Ballet Faculty

This year’s Ballet program is led by the award-winning faculty below.

Artist Faculty

Anna-Marie Holmes

Anna-Marie Holmes, artistic director, choreographer, master-teacher, and celebrated ballerina, is an internationally acclaimed dance luminary. Her stagings of Russian ballet classics are in the repertoires of leading ballet companies worldwide, and she is a master coach of principals and soloists in companies such as American Ballet Theatre and English National Ballet.

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Annabelle Lopez Ochoa

The Colombian-Belgian Annabelle Lopez Ochoa is a prolific and award-winning choreographer. Since 2003, she has created works for more than 50 dance companies around the world, along with theater, opera, musical theatre, and fashion designers. Companies she has choreographed for include Atlanta Ballet, Ballet Austin, Ballet Hispanico, Joffrey Ballet, New York City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, Scottish Ballet, The Washington Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, and West Australian Ballet.

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Ramona Pansegrau

Music director, conductor, arranger, and ballet class pianist, Ramona Pansegrau serves as the Director of Music for the National Choreograph Intensive, and is the Conductor for the Kansas City Ballet. This will be Pansegrau's 15th season as Ballet Program Music Director.

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Michael Scales

Michael Scales is the Music Director and Pianist for New York Theatre Ballet. He regularly plays for esteemed dance institutions including Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet, The Juilliard School, New York City Ballet, School of American Ballet, and Steps on Broadway

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Erica Cornejo

Erica Cornejo is a world-renowned Principal Ballerina, featured on the cover of Pointe Magazine and Dance Magazine, and Co-Founder/ Artistic Director of INTEGRARTE. Cornejo has performed as a soloist at American Ballet Theatre and as Principal Dancer at Boston Ballet.

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Anastacia Holden

Anastacia Holden is a Ballet Faculty member and Repetiteur for Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet, for the Joffrey Trainee and Studio Company Programs. Born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Holden enjoyed a 14 year tenure with Joffrey Ballet.

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Hope Muir

Hope Muir became artistic director of Charlotte Ballet in 2017. Born in Toronto, Muir danced with English National Ballet, and in 1994 joined Rambert Dance Company under Christopher Bruce CBE. Muir’s first season at Charlotte Ballet includes the introduction of eight new choreographers and the creation of five new ballets.

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Viktor Plotnikov

Choreographer Viktor Plotnikov, is a native of Ukraine. He started training at the age of 11 at Kiev National Ballet Academy and at the St. Petersburg Vaganova Ballet Academy.His awards include Choreography Prize at the Helsinki International Ballet Competition, Best Choreography Award at the World Ballet Competition in Orlando, FL, and numerous other recognitions at prestigious ballet competitions worldwide. Plotnikov is now Resident Choreographer at Festival Ballet Providence, after numerous years of successful commissioned works with the company.

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Ayşem Sunal Savaşkurt

Aysem Sunal Savaskurt is an internationally renowned Principal Ballerina and was appointed Artistic Director of Istanbul State Opera and Ballet in 2015. Savaskurt worked with Anna-Marie Holmes in her staging of La Bayadère as Nikiya. Savaskurt represented Turkey as a jury member for the 2016 Varna International Ballet Competition.

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