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Elizabeth Terschurr:
Elizabeth Terschuur is a professional seeker, performer, dancer, choreographer and educator. She has an MFA in Dance from UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance and a BFA in Dance Performance from Towson University located in Towson, MD. Her awards include grants from UCLA, Towson University, the Golden Key International Honor Society, National Society for Arts and Letters DC chapter, Washington Ballet, Boston Ballet, Harid Conservatory, and the Vienna Opera Ballet School in Austria. She is a graduate of the Washington School of Ballet under Roudolf Kharatian, Mary Day, Victoria Leigh and Patricia Berrend. She then joined the company under the direction of Septime Webre and now has performed as a contemporary dancer in LA then Washington DC for the past 10 years. Her teaching credits at UCLA included ballet and modern for two years as well as an internship coordinator in disability studies. She continued as adjunct faculty at The American Music and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in Hollywood for one year before returning to DC where she is currently on faculty at CityDance Conservatory at Strathmore Music Center, The Moving Company Dance Center, Jamz Dance Center, the Hussman Center for Adults with Autism at Towson University, and the Washington School of Ballet. For over ten years she has been a professional contemporary dancer while continuing her work in dance ministry that seeks to honor the Lord Jesus Christ. She is a guest artist with the Lagniappe Project which brings artists in to work with people with life-altering, neurological conditions at the Sheppard Pratt Health System Hospital in Towson MD. She currently serves on the board of directors for the Maryland Council for Dance and the Maryland Dance Education Association. Additionally she is adjunct faculty at Coppin State University, Rehearsal Director for Deep Vision Dance Company, and she is the Founder of Special Olympics Dance MD now in its fourth year. She is serving this summer as a guest artist and project manager for Zion Dance Project and looks forward to the future!

Gail Melfi-Gutowski:
Gail began her ballet training in Northern California at the Menlo Park Academy of Dance under the direction of Rose Ann Sayler. It was here Gail began performing with The Dancer’s Repertory Theatre and working with choreographer, Jeannde Herst. While still a student, Gail was learning and performing classical pieces such as “Etudes and Pas de Quatre”. During the summers, Gail attended the intensives at the San Francisco Ballet School under the direction of Richard Cammack.
Later, Gail moved to Southern California where she continued her ballet studies in Laguna Beach, CA with Lila Zali of Col. De Basil’s Ballet Russe. Ms. Zali founded Ballet Pacifica, the premier ballet company of Orange County, CA. as a performing outlet for her students. Gail began performing professionally with the company.
Next, Gail joined the San Antonio Ballet Company under the direction of Vladimir Marek dancing the company’s repertoire including Michael Uthoff’s, “Coral of the Sun”, and Alberto Ginastern’s, “Concerto for Harp”.
After that, Gail joined the Cincinnati Ballet Company under the direction David McLain. It was with this company that she had the opportunity to tour many states performing the company’s vast repertoire including classics: “Nutcracker, Coppelia, Swan Lake Act II, Giselle, Peter and the Wolf, Hansel and Gretel, Les Syphides, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty,” and George Balanchine’s ” Serenade and Concerto Borocco”. She worked with the company’s resident choreographer, Frederic Franklin in his setting of, “Tribute” and “Pas de Dix”. Daniel Levan’s  “Concert Waltzes” as well as David McLain’s   “Concert for Organ, Strings & Timpani “and “Winter’s Traces”.
Later, Gail moved to Baltimore where she joined the Maryland Ballet Company under the direction of, Petrus Bosman, former Principal Dancer with the Royal Ballet. With this company Gail danced all of the company’s classical pieces, plus modern choreography including Lambros Lambro’s modern work “Sun Dances” and was in the original cast of the world premiere of the ballet “Equs”. Gail also worked again with Frederic Franklin in his setting of “Monotones I and II, and Napoli.” The company’s touring, included performing at Central Park’s New York Dance Festival and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. 
Gail stopped performing to raise her large family.  For six years she also operated a licensed family day care center in her home, which gave her vast experience caring for children other than her own. Recently, Gail has returned to the ballet world by taking advanced adult classes in the area and substitute teaching where the need arises. She is inspired to help mentor the next generation of young dancers using her skills with young children and her years of experience in the ballet world. 
 
Rachel Cockerham:
Rachel has trained under a wide range of teachers such as Tauna Hunter, Lesley Bories-Scalise, Melissa Bobick, Barclay Gibbs, Paul Wegner, Caryl Maxwell, Christine Villeneuve-Jones, Pamela Villeneuve, Linda O'Brien and Shana O'Brien.  Rachel spent a summer studying at the Kansas City Ballet School under a full scholarship and also spent a year taking classes in the Kennedy Center Ballet Class Series. 
Rachel has enjoyed performing with The Mercyhurst Dancers, the Mercyhurst Liturgical Dance Ensemble, and Harford Ballet Company. She has performed in A Midsummer Night’s DreamLa Fille Mal GardéePaquita, and The Nutcracker. She has received the opportunity to work with choreographers such as Meredith Lyons, Neta Pulvermacher, Melissa Bobick, C. Noelle Partusch, Shana O'Brien and Barclay Gibbs in contemporary ballet and modern works. 
Rachel is a graduate of Mercyhurst University with both a B.A. in Dance and a B.A. in English. She took courses in Pedagogy, Conditioning and Choreography along with many Ballet and Modern courses. While at the University, she served as the chapter president of the National Honors Society for Dance Arts, part of the National Dance Education Organization.
Rachel has worked as a Technical Theater Assistant for the Dance Department at Mercyhurst University while working as Stage Manager for the D'Angelo Opera Theatre’s production of Madam Butterfly. She has taught Creative Movement classes for New Covenant Christian School and has worked as a counselor and dance assistant for Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp.
Rachel is currently teaching Ballet and Pointe classes for Dance Conservatory of Maryland in addition to her work here at The Sudbrook Arts Centre.

Mika Royster:
The Sudbrook Arts Center welcomes back BCYB alumni Mika Royster!
Ms. Mika started dancing at the age of 8 with The Baltimore County Youth Ballet under the direction of Laura Dolid.  Her BCYB performance credits include various corps and soloist roles in productions such as: The Nutcracker, Coppelia, A Midsummer Nights Dream, and Cinderella. . Mika graduated from The Carver Center for Arts and Technology in 2003 as a Dance major where she was a member of The Inertia Dance company. At The Community College of Baltimore County, Mika studied Ballet, Modern, and Afro Caribbean Dance and performed with the CCBC dance company.
Ms. Mika apprenticed with The Clancy Works Dance Company under the direction of Adrienne Clancy in 2007 and has also performed with the Moving Company.  As an artistic administrator, Mika helped to develop the dance curriculum at Coppermine Fieldhouse while serving as the department's lead teacher.  Most recently, Ms. Mika has worked as a substitute dance teacher and guest choreographer for Baltimore County Public School System.  Her versatility, artistic vision, and beautiful choreography are a welcomed addition to our program!


Cacey Elliott
Cacey Elliott trained for 15 years under Lisa Tingle, former Redskin cheerleader and current director of Seaside Dance Academy in Berlin, MD. While there, she was classically trained in ballet, jazz, and contemporary, and went on to become one of their competitive dancers.  While competing on the east coast, she won scholarships to dance for Starpower’s Power Pak in 5 different cities.  Cacey also had the privilege of working with and assisting various master choreographers such as, Marinda Davis, Dylan Pearce, Kimberly Fitch, and Carol Brienza.  Cacey has a great passion for dance and strongly encourages dancers to explore their creative intuition while learning the fundamentals of technique.



 
 
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