A summer school student from 1999-2000, Jill
began attending RSB in 2001 and worked her way to full time study
in 2002-2003. At the 2002 Winter Extravagnza Jill
performed the role of Mother Ginger in the Nutcracker and opened
the performance with a contemporary jazz number choreographed by
Mary Jo Rimke. She is currently training @ Broadway
Dance in NYC and pursuing her undergraduate degree @ Fordham
University in Communications and Media Studies with an English
minor. For the 2005-2006 season she will be participating in
the first year of the new intensive scholarship, the Professional
Program @ Broadway Dance Center. Additionally, she has been
assisting Michele Assaf in class and with her instuctional dance
video series. Live! at Broadway Dance Center. She has
performed with the Fordham University Dance Team (2003-2004), @
the Hatch at Jennifer Muller/The WORKS, the DUMBO Arts Festival,
in the Boardway Dance Center Showcase, as well original
contemporary showcases with Collide and Enfocus dance. In
March 2005 Jill presented a Guest Artist workshop @ RSB teaching
AI Strech and Jazz.
Since 1998 RSB has been
offering pre-professional instruction to its
students, training them for post-secondary dance
study and jobs. Please find below a list of
our current alumni, including students, staff,
area directors as well as local businesses to read
what they are doing and what they have to say
about RSB and how it influenced their lives.
Alumni are a fantastic group of individuals
who are achieving much success!
Nicklos continues to dance for VERBS Ballet
in Cleveland, Ohio
Von Enck was invited to join Texas Ballet
Theatre( TBT) as a full time
company member. TBT is located
in the Dallas/Fort
Nicole was previously an Apprentice with North
Carolina Dance Theatre for 2 years as well as
Trainee and Apprentice with TBT
before receiving her company contract company
for the 2012-2013 Season.
Li continues her schooling @ Columbia
University in NYC to pursue Doctorate in
Physical Therapy and Dance
was invited back for a second season with
of Maryland as an Apprentice.
Bonvissuto is graduated from Mercyhurst
College and is persuing a Dance Teaching career
Von Enck continues her ballet training
at SAB in NYC and will give her final Workshop
performances June 2-5th in NYC.
Claire is this year's Princess Grace
Representative for SAB and was one of four
dancers awarded the prestigious Mae L. Wien
Award for Outstanding Promise.
Rossi begins her 5th season with the
Balanchine Trust at NYCB.
Jo Grahm continues to build Dancing
Classrooms North East Ohio with the addition of
more classrooms being taught.
Nalette married in July 2011 and moved
t Columbus, Ohio
a 2009 graduate of the US Navel Academy is
currently in Flight School in Corpus Christi,
Woods Cooper's choreography was
adjudicated for performance at Cleveland Public
Theatre Feb., 2011
Holsopple will be performing in Ms.
Woods choreography Feb., 2011.
Wadenpfuhl gave birth to another
daughter December 2011 bringing her total to 3
Morey married in September 2010 and is
now Alison Krejny
Budowanec continues her dance training
after a successful summer at Broadway Dance
Baker is attending Kent State planning
a career as a Nurse.
Von Enck, Julianne Wtulich
and Megan Carcippolo continue their
studies with Kerry Skuderin at Cleveland
Conservatory of Dance
Emma Von Enck
& Megan Cacippolo shared the role
of Clara is Royal Winnipeg' production of
Nutcracker @ Playhouse Square December 2011.
Emma Von Enck
will attend SAB's 2012 Summer Program on Full
Emma Von Enck
competed as a soloist and in a YAGP Semi-Finals
in Chicago and Finals in NYC in 2011.
Nina Hoffman is attending
Miami University in Ohio majoring in Early
Bonvissuto continues her studies at
Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio
1998-2000 Lynn Brennan Tabor
Ms. Tabor was a Guest
Artist with RSB in 2000 and set "Dance
Danube" on the school's Senior and
Junior Divisions. "Dance
Danube" premiered at the
2000 RSB Spring Repertory Concert and was
re-staged for the 2007 RYBC Spring Repertory
Concert. Ms. Tabor, along with her husband
Chris Tabor are formerly from the Cleveland
area, where both were members of Dennis
Nahat's Cleveland San Jose Ballet Company and
Ms. Tabor was the Director for the Dance program
at the Cleveland Musical School Settlement.
Currently both Ms. Tabor and her husband, Chris
are the Artisitc Directors of the Portland Youth
Ballet. Please see below for Contact
Information on the Portland Youth Ballet.
the pleasure to know Joanne Morscher while teaching in
Cleveland. She is a consummate professional and her
students were of such a high caliber. She was also
a wonderful friend who reached out to the Cleveland
dance community in a very positive way. I wish her
all the best and I'm sure she will have great success in
all future endeavors."
Lynn Brennan Tabor,
Artistic Director Portland Youth Ballet
Portland Youth Ballet
7901 SW Cirrus Dr. Bldg. 27
Beaverton, OR 97008
1999-2008 Kenya Woods Cooper
Woods is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, where she first
began her training in dance. She is a graduate from
Tenessee State Unversity with a minor in Dance and has
studies the Russian classical technique with Marguerite
Duncan of North Coast Ballet Theater. Ms. Woods
continued her training NYC with The Alvin Ailey Dance
Center, Broadway Dance Center and Dance Space
Center. She has performed with Ballet Highlights and
Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company. She has toured
and given workshop classes with Eiffman Ballet through
City Center and Pilobolus. She has been the features
dancer for works created by Antolino Alvarez and
Brian Brooks of Donald Byrd - The Group in the Santa Fe
Summer Dance Festival. She has also served as Guest
Teacher and Choreographer for Santa FeCommunity College,
Cleveland School of the Arts, Hudson Repertory Dance, RSB
and Peridance. In addition to her dance training
Kenya is a commercial/sports model and has been featured
in Nike Goddess and Olay Products commericlas; Sports
Illustrated Women, Dance Spirit, Essence, Heart-N-Soul and
Fitness magazines. Kenya is Mom to son, Jordan age
4years and daughter, Sage who is 20 months old. Kenya is
currently working Freelance in the Cleveland community and
is on staff at The Cleveland School of the Arts. She
gave many years of her time and loyalty to the success of
RSB, where she headed up our Modern Division. Ms. Woods is currently teaching Ballet at
Kim's School of Dance in North Royaton, on staff at
the Cleveland School of the Arts and will be teaching
this summer at the Clevleand Playhouse.
