Artistic Motion Studio Faculty & Staff
We take pride in carefully selecting the highest quality instructors who reflect our values and commitment to excellence. From professional dance companies to major musical theatre stages, our adult faculty have extensive, first-hand knowledge of their field and what it takes to make it to the top. They have a passion for passing on that knowledge in order to make our students the very best they can be!
Natalya Igitkhanyan Davison
Natalya studied at the Armenian Choreographic Academy as well as GITIS, the world-renowned Moscow State University of Dramatic Art. She specializes in Ballet and international folk dances, with over thirteen years of teaching experience.
Natalya's first teaching position in America was for The Dance Project: School at City Arts, where she taught for four years. She opened her own studio, Artistic Motion, in 2000.
Known for her enthusiasm, caring nature and advocacy for all facets of the performing arts, Natalya continues to share her passion and knowledge throughout the community, having taught Ballet and Dance History at Greensboro College and teaching Advanced Ballet at The Dance Shop in Asheboro, in addition to the numerous dance classes she teaches at Artistic Motion.
During the summer of 2007, Natalya organized Artistic Motion's first cultural exchange project with the professional dance company Barekamutyun in Yerevan, Armenia. The dancers learned Ballet and Armenian Folk Dances from professional teachers and performed with the professional Company dancers. They spent two intense weeks before the trip preparing and learning original choreography in Modern and Jazz that was then performed at the beautiful Opera House in downtown Yerevan.
Having dreamed of becoming a dancer her whole life, Lynn finally stepped into the studio to begin serious Ballet training at the age of 38. Realizing that age is only a number, she continues to take weekly classes and teach students of all ages that pursuing one's passion is truly important.
Among the classes Lynn teaches at Artistic Motion are Adult Beginning Ballet, Creative Movement, Ballet/Tap/Tumbling I, and Ballet II. She has studied with guest artist Valery Lantratov. Her extensive performing experience includes dancing in many regional productions and participating in Artistic Motion's first cultural performing arts exchange at Yerevan, Armenia. Lynn holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Texas and has more than 17 years of teaching experience.
Lynn also serves as Artistic Motion's Administrative Director, taking care of billing and parent/student correspondence.
Jason Barrios, Baritone
Jason Barrios' passion for teaching came from being involved with the choir program throughout his high school education, where he acted as a leader in several of the ensembles. After this meaningful experience, Jason proceeded to earn a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from Wingate University and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from UNCG. In addition to his teaching responsibilities with Artistic Motion, Mr. Barrios has recently been appointed as the middle school music teacher at Our Lady of Grace School in Greensboro and serves as a substitute teacher with Guilford County Schools for grades K-12.
During his graduate study at UNCG, Jason focused on vocal pedagogy, taking advanced graduate level courses on the teaching of voice. While taking these courses, he was given the opportunity to instruct an undergraduate non-music major looking to develop his voice in regards to singing. This experience has prepared Jason to work with future students seeking voice training. Additionally, Jason took part in the UNCG Opera Theatre Outreach production of Little Red Riding Hood, where he played the Big Bad Wolf. This opportunity allowed him to perform this educational children's opera to hundreds of elementary students in North and South Carolina.
An avid performer as well as teacher, Jason is trained from a classical approach and has appeared in several leading opera and operetta roles throughout his education. Highlights include Leporello (Don Giovanni), Pooh Bah (The Mikado), Jupiter (Orpheus in the Underworld), Dick Deadeye (H.M.S. Pinafore), and the Sergeant of Police (The Pirates of Penzance). Equally comfortable on the concert stage, Jason has sung the role of Pilatus in Bach's St. John Passion, and has performed as a soloist in Brahms' Ein Deutches Requiem.
Jason is also an avid choral singer and has participated in many ensembles in the area including Bel Canto Company, Seasons Best Carolers, the EMF Festival Chorus, the UNCG University Chorale, and the Wingate University Singers and Chamber Choir. He currently is the bass section leader and periodically cantors with Ebenezer Lutheran Church's choir in Greensboro.
In 2010 and 2011, Mr. Barrios served as intern with Opera Carolina Academy's Music-Drama Workshop, which instructed middle and high school students on stage and singing technique. He will also be participating as an understudy in their opera outreach program, Opera Express, which will present The Three Little Pigs in February 2014.
Jason enjoys working with students of all ages and with varying genres of music. His teaching methods are rooted in the bel canto (beautiful singing) tradition, with an emphasis on providing the student with a healthy vocal technique regardless of the style of music. As a dedicated teacher, Jason has a strong commitment to broaden and increase his students' knowledge and ability of singing and music in general, and hopes to encourage all of his students to develop their own love of singing and music.
