Estelle Bean trained under renowned teachers Eugene Loring, Anthony Tudor, and Robert Joffrey, and brings a wealth of knowledge to PBS dancers.
Christiana Coover began her dance training at Jeanette Popp School of Dance. She trained there for two years and then moved to Nevada with her family and found her love of ballet. She returned to Dayton and began training at Dayton Ballet. When she was 15 she attended a summer program at The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and was invited to stay and train year round. She finished high school in Pittsburgh and had the opportunity to dance roles in Balanchine's Concerto Borrocco, Nutcracker, Allegro Brilliante, Serenade, and more. She also studied at BalletMet, Joffrey Ballet NY, Boston Ballet and more. She began teaching in 2000 and danced professionally with The Alabama Ballet for four years. She has a passion for ballet and brings something special to her students
Will Hoppe is from Miami Florida. He started dance at 13 in the Miami City Ballet School, and graduated from The Harid Conservatory in 1999. In his professional career Will danced with many companies around the country and his teaching career spans over 15 years.
Gregory Robinson received his dance training at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. His career as a performer, teacher, ballet master, and choreographer, primarily with Dayton Ballet, has spanned more than thirty years. He was named a "Dayton Gem" by the Dayton Daily News. His works have garnered critical praise and funding from regional and national arts agencies including MCACD, Culture Works, the H. Robert Magee foundation, and the NEA.
Stephanie Smith danced from the age of three to thirteen in her hometown of St. Albans, WV, and began dancing again after college in Fairfax, Va, where she trained under Jane Masciarelli and Mary Marshall. Stephanie continued her training at Morgantown Dance Studio under Marylin Pipes, Lauren Slone, Jennifer Lawrence, and Daniel Karasik. She is a former member of the Morgantown Ballet Company and danced with Ballet Lafayette in Uniontown, PA. Stephanie also obtained her certification from Beverly Spell in the nationally renowned Leap ‘n Learn Program, and taught ballet at Morgantown Dance Studio and Artistry House in Morgantown, WV.
New Modern and Jazz Instructors:
Nile Alicia Ruff is originally from Washington, DC, and is a 2014 graduate of Point Park University with a BFA degree in dance. She received a 2014-15 scholarship to attend the Ailey School. Formerly Ms. Ruff was a member of the Coyaba Dance Theatre, Deeply Rooted Dance theatre and Attack Theatre. She is now in her fourth season with the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company.
Kaylie Thompson began her dance training at age 11. After falling deeply in love with ballet, she continued her training at PBS. She danced pre-professionally for six years with Gem City Ballet, under the direction of Barbara Pontecorvo. During her time with GCB, she was fortunate enough to perform a diverse repertory of many wonderful ballets, including Balanchine's Serenade. She is thrilled to be returning to PBS as an instructor!
School Administrator: Olena Brownfield