Svetlana Marintcheva is the Founding Director of the Adagio Ballet School of Dance. She graduated in 1999 from the Southwestern University in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria with a degree in Choreographic Pedagogy. Prior to graduation, Svetlana danced with the Varna Opera House Junior Company in Bulgaria. Over the years, she has developed her own concept of teaching ballet to young children and continues to take Adagio Ballet’s Early Years curriculum to new heights.
Katherine Horrigan holds her masters in Arts Management from George Mason University and a BFA in Dance from Fordham University/The Ailey School. Katherine is the Director of Adagio Ballet School of Dance, an adjunct professor of dance at George Mason University and is the co-director and resident choreographer for Company Danzante.
She has performed with numerous dance companies including Ailey II, Eliza Monte Dance, Tania Perez-Salas Compania de Danza, Nathan Trice/Rituals, The Francesca Harper Project, and seasons with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal. She has worked with acclaimed artists such as Alonzo King, Robert Battle, Jessica Lang, Aszure Barton, Dwight Rhoden, and Rodrigo Pederneiras of Grupo Corpo, Brazil. Katherine’s choreography has been presented in Mexico, Venezuela, New York City, Washington DC, Chicago, and at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. Katherine is a guest artist for professional companies, festivals, universities and summer intensives in the States and Mexico where she teaches company classes, master classes, workshops, and auditions. Katherine has directed George Mason University’s summer intensive program, SummerDance at Mason. Katherine is the 2015 recipient of the Strauss Artist Grant awarded by the Arts Council of Fairfax County.
Jennifer Ferrigno was trained at First State Ballet Theatre under the tutelage of Pasha and Kristina Kambalov. After graduation, Jennifer danced professionally with Alabama Ballet and Milwaukee Ballet. During her career, Jennifer had the pleasure of performing principal roles in works by noted choreographers such as George Balanchine, Antony Tudor, Marius Petipa, August Bournonville, Agnes de Mille, Twyla Tharp, Septime Webre, Matthew Neenan, Christopher Bruce, Vincente Nabrada and Michael Pink. Ms. Ferrigno’s most notable roles including; ‘Kitri’ in Don Quixote, ‘Aurora’ in ‘The Sleeping Beauty’, ‘Odette/Odile’ in ‘Swan Lake’, ‘The Sylph’ in ‘La Sylphide’, ‘Caroline’ in Tudor’s ‘Lilac Garden’, ‘Waltz Girl’ in Balanchine’s ‘Serenade’, Principal Girl in Balanchine’s ‘Allegro Brilliante’, ‘Lady Jane’ in Christopher Bruce’s ‘Rooster’, and ‘The Maiden’ in Agnes de Mille’s ‘The Other’. During her years on the stage, Jennifer also shared her love of dance through teaching. Ms. Ferrigno has served as Ballet Director for Encore Performance Company, an adjunct instructor with Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama and a guest instructor in Sapporo, Japan. Most recently, Ms. Ferrigno has taught for Milwaukee Ballet School as well as Milwaukee Ballet School’s Summer Intensive Program, Cecchetti Council of America’s Summer School, and is a frequent guest instructor throughout the country. Jennifer is the Assistant Director of Adagio Ballet and serves as a teacher and coach within the Intensive Ballet Program.
Rachel DuzenEarly Years and Youth Program FacultyBiography
Sarah Beth PennyEarly Years and Youth Program FacultyBiography
Evelina PetkovaADC Ballet Division Director Intensive Program Faculty
Evelina Petkova originally from Kazanlak, Bulgaria began her ballet training under the tutelage of Alla Angelova. Upon graduation, Evelina studied Ballet Pedagogy and Choreography under Kalina Bogoeva at the acclaimed National Academy of Music “Pancho Vladigerov”. After moving to the United States in 2009, Evelina received her Intermediate and Advanced Teacher’s Certification from the prestigious Bolshoi Ballet Academy Teacher’s Program. Most recently, Evelina’s students have been accepted to training programs around the world including the Bolshoi Ballet Academy year around program in Moscow, Russia and have placed within the ‘Top 12’ at the Youth America Grand Prix Ballet Competition. Ms. Petkova oversees Adagio Ballet’s Intensive Ballet Curriculum and serves as the Director of the Adagio Dance Company –Senior Ballet Division.
