Our teachers are proficient in dance instruction and choreography, and represent a wide range of talent and expertise. Additionally, we offer Guest Artist Master Classes and special instruction seminars.
Alison Bawek is the owner and director of the Studio of Ballet Arts Ltd. She started dance at the age of four training under the Royal Academy of Dance. As a young child, she performed in various ballet companies and studied with the Vienna State Opera Ballet Company in Austria. She attended Montgomery College and Corcoran College of Art and Design where her focus was dance, theatre and art. Alison began teaching dance in 1993. She dedicates herself to nurturing the love of dance with all her students and teachers. Alison creates an inspiring and supportive environment in the studio and believes we were all born to dance. She encourages her students to pursue their dreams of becoming a dancer and performing on stage. She supports educational and community organizations and serves on the Board of Directors for Olney Chamber of Commerce and the Sandy Spring Museum. Alison received the 2014 Athena Award for Greater Olney-Sandy Spring, which recognizes women leaders.
Angelette Anders is a native of Washington, DC and holds a BA in Communications from Howard University and an MA in Dance from Prescott College. She received her formal training in the Vaganova and Cecchetti Methods of Classical Ballet, Horton Modern Technique, Rhythmic Tap Jazz, and Lyrical. She was a featured performer with the Adrian Bolton, Katherine Smith and Body Moves companies and has performed extensively in the metropolitan area. In 2007, she was a guest artist and choreographer for the Amalfi Arts Festival in Maiori, Italy. As a certified Cechetti instructor, Angelette continues to train and perform with master instructors. She enjoys sharing the art of dance and its varied disciplines through teaching, choreographing and staging students of all ages throughout the region.
Debbie Clark has been involved in Dance and Musical Theater for over 35 years. Debbie trained in Ballet and Modern Dance at Texas Christian University. She has danced with local dance companies including Virginia Ballet, DC Dance Theatre, Rincones and Company, and Capitol Movement. Debbie has performed professionally for: Princess Cruises, Cunard Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines; Harrah’s Casinos, Grand Casinos, Bally’s Casinos, Trump Plaza and Trump Taj Mahal. She has been on the dance faculty of Joy of Motion Dance Center, DC Dance Collective, Arlington Center for Dance, Poetry-N-Motion Dance Company as well as Musical Theater Center, where she also served as Director of Education. Debbie started DC Dance Company in 2012, offering classes in Ballet, Jazz and Lyrical. Debbie has coached the JCCGW Maccabi Dance Team for the past 7 years.
Candace Coulter graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.A. in Dance and a Minor in Special Education with a concentration in Early Childhood. She has achieved Level I & II competence in American Sign Language and has been teaching dance, yoga, and Zumba®, Ballet Barre Workout to children and adults for years. Her goal is to combine her expertise in Special Education with her expertise in creative dance. She recently received her Masters in Occupational Therapy. Candace grew up dancing at the Studio of Ballet Arts since she was 8 years old. She fell in love with dance through the studio and is honored to teach at SBA. While her favorites are ballet and modern, she has also taught hip hop, tap, jazz, ballroom, and poms.
Brent Curtis grew up in Silver Spring, where the power of step, theater, and intrigue of music videos birthed a love for dance. His novice dance years started at Marcellus Dance Studio where he quickly advanced to be a part of the non-profit youth dance company, Future Shock. His talent, hard work and charisma were soon rewarded as his first few big gigs were booked as a performing member in Debbie Allen’s rendition of Alex in Wonderland at the Kennedy Center and Mosaic with Cirque du Soleil. While he gained more recognition as a dancer, Brent chose to expand himself as a choreographer and teacher. Wanting to stay with the company that gave him his first real push he became the assistant artistic director of Future Shock and one of the teachers for open dance classes held by Culture Shock of Washington D.C. Brent’s rapid growth as a performer and creator soon allowed him to move his site to Los Angeles to become a full-time dancer. He has performed in the BET awards, assisted in choreography for Panic! at The Disco and has appeared in commercials, tv shows, and music video’s including Lil Wayne’s “How to Love”, Reese’s Puffs and has even performed with the world renown, DJ CHUCKIE. Brent’s style of dance breathes in the power of a moment, takes on the strength of emotions, delivers more than just moves but also tells a story. He will push anyone to dance effortlessly and with control. Brent is truly a unique and talented artist whose wit, style and personality makes it a pleasure for anyone to learn from.
Paige Friedeman is SBA’s Dance Team Manager, Coach and Choreographer for the Mini, Junior and Teen levels. She has been dancing since the age of 5 and danced with her High School’s competitive dance team, earning several dance honors and captain awards. Paige started choreographing around the age of 12 and hasn’t stopped since. She continues to take classes to push herself to be the best dance and teacher possible. Paige continues to perform and dance with local area dance crews and companies as well as videos. In college, Paige was an Art Studio Major at the University of Maryland and currently has her artwork in exhibitions in the Metropolitan DC area as well as doing work as a Muralist. Paige began coaching competitive dance teams in 2002 and has had teams win several local, regional and national titles. She had been the Dance Director for 3 All-Star Competitive Cheer & Dance gyms. Paige spearheaded the ACRO program at SBA and is a certified teacher with Acrobatic Arts. She also helps out with social media marketing and fundraisers for the studio.
