Todd_RosenliebTodd Rosenlieb, Chair,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., is the Artistic Director of Todd Rosenlieb Dance and Director of the TRDance Center. He began his professional career in 1992 when modern dance maverick Erick Hawkins asked him to join his company in New York City. Named Company Director in the fall of 1995, he has staged Hawkins repertory around the country, including the last piece of Hawkins’ choreography, Journey of a Poet. During this time he coached Mikhail Baryshnikov and also danced with The White Oak Project at the Brooklyn Academy of Music for its premiere. During his tenure with the Hawkins Company, he taught and staged choreography throughout the United States including at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and the American Dance Festival. He continues to stage Hawkins’ work around the country.

His original choreography has been commissioned by Richmond Ballet, Ballets de San Juan, Nashville Ballet, the Virginia Symphony and the Indianapolis Symphony as well as on the university circuit including Montclair State University, Goucher College, James Madison University, Virginia School of the Arts, Old Dominion University, University of Nevada, Sarah Lawrence College, the University of Richmond, New York University, among others.

His work also includes filming a dance video with Annie Lenox and Twyla Tharp, choreographing for Petula Clark, staging for the Imani Wind Quintet, choreography for an original production of “Pocahontas” with the Virginia Stage Company and the Virginia Arts Festival, and choreography for Bernstein’s MASS with director Pam Berlin and Maestro JoAnn Falletta.

Todd Rosenlieb Dance collaborates regularly with The Virginia Symphony Orchestra under the baton of JoAnn Falletta, the Virginia Arts Festival, Young Audiences of Virginia, and The Chrysler Museum of Art. The Company has performed as guests of the South Carolina Dance Festival, Piccolo Spoleto, Lorraine Graves & Friends at Martha’s Vineyard, the Indianapolis Symphony, the Regional High School Dance Festival, the American Music Theatre in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in New York City with the Wellspring Project at Joyce Soho, and with Kim Whittam and Dancers at the Cunningham Studio.

Todd holds an MFA in Choreography and Performance from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, and a BA in Economics and English from Bucknell University.

Joni_Petre_ScholzJoni Petre-Scholz, Associate Chair,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., is a former member of the Berkshire Ballet, Eglevsky Ballet and Manhattan Ballet, and a former principal dancer with Dances Patrelle. Joni toured internationally and performed in over 12 countries dancing works by Vincente Nebrada, Robert North, Gary Pierce, Billy Wilson and others. She began working with Dances Patrelle in 1988 appearing in many Patrelle ballets including The Yorkville Nutcracker, Adieu with a Handshake, Madame X, Rhapsody in Blue, American Dreamer, Romeo and Juliet, the world premiere of Notturno for Strings and Harp and as Lady Macbeth in the 2001 revival of Macbeth. In addition, Ms. Petre-Scholz was rehearsal director as well as assistant to the managing director. She has also re-staged many Patrelle ballets for Dances Patrelle as well as other companies. In 2002 Joni was a featured performing artist at The Lyric Recovery Festival at Carnegie Hall appearing in excerpts of Beauty and the Beast with original choreography by Ginger Thatcher and original score by Paul Winston. Ms. Petre-Scholz was a principal dancer in the world premiere of “POP” as well as Glad to be Unhappy choreography by Francis Patrelle. Joni has also appeared as a guest artist with Annabella Gonzalez Dance Theater in New York. A former member of the faculty of Ballet Academy East in New York City, Joni has been on the teaching faculty of the Old Dominion Dance Department and The Governor’s School for the Arts in Norfolk, Virginia for the past five years. She also teaches at the TRDance Center in Norfolk. Her choreography has been presented at the University Dance Theatre of Old Dominion University as well as at The Governor’s School, and at the Regional High School Dance Festival. Joni has been a guest teacher for Complexions and Kibbutz dance companies

Dance Department Faculty

Kathy Brenner, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. was a Principal Dancer with BalletMet of Ohio for nearly 10 years. Her wide range of leading roles include George Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante, Square Dance, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux and Serenade; Glen Tetley’s Mythical Hunters; the title role in La Sylphide and Frederick Ashtons’ Les Patineurs. Prior to joining BalletMet she danced soloist roles with the Cleveland Ballet and performed as a guest artist with the Louisville Ballet and Opera Columbus.  She frequently restages the classic ballet repertoire for The Governor’s School and has staged Paquita for Virginia Ballet Theatre and Ballet Academy East in New York City. Her orginal choreography has been performed by students of Virginia School of theArts, The Carver Center for Arts in Baltimore and the Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in Jacksonville. She received her early dance training at the North Carolina School of the Arts, the Joffrey Ballet School-NY, as well as extensively with Melissa Hayden and Wilhelm Burmann at their New York studios. Kathy has taught on the dance faculties of The University of Wisconsin, BalletMet Dance Academy, the School of the Atlanta Ballet,Virginia School of the Arts, Old Dominion University Dance Department.

