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.
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 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.
Kristina Chan Sickmond is originally from Rochester, NY and started her dance training at the age of four. In 2010, Kristina received her Bachelor of Science degrees in Dance and Finance from SUNY Brockport. In 2014, she joined the Adagio family and is currently the Junior Ballet Company director and costume mistress.
Olivia Jordan, from Jacksonville, Florida, received her early training from North Carolina School of the Arts. She graduated cum laude from Jacksonville University BFA dance program in 2011, where she had the opportunity to perform works by Jennifer Muller, David Parsons, Také Ueyama, Adrienne Clancy, and Christian Von Howard. Ms. Jordan was recognized as Student of the Year for the College of Fine Arts. She has toured nationally and internationally as a company member with Jennifer Muller/The Works of New York City, Surfscape Contemporary Dance Theatre of Florida, and ClancyWorks Dance Company of D.C. Olivia is currently a company member with Company Danzante. She is also a full-time teacher, Production Manager, and Assistant Director of Adagio Dance Company’s Contemporary Division.
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.
Madison Horwitz is from Lakeland, Florida, where she studied dance at Harrison School for the Arts. During her time there, she performed works by Jose Limon and Peter Pucci. Madison continued her dance training in Virginia, where she performed and studied at the Metropolitan Fine Arts Center. She then attended George Mason University where she received the Outstanding Freshman of the Year award and scholarship. Madison earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts with honors, and went on to perform as a Company Member with Company Danzante from 2015-2017. Madison is a full time teacher with Adagio Ballet and is the Early Years Program Supervisor.
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.
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 Jazz Intensive Program.
Kyoko Ruch began her dance training at Classical Ballet Academy of Northern Virginia and attended many summer programs including School of American Ballet with an honorary scholarship and Richmond Ballet on full scholarship.
Kyoko performed professionally with Richmond Ballet while earning her B.F.A. in Dance Performance from Virginia Commonwealth University. Ms. Ruch has performed with Von Howard Project, Company Danzante, and Company E, among others and has choreographed and performed her own work internationally and at festivals and showcases around the United States.
Kyoko is an Intensive Ballet Program teacher and choreographs contemporary pieces for students competing in Youth American Grand Prix Dance competition.
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.
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.
Hillary Mellinger began her dance training with Cydni’s School of Dance in Homer, Louisiana. She continued dancing with the Twin City Ballet Company in Monroe, Louisiana, and the Rockford Dance Company of Rockford, Illinois. Hillary is currently pursuing a PhD in Justice, Law and Criminology from American University. She holds an MA from George Mason University, and a BA from Beloit College.
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.
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.
Mikayla McKee is a recent Magna Cum Laude graduate from George Mason University where she received a BFA in Dance. Mikayla is excited to be working with Company Danzante and Metropolitian Ballet Ensemble.
Savanna Alfanos is a native of Brighton, Michigan, and received her performing arts education at Dance Dynamics Performing Arts Center. As a young dancer, Savanna was also invited to share the stage with the Moscow Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, and Joffrey Ballet. Savanna graduated Cum Laude from Mercyhurst University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in dance. There, she performed with The Mercyhurst Dancers and was an active leader, taking on roles such as Outreach Coordinator, Vice President of the Liturgical Dance Ensemble, and Volunteer Coordinator for the campus wide event Arts on the Hill. During summers, Savanna trained at Joffrey, American Ballet Theatre, Complexions Contemporary Ballet and Bodiography Contemporary Ballet intensives. Savanna joined Virginia National Ballet in 2016 as a company member, where she performed lead roles in The Nutcracker and Snow White.
Susie Wopat, originally from Baltimore, Maryland, began her dance training in a variety of genres at age seven. Susie graduated from Indiana University’s Contemporary Dance Program with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology in dance. She has performed works by Larry Keigwin, James Martin, Kyle Abraham, and Andrea Miller, and has studied with guest artist’s including Adriane Fang, Pamela Pietro, Rashuan Mitchell, Connie Dinapoli, Jeremy Jae Neal, and Jaclyn Walsh. Susie is also a current company member in Company Danzante.
