MEET THE CITY BALLET FACULTY

The City Ballet School continues to be the leader in dance education and we are very proud to hold the highest caliber or teaching artists on faculty. All City Ballet faculty have bachelors or masters degrees in dance and education. We place a very high value on the quality of the education that we offer and believe that training young dancers is a life long process of mutual respect and discipline.

Artistic Director:
 
Danielle Horochowski
Danielle Horochowski
Owner and Artistic Director of The City Ballet School and the director and founder of The Western Maryland City Ballet Company. Ms.Horochowski graduated from The City Ballet School under founding Artistic Director Lauran Clowser and continued her training at Point Park Conservatory for Performing Arts in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She earned her B.A. in Dance from Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi and danced with Equinox Dance Company in Frederick, Maryland and with ClancyWorks Dance Company in Washington, D.C.  Before moving to Hagerstown, Ms. Horochowski served on staff with the USA International Ballet Competition and was the director of dance for Center Stage Productions in Jackson, Mississippi. Ms. Horochowski has staged Giselle, Le Corsaire, The Nutcracker, Cinderella, The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake and most recently Alice in Wonderland for the Western Maryland City Ballet Company. Ms. Horochowski teaches ballet and Pointe at City Ballet

Resident Faculty:
 
 
Amy Wrobleski
Amy Wrobleski
Received her initial ballet training at Ballet Academy in Oxnard, California. She also studied at the summer programs of Atlanta Ballet, Cleveland Ballet, BalletMet, Joffrey Ballet, and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. Ms. Wrobleski continued her training at Butler University, graduating cum laude with a BFA in dance performance. Her college experience culminated with a Butler Ballet tour to the Republic of Georgia. Ms. Wrobleski danced professionally with the Corpus Christi Ballet in Texas for two seasons. Her roles included Clara in “The Nutcracker, the Peasant Pas de Deux from Giselle, and Cerrito in Pas de Quatre. Ms. Wrobleski then moved to New York where she graduated with a MFA in dance performance/teaching from the State University of New York at Purchase College. In graduate school, Ms. Wrobleski taught ballet and performed with the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase. She then returned to California where she became the School Director and owner of the All American Ballet School in Ventura. Now in her fifth year as the ballet mistress for WMCBC, Ms. Wrobleski choreographed dances for The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Alice in Wonderland as well as choreographing annually for The Nutcracker. Ms.Wrobleski teaches creative movement, and ballet at City Ballet.

Bob Boross

Bob Boross is known internationally as master teacher and choreographer in jazz, tap, and musical theatre dance. Bob's career began as a musical theatre performer in productions of West Side StoryGodspell, ZorbaFunny GirlThe Boyfriend, and The Pirates of Penzance (Pirate King). He made his Broadway debut in the 1981 revival of Can-Can, choreographed by Roland Petit. Since then he has choreographed Equity and Non-Equity productions of Annie Get Your GunGuys and DollsVictor/VictoriaBlood Brothers, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. 

Most recently his work has been seen on multiple occasions in the NY Jazz Choreography Project and VelocityDC Dance Festival in Washington DC. In Los Angeles Bob presented his work in Jazz Dance LASpectrum Dance in LA, and at the Gypsy Dancer Awards Show. His evening length dance theatre piece Empty Sky…The Rising, set to twelve songs by Bruce Springsteen, debuted in 2005 at the Two River Theatre in NJ. Bob has also been invited to teach and choreograph by respected dance academies in France, England, Russia, Sweden, Finland, Italy, and Mexico.  He has given master classes in NYC at both Broadway Dance Center and STEPS, and at top universities like Northwestern, NYU, Carnegie Mellon, and Southern Methodist.

Over the years Bob's students have enjoyed great success - dancing on Broadway, in films, music videos, ballet companies, in Las Vegas, on the Academy Awards show, and as finalists in the shows So You Think You Can Dance and Step Up and Dance (Bravo network).  Bob holds the M.A. in Individualized Study (Jazz Dance) from the Gallatin School of New York University. He has held professorships at the University of California/Irvine and Shenandoah University. He is an invited member of the Advisory Board of Dance Teacher Magazine, and will be a featured teacher of jazz dance in an upcoming Dance Teacher issue.  Mr. Boross is teaching jazz and tap dance at City Ballet.