Lorraine E. Graves,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Principal Dancer, Dance Theatre of Harlem; Secretary/Treasurer Graves Funeral Home, Inc.; Secretary Norfolk Commission on Arts and Humanities; Master Ballet Instructor/Coach; Board Member, Todd Rosenlieb Dance.

Krista Zomar, has been a faculty member since 2001. She performed professionally with Todd Rosenlieb Dance, Virginia Ballet Theatre and Nashville Ballet. Krista has been a Certified Pilates instructor since 2006 and in 2010 she received the SURDNA Arts Teacher's Fellowship Award to study with Netherlands Dance Theater.

Janelle Spruill, graduated from The Governor’s School for the Arts in 2003 and earned her BFA in Dance and minor in Media Studies from Marymount Manhattan College in 2007.  While there, she performed works by Twyla Tharp, Doug Varone, Martha Graham and many others.  She was a member of the Elizabeth Higgins Dance Theater from 2004-2008.  She has been a scholarship student at The Ailey School, The Gus Giordano Dance School, American Dance Festival (ADF), and Garth Fagan Dance where she also had the opportunity to work and dance with the company.  She has been a teacher’s assistant at Broadway Dance Center for Shelia Barker and was a Rehearsal Assistant for the Richmond Ballet’s production of "The Nutcracker" in 2009 and 2013-2015.  She has performed numerous times with the Virginia Symphony for their annual "Holiday Pops" concert and performed with Lyric Opera Virginia’s production of "La Traviata" as well as "The King and I" as "Angel George" in 2012.  She was a dancer in the Virginia Arts Festival’s production of "Leonard Bernstein’s Mass" in 2010.  She is DMA (Dance Masters of America) certified in jazz dance and has taught at many DMA dance conventions. She has also taught at The Regional High School Dance Festival held in Virginia in 2011, 2013 and 2015 as well as The National High School Dance Festival in Miami, Florida in 2014 and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 2016.  She has been a part of the faculty at The Governor’s School for the Arts in Norfolk, Virginia since 2009 teaching and choreographing for both the Dance and Musical Theatre Departments.  Her works have recently been accepted to The Richmond Choreographer’s Showcase and The Regional High School Dance Festival.  She has also choreographed for The Virginia Symphony Orchestra’s PB & J Series: Dance To The Music, Virginia Arts Festival "Rhythm Live Project", Norfolk’s Grand Illumination Parade and for Todd Rosenlieb Dance.  Most recently she became the Associate Director of the TRDance Ensemble (second company) in 2014.  She is currently a dancer for Todd Rosenlieb Dance and has danced with the company since 2009.  She is also on faculty at the TRDance Center and is a guest artist at Old Dominion University.

Christina Yoshida, BA in Dance from Old Dominion University, member of Todd Rosenlieb Dance, Certified in Classical Pilates, Instructor at Old Dominion University and School Director for the TRDance Center

Ricardo Melendez,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Former Artistic Director Ballet de San Juan, Assistant Artistic Director Dance Kaleidoscope, Indianapolis, Associate Artistic Director, Todd Rosenlieb Dance, Principal Dancer Dance Kaleidoscope, Soloist Ballet Hispanico

Lauren Sinclair, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., began her ballet training at Eastern Virginia School for the Performing Arts. She is a graduate of the Kirov Academy of Ballet. Lauren danced professionally with Ballet Austin, Virginia Ballet Theatre, Todd Rosenlieb Dance, and Elbert Watson Dance Company. She received her Bachelor degree from Old Dominion University in Communication and Psychology. Lauren is a Registered Yoga Teacher and Certified Pilates Mat instructor. She teaches for the Dance, Musical Theater, and Vocal Departments.  