Maggie Sullivan is a native of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and began her ballet training with Kristin and Peter Degnan at the Degnan Ballet Center. Maggie continued her studies at Mercyhurst University, under the direction of Tauna Hunter, where she received a B.A. in Dance Pedagogy, choreographed a number of works presented at the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center, acted as coordinator of the Liturgical Dance Ensemble, served on the Leadership Team and as an Ambassador for the university. Ms. Sullivan has performed with SOMAR Dance Works in Erie, PA and Connect The Dots Dance Company in Washington DC. She has taught a wide variety of dance classes in varying age and technique levels at the Degnan Ballet Center, Wilkes Conservatory, Encore School of Dance, Stage Directions Performing Arts Academy, David Blight School of Dance, The Pennsylvania Performing Arts Academy, The Dance Center at Brandywine Ballet, and Mercyhurst University. Maggie has most recently been the regional director of the Northern Virginia branch of Little People’s Creative Workshop, a theater arts program for preschool-aged children. When she’s not in the dance studio, Maggie is photographing dancers for her website En Pointe Photography.
Melissa Bastidas, originally from Lagrangeville, NY, has been dancing and competing since she was 7 years old. Ms. Bastidas’ extensive performance experience ranges from dance competitions to youth tap company performances in New York City Tap Festival, Tap Kids, and the United Nations. In 2013, Melissa performed in the New York City run of Tap Cabaret “Rhythm Is Our Business”, choreographed by Derick K. Grant. While attending the State University of New York College at Oneonta, she was a member of and choreographer for both the college’s Terpsichorean Dance Company and the Oneonta State Dance Team, where she was team captain and choreographer for 3 years.
Melissa holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood and Childhood Education and is currently an elementary school teacher in Virginia.
Originally from Pennsylvania, Shannon studied dance at Movement Laboratory under Judy Williams Henry. Shannon went on to attend The University of Akron and graduated with a B.F.A. in dance. Shannon has had the opportunity to continue her training at Pennsylvania Governors School for the Arts, Salzburg International Ballet Academy, and American College Dance Festival. Ms. Evans has also enjoyed the opportunity of working and performing with dance companies such as Neos Dance Theatre, STREB: Extreme Pop Action, Tom Evert Dance Company, and Dissonance Dance Theatre.
Shannon started to pursue her love of teaching during her time in college. Ms. Evans began teaching multiple styles of dance in Akron, Ohio at Ihde Rather be Dancing. After graduation, Shannon moved to the D.C area and began teaching with East Coast Edge Performing Arts Center, Ballet Petite and Princess Mhoon Dance Institute.
Jennifer is a long-time runner and fitness enthusiast whose favorite workouts include those that focus on sculpting and tightening the whole body using a variety of equipment, body weight and ballet-inspired movements. She’s a two-time marathoner (Boston Marathon 2016 finisher), an American Barre Technique Master Instructor (2017), an American Barre Technique Certified Pre- and Postnatal Barre Instructor (2017), a Prenatal and Postnatal Fitness and Nutrition Specialist (certified in 2016) and a Master Trainer for Moms Into Fitness with Lindsay Brin. Jennifer received her AFAA Group Fitness Instructor certification in 2015, CIZE certification in 2015, and PiYo certification in 2016. She is currently working on her NASM Personal Training Certification and American Barre Technique H.I. Barre Certification.
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.
Sofia Mora received her Bachelor’s degree in Communications from the Universidad Iberomericana in Mexico City. She is now the Office Manager and Production Coordinator at Adagio Ballet.
Cassidy Wagner received her early training from North Shore Dance Studio in Wisconsin. She furthered her passion for dance when she attended the Interlochen Arts Academy summer intensive. Cassidy later studied in London, England at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and The Place for Dance.
Ms. Wagner graduated Magna Cum Laude from George Mason University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and a minor in Business in 2016. There, she was a part of the Mason Dance Company where she performed various student and faculty works. She also interned at the Kennedy Center in the Dance Programming Department. Cassidy is Adagio Ballet’s Intensive Program Coordinator and teaches classes within the Youth 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. Rachel works with Adagio Ballet’s Administration team.