Sandra Atkinson
Sandra C. Atkinson is the Founder/Artistic Director of Light Switch Dance Theatre (sites-specific modern dance company) and Co- Founder of the Jazz Is....Dance Project. She has a B.A. in Dance from University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a M.A. in Performing Arts: Dance from American University. She has taught at American University (Washington, DC), Goucher College (Baltimore, MD), American College Dance Festival, Washington Ballet School, Dance Place (ReVision Dance Company class), and for Equinox Dance Company. Sandra has created works for Equinox Dance Theatre, Next Reflex Dance Collective, City Ballet, American University and Montgomery College Dance Company. Sandra has performed professional with Next Reflex Dance Collective, Peter Dimuro, Jane Franklin Dance, Carla & Company at Dance Place, and Liz Lerman Dance Exchange. In 2012, Sandra was awarded the Smithsonian Faculty Fellowship from Montgomery College. She has also been a Dance Metro/DC Selection Panelist for the 2012 Awards and Advisory Board member for ReVision Dance Company. She serves as choreographer for Round House Theatre (Silver Spring, MD) and has also taught master classes and intensives in Musical Theatre for Imagination Stage (Bethesda, MD). Some of her professional theatre work includes choreography for Glass Mind Theatre Company (Baltimore, MD) production of Midsummer Night's Dream , Fells Point Corner Theatre's (Baltimore, MD) production of Durang Durang, Strand Theatre's Production of One Glitz Wish (Baltimore, MD), Montgomery College's production of HONK! , RENT, Godspell Conference of the Birds (Rockville, MD),  and Notre Dame of Maryland University's production of Love and Information (Baltimore, MD). Ms. Atkinson teaches modern dance at City Ballet.

Kelsy Rupp
Kelsy Rupp
Kelsy Rupp earned her B.F.A in Dance from Radford University. She is currently dancing in her fourth season with d a n a h b e l l a DanceWorks and her second season with Light Switch Dance Theatre. While at Radford, she studied and performed multiple works with the outstanding faculty at RU as well as guest artist Christopher K. Morgan. During her senior year, she choreographed and produced her own modern dance concert, inter(person)al progression, under the direction of her mentor Danah Bella. Outside of Radford, she has attended, performed, and presented work at nationally recognized festivals such as The American College Dance Festival, Route 11 Dance Festival, Tennessee Dance Festival, Charlotte Dance Festival, and Moving Collective.  Miss Rupp teaches modern and ballet at City Ballet.

Katie Colbert
Cathryn Fox (Colbert) holds a B.A. in early childhood/elementary education from Frostburg State University. She holds a certificate in dance from Shenandoah University Conservatory where she studied dance performance and performed in multiple faculty and student works. She is a graduate of the City Ballet School and has performed numerous roles in both classical ballet and contemporary works. She has also performed character roles for Western Maryland City Ballet Company and has danced roles such as Mrs. Stahlbaum in The Nutcracker and Carabosse in The Sleeping Beauty.
In 2014, her choreography was selected as a guest piece that was performed for the Kidz Bop Kids concert. In addition to her work at City Ballet, Mrs. Fox teaches kindergarten for Washington County Public Schools. Mrs. Fox teaches Jazz, ballet and acro at City Ballet.

Elizabeth Dattilio
Elizabeth Dattilio
holds a B.S. in Early Childhood Education from the University of Maryland, College Park where she also continued her tap education under Mary Slater. She is a City Ballet graduate where she studied ballet, tap, jazz and modern and performed in numerous classical and contemporary works. She is a life long tapper and has studied under master tap teachers including Julie Pentz and Heidi Schultz. Ms. Dattilio is currently earning her Masters of Education in Administration at Frostburg State University and has taught kindergarten for Washington County Public Schools. Mrs. Dattilio teaches tap and ballet at City Ballet.

Olivia Price began her training at Mid Maryland Performing Arts Center at the age of 3. She attended Dickinson College where she continued her dance training under directors Sarah Skaggs and Dena Verley-Christophe. She performed and choreographed for Dickinson’s repertory company and Dance Theater Group. She holds a bachelor of Arts in Italian from Dickinson College and The University of Bologna (Bologna, Italy). Throughout her years in school, Olivia had the pleasure of working with The Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Kristin Pontz, Cori Kresge of Merce Cunningham Dance Company, and The American College Dance Festival. Ms. Price teaches hip-hop at City Ballet.

Aaron Clayton is a certified yoga instructor and completed his 200 hour yoga teacher training through the Kaivalya Yoga Method. He holds an M.A. in English from Middlebury College and is completing a Ph.D. in English at the State University of New York at Binghamton. He is an Associate Professor of English at Frederick Community College, where he also teaches vinyasa yoga for the faculty. Mr. Clayton teaches yoga at City Ballet.

Hanna Larsen - is our class pianist and director of music at the City Ballet School. Mrs. Larsen has extensive training in music. After studying piano all her life, Ms. Larsen went on to pursue her degrees in music and holds a MA in conducting from The Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz, Poland. Through her career Mrs. Larsen has worked with conducting classes and has also taught music in the public schools. She is enjoying her experience as a class accompanist and we are very proud to have her as we are the only school in the area to provide live accompaniment for our classes.