"Your syllabus rocks! It
is the best."
choreography was adjudicated and invited to perform
at Cleveland Public Theater February 2011.
Check out Ms.
Woods works at the link below. Fellow alumna
Kim Holsopple will be dancing in Ms. Woods piece.
1998-2008 Kim Holsopple
Kim Holsopple joined RSB
shortly after it opened and in addition to studying ballet
she was a guest jazz teacher at RSB. Kim has studied jazz,
ballet and modern during her more than 25 years of dance
training. Kim's jazz training has been with Dee Hillier
and Karen Colabianchi here in the Cleveland area but she
has also studied with many other jazz teachers, including
some in New York City. Her ballet training has been with
Marguerite Duncan, Nancy Arcury and Joanne Morscher. Kim
has also had the opportunity to study modern dance with
instructors Jen Preis and Kenya Woods. Throughout her
dance career, Kim has worked professionally in the
Cleveland area, performed in many summer theater
productions and has been the choreographer and dancer in
many productions that WorldView Community Church (WVCC)
and WorldView International (WVI) have produced. Kim has
hadthe privilege of traveling with WVI to South Africa,
Madagascar, Switzerland and Malawi as the choreographer
and dancer in original stage productions presented in
these nations. Kim was the Dance Department Director at
WVCC for 12 years and founded the Worship Dance Team
there. Kim's teaching experience includes a wide range of
age groups and technical abilities, as she has been a
teacher at several dance studios in the Cleveland area
along with her work with WVCC and WVI. Kim resides in
Olmsted Falls with her husband and two children.
Kim will be dancing at
Cleveland Public Theater in fellow
RSB Alumna, Kenya Woods Cooper's choreography Feb.,
"My time at RSB greatly
enhanced my dance career, both as a dancer and a teacher.
I greatly appreciate Joanne's extensive ballet knowledge
and unique ability to train highly skilled ballet dancers.
My technique and ballet knowledge grew significantly
during my training at RSB. As an adult dancer, I was
welcomed into class and was provoked and inspired by the
young dancers in my classes. It was also a joy for me to
teach Jazz to the RSB students; their joy of dance and
willingness to learn made teaching such a pleasure. Joanne, thanks for
all you have given to the world of dance.
Can't wait to
see where/when you will get back into dance!" -Kim
"Dance is the hidden language
of the soul.-Martha Graham"
1998-2000 Julie Speck Miller
Julie graduated from the University of Akron with a BFA in
Dance with a concentration in Ballet in 2004. As a
previous Guest Artsist with RSB she has danced lead roles
in Swan Lake & Paquita with her partner Buddy
Flowers. Julie has taught at RSB, emjaez in Bay Village
and is currently on staff at Excel Dance in Hinckley, Ohio
where she will be teaching Ballet & Modern.
Photo by M. Romo
1998-2000 Bethany Karas
2005 Magna Cum Laude graduate of the Point
Park Conservatory with a B.A. in Advertising &
Public Relations plus a Dance Minor. Bethany is
currently in NYC pursuing a career in Public Relations.
Nalette graduated from Ohio University with a dance minor
in 2007 and has since taken Cleveland teaching scene by
storm. She is currently teaching and coaching the
competition teams at Studio 82, Studio J and The Dance
Centre. Her competition teams have won High Golds
and Platinums in Ohio, Penn, and Detriot. Along with
teaching in studios around the Cleveland area, Jennifer is
on her second year being a teaching artist for Dancing
Classrooms NEO and working along side other RSB alum Jo Jo
Graham. As well as teaching Jennifer just finished
her last tour with Azaguno African Dance Company which has
brought her to South Korea, Italy, Tiawan, New
Jersey, New York, and cities around Ohio. As a RSB student
she danced lead roles in Coppelia & the
Nutcracker. As a graduate, Jenni was an integral
part of the RSB Summer faculty, as well as the 2008 RSB
auditioned for the 2010-2011 Dance Graduate
Program at Ohio State University in Columbus and
was accepted into their graduate program.
She received many compliments on her ballet
Photos by Nathan Telea.
Jenni is planning her
wedding to high school sweetheart, Justin July
2011 while bringing
her dancing/teaching expertise to all of Ohio
no better school than RSB. It was the place where I
grew up and was surrounded by love and support."
"Thanks to RSB and Joanne Morscher my
life would not be what it is today. I owe all my
success to Joanne because she gave me a chance and
believed in me."
Photo by Richard Finklestein.
1998-2001 Kathleen Luschek
2005 graduate from The American University in Washington
D.C. with a Bachelor's of Arts. She is planning on
pursuing a graduate education. While in Washington
D.C Kathleen interned with the Washington Ballet and
contiuned to study ballet @ the university. Kathleen
is currently working and living in Charlottsville, VA.
Kathleen is the daughter of RSB/RYBC Costumer and
Stage Crew, Vicki Luschek.
1999-2001 Sarah Schneider
2005 graduate from Mercyhurst College in Erie, PA
with a Bachelor of Arts in Teaching &
Choreography. Sarah has
accepted a job with Ballet Memphis in Tennesee.
She teaches ballet, pointe, repertoire and STOTT Pilates
for the Ballet Memphis school, as well as acting as the
Co-Artistic Director of the Ballet Memphis Junior
Company. Sarah is also in-charge of the
educational enrichments programs for Ballet Memphis.