Arturo GarciaADC Modern Division Director Intensive Program Faculty
Arturo Garcia, graduated from Escuela Superior de Música y Danza de Monterrey with a degree in contemporary dance. Arturo performed professionally with Tania Perez-Salas Compania de Danza and performed in numerous international dance festivals. Arturo’s choreography has premiered in Mexico, Washington DC, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Chicago, and Virginia. Arturo was commissioned by The Kennedy Center to premier work for the Millennium Stage as the 2014 recipient of Kennedy Center’s Local Dance Commissioning Project.
Arturo is the co-director and resident choreographer of Company Danzante, a professional contemporary dance company that has performed in the NYC Dance Gallery Festival, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Atlas Intersections Festival, Chicago’s Esencia Festival, and Richmond’s Yes National Dance Festival, among others. He is a full-time teacher at Adagio Ballet School of Dance, where he directs the Adagio Dance Company’s Contemporary Division and leads the Modern Intensive Program. Arturo is a guest artist for summer intensive programs in DC and Chicago and is the 2015 recipient of the Strauss Artist Grant awarded by the Arts Council of Fairfax County.
Stefanie CaputoADC Junior Ballet Division Director and Intensive Program Faculty
Stefanie Caputo began her ballet training in her hometown of Wilmington, DE, studying under Pasha and Kristina Kambalov at First State Ballet Theatre. In 2002, Stefanie was honored as a Youth America Grande Prix Top 12 World Finalist in the Senior Division in New York City. Stefanie began her professional career with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre as a trainee and continued with Ballet Theater of Maryland, Alabama Ballet and Arova Contemporary Ballet. Stefanie has had the privilege of performing lead roles such as ‘Swanhilda’ in the full length production of ‘Coppelia’ and the title role in full length ‘Paquita’. Ms. Caputo also had the honor of performing pieces by noted choreographers such as Matthew Neenan, Terrance Orr, Victor Plotnikov, Roger Van Fleteren and Jennifer Medina. In 2013 Stefanie graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a B.S in Early Childhood/Elementary Education. Stefanie is Adagio Dance Company’s Junior Ballet Division, Assistant Director and teaches students within the Intensive Ballet Program.
Jessie was born in Raleigh, North Carolina and began dancing at In Motion Dance Center under the direction of Michelle Nicholson. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts High School Program where she was a ballet concentration. There she studied under Laura Martin, Susan Jaffe and Brenda Daniels. Jessie then went on to receive her Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance from Point Park University where she had the opportunity to work with faculty such as Ron Tassone, Kiesha Lalama, Heather Carpenter, Jason McDole, and Susan Stowe. Throughout her time at Point Park she was a finalist at the Youth American Grand Prix from 2014-2015 and was a company member of MERZTANZ, a contemporary ballet company under the direction of Peter LeBreton Merz. Some of her most notable roles throughout her career include Molly in “Annie”, a Russian Girl in George Balanchine’s “Serenade”, Larry Keigwin’s “Kingdom”, and was a featured dancer in “The King and I”, “Oliver”, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat”, “Oklahoma!’, “Hello! Dolly”, and “The Pirates of Penzance.” Most recently Jessie was a featured dancer and dance captain in “Beauty and the Beast” with the Arlington Players.
Stacey received her early training at Mid-Atlantic Center for the Performing Arts and Spotlight Studio of Dance in ballet, modern, tap, jazz, and contemporary. She graduated from George Mason University with a BFA in Dance and a minor in Kinesiology. During her time at GMU, Stacey had the privilege to choreograph and perform modern works for the Mason Dance Company.
Stacey has attended Parsons Dance Summer Intensive and studied Afro-Cuban dance abroad in Cuba. She also was a Moving Story Apprentice at Triple Arts Musical Theater intensive where she had the opportunity to work with Christopher d’Amboise and Terrence Mann as well as create her own original musical theater piece.
