Meet the Artists
Hannah Deveny is originally from Akron, Ohio and began dancing at the age of three. She studied at the Dance Institute of the University of Akron for eight years primarily with Ana Lobe of the National Ballet of Cuba as well as Gladisa Guadalupe, Christina Foisie, and Andrew Carroll. During her high school studies, she performed lead roles in The Snow Maiden and earned college credit while performing with the University of Akron Dance Ensemble. She attended summer programs at The Washington School of Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Salzburg International Ballet Academy, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, and Hubbard Street. Hannah recently earned her BFA in ballet from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), where she studied with Qi Jiang, Deirdre Carberry, Michael Tevlin, Ka-Ron Lehman Brown, and Shellie Cash. She enjoyed performing soloist roles in Giselle, Paquita, La Bayadère, Roger Van Fleteren’s Serenade for Strings, and Ka-Ron Lehman Brown’s Soul of Grace as well as original works created by CCM faculty and students. She has also performed as a guest artist in Kentucky Ballet’s productions of Dracula and Cinderella. Hannah is thrilled to begin her first season with Charlottesville Ballet.
Megan Giroir began her dance training at the School of the Hartford Ballet in her home town of Hartford, Connecticut. She received her early training from Franco DeVita, Raymond Lukens, Hilda Morales, and Susan Brooker. She was chosen to perform the role of Clara in Kirk Peterson’s world premier of “The American Nutcracker” and performed the role at The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California. During high school, she also performed side by side with professionals from American Ballet Theatre’s Studio Company in “The American Nutcracker.” After graduating from high school, Megan attended Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s Graduate Program for two years. She performed The Nutcracker with the company and danced in many ballets with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School including Allegro Brillante, La Bayadere, Theme and Variations and Paquita. In 2007, she joined the Ballet Theatre of Maryland as an apprentice where she studied and performed for three seasons. Megan is very excited to be returning for her third season with Charlottesville Ballet and to be on faculty at Charlottesville Ballet Academy.
Check out Megan’s “Meet the Artist” interview from October 2010.
Originally from Bozeman, Montana, Caitlin Lennon began her intensive training at the Queen City Ballet. While a student there, she was given the honor of performing such roles as Sugar Plum, Dew Drop, and Snow Queen in the Nutcracker, as well as Aurora and the Lilac Fairy in Sleeping Beauty. Caitlin competed in the Youth America Grand Prix in 2006 and placed in the Top 12, in both classical and contemporary. She spent her summers studying at Julliard, American Ballet Theatre New York, Atlanta Ballet, Houston Ballet, and Ballet West on scholarship. Her travels across the country ended at the Richmond Ballet, where she was accepted into the trainee program on full scholarship. While at the Richmond Ballet, Caitlin performed as a demi-soloist in Waltz of the Flowers and in Balanchine’s Who Cares? In the Trainee workshop performances, she appeared as the Dryad Queen in Don Quixote, Paquita in Paquita and in Ariadne Conner’s who’s it all for anyway?. In addition to working with Charlottesville Ballet, Caitlin is a teacher for the Charlottesville branch of the Minds In Motion outreach program, bringing dance to the public school system. This is Caitlin’s fifth season with Charlottesville Ballet.
Check out Caitlin’s “Meet the Artist” interview from July 2010.
Moira Price was born and raised in Annapolis, Maryland and received the majority of her ballet training at the school of the Ballet Theatre of Maryland. She performed as an apprentice to the company from 2005-2007, most memorably in Willam Christensen’s Swan Lake. Moira recently graduated magna cum laude with her BFA in ballet from Point Park University, where she studied extensively with Susan Stowe, Lindy Mandradjieff, Jason McDole, Peter Merz and Kiesha Lalama. She had the great honor of performing Kiesha Lalama’s Patterns at the 2009 Youth American Grand Prix New York finals. Other favorite performances include Balanchine’s Raymonda Variations, Patrick Frantz’s Cote Jardin, and several pieces by Peter LeBreton Merz. Moira also has a passion for education and enjoys teaching at Albemarle Ballet Theatre and Charlottesville Ballet Academy. In 2011, Moira joined Charlottesville Ballet as an Apprentice; she is delighted to return as a company member for her second season with Charlottesville Ballet.