"During my years
with the Royal School of Ballet I was given strong
classical ballet technique and so much more. RSB
was a nurturing environment that allowed me to grow and
develop as a dancer and as a young woman. I was
encouraged to explore the world of dance and find my
place in it. Mrs. Morscher gave me the tools
needed to succeed in this field: technqiue, confidence,
discipline, and a true love of movement. She
inspired me to pursue the career of my dreams and I am
forever grateful. The Royal School of Ballet will
be missed, but I am confident that Mrs. Morscher's
legacy will continue to positively impact the world of
dance for years to come."
1999-2007 Renee Rossi
Renee Rossi joined the staff at RSB in
2003. After graduating from the University of Akron in
2005 with a B.A. in French and Minor in Dance, she made
her choreographic debut with the Royal Youth Ballet
Company in 2006 with "Facades." Besides guest
choreographer, she has held such titles as administrative
assistant to the Director, ballet instructor at RSB, RYBC
board member, RYBC Artistic Director from
September-December 2007 and most recently was an Intern
with the George Balanchine Trust in New York City.
Renee spent the 2006-2007 school year teaching English
abroad in Nice, France. In her free time, Renee enjoys
spending time with her family and studying mambo and
latin dance. She recently performed on stage at the 2010
New Jersey International Salsa Congress with Stepping
Out's International Latin Dance Company.
by Danny Vega
Renee accepted a full time position in 2008 as the
new Coordinator for the New York Choreographic Institute
(NYCI), an affiliate of New York City Ballet, in
New York City. In November 2010 NYCI will
celebrate its 10th anniversary with, for the first time
ever, public performances at the Miller Theater. She
will be working with artists from around the world
including members of New York City Ballet. In
addition to her work at the Institute, Renee also
completed her certification to become a New York City
Ballet Workout Instructor.
Check out Renee and NYC Ballet @
Renee begins her
thrid season as the Coorrdinator for the New York
Choreoegraphic Institute (NYCI), an affiliate of New
York City Ballet in New York City.
This past fall saw the 10th Anniversary of this
organization. Check out the New York Times review of
this anniversary @ http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/08/arts/dance/08institute.html?_r=1&ref=dance.
"Words cannot begin to describe what
RSB has meant to me since I stepped through its doors in
2000. It is there that I developed as a dancer, an artist,
and a professional, thanks to the support and
encouragement of Joanne Morscher. My experiences at RSB
have provided me with the necessary tools and knowledge
required to succeed in this profession. I will always hold
the memories of the cherished eight years that I spent
there close to my heart."
1998-2003 Leah Baxendale
A current graduate of Mercyhurst College in Erie,
PA. As a RSB student, Leah danced lead roles in Coppelia,
Nutcracker and Paquita, and was an original cast member in
Handel Suites and Preludes.
Photo by M. Romo
Graduate of the University
of Akron with a double major in Business & Dance.
Leanne served as the 2007-2008 Interim Director of RSB. As a RSB student, Leanne
danced lead roles in the Nutcracker, and was an original
cast member in Handel Suites & Preludes. Prelude One
was choroegraphed on Leanne and received its premiere in
Spring 2002. Prelude One was invited to be
showcased at the 25th Ohio Dance Anniversary in
Cleveland, Ohio. Leanne was also a member of the
2001 Ensemble 3rd Place Finish @ YAGP in Chciago,
has accepted a Writing Internship at the University of
Akron for 2008. Leanne gave birth to a daughter
Poppy in February 2009.
Photo by E. Skarl
"RSB was my dance home for almost 9 years. Training,
dancing, performing, teaching and growing up in this
school have been significant milestones in my life. Joanne
Morscher is a knowledgable and caring teacher and mentor.
All of the staff at RSB have passed on a love and hunger
for dance and dance education that I will carry for the
rest of my life."
of Poppy age 1year.
her husband Jacob and daughter Poppy welcomed
another daughter Mara Autumn in October 2010 and another daughter in December 2011!
1998-2003 Brooke Datko
A student @ RSB from
November 1998-November 2003, Brooke participated in many
performances and festivals. Brooke was an original
member of the RYBC & traveled to Columbus, Ohio for
the premiere of Preludes. Brooke
graduated from the US Navel Academy in May 2009 and was
commisioned in the Marine Corps while being stationed in
Panama City, Florida. This past summer she lived
and volunteered in Okinawa, Japan. Brooke is
currently in Flight School in Corpus Christi, Texas.
"I still attribute many of my successes to you.
You were a wonderful role model. You taught me
self-discipline and perseverence-two traits that I must
rely on everyday."
"Mrs. Morscher has been a
role model for me. The discipline I have learned
from Ballet has carried with me, and prepared me for
the military. Ballet is very
challenging. It makes you work hard and push
yourself past your limits."
Amanda will graduate in 2008
from Ohio University with degrees in Dance Studies and
Exercise Physiology. Amanda plans to pursue graduate study
in Dance and Exercise Physiology so she can "can possibley improve the
longevity of a dancers career"
As a RSB student she
participated in many Nutcrackers and was an
original cast member in Handel Suites &
Preludes. Amanda was a member of the 2001 Ensemble
3rd Place Finish @ YAGP in Chicago, Illinois.
"I spent some of the best years of my
childhood at RSB and I cannot believe it won't be open
anymore. You were such an outstanding teacher...it
really seemed like when students would come in and start
taking classes they were a blob of puddy, and you spent
time and molded them into talented beautiful
dancers. You have an astounding knack for training
Photo by M. Romo
1999-2003 Jill Laub
* Jill graduated from Fordham
University in 2007 then spent the summer studying &
teaching in Italy. In January 2008 Jill moved to Los
Angeles where she is finding work as a
commerical artist. Click on Link to see Jill dancing
"RSB gave me
the technical background & professional etiquette to walk
into any dance class and be able to work to my fullest
1998-2003 Alison Morey Krejny
RSB student from 1998, Alison particpated in many Festivals,
Nutcrackers, and Competitions. She has held various corp de ballet
(Coppelia, Swan Lake) and princpal/solist roles (Sugar Plum
Fairy, Marzipan, Paquita, Handel Suites, Prelude Three) @ RSB.
