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 has been a member of the GSA Dance Department since 1993. She is a former principal dancer with BalletMet Columbus and a former dancer Cleveland Ballet. Her training was with North Carolina School of the Arts and with Joffrey Ballet School-New York.  She is currently on facutly at the TRDance Center and Old Dominion University.  She has danced the great repetoire of Balanchine and Ashton, and has staged her own choreography nationwide.

Lorraine E. Graves, 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, Dancer, Todd Rosenlieb Dance, Virginia Ballet Theatre, Nashville Ballet, Certified Pilates Instructor, 2010 Surdna Fellowship Award

Janelle Spruill, BFA Marymount Manhatten College, Todd Rosenlieb Dance, Elizabeth Higgins Dance Theater, Garth Fagan Dance, Teacher Assitant at Broadway Dance Center, and Ailey Scholarship Student

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, 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 joined Todd Rosenlieb Dance in 2009 and was a member of Virginia Ballet Theatre. She also dances with Elbert Watson and Ensemble. Her training includes Ballet Austin, Kirov Academy of Ballet, Boston Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and Orlando Ballet. Lauren is a registered yoga teacher and earned her BS in communication/Psychology from Old Dominion University.

Melanie Ortt began her dance training at Jean Wallace Studios in Virginia Beach and also studied at Virginia Ballet Theater and is an alumni of The Governor’s School for the Arts. She graduated from Goucher College with a B.A. in Dance and went on to work as a dance instructor and administrator for the Dance Conservatory of Maryland and the Harford Ballet Company in Bel Air, Maryland. Melanie is a principle dancer with Todd Rosenlieb Dance and also Artistic Associate with the TRDance Ensemble.

Michael Kaiser 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.

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