Dr. Elena Ovchinnikova, Ph.D., M.Sc./M.D.
Julia Cziller Redick
Artistic Director Emeritus
Elena Ovchinnikova is the most educated living Vaganova ballet scholar and teacher in the world, and is now the upper school director and acting Artistic Director of Curriculum and Company. Dr. Ovchinnikova has danced lead roles in Swan Lake and Giselle with the Bolshoi Ballet, medaled at three International Ballet Competitions, and more. She can educate us on what you want to know; Russian ballet, Vaganova method, how to become a principal ballerina, and more.
Dr. Ovchinnikova favorite roles include the starring role of Gamzatti in La Bayadere; Odile in Swan Lake, choreography by Petipa and staging by Grigorovich, and the Sylph in La Sylphides (known as “Chopianna” in Russia) with choreography by Mikhail Fokine. She has won three International Ballet Competition Awards: one from Zagreb in 2012, from Rome in 2007, and Vienna in 2007. She is the author of the “Breath in Choreography” program and book, which has the honor of being approved by the Academic Council of the Moscow State Academy of Choreography (Bolshoi Ballet Academy). The innovative method has been used in educational ballet lessons since 2002.
Elena has a Ph.D. in Theory and Methods of Dance from the Moscow State Academy of Choreography (also known as the Bolshoi Ballet Academy); in 2009 she graduated as Ballet Pedagogue, with honors, from Moscow State Academy of Choreography (Bolshoi Ballet Academy); she also graduated as Joint M.Sc./M.D., Medical Cybernetics, in 2004, (that is Medical Doctor studies combined with scientific training) form the Russian State Medical University, Moscow; AND she is a professional ballerina graduating from the Moscow Academy of Dance, Russia in 1999.
Julia Cziller Redick began her training in Budapest, Hungary, at the Hungarian Opera House and the Artist Academy.
After the outbreak of the Hungarian Revolution in 1956, Mrs. Redick immigrated to the United States and resumed her studies with her mother, Madame Alicia Reisz, formerly Prima Ballerina of the Hungarian Opera. Mrs. Redick also studied with Miss Carol Lynn, Dale Senhardt, Ann Parsons, and Oleg Tupine, and she performed with the National Ballet under the direction of Fredrick Franklin.
Mrs. Redick held the position as Head of the Dance Department at Hannah More Academy in Reisterstown, Maryland, St. Timothy's School in Stevenson, Maryland, and in 1971 founded the Conservatory in Columbia, Maryland. Conservatory Ballet, Ltd., of Reston followed in 1979, where she continued for the next 40 years.
Morgann Rose retired as principal dancer after the 15th season with The Washington Ballet after dancing with Elliot Feld's Ballet Tech in New York City. She's became a certified GYROTONIC® instructor since 2007 but has been practicing Gyrotonic since the beginning of her professional dance career. She began her training with Rebecca Wright, Tania Lichine and David Allen and has received numerous scholarships to dance to many prominent schools throughout North America. Rose graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts high school program before joining her first ballet company. In addition to dancing with The Washington Ballet, she has been a guest artist with the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Ballet Hawaii, City Dance Ensemble, ARKA Ballet and Chamber Dance Project Some of her principal roles include Myrta in Giselle, Snow Queen in Septime Webre's The Nutcracker, Effe in La Sylphide and Choleric in The Four Temperaments. She has danced lead roles with such choreographers as Trey McIntyre, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Nacho Duato, Christopher Wheeldon, Christopher Bruce, Edwaard Liang, Hans van Manen and Jiří Kylián. Rose helps stage many TWB productions such as ALICE (in wonderland), The Nutcracker and even Peter Pan, traveling to Hawaii to stage it.
Valentina Palladino was born in Sardinia, Italy, where in 2003, at the age of 11, she began her dance training at the school of ballet master Roberto Magnabosco. One year later, she performed under the direction of John Neumeier in the Hamburg Ballet's production of Romeo and Juliet.
Sra. Palladino studied at the National Dance Academy in Rome and, in 2011, she joined American Repertory Ballet in Princeton, New Jersey, as a trainer.
In 2014, Sra. Palladino joined Manassas Ballet Theatre as a professional dancer. Among her many accomplishments Sna. Palladino performed Juliette as soloist in 2016, and most recently she performed Scheherazade.
As lower school director, Sra. Palladino is integral to the development of the school's most impressionable students. She is a kind, quiet, and patient teacher who considers the whole child in teaching methods while keeping a high standard.
Savannah George began her dance career with the Diggs School of Dance in Gloucester, where from the age of eight she learned that it takes hard work, dedication, and sacrifice to achieve your goals.
Savannah has been on her chosen career path for years, and this summer she finally got her big break. At 16, she’s the youngest female dancer recruited this season to train with the Richmond Ballet and to dance professionally in the corps de ballet.
Savannah was offered a position in the corps after a five-week summer intensive program at the School of Richmond Ballet. The program was highlighted by her performance as the lead dancer in “La Esmerelda Grand Pas des Fleurs,” a role that required that she partner with a male dancer for the first time.
Alexia Redick Bartlett
Alexia Redick Bartlett is a third generation of ballet teachers. Her grandmother Madame Alicia Reisz was a Prima Ballerina of the Hungarian Opera. Her mother Julia Cziller Redick taught for 55 years, creating more professional ballet dancers than any other in teacher of her kind in the area. Revered by many as the best ballet teacher in the Washington Metropolitan Area, Mrs. Redick brought Alexia to every class she taught.
Mrs. Bartlett has studied under some of the greats herself, including Rudolph Kharatian, Madame Vinogradova, and Madame Kolpakova, and she was fortunate enough to be the little sister of two extraordinary male dancers who themselves studied under great ballet masters. She has performed at the Kennedy Center and with Ballet Paradiso. She earned her bachelor's degree in Business Management from Sweet Briar College. She believes in continuous education studying subjects wide and deep. She passes her love of learning to anyone willing to listen. Mrs. Bartlett is full of energy and thrives in a room full of children.
Christian Ian Richards
Christian Ian Richards began his training at the University of Oklahoma under the tutelage of Marjorie Kovich, Dennis Poole, and Stephen Jenkins. After dancing professionally for several years with such companies as Ballet Oklahoma, Nevada Dance Theater, and Ohio Ballet under Heinz Poll, Mr. Richards retired from active dancing and obtained a Masters in Fine Arts in Choreographic Theory and Practice from Southern Methodist University under Jeremy Blanton, Shelly Berg, and Larry White.
Mr. Richards went on to become Dance Department Chair at the Community College of Baltimore County, where, under his auspices, the department became the first community college dance department to become nationally accredited by the NASD. From there he went on to be the founding Artistic Director of Inception Dance Theater in Seattle, Washington. Mr. Richards loves being 'support staff' to his students. He succeeds when they succeed. He is passionate and laser-focused on doing everything in his power to assist students in achieving their goals.