Leadership

Administration

Julie Kent

Julie Kent

Artistic Director

Julie Kent became the Artistic Director of The Washington Ballet in July 2016. She is the longest serving ballerina in American Ballet Theatre’s 75 year history. She began her dance …

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Michael L. Mael

Michael L. Mael

Executive Director

Michael L. Mael was appointed Executive Director of the Washington Ballet in November 2017 following nearly ten years with the Washington National Opera (WNO). He became Executive Director of WNO in …

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Brae Blackley

Brae Blackley

Managing Director, External Affairs

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Artistic Staff

Artistic Staff

Victor Barbee

Victor Barbee

Associate Artistic Director

Victor Barbee was born in Raleigh, North Carolina and received his ballet training at the North Carolina School of the Arts and the School of American Ballet. He joined the …

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Elaine Kudo

Elaine Kudo

Ballet Master

ELAINE KUDO (Ballet Master) was a member of American Ballet Theatre from 1975–89, and was promoted to soloist in 1981. She received training at the Metropolitan Opera Ballet School, the …

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Ruben Martin

Ruben Martin

Ballet Master

Rubén Martín Cintas was born in Reus, Spain, and trained at Estudio de Danza de Maria de Avila. After dancing with English National Ballet for four years, he joined San Francisco …

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Development

Development

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Marketing and Communications

Marketing and Communications

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Community Engagement

Community Engagement

Shawna Williams

Shawna Williams

Education Program Manager

Shawna J. Williams began dancing at age five with Mrs. Davis at LaRue Montessori Academy. She received the majority of her training at The Russell School of Ballet, home of …

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The Washington School of Ballet

The Washington School of Ballet

Xiomara Reyes

Xiomara Reyes

Head of School

Xiomara Reyes, Head of TWSB, performed as a soloist and principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre for 14 years before retiring from the stage in 2015. She was born in …

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Rinat Imaev

Rinat Imaev

Senior Faculty And Company Teacher

Rinat Imaev, Company Teacher and Senior Faculty, was previously a company teacher with American Ballet Theatre for 15 years. He has made an international career performing and teaching across the globe in the U.S., Asia, and Europe. Born in Oufa, Russia, …

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The Washington School of Ballet - Northwest Campus

The Washington School of Ballet - Northwest Campus

Donna Glover

Donna Glover

Director of School Operations

Kristina Windom

Kristina Windom

Head of Faculty

Kristina Windom trained with Mary Day, Robert Steele, Julio de Bittencourt and Patricia Berrend at The Washington School of Ballet. She was selected for the company, The Washington Ballet, when …

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Kourtney Ginn

Kourtney Ginn

Studio Manager

Kourtney Ginn is a native of Winchester, VA, where she received her early training from Vostrikov’s Academy of Ballet. She attended summer programs at places such as Richmond Ballet and …

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Pamela Bjerknes

Pamela Bjerknes

School Manager, Upper Division NW

Pamela Booth Bjerknes, a former member of American Ballet Theatre (ABT), brings extensive teaching, directing, and performing experience to The Washington School of Ballet.  Performing classical and contemporary ballets throughout …

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Alexandra Schools

Alexandra Schools

School Manager, Lower Division NW

Alex Schools is a native of the Washington, D.C area, where she received her ballet training under Pamela and Michael Bjerknes at American Dance Institute and Patricia Berrend at Berrend …

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Molly Hohlt

Molly Hohlt

Faculty Manager, Lower Division

Molly Hohlt, was born in Washington, DC and began her formal ballet training at the age of nine at The Washington School of Ballet. While at The Washington School of …

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The Washington School of Ballet - Southeast Campus

The Washington School of Ballet - THEARC Campus

Monica Stephenson

Monica Stephenson

Associate Head of School SE Campus

Monica Stephenson is originally from Fayetteville, North Carolina. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and the Professional Training Program at the Houston Ballet Academy. In …

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Margaret Williamson

Margaret Williamson

Faculty of TWSB SE

Margaret Giragosian Williamson received her early training at The Washington Ballet, the Maryland Youth Ballet, and the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. During this time, she was also privileged to spend …

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Shawna Williams

Shawna Williams

Education Program Manager

Shawna J. Williams began dancing at age five with Mrs. Davis at LaRue Montessori Academy. She received the majority of her training at The Russell School of Ballet, home of …

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Finance and Administration

Finance and Administration

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