Faculty

Cynthia Bernshausen - Artistic Director, Ballet, Pointe, Variations

Originally from Elizabethton, TN, Ms 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 in 2011 moved into its permanent home in the historic district of Elizabethton allowing the Ballet Academy ample space for continued growth. 

 

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.

 

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

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.

Grace Roberts - Tap & Rhythm, Tap

Bio to come

GUEST FACULTY

Sarah Walborn - Ballet, Pointe, Variations

Sarah Walborn of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania began her training at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet under the direction of Marcia Dale Weary. In 2007, Ms. Walborn was invited to be an apprentice with the San Francisco Ballet. She performed many roles with the company, including George Balanchine’s Diamonds and Helgi Tomasson’s The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, Giselle, and The Sleeping Beauty. After joining The Washington Ballet in 2009, Ms. Walborn originated roles including a world premiere of Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Sueno de Marmol, one of the twins in Septime Webre’s Great Gatsby, and various roles in Webre’s Alice (In Wonderland). She has performed with the company in George Balanchine’s Four Temperaments, Christopher Bruce’s Rooster, and the staging of Anna-Marie Holmes’ Le Corsaire and Don Quixote, as well as Twyla Tharp’s Push Comes to Shove, and the pas de deux Strangers in the Night from Nine Sinatra Songs. In 2012, Ms. Walborn joined Kansas City Ballet under the direction of William Whitener. She originated works from Jodie Gates and Devon Carney. Ms. Walborn also had the opportunity to perform the Summer Fairy in Victoria Morgan’s Cinderella, as well as Balanchine’s Allegro Brilliante, Michael Pink’s Dracula, Donald McKayle’s Hey-Hay: Going to Kansas City, and Lynne Taylor-Corbett’s Mercury. Most recently, Ms. Walborn has danced with Ballet Arizona, performing in Balanchine’s Rubies, Western Symphony, Walpurgisnacht, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, and La Sonambula. She has also danced in Alexei Ratmansky’s Le Carnaval des Animaux, as well as the US premiere of August Bournonville’s full length Napoli. Ms. Walborn is premiering as a principal guest artist.

Dulci Miller -  

Dulci Miller of Appalachian Gymnastics and Tumbling has over 20 years of experience coaching children. Dulci has worked with gymnasts in many ways and in many settings including Vacation Bible School and preschool. She has coached at all levels from parent/child classes through Junior Olympic Optional Program levels for the past 10 years.