Stacey is currently a part time teacher at Adagio Ballet School of Dance, and is excited to be working with the Early Years and Youth Program.
Laura DoughtyEarly Years and Youth Program Faculty
Laura Doughty is a graduate of The Juilliard School in NYC. Laura is trained in classical ballet, modern, jazz, tap, musical theater, Latin and Mexican folklore dance forms. Laura has performed, taught and choreographed in various parts of the USA, Mexico, Greece and Japan.
Throughout her long career she has received numerous fellowships, grants and awards; including being selected for the New Choreographers’ on Pointe award, a dancer for the ’98 Winter Olympics in Japan and critical acclaim in The New York Times, Dance Magazine and Attitude Magazine.
Sarah is native to Naples, Florida where she began dancing at the age of three. She has worked and performed with many great artists such as Mikhail Baryshnikov and professionals with The Miami City Ballet. In strengthening her technique Sarah has studied Balanchine, Cecchetti, and Vaganova methods of ballet. Before college she started choreographing at age seventeen for her competitive high school Dance Line/ Dance Team, and taught classes at her local studio. Sarah received a BA in Dance from Western Michigan University where she focused on three main genres: jazz, modern and ballet. She performed in numerous student, faculty, and guest artists’ works along with choreographing her own pieces for the student run program called Orchesis. The program also focused on anatomy and kinesiology where she learned methods of preventing injury to the dancer’s body. Dance has taken Sarah over seas to Scotland, London, and France where she has had the pleasure of performing at historical venues and sites. Previously, she has taught in Soldotna, Alaska where she took charge of all three levels of competition teams and in Michigan for over six years in numerous cities. In addition to teaching and choreographing many different ages and levels within a studio, she’s also done a handful of wedding ﬂash-mobs. Sarah believes in promoting an educational experience while inspiring dancers to ﬁnd their true joy and love of this versatile art. Sarah is excited to be apart of this amazing Adagio Ballet team!
Stephanie DriscollEarly Years and Youth Program Faculty
Stephanie Driscoll, originally from Pittsburgh, PA, has been dancing since the age of three. She received her early training from various dance schools in the Pittsburgh area and finished her ballet training at Pittsburgh Ballet House, performing various roles in Coppélia, The Nutcracker, and Cinderella. Stephanie graduated Cum Laude from Elon University with BA degrees in Political Science and International Relations as well as pursued a dance minor. Also while at Elon, Stephanie was a member for four years of the Elon University Dance Team and was captain her senior year. Stephanie then moved to London to pursue her Master’s degree at SOAS University of London where she had the opportunity to take and teach classes with the UCL Dance Society.
Brittany BolickEarly Years & Youth Program Faculty
Brittany Bolick grew up in Fredericksburg, Virginia where she continued the dance education she began at age 3. Through high school, Brittany trained with the Fredericksburg Academy of Ballet and performed with their Senior Company. Brittany recently graduated from the University of Virginia with degrees in Politics and Drama. During her time at UVA, Brittany focused on dance for theater, performing as a featured dancer in productions of The Producers, Godspell, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Sweet Charity, and Urinetown. Brittany also choreographed productions of Cabaret and Pride and Prejudice in addition to her drama capstone project “A Night of Gershwin” which featured jazz, musical theater, and ballet choreography to the works of George Gershwin. Previously, Brittany worked as an administrative intern and teaching assistant at the Charlottesville Ballet.
Madeline Burr is from Houston, Texas where she began her classical training at the High School for Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA). There, she trained in many styles including ballet, modern, jazz, contemporary, and pointe. Madeline is now a dance major at George Mason University, where she will receive her BFA in May 2020. At Mason, Madeline has performed works by Susan Shields and Andonis Foniadakis, as well as been a part of and choreographed many student works. Madeline has spent her summers studying at DanceWorks Chicago, the Hubbard Street Summer Intensive, Vim Vigor Dance Company’s Summer Intensive, and learning Countertechnique in Montréal, Quebec. She has also studied AfroCuban in Cuba as part of a study abroad program. Madeline is excited to further her love for teaching with the students at Adagio Ballet School of Dance!