Additionally, she was a member of the 2001 Ensemble 3rd Place
Finish at YAGP in Chicago, Illinois. Lastly, Alison has been
a RSB Staff member
teaching Ballet & Floor Barre.
Alison graduated from the
University of Akron's dance program with a BFA in Dance with a
concentration in Ballet, as well as a a minor in Business
Management Technology. Alison was an active member in the
University's dance club Terpsichore,
where she particiapted in many student choreographed performances
such as Choreographer's
Workshop & Spring
into Dance. Roles have included Cygnet (Little
Swan) in Swan Lake, the Emerald Fairy from Sleeping Beauty, as
well as original choreography from Andrew Carroll, Cydney Spohn
and Marc Ozanich. Alsion performed and toured with
University of Akrn's Opera Chorus, where she had a featured role
in their production of Amahl. Alison was offered a contract with Jennifer Muller-The
Works in NYC for the 2007-2008 Season. She currently
teaches Dance in the greater Cleveland area and is planning her
September 2010 and is now Alison Krejny.
"We dance for
laughter, we dance for tears, we dance for madness, we dance for
fears, we dance for hopes, we dance for screams, we are the
dancers, we create dreams. RSB changed my whole outlook on
learning and reaching dance goals along with day to day
life. It has been a long, challenging road, but I could
not have asked for more."
1998-2003 Kali Tarzanick
A student since 1998, Kali danced as Chinese Tea and a
Snowflake in RSB's production of the Nutcracker. She recently
taught as a Guest Artist in RSB's Jazz Program. She is a
graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy for Musical
Theatre in NYC. She continues her Jazz and Tap studies @
Broadway Dance Center and takes ballet class from American Ballet
Theatre. Kali is currently back in Cleveland,
working as a Cleveland Cavalier Girl for the 2010& 2011
seasons. She can be found in the 2010 Cavalier Girls
Calendar as the April Cavalier Girl. and has traveled to China, along
with five other CAVS Team members to perform and judge on
the Tsingtao Dance Passion Reality Show.
"Joanne, I miss you. I love you.I wouldn't be here
without you! Go Cavs!"
"RSB made me
the Jazz dancer I am today. If it wasn't for RSB I
wouldn't have developed such great technique."
2003 Jo Jo Grahm
After studying at RSB, Jo Jo Graham
attended the American Musical & Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in NewYork City. Upon graduation she was
hired by the American Ballroom Theater to train under Pierre Dulaine and has since
worked, under his guidance, as a Teaching Artist with their Dancing Classrooms
program (Movies Mad Hot
Ballroom and Take the Lead) throughout NYC schools. Jo Jo has also
worked throughout the
city and performed for the 25th Anniversary of Dirty Dancing at the Tribecca Film Festival, Body
Wrappers, and as part time dance faculty with AMDA.
Director, Dancing Classrooms Northeast Ohio
Building on the groundbreaking work of her mentor, Pierre
Dulaine, Dancing Classrooms Northeast Ohio was launched in 2008
by Ohio organizer and founding executive director, Jo Jo
Graham. As an experienced Teaching Artist, Educational
Liaison, and Director of the DC Weekend Academy for Dulaine, Jo
Jo Graham brings valuable experience to her role as Executive
Director for Dancing Classrooms Northeast Ohio. In addition to
her work with Dancing Classrooms Northeast Ohio, Ms. Graham
continues her work with Mr. Dulaine as part of the National
Network staff working to bring the Dancing Classrooms program to
every child. Ms. Graham has been recently recognized by
ABrT as Teaching Artist of the Year (Award for Excellence 2008),
the first ever recipient of the distinguished award. Graham is a
graduate of the Musical Theater Conservatory at the American
Musical & Dramatic Academy in New York City.
March 25, 2011
Dancing Classrooms Northeast
Benefit Gala Dinner Dance
Update on the
program in the area:
Now in our
second year, Dancing Classrooms
Northeast Ohio (DCNEO)
continues to grow at an
exceptional rate. Working to double the numbers achieved in
our first year in Northeast Ohio we will work with forty-eight
classrooms during the 2009-2010 school year. DCNEO
the program into communities outside of Cleveland as we waltz our
way into Painesville school district this January and hopefully
Akron in the spring. All communities and schools will come
together to participate in our 2nd
annual Colors of the Rainbow Team Match on Saturday, May 15,
2010 in the Ohio Theatre at
Pierre Dulaine will be in attendance as our event emcee. This event is free and open to the
public and all are welcome to attend.
If you are
interested in learning more and bringing our program to your
school, please visit our website and contact us for more
Jo Jo Graham
"I am so sorry to hear of the closing of RSB but am
thankful for the time I was able to spend there. I credit you with
providing me the opportunity to lay a strong foundation in technique
and the necessary work ethic without which
I would have failed."
Check out Dancing Classrooms Northeast Ohio (DCNEO)accomplishments:
November 2008 (page 56) at www.clevelandmagazine.com.
2004 Caitlin Macuga
A graduate of John Carroll University, Caitlin joined RSB
in 2000. She has particpated in Nutcracker (Snowflake &
Chinese Tea), Spring Repertory (Swan Lake, Recolhimento em
Algeria, Objection Tango) & was a member of the 2001 Third
Place Ensemble finish @ YAGP in Chicago, Illinois.
2001-2005 Nina Hoffman
joined RSB in 2001 and continued as a student until 2005.
She participated in numerous Nutcracker (Candy Canes, Chinese Tea
and Marzipan) and Spring Repertory performances, as well as
performing Preludes at
the NorthEast Ohio and Ohio Dance Festivals. She is currently a
Junior at Medina High School (MHS) where she has been a member of
the JV vollyeyball program. Nina is presently Dance Captain
as well as a performer for the MHS award-winning Show Choir-The
Encore Entertainment Company. Nina is also involved with the
Choir program and is a member of a student led all girl acca-pella
vocal group. She keeps her self busy with KetClub, SADDJO,
Volleyball and her church choir. Nina plans a collegiate
double major in Dance and Education.
