Estelle Bean trained under renowned teachers Eugene Loring, Anthony Tudor, and Robert Joffrey, and brings a wealth of knowledge to PBS dancers.
Paul Busch, raised in Dayton, is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy (dance and piano) and the Juilliard School (BFA in dance). Upon graduation, he spent half a season with Dayton Ballet before joining Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. Whilst touring Russia, he then met Nacho Duato, who invited him to join StaatsballetBerlin for 3 seasons. Paul then was invited to dance with the Oper Graz in Austria, where he performed for the past 5 years. Paul is very excited to be back home in Dayton, and to share all that he has learned with passionate artist here in Ohio.
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
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.
School Administrator: Olena Brownfield