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.
Dance Department Faculty
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
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.