Stephen Gabriel, Co-Founder/ Director- Stephen Gabriel trained extensively with master teachers Michael Simms of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and Elizabeth Hard of the Kansas City Ballet and was awarded full scholarships from both Duke University and Stephens College where he earned his B.F.A degree in dance. His professional performing credits include seasons with the Richmond Ballet, Ballet Omaha, and as principal dancer for Orlando’s Southern Ballet Theatre and the Charleston Ballet Theatre. Throughout his career he danced lead roles in many of the classics as well as works by Lambros Lambrou, Mauricio Wainrot, Lew Christensen and NYCB’s Christopher Fleming. Stephen has also performed for renowned modern choreographers Doug Varone, Peter Pucci, Mark Taylor and the Humphrey-Weidman Repertory Company. During his time with the Charleston Ballet Theatre he served as the company’s Ballet Master, a teacher in the CBT School, and as the Founding Director of the critically acclaimed Broadway Dance Project that has produced seven successful premieres to the Charleston community and Piccolo Spoleto audiences. Also during his tenure, he had the honor of working closely with Repetiteurs of the George Balanchine Trust in the staging and coaching of the company’s Balanchine Repertory. He has also been a guest teacher for the Tallahassee Ballet, Westport Ballet, and the Charleston County School of the Arts.
Jonathan Tabbert, Co-Founder/Director- Jonathan began his dance training at the Dayton Ballet School and then received a scholarship to study at The Harid Conservatory, where he was awarded a number of dance honors. In 1999 Jonathan completed his training at the School of the Hartford Ballet with supplemental training from the Houston Ballet Academy and American Ballet Theatre. Jonathan had an illustrious performance career as a principle dancer with the Charleston Ballet Theatre as well as being a guest artist for the North Carolina State Ballet and the Greenville Ballet. After twelve years of being a valued staff member of the Charleston Ballet School he became the director of the Palmetto City Youth Ballet. He also held the title of company teacher for the Charleston Ballet Theatre, with his choreography being a staple in the repertoire as well as receiving a performance grant from the Harkness Foundation for his ballet “Jubilee”. Other credits include Guest Teacher and/or Choreographer for the Gem City Ballet, Victoria Ballet Theatre, Burklyn Ballet Theatre and The Charleston County School of the Arts.
Julianna Gaillard Hane, Julianna Hane, a native of South Carolina, traded life on a cotton farm to be a dancer and aerialist. She holds a B.A. in Dance from Winthrop University and an M.F.A. in Modern Dance from the University of Utah. She has performed works by Sandra Neels, Amy Marshall, Jack Clark, and Martha Connerton, and was a guest artist for Caroline Calouche & Co.
Julianna served as a Teaching Artist and Instructor for the North Carolina Dance Theatre for three years. During her graduate study in Salt Lake City she founded Revolve Aerial Dance, a school and performing company specializing in aerial fabric, trapeze, and aerial hoop. Through the company she co-produced two aerial concerts, performed in several corporate events, and set an aerial dance work on the Snow College Dance Company in Ephraim, Utah. She moved Revolve Aerial Dance to Charleston in 2010.
Julianna incorporates somatics into her teaching so that dancers learn to move efficiently and avoid injuries. She is a Certified Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst and Registered Yoga Teacher and has served as adjunct faculty at Winthrop University and the University of Utah. She currently teaches dance at Cario Middle School.
Ashlee Pitman, Ashlee Pitman, is a native of Greenville, South Carolina where she began dancing at the age of 5. She is a graduate of Columbia College with a B.F.A in Performance & Choreography and a B.A. in Dance Education certified K-12. She has studied under master teachers from the International Ballet Academy, Central Florida Ballet School,Columbia Ballet School, and many other master teachers from New York and Los Angeles.
Ashlee has performed in numerous shows such as the Miss South Carolina Pageant, Florida Citrus Bowl Half Time Show, Star Systems Television Show, and most recently was a dancer/swing for the Walt Disney World Co. in Orlando, Florida. Her choreography has been showcased at the South Carolina Dance Association’s Kaleidoscope, The American College Dance Festival, and other venues throughout South Carolina. She will serve as President for the South Carolina Dance Association for the 2012-2013 year, and is a member of the South Carolina Dance Education Organization. Currently, Ashlee lives in Charleston where she continues to train as a professional dancer, and is in her 3rd year of teaching at the Charleston County School of the Arts.
Ms. Julie - Julie began her training at the Ann Clark School of Dance, Fayetteville NC. Her core training was in the Cecchetti method under the direction of Katharyn Horne at Dance Central. Other supplemental training includes the Vladimir Marek Ballet Academy, San Antonio Metropolitan Ballet, and The Juilliard School. After a fracture of her 5th lumbar that brought her professional dancing to a sudden halt, Julie went on to become certified in Diagnostic Medical Sonography, and studied abroad in France while earning a B.A. in French from the College of Charleston. Currently on the faculty of the Charleston Dance Institute and a proud mother of two daughters (5 and 8), Julie is very passionate about using her many years of teaching experience to instill a solid technical foundation and the love of dance in all of her students.
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