Born and raised in upstate New York, Devin received his training at the North Carolina School of the Arts (NCSA) under the supervision of Ethan Stiefel, Warren Conover, Frank Smith, Melissa Hayden, and Christine Spizzo. During his time at NCSA, Devin matured as an artist and learned to view movement as a whole. He performed many roles from ballets including La Sonombula, Raymonda, Serenade, Nutcracker, Fanfare, Jockey Dance, and Les Patineurs. Devin served on the faculty of Triangle Youth Ballet in Chapel Hill, NC and has performed in many cities throughout the east coast as a freelance artist. Devin brings a wealth of performance experience and dance knowledge to the table for his second season with the Charlottesville Ballet.
Blake started dancing four years ago as a freshman at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY. Along with his training at Vassar College under such names as John Meehan and Steve Rooks, Blake trained with Six Step Studios in his hometown of Fairfax, Virginia in Contemporary and Hip Hop dance, and finished his collegiate dance training at the University of Virginia with Rose Beauchamp and Kim Brooks Mata. Blake attended the American Ballet Theatre’s Collegiate Ballet intensive and the Joffrey Ballet’s Contemporary and Jazz intensive this summer and he is ecstatic to return the company for his second year. Blake is also a teacher of Contemporary/Lyrical dance and Hip Hop at Charlottesville Ballet Academy.
Susan Holzapfel began her ballet training at the Dance Institute at the age of five in her hometown of Akron, Ohio. She primarily studied with Ana Lobe, formerly of the National Ballet of Cuba. She had additional training at American Ballet Theatre, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Sarasota Ballet, Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, D.C., City Ballet of San Diego and spent many summers at Steps on Broadway. She has performed lead roles in Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake with The University of Akron Dance Company and has appeared in productions with Ohio Ballet and Neos Dance Theatre. This is Susan’s first season with Charlottesville Ballet.
Ty Cooper began his training in Newport News, VA in 1999. He attended Woodside High School for the Performing Arts and the Eastern Virginia School of the Performing Arts. After graduating, Tyrone began studies in the Dance Program at Virginia Commonwealth University. While in college, he also trained at the School of Richmond Ballet and was later offered a traineeship with the company. Ty performed in Stoner Winslett’s Nutcracker, Malcolm Burn’s Don Quixote, and George Balanchine’s Who Cares?. While living in Richmond, he had the pleasure of working with the Starr Foster Dance Project and several other modern dance companies. In 2008, Ty became a founding member of the Charlottesville Ballet and danced in the company for its first three seasons. After a year-long sabbatical, Ty will be featured as a guest artist for the 2012-2013 season while he takes his time returning to dance. Ty also has a passion for dance-making and has choreographed for students at the Dance Theatre of Lynchburg and at The Dance Company. His works for Charlottesville Ballet include new commissioned pieces as well as several divertissements in the annual production of The Nutcracker Suite. Ty is thrilled to be performing again with the company and would like to thank his lifelong mentor Dr. Mary Ann Laverty for 13 years of support!
Audrey Fenske, Outreach Coordinator & Resident Choreographer
Audrey Fenske began her dance training at Bounds Dance Studio/Triangle Youth Ballet in Chapel Hill, NC. She continued her studies in high school at the Virginia School of the Arts under the late Petrus Bosman, and received the Service Award upon graduation. She also trained at intensives with Houston Ballet, BalletMet Columbus, and Pilobolus. She graduated from Duke University as the university’s first Dance major with a double major in Developmental Psychology. After graduation, Audrey taught, choreographed, and performed both freelance and at the Triangle Youth Ballet in Chapel Hill, NC, where she also served as Registrar and Director of Community Outreach. Audrey was also a member of Gaspard&Dancers in Durham, NC. Audrey’s choreography has been commissioned by the Charlottesville Ballet and by the Duke University Dance Program and has been performed at various venues nationally. Audrey is thrilled to join Charlottesville Ballet as Outreach Coordinator and Resident Choreographer for the 2012-2013 season.
Special thanks to Andrea Shirey Photography for creating Charlottesville Ballet’s 2012-2013 artist portraits!