Ruslan Amrayev is a native of Almaty, Kazakhstan. He studied ballet at the Aleksandr Vladimirovich Seleznev Choreographic Institute in Almaty from 1996-2004.
After graduating with honors in 2004, he performed as a Principal dancer with the National Opera and Ballet in Almaty until 2013. His repertoire includes leading roles in Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, The Fountain of Bakchisarai, Taras Bulba, The Legend of Love, Giselle, and La Bayadere. Mr. Amrayev performed as a soloist with the Russian Festival Ballet/Moscow Festival Ballet in 2013-2014. He is now a member of the Manassas Ballet Theater. This is Mr. Amrayev's first season on the faculty of the Classical Ballet Theatre.
Marisa DiLauro received her dance education at the Metropolitan Academy of Ballet where she underwent Vaganova training and passed related examinations. She also studied intensively at Dance for Washington, The Washington Ballet, and by invitation at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and Pennsylvania Ballet School. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Radford University, minoring in dance, and spent four years as a soloist performing with Radford Dance Theatre. Productions included Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Coppélia, The Nutcracker and numerous contemporary pieces.
Her professional musical theatre credits include "Chava ballet soloist," from Fiddler on the Roof, Gypsy with Tidewater Dinner Theatre and Guys and Dolls with Kempsville Theatre. She has also performed with Leslie Roberts Dance Company and Persian Ballet Theatre.
Marisa began teaching in 1985 and has taught all over the northern Virginia area. Marisa continues to take class at Classical Ballet Theatre and is passionate about sharing her love of ballet with her adult students.
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!
A native of Northern Virginia, Meghan Rudorfer began her ballet studies under the direction of Cynthia Donavin and Nell Hacker at Classical Ballet Theatre in Herndon, Virginia. Ms. Rudorfer gained acceptance to renowned summer intensive programs at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and Joffrey Ballet as well as the Atlanta Ballet Trainee Intensive. During her studies, she had the privilege of performing in Marjorie Mussman’s Waltzes Real and Imagined, Jean Paul Comelin’s Daughters of Mourning, Nell Hacker’s Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and Peter and the Wolf, and the works of many other acclaimed choreographers.
After Ms. Rudorfer graduated from high school, the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance invited her to participate in its Professional Training Program, where she received instruction from Marnie Thomas, Denis Vale, Virginie Mécène, and Kevin Predmore. Ms. Rudorfer proceeded to perform with the 2nd Company of the Martha Graham Contemporary Dance Company, during which time she performed the acclaimed works Serenata Morisca and Acts of Light, among others. In addition, Ms. Rudorfer studied contemporary ballet with legendary teacher Marjorie Mussman at the Mark Morris Dance Center.
After returning to Northern Virginia in 2009, Ms. Rudorfer began her teaching career as a faculty member with Classical Ballet Theatre, where Cynthia Donavin, Nell Hacker, and Alisher Saburov mentored her. In 2011, Classical Ballet Theatre promoted Ms. Rudorfer to the role of Rehearsal Assistant to the Artistic Director, where she set and rehearsed Classical Ballet Theatre’s full-length productions of The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella, as well as choreography by Marjorie Mussman, Michael Shannon, Juan Carlos Rincones, and Nell Hacker. In 2012, Ms. Rudorfer established Classical Ballet Theatre’s Contemporary Division, and she served as the Artistic Director of the Division’s Contemporary Company. Following the establishment of the company, Ms. Rudorfer choreographed her first contemporary work, Energyia, and she has since progressed to choreographing several more contemporary works for Classical Ballet Theatre’s repertory, along with many solo works for students dancing in the Youth America Grand Prix.
In 2015, Ms. Rudorfer graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design and a minor in Dance from George Mason University. She also completed internships with award-winning advertising firms Sparky’s Garage and WHITE+Partners.
Ms. Rudorfer joins Classical Ballet Theatre as the Director of Media for the 2015-2016 season. She is thrilled to be using her experience with dance and graphic design to further Classical Ballet Theatre’s mission, vision, and values.
A native of Belarus, Mr. Sapotko graduated from the National Choreography College of Belarus class of A.I.Kolidenko. His professional dancing career began during his last year in college. Mr Sapotko was invited to join the National Academic Bolshoi Theater of the Opera and Ballet of Belarus where he worked with the brilliant choreographer Valentin Yelizariev. In 1989 Mr. Sapotko joined the Moscow Festival Ballet and a year later Bolshoi Theater Grigirovich Ballet where he worked with the world known choreographers and dancers such as Yuri Grigirovich, Leonid Lavrovsky, Yuri Vladimirov. In 1995 Mr. Sapotko came to the United States and danced with Sacramento Ballet, Washington Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet and Manassas Ballet. He is currently a ballet master at the Manassas Ballet Theater and The Dance Academy of Loudoun.
Camille Sellers is from Manassas, Virginia and received her dance training at Classical Ballet Theatre. She has attended multiple summer intensive programs with Atlanta Ballet as well as with American Ballet Theatre.
Camille recently graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of South Carolina with a B.A in Dance Performance and Choreography. While at USC, she had the privilege of working with renowned choreographers: Nathan Trice and Lynne Taylor-Corbett as well as performing countless Balanchine works under the direction of Stacey Calvert. She also had the opportunity to choreograph three original pieces, which were performed on several South Carolina stages. She is thrilled to join the CBT faculty and looks forward to the year ahead.
Philip Smith-Cobbs recently moved back to the Northern Virginia area after dancing with Atlanta Ballet for five seasons. At the age of eight, Philip began training with Classical Ballet Theatre in Herndon. He also attended summer intensives at Richmond Ballet, Miami City Ballet, and School of American Ballet.
After graduating from high school, he continued his training at Atlanta Ballet's Centre for Dance Education. In 2010 Philip became a member of Atlanta Ballet's prestigious Fellowship Ensemble. With the Ensemble, he performed in George Balanchine's The Four Temperaments and Who Cares, and was also featured in John Mahler's Cinderella, dancing the roles of the Prince and Stepsister, and in Bruce Wells's Pinocchio, in the role of Geppetto. Dancing with Atlanta Ballet's main company, Philip performed several solo roles in John McFall's Atlanta Ballet's Nutcracker, including Drosselmeyer's Nephew, Trepak, and Chinese. His other performance opportunities with Atlanta Ballet have included roles in David Bintley's Carmina Burana, Val Caniparoli's Lambarena, Jean-Christophe Maillot's Romèo et Juliette, Michael Pink's Dracula, and Christopher Wheeldon's Rush.
In addition to performing, Philip has had the chance to work with renowned choreographers Twyla Tharp, Wayne McGregor, James Kudelka, and Helen Pickett. Philip is enjoying being back in Northern Virginia and feels privileged to have the opportunity to work with CBT.