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Summer 2023 Guest Faculty
Silvia Burstein-Hendi

Ms. Burstein-Hendi was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she studied at the National School of Dance, obtaining her degree as National Teacher, and studied at the prestigious Teatro Colon where she obtained her Diploma as Professional Dancer. Ms. Burstein performed extensively in Canada with Le Ballet Classique de Montreal, Theatre Ballet of Canada, P.M. Ottawa Jazz and Le Groupe Lab (Le Groupe de la Place Royale). Ms. Burstein's teaching experience includes Le Groupe de la Place Royale, Elaine Hunter Dance School, Le Petit Ballet, Dance Educators, Atelier de Dance Carole Brouard, and Ottawa University. Since moving to the USA She choreographs and performs with Choreographers Collaboration Project. Ms Burstein is a faculty member at Ballet Nova Center for Dance , Metropolitan School of the Arts and Local Motion Project.
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Kimberly Fiordimondo

Currently, Ballet Mistress at the Center for Visual and Performing Arts at Suitland HS, Kimberly Fiordimondo received her ballet training in Vaganova & Cecchetti technique under such illustrious teachers as; Irina Boitsova, Irina Kolpokova, Raymond Lukens, and Michael Vernon. Performing with the International Ballet Theatre, Russian Ballet Theatre of Delaware, and as a freelance artist in New York City, Kimberly performed in various ballets including Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Paquita, Don Quixote, Swan Lake, and La Bayadere.

In addition to her professional dance experience, Ms. Fiordimondo has taught dance for over twenty years throughout New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, as well as Florida and Maryland. Ms. Fiordimondo holds a Masters of Arts degree in Dance Education with a concentration in American Ballet Theatre (R) Ballet Pedagogy from New York University and is an American Ballet Theatre (R) National Training Curriculum Certified Teacher in Primary through Level 7 & Partnering. 

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Sonia Jones

 

Sonia Jones was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where she trained as a student, teacher and choreographer, and performed classical and contemporary dance repertoire prior to moving to Brooklyn in 2009. She has over fifteen years of teaching experience, including the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre (ABT), ABT’s Young Dancer Summer Workshop, Covenant Ballet Theatre of Brooklyn, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Harlem School of the Arts, Huntington Center for Performing Arts, and Ballet Theatre of Lancaster. Sonia holds an MA in Teaching Dance in Higher Education and the Professions with a concentration in ABT Pedagogy from NYU Steinhardt. She a Qualified Certified Teacher in the Cecchetti Method of Classical Ballet.

 

From 2015 to 2022, Sonia was a staff member of the education department at ABT, where, among other responsibilities, she managed ABT’s network of over 1,800 certified teachers. She also served on the board of examiners and as a co-instructor for the ABT/NYU Master’s Program with New York University Steinhardt. In 2022, she was appointed the Executive Director for Covenant Ballet Theatre of Brooklyn. Additionally, she is the founder of Sojo Performing Arts in Midtown Manhattan (currently on hiatus). She serves on the advisory board for Regeneration Arts (REGA) and is an Assistant Pastor at her church, Times of Refreshing Christian Centre, New York (TORCC NY).

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Justin Rustle

Justin Rustle is a performer, teacher, and writer from Maryland who currently dances with Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company (DTSBDC) in Washington DC. He received his formative training at Maryland Youth Ballet, and has a BFA in Dance Performance from Butler University and an MA in Performance Studies from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. Justin has danced leading roles across the classical repertory and originated roles in new works with companies around the United States, including Ballet Arkansas, Bowen-McCauley Dance, Wonderbound, and now DTSBDC. He has performed works by choreographers including Gerald Arpino, George Balanchine, Darell Grand Moultrie, Tom Rudd, Harrison McEldowny, Garrett Ammon, Lucy Bowen-McCauley, and Dana Tai Soon Burgess. As a freelance performer and teacher Justin has appeared with schools and companies across the United States. In addition to performing with DTSBDC Justin is currently a senior faculty member at Essence Dance Studio, and a contributing writer covering dance for Maryland Theater Guide.

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Robin Rodbell

 

Robin Rodbell is a dance artist and educator in the DC Metro area. She began her formal dance training at Colorado School of Dance, where she studied Vaganova ballet technique and tap. Robin continued to study ballet in the Cecchetti method at National Ballet Inc., where she earned her Professional Intermediate Certification and her Grade Three Teaching Certification through the Cecchetti Council of America.

While earning her Associate’s Degree at Anne Arundel Community College, Robin apprenticed with the AACC Dance Company. She went on to receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and Choreography with a minor in Business Administration from Towson University. Robin has performed with Towson University’s Ballet Company, Moveius Contemporary Ballet, ICONS, Vaught Contemporary Ballet, BlueShift Dance, RawArts Dance, Extreme Lengths Productions, BalletEMbody, and Light Switch Dance Theatre. Her choreography has been featured at NACHMO, The Collective’s Open Marley Night, and MOVE ME Festival. Robin has also served as Technical Theater intern at Dance Place in 2019. She currently performs in project-based works and presents her own choreography in the DC metro area.

Robin has taught dance for over 5 years at studios throughout the DMV. She specializes in teaching ballet, modern, and tap dance for ages 3 through adult. She also brings to her teaching pedagogy an extensive education and child development background. Robin has worked closely with children of various ages as a nanny, an assistant preschool teacher, and a camp counselor for over a decade. It is her passion to inspire and mentor the next generation of dancers.  

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Bethany Armistead
Ballet Faculty

Born in Raleigh, North Carolina and raised in central China, Bethany Armistead is an artist who values all the wonderful things that movement has to offer. Bethany trained in modern, contemporary, ballet, Mongolian traditional dance, and Chinese traditional silk dance at various studios in the Chinese cities of Xi’an and Qingdao, including Xi’an Center for Performing Arts and Red Dance Skirt. In 2018, she began pursuing higher training in ballet, modern, and jazz at Messiah University. She transferred to Towson University in 2020 to pursue her B.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography. There, she trained in modern, ballet, and aerial dance. Bethany has also been teaching dance for 4 years, with experience in both Mandarin and English. She has taught ballet, modern, jazz, and creative movement to children ages 2-18. Bethany loves movement in all its forms, and she is committed to allowing her faith in Christ and love of humanity to collide in her movement, choreography, and teaching practices.
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