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The Ballet Academy of Warrenton Teaching Staff brings a strong and diverse educational and dance background to our dance program:

DIRECTOR - Linda Voelpel is originally from the Saint Louis area, where she received her initial dance and acrobatic training, and began her teacher training at the Lucille Rapp Dance Studio while still in high school.  She has 38 years teaching experience in ballet, tap, acrobatics, jazz, and creative movement.  Ms. Voelpel has taught in Saint Louis; Charleston, South Carolina; Fort Worth, Texas; Tulsa; Oklahoma City; and Falls Church, Virginia. 
She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Texas Christian University, where she earned the Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Science degrees. 
Ms. Voelpel danced with the Saint Louis Civic Ballet and was a soloist and rehearsal captain with the Charleston Dance Theatre. She appeared on national television on the Ted Mack Amateur Hour as an acrobatic dance soloist, and performed on local television in Saint Louis and Charleston.  Ms. Voelpel appeared professionally throughout the Saint Louis area with the Kirkettes, a precision dance ensemble, and as an acrobatic dance soloist.  During her senior year, Ms. Voelpel was a member of the Texas Christian University Women’s Gymnastics Team. 
While living in Oklahoma, Ms. Voelpel studied with world-renowned American Indian ballerinas Moscelyne Larkin and Yvonne Chouteau of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo.  While in Tulsa, she also studied with Roman Jasinski, premier danseur, Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. Other notable ballet teachers include Alexandra Danilova, Don Cantwell, Fernando Schaffenburg, Stanley Herbertt, and Finis Jhung. Jazz teachers include Luigi, Gus Giordano, and Chet Walker.
Ms. Voelpel attended teacher training at Ballet Intensive from Moscow; Gus Giordano Workshop / Jazz Dance World Congress; Vaganova Teacher Training
, comprehensive study of Years 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 of the Vaganova Syllabus; and Finis Jhung's Teacher Training Workshop. Ms. Voelpel was also selected to attend the first-ever Luigi Jazz Intensive in July 2001.

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR - Melissa Yowell has been at Ballet Academy since it opened in August of 2000. Asked to help find a dance studio for her niece, she visited the Academy and met Miss Linda during open enrollment. She enrolled not only her niece, but herself as well. Ten years after leaving dance, Miss Melissa returned to the world of dance and quickly remembered her love. She enjoys ballet, jazz, flamenco, and most of all tap. Miss Melissa is a member of Faldas con Fuego, the local flamenco company, and has also danced with the Warrenton Ballet Company as a guest. She has performed with Performing Arts Educators events, including the London Invitational during the 2012 Summer Olympics. the Kennedy Center, and the Lincoln Center. Miss Melissa enjoys teaching and dancing with the Academy’s youngest dancers, and starting dancers on their dance journey. When not teaching dance, Miss Melissa works 12 hour nights as a nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Mary Washington Hospital. In July of 2012, Miss Melissa completed her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education and Development.
  

Philip S. Rosemond
has 38 years performing experience as a professional dancer; 35 years experience teaching dance; 26 years experience as a director, choreographer, ballet master, counseling and workshop facilitator; 21 years experience in dance and arts management, consulting, and curatorship; and 10 years experience as a seminar and workshop facilitator in objectives training for artists and dancers.
He teaches upper level ballet and Modern Dance / Horton Technique.
Mr. Rosemond has performed with Washington (DC) Ballet, New York City Opera Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Ballet Met of Columbus, Cincinnati/New Orleans Ballet, Western Chamber Ballet, Cleveland Ballet, New York City Ballet, Dayton Ballet, Colorado Ballet, Boulder Ballet Ensemble, and many other companies.
Mr. Rosemond has served as Artistic Director of Western Chamber Ballet and SW Washington Dance Center, as well as Ballet Master of Montana Ballet and Manassas Dance Company.
He received the Bachelor of Fine Arts Cum Laude from the University of Cincinnati, completing his studies under a CCM full honors scholarship.
He began his dance training as a scholarship student at the Washington School of Ballet. He has studied at ABT and SAB, Joffrey Ballet, and Pennsylvania Ballet as a summer scholarship student. Mr. Rosemond studied ballet independently with Melinko Banovich, Wilhelm Burman, Maggie Black, Melissa Hayden, David Howard, Finis Jhung, Oleg Sabine and many others. He trained in Vaganova Pedagogy with Gretchen Warren,
Marat Daukayev, Nikita Dolgushin, and Sergey Kozadayev/Zhanna Dubrovskaya. He studied modern and modern pedagogy with James Truitte: (Horton Technique & General Pedagogy), Fanchon Shur, Jan Van Dyke, Stephen Petronio, Murray Spalding, Karen Steele, Remy Charlip, and many others.
He is also trained in Performance Art and Ritual Theatre and yoga.
 

