Last Day of Class
June 18, 2016
Founder/Executive Director/Artistic Director
A native Washingtonian, Ms. Cynthia Donavin began her dance training at the age of 10 under the auspices of Oleg Tupine, Carolou Fiery, Mary Day and Ben Stevenson. She graduated from the Washington Ballet Academic School, where she was trained daily in the rigors of ballet, pointe, pas de deux, anatomy, modern dance, jazz, choreography, music analysis, character, historical dance, voice, theater arts and academic coursework from Grades 9 through 12.
Ms. Donavin has performed with the Joffrey Ballet Concert Group, Washington Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Louisville Ballet, Dayton Ballet, the White Barn Theater, the Classic Ballet of New Jersey and the Washington Opera. While living in New York, she appeared off Broadway and in countless television commercials.
Ms. Donavin's career includes the works of Frederick Franklin, Kirk Peterson, Ben Stevenson, Marjorie Mussman, Alun Jones, George Balanchine, Doris Humphrey, Jean Paul Comelin, Jose Limon, Stewart Sebastian, Peter Anastos, Donald Saddler and Byork Lee among others. She has appeared off Broadway in Walter Terry's Dancing through Time, in dinner theater productions of Fiddler on the Roof, Oklahoma and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and was hired as a dancer who could sing for two seasons with the Washington Opera.
Ms. Donavin founded the Classical Ballet Theatre organization in 1991 bringing education, outreach and performance in the art of classical ballet to Northern Virginia and the surrounding communities. Ms. Donavin has taught ballet, movement analysis and conditioning for over 30 years; working with professional athletes, gymnasts, military athletic organizations, high school sports teams, dancers and actors. She has received teaching accreditation from the National Ballet of Canada, the Nutmeg Conservatory (Vaganova) and the Pacific Northwest Ballet. She graduates from George Mason University with a Master's in Arts Management in May 2011. She is certified in Comprehensive Pilates Training (Cadillac, Reformer, Barrel and Mat) and specializes in helping dancers and athletes with physical challenges.
Ms. Donavin has served on the Montgomery County Arts Council Grant Review Board, as well as the Strategic Planning team for the Washington Ballet. Ms. Donavin consults with Artistic Concepts Consulting helping arts organizations bring their mission to the public.
Ms. Donavin was featured in the March/April 2010 issue of Fairfax Women magazine (in pdf format, 1.69MB).