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.

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.

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.

Chris Miller
Chris Miller
Trained and danced professionally with Culture Shock DC (a nonprofit professional hip hop dance organization with companies in key cities in the US) from 2008-2012. He earned his A.A. in Psychology from Frederick Community College, where he also served as the president for the Hype Squad dance crew. He earned his B.S. in Social Science from University of Maryland University College and will finish his Master’s in Interdisciplinary Studies of Human Behavior in the Spring of 2018 at Hood College. Mr. Miller is currently teaching special education for a private school. Mr. Miller teaches hip hop at City Ballet.

Michelle Stewart

Michelle Stewart
Holds a B.A. in Dance from Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi where she focused on Modern Dance. While there she performed in multiple faculty and student works, and she had choreography featured in various student performances. Her background also includes a music minor, jazz dance, and performing/choreographing for musicals. Her choreography was featured in Southern Huntingdon County High School’s productions of “The King and I”, “Guys and Dolls”, and various variety shows performed by students. In addition to teaching at the City Ballet School, she has also been an instructor of ballet, modern, and jazz at Freedom Valley Center of the Arts in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Her goal as an instructor is to create dancers who are strong and adventurous while also helping students find their own quality of movement. Mrs. Stewart holds a Pennsylvania teaching certification for grades K-6 from Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. She also is a certified Les Mills BODYCOMBAT® instructor. Mrs. Stewart teaches jazz, and acro at City Ballet.


Maurice Fraga

Maurice Fraga
Maurice Fraga is from San Francisco, California, and has earned B.A., M.A, and M.F.A. degrees in dance from the University of California, Santa Cruz, The College at Brockport, and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, respectively. He has danced for Ben Munisteri Dance, David Parker and the Bang Group, the Kevin Wynn Collection, Michael Foley Dance, Creach/Company, the Tiffany Mills Company, the Mark Morris Dance Group, O Vertigo (Montreal), and Fluxusdance (Dublin). He has taught in the U.S., Canada, South America and Europe. He is Chair of Dance at Shenandoah University, and is the director of his own dance company, Ekilibre.


Accompanist:
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.