Donna Pidel founded Ballet Royale in 1987. The school was located in Fell's Point from which it moved to the current location in Columbia Maryland in 1992. In 1994 the Ballet Royale Company was founded. In addition to directing Ballet Royale, Ms. Pidel is currently on the 'Artistic Board of Examiner's for American Ballet Theatre's, National Training Curriculum and is also an ABT® Affiliate Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 7and Partnering of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. She also teaches company class for the Alvin Ailey Dance Company.
Ballet Royale students under Ms Pidel's direction, continue to accept scholarships from colleges, universities, competitions and join various professional companies of local, national, and international recognition. In recognition of the needs of the dancers who wish to pursue a professional career in dance, The Pidel Conservatory was introduced in 2012. Both male and female students are training 5 /6 days a week.
Miranda Ellis Graf, Assistant Administrative Director received her early training from Spotsylvania Ballet. She studied at Dance Institute of Washington and at the Dance Theatre of Harlem in NYC. Ms Ellis Graf completed summer school studies at The Ailey School, Pennsylvania Ballet School and the Houston Ballet. Ms Ellis Graf joined Dance Theatre of Harlem as an Ensemble Ballerina. Her repertoire includes : Dougla, Four Temperaments, Fire Bird and a Song for Dead Warriors.
Hans Nelson received his initial training with Joyce Morrison at the Frederick School of Classical Ballet in Frederick, MD. At age 16, he moved to New York City to study ballet on full tuition scholarship at the School of American Ballet, where his regular teachers included Peter Boal and Andrei Kramarevsky. Mr. Nelson completed the Apprentice Program under Vladimir Djouloukhadze at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, DC, and he subsequently studied ballet, Martha Graham technique, kendo, classical voice, and percussion at the École-Atelier Rudra Béjart in Lausanne, Switzerland. Mr.Nelson is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher
Training Intensive in Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.
Kevin Thomas Malone- graduate of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts and The University of the Arts earning a B.F.A. Degree in Modern Dance/ Performance. Mr. Malone was a former Principal Dancer with Philadanco ( Philadelphia Dance Company ) working with noted Horton Master teachers Milton Meyers and James Jimmy Truitte, touring internationaly for over numerous years. He has taught on the falculty of B.R.I.M. , The Rock School of & Pennsylvania Ballet, Alvin Ailey Camp and served as Assistant Associate Director for the Dance Institute of Washington. A recipient of the Youth America Grand Prix awards for "Outstanding Choreographer" and "Outstanding School Award" for the ktm Extremes Dance Project. Mr. Malone is proud to teach at B.R.I.M.
Julie Muller Stahl began her early dance training at the Princeton Ballet School, Burklyn Ballet Theater and School of American Ballet. Her training in the Vaganova Method came under the direction of the late Marika Besobrasova (L’Academie de Danse Classique de Princess Grace), Elena Kunikova (Kirov Ballet), and Elisabeth Carroll (Harkness Ballet). As a young dancer, she was also trained in the modern dance techniques of Paul Taylor, Martha Graham, Jose Limon, Paul Sanasardo and Jennifer Muller. After receiving a BS in Dance and English from Skidmore College, Ms. Stahl joined Hubbard Street Dance Company in 1990 and shortly thereafter moved on to dance with FELD Ballets/NY and Twyla Tharp Dance Company. Performing and touring throughout the world, she has performed a diverse repertoire, from full-length ballets to works by Balanchine, Agnes DeMille, Jiří Kylián, and Daniel Ezralow among others in addition original works by choreographers Elliot Feld and Twyla Tharp. She is an ABT(R) (American Ballet Theater) Certified Teacher who has successfully completed the ABT(R) Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 3 of the ABT(R) National Training Curriculum. Ms. Stahl has been a teacher on the faculty of The Washington Ballet School and Towson University Community Dance Program. She is currently on a long-term sabbatical with her husband while they sail the world and is looking forward to returning to Ballet Royale. In the meantime, you can follow her at sea at www.schoonermistress.net.
Nicole Harden Schoo Nicole began her ballet training in Maryland at Frederick School of Classical Ballet. She graduated from Indiana University earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Ballet Performance with an Outside Field in Biology/Pre-Med. After college, Nicole decided to pursue a professional dancing career performing with the Louisville Ballet, touring China with John Clifford's Los Angeles Dance Theatre, and performing with Charleston Ballet Theatre. Throughout her dance career she has worked with icons such as Violette Verdy, Suzanne Farrell, Susan Pilarre, Julie Kent, Jerri Kumery, Elyse Borne, and Elaine Kudo. She has performed soloist and principal roles in numerous ballets including Dark Angel in Balanchine's Serenade and Twyla Tharp's Baker's Dozen. For almost 15 years Nicole has been teaching ballet to aspiring dancers of all ages from creative movement to adult, in addition to private lessons, audition prep, and choreography. She has taught at studios throughout Indiana, including Indiana University, Kentucky, South Carolina and Maryland. Nicole also works in the environmental consulting business and teaches yoga. Nicole believes in following your dreams, pursuing your passions and inspiring others to achieve their dreams.
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Alicia Graf Mack is a graduate of the Ballet Royale under the direction of Donna Pidel. Ms. Graf was a principal dancer with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Dance Theatre of Harlem and Complexions Contemporary Ballet. She is also a guest writer for several nationally distributed dance publications. She has guest performed with Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet, and with Andre 3000 and Beyonce at Radio City Music Hall. Her honors include the Columbia University Award of Excellence, Smithsonian Magazine’s Young Innovator award and St. Louis Magazine’s 2009 A-List. In 2008, she delivered the keynote address to the graduates of Columbia University’s School of General Studies. Graf graduated magna cum laude with honors in History from Columbia University, and is a Nonprofit Management master’s degree candidate at Washington University in St. Louis.
Katherine Williams was born in Honolulu, HI and began her early training with the Hawaii State Ballet. After moving to Maryland with her family, she studied at the Ballet Royale Academy under the direction of Donna Pidel. She was awarded the Youth Grand Prix at the 2003 Finals of the Youth America Grand Prix in New York, and was a Top 12 Finalist at the 2005 Finals. In 2003, she was awarded a full scholarship to the Boston Ballet Summer Dance program. From 2004 to 2006, she attended the American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensives as a National Training Scholar, and in 2006 she also attended the Stiefel and Stars Summer Program.Williams joined the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at ABT in the fall of 2005 and remained there until joining the Studio Company in 2007. She joined the main Company as an Apprentice in December 2007 and the corps de ballet in June 2008.
Anne Sanagursky, Genevieve Simard, Jessica Son, Miranda Ellis Graf, and Caroline Floyd.
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