DANCE FACULTY

TODD ROSENLIEB

DEPARTMENT CHAIR

Todd Rosenlieb, Chair, todd.rosenlieb@gsarts.net 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-SCHOLZ

ASSOCIATE CHAIR

Joni Petre-Scholz, Associate Chair, joni.petre-scholz@gsarts.net, 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 since 2005.  Her choreography has been presented by Virginia Ballet Theatre, 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

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Kathy Brenner 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 the Arts, 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

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

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

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, 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 and 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 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 Festivals Norfolk and at The National High School Dance Festivals in Miami, Florida and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  She has been on 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 choreographs for The Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Virginia Arts Festival "Rhythm Live Project", Norfolk’s Grand Illumination Parade and for Todd Rosenlieb Dance.  In 2014 she became the Associate Director of the TRDance Ensemble. Janelle is pursuing her MA degree in Arts Administration from Goucher College.

Lauren Sinclair

Lauren Sinclair began her ballet training at Eastern Virginia School for the Performing Arts. She is a graduate of the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington DC, where she trained for 3 years. Lauren has danced professionally with Ballet Austin, Virginia Ballet Theatre, Todd Rosenlieb Dance, and Elbert Watson Dance Company. She has her BS in Communication and Psychology from Old Dominion University and is a registered Yoga Teacher (RYT200) and certified Pilates Mat instructor. She has specialty training in kids and teens Yoga. Lauren joined the GSA Faculty in 2012 teaching for Dance, Musical Theatre, and Vocal Music Departments. Lauren also teaches master classes in the Hampton Roads area and for the Regional High School Dance Festival.  

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

Producing Director for Actors’ Workshop of Virginia, Mr. Melendez is a 2009 recipient of the ‘Best Male Actor” award at the Dublin Theater Festival for his interpretation of Nijinsky in the Workshop Theatre Group production of Nijinsky’s Last Dance, previously performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, in Spain and many regional theaters across America. Some of his regional credits include, Trinculo at The Virginia Arts Festival production of The Tempest, Captain Slank at The Virginia Stage Company production of Peter and The Starcather, Hamlet in Hamlet at Theatre 22(NYC), Rodolfo in A View from the Bridge, at the Gershwin Theater, NY, Peter in Legacy of Light at the Barksdale Theatre in Richmond, Wilde in Gross Indecency by Moises Kaufman. Recent directing works: Paper Cranes, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Romeo and Juliet, Blood Wedding, Servant of Two Masters, and The Laramie Project. As a playwright his one man show, Call Me Boricua! received a premiere at The Workshop Theatre Group and at The Phoenix Theatre in Indianapolis. His work Cloaked was produced at the Dublin Theatre Festival 2011 in Ireland, receiving nominations for Best play, Best actor, and Best costume design. Some film credits include Bordertown (2009), and A Gift Devine (2010). Mr. Melendez is the Associate Artistic Director at Todd Rosenlieb Dance Center, and Artistic Director of Virginia Ballet Theater. Ricardo currently teaches at The Governor's School for the Arts both in the Theater and Dance Departments as well as Old Dominion University. Mr. Melendez holds a BA degree in Dance Pedagogy from Butler University and a MFA degree in Theater from Brooklyn College, New York. At GSA he teaches Acting, Scene Study, Theatre History, Dramatic Literature, Pilates, Speaking Classical Text, Acting Shakespeare, and Vocal Production.

Michael Kaiser

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.

Janelle ings

Janelle Ings 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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Robin neveu brown

ROBIN NEVEU BROWN is a dance and movement educator, performer, choreographer, and writer based in Hampton Roads, VA, and the Washington DC area. She holds an MFA in Dance Performance and Choreography for the Teaching Artist from the University of Maryland, a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from the University of Florida, and is a Governor's School for the Arts alum, class of 2003. She is also a Certified Movement Analyst in the Laban/Bartenieff Movement System and a certified Pilates instructor. Robin has performed, taught, and created dance in Virginia, New York, Washington DC, Maryland, Arkansas, Florida, Colorado, and Utah as well as internationally in Russia and Albania. Robin has had the pleasure of working with PEARSONWIDRIG DANCETHEATER, David Dorfman, Lisa Race, Joshua Bisset, Laura Quattrocchi, Tzveta Kassabova, Deganit Shemy, Neta Pulvermacher, Stephanie Miracle, Sarah Beth Oppenheim, Adele Meyers, and Tara Burns. She currently dances with Orange Grove Dance in the Maryland/DC area. Robin is co-artistic director of Red Key Dance Theatre alongside Kevin Alan Brown, a performance and education-based company that creates opportunities for imaginative interplay and dialogue within the community. Her work as a dance theatre artist spans modern concert dance, site-specific performance, community-based dance, and hybrid dance/theatre immersive performance. She believes in educating thinking movers and moving thinkers; those that will shape the future of the dance world.  www.redkeydancetheatre.com

