The School of Oregon Ballet Theatre

 

 

STAFF

Anthony Jones, School Director
James Holstad, School Administrator
Karin Cravotta, School Receptionist

TEACHING FACULTY
Anthony Jones(Ballet)
Gavin Larsen (Ballet)
Elise Legere (Ballet)
Olivia Pyne (Ballet)
Kembe Staley (Ballet)
Katarina Svetlova (Ballet)
Members of OBT Company & Staff

ACCOMPANISTS
Irina Golberg
Ayako Matsuo
Ray McKean
Chris Nickels
Susan Peck
Alec Pemberton
Katie Pyne
David Saffert


TEACHING FACULTY BIOS

ANTHONY JONES / School Director

A native of Minneapolis, Anthony began his early ballet studies at the Minnesota Dance Theatre followed by professional training at the National Ballet School in Toronto and ultimately the School of American Ballet, in New York, where he studied under Stanley Williams, Andrei Kramarevsky and Richard Rapp. He joined Seattle’s Pacific Northwest Ballet in 1990 and was promoted to soloist in 1993. At PNB he performed a broad repertory that included the works of Marius Petipa, George Balanchine, Antony Tudor, August Bournonville, Glen Tetley and Kent Stowell, among others. After his preforming career, he attended New York University and eventually became director of The Huntington Ballet Theatre in Long Island, NY, and worked as an acquisitions associate at the Frick Collection in New York City. In 2010 he joined the faculty of the Palucca Hochschule für Tanz Dresden (The Palucca School and University of Dance) in Dresden, Germany, as a teacher for classical ballet. In August 2013 he was appointed School Director of the School of Oregon Ballet Theatre.

Anthony Jones

GAVIN LARSEN

Gavin was born and raised in New York City and received her training from Dick Andros, Francis Patrelle, the Pacific Northwest Ballet School and the School of American Ballet. Prior to joining OBT, she danced as a member of Pacific Northwest Ballet and Alberta Ballet and performed as a soloist with the Suzanne Farrell Ballet. Gavin has danced leading roles at OBT in works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Kent Stowell, Christopher Stowell and Christopher Wheeldon, among others. In addition to performing, Gavin teaches for the School of OBT.

Gavin Larsen

ELISE LEGERE

Elise's dance training began at one of only two Denishawn studios in the country. One of her first professional performances was at Jacob's Pillow for Ted Shawn's anniversary tribute in 1972. After graduating from Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts in Natick, Massachusetts, Elise studied under scholarship with the School of Hartford Ballet. She went on to receive her BS in dance at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, studying with Melissa Hayden and Elizabeth Carroll. Elise moved to New York City in 1978 and studied with David Howard, Lawrence Rhodes, and Maggie Black.

Elise’s professional career began with Garden State Ballet in 1978 where she spent three years, dancing several solo roles including the Sugar Plum Fairy in their Nutcracker. After marrying and moving to Boston, her career continued with Boston Repertory Ballet and New England Ballet, before moving on to Hartford Ballet. Elise moved with her family to Portland in 1986 where she danced with Ballet Oregon under the direction of Dennis Spaight.

During Elise’s career, she performed ballets from notable choreographers such as George Balanchine, Lew Christensen, William Dollar, Peter Anastos, and Peter Martins. Elise has been in the faculty of Oregon Ballet Theatre since 1998.

Elise Legere

OLIVIA PYNE

Olivia Pyne began her ballet training at Stites Studio of Dance under the direction of Christine Hamel. She went on to study at Mt. Hood Ballet Academy under the direction of Debbie Pierce. Olivia came to The School of Oregon Ballet Theatre as a student in 2008 during Damara Bennett’s tenure as School Director, and was soon promoted to the position of teacher’s assistant. In 2009, Olivia joined the SOBT faculty as a lower division and adult instructor. In addition to teaching she has also been a rehearsal assistant for SOBT students for works that include Con Amore, Peter and the Wolf, The Nutcracker, Circus Polka, and Coppelia. Miss Pyne has also appeared in Oregon Ballet Theatre’s productions of Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, and The Nutcracker.

 

KEMBE STALEY

Kembe was born and raised in Portland and received her first serious ballet education from Mary Cain, and then Jacqueline Schumacher of the Portland Ballet School. During her years of training in Portland, she was privileged to study with many well known master teachers: Fleming Halby, Melissa Hayden, Charles Bennett, and John Marshall, to name a few. Performance opportunities in classical dance, in Portland, were limited in the 70's and early 80's, so Kembe turned her attention to musical theatre where she either danced, or played trumpet in the orchestra.

Her background includes eight years of piano studies and ten years of instrumental study and performance. Kembe is married and has three children, a grown son, and two teenage daughters. She has taught for Oregon Ballet Theatre since 1990.

 

KATARINA SVETLOVA

Originally from Germany, she received her classical ballet training primarily from Haydee Gutierrez in Florida and continued with Haydee at The School of Oregon Ballet Theatre. She also studied at the John Cranko School in Germany and The Princess Grace Academy in Monte-Carlo.

Katarina started her professional career at the age of 15 at Oregon Ballet Theatre, under the direction of James Canfield. During her 7 years at OBT she danced in many works by James Canfield, Balanchine, Peter Martins, Trey Mcintyre, Josie Mosley and many others. In 2002 she accepted a principal contract in one of Germany's leading ballet companies, Deutsche Oper Am Rhein in Dusseldorf, Germany. There she enjoyed dancing the principal roles in many classical ballets such as Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia, Giselle and others. She was privileged to work closely with international contemporary choreographers including John Neuemeier (Sylvia), Mats Ek, Hans von Manen, Youri Vamos, and many others.

Katarina's teaching career began early alongside her professional career. She has been teaching children of all ages and adults for 17 years now. She is a sought after guest teacher for schools around the nation. It is her mission to teach ballet and creative movement in a supportive and encouraging manner to dancers of all levels, without losing the integrity of the classical technique.

Katarina Svetlova

 

 

Photo: George Balanchine's Divertimento No. 15. Choreography by George Balanchine© The George Balanchine Trust. Photo by Eric Griswold.

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