Director & Staff

Alison Miller, Director

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Alison Miller

Alison Miller holds a BA degree in Dance from Goucher College and a MA in Performing Arts from American University. She has completed the International Ballet Teachers Workshop in Mississippi and Paris, the Bolshoi Academy in Colorado, the Royal Academy of Dance, Professional Development Course, Primary through Grade 5, and several Vaganova training workshops as part of her ongoing training.  Summer 2014, she attended a 2-day intensive DancePhysiotherapy workshop for Dance Teachers and Health Professionals addressing preventing and managing dance injuries. Summer 2016, Ms. Miller attended the Finis Jhung teachers workshop, NYC.   In addition to owning and directing the Ballet Academy, Ms. Miller is actively involved in the dance community. She has taught and performed in the Washington-Baltimore area and for over 30 years. She has choreographed for theater productions at Prince Georges Community College, University of Maryland and The Chamber Theater. She has lectured at the Cosmos Club on dance history, served as the dance representative to the Maryland Alliance for Arts Education and on the committee to form the MD State Comprehensive Education Plan. She has also served as treasurer, secretary, festival chair and president of the Maryland Council for Dance, and as the MC/D Festival Showcase Chair.  Additionally, Miss Miller served as a Helen Hayes nominator in 2002. In 2007, she was honored as a National Honor Roll Outstanding American Teacher, and in 2009, the Maryland Council for Dance honored her with the 2009 Outstanding Service and Contributions to Dance in Maryland. Ms. Miller has been the Artistic Director of the Performing Arts Repertory Company (PARC) since 2003.                                                                                                   Contact Alison: stg_am@msn.com

Staff

Kelsey Eustace, Jazz, Tap, Ballet

Kelsey Eustace has been teaching a variety of styles including ballet, tap, and jazz over 10 years. She has a BA in dance from Muhlenberg Kelsey Hutchison Eustace HeadshotCollege in Allentown, PA where she completed courses in Teaching Dance, Dance Composition, Experiential Anatomy & Somatic Practices and Anatomy and Kinesiology. Ms. Eustace as attended the MD State Dance Festival and performed at the American College Dance Festival. She interned with the Kennedy Center’s Exploring Ballet with Suzanne Farrell program in Washington, DC in 2012 and completed the David Parsons Intensive and Choreography Workshop in NYC in 2011. Before college, Ms. Eustace trained at the Ballet Academy, Joyful Motion, Joy of Motion Dance Center and Towson University’s Children Dance Division. Her choreography has been seen in concert on the Muhlenberg stage, at Lehigh Valley Dance Exchange’s Spring Up! Dance Festival, and in numerous youth concerts.

Micki Freeny, Ballet

Micki photoMicki has been a student of ballet her entire adult life, Micki has danced at the Ballet Academy since 1983. She has taught numerous classes at BA, most recently adult beginner ballet and pre-ballet. Micki enjoyed a long career in public libraries where for many years she specialized in children’s services. She has done extensive work and research in early literacy and children’s literature, and she has been presenting pre-school story times in public libraries for over 40 years.

Elta Goldstein,  Youth Tap and Jazz

Elta Goldstein started dancing formally at age 6. She has studied jazz, tap, contemporary and ballet. Currently Elta studies jazz and ballet at the studio and is in Senior Rep. Elta teaches beginning tap and jazz at the Ballet Academy. Her inspiration comes from the great Hollywood dancers, Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire. Outside of dance, Elta is a high school senior at Parkdale HS where she takes several AP classes and is the president of the orchestra.

Rachel Knudson,  Ballet and Modern

Rachel Knudson

Rachel Knudson teaches ballet, modern dance and creative dance. She holds a Master’s Degree in Dance Education from George Washington University and a Maryland Educator Certificate, Pre-K-12.  She has taught and performed in the Washington, D.C. area for over 20 years. Currently she teaches dance at the Ballet Academy, the Jewish Community Center and at Blackrock Center for the Arts.   Ms. Knudson is also a Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist.  In this capacity, she develops and leads workshops throughout the United States for early childhood educators that provide strategies for integrating dance with early childhood STEM curriculum and conducts residencies in Pre-K and Kindergarten classrooms.  Ms. Knudson danced professionally with Pacific Northwest Ballet and studied modern dance at Jacob’s Pillow and the American Dance Festival. She also attended the Teacher’s Institute at the Creative Dance Center in Seattle, Washington.

Alex Miller, Jazz, HipHop, Contemporary, Children’s Ballet

Alex portraitAlex teaches Ballet in the Youth Division, Hip Hop in the Adult Division and Hip Hop, Modern and Core Class for Master classes and summer workshops. Alex has taught dance for St. Ambrose and YMCA summer camps. She has choreographed for the Senior Repertory dancers and PARC repertory dances, Northwood High dance company and Billboard performances, and for Pulse, Ithaca College’s Hip Hop Competition Team. She has danced for over 16 years, 4 years with the Dance Theater of Harlem Kennedy Center Residency. summer ballet in Nice, France, participated in Finis Jhung teachers workshop, NYC.  She is an International Marketing and Finance Major at Ithaca College. 

 

Catherine Ramsey, Children’s Balletcatherine teacher

Catherine Ramsey has been dancing at the Ballet Academy for the past 14 years, and accredits the foundation of her ballet training to Alison Miller. She has also danced under Tensia Fonseca at Maryland Youth Ballet, and Sajanee Mack of D’amore Dance. For the past five years, she has volunteered as a class aide in the children’s classes at the BA with both Ms. Miller and Ashley Thomas. In addition to her involvement with senior repertory, she is a senior at Bishop McNamara High School, where she attends with an annual ballet scholarship in collaboration with their Fine Arts Endorsement Program. She plans on pursuing a double major in dance and political science, in hopes of attending law school and eventually creating legislation for establishing fine arts education abroad.