DANCERS FOR LIFE
The Stavna Dance Academy is the official training school of the Stavna Ballet. By offering exciting and progressive Academy dance programs for beginners as well as pre-professionals, we allow each student to enrich their lives through the art of dance in whatever way they choose.
WORLD CLASS DANCE TRAINING
The Stavna Dance Academy provides quality training taught by world-class professionals in Midlothian, Virginia. Students can watch the Stavna Ballet Company rehearse and even have the opportunity to perform in their productions. Dance Academy programs at Stavna Ballet are available for students ages 2-18 and they may take a variety of classes based on their individual interests including jazz, modern or contemporary dance. Our goal is to help nurture the love of dance through an exciting and progressive curriculum. In addition to teaching dance at the highest level, we work to promote confidence and self-awareness that will help dancers achieve their goals both inside and outside of the Dance Academy.
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STAVNA YOUTH BALLET
The Stavna Youth Ballet (SYB) is for students ages 6-18 who are placed according to their skill levels. These dancers have the opportunity to learn and perform with our professional company, the Stavna Ballet, as well as participate in community events and an end of the year showcase. Members of the Stavna Youth Ballet commit to being performing members of the Stavna Ballet Company for the entire August through May season and to attend all rehearsals and performances for which they are cast.
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STAVNA ACADEMY DETAILS
Our Dance Academy uses Studio Director to manage all of our class schedules, registration, and payment. Please, call us if you have any questions!
STAVNA ACADEMY INSTRUCTORS
SHANNON McCONVILLE: OWNER & ARTISTIC DIRECTOR ›
Shannon fell in love with dance at a very young age. Originally from Tennessee, she began her training at the City Youth Ballet with Susan Pace-White. She has trained all over the country with many of the nations most distinguished artist including David Howard, Edward Villella, Gelsey Kirdland and Alonzo King. She received a B.F.A from Radford University with a concentration in performance and choreography under the direction of Frano Jelincic and Dagmar Kessler. Upon graduation, Shannon became a principal dancer with the San Diego Ballet. During her time with the company she had the opportunity to dance various lead roles under the direction of Robin Morgan and Javier Velasco. After moving to Virginia, she is proud to have founded the Stavna Ballet, a non-profit dance company in December of 2010. In 2012 she opened the Stavna Dance Academy, becoming the offiial training school of the Ballet. Most recently, Shannon was awarded one of Richmond's 2013 "Top 40 under 40".
JENNIFER KLOTZ: BALLET, JAZZ, & CONTEMPORARY ›
Jennifer Klotz grew up dancing in her hometown of Allentown, Pennyslvania where she studied various stayles of dance including Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Contemporary and Tap. Jen is a graduate of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA where she earned her BFA in Modern dance performance under the direction of Donna Faye Burchfield. upon graduation Jen moved to Richmond, VA and began her teaching career with Stavna Ballet in 2013. In addition to teaching at Stavna, Jen is an adjunt professor at John Tyler Community College and is a Barre fitness instructor in the Richmond area. She has had the pleasure of performing with the Stavna Ballet in their productions of Snow White, The Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland and most recently has been cast as Peter in Peter Pan!
SOPHIE CHEVALLIER: BALLET ›
Sophie is originally from Raleigh, NC. Her dance experience began when she was five years old at the Raleigh School of Ballet. As her skills developed, she joined their Professional Division at the age of thirteen, which is Raleigh School of Ballet’s program that recognizes potential in young aspiring dancers. Sophie then continued her dance studies at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts as a ballet major for three years. During that time, she attended summer programs at the Miami City Ballet and Richmond Ballet. After graduating high school, Sophie moved to Richmond, Virginia to begin dancing with the Richmond Ballet as a Trainee. In 2015, Sophie joined the Stavna Ballet as a company member and she also serves a role as a ballet instructor at the Academy. Sophie has performed in numerous pieces including Valse Fantasy, The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Divertimento, Paquita, La Source and Kingdom choreographed by Larry Keigwin.
NOELANI COREY: MODERN, JAZZ ›
Noelani was raised in Richmond, Virginia where she studied dance from a very young age. She attended Thomas Dale High School's Specialty Center for Visual and Performing Arts and graduated with numerous awards for her innovative choreography. She also participated as a member of the Thomas Dale Dance Team. In addition to dancing at school, Noelani trained at Chesterfield Dance Center where she was a part of the competition company "dELIRUM." They competed at dance competitions, including West Coast Dance Explosion, where Noelani received the Regional Senior eLite Dancer Scholarship to dance in Las Vegas. Competitions exposed her to current contemporary dance from teachers like Travis Wall, Liz Imperio, Allison Holker, and Kim Wolfe. Noelani is currently training as a Dance & Choreography Major at Virginia Commonwealth University where she is continually evolving as a modern dancer and choreographer. She is excited to start her first year at Stavna
RACHEL SEEHOLZER: BALLET ›
Rachel Seeholzer is from Los Angeles, California where she began her training at the Pacific Dance Academy with Louise Mandel. Rachel continued her training at the School of Ballet Chicago, Pacific Northwest Ballet School, Lines Contemporary Ballet, North Carolina Dance Theatre (now the Charlotte Ballet), and The Richmond Ballet. In 2014, Rachel joined the Charlottesville Ballet as an apprentice and was promoted to company in 2015. Rachel as well will be joining The Suzanne Farrell Ballet for the 2016-2017 season. Rachel’s teaching began with the Degas Dance Studio where she created their first ballet production of The Nutcracker, as well as with the Los Angeles Ballet Academy where she began her studies of the RAD (Royal Academy of Dance) method. Rachel continues to teach throughout the Richmond area and is excited to begin her first year with Stavna Ballet.