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MELODY PHILBROOK - Ballet & Contemporary Ballet

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Melody began dancing at the age of three, in Winnipeg Manitoba and has had the opportunity throughout the past 18 years to perform with some of the best ballet companies across Canada and the United States. At fifteen years old Melody was accepted into The Goh Ballet Academy, located in Vancouver British Columbia. Leaving home at such a young age was just the beginning of her travels. From there she went on to dance with The Alberta ballet (on scholarship), The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, The Banff Center of the Performing Arts and the Boston Ballet. She has had the privilege to perform with The Royal Winnipeg Ballet Company, The National Ballet of Canada, and The Boston Ballet, in works such as Serenade, Swan Lake, Giselle, Paquita, and the Nutcracker.

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Tara has been dancing ballet for over 25 years. She began her early training at the California Ballet School in San Diego, California. She augmented her training with summer programs at Dance Aspen and Summer Dance Labs. Tara’s extensive performing experience includes dancing in many classical ballets including the Nutcracker, Coppelia, Giselle and Paquita. Her favorite roles have been Clara and the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker. Tara lives in Bend with her husband and son.

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MONICA STANDEN - Substitute Teacher

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Monica Standen first trained in Los Angeles with ballet teachers Diane Linder and Monique Delhaye Melton. At the University of California, Irvine she trained with Danilo Radojevic, former principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre, (with whom Joy Victor worked during her time at ABT) Diane Diefenderfer from the Frankfurt Ballet, and Stanley Holden from the Royal Ballet. She performed in The Nutcracker with Ballet Pacifica and the Palos Verdes Ballet Conservatory. In 1996 she joined the Pasadena Dance Theatre where she trained extensively under Cynthia Young of Ballet West and Laurence Blake from the Joffrey Ballet. With this company she was a soloist in the roles of the Snow Queen and the dance of the Mirlatons. She also performed in Graduation Ball and other original works choreographed by Cynthia Young and Laurence Blake. Mrs. Standen has taught ballet since 1992. In 2004, she received her Masters of Arts in Teaching and currently teaches for Bend-La Pine Schools.

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REBECCA BELL - Guest Instructor

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Rebecca is a co-owner and founder of The Yoga Lab in Bend. She began formal yoga studies in 1992. She has been pursuing this path with extensive studies in Ashtanga vinyasa and Iyengar Yoga. Her enthusiasm for Ashtanga Yoga took her to India to study with K. Pattabhi Jois and Mr. B.N.S. Iyengar in 2001. In November of 2003, Rebecca completed Richard Freeman’s advanced teacher training. Having practiced massage therapy for fourteen years she utilizes her bodywork experience by giving individualized, hands-on adjustments, and precise verbal cues. Rebecca brings Iyengar alignment principles to the rhythm of the vinyasa practice in a safe, dynamic and creative class environment. She has taught yoga across the United States beginning in Bend, Oregon, continuing in San Francisco, Boulder, Colorado, Chicago and Portland, Maine and has now returned home to teach in Bend, Or.

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Guest Teachers

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Mark and Danielle are active principal dancers with the Eugene Ballet. They have had an extensive performing career travelling the world, along with decades of teaching experience. They are beloved by our students and teach with kindness, authority and world-class skill.

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Nadia is Joy’s favorite pianist in Chicago with whom she danced in class from 1999 to 2005. Nadia’s impeccable resume cannot convey the lovely atmosphere and motivation her impassioned playing invokes in ballet class. Bringing the best in live musical excellence teaches dancers about expressive musicality, the art of listening to phrasing and sensitivity to timing. Respect for the talent and contribution of skilled musicians in the dance scene is an important goal of our school.

Nadia is currently the pianist at Ruth Page Foundation School of Dance, River North dance company, Lou Conte Dance Company and guest pianist at many other schools in the Chicago area. For 10 years she played at the State Academic Ballet School which belongs to the Bolshoi Theater Opera and Ballet in Minsk, Belarus.