Nina a freshman at Miami
University in Ohio majoring in Early Childhood
Education, and is a member of the
Collegiate Chorale and The Mergers, a mixed a-capella
group and made both.
gave Nina a strong foundation of Ballet Technique so that she
was able to continue dance at other studios stepping into the
higher level classes."
2005 Rebecca Nicklos
Rebecca joined RSB in the summer of
2002 and spent the next 3 years immersing herself in ballet.
She has participated in numerous concerts, performances,
competitions with the school & youth ballet
company. An original member of RYBC, she danced the
role of the Prelude
Columbus, Ohio @ the 2003 Ohio Dance Festival. Rebecca was
part of the fourth place Handel Suites ensemble that qualified
as a finalist @ YAGP 2004 in Chicago, Illinois. In 2004, she
danced the Nutcracker Pas de Deux with Mac Dang from Dancing Wheels
@ RYBC'S Winter Extravaganza. In
addition to her ballet taining, Rebecca was a member of the North
Royalton Royalettes under the direction of Karen
Colabianchi. Rebecca graduated from the residency program in
2007 from the Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts and accepted a
contract with MOMIX.
Rebecca and her
sister Megan have performed original choreography the 2009
NorthEast Ohio Dance Festival and at the 2009 Ohio Dance Festival
Saturday April 4th at Ohio Universityin Bowling
Update on Rebecca!
Rebecca moved back from Connecticut after Nutmeg and MOMIX
and is currently dancing with two dance companies right now,
Morrison Dance (www.morrisondance.com )a
modern company in Cleveland and VERBS Ballet (www.verbballets.org)
Cleveland's National Repertory Dance Company. Rebecca is
fullfilling her lifelong dream of dancing full time and loves of
minute. Verb Ballets brings new choreographers in to set
pieces on and performs all around the city (Cain Park,
Tremont Festival ).
"I am also teaching in the Cleveland area which I love.
I tell my kids stories about RSB. I really do miss
you alot, it is because of you that I am now living my
Much Love Rebecca "
"Dance is your pulse,
your heartbeat, your breathing. It's the rhythm of your
life. It's the expression in time and movement, in
happiness, joy, sadness and envy. Dancers aren't made
of their technique, but their passion. Mrs. Morscher
has always taught me that when I am on the stage I should
dance for the audience and no one else. She has taught
me so many things I can't even begin to write down.
All I know is I am truly thankful that I had the chance to
experience every moment with her."
2005 Suzanne Ponomarenko
Suzanne is a 2005 graduate of RSB. She has participated in many summer
programs & danced in the 2004 Spring Repertory Concert in Swan
Lake. Suzanne joins
other RSB alumni, Kali Tarzanick as a graduate of the American Musical & Dramatic
Academy of Musical Theatre in NYC. Suzanne
has been studying in NYC with the Paul Taylor Dance Company.
2002-2006 Heather Mills
Heather began her
training at Lisa Wilhelm Academy of Dance at a very young
age. In 2002 she became a RSB student and RYBC member
training until 2006. Heather then returned to the Lisa
Wilhem Academy of Dance, where she became a member of the Civic
Ballet of Cleveland and complete her training. She has
attended summer programs around the country including BalletMet,
ABT Detroit, Pointe of Departure under Karen Gabay & Raymond
Rodriguez and at RSB.
Heather graduated form Mercyhurst
College in 2011 and will begin her second season with Ballet
Maryland in September 2012.
Heather danced in many roles as both a student and company
member. These include: Nutcrcaker roles; Chinese,
Marzipan, Flowers with RYBC, the Sugar Plum Fairy Pas de Deux
with Artour Bajanov at the Lisa Wilhelm Academy of Dance , Ana
Lobe's "Onda 9," Swan Lake Pas de Quatre/Corp, Nadeen
O'Conner's 'Recolhimento en Algeria," and many original pieces
of choreography by Artour Bajanov with the Lisa Wilhem Academy of Dance. She has competed in the YAGP in an
Ensemble with RYBC and as a soloist under Artour Bajanov with
the Lisa Wilhem Academy of Dance.
"I love dancing and my aspiration is to become a
professional dancer... then become a dance teacher and inspire
others like my teachers inspired me. I owe alot of my
success's to Joanne Morscher, Lisa Wilhelm and Artour
Bajanov. It is very sad to see RSB close. Many great
dancers came for the passion and hard work of Mrs. Joanne
Morscher. She is a great dancer, teacher and person. I
am blessed to have known her."
2001-2006 Theresa Bonvissuto
A 2006 RSB
graduate and RYBC Alumna, Theresa trained at RSB for 5 years
dancing most soloist and principal roles in the repertoire.
She twice participated in the YAGP Ballet Competition and was
on the award winning Group Ensemble number "Handel
Suites." Other roles include Sugar Plum
Fairy, Dewdrop and Marzipan in Nutcracker, Nadeen O'Conner's 'Recolhimento en
Algeria, Ana Lobe's Scherzo as a soloist, Renee Rossi's
Facades, Soloist in Paquita and has created original roles
in Mrs. Morscher's "Welcome to the Big Tent."
Theresa is a recent graduate of Mercyhurst
Collerge and is working in the Cleveland area as a Ballet/Jazz
Instructor at the OPA Dance Academy and Clevleand City Dance.
She continues to train with Ana Lobe at the Great Lakes Youth
Ballet. Theresa can be reached at
email@example.com for employment inquiry.
like to take the opportunity to sincerely express my gratitude
for the recommendation you gave to Bourn Academy of
Dance. I have to thank you for giving me the structure;
incorporating strengthing and dance material." - Theresa
"Thank you for all you have done to teach her/guide
her/prepare her for this time of her life. I am truly
grateful for your input and guidance throughout the years. "
-Donna Bonvissuto (Theresa'a Mom).