Kiemberle Barton is a USA Gymnastics (USAG) and Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) gymnastics teacher. Her teaching philosophy combines education with practical knowledge to enhance individual learning. The goal: To create, support, and continue a cooperative stimulating environment that will encourage all children to learn, develop, and succeed.
With 15 years' experience as a gymnast and competitive cheerleader, Kiemberle has utilized these skills in the areas of personal/fitness training, gymnastics, and cheerleading in traditional and non-traditional athletic environments. Since earning an Associate of Science in Premed from Georgia Perimeter College and Bachelors of Health Science in Occupational Therapy from Winston Salem State University, she has continued gymnastics into adulthood for personal growth along with health and wellness. Kiemberle's mission is to teach fundamentals while motivating athletes and amateurs to perform at their personal peak level.
Susie Beekman, RYT
Susie was first drawn to yoga because of its beautiful, almost dance-like practice. She was a dancer for years and a college cheerleader. She began her yoga practice seeking balance in her exercise routine; what she found was a way to create balance in life. Primary Training: Triad Yoga Institute - 200 Hour Teacher Training Program (2007)
Although Susie finds benefit in all types of yoga, her passion lies in a powerful vinyasa flow. She loves an intense class that gives amazing results mentally and physically. Susie is passionate about her family (amazing husband and three beautiful children), loves to laugh and play outside, and can't imagine her life without yoga!
Katrina Blose began dancing at a young age in Northern Illinois, studying at Rockford Dance Company (Vaganova Technique), Metropolitan Ballet (Cecchetti Method), Northern Illinois University (French and American Classical Techniques), and Forest Hills (Competitive Jazz, Lyrical, and Contemporary). She relocated to North Carolina to attend the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
Katrina moved to New York to dance with the prestigious Joffrey Ballet School. There she began her freelance dance career that led her to Europe. Following her return to the United States, Katrina worked as a guest artist up and down the East Coast, soon finding a home at Columbia City Ballet.
Though happily dancing, coaching, and teaching professionally, Katrina's quest for knowledge about other dance techniques took over. Finding that pursuit at University of North Carolina at Greensboro, she graduated with her B.F.A. for Dance in December 2011.
In addition to teaching for the Dance Project at City Arts and at Artistic Motion, Katrina continues her guest dance and aerial performances in the area. She also works as a private coach to help students compete, audition, and achieve their dreams as she did herself.
Director, Communications & Organizational Development
Tami Colvin is an organizational psychologist who left the workplace to begin homeschooling her children after removing them from public school. Most recently, she taught psychology and human services courses at the University of Phoenix and at Forsyth and Guilford Technical Community Colleges. She served as a stress management consultant and taught workshops on stress management for multiple departments and divisions within Wake Forest University and Wake Forest University Baptist Health Center. Tami worked as a human resources coordinator for the University of Texas at Dallas, and previously served as the Marketing & Public Relations Director for an area nonprofit.
Tami was sent to her first yoga class as a final attempt at pain management before a recommended hip replacement at 30 years old. There she found pain relief, came off of all prescription pain medications, avoided surgery, and found a new love in life!
Through teaching stress management, Tami recognized a need to bring yoga to others in the community. Many of her students and workshop attendees had never attended a yoga class and were unfamiliar with many of the physical, emotional, and overall health benefits that can be found with the practice of yoga. She completed her 200-hour yoga teacher certification at Triad Yoga. Tami's classes focus on proper alignment while she helps her students explore and discover new inner potential. In addition to teaching yoga for the studio, Tami is developing local area marketing and communications for the studio.
Lizbeth Craver (Betsy)
Cecchetti Ballet Instructor
Lizbeth Thruston Craver began her dancing career at the Jean Spear Ballet in Watertown, New York. She was a principle dancer with the 1000 Festival Ballet company from 1981-1987. Her knowledge of dance led her to help establish the Thruston-Maslanik Ballet School in Canton, N.Y. during that period.
Under the tutelage of Jean Spear, Lizbeth successfully completed the Graded Syllabus Cecchetti dance exams, Grade 1-IV, Elementary, and Intermediate from 1981-1984. Lizbeth was certified as an Associate in the United Kingdom by the Cecchetti branch of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing in 1983 and as a Licentiate in 1987. She is currently recognized as a Licentiate with the Cecchetti-USA since 2010.
After returning to dancing in 2010 at Artistic Motion, Lizbeth began teaching Graded Cecchetti syllabus work and dancing with the Artistic Motion Dance Company.
