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.
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!
Jessie was born in Raleigh, North Carolina and began dancing at In Motion Dance Center under the direction of Michelle Nicholson. She then attended the University of North Carolina School of the Arts for high school with a concentration in ballet. There, she studied under Laura Martin and Susan Jaffe and had the privilege of performing Larry Keigwin’s work. Jessie then went on to receive her Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance from Point Park University, where she was featured as a “Russian Girl” in George Balanchine’s “Serenade” and as Juliet’s friend in Nicholas Petrov’s “Romeo and Juliet.” She has performed in the Youth American Grand Prix New York finals round in both 2014 and 2015 and has danced professionally with Peter Merz’s Pittsburgh based company, Merztanz.
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.
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.
Boer Deng, of San Antonio, TX, received her early training with Ballet San Antonio Academy, under the direction of Mayra Worthen and Marieli Guardiola Pope. She performed with City Center Ballet in New Hampshire while studying Chemistry at Dartmouth College and continued her ballet studies at the Lebanon Ballet School and at Dartmouth, where she co-founded and taught for the university’s student ballet program. Ms Deng has written criticism and commentary about classical ballet for The Economist, the Washington Post and The Atlantic. She has continued dancing while serving as foreign correspondent for The Times of London newspaper, and is delighted to join Adagio Ballet as a teacher.
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.
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.
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.
Madison grew up in Knoxville, TN where she received her training in modern, ballet, jazz, and tap. She is pursuing her BFA in Dance at George Mason University where she has had the opportunity to perform works by Lar Lubovitch, Doug Varone, Robert Battle, Yin Yue, Soon Ho Park, and Susan Shields. She performed the principle role of ‘Red Girl’ in Lar Lubovitch’s signature work, “A Brahms Symphony,” for the closing night of his 50th Anniversary Season at The Joyce Theater in New York City. Madison is thrilled to be teaching at Adagio Ballet.
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.
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.
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.
Caitlin is a recent transplant from Philadelphia, Caitlin has experience working in many facets of the arts, including musical theater, and opera. She is a graduate of West Chester University with a Bachelors Degree in Voice and Communication Studies, and recently earned her Masters Degree in Arts Administration from Drexel University.
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!
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.
Phoebe studied a wide variety of dance styles starting at 2 years old and continuing through high school. She has performed with Community Ballet School and Company, Alabama Youth Ballet and Company, and Richmond Ballet. She graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelors in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a focus in American Sign Language and Deaf Studies. She is now part of Adagio’s Administrative team and is excited to be back in the ballet world!
Devin Brosnan, from Woodbridge, Virginia, has been teaching dance in the Northern Virginia area for over 10 years. She graduated from the Center for Fine and Performing Arts Dance Program (formerly at Woodbridge Senior High School) in 2008 before pursuing dance at the collegiate level. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from University of Maryland in College Park with a B.A. in Dance, where she had the privilege to dance and study with Anne Warren, Karen Bradley, Adriane Fang, Gesel Mason, and Alvin Mayes to name a few. Devin completed the first three levels of the Dance Masters of America Teacher’s Training School in Buffalo, NY with an anticipated completion of Level 4 in 2018. Prior to joining Adagio Ballet, she worked in the Prince William County Public Schools system for 3 years and also at Body Dynamics, Inc. in Falls Church, VA for 2 years. In addition to teaching dance, she is also a licensed Zumba and Zumba Gold instructor.