Theresa in performance
2006 Anna Li
Anna trained at RSB for 8 years as a
student and original youth company member. She was a member
of the fourth place Handel Suites at the YAGP competition and has
held most principal and soloist roles in The Nutcracker, Nadeen O'Conner's 'Recolhimento en
Algeria, Renee Rossi's Facades, Ana Lobe's Onda 9 and
Scherzo, Swan Lake, Paquita, and the Gershwin Preludes.
She also was an assistant teacher for Ballet I and II for one
As a National Merit Finalist, she was accepted to Carnegie Mellon
University in Pittsburgh, PA, and received her B.S. in Chemistry
in May 2010, graduating as a member of the Science and Humanities
Scholars and the Health Professions Program. In Pittsburgh, she worked at the
Jewish Community Center, teaching Adult and Pre-Teen/Teen ballet
classes, choreographing a number for the spring showcase. She was a director, choreographer,
and dancer for the student-run Dancers’ Symposium at CMU and
continued to take dance classes whenever she could both in
Pittsburgh and at RSB. Under her direction, a new dance
troupe, "DS Company", has been added for the more experienced
dancer, looking for a more professional dance experience.
The company performs RADs (Random Acts of Dance), where they
perform a short piece somewhere on campus, in street clothes, and
then finish dancing, and walk away to class just as normal.
“RSB was a second home
to me, as I grew up with all of the staff constantly
supporting and teaching me, shaping me into the person I am
today. I learned more than dance at RSB; I was taught
determination, perfection, practice, discipline, expression,
and most of all to go for my dreams.”
now working towards earning her Doctorate in Physical Therapy
at Columbia University in New York City. She is a
choreographer and dancer for the student-run P&S Dance
Club, and takes dance classes in the city in her spare
time. When she graduates in May 2013 with her Doctorate,
she is hoping to use her physical therapy degree combined with
her dance background to work with dancers.
Please find below updated
videos, along with last season that you can watch!
-"Dance of the Tartans
-"Patience Lies" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJ0nRGhT2Bo
-"How It Ends" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgD72zrH5RI
-"Part of the List" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_z6sf2_JLU
-"Ordinary People" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wljq7BByr6k
-"The Puppet Dance" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DiggnhK4ivc
2006 Rachel Mihalko
A 2006 RSB graduate and
RYBC Alumna, Rachel is a student in the University of Akron's
Dance Program. Rachel is currently living in North Carolina.
Megan Nicklos 2003-2008
Megan Nicklos is a native of
Cleveland, Ohio where she began her training in 2003 at the Royal
School of Ballet under the direction of Joanne Hughes Morscher and
at Uptempo Dance under Karen Colabianchi. In addition, Megan
studied at The Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts, BalletMet,
performed with The Pennsylvania Ballet in their Nutcracker and
participated in several Northeast Ohio and Ohio Dance Festivals.
Her roles at RSB included: Lead roles in Nutcracker, Swan Lake,
Megan has also choreographed original works with her sister
Rebecca Nicklos, which have been performed in the 2009 OhioDance
and Northeast Ohio Dance Festivals. Megan is currently
pursuing a BFA in Performance and Choreography at Ohio University.
Megan’s original choreography “In Between” was selected to premier
in the Movement Lab Concert during the fall of 2009. While
studying at OU, Megan has performed the reconstruction of Alwin
Nikolais piece Noumenon Mobilus, under the direction of Alberto
(Tito) del Saz, the artistic director of the Murray Louis and
Nikolais Dance Company as well as co-director of The
Nikolais/Louis Foundation for Dance. Megan is also currently
teaching dance throughout the greater Cleveland area as a guest
artist and summer faculty at Fairmount Center for the Arts, Dance
Dimensions, The Beck Center, and Hathaway Brown. Winter of 2010 Megan received a creative research grant from the
College of Fine Arts at Ohio University to attend an
international summer intensive during July in London, England at
Laban Centre, London’s leading center for the training of
professional contemporary dance artists.
Megan also has a website that can be viewed
"Just wanted to let you know that you have really left an
impression with many people. Rebecca and I auditioned our piece
for NorthEast Ohio Dance Festival and they called us to let us
know they have accepted our piece for the show on March 28th. She
said that after looking at our resumes, before even looking at our
piece, they saw your name and immediately were impressed and
remembered the very professional work that you contributed to the
shows. So I just wanted to thank you for all your help, through
teaching, and through giving us opportunities in the
community". -Megan Nicklos
"Great dancers are not great
because of their technique; they are great because of their
passion." “You are unique, and if that is not fulfilled,
then something has been lost.”
“If there is one thing that I
have learned so far during my years of dancing, it would be
this. Don’t ever lose yourself. Find who you are meant to be and
run wild with it. Hold it tight and be the best you can
be. Inspire one another, learn from one another, and laugh
with one another.” -Megan Nicklos-
2006-2008 Gina Katsaros
A 2008 RSB graduate and RYBC Alumna, Gina joined the RSB
Program in 2006. She danced roles in Handel Suites,
Nutcracker and Napoli. Gina
will be attending the University of Cincinnati to pursue a degree
2000-2008 Nicole Von Enck
A 2008 RSB graduate and an original member of RYBC.
Nicole began her Ballet
Training in 2000 and was cast in most solost and principal roles
in the repertory. Her roles included: Sugar Plum Fairy
Pas de Deux, Coffee and Dewdrop in The Nutcrcaker, Paquita Pas
de Deux, Onda 9, Das Weben, Scherzo, The Race, Facades, Napoli,
Gershwin Preludes, Handel Suites, Swan Lake, Friends and Enemies and
Welcome to the Big Tent.
