Jenny 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 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
Veronica 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.
Tamara Manukovskaya hails from Krasnodar, Russia. She graduated from the Moscow State Academy of Choreography and the Saratov Choreographic College where she trained with the greatest Russian stars of classical ballet today including Nina Maximova, who was trained by Aggripina Vaganova herself.
Upon graduation Tamara was invited to join the Grigorovitch Ballet. She went on to perform in the corps de ballet and as a soloist in the great classics such as Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Esmerelda, Paquita, Raymonda, Giselle, Les Sylphides and much more.
Ms. Manukovskaya brings over 16 years of professional teaching experience to the Classical Ballet Theatre. She has taught Ballet, Pointe and Character dance extensively in a variety of organizations around the United States and Russia. Most recently she was on the faculty at the Kirov Academy in Washington D.C. and the Carolina Youth Ballet where she taught and served in an executive capacity. In addition, Tamara travels, during the summer, with the US Olympic Rhythmic Gymnastics training team.
Meghan 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.