Co-Founder / Director of Music Department / Violin / Ensemble
Mrs. Fusun Naska is a native of Turkey, she started playing violin at the age of eight as a student of well-known composer and violinist Ekrem Zeki Un and Prof. Yusuf Guler Aksoz. After she graduated Istanbul State Conservatory, in 1988, she worked for 10 years in Istanbul State Opera and Ballet Orchestra as assistant-concertmaster.
Co-Founder / Director of Dance Department / Ballet-Pointe / Character / Modern
Mr. Altin Naska is an internationally known award winning choreographer, dancer, and master teacher, with over two decades of performing experience in Europe and the United States. He was a soloist with Istanbul State Opera and Ballet and Istanbul City Theater in Turkey, also; soloist with Tirana State Opera and Ballet in his native Albania where he graduated from the Albanian Academy of Ballet and studied choreography at the Tirana Institute of Arts.
Bryan Albert-Guitar, M.M., Northwestern University; B.M., Northeastern Illinois University. Bryan is an active performer in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs, and a faculty member of Southport Performing Arts Conservatory, McGaw YMCA, and Sherwood, the Community Music School at Columbia College.
Antoine McKay has been acting and directing for over 20 years. He studied theatre at Eastern Michigan University and studied under world famous acting coach, Uta Hagen. Mr. McKay has also been blessed to work on the Second City Main Stage in Detroit and Chicago, where he wrote and performed in over 20 shows. He has also starred in numerous commercials and T.V. shows.
Set Creation and Design
Amanda Bradley has over 20 years experience as a professional muralist and decorative painter. She studied at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and then a short time at University of Colorado at Boulder.
Pre-Ballet / Ballet / Office Manager
Michelle Burger passion for dance has followed her for a total of 19 years. A 2007 Ball State University graduate, Michelle received her B.A. in Dance Performance, with a minor in Religious Studies. While at Ball State she received the Alumni Award in Dance, and Upper-class Scholarship in Dance, as well as Academic Honors. She has had the opportunity to work with and perform pieces by Gail Benedict, Bill Evans, Doris Ressl, Sarah Semonis, Audra Sokol and Lou Ann Young.
Pre-Ballet, Ballet Instructor
“The success of a dancer is achieved through aspiration, inspiration, and perspiration. I encourage each student to think critically, be confident, and practice a positive work ethic.”- Teaching philosophy of Blair Burkhalter
Malin started ballroom and latin dance in 2002 while studying at the University of Michigan, joining both the social dance oriented Michigan Ballroom Dance Club and the competition focused Michigan Ballroom Dance Team. The Team was Collegiate National Champions for most of the years Malin was a member and she has had numerous personal successes as well. Malin trained under world class instructors Stephen and Susan McFerran, as well as Izabela Jaworksa and U.S. Ten-Dance Champions Jason and Lila Turner.
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Elena has Master's Degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from St.Petersburg State Conservatory, and Bachelor Degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Kaliningrad Music College in Russia. She is an experienced professional pianist in wide range of styles - classical, baroque, romantic and contemporary.
Voice and Piano
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Barmey Ung is a Cambodian-American composer, guitarist, and mixed-media artist. He has traveled the world to explore genres, mediums, cultures, and philosophies. His collected influences have molded his creative work into a “truly unique,” (Jordan Brandes, Lumino Magazine) and constantly evolving expression.
Hip Hop / Pilates
Jessica's dance background includes over 19 years of dance including ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, modern, hip-hop and b-girling (break-dancing). In college, Jessica was a member of the NDA-competitive University of South Dakota dance team, took classes in the University of Minnesota dance program and was on scholarship with the Zenon Company and School in Minneapolis and with Joel Hall Dance Center in Chicago. She has performed for numerous choreographers through her scholarship at Zenon and experience as a professional dancer for various dance teams.
Piano / Theory Solfege / Sing & Play
Sarah J. Ritch was introduced to music early in life through various instrumental studies encouraged by a very musical family. Though encouraged in the classics, Sarah found herself playing guitar and bass in several Punk and Metal bands between 1996 and 2003, eventually leading to an interest in composition. In 1999, Sarah began her formal musical training in cello performance studying with Moonlight Tran, Assistant Principal of the Las Vegas Philharmonic Orchestra and Dr. Andrew Smith.