A two time YAGP competitor, Nicole was a member of the 4th
Place award winning Handel Suites in 2004 and placed 2nd Place in
the Junior Contemporary Solo Category in 2005 where she went on to
compete in the NYC Finals. She has participated in several
NorthEast Ohio and Ohio Dance Festivals throughout the state of
Ohio. Additionally, Nicole has attended summer ballet
programs at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet , the Chautauqua
Institution and Richmond Ballet as as an Apprentice in the summer
2010. Nicole graduated form her
Apprenticeship with North Carolina Dance Theater (NCDT)
http://www.ncdance.org/ in Charlotte, NC under the guidance of
Jean Pierre Bonnefoux and accepted a contract with Texas Ballet
under the direction of Ben Stevenson for the 2010-2011
season. Nicole will be performing with the company in the
Fort Worth/Dallas area of Texas.
After one year as a Trainee and one year
as an Apprentice Nicole was offered a full Company contract
with Texas Ballet Theatre for the 2012-2013 Season!
"I want to
thank you for the past eight years of support and
training. They are truly the reason why I'm where I am
today. You helped me grow not only as a dancer, but as a
person as well. Your guidance and your words of wisdom
will always live in my memory and will be a constant reminder to
never let go of my dreams. Please accept my appreciation
and admiration as well as the words I can not even begin to say
2000-2008 Kaylee Baker
Kaylee has been dancing since the
age of three. In 2000 she joined Royal School of Ballet to focus
more on ballet. She danced roles in the Nutcracker from
Polichinelles up to Sugar Plum Fairy. She also danced roles in: Handel
Suites, Paquita, Scherzo, Facades, Napoli, Swan Lake,
Diamonds, Friends and
Enemies, and Welcome to
the Big Tent and more. While dancing at RSB she also went to summer
intensives at Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts, and Walnut Hill
School of the Arts. She performed with Ballet and Modern Companies
including; Pennsylvania Ballet, Momix, and Cincinnati Ballet. When
RSB closed its doors she continued her dance education under the
direction of Ana Lobe. is currently attending
Kent State University in the pursuit of a Nursing career
“Thank you for not only providing me with
an excellent understanding and foundation for dance but for
being the mentor you were. I learned so much from you other than
dance that will help me throughout my life. Although I am not
continuing my dance training, I know that dancing will always be
a part of my life. You were like a second mom to me and your
words will always remain in my heart. Thank you so much for
these eight years.”
Claire Von Enck
A RSB student since 2000 and
RYBC member since 2003. Claire began her
Ballet Training in 2000 and was cast in most corp and some
soloist/principal roles in the repertory. Her roles
included: Clara, Chinese Tea, Marzipan,
Snow, in The Nutcrcaker, Paquita corp and soloist, Swan Lake
Hungarian, Scherzo, Facades, Handel Suites, Friends and
Enemies and Welcome to the Big Tent. Claire has participated in several
NorthEast Ohio and Ohio Dance Festivals throughout the state of
Ohio.Upon RSB's closing Claire continued her
training under the direction of Gladisa Guadalupe at the
Cleveland School of Dance for the 2008-2009 season. She is currently training and
living in NYC at School of American Ballet (SAB), where she
received a merit scholarship. Claire was nominated for the 2010
OhioDance Outstanding Student Dance Award in which she
received an Honorable Mention. Claire was recognized at the
2010 OhioDance Festival May 14th and 15th in Oberlin, Ohio.
Claire continues to train at SAB in the D Level. She
is the 2012 SAB PrIncess Grace Representative and
was recently awarded the prestigious Mae L. Wien Award
for Outstanding Promise. Claire performs in her
final SAB Workshop Performance June 2-5th in NYC.
Pictures of Claire Von Enck
2010 were taken at the SAB Studios in NYC
"I don't know what words to say to a person
who has been such a mentor to me for almost my whole life.
You have not only helped me grow to
become a better dancer, but you have helped me become a better
person. You have taught me so many lessons and given me
so many words of wisdom that I will take with me wherever I
go. You are an amazing teacher and I am so
honored to have studied under you. My life has
really been impacted by you."
A 2010 graduate North Royalton High
School Kelly is a freshman on scholarship in the BFA program in
ballet at the University of Cincinnati. A student at RSB from
2003-2008, as well as RYBC Member Kelly continued her studies at
the Great Lakes Youth Ballet under the direction of Ana Lobe when
RSB closed in 2008. Kelly danced most roles in the RYBC repertoire
including the role of the Dewdrop in Rene Rossi's Nutcracker in
2007. She has attended summer programs at RSB, American
Ballet Theatre and BalletMet. Kelly was offered an
apprenticeship at North Carolina Dance Theatre for the 2010-2011
season, but chose college instead.
"Dancing has really become an important part of my life,
and I would really just like to thank you so much for giving me
great ballet technique. You really were an awesome teacher,
and honestly, I have not come across anyone else who is as
precise or has such a good quality. Nobody else can put on a
performance like you! Without learning ballet from you, I
wouldn't be the same person or dancer! I have a very picky
and precise quality which I know came from your teachings,
and I'm glad I am that way! Mostly I just wanted to let
you know how RSB has affected me, and without it, I would be
Elise first began her training at
RSB in 2003 and became a RYBC Company Member in 2006. She
performed in many concerts holding roles in Renee Rossi's
Nutcracker, and Mrs. Morschers's Welcome to the Big Tent.
She is currently studying Jazz with Dee Hillier at Dance
Ballet with Poppy Dinse at
the DNA of Dance in Independence. She will be graduating from
high school in June and plans to take the Ohio State board of
Cosmetology exam prior to graduation. She works at Augies Pizza
and as an assistant at Salon Bella Vie in Strongsville. Elise was invited to
attend the 2010 Broadway Dance Center Summer Internship Program
in NYC. After her studies in NYC she plans to return to the
Cleveland area to begin college at Tri-C and
continue dancing. Elise was recently
awarded a scholarship from Harlequin Floors for $5,000. Her
picture is on therewebsite and will be issued in all Harlequin's
ads in the major Dance Magazines. The money can be used towards
college tuition or dance tuition, such as a Ballet Summer
Intensive. Check out the Harlequin website
Elise has returned home to Cleveland after
summer study at Broadway Dance Center.
