2019 Summer Programs
Summer is a wonderful time to expand and explore your dancing! Advance your technique and learn new movement styles this summer! Ballet Co.Laboratory offers summer programming for all ages and abilities!
SUMMER MASTER TEACHERS
Hannah Benditt graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance earning her BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography with a dual emphasis in Ballet and Modern. Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Hannah began training at Minnesota Dance Theatre (formerly Ballet Arts Minnesota). She has attended American Ballet Theatre, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Washington Ballet, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and Milwaukee Ballet summer intensives. Upon graduating from UMKC, Hannah joined Common Thread Contemporary Dance Company and later Consuming Kinetics Dance Company in St. Louis, MO. Hannah returned to the Twin Cities in 2015 to join St. Paul Ballet and has spent the last couple years as a freelance artist working with a variety of independent choreographers and companies in the community. In addition to dancing, Hannah loves sharing her passion for all things movement; and has enjoyed teaching ballet and modern as well as choreographing throughout the midwest for the last 6 years.
Claire Davison was born in Boulder, Colorado. She received her initial ballet training at the Boulder Ballet School and later went on to join the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre in 2010. Davison joined American Ballet Theatre as an apprentice in November 2012 and the corps de ballet in June 2013. She has created roles in multiple ABT productions as well as reprised many roles in the full-length classics. Davison was a selected choreographer for ABT’s Innovation Initiative in 2014. She has toured with Twyla Tharp Dance and appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Aside from ballet, Davison is an actor with The Barrow Group and an improvisor with The Upright Citizens Brigade and Improvolution in New York City. She recently finished her certification in Mental Health First Aid through the National Council for Behavioral Health.
Anna Goodrich has been teaching jazz and ballet for over 35 years. Among other schools, she taught for Saint Paul Ballet for several years and is director of the ballet program at Lake Harriet Dance Center. Anna began her ballet training with Lóránt and Anna Andaházy in St. Louis Park and her continued study includes master classes with a number of artists, including Gabriela Komleva of the Kirov Ballet. Anna has received extensive teacher’s training in the Vagonova syllabus, most recently studying with Carol Roderick, director of the dance department at Hartford University.
Jamie Johnson hold a BFA in Ballet and a BA in English from the University of Utah. She went on to perform nationally and internationally. Highlights include touring internationally with MOMIX and serving as a principal dancer with Boulder Ballet. Her broad range of repertoire including works by Gerald Arpino, George Balanchine, Doug Varone, Helen Tamiris, Moses Pendleton, Marius Petipa and Michael Smuin. As an educator, she has been on faculty and taught master classes throughout the United States- notably at Interlochen Center for the Arts, the University of Wyoming and the University of Washington. Johnson’s choreography has been performed by Boulder Ballet II, St. Paul Ballet, and Utah Metropolitan Ballet. She holds an MFA in dance from the University of Washington with additional certifications in yoga and autism movement therapy. Johnson is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Utah Valley University.
Joseph Morrissey became the Director of Dance at Interlochen Center for the Arts after serving as Director of Artistic Planning and Touring for The Hong Kong Ballet. He holds a Master of Arts in Performing Arts Administration from New York University and a Bachelor of Science in Classical Ballet from The Jacob’ School of Music at Indiana University. He is a graduate of The Harid Conservatory and furthered his classical ballet training at summer programs including the Royal Ballet School in London and the Houston Ballet Academy. He has danced with the Bavarian State Ballet, Charleston Ballet Theatre, and Boston Ballet II. From 2012-2013, Morrissey was the Director of CORPS, a pre-professional classical ballet-training program for high school students affiliated with the Portland School of Ballet in Maine. He has been a guest instructor for Ballet Preljocaj and Spellbound Contemporary Ballet, and completed the Vaganova Methodology Seminar held at the Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia. In 2015, Morrissey was selected to participate in the Dance/USA Institute for Leadership Training sponsored by the American Express Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Morrissey currently sits on the jury for the Riga International Choreographic Competition held annually in Riga, Latvia.
Pavielle Versalles trained with Minnesota Dance Theatre & School and performed in company at MDT and Saint Paul Ballet. She has studied at Miami City Ballet, Dance Theater of Harlem and under the fellowship program at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. She has had the honor of perform works by Loyce Houlton, Lise Houlton, Jean Emile, Zoé Henrot, Jeffery Hankinsen, Dwight Rhoden and Hope Boykin. Currently, Pavielle resides in Minnesota and as a ballet coach whose students have been accepted to many prestigious dance schools including Debbie Allen Dance Academy, Ballet Academy East, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Miami City Ballet and more.
Christian A. Warner began his professional career at the age of seven in the NetWorks touring production of Oliver! The Musical, and later joined the east coast tour of Disney’s The Lion King as Young Simba, making his broadway debut two years later. He graduated from HSPVA in Houston and Point Park University in Pittsburgh with a BFA in dance. Christian has acquired repertoire by Sonya Tayeh, Troy Powell, Thang Dao, Dwight Rhoden, Larry Keigwin, Jessica Hendricks, Mark Morris, Bennyroyce Royon and Luke Murphy, and Stacey Tookey. He most recently worked for Deeply Rooted Dance Theatre and joined TU Dance last season.