Mr. Ulzii Davaadorj - Artistic Director
Holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Choreography from the St. Petersburg State Conservatory in St. Petersburg, Russia, where he studied under the famed choreographer, Igor Belsky. While training with Belsky, Mr. Davaadorj also honed his skills as a master of classical Russian ballet technique, as well as in the art of modern, jazz and character dance. Before traveling to the United States, Mr. Davaadorj returned to his native country of Mongolia where he became the Ballet Master at The Mongolian Opera and Ballet Theatre. While at the Mongolian Opera and Ballet Theatre, Mr. Davaadorj choreographed original works for classical and modern dancers . Thus, upon arriving to the United States in 1996, Mr. Davaadorj’s vast dance and choreographic repertoire already included Hamlet (1991), Four Strings (1993), and a restaging of The Rite of Spring (Davaadorj, 1994), among other original works.
After settling in New Jersey with his wife, Ms. Tuya Tumennasan, and his family, Mr. Davaadorj was invited to join the faculty of the River Ballet in 1996 where he worked with young students to develop their dance training and their performance qualities such as character, grace and musicality that were instilled in him by his mentor, Belsky. With both his knowledge of the dance world as well as his experience as a choreographer/dancer, Mr. Davaadorj brought a unique perspective to his new students, exposing them to the hard work, precision and yet rewards of a performing art. Soon, Mr. Davaadorj rose to the position of Artistic Director of the River Ballet, helping to oversee the annual production of The Nutcracker, while continuing to teach and choreograph for the school’s regular students. During this time, Mr. Davaadorj earned much acclaim for his original choreographic work, Wolves (1999), a contemporary ballet inspired by his young students. Mr. Davaadorj also continued to dance professionally, first with the National Ballet of New Jersey where he performed leads in Cinderella, The Nutcracker, Coppelia, Midsummer Night’s Dream and Petipa’s regal Sleeping Beauty set to Tchaikovsky’s beloved score. Ever supportive of young students, Mr. Davaadorj also joined the faculty Knecht Ballet Academy in Pennsylvania, Allworthy School of Dance, the New Jersey National Ballet’s School and The Bach Ballet where he again was given the opportunity to choreograph for his young dancers and prepare his accomplished students for the stage.
In opening their studio, Ms. Tumennasan and Mr. Davaadorj hope to continue their passion for teaching all young dancers. Their world class background in classical and modern dance as well as in choreography will present dancers of all kinds with a unique resource to learn from masterful technicians as well as from creative artists. Through their own blend of class work, rehearsal, and performance opportunities, students will refine their own technical skills and stage presence. Moreover, with years of combined teaching experience in Russia, Mongolia and the United States, Ms. Tumennansan and Mr. Davaadorj are committed to the utmost level of professionalism in studio affairs, and will constantly endeavor to bring their passion and love for dance to their new students.
Ms. Tuya Tumennasan - Director
Ms. Tuya received her ballet training at the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet in St. Petersburg, Russia, one of the most well known and influential schools of classical ballet in the world. Upon receiving her diploma in 1992, Ms. Tumennasan joined the Classical Opera and Ballet Theater in her native Mongolia. While building her classical repertoire as a professional dancer at the Classical Opera and Ballet Theatre, Ms. Tumennasan continued to compete in international dance competitions where she regularly received high marks for her clarity and strength of technique and for the passion of her performances. After moving to the United States with her husband, Mr. Ulzii Davaadorj, in 1996, Ms. Tumennasan continued her professional career, guesting with the National Ballet of New Jersey and the Granite State Ballet in Nashua, New Hampshire (now known as Northern Ballet Theatre), before joining the Russian Ballet Theater in Delaware as a principal dancer. While with the Russian Ballet Theatre, Ms. While continuing to dance professionally, Ms. Tumennasan also honed her skills as a teacher, joining the faculty of the River Ballet in 1999. Ms. Tumennasan used her thorough knowledge of classical Russian technique, known as the Vaganova Method, to help young students develop their skills and performance abilities while instilling in them a love and appreciation for the world of ballet that is both steeped in history and yet relevant in a modern age. During this time, Ms. Tumennasan also worked extensively with a select set of students, chosen to compete nationally, to craft and refine their art of variation, pas-de-deux, and character. Upon moving to Virginia in 2008, Ms. Tumennasan began serving as a full-time faculty member at Adagio Ballet in Arlington, Virginia, where she worked with students of all ages. Throughout her teaching career, she has worked with students as young as 2 ½ while also continuing to train advanced students in the basics of classical Russian technique as well as in pointe work, variation and pas-de-deux.Tumennasan continued to perform as a guest artist, often with her husband, at the River Ballet, where she danced in the premiere of Mr. Davaadorj’s original work, Wolves. Ms. Tumennasan has also danced with the Pennsylvania Ballet Company where she again performed starring roles in the company’s full length productions. Ms. Tumennasan’s repertoire includes leading roles in ballet classics such as The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, Don Quixote, Giselle, Le Corsaire, and the hallmark of the Russian balletic tradition, The Dying Swan. Her repertoire also includes contemporary selections such as Pointer Sisters En Pointe, and An American in Paris. Ms. Tumennasan was also invited to participate in the Kennedy Center’s Balanchine Festival in 2004 where she danced in the Balanchine classic, Serenade.