Read about her adventures
"While I was in NYC I did a couple cool
things, but the two coolest by far was filming a dance scene on
Extreme Makeover Home Edition. About 15 dancers including myself
went to long island were they were filming an episode and danced
inside the house and in front of it as they were knocking it
down! It was unreal. The show will air Sunday September 26th, I
am so excited to see it! We got to meet the whole crew and watch
them literally level the land were the house was in a day. It
was crazy, I've attached pictures.
Another Cool thing I did was a photo shoot for dance
spirit magazine.. yes you read correctly.. I'm in DANCE
SPIRIT!!!!!!!!! Talk about a dream come true. Literally thats
crazy. The shoot was amazing we had such a blast. It still doesn't
even seem real, even when I look at the issue it doesn't seem
real. I'm in the back to school fashion section in the September
October issue. I've also attached the picture from the shoot.
"RSB was such a big part in my life, you and the school
made me into the dancer and person I am today"
2003-2008 Emma Brodowski
2003-2008 Emma Von Enck
Emma started her ballet training at RSB in
2003. She was invited to join the Royal Youth Ballet Company
(RYBC II) for the 2005-06, 2006-07and 2007-08 seasons,
participating in their Winter and Spring Repertory Concerts.
In the summer of 2007 Emma began training at the Cleveland School
of Dance. She performed the role of Clara in CSD’s 2008 The
Little Nutcracker Tea. She also danced in their 2009 Annual Spring
Performance at the Allen Theatre in Cleveland. Emma represented
her school @ the 2010 YAGP Prix, where she competed in Classical,
Contemporary & the Pas De Duex categories.
Interested in theatre, Emma started attending acting
classes at the Beck Center for the Arts in July, 2009. She
was cast in the Beck’s production of The Lion, Witch, and the
Wardrobe in November 2009. Emma is
continuing her dance training at the Cleveland Ballet
Conservatory and most recently performed the role of Clara in
CBC’s The Nutcracker Suite in December 2009.
“RSB has given me a
strong foundation in ballet technique. I just want to
say ‘thank you’ to Mrs. Morscher and all the RSB staff for
helping me become a better dancer.”
2005-2008 Julianne Wtulich
A RSB student from the age of 5, Julianne
participated in our highly regarded Children's Program studying
under Mrs.Morscher as well as Mrs. Wadenfphul. Julianne
performed in Nutcrcaker
with RYBC, as well as having children's roles in "Welcome to the
Big Tent" and "Friends and Enemies." Julianne continues her ballet training at
the Cleveland Dance Conservatory under the direction of Kerry
Skuderin. Julianne will spend this summer @ the Nutmeg
Conservatory of the Arts.
"According to Julianne's Dad,
Raymond RSB's strong foundational instruction has allowed
Julianne to excell nicely, in fact she earned a small solo
part in the past spring performance."
2004-2008 Allison Bonvissuto
As a RSB student and RYBC Company member
Allison participated in many Nutcracker and Spring Concert
performances. dancing the following roles: Chinese Tea, Spanish Dance, Waltz
of the Flowers, Snow, Germany in Nutcracker, as
Friends and Enemies, Welcome to the Big Tent and Renee Rossi's
Facades, which premiered at the 2006 NorthEast Ohio Dance
Allison is currently
attending Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio and finishng
her spring term. She is an elementary education/special
education major and is doing well after her first
semester. She has a work study job, is a member of the
Walsh University Chorale and recently performed with members
of the Canton Symphony Orchestra. She is also is learning to
play a baritone (low brass instrument) and is in the Walsh pep
band, playing at home basketball games.
This summer she is applying for summer
jobs, and she will be a summer orientation leader for the
incoming freshmen at Walsh. Allison is also taking two
classes at Tri-C to get ahead (she has to take a lot of
classes for her Pre-K-3 teaching license and Special Ed
certification). She also plans to study abroad in Italy
next summer (May, 2011). Walsh has a campus 25 miles
from Rome, so they get to spend a lot of time in Rome and
other Italian cities. She is looking forward to this
not believe how much I have learned and improved since coming
to RSB in 2004. RSB has helped me to be tough,
disciplined, and hard-working. All of the show
opportunities were great and experiences I will never
forget. Although I know for a fact that I do not want to
dance professionally, I dance for fun and for the learning
experience. I know that dance has an impact on my life
now and will help me in the future. I truly believe that
dancing will be a part of my life forever."
As a RSB
Adminstrative Assistant, Cleveland native Nicole began studying
dance at the age of five. She studied with
RSB, Pam Hindall @ Classical Academy of Dance &
Jazz @ Lisa Wilhem Dance Academy. Nicole assisted backstage at
all of RYBC's Winter Extravaganzas and Spring Repertories.
Nicole completed one semester at LCCC before she
moved to Tenessee in the summer of 2008.
"Joanne has helped me to grow in my ability in dance, with her
love and support. Joanne's passion for this art form, is
taught and developed in her students as she teaches, and is
something I will treasure for the rest of my life. She is
dedicated to seeing her students excel both as dancers and as
Student since its inception and a former RYBC Board Member. Pat,
along with her husband Greg is are the owner's of Select
Insurance Services in North Royalton, Ohio.
"I enjoyed your ballet program very much. As an adult
student, you always welcomed me in class and allowed me to work
within my ability. I found your studio to be supportive by
allowing students to grow in their art of dance and encouraging
them to be their very best."
"You were born to teach and you will
RSB Student since
its inception and owner of Kim's School of Dance in North
"Joanne Morscher is the best ballet
teacher in the Cleveland area. Her compassion and knowledge are
a wonderful mix for instilling the skills and strength necessary
to produce professional ballet dancers. Joanne's years of
knowledge and experience allow her to teach from a place of
caring as well as motivating the dancer to achieve his/her
highest potential. I trust her with my child as well as
referring many of my students."
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