Aleksandra Markus holds a bachelor degree in Art and Philosophy.
Her interests in advertising lead her to explore the art of communication with Saatchi & Saatchi NYC.
Ms. Markus has worked for The Smithsonian, the world’s largest museum and research institution. She was part of their project to preserve their rare book collection.
Ms. Markus is a former Montessori Elementary School art teacher, Krannert Art Museum lecturer, and yoga instructor.
Her hobbies include reading, traveling, and hiking. She is fascinated with discovering the role of art in science, technology, and innovation, because the path to a great achievement is almost never direct.
MODERN DANCE WORKSHOPS
Andrew Cribbett, originally from Thomasboro, Illinois, began his dance training at the age of six. He trained with Christine Rich and Luciana Rezende at the Christine Rich Studio Dance Academy and Performing Arts Center in Savoy, IL. At the age of 16, he received a full scholarship to The Washington School of Ballet in Washington D. C. He attended Duke Ellington School of the Arts to finish his senior year of High School. Andrew has received scholarships to attend summer intensives at Washington School of Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, The Rock School of Ballet in Philadelphia, and Faubourg Ballet Chicago. He is
a professional dancer with the Eisenhower Dance Company and a proud teacher at Big City Dance.
Currently , Mr. Cribbett is
directing a Black Box Theatre, based in Detroit.
Heather Sears has a bachelor's degree in music education, her preferred instrument being the tenor saxophone. Though she is accustomed to teaching all ages, the youngest musicians hold a special place in her heart. She has taught music at various schools in the local community. Currently, she teaches Kindermusik at The Little Gym of Champaign.
Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop and Camp Supervisor.
Alexis Miller has been dancing for the past 17 years, studying ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, African dance and musical theater. After graduating from high school, she attended the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City as a full-time ballet trainee in their year-round program. She was also granted a scholarship and invitations to Russia and Italy for summer intensive programs.
Ms. Miller came back to the Champaign-Urbana area so she could combine both education and her love of dance. She will graduate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a BFA in Dance in May 2018.
Assistant Ballet Teacher
Ashley Thopiah, a sophomore at Butler University pursing a BFA in Dance Performance began her formal dance training under the direction of Christine Rich and Luciana Rezende at the Christine Rich Studio Dance Academy at the age of 2. She was in the Excellence Program, which included ballet, tap, jazz, and acrobatics. Ashley has danced the leading roles in many of the great classics such as Don Quixote, Paquita, and La Boutique Fantasque. In addition, she has competed at YAGP in 2011. Her group placed top 12 in the semi-final in Chicago, and went to New York City to compete in the world finals.