Helena is a native of Stockholm, Sweden, where she began her early and extensive ballet training with Statens Balettskola, and Balettakakademien of Stockholm. Ms. Sullivan was awarded scholarships to and attended several summer intensive programs. She earned prestigious stipends to further her education and study abroad. Helena trained with renowned teachers and schools such as Birger Bartholin of Copenhagen, Denmark, Rosella Hightower of Cannes, France, David Howard of New York City and the Finnish National Ballet in Helsinki, Finland. She studied at the Irene Fokine School of Ballet and performed with Ms. Fokine’s Company.
Helena continued her training in New York City, with a full-time scholarship at the Joffrey Ballet School, where she spent two years. Helena toured throughout Scandinavia with Cramerbaletten and Riksteatern. She joined Malmo Stadsteater where she performed classical works, such as Sleeping Beauty, Napoli and other contemporary works.
Ms. Sullivan started teaching over 30 years ago and has produced many nationally recognized dancers. Many of her students have been accepted into and attended excellent summer intensive programs, including Alvin Ailey School of Dance, American Ballet Theater, Dance Theater of Harlem, Joffrey Ballet School, and the Rock School for Dance Education. Helena's students have also attended highly regarded year round programs, including Alabama School of Performing Arts, Canada's National Ballet School, JKO School At American Ballet Theatre and the Rock School. Several of Helena’s students have continued to study dance in college and currently have careers in dance, performing arts and on Broadway.
TRIP Dance Company, a non-profit youth dance company, was founded by Ms. Sullivan sixteen years ago. TRIP provides additional dance opportunities to many children and teens.
Helena is the Ballet Rehearsal Mistress for The Albany Berkshire Ballet's production of the Nutcracker in Burlington, Vermont. Helena was one of the founding members of Vermont Dance Collective. She started Stowe Dance Academy 26 years ago and continues to provide excellent training to hundreds of students.
MARIA SULLIVAN | manager/creative dance/lyrical/ballet
Maria trained at Stowe Dance Academy for sixteen years and has been a faculty member since 2007. She expanded her training by joining SDA’s TRIP Dance Company, attending Broadway Dance Center intensives in NYC, and the Debbie Allen Dance Academy in California. She attended the Ballet Academy of Stockholm, Sweden, training intensively in the Graham modern technique, ballet and jazz. Additional intensives include her attending the “Rhee Gold Dance Life Teacher Convention,” focusing on the business and technical aspects of teaching dance.
As Helena’s daughter, Maria has learned the in’s and out’s of the studio and the teaching world. In May 2012, Maria earned degrees in Pedagogy, with a focus on Early Childhood Education through Dance, and Marketing Communications with a focus in Public Relations from Columbia College for the Arts, in Chicago IL. As a Dance Teaching major, she concentrated on ballet, modern, contemporary ballet, anatomy, dance history and creative movement.
Maria working in Marketing for two years after college before joining Stowe & Mad River Dance Academy full-time in January of 2015. She has taken over the business aspects of SDA/MRDA and continues to teach ages 2.5-18. She also enjoys teaching and choreographing for TRIP Dance Company.
Vladimir Roje received his BS and MS from the State Academy of Music and Art in Sofia, Bulgaria. He has been a principal dancer at National companies in Bulgaria, Germany, and Austria, and with the Carolina Ballet of North Carolina as well as the New Jersey Ballet. Currently Mr. Roje is a guest principal dancer with the Westchester Ballet and guest principal dancer and teacher with the Albany Berkshire Ballet.
Mr. Roje is a decorated medalist of International Ballet competitions all over Europe. He is a teacher and choreographer at the Varna School of Ballet, the New Jersey Ballet School and of course, Stowe Dance Academy.
His repertoire includes the leading parts in most classical ballet, such as Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, Giselle, Cinderella, Coppélia, The Nutcracker, Esmeralda, and many more.
During his career he has been coached and worked with world class ballet experts ,such as Yuri Grigorovich of the Bolshoi Ballet,Irina Kolpakova of Marinsky and ABT, Alexander Grant of the Royal Ballet, Eva Evdokimova of the International, and Dina Biorn of the Royal Danish Ballet.
Vlad has been guest teaching, choreographing and performing with SDA for quite some time now, and he is thrilled to make Vermont his home, and join SDA by teaching weekly Ballet and Choreography classes!
