Classical Ballet Theatre | Ballet and Contemporary Dance Classes | Reston/Herndon/Northern Virignia and Greater D.C. Area Founder | Cynthia Donavin; Artistic Director | Alisher Saburov; Ballet Mistress | Dubraskha Arrivillaga; Ballet Master/Guest Artist in Residence | Gillmer Duran 320 Victory Drive, Herndon,VA 20170 • (703) 471-0750

Ballet Exam Day
May 30, 2015

Observation/Bring-a-Friend-to-Class Week
June 8-13, 2015

Last Day of Class
June 13, 2015

2015 Summer Intensive
June 29-July 30, 2015

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Executive Team

Cynthia Donavin

Cynthia DonavinA 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.

Cynthia on Fairfax WomenMs. 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).


Dubraskha Arrivillaga
Artistic Director

Dubraskha ArrivillagaDubraskha Arrivillaga was born in Caracas, Venezuela. She received her early training with Nina Novak. She performed professionally throughout Venezuela and internationally in the USA, Brazil, Portugal and Paraguay. Dubrashka danced a wide range of classical and contemporary ballets with Ballet Nacional de Caracas Teresa Carreño, Ballet Nuevo Mundo and Ballet Contemporáneo de Caracas.

Miss Arrivillaga appeared with the Eugene Ballet Company for seven seasons. She joined Alaska Dance Theater, as Ballet Mistress for the Company and School, upon retirement from her performing career.

Ms. Arrivillaga is certified in the American Ballet Theatre Training curriculum. In addition, Miss Arrivillaga has a bachelor's degree in Business Administration.

Gillmer Duran
Artistic Director

Gillmer Duran

Originally from Barquisimeto Venezuela, Mr. Duran studied at the Fundacion Arte Nuevo and danced professionally with the National Ballet of Caracas, Danzahoy, Tulsa Ballet Theatre and eighth consecutive seasons with Eugene Ballet Company. He worked with choreographers such as, Vicente Nebrada, Luz Urdaneta, Jacques Brocket, Maria Rovira, Mauricio Wainrot, Robert Battle, Edwaard Liang and Jessica Lang among others.

His versatility and intuition allowed him to perform a variety of classical and contemporary roles. He participated in the National Choreographers Initiative 2007 in Irvine, California. In May of 2008, he was part of the event 4X4 Ballet Project with Oregon Ballet Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet and San Francisco Ballet presented by White Bird in Portland Oregon.

He also created pieces for the Drop Dance Collective, The Woman Space Foundation engaging in several creative collaborations with Toni Pimble, while dancing with the Eugene Ballet company. The National Dance Project and the New England Foundation for the Arts selected him as part of the Regional Dance Development Initiative (RDDI) in Portland-Oregon, among nine other dance artists from the Pacific northwest region.

In June of 2010 his work Inference for Coriolis Dance Collective was presented at the Chop-shop Festival in Seattle. In October of 2011 he was appointed as Alaska Dance Theatre's Artistic Director and resident choreographer repositioning its company brand through a broad-based repertoire, including a tour to the Boston Contemporary Dance festival 2013 funded entirely through a kickstarter campaign.

Besides experimenting with vocabularies like safety-release technique, gaga-based movement, classical form and improvisation, Mr. Duran is also a freelance instructor open to new and creative conversations and collaborations with different ensembles.

Mr. Duran joins the Classical Ballet Theatre as a Resident Guest Artist for the 2014 -2015 Season.

Director of Administration

Kim Brummett received a B.S. in Anthropology and Psychology from Colorado State University and an MSW with a focus in Psychiatric Social Work and Family Therapy from Washington University in St. Louis. Her extensive administrative experience includes the positions of Assistant Director of Housing and Residential Life at St. Louis University, Director of Youth and Family Services at First Presbyterian Church of Dallas, Texas and Coordinator of the Adolescent Psychiatric Unit of Green Oaks Hospital of Dallas, Texas.

After moving to Fairfax County, Mrs. Brummett began working with special needs students in the Fairfax County public school system, as well as four years in the Career Center at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. Mrs. Brummett has been a part of the Classical Ballet Theatre organization since the early 90's as a Production Coordinator and Administrator. She became the Director of Administration in 2004.