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).
Alisher Saburov hails from Tashkent, Uzbeckistan. He was introduced to ballet by his mother, who was a ballet teacher and former professional dancer. His father was a professional musician. At the age of 10, Alisher auditioned for the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow. Placement was extremely competitive: 100 children auditioned for a single opening at the Bolshoi Academy. Alisher was accepted and began training 6 days per week from the age of 10 through 18. The rigors of daily training included ballet technique, gymnastics, piano, historical dance, character, pas de deux, musical literature, composition, history of art, theatrical history, all in addition to rehearsal, productions and regular academics. Yearly exams dictated the students return to the academy. Alisher graduated from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in 1989. During his years at the Bolshoi Academy, Mr. Saburov came to the United States for the first time.
Upon graduation, Mr. Saburov joined the Moscow Festival Ballet, under the direction of Marius Leipa, where he rose to the rank of principal dancer. Subsequently, Mr. Saburov was a principal dancer and teacher with the Kremlin Ballet where he traveled to Italy, China, Israel, Spain, Taiwan, Mexico, Hungary, Germany and France. He also appeared with the Deutch Opera and toured the the world again with "Stars of the Bolshoi Ballet.” Mr. Saburov has been coached by the great artists of the Russian Ballet to include Marius Leipa, Ekatrina Maximova, Vladimir Vasiliev, Mikhail Lavrovsky and Vadim Tedeiev.
Mr. Saburov has danced principal roles in the Golden Idol, Nutcracker, Napoleon Bonaparte, Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote and Russian Fairy Tales.
After retiring from the stage, Mr. Saburov received many offers to teach and coach young dancers from all over the world. He decided to come to the United States in 2002 where he taught and staged classical works for the Manassas Ballet Company and School. Mr. Saburov joined the faculty of the Classical Ballet Theatre in 2005. In 2006, Mr. Saburov became Ballet Master for the Classical Ballet Theater. Mr. Saburov has served as the Artistic Director of the Classical Ballet Theatre since 2007.
Mr. Saburov was featured in the December 2007 issue of Northern Virginia magazine (in pdf format, 2MB).
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.