Mary has decades of ballet experience. When she was eleven years old she competed in “Competition ’80” in Mobile, Alabama and was awarded a full ballet scholarship to the Alabama School of Fine Arts(ASFA), where she attended middle and high school. While at ASFA she danced and toured with the Alabama Ballet Company. After graduating from ASFA she was a soloist with the South Carolina Ballet Company. She has studied with renowned teachers and schools such as Boston Ballet School, Kansas City Ballet, Joffery Ballet School, David Howard, New York City and Rosella Hightower Centre de Dance,Cannes, France. Most recently, Mary studied and received her teacher certification for RPM:Revolutionary Principals of Movement, adding to her immense knowledge in the field of dance & physical therapy.
Mary currently resides in Stowe with her husband and two children. She is physical therapist for Pinnacle Physical Therapy in Stowe. She also is a certified Bikram Yoga instructor.
Andrea Pell is a native of New York and received her ballet training under Thalia Mara, and at American Ballet Theatre School in New York City. She danced professionally with Berlin Ballet in Germany where she worked with major dancers and choreographers including Rudolph Nureyev, Eva Evdokimova, Hans van Manen, Moses Pendelton, Valery Panov, John Neumeier, and Roland Petit. After fifteen years with Berlin Ballet she studied movement notation at London’s Benesh Institute of Choreology and was awarded title of ‘F.I.Chor.’ upon completion of the intensive one-year course.
In 1990 Atlanta Ballet’s Artistic Director of thirty-two years, Mr. Robert Barnett, invited Andrea to oversee Atlanta School of Ballet, and Atlanta Ballet II. She was Artistic Director of both until 1998. In 1999 Andrea was Ballet-Mistress of Singapore Dance Theatre. She worked alongside international choreographers including Stanton Welch and Jean-Paul Comelin, and assisted Janeck Schergen in restaging works by Choo San Goh. She coached medal winners of the 1999 Japan Ballet Competition, toured Australia with SDT, and was guest-teacher with The Australian Ballet and National Ballet of China.
Upon returning to the United States, Andrea joined the Dance Department of South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities. Later, in Atlanta, Georgia, she was Ballet-Mistress and Trainee-Program Director at Metropolitan Ballet Theatre for five years.
In June, 2015 Andrea realized her dream to move Vermont and has made her home in Quechee. She is excited and honored to be joining Stowe & Mad River Dance Academy.
Don Adrian J. Obviar was born in the Philippines where he trained in classical ballet at Teatro Baile de Cavite under Brezhnev Larlar and many other notable dancers and teachers nationally. Don won national awards for his dance and choreography while on full scholarship to De La Salle College of Saint Benilde at Manila.
Don was promoted as Romançon company member at the age of 17 on 2007. Don's interests include modern ballet, neo-classical ballet, contemporary, jazz and Philippine folk dance. He has danced several full-length ballets and musicals, and has earned multiple Best Choreographer titles since his youth. Don has taught various master classes throughout New England and enjoys making dance a part of every day.
Danielle’s career began in Rochester, NY where she trained in tap, ballet, jazz, modern, lyrical, musical theatre, hip hop and Pilates. Trips to NCY allowed her to study with top teachers at STEPS and Broadway Dance Center. After studying performance at the University of Buffalo she received a B.A. in Dance with a minor in Arts Education from Hobart and William Smith College, also completing several masters level courses at the University of Buffalo. Danielle’s performances and choreography have earned special honors including “Top Teacher” at local, state and national levels. She has been one of the original Power Pack members with Star Power Talent Competition, and invited to dance in the Pro-Bowl many times. She has performed in Kodak company videos, and has performed all around the country. Danielle teaches various classes throughout New York, North Carolina and South Carolina. After a year in Vermont, she is very excited to continue working with Stowe Dance Academy!
Katherine Neff Stevens was born and raised in Stowe, Vermont where she began her dance training at the age of 3 with Helena Sullivan at the Stowe Dance Academy. Katherine studied under the tutelage of Helena for 15 years training in the styles of ballet, jazz, hip hop and tap. After high school, she continued her dance training at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia where she received her B.F.A. in Modern Dance Performance and a minor in Photography. She has attended several prestigious summer programs including the Alvin Ailey Pre-Professional Program in New York City, the Point Park Summer Intensive in Pittsburgh, as well as, Movement Research’s MELT in New York City. Katherine recently has returned to Vermont from Boulder, Colorado where she became certified as a practitioner of Rolfing Structural Integration ™. She has been teaching dance for over 12 years at studios in Vermont, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She is very excited to be back at Stowe Dance Academy this year and is looking forward to a great season!
Breanna holds a BA in psychology with a minor in Dance from Johnson State College. As a student at JSC she was active in the Johnson State College Dance Ensemble. While in high school, she was a member of the North Country High School Dance Company. Breanna balances her administrative role with Easter Seals (working with and directing programs for families and children) and her human services career with her passion for teaching and performing dance. Breanna spent last two years dancing for the Vermont Elements, a Company of Urban Dance Complex in Williston, Vt. Breanna has studied West Coast Hip Hop and Funk in Los Angeles, California. Her philosophy of dance instruction is to teach a dance form to students that is technical and requires a rigorous discipline yet in a context of a receptive, friendly, and respectful environment.
