Studio of Ballet Arts

17810 Meeting House Road
Moore Building, Suite 350
Sandy Spring, Maryland  20860

Our Teachers

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 Lotz Bawek

Alison Bawek is the owner and director of the Studio of Ballet Arts. 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

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

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

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® to children and adults for ten years. Her goal is to combine her expertise in Special Education with her expertise in creative dance as she continues to study to become an Occupational Therapist. 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 a wonderful location going on her 12th year. While her favorites are ballet and modern, she has also taught hip hop, tap, jazz, ballroom, and poms. 

Paige Friedeman

Paige Friedeman is Coach and Choreographer for SBA's Mini, Youth and Tween levels Dance Teams. 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 helps out with the marketing and fundraisers for the studio.


Gordon Henricken & Cuan Henricken (Bio's to Come)

Andrea Schillesci

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.

Garrett Taira

Garrett Taira was born in Shady Grove, 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. Currently he is teaching at local studios, artistic directing, and pursuing 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. 

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 DJ Unk’s “Walk it Out” video, Cool & the Gang, Cirque du Soleil, BET, Audi, Soulful Symphony, MTVs 2012 VMAs, CMTs 2013 OMAs, and most recently the Live & Loud Tour with Rascal Flatts and The Band Perry as a part of the crew “Dance Y’all”. When Crishon is not working on fine-tuning his dance abilities, he explores his interests in acting, aerobics, and martial arts. He is blessed and grateful for the opportunity to pursue his passion for dance and share his talent with others. He hopes to educate, empower, and inspire new generations of individuals to follow their dreams, bravely, unapologetically, and with a sense of purpose.

Florian Rouiller is a dance teacher, choreographer, and performer who has worked extensively across three continents. Mr. Rouiller has an MFA in Dance from the University of Maryland, where he choreographed and performed the original productions Profondeur Inconnue and Wave while continuing extensive performance with local dance companies outside the university.  Mr. Rouiller began his dance career with training at the prestigious John Cranko School in Stuttgart with a BFA, and performed with the Stuttgart Ballet in productions such as Sleeping Beauty and Giselle. Upon immigrating to the United States, he danced with Merce Cunningham Dance Company as an apprentice, Ohio Ballet, Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, Milwaukee Ballet, Ballet Chicago, Ballet International Eldar Aliev, Ballet Metropolitano de Caracas and Ballet Contemporanea de Caracas in Venezuela, as well as Goteborg Ballet in Sweden. Performing soloist and principal roles and working with choreographers such as Alonzo King, Jiri Kylian, Simon Dow, Robert North, Jorma Uotinen , Jean-Paul Comelin ,Lynne Taylor Corbett to name a few….He has also performed with many companies throughout the United States and taught extensively, including at the Kirov Academy in Washington DC, the Washington Ballet School, City Dance Ensemble, and other schools throughout the Washington DC area. In the DC area, he has performed with City Dance Ensemble, Dana Tai Soon Burgess and Lucy Bowen McCauley, Karen Reedy. His piece Fragments was at the finals in the 2010 Korean Ballet competition and his Female solo Verge just won the 3 prizes at YAGP competition in 2013. He also won a 3prizes in the Men division 2015 at YAGP. Mr. Rouiller is currently teaching and choreographing in the DC area. This year he is teaching at Coppin State University, Baltimore Community College and Montgomery College.  Fall 2013 Resident artist at UMBC. Currently he is working at Baltimore School of the Arts, UMBC, Ballet Royale Institute of Maryland and Coppin State University. Also he was a guest teacher at Towson University and David Elkins College.