Art Davison is a product of Artistic Motion. He was a student in the dance school's inaugural class when he was in kindergarten. Among the numerous performances where Art has danced lead roles since that time are productions of Alice in Wonderland, Aladdin, Lion King, Cinderella, and variations of Swan Lake, Giselle, and La Bayadere.
Art is a graduate of Greensboro Day School (Class of 2013) and has attended the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. While a student at Greensboro Day School, he participated in the school's renowned theater program in Evita, Hairspray, Comedy of Errors, and Crazy for You. He studied under fantastic teachers such as Brenda Daniels, Sean Sullivan, Ming Yang, Misha Tchoupakov, Valery Lantratov, Natalya Igitkhanyan Davison, Katrina Blose, Michael Job, and Alejandra Dore.
Alejandra Dore, born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, studied classical ballet, Vaganova School, at Academia de Ballet Santo Domingo under the direction of Irmgard Despradel. After graduating in 1988, she joined Ballet Santo Domingo Company where she danced as corps of ballet. Two years after becoming a member of the National Ballet Company of the Dominican Republic in 1991, Alejandra was appointed as soloist.
During a year she lived in Baltimore, Alejandra was part of the Maryland Ballet. She also danced with Ballet Concierto Company under the direction of Carlos Veitia and as a guest with Baillet Company with the Maestro Juan Fidel Mieses. She moved to Quito, Ecuador in 2004 and joined the National Dance Company of Ecuador. She moved to the USA and danced with the Winston-Salem Festival Ballet Company from 2011 to 2013.
Among Alejandra's repertory are productions of Grand Pas de Quatre, Carmen, Les Sylphides, Giselle, Nutcracker, The Fille Mal Garde, Sylvia, Cinderella, Tarde en la Siesta, Carmina Burana, Le Sacre du Printemps, Le Corsaire, Mozart Requiem, Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty, Majisimo, Petrouchka, Metropolis, Break Up to Make Up, Midsummer, and Dracula. She has performed with the Piedmont Opera in Aida and Carmen. She has participated in festivals and productions including touring the USA (Greensboro with the North Carolina Dance Festival, New York with Opera Merengue and Miami part of the VIII International Ballet Festival of Miami), Haiti (Compagnie de Ballet Classique Nationale D' Haiti and Institut de Danse Regine Mont-Rossier Trouillot), Egypt (XVI International Experimental Theater and Dance Festival), Ecuador (Alas de la Danza and III Dancer Woman Conference), Dominican Republic (V International Theater Festival of Santo Domingo), and Galapagos Islands (National Celebration).
In the roles of teacher and director, Alejandra began instructing students in the performing arts in 1993 at the Dominican Republic's Bellas Artes, School of the Arts, and at the School Academia De Ballet Los Prados where she was co-director. In Ecuador, she was in charge of teaching the ballet class to the National Dance Company as well as the role of Artistic Coordinator. She founded her own studio called Ballet Concierto and she was appointed as Artistic Director of Danzarte, the school of the National Dance Company.
Director Maria Luisa Gonalez honored Alejandra in 2006 for her artistic and discipline achievement. As a choreographer, she worked in the ballets Coppelia, Cinderella, Nutcracker, Paquita, Don Quixote Pas de deux, La Fille Mal Garde, The Sleeping Beauty, etc. She became part of the faculty of the Festival Dance Center in Winston-Salem in 2011 and joined the faculty of Artistic Motion School in summer 2013.
Over the course of her career, Alejandra has been nominated as the best classic ballerina for the awards Casandra in the Dominican Republic and has awards, recognition, and reviews for her solid classic technique and her distinctive portrayal of all the roles she performed during her professional career.
"I was moved to tears by Rebecca. There is a moment when Rebecca (danced with aching beauty by Alejandra Dore) is reunited with her late husband after her death. The joy and love that Dore and Taylor portray is palpable and powerful."
-- Winston Salem Journal, March 2013
Tae Kwon Do Instructor
Tripp has been training in Tae Kwon Do for more than 12 years under Greensboro Black Belt Academy — one of Greensboro's respective schools of Martial Arts since 1991. He has been teaching Tae Kwon Do for several years in various locations across Greensboro, including instruction with the Spears Family YMCA and Canterbury Elementary School. As a seasoned Third Dan black belt, he is able to teach any student in basic self-defense and guide them through the progressive Tae Kwon Do criteria required for each belt level.