Michael Kaiser, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.has been on faculty at The Governor’s School for the Arts since 1990. Michael Kaiser studied classical ballet with the Tidewater Ballet and Virginia Ballet Theatre. His professional credits include: The Virginia Ballet Theatre, The Chamber Ballet of Williamsburg, The Wilmington Dance Theater, The Virginia Opera, The Virginia Symphony, The Charleston Ballet and the Tidewater Musical Theatre. Michael has a BA in Music Composition he is also on faculty at Tidewater Community College and Old Dominion University.

Aileen Braun Roehl, began her dance training in Heidelberg, Germany, under the direction of Isabel Christie and Carolyn Carattini on a U.S. military installation.  She attended multiple summer intensives including  the Taylor School, Boston Ballet, American Ballet Theater, and the Joffrey Ballet School NY.  Mrs. Braun received her BFA from the University of Hartford's Hartt School in Dance Performance.  She danced professionally with the Albano Ballet and Amy Marshall Dance Company before being selected as a member of the Paul Taylor Dance Company based in New York in 2010.  Beginning in 2016, she will join Todd Rosenlieb Dance.  Aileen has taught master classes nationwide and abroad since 2006.  She joined the dance and musical theater faculty in January 2016 teaching ballet and modern. 
 
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Ings, Janelle -  taught dance full-time in the Newark Public Schools for fourteen years. She is formerly the director of the Center for Modern Dance Education’s Senior Repertory Company. She attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts (FAME) and was a Fellowship student at The Ailey School. Janelle is trained in Horton, Graham, Dunham, West African and Ballet techniques. She earned a BFA in Dance from Montclair State University and received her Masters in Arts Administration from Seton Hall University. She was a recipient of 2007’s Governor’s Teacher Recognition Program, a recipient of the Marion A. Bolden Award for Professional Development Initiatives within the Performing Arts, she was nominated for Teacher of the Year and a recipient of the 2008 Excellence in Dance Award from the Newark School District. Janelle is a member of the International Dance Council and was a co-writer for Arts High’s dance curriculum. She has been the coordinator for Newark Public School’s district-wide dance festival. She also served as a member of Newark’s Arts Leadership Team. Janelle was selected as a contributor to “Middle School Dance” book. She has mentored dance education students from various universities. Janelle has performed with the Denishawn Repertory Company, Maxine Steinman and Dancers, Six Degree’s Dance Company, The Seventh Principle Performance Company and Umoja Dance Company. She had the honor of restaging Alvin Ailey’s Revelations, Fix Me Jesus for a Judith Jamison’s private 70th birthday celebration.
 
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Emma Raker, of Santa Fe, NM, began her training at Celtic de Santa Fe Irish Dance School and McTeggart School where she won many competitions in the Southwest region. At age 16, she moved to San Francisco to join the Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program studying under world renowned teachers such as Alonzo King, Arturo Fernandez, Maurya Kerr, Duncan Cooper, Kara Davis, Sidra Bell, Karah Abiog and many others. In 2012, she joined Ballet Nebraska and then she joined the Todd Rosenlieb Dance Company and Virginia Ballet Theater as a full company dancer in February of 2014. This is Emma’s third season as the director of the VBT Ensemble program. She is on staff at The Governor’s School for the Arts, the TRDance Center and other local schools. Emma’s choreography has appeared in regional and national competitions, performances in San Francisco and Santa Fe as well as the TRD and VBT Ensemble shows. Emma has previously taught classes and workshops in Santa Fe, Albuquerque, San Francisco, Omaha and in Brazil. Additionally, Emma has been a guest performer with Trinity Irish Dance Company, InnerRhythms, YPI Brazil 2009 and the Virginia Ballet Theater and studied at the Moving People Dance Intensive, Saratoga Summer Dance Intensive, LINES Ballet Summer Intensive and Hubbard Street Summer Intensive. 

Laura Pettibone Wright was a soloist with the Erick Hawkins Dance Company, touring nationally and internationally for over a decade. She continues to teach Hawkins’ technique, repertory and history in the U.S. and Europe. Ms. Pettibone Wright has written dance curriculum based on National Standards in Dance Education for the Virginia Beach City Public Schools. She received her MA in Dance Education from Columbia University’s Teachers College, where she received the Artist/Scholar Fellowship and a BA in Music and Nonverbal Communication/Dance at Beloit College.
 
 
 

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