Director: Linda Voelpel is originally from the Saint Louis area, where she received her initial dance and acrobatic training, and began her teacher training at the Lucille Rapp Dance Studio while still in high school.  She has 38 years teaching experience in ballet, tap, acrobatics, jazz, and creative movement.
Ms. Voelpel is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Texas Christian University, where she earned the Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Science degrees.  When a foot injury ruled out fulltime dancing for an extended period, Ms. Voelpel used that time to pursue academic studies, broadening the base of her already-acquired physical and technical teaching skills.  Knowing a good teacher is more than simply an accomplished dancer, she devoted a great deal of her academic career to understanding the other requirements of teaching a physical activity; such as how to work with students of all ages from diverse physical and psychological backgrounds.  Ms. Voelpel’s outstanding academic work in communications (Summa Cum Laude with Departmental Honors, Senior Scholar in Communication Theory) allowed her to further refine and enhance her teaching skills.
Ms. Voelpel danced with the Saint Louis Civic Ballet and was a soloist and rehearsal captain with the Charleston Dance Theatre (South Carolina).
She appeared on national television on the Ted Mack Amateur Hour as an acrobatic dance soloist, and performed on local television in Saint Louis and Charleston.  Ms. Voelpel appeared professionally throughout the Saint Louis area with the Kirkettes, a precision dance ensemble, and as an acrobatic dance soloist.  Ms. Voelpel was a member of the Texas Christian University Women’s Gymnastics Team.
After leaving the Saint Louis area, Ms. Voelpel lived in several cities, always studying with leading teachers in each city, furthering her knowledge of the Russian technique and teaching method. While living in Oklahoma, Ms. Voelpel studied with world-renowned American Indian ballerinas Moscelyne Larkin and Yvonne Chouteau of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo.  While in Tulsa, she also studied with Roman Jasinski, premier danseur, Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. Other notable ballet teachers include Alexandra Danilova, Don Cantwell, Fernando Schaffenburg, Stanley Herbertt, and Finis Jhung.  Jazz teachers include Luigi, Gus Giordano, and Chet Walker.
She has performed at Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo Park, Maryland; and in numerous ensemble and solo pieces for the Ballet Academy of Northern Virginia, including the Loudoun Ballet Company 1996 National Dance Week Choreography Competition. Before coming to Warrenton, Ms. Voelpel spent five years teaching and studying under Madame Solange Binda-MacLean, director of the Ballet Academy of Northern Virginia.  Madame Binda-MacLean has generously shared her vast knowledge of ballet, teaching, choreography, and staging, adding immeasurably to Ms. Voelpel’s teaching skills.
Ms. Voelpel believes dance teachers have a professional responsibility to take every opportunity to improve and update their teaching skills on a regular basis. In June 2000, she attended the Ballet Intensive from Moscow, directed by Dmitri Roudnev.  Participation in this program gave Ms. Voelpel the opportunity to further upgrade her knowledge and teaching skills of the Vaganova syllabus with the finest Vaganova method teachers from Russia, Europe, and North America, while also taking master classes in ballet, jazz, and character.
In August 2000, she attended the Gus Giordano Workshop of the Jazz Dance World Congress at the University of New York at Buffalo.  This workshop provided a unique opportunity to study with one of the world’s foremost jazz companies.
In July 2001, Ms. Voelpel completed a week-long Vaganova Teacher Training Program under the direction of John White, co-founder of the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet and a founding member of the Ballet Nacional de Cuba. Mr. White has been directing Vaganova Teacher Training for over 20 years, and is the author of Teaching Classical Ballet, a seminal text for classical dance teachers. This pedagogue course provided comprehensive study of Years 1, 2, and 3 of the Vaganova Syllabus. In July, 2002, she continued her Vaganova Teacher Training with Mr. White, completing a week-long intensive pedagogue course covering Years 4, 5, and 6 of the Vaganova Syllabus.
Ms. Voelpel was also selected to attend the first-ever Luigi Jazz Intensive later in July 2001. The week-long training program with the master himself included technique, style, and repertory. Ms. Voelpel continues to study jazz with Luigi and Francis J. Roach at their New York studio.
Ms. Voelpel completed Finis Jhung’s New York City Teacher Training Workshop in August, 2005.
Read more information about Ms. Voelpel from News accounts.

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR and School Manager – Melissa Yowell has been at Ballet Academy since it opened in August of 2000. Asked to help find a dance studio for her niece, she visited the Academy and met Miss Linda during open enrollment. She enrolled not only her niece, but herself as well.   Ten years after leaving dance, Miss Melissa returned to the world of dance and quickly remembered her love. She enjoys ballet, jazz, flamenco, and most of all tap. Miss Melissa has danced with the Warrenton Ballet Company as a guest. She has performed with Performing Arts Educators events, including the London Invitational during the 2012 Summer Olympics, the Kennedy Center, and the Lincoln Center.
Miss Melissa enjoys teaching and dancing with the Academy’s youngest dancers, and starting dancers on their dance journey. When not teaching dance, she works 12 hour nights as a nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Mary Washington Hospital. In July of 2012, she completed her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education and Development.