Savannah Brown was born in Connecticut but raised in San Diego, CA. She grew up classically trained in all forms of dance with Carlsbad Premier Dance and upon graduating high school accepted a professional dance scholarship with Retter and Bernabei Dance Company in Los Angeles. During her time in Los Angeles, Savannah performed in countless film and live productions including on American Dreams, the WB Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, City of Hope and Cedar Cyanide fashion shows, live productions of Chicago, and in instructional dance videos.
Upon returning to San Diego, Savannah joined Hopstar Professional Dance Company with whom she performed for Qualcomm, the USS Midway, and at the Paris Las Vegas New Years Ball to name a few. Savannah has taught at numerous studios in San Diego and is thrilled to to be a part of Stowe Dance Academy.
Madelaine originally hails from Traverse City MI, where she received her dance training at Dance Arts Academy, and was a member of Company Dance Traverse, performing throughout the midwest, NYC, LA, and Europe. She continued her dance training on scholarship at the University of Michigan dance department, where she graduated with a degree in Kinesiology. While doing her undergraduate work, Madelaine choreographed and performed with a student dance company as well as taught in the Ann Arbor and Toledo area.
Following graduation, Madelaine was a full time dance instructor and choreographer before moving to Vermont, where she is now pursuing her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at UVM. She is so excited to be a new part of Fusion 802, and is so excited to share her passion for dance with everyone here.
Stephanie Greenwald was born and raised in New York and studied at the School of American Ballet and also with Nina Youshkevitch. She then went on to dance with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and the American Ballet Theatre Studio Company before joining the Kansas City Ballet for six seasons. In Kansas City, Stephanie danced many principal roles including the title role in Giselle, the Sugarplum Fairy and Dewdrop in the Nutcracker, La Sylphide pas de deux, and Balanchine’s Serenade, Agon, Fivertimento #15, Square Dance, and Donizetti variations. In 2004 Stephanie moved to Berlin, Germany to join the Staatsballett-Berlin directed by Vladimir Malakhov. In 2006 she became a demi-soloist and in 2011 a soloist. She has performed featured roles in Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Manon, Sylvia, Esmeralda, La Péri and in ballets by Balanchine, Forsythe, Robbins, Béjart, and Kylián. With Staatsballett-Berlin, Stephanie toured to Japan in 2005 and 2011 and has also performed in the gardens of the Alhambra in Granada, Spain.
Angela Whitehill, Founding Artistic Director of Burklyn Ballet Theatre was trained by the National Ballet of Canada and at the Arts Educational Schools in London. She danced professionally with the Ballet Paris, Jack Emile Litler and Jack Hylton Productions in England and Europe. Ms. Whitehill was the founder and director of London School of Ballet U.S.V.I., New Jersey’s Shore Ballet Company, Vermont Ballet Theatre and Burklyn Youth Ballet and has worked as artist-in-residence at Ocean County, Castleton State and Colby-Sawyer Colleges. In 2005 she produced a Nutcracker Key West, while acting as Artistic Director for Paradise Ballet Theatre. And in 2006/07 served as Artistic Director of the Huntington Ballet Theatre, Long Island NY where she produced Nutcracker and a full length Sleeping Beauty. She has also served as a costume designer to the Atlanta Ballet Co., Scottish American Ballet, International Ballet Competition, New Jersey Ballet, Huntington Ballet Theatre, Berks Ballet and Burklyn Ballet Designs. In 2008 she will proudly serve as the adjudicator for the South West section of Regional Dance America. She is the recipient of eight Vermont Council of the Arts grants, NJ Francis Hopkins Memorial Award, the NJ Institute of Technology Authors Award, Vermont Woman of Achievement Award and is listed in Who’s Who, Who’s Who Who in Entertainment and Who’s Who Women of the World. She is the co author of The Parents Book of Ballet (Meriwether 1988, second edition- Princeton Book Co., 2003), The Young Professional’s Book of Ballet, (Princeton Book Co., 1990), The Dancer’s Book of Ballet (iUniverse.com 2000) Ballet Magic – The Burklyn Story (QCP 2002) and Nutcracker Backstage (Princeton Book Co., 2004). Since retiring as Artistic Director she has become the founder and Artistic Director of Ballet Umbrella which incorporates both Dance Counsel, an advice and counseling service for parents, young dancers and companies and Burklyn Designs, a costume design and seminar program.