in theAcademie De Ballet Classique RAD’s Certificate of Ballet Studies Program.
Mrs. Holgers holds the Benesh Dance Notation certification, issued by the Benesh Institute, London, UK. Her personal dance training and teaching training encompasses many notable ballet masters and mistresses throughout the dance world and are too numerous to mention here. At her former school, Multnomah Arts Center Ballet Program in Portland, Oregon, Ms Holgers’ students achieved much success with their RAD examination scores, and several of those students moved on to enjoy their own professional dance careers. She has taught for Marjorie Soriano, June Taylor, Pacific Ballet Theater, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Marcelle Renoux of the Renoux Dance Theatre, among others. In 1999 Mrs.
Holgers moved to Bend, Oregon, and in 2006 opened Academie de Ballet Classique in Bend, where she continues to demonstrate a high level of success with her RAD exam scores. Many of Mrs. Holgers’ students have attended the Royal Academy of Dance’ Pre-Vocational Summer Intensive Program in Long Beach California, The Goh Academy in Vancouver, BC, June Taylor School of Dance Summer Intensives and The North Academie De Ballet ClassiqueCarolina School of the Arts. Others have gone on to companies such as Colorado Ballet, Harlem Ballet Theater, and Oregon Ballet Theater.
Alesa Terry
(Contemporary, Jazz & Hip Hop Instruction, Velocity Dance Company Director)
Ms. Alesa joined the faculty September 2011 and brings with her expertise, boundless energy and creativity. She began her career as a dance educator and choreographer before she was out of high school. She is currently the director of Dance Velocity and has spent the previous eight years as an instructor for Sunriver Dance Academy. Ms. Alesa teaches classes in various styles of modern, ballet, hip hop, creative movement, composition, and jazz dance. Through high quality learning experiences and an encouraging environment, she inspires to pass on her love for the art form of dance.
Ms. Alesa studied as a dance major at University of Oregon and on a dance scholarship to Lane Community College. The majority of her education comes from teacher and mentor Mary Matthews of the North Bend High Schools modern dance program. Some of her most memorable dance training includes master classes and Summer intensive programs with Vera Altunia of the Kirov Ballet, Alvin Ailey, Bill T. Jones, Pilobolus, Lars Lubovich, Shapiro & Smith, and Hubbard Street of Chicago. Ms. Alesa performed with Dance Theater of Oregon and various Lane Community College and University of Oregon performances. She has performed and choreographed numerous dance andAcademie De Ballet Classique theater productions.
Anguelina Kouznetsova
(Classical Ballet)
Anguelina has been educated in ballet, character, and music in her hometown of Kazan, Russia; along with many other dance academies, including Bend and Eugene. She has completed her Royal Academy of Dance syllabus with studio director and RAD Registered Teacher, Valerie Holgers. Anguelina was a professionally trained gymnast from the age of 4, but later found her passion in dance. She has earned a Bachelors degree in Psychology and Human Physiology, and a minor in Dance from the University of Oregon. She has studied yoga, Pilates, theater, and music. She completed the RAD’s rhythm and musicality teacher course in Canada, and is currently a choreographer, instructor, and dancer for Academie de Ballet Classique, Velocity Dance Theater, and Ballet Northwest Academy. She has performed in the Nutcracker with the Eugene Ballet Company, and is still connected with her dance academy in Russia, and also takes courses in St. Petersburg when visiting her home country.
Kim Smiley
(Classical Ballet)
Kim is the newest addition to their talented teaching staff. Kimberly Smiley received her early classical ballet training with the founders of Tulsa Civic Ballet, Moscelyne Larkin Academie De Ballet Classiqueand Roman Jasinski. Ms. Smiley is the recipient of a Ford Foundation Scholarship to the School of American Ballet, the official school of the New York City Ballet. She also received a scholarship to the American Ballet Theatre School. Kimberly was a principal dancer with the Cincinnati Ballet Company and Tulsa Ballet Theatre, also serving as its ballet mistress. She was a faculty member at Oregon Ballet Theatre for 10 years, followed by 7 years as the School Director of Portland Festival Ballet.
Elizabeth (Liz) Warren
(Contemporary Ballet)
Liz started dancing and choreographing at the age of 5 in her hometown of Forest Grove, Oregon. After dance team in high school, she realized her passion for more ballet-oriented movement, and began taking full-time classes. For the last 10 years, Liz has been studying ballet, at many studios such as On Pointe School of Ballet, The Portland Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Portland Festival Ballet, Dance en l’Air in California, and Ballet Arizona. She also studied alternate styles of dance at studios such as the Chehalem Valley Dance Academy, Dance Vision, Vega Dance Lab, Urban Arts Dance, Bodyvox, and Northwest Dance Project. She has organized and led adult performing groups through schools, churches, and communities. She taught basic ballet and jazz to children at the Hillsboro Parks and Recreation, and a community homeschool co-op.
Besides participating in annual performances at local studios, she was a member of a performing company called Lyrik in Portland, Oregon f, Liz was an apprentice for the hip hop company called “In-Gauge Urban Dance Company,” for one season. Liz attends auditions and workshops to keep her skills fresh and current, such as the week-longAcademie De Ballet Classique intensive in Houston, Texas by the “Ad Deum Dance Company”. The most special part of Liz’s opportunity to teach at “ABC,” is the common thread of Oregon Ballet Theatre history; as the reason she is so passionate about dance is due to her loving Grandma Betty’s inspiration and encouragement.
Michelle Mejaski
(Tap, Musical Theatre, Resident Choreographer)
Michelle moved to Bend, Oregon from Indianapolis, Indiana with her husband, Mike in 1996. She studied tap and jazz since age four at Dixon Dance Studio, On Your Toes Studio, and at Ball State University. Since moving to Bend, she founded Gotta Dance studio & company in 2001, and has choreographed for: Cascade Theatrical Company, 2nd Street Theater, Topsoil Productions, Cat Call Productions, The Tower Theater, Obsidian Opera, Bend Opera, Shore Thing Productions, Lurking Squirrel Productions, MVHS, BHS, RHS, and RVHS. Her stage and choreography credits include: Cabaret, Chicago, The Producers, Little Shop of Horrors, Spring Awakening, A Chorus Line, Singing in the Rain, The Rocky Horror Show, Into the Woods, God Spell, and Foot Loose to name just a few!
Michelle is an award winning tap dancer who has had the privilege to train with instructors from Hollywood Vibe, New York City Dance Allice, L.A. Dance Force, NRG, US Mediationand Manhattan Dance Project. She also travels to NYC to train at the Broadway Dance Center with her favorite instructors. Michelle has had the privilege to tap internationally. She has attended, performed in, and trained with tap legends such as Michele Dorrance, Sam Weber, and Dianna Walker at the Vancouver Canada Tap Festival. She was the first and only American to be accepted into the Croatian Tap Festival where she trained with Chloe Arnold, Sara Reich, and Rueben Sanchez. Her most hilarious privilege was being a back-up dancer for Weird Al Yankovik!

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