Kinaya Grayson is a California native currently pursuing her Bachelors in Business Management from Howard University. Kinaya has trained throughout her childhood and teenage years at Lula Washington Dance Theater in Los Angeles and majored in Dance at Hollywood High School’s Performing Arts Magnet. At Howard, Kinaya had the privilege of serving as the Artistic Director for the campus’s first contemporary dance company, I.AM.WE.
Kinaya has performed in Little Shop of Horrors, Black Nativity in DC, Giselle, Coppelia, and starred in Carmina Burana. Ms. Grayson has taught dance for seven years and is excited to continue her teaching career and inspire the love of dance within her students.
Princess began dancing at the age of nine. In 2005, she joined the Dance Place Step Team in Washington, D.C. During that time, she has had the pleasure of performing for Sidney Harman, Harry Belafonte, at the Kennedy Center, alongside the illustrious Baba Chuck Davis, and much more. In 2013, she received the opportunity to travel the U.S. as a member of Illstyle and Peace Productions, a hip-hop dance company based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Now as the lead hip-hop and step teacher for the Kids on the Move program at Dance Place, she not only encourages creativity in children, but inspires development both mentally and emotionally through teamwork and dedication.
Robin Rodbell is a professional dance artist and educator in the DC Metro area. While earning her Associate’s Degree at Anne Arundel Community College, Robin apprenticed in the AACC Dance Company. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and Choreography with a Business Administration minor from Towson University. She holds her Professional Intermediate Certification and her Grade Three Teaching Certification through the Cecchetti Council of America. Robin has performed with Towson University’s Ballet Company, Moveius Contemporary Ballet, ICONS, Vaught Contemporary Ballet, BlueShift Dance, RawArts Dance, and Extreme Lengths Productions. Her choreography has been featured at NACHMO and The Collective’s Open Marley Night. During the summer of 2019, Robin held a Technical Theater internship at Dance Place, where she gained experience working behind the scenes of dance productions. She currently teaches ballet, modern, and lyrical, and performs with Ballet Embody and in other project-based works.
Katherine Liljestrand began studying classical ballet at a young age with Ballet Repertory Theatre of New Mexico. She attended summer intensives with American Ballet Theatre, Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts, the Walnut Hill School, and Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet. Katherine became a company member with Ballet Repertory Theatre’s company as a freshman in high school and continued to dance soloist and principal roles with the company for the next nine years. She began teaching at Ballet Repertory Theatre in 2011. Katherine graduated from the University of New Mexico with a B.A. in English and a B.A. in Biology and is currently attending Georgetown University in pursuit of her Juris Doctorate Degree. Katherine is an instructor within the Intensive Ballet Program.
Megan Brown was born in Pennsylvania and began her dance training at the age of 4 with the Allegheny Ballet Company. During her time with the Allegheny Ballet Company she performed various roles in ballets such as A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and more. She also attended dance intensives with Joffrey Ballet, American Ballet Theater, The Rock School of Dance and Cincinnati Ballet. Upon starting college at The Pennsylvania State University, Megan began teaching ballet, jazz and tap part time at her home studio. She is now a 2nd grade teacher and is thrilled to share her love of dance with the students here at Adagio Ballet.
Deidra Squire has been tap dancing for 23 years. She was trained at Ballet Met Dance Academy and Judy Conti Dance Academy in Ohio. Deidra earned a B.A. in Communications from Hampton University and a Juris Doctorate from the George Washington University School of Law. Throughout her life, Deidra has remained very involved in the performing arts both professionally and through volunteerism. She began producing shows at the age of 16 and began competing nationally in Humanities and Performing Arts in high school. She founded Above Deck Tap Dance Ensemble at Hampton University. Since relocating to the DMV, Deidra has taught tap dance at numerous art programs and schools.
Deidra currently oversees the Intensive Tap Program at Adagio Ballet and is the Director of the Adagio Dance Company Tap Division.
