Instructors at Academy en l'Air

Ilona Missakian, Ph. D. owner/director

Education Dance:    Cecilia Marie School of Dance            1971 to 1980

                                     Cecilia Marie

                                 Royal Academy Ballet                         1980 to 1985

                                     Yvonne Cusack

                                 Washington Ballet summer intensive     1984

                                      Mark Mejia

                                 Vaganova, Russian Classical technique  1985-2003

                                      Marielle Reyes

                                 Vaganova, Russian Classical technique  1988-2000

                                      Sona Vartanian, Les Ballets Classiques de Montreal

                                 Latin Jazz, Jazz seminars                       1987-1990

                                     Dennon and Sayber Rawles

                                 Flamenco                                  1989, 1999-2001

                                     Juan Talavera and Vera Celaya

                                 Irish Dance                                            2002-2004

                                    Michelle Larson

                                 Folk Dance                                            2002-2004

                                    Larissa Nazarenko

                                 Ongoing ballet technique seminars           2003-current

Teaching Experience:  California Classical Youth Ballet        2007-current

                                           artistic director (appointed 12/28/07)

                                      California Classical Youth Ballet       1999-2007

                                           associate director

                                      Academy en l'Air Ballet Studio         2007- current

                                           owner/director

                                      Dance en l'Air Ballet Academy        1994-2007

                                            instructor/associate director

                                      Alexandra Ballet Academy              1987-1993

                                            instructor

                                      Dellos Dance and Performing Arts Center 1990-1993

                                            instructor

                                      Tricia Coran Studios                        1989-1990

                        summer faculty

Performing:   California Classical Youth Ballet                         1999-2006          

                          -story ballet roles for Sleeping Beauty (lilac fairy), Nutcracker

                          (Snow Queen, Arabian, Sugarplum Fairy), Victorian Toy Shoppe

                          (Arabian, Spanish)

                          -repertoire  (Gypsy, Raymonda, Paquita, Swan Lake, Dying

                           Swan, Spanish, Carmen Suite, Nutcracker character roles,

                           Pas de Quatre, Stars and Stripes, Le Corsaire, The Four

                           Seasons, various lyrical pieces)

                       Forum Dance Ensemble               1985-1987  and 1989-1990

                         -story ballet roles for Nutcracker (Snow, Waltz of the Flowers,

                           Spanish, Russian)

                         -repertoire (Brecht Ballet, soloist, spring festival, Marches Ballet)

                       Les Ballet Classiques de Montreal                         1987-1988

                         -repertoire (choreography by Lambrose Lambrou, Rudolf

                           Karatian, Balanchine, Sona Vartanian; pieces from Giselle,

                           La Vivandiere, Swan Lake, Paquita, various studio pieces)

                       Dance en l'Air Ballet Academy and Alexandra Ballet  1984-1999

                          multiple Spring and Winter studio performances and demonstrations

                          of class technique and choreography


Kristina Newcomer, M.A. associate director

Education Dance:       Scottish Highland Dance                      1965-1969

                                     member of Southern California Highland Dancing Association

                                  Competitor in Scottish Highland Dancing World Championships

                                                                                           1969

                                   Royal Academy Ballet                          1973-1978

                                   Cecchitti School                                  1978-1983

                                    pass commended, grades III, IV, Cecchetti Council of America

                                   Bournonville School seminars               1980-1983

                                   Modern Dance, Dance Improvisation, Intermediate

                                       Ballet and beginning Jazz   CSU Fullerton  1982-1983

                                   Vaganova School                                 1985-1993

Teaching Experience:   Alexandra Ballet Academy                1987-1992

                                       instructor

                                    Dance en l'Air Ballet Academy          1995-2007

                                       instructor

                                    Academy en l'Air Ballet Studio           2007-current

                                        assistant director/instructor

                                    California Classical Youth Ballet         1997-current

                                       rehearsal mistress

Performing Experience:  Alexandra Ballet Academy              1987-1992

                                         -Pas de Quatre, Scottish, Four Seasons, Carmen

                                           Suite, Sleeping Beauty (Carabosse), various repertoire

                                           pieces (Goddesses of Dreams, Spring Fantasy), Victorian

                                           Toy Shoppe

                                      American Ballet Theatre                  1994, 1996

                                         supernumerary characters for Manon and Romeo and Juliet

                                     San Francisco Ballet                        1996

                                         supernumerary character for Swan Lake

                                      Dance en l'Air Ballet Academy         1995-2007

                                        -various Spring and Winter studio performances and

                                        demonstrations of class technique and repertory

                                      California Classical Youth Ballet      1997-present

                                         -Nutcracker (Frau Strathbomme), Sleeping Beauty

                                         (Queen),  A Faerie Tale (Mother Nature), Victorian

                                         Toy Shoppe (Scottish)


Eric Harper, B.S. Dance, jazz/contemporary program instructor

Dance Training

Modern: Chin Ying Wang, Paul Ocampo, Raymond Esterhuizen, Kay Andersen, Marc Loon, Nina Watt.

Ballet: Lise Mills, Chris Mills, Chin Ying Wang, Paul Ocampo, Jennie Grimes, Ben Houk.

Jazz/Contemporary: Jaime Crowther, Heather Sprouse, Michael Reid, Steven Nielson.

African: Joshua Trebi

Tap: Kay Andersen, Kirsten Sham.

Butoh: Dirk Dumon.

 

Education

Southern Utah University, Bachelors of Science in Dance Performance, Minor in Anthropology.

Fontys Dance Academy, Study Abroad in the Netherlands, Modern program.


Dance Performance

A Christmas Fantasy              Parade Performer       Disneyland Parades 2013      

Memories of Scotia                Featured Dancer         American Folk Ballet             

To Have & To Hold                 Featured Dancer         Shapiro and Smith Dance Company

Imago: The City Curious         Featured Dancer         Alwin Nikolais Dance Theater

New Beginnings Dance Co.   Featured Dancer         Steven Nielsen

Unique Parcel                         Featured Dancer         Chin-Ying Wang

Swerve                                    Featured Dancer         Lane Gifford

Vermillion                                Featured Dancer         Raymond Esterhuizen

Flavor of the Day                    Boy 1                           Kay Andersen

Sleeping Beauty                      Carabosse                   Restaged Lise Mills

Midsummer Night’s Dream    Lysander                     Restaged Lise Mills

Sunday Over on Millcreek      Noisy Boy                   American Folk Ballet

Rampart Street                       Featured Dancer         American Folk Ballet

California Classical Youth Ballet    Cavalier

Zero Gravity Dance Company        Company Dancer


Miss Ileana Vasquez

         Advanced Dancer with the Academy, teacher mentor, Tap Instructor                             

Additional Staff:

                                      

Miss Megan Herron

Miss Megan Noonan

Miss Margaret Yau  

Miss Zohar Cabrera

Miss Hannah Moore

                                     

     These wonderful young women in our staff have taught classes at the studio at all levels, beginning to adult, and possess a wealth of techniques and approaches to help dancers achieve their best during class instruction.  Our teachers work carefully with students to offer clarity and encouragement and continue their own dance education throughout the year with performances.    Additionally, we have junior staff who mentor dancers after having attended professional summer intensives.  This affords them early teaching experience and allows students to benefit from the instruction that their peers have been exposed to.  Intermediate dancers have also been encouraged to assist instructors with beginning dancers.