Crishon Landers’s dancing experience dates back to the early 1990’s when as a child he would freestyle battle for respect and bragging rights at the Underground, located in downtown Atlanta where he grew up. However, his dance career began to take shape and evolve in the fall of 2005 when he joined Georgetown University’s hip hop dance team, Groove Theory, as a freshman. Since then he has had several opportunities to choreograph and perform as a member of multiple professional and pre-professional dance companies. Among these companies are Capitol Movement Dance Company, Culture Shock Dance Troupe, Joy of Motion’s DCypher Dance, and GU’s Black Movements Dance Theater. Notable credits include Mariah Carey, Rihanna, Rascal Flatts, The Band Perry, Saturday Night Live, HBO’s “Girls”, Stephen Colbert Show, Cirque du Soleil, and more. When Crishon is not dancing, he spends the majority of his time with his daughter, Ella. He also has a passion for fashion and has developed a clothing line, CRoME. He is blessed and grateful for the opportunity to pursue his love for dance and share his talent with others. He hopes to educate and empower new generations of students to follow their dreams bravely and unapologetically.
Andree Schillesci MA, BC-DMT is a dance/creative arts teacher at SBA for the past 12 years; working primarily with the precious pre-ballet and beginning ballet students. She is also a clinical Dance/Movement therapist (DMT) working with children, adolescents and families for the past 20 years. Andree also maintains a small private practice at the studio and in the Olney area. She received a Masters Degree of DMT at Goucher College in 1990 and studied extensively at Galluadet University. She taught as well as choreographed in a reverse mainstream program in the dance department. She currently teaches a segment of the Introduction to Dance Therapy with Children and Adolescents at Gallaudet each Spring. Her philosophy integrates the essence of each individual’s movement repertoire to create a sense of nurturing one’s joy of dance within each class/group. Body language and sign language brings awareness of the nonverbal process that is important to communicate through the healing art of dance.
Sydney Seese is SBA’s Dance Team Coach and Choreographer for the Teen 2 and Senior levels. She has been dancing competitively since elementary school, and has been a part of several dance teams in high school and college as well. She was a member of Gig Harbor High School’s H2Whoa, UConn’s Kickline Team, UConn’s Dance Company and most recently University of Connecticut’s Dance Team for three years. Sydney has been selected for many leadership roles for dancing, including Captain for 3 years in high school for Gig Harbor High School’s H2Whoa, and Captain her senior year of college for the University of Connecticut Dance Team. In her time at UConn, Sydney has been afforded many exciting performance opportunities, including dancing at NCAA Championship basketball games, competing at NDA Competitions in Daytona, Florida, as well as appearances in commercials with ESPN and Dunkin Donuts. Sydney received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice. Sydney is well versed in hip hop, jazz, pom, tap, ballet, lyrical, contemporary, modern and pointe.
Garrett Taira was born in Rockville, Maryland. Born with a rare medical condition called Chronic Intestinal Pseudo Obstruction, which requires daily IV nutrition, multiple hospitalizations and surgeries throughout his life. He discovered his love for dance his junior year of high school. In spite of all the medical hardships, as a visionary leader with a positive attitude, he constantly overcomes life obstacles exceeding ordinary expectations. Since then he has been in countless performances including at Children’s National Medical Center, Department of State, and Tidal Basin for The National Cherry Blossom Festival. Garrett has been shown on The Ellen Degeneres Show, choreographed a winning performance at Beyond the Stars Dance Competition, and placed 6th in the Vlado Footwear’s international online dance competition, Vlado Showdown. Garrett has been featured in the upcoming movie “Edges the Familiar.” Life opportunities through friends and social networking has brought an on-line following of thousands of people around the world. Currently he is pursuing acting while managing his production and short-film company called “The Home Visuals.” He continues to teach at local studios, artistic direct, and pursue HipHop and B-boying. Using his positive energy and optimistic attitude, Garrett brings out the best in others. With the combination of his outgoing nature humor and hard work he conscientiously sets up goals and strives toward bringing about the changes he would like to see in the world. He looks forward to teaching and inspiring the youth of the next generation.
Angelique Waldron, a native Washingtonian has studied many styles of dance since the age of 3. She is formally trained in tap, jazz, ballet, and modern. Growing up, she competed at regional and national dance competitions as well as participated in many dance workshops locally and abroad. Angelique was captain of her high school pom squad. She was awarded NCA Superstar for two consecutive years and awarded first place Captain at the County Championships.
Angelique moved on to attend Shenandoah University where she majored in Dance. She was a member of the Shenandoah Dance Ensemble, as well as a member of the Shenandoah Sensations Nationally Competitive Collegiate Dance Team. Angelique has been teaching dance in the Metropolitan area since 1996. Formally the Children’s Director & Artistic Director of Jr. & Teen Dance Company in Montgomery County. She is a former judge of the Washington Wizards Professional Dance Team. She has also served as head judge for the past three years with American Cheer and Dance Academy. She earned her Early Childhood Education Certification in 1995.