Philip S. Rosemond
 has 39 years performing experience as a professional dancer; 35 years experience teaching dance; 26 years experience as a director, choreographer, ballet master, counseling and workshop facilitator; 21 years experience in dance and arts management, consulting, and curatorship; and 10 years experience as a seminar and workshop facilitator in objectives training for artists and dancers.
He teaches Adult Gentle Ballet and Modern Dance / Horton Technique.
Mr. Rosemond has performed with Washington (DC) Ballet, New York City Opera Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Ballet Met of Columbus, Cincinnati/New Orleans Ballet, Western Chamber Ballet, Cleveland Ballet, New York City Ballet, Dayton Ballet, Colorado Ballet, Boulder Ballet Ensemble, and many other companies. Mr. Rosemond has served as Artistic Director of Western Chamber Ballet and SW Washington Dance Center, as well as Ballet Master of Montana Ballet and Manassas Dance Company.
He received the Bachelor of Fine Arts Cum Laude from the University of Cincinnati, completing his studies under a CCM full honors scholarship.
He began his dance training as a scholarship student at the Washington School of Ballet. He has studied at ABT and SAB, Joffrey Ballet, and Pennsylvania Ballet as a summer scholarship student. Mr. Rosemond studied ballet independently with Melinko Banovich, Wilhelm Burman, Maggie Black, Melissa Hayden, David Howard, Finis Jhung, Oleg Sabine and many others. He trained in Vaganova Pedagogy with Gretchen Warren, Marat Daukayev, Nikita Dolgushin, and Sergey Kozadayev/Zhanna Dubrovskaya. He studied modern and modern pedagogy with James Truitte: (Horton Technique & General Pedagogy), Fanchon Shur, Jan Van Dyke, Stephen Petronio, Murray Spalding, Karen Steele, Remy Charlip, and many others.
He is also trained in Performance Art and Ritual Theatre and yoga.

Autumn Hoke has been with Ballet Academy of Warrenton since it opened in 2000. She has studied ballet throughout the years, adding tap in 2003 and jazz in 2006. She’s also enjoyed years of modern, Polynesian, and flamenco training. In 2006, she was invited to participate in the Academy’s Student Teaching Assistant Program; within 3 years she was the Senior Student Teaching Assistant. In 2007, Miss Autumn joined The Warrenton Ballet Company and enjoyed performing yearly at Cinderella Tea, GumDrop Square, Sylvan Theater, and National Dance Week performances. She’s also performed with the All Star Tap Team at the National Cherry Blossom Parade every spring since 2009.
Her biggest dance performance opportunities came during 2011 – 2013, when the Academy was invited to perform at the Orange Bowl, the Kennedy Center, the Lincoln Center, and the London Invitational during the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Miss Autumn has ability to work with children of all ages. She has a passion for choreography and enjoys analyzing the way a dancer moves. She is studying Physical Therapy at Lord Fairfax Community College so she can better serve dancers, helping them to move with ease and strength of motion while avoiding injury.
Miss Autumn will soon graduate with an Associates degree in General Studies in Arts and Science and a Health Certificate/Applied Associates of Science in Nursing, after which she will pursue a Bachelors in Exercise Science.
In July, 2013, Miss Autumn completed Vaganova Teacher Training with John White, a comprehensive study of Years 1, 2, and 3 of the Vaganova Syllabus. She completed Grades 4, 5, and 6 Vaganova Teacher Training in July, 2014. In 2015, Miss Autumn attended the Luigi Jazz Intensive at Luigi’s Jazz Centre in New York City.

Sara Cooper began her dance career at Ballet Academy of Warrenton, near her hometown of Culpeper, Virginia. In May, 2016, she graduated from Radford University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with highest honors in both Dance and English. As a student at Radford, Sara performed choreography created by both students and faculty; and danced in the American College Dance Association’s 2016 National College Dance Festival at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She also had the opportunity to set her own choreography on her peers for a final honors capstone concert.
After graduating from Radford, Sara performed as an apprentice with Roanoke City Ballet in Roanoke, Virginia. She also has experience as a lighting technician, a stage manager, and a teacher; and works as a copy editor when not in the studio. Sara began dancing with Nomadic Artist in Fairfax, Virginia, in June 2017.

Maggie Pierce has been involved in the performing arts for as long as she can remember. In 2011, she began taking ballet classes at the Ballet Academy of Warrenton. Since that ballet-centric beginning, Maggie has added tap, jazz, and acrobatics to her interests and repertoire.  In 2014 she joined the Warrenton Ballet Company, and continues to perform with them. In 2015 Maggie began as a student teaching assistant, discovering yet a new dance passion: helping others experience joy in dance.

Devynn Bledsoe has been dancing for thirteen years, twelve of them at Ballet Academy. Her early training was in ballet and tap; as she progressed, she added jazz, modern, and acrobatics. She has been a Student Teaching Assistant, and truly enjoys helping young students find the same joy in dance she does. Devynn is a member of The Warrenton Ballet Company. As a Ballet Academy student, she has performed with the All-Star Tap Team in the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade in Washington, DC;  at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City, and Hershey Park.
Devynn enjoys playing the piano and mallet percussion, and is a member of the hand bell choir at Culpeper Presbyterian Church.

Cat Schwetke is an adjunct instructor at Ballet Academy. Miss Cat began her training in ballet, contemporary, and folk dance while at the University of Idaho. Her Air Force career gave Cat the opportunity to continue her dance training across the nation, studying with the Montgomery Civic Ballet, Nevada Ballet Theatre, Broadway Dance Center, and Arlington Center for Dance, among others. Miss Cat has studied ballet, tap, jazz, folk, modern, character, theater dance, hip hop, and flamenco.  She currently performs with Precedence, a flamenco dance company under the umbrella of Virginia Ballet Company.

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