Jordan Daugherty is a native of Louisville, Kentucky. In 2011, Jordan graduated Cum Laude with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from George Mason University. While attending George Mason, Jordan was a member of the school’s hip hop team, Urbanology, and a member of the George Mason Dance Company. Jordan had the pleasure of working with the guest artist residencies of Twyla Tharp, David Parson, Ohad Narahin, and Mark Morris. Jordan had her choreography,” Raw Jubilation” performed at the Kennedy Center on the Millennium Stage. Following her collegiate career, Jordan danced with the second company of the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company and worked with the Cincinnati Black Dance Theatre. Most recently, Jordan is a dancer with DC Contemporary Dance Theatre and serves as an instructor within Adagio Ballet’s Early Years, Youth and Intensive Program.
Rachel Duzen is from Saratoga Springs, New York, and began her ballet training at the age of four at Saratoga City Ballet under Patti Pugh Henderer. She continued her training with Julie Gedelecia, William Otto and Michael Steele. She had the opportunity to attend several summer intensive programs including Boston Ballet, Saratoga Summer Dance Intensive and Lehrer Dance. Rachel graduated with a BA in Dance and Arts Administration from Mercyhurst University.
Sarah Beth PennyEarly Years and Youth Program Faculty
Sarah Beth Penny, from Roanoke, Virginia started dancing at a young age. Sarah Beth continued her dance training at George Mason University where she performed works choreographed by Donald Byrd, Susan Shields, Linda Miller, Victor Adebusola, and many others. At George Mason, Sarah Beth has also been fortunate to create choreographic works on her peers for performance. In 2017, her work “You Know You’re Doing OK” was selected to be performed at the Kennedy Center on the Millennium Stage. Sarah Beth is currently a candidate for a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a concentration in media production.
Kylie Manning recently worked at the Keshet Center for the Arts in her hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico, for three years as Dance School Manager and Volunteer Coordinator. Before that she attended Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where she majored in U.S. History, minored in Film Studies, and had a Work/Study position for four years in the theater department. Her love for dance was instilled in her at a young age by her mother, who owned a dance studio in Albuquerque for 15 years. Kylie is excited to join Adagio Ballet and work to promote dance education in Virginia!
Gena ScheerschmidtAdministrator, Early Years & Youth Program Faculty
Gena Scheerschmidt is from King George, VA and grew up as a competition baby at Power Explosion Studio of Dance. While competing, Gena performed jazz, hip-hop, ballet, pointe, musical theater, contemporary, tap, and modern as well as completed and passed exams for Cecchetti Ballet up to Level 6. Gena Scheerschmidt graduated from George Mason University in 2018 as a Dance Major and Arts Administration Minor and is currently attending Arizona State University online as a Health Science (Healthy Lifestyle Coaching) Major. Gena has performed on the Kennedy Center’s Millenium Stage and received the Kevin Campbell Summer Scholarship for continued summer dance training. She has worked with both Capitol Movement Inc. as a Fundraising and Development Intern and Body Wise Dance as a Social Media/Marketing Intern. She has taught ages 2 to 18 multiple dance styles in the DMV area for the past 6 years and is excited to be joining the admin family here at Adagio.
Christopher BornetOffice Administrator and Intensive & Youth Faculty
Christopher Bornet grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He started studying ballet at age ten with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. Christopher trained at numerous schools across the country including Boston Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, and University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He has performed lead roles in various ballets such as Beauty and the Beast, Alice in Wonderland, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Phantom of the Opera, and The Nutcracker. Christopher has been performing and teaching for Ballet Repertory Theatre and New Mexico Ballet Company since 2014. In addition, he has worked in sales, finance, and hospitality and holds a Bachelors degree in communications from The University of New Mexico.
Trina, of San Antonio, TX began her training at the Ballet Conservatory of South Texas under the direction of Marieli Guardiola Pope. She went on to dance at Goucher College, where she performed in Goucher Dance Ensemble and graduated magna cum laude. Trina has had the chance to perform with companies abroad such as Espacio Danza Sonia Gili, in Córdoba, Argentina, as well as locally with Charm City Ballet in Baltimore, Maryland and Jane Franklin Dance in Arlington, VA. At this time, Trina is excited to work for Adagio Ballet as an office administrator.