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Marquise hitchcock

Marquise is an alumnus of The Governor’s School for the Arts and a graduate of the Ailey/Fordham University BFA in Dance Program. He has performed for and worked with some of the industry’s most groundbreaking choreographers such as Judith Jamison, Dwight Rhoden, and Arthur Mitchell. He was featured in Dance Magazine with Kyle Abraham in 2017.  He has performed on platforms like ABC, FX, and Netflix, and choreographed for artists like Jane Krakowski and Je’Vel. Marquise has worked as assistant choreographer on Tituss Burgess’s “Take Me to the World” at Carnegie Hall and for several of his music videos, including “45” and “Dance MF”. He recently made his Radio City Music Hall debut in the “Radio City Christmas Spectacular.” Marquise is a certified Personal Trainer, Sports Conditioning coach, and a Corrective Exercise Specialist. He is also the CEO and founder of “The Fit Creative”.

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Taylor Bonadies

Taylor Bonadies graduated from The Governor’s School for the Arts Dance Department in 2016, and received her B.F.A. in Dance and Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University in Spring of 2020. During her time at VCU Dance, she performed works by Helen Simoneau, Scott Putman, Autumn Proctor, Eric Rivera, and further studied under Trebien Pollard, Jenna Riegel, André Zachery, MK Abadoo, and Dr. Gaynell Sherrod along with many other valued guest artists and faculty. She worked alongside Johnnie Cruise Mercer as rehearsal assistant during his residency for the 2020 Freshman Repertory concert led by professor Scott Putman, and was chosen as outstanding choreographer for 2019-2020 year by staff and students for her senior capstone work Untitled – electric33. Taylor deepened her dance and choreographic education by attending ADF, Bates, MELT by Movement Research, and New Dialect intensives with working artists and dance educators Sidra Bell, Miguel Gutierrez, Joy Davis, Jenn Nugent, Paul Matteson, Kristopher KQ Pourzal, and Michelle Boule among others. She is certified in Elemental Body Alignment System (EBAS) Level 1, a series of exercises designed by Scott Putman for structural integrity and supported range of motion preventing injury and facilitating healthy, mobile bodies. She has worked with TRDance center in Norfolk, Virginia as a teacher for their academy program and as a choreographer for their summer ensemble series. She is currently a member and collaborator of Era Dance Company creating multimedia performances in Richmond, Virginia, and partnering with nonprofit community organization Dogtown Dance Theatre as a video collaborator and administrative assistant. Taylor is continually working as a freelance interdisciplinary artist seeking to integrate her love for movement, teaching, media, and community. 

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Vicki Fink

Victoria (Vicki) Fink earned an MFA in Dance at Temple University Dance Department in Philadelphia, PA (2001) and earned a BFA in Theater and Minor in Dance at Virginia Commonwealth University's in Richmond, VA, (1995). She has been an adjunct dance faculty member for Temple University (1999-2001), Virginia Commonwealth University (2003-2005), College of William & Mary and Old Dominion University (2016-2020). Vicki was the lead dance teacher at the Henrico High School, Center for the Arts Honors Program from (2006-2016). In addition to teaching higher education and high school dance, she has been involved with many Partners in the Arts Projects, funded by Virginia Commission of the Arts, a freelance dancer within NYC, Philadelphia and Richmond, and a founding member of Ground Zero Dance Company. Vicki has been awarded a full scholarship to attend Bates Dance Festival and her choreography has been showcased at the American Dance Festival, American College Dance Festival, Philadelphia Fringe Festival, National and Regional High School Dance Festivals, Richmond InLight and Adelaide, Australia Festival. Vicki’s background includes studies of theater, modern dance, yoga, somatic movement, improvisation, contact improvisation, and multi-media, all of which has helped her in exploring and defining her own artistic voice. Her passion and commitment to dance and choreography is forever growing thanks to the amazing people she works with every day and the everchanging occurrences life brings.

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MOrgan white

 Morgan is so happy to be a part of the Governor's School. Morgan moved to Hampton Roads in 2019 after living in New York City for 10 years working as a professional dancer and actor. Currently with TRDance and Virginia Ballet Theatre, former credits include productions of West Side Story, Carousel, Cats, Billy Elliot and many others at theatres and venues all over the country. "To see us dance is to hear our hearts sing." jmorganwhite.com

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