Tripp's goal in each lesson at Artistic Motion is to present you with fun and interactive challenges, while equipping you with a basic knowledge of how to block, strike, maneuver, kick, and spar. He aspires to help you beyond the classroom by offering a more mature understanding of how to avoid and/or handle common aggressive situations. Tripp's teaching approach is to encourage students within each new class to achieve a higher level of confidence and ability with the material than they had before.
Katie Jo Icenhower
Katie Jo Icenhower is a North Carolina native who began developing her artistic skills here in the Triad. After graduating cum laude from Meredith College with a BA in Musical Theatre, she went on to achieve performance degrees from the acclaimed British American Drama Academy and the Royal Academy of Music in London, England.
Katie Jo was fortunate enough to be able to perform across both Europe and the US — often getting paid for it! But she soon discovered that Dorothy was right: "There's no place like home." She returned to Greensboro and soon got involved in directing.
Katie Jo has directed more than two dozen shows throughout the Triad, including nine world premieres that she helped create. She recently won the Pearl Award for Directing "The Music Man." She has led both a musical theatre summer camp and a Shakespeare summer camp. She occasionally leads workshops for different theatrical groups, and plans to teach musical theatre acting classes in Winston-Salem with a professional company.
Karina Mkhitaryan graduated with a degree in piano performance from the Music Academy in Tbilisi, Georgia, after which she completed her Graduate degree in music education and accompaniment. Mrs. Mkhitaryan worked as a piano teacher at Tbilisi's Professional School for Music until her family moved to Yerevan, Armenia.
She then began a 26-year career teaching piano at the L. Sauryan School. Her students have performed in professional piano competitions, attended professional music conservatories, and had successful professional music careers. Throughout her tenure at the Suaryan School, she taught many master classes to students from all over Armenia's capital.
In 1998, she moved to Moscow, Russia, where she taught private piano lessons for 12 years.
Christopher Morgan was born in New Jersey and moved to North Carolina at the age of 16. He began his dance training at Western Alamance High School in Burlington.
Aside from his regular dance classes, he performed in many musicals at Western Alamance including The Diary of Anne Frank: The Musical, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin where he performed the lead role of the Genie.
Throughout his formative years he trained in Tap with Connie Rea at Centre Stage dance studio in Gibsonville, NC. Connie has trained with such greats as Gregory Hines, Savion Glover and Gene Medler. Christopher has won several Choreography Awards and received the Alamance Award of Excellence in Performing Arts in 2009. He has also performed with Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA and is currently choreographing The Big Easy directed by Richard Wayne Poe Jr. Christopher has performed with Greensboro Ballet Company and was an apprentice with the Cyrus Art Production directed by Duane Cyrus.
Aside from teaching Hip-Hop at Artistic Motion, he is also a popular guest artist/instructor at many studios and universities.
Brandi Scott has over eleven years of teaching experience. She teaches many dance classes at Artistic Motion including Creative Movement, Ballet/Tap I, Ballet/Tap/Jazz II, Adult Intermediate Modern, and various Summer Camps each year.
Brandi earned her Bachelor of Arts in Dance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. As a performer she has danced with Sidelong Dance Company of Winston Salem and X-Factor of Boone.
Sheila graduated from Oklahoma City University with a Dance and Arts Management degree. She has been dancing since the age of three and has performed professionally in a variety of settings since graduating. She performed in regional theatre, in Six Flags theme parks, and in Branson, MO.
Sheila moved to the Triad area in 2011 and is thrilled to join the Artistic Motion faculty teaching classes at Greensboro Day School and adult classes downtown.
Born and raised in Moscow, Russia, Mr. Tchoupakov graduated from the famous Bolshoi Ballet Academy. He danced with the Bolshoi Ballet for nine years. While at the Bolshoi, he performed full repertory of the theatre, including ballet soloist parts in Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Spartacus, Swan Lake, Sketches, Raymonda, Don Quixote, Golden Age, and many others. Among his teachers are Asaf Messerer and Boris Akimov.
Mr. Tchoupakov is also a graduate of the Moscow State Academy of Choreography. He received his M.F.A. in Ballet Pedagogy and Choreography under the tutelage of Professor Peter Pestov.
Since 1990, Mr. Tchoupakov has been residing in the US. He has performed with the following companies in US and Europe: Sarasota Ballet of Florida, Los Angeles Classical Ballet, Vienna State Opera Ballet, and San Francisco Opera Ballet. He spent six years with Colorado Ballet performing diverse classical and contemporary repertoire, including ballets by George Balanchine, Choo San Gogh, Alvin Ailey, Christopher Wheeldon, and Frederick Ashