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"The dedication cultivated at BBT also spills over into academics and the development of a strong work ethic."
- Carole Moyer
Principal Teacher BBTCD
Kelly Barber is a native of Reading. She began her studies when she was nine at The Dance Academy of Berks Ballet. Four years later, she became a member of the company and continued performing through her teens as a soloist with BBT. Kelly also studied with the Burklyn Ballet Theatre, the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts, and Pennsylvania Ballet.
In 1995, Kelly went on to dance with Ballet Theatre of Annapolis under the direction of the late Edward Stewart, rising to the rank of soloist. While in Annapolis, she danced in many classical & contemporary ballets including Paquita, Dracula, and Carmina Burana. In Swan Lake, Kelly shared the stage with Christine Dunham and Wes Chapman, former principals with American Ballet Theatre. She also danced the role of Snow Queen in the Nutcracker, as well as other leading roles like the Lilac Fairy in Sleeping Beauty, and the Grand Pas de Deux from Le Corsaire.
Kelly returned to Reading and began to teach at The Dance Academy of Berks Ballet and also perform with BBT. She was appointed Associate Director of the company in 2006, and Artistic Director in 2007. As a choreographer, her ballet “Bach Sonata Quartet” was performed during the 2005 Regional Dance America Northeast festival in Harrisburg.
Along with her job as Artistic Director of BBT, Kelly will be the Principle Teacher at the newly named Berks Ballet Theatre Conservatory of Dance, teaching levels 1 through 7. Kelly is thrilled to collaborate with friend and colleague Nathan Bland, the new Conservatory director and Ballet Master of BBT. She hopes to continue the tradition and promote excellence in ballet training and performance in Berks County. Kelly expects great things in the future for both the school and the company.
Nathan Bland was raised in California, where he began his dance training with Margaret Lloyds Smallie and Sandy Thomas. He later continued his training with Melissa Bowman of American Ballet Theatre, while training at Pittsburgh Youth Ballet. Nathan began his professional career with Kansas City Ballet where he performed in ballets by renowned choreographers George Balanchine, Todd Bolender and Twyla Tharp to name a few.
Over the last 10 years Nathan's professional career has taken him all over the United States and the World. He has danced for such companies as Eugene Ballet/Ballet Idaho, Oklahoma City Ballet, Connecticut Ballet, LazarBallet NYC and Rebecca Kelly Ballet. He has worked with many choreographers based in NYC as well as working as a guest artist throughout the United States. In 2010 Nathan had the opportunity to join The National Ballet Theatre of Croatia as a Soloist where he danced many leading roles such as The Cavalier in The Nutcracker, Hilarion in Giselle along with featured roles in Bournonville's Napoli and Valentina Turcu's Carmen. While with the National Ballet Theatre, Nathan also had the opportunity to perform in Italy, Germany and throughout Croatia.
Upon returning to the United States, Nathan continued his freelance performing career working with such companies as Owen/Cox Dance Group of Kansas City and SENSEDANCE of New York City.
His association with Berks Ballet Theatre began in 2006 and in 2012 he became the owner of Berks Ballet Theatre Conservatory of Dance and the Executive Director of Berks Ballet Theatre. Nathan has always had a passion for teaching and enjoys passing along his knowledge of dance to the young dancers of our future just as much as he loves performing, if not more.
Along with being a performer and teacher, Nathan has been a Choreographer for many years. Most recently for Berks Ballet Theatre he has choreographed Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, One by Three and Refractions which was performed at Regional Dance America in 2013. As well as BBT's annual production of The Nutcracker which was co-choreographed with Artistic Director, Kelly Barber. This past summer, Nathan choreographed The Nutcracker for Prosser School of Ballet in Washington State.
Nathan is looking forward to the continued success and growth of Berks Ballet Theatre Conservatory of Dance and Berks Ballet Theatre.
Raising the BARRE
Dawn Marie Bazemore was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. She received her early professional training from the Fournier–Grego Performing Arts Center and Covenant Ballet Theater of Brooklyn. Dawn Marie was also awarded scholarships to train at Ballet Academy East, Dance Theater of Harlem, Alvin Ailey American Dance Center and the Joffrey Ballet School. After graduating from the New York City High School for Performing Arts, Dawn Marie went on to earn a BFA in Dance from the State University of New York at Purchase. She was also a finalist in the 1994 Arts Recognition and Talent Search and a recipient of the Helen Tamiris Award for Excellence in Dance.
In 1998, Dawn Marie joined the Philadelphia Dance Company (Philadanco) were she served as a principal dancer for 10 years. She has also lended her talents to the Fred Benjamin Dance Company, Deeply Rooted Productions and Dances Patrelle. Dawn Marie’s musical theater credits include Regional: Dreamgirls (Lorrell), Purlie, Aint Misbehavin’, All Shook Up (Sylvia) and Broadway: the First National Tour of The Color Purple.
Currently, Dawn Marie is serving as a faculty member at Berks Ballet Theatatre Conservatory of Dance teaching all levels of modern dance. Most recently, she has been awarded an MFA in dance from Hollins University.
Originally from Brazil, Flavia Garcia trained with The National Ballet of Cuba. From 2006 she's was a member of Dance Theatre of Harlem where she danced principle roles in such ballets as Raymonda, Balanchine's Four Temperaments & Glinka Pas de Trois, Giselle and Le Corsaire. She's participated in various competitions, such as Brazil's most acclaimed Joinville Dance Festival, where she won Gold.
Since moving to New York City she's also danced with Joffrey Ballet 2 and Lazar Ballet NYC. As well as being invited to guest in such galas as, Gala of the Stars in the Dominican Republic performing Diana & Acteon with a member of ABT and NYIBC's Gala 2011. Other ballets in her repertoire include Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Flames of Paris Pas de Deux, Gamazatti of La Bayadere, The River by Alvin Ailey and various original contemporary works.
Flavia is currently on faculty at Berks Ballet Theatre Conservatory of Dance and continues her career as world renowned guest artist.