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

Originally from Elizabethton, TN, Cynthia Bernshausen began her training 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 and Ballet Metropolitan.   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. 


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, Resident Choreographer

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. Erin is a member of the Alliance Church of Elizabethton and is attending East Tennessee State University.


Grace Roberts - Tap,  Jazz

Grace Roberts is from Elizabethton, TN and a graduate of East Tennessee State University with a bachelor’s degree in English with a Secondary Education teaching certification. As a former member of the dance team at ETSU and high school drum major, Grace is available to assist those with these goals in mind. 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!


Guest Instructor

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.


Madeleine Bullen - Musical Theatre  

Madeleine Bullen is a full time mom and dedicated theatre arts educator in the east TN and Southwest VA area. She has has been with the Barter Youth Academy in different capacities since its creation in 2012. Madeleine has not only been a student, assistant, and director but she has also served as both Technical Director, Admismission Director and choreographer for the program. She has worked on BYA shows such as Singin’ in the Rain Jr, High School Musical Jr, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Little Women and Marry Poppins Jr, . Madeleine has had the honor of teaching with BYA since 2014 and has had the privilege of directing shows such as Antigone, Arsenic and Old Lace, James and the Giant Peach, A Wrinkle in Time, Around the World in 80 days, and Into the Woods. Madeleine is forever grateful to Barter for all of the opportunities she has been given over the years and to Joshua, James and AnnaTheresa who make every day an adventure.

Genevieve Lamb - Teachers Assistant

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