Ms. Allie O’Hare - Instructor
Received her BFA in Dance and Choreography in 2007 from Virginia Commonwealth University.Upon graduating, she had the pleasure of being a member and performing with various contemporary companies, including Amaranth Contemporary Dance Company, Mayzsoul, Moore Productions, and Groudworks Dance Company. She has made her way through the east coast performing in many shows at the Hard Rock Casino in Miami and other venues. She recently just finished a contract with Royal Carribean Cruise Lines as a full time performer.Along side performing, Allie has also focused on becoming a master teacher and choreographer. She has worked with students of all ages and levels in all forms of dance throughout the state of Virginia and Florida. She is thrilled to be a part of the world of dance, and is excited to continue perfecting her skills as a dancer, teacher and choreographer at Sterling Ballet.
Ms. Christine Magenheimer - Instructor
Ms. Christine is an accomplished and well respected Classical Ballet Teacher for children. She began studying dance in Wellesley, MA with Cindy Wright, and later received further training from the Boston Ballet School, the North Atlantic Youth Ballet, the Classical Children’s Dance Theater of Boston, and the American Academy of Ballet. Highly committed to studying the art form of dance, Christine graduated with both a BFA and a BA in Dance, which she received, with Honors, from George Mason University.Christine continued her dance studies at the Alvin Ailey School, where she was accepted into both the Intensive and Certificate programs. Upon completing the Intensive, Christine began to focus her interest and passion for teaching classical dance to children. She Co-founded and operated her own dance school, "Tiny Dancers, LLC ®", in Fairfax, VA.As Artistic Director, Christine created the school's unique and extensive "story dance" curriculum with the mission to teach classical dance to young children, using creative innovation. She became a Certified Affiliate Teacher of the American Academy of Ballet to teach "Performance Awards" program classes to her promising ballet students. Christine has always embraced many new teaching opportunities which have continued to inspire her exceptional creative talents in teaching classical dance to all ages and levels. She has taught dance, extensively, in numerous ballet schools throughout VA and MD for more than fifteen years. In addition to her passion and commitment to teaching, Christine has thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to perform. Christine has most enjoyed her dance performances with GroundWorks Dance Ensemble Adult Company, under the Direction of Beth Elliott, Anomosmotion Dance Collective, and the White Oak Dance Project's "Past Forward" performance as a community dance performer.She currently teaches at Joy of Dance, and GroundWorks Dance Ensemble.Christine is delighted to join the faculty of Sterling Ballet Academy.
Sarah Lemire - Instructor
Sarah Lemire received her dance training from the acclaimed Metropolitan School of the Arts (formerly Metropolitan Fine Arts Center.)For over a decade she studied ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, modern, lyrical, contemporary, and hip-hop.She has also successfully completed and passed 6 levels of the performance exams class for the Royal Academy of Dance. She performed in the touring holiday show Frosty Follies for several years in both lead and ensemble roles. Her various ensemble and solo roles in Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker include: Party girl, Harlequin doll, Mice, Snow, China Doll, Mirlitons, and flowers. She is continuing to grow her knowledge and love of dance as she completes her degree in Arts Management with a minor in Dance at George Mason University. Currently she is a teacher with Joy of Dance, spreading her love of dance throughout the northern Virginia region. She works with students of all ages striving for excellence, confidence, and creativity while fostering a supportive and enthusiastic environment.She is delighted to share her passion for fine arts with the students and staff at Sterling Ballet Academy.
Emilie Ball - After School Program coordinator
Dance Coach/ Teacher at all star Legacy for 5 years, coached a competitive Hip Hop team for 2 years, worked with many Summer camps and after school programs in Loudoun County. Emilie has an excellent experience working with many kids, she teaches a dance class for children with disabilities down syndrome/autism.
Worked as a assistant manager at Color Me Mine. Emilie has been working with kids since 15 years old as a babysitter and nanny and has developed great experience to be a good teacher.
Naomi Smith - Adult Ballet Teacher
A seasoned ballet teacher with over 10 years of experience teaching beginning through advanced level ballet classes including pointe. While a pre-professional student, received honors on all Royal Academy of Dancing exams and a scholarship to study at the American Ballet Center. Selected for and participated in a variety of prestigious summer intensive programs at American Ballet Theatre, School of American Ballet, and School of the Pennsylvania Ballet. Performed with Joffrey Ballet Concert Group.
Unur Gunaajav - Ballet teacher
Unur Gunaajav graduated from the Perm State Ballet School of Choreography in Russia, 1989. Following his training, Unur
danced as a principal with Academic Theatre of Mongolia, Renaissance Ballet and Ballet 21st Century, Moscow. He danced leads in Sleeping Beauty, Nutcracker, Giselle, Paquita, Swan Lake, Les Corsaire, and Les Sylphides, among many others, and toured Russia, Germany, China. In 1998, he came to the USA where he performed with the Philadelphia Ballet. Unur recently served as a master teacher and guest artist for ballet companies in North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Virginia, and Tennessee. He has also performed and taught with Radford University, and Washington and Lee University. In 2007, after nine years with the Roanoke Ballet Theatre as Head of school, instructor, and choreographer, Unur established the UNA Dance Theatre and Virginia Ballet Academy.