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Cynthia L. Bernshauseen, Artistic Director, Ballet, Pointe, Variations

Originally from Elizabethton, TN, Cynthia Bernshausen began her training with Holloway Dancing School, under Wilma and Susan Pace later studying with David Howard of Harkness House, the American Ballet Theatre School and North Carolina School of the Arts. Ms Bernshausen’s professional experience includes Milwaukee Ballet, Colorado Ballet, Tampa Ballet, Maryland Ballet, Ballet Met, Ballet Theatre of Annapolis, Theatre West Virginia and Southern Ballet Theatre. Ms Bernshausen has performed original works as well as soloist and principle roles in Swan Lake, Paquita, Nutcracker, Graduation Ball and Cinderella among others.  As Director of the Dance Department at the Performing Arts School of Worcester, MA and Artistic Director of the Worcester Youth Ballet, Ms Bernshausen further developed the school, outreach programs, staged full length ballets,  joined the RDA-NE as well as participating in international exchange programs with Pushkin, Russia.   In 1999 Ms Bernshausen joined the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet as full time faculty member and continues as summer faculty for CPYB’s five week summer session.  In 2008 Ms Bernshausen opened the East Tennessee Ballet Academy in her hometown of Elizabethton and opened a second location in Johnson City in 2021.

Tamlyn Bernshausen - Rehearsal Mistress,  Ballet, Pointe

Originally from Elizabethton, training under Reece Toohey and Susen Pace, Ms. Bernshausen relocated to New York to train at the American Ballet Theatre School and with David Howard and Malissa Hayden. Ms. Bernshausen has dance with Berkshire Ballet, Chattanooga Ballet and Milwaukee Ballet performing Balanchine's 'Serenade', 'Graduation Ball', 'Valse Fantasy', 'Theme and Variations' and 'Scotch Symphony'. Cho San Goh's 'Destined', John Butler's 'Carmina Burana', Agnes de Mille's 'Rodeo', Frederick Ashton's 'Les Patineurs' as well as the very familiar 'Nutcracker', 'Swan Lake' and 'Coppelia'. Ms. Bernshausen participated in the David Hayward teacher’s workshop focusing on the kinesthetic approach to dance as well as Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet Teachers Workshop. East Tennessee Ballet Academy is very fortunate to have Tamlyn's wealth of knowledge and experience.

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Brad Parquette - Ballet, Modern, Creative Movement 

Brad Parquette received his early training at the Toledo Ballet School (OH) with Marie Bollinger Vogt and Velta Cernonok, and continued his studies as a scholarship student at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City. He performed as a member of the Colorado Ballet, Tampa Ballet, Ballet Mississippi, Maryland Ballet, Ballet El Paso and the West Virginia Dance Company and has performed the work of George Balanchine, John Clifford, Lew Christensen and Frederic Franklin. 

Brad is a former faculty member of the West Virginia Governor’s School for the Arts and The School of the Maryland Ballet, and has been a frequent guest teacher for the Professional Dance Teacher’s Association.  He directed the dance department of the Performing Arts School of Worcester (MA), taught in the dance department at The University Of North Carolina at Greensboro, and served as the Ballet Master of the Greensboro Ballet (NC).   Brad’s choreographic work has been shown on the gala program at Regional Dance America (formerly the National Association of Regional Ballet), as well as at the North Carolina Dance Festival, National High School Dance Festival, West Virginia Dance Festival, and American College Dance Association.   

Erin Augustine - Ballet, Variations, Pre School Ballet

Erin Augustine, an alumni of East TN Ballet Academy and the East Tennessee Youth Ballet. Erin has performed leading roles Cinderella, The Nutcracker and Snow White, original choreography and modern works presented by the Youth Ballet. Erin attended Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet for the academic year 2017-2018 as well as the five week summer intensives for two summers. Erin is a member of the Alliance Church of Elizabethton and is attending East Tennessee State University.

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Grace Roberts - Tap & Rhythm, Tap

Grace Roberts is from Elizabethton, TN and pursuing a bachelor’s degree in English with a Secondary Education teaching certification at East Tennessee State University. She is member of the dance team at ETSU. Grace has a love nature and spends most of her free time camping, hiking, and exploring it! She has been devoted to dance her whole life and loves it with everything in her. Being able to show young girls and boys how they can love dance and master skills is her dream job. What a wonderful outlet for creative minds!

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