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

Master Class 2014-2015

Veronika Freifrau von Loehnysen

Saturday, February 28, 2015

9am-10:30am (Senior Company or Advanced Dancers)
10:30am-12pm (Junior Company or Intermediate Dancers)

Veronika 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.

Cost: $25 Pre-Registered, $30 Walk-in

Dancers who are not current CBT students please bring completed Master Class Registration Form to register.

For information please call (703) 471-0750.


Audra Johnson
(Suzanne Farrell Ballet)

Saturday, March 7, 2015

9am-10:30am (Senior Company or Advanced Dancers)
10:30am-12pm (Junior Company or Intermediate Dancers)

Audra Johnson, a New Jersey native, received her early training from Christine Taylor and Luba Gulyeava and went on to continue her studies at The New Jersey Ballet School, The Harid Conservatory, and The Atlanta Ballet Center for Dance Education. She spent various summers studying at The Eglevsky Ballet, School of American Ballet, Boston Ballet, and The Harid Conservatory. She has danced professionally with The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, The Washington Ballet, and American Repertory Ballet. Ms. Johnson has performed several principal and soloist roles in classical ballets such as "The Sugar Plum Fairy" in The Nutcracker, "Raymonda" in Kirk Peterson's Glazunov Variations, and "The Russian Soloist" in George Balanchine's Serenade. She has also been featured in Twyla Tharp's "Eight Jelly Rolls", "Octect", and "Nine Sinatra Songs" and in new works by Kirk Peterson, Harrison McEldowney, Graham Lustig, Susan Shields, Douglas Martin, Laurie Stallings, and Melissa Barak. Ms. Johnson has taught at Princeton Ballet School, North Jersey School of Dance Arts, Ballet Nova, The Washington Ballet and is a guest teacher at Olympia Dance Center in Olympia, WA. Ms. Johnson is currently performing with the Suzanne Farrell Ballet.

Cost: $25 Pre-Registered, $30 Walk-in

Dancers who are not current CBT students please bring completed Master Class Registration Form to register.

For information please call (703) 471-0750.


Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner
(Former American Ballet Theatre Principal Dancers)

Saturday, March 14, 2015

9 am-11 am (Senior Company or Advanced Dancers)
11 am-12:30 pm (Junior Company or Intermediate Dancers)

Classical Ballet Theatre is excited to present two Master Classes with former American Ballet Theatre Principal Dancers Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner.

About Mr. Gardner

About Ms. McKerrow

Cost: $30 Preregistered/$35 Walk-in

Dancers who are not current CBT students please bring completed Master Class Registration Form to register.

For information please call (703) 471-0750.


Dan Joyce
(Associate Professor, George Mason University School of Dance. Formerly of the Mark Morris Dance Group)

Saturday, April 11, 2015

9am-10:30am (Senior Company or Advanced Dancers)
10:30am-12pm (Junior Company or Intermediate Dancers)

Classical Ballet Theatre welcomes back Mr. Dan Joyce, Associate Professor at George Mason University School of Dance to teach two contemporary master classes.

Dan Joyce is an associate professor in the School of Dance at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.

A graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts, Mr Joyce began his professional career with the Maryland Dance Theater and Concert Dance Company of Boston.

In 1988, he was selected to join the Mark Morris Dance Group with whom he performed for the ten years. Dan appeared in over thirty works choreographed by Mark Morris, including several film and opera projects.

Since joining the GMU faculty in 1999, where he received his MFA in 2003, Dan has choreographed for the GMU Dance Company and the Theater of the First Amendment. A popular teacher for numerous regional and national festivals, he has also served on the faculties of the Virginia Governor’s School, the School of the Washington Ballet, and the Citydance Center at Strathmore.

He has participated on funding panels and advisory committees for the Arts Council of Fairfax County, the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, the Alexandria Council for the Arts, and Dancemetro/DC. In 2006-07, Dan returned to the stage in an international collaborative project involving American and Russian dancers, performed in Washington, DC, Moscow, Russia, as well as in Siberia. He makes his home in Arlington, VA.

Cost: $25 Pre-Registered, $30 Walk-in

Dancers who are not current CBT students please bring completed Master Class Registration Form to register.

For information please call (703) 471-0750.