Autumn Hoke has been with Ballet Academy of Warrenton since it opened in 2000. She has studied ballet throughout the years, adding tap in 2003 and jazz in 2006. She’s also enjoyed years of modern, Polynesian, and flamenco training. In 2006, she was invited to participate in the Academy's Student Teaching Assistant Program; within 3 years she was the Senior Student Teaching Assistant. In 2007, she joined The Warrenton Ballet Company and enjoyed performing yearly at Cinderella Tea, GumDrop Square, Sylvan Theater, and National Dance Week performances. She’s also performed with the All Star Tap Team at the National Cherry Blossom Parade every spring since 2007. Her biggest dance performance opportunities came during 2011 - 2013, when the Academy was invited to perform at the Orange Bowl, the Kennedy Center, the Lincoln Center, and the London Invitational during the 2012 Summer Olympics. She also enjoys performing with our local Faldas con Fuego Flamenco Dance Company. Miss Autumn has ability to work with children of all ages. She has a passion for choreography and enjoys analyzing the way a dancer moves. She plans to study Physical Therapy so she can better serve dancers, helping them to move with ease and strength of motion while avoiding injury. In July, 2013, Miss Autumn completed Vaganova Teacher Training with John White, a comprehensive study of Years 1, 2, and 3 of the Vaganova Syllabus. She completed Grades 4, 5, and 6 Vaganova Teacher Training in July, 2014. In 2015, Autumn attended the Luigi Jazz Intensive at Luigi's Jazz Centre in New York City.


Kelly Vaughen began her dance training at the Ballet Academy of Warrenton when it opened in 2000. She studied classical ballet, modern dance, jazz, tap, and acrobatics at the Academy. In 2005, Kelly joined the Senior Company of the newly formed Warrenton Ballet Company, and was a student choreographer for the company during her senior year of high school. While in high school, she attended summer dance intensives with the Pittsburgh Youth Ballet, the School of Cinema and Performing Arts, Broadway Dance Center Intensive with Frank Hatchett, Luigi's Jazz Intensive, DeSales University, Point Park University, and three by-audition-only Rockette Intensives. 

After graduating from Fauquier High School, Kelly continued her dance training in New York at Hofstra University; where she minored in dance and was a member of the Hofstra University dance team. While on the team,  Kelly was a two-year captain, as well as back-to-back National Champion in Division 1 hip-hop, and runner up in Division 1 jazz. Upon graduation from Hofstra, Kelly danced for the New York Jets as a Flight Crew Cheerleader. Currently, Kelly is in her second season as a dancer for the Washington Wizards NBA team, and is excited to return to the Ballet Academy as an instructor!


Cat Schwetke is an adjunct instructor at Ballet Academy. Miss Cat began her training in ballet, contemporary, and folk dance while at the University of Idaho. Her Air Force career gave Cat the opportunity to continue her dance training across the nation, studying with the Montgomery Civic Ballet, Nevada Ballet Theatre, Broadway Dance Center, and Arlington Center for Dance, among others. She has studied ballet, tap, jazz, folk, modern, character, theater dance, hip hop, and flamenco. She is currently dancing with Faldas con Fuego, a flamenco dance company based here in Warrenton.

 

 

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