Classical Ballet Theatre | Ballet and Contemporary Dance Classes | Reston/Herndon/Northern Virignia and Greater D.C. Area Executive Director | Cynthia Donavin; Artistic Director | Alisher Saburov 320 Victory Drive, Herndon,VA 20170 • (703) 471-0750

Faculty

Gillmer Duran

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.

Jenny Girardi

Jenny GirardiJenny Girardi, an alumni of Classical Ballet Academy, received her B.A. from George Mason University with a concentration in Theatre Performance.  While at GMU, she participated in the Kennedy Center's Page to Stage Festival and spent a semester abroad studying Theatre in London's West End.  In New York, Jenny studied under Maggie Flanigan at The Maggie Flanigan Studio and was accepted into William H. Macy's Atlantic Acting School's conservatory program before moving to Italy where she ran workshops for artists on the Amalfi Coast.

Jenny spent her professional career performing all over the Northern Virginia and DC area as well as Edinburg's Fringe Fest. TV credits: The Good Wife, Boardwalk Empire, Gossip Girl and 30 Rock.

Tara Henderson

Tara Henderson Tara N. Henderson, alumni of Classical Ballet Theatre, received her B.F.A from The University of The Arts in Philadelphia, PA with a concentration in Ballet. Her teachers included Anastasia Babayeva, Scott Jovovich, Andrew Pap, Eva Szabo, Wayne St. David, Roni Koresh, Donald Lunsford, Molly Misgalla, Kim Bears Bailey, Kurt Hayworth, Faye Snow, and the late great LaVaughn Robinson.

Tara's professional performances include Coppelia, Raymonda and various works set by Kim Bears Bailey and Wayne St. David. During the summer of 2006, Ms. Henderson trained and performed in Prague with Lynn Barr.

After receiving her B.F.A. early in 2006 she moved to New York City to continue her professional development with the Alvin Ailey School and Company. Her teachers and coaches include Wendy Amos, Jacquelyn Buglisi, Ana Marie Forsythe, Tracy Inman, the late Denise Jefferson, Joan Peters, Troy Powell, Kevin Predmore, and Dudley Williams among others.

During the summer of 2012 Ms. Henderson completed the Horton Pedagogy Training and Coaching Workshop at The Ailey School in NYC with Ana Marie Forsythe (Chair of the Horton department since 1979). Tara is honored to work with the incredible faculty at Classical Ballet Theatre and excited to bring Horton Technique to the Northern VA Area!

Veronika Freifrau von Loehnysen

Veronika Freifrau von LoehnysenVeronica was born in Moscow and at the age of five, she began dance classes in a private school. At the age of ten she entered the Moscow Choreographic Academy, the affiliate school of the Bolshoi Ballet. Here she received her academic education and a formal, strict dance education, which prepared her for the Bolshoi Theater.

In 1987, Veronika joined the Corps de Ballet of the Bolshoi Theatre. Over the next ten years she was given a wide variety of roles and took part in many different ballets in Russia, and in some of the most famous international theaters in the world.

At the world-renowned Bolshoi Theater she danced in the most important classical ballets including Giselle, Swan Lake and The Nutcracker. She was eventually made coryphaeus and performed in many leading roles.

In 1992, Veronika completed her studies at the Moscow Academy, receiving her Teaching Diploma with Honors (Red Diploma). Since 1993 she has been teaching children and adults in Moscow, the United Kingdom and the United States. In addition, Veronika has been an international model and is fluent in English, Spanish and Italian.

Meghan Rudorfer

Meghan RudorferMeghan Rudorfer was trained at the Classical Ballet Academy of Northern Virginia. Summer training programs included the Joffrey Ballet, Atlanta Ballet and the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. 

Upon graduation from the Classical Ballet Academy she pursued her career at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance. While in New York, Meghan performed with Graham 2nd Company, to include roles in Acts of Light, Appalachian Spring, and Serenata Morisca. Her teachers include Pearl Lang, Denise Vale, Virginie Macene, Kevin Predmore and Jennifer Depaulo and Marjorie Mussman. 

Since leaving the Graham Company, Meghan has returned home to join the faculty of Classical Ballet Theatre, once again. She is honored to be able to work with the incredible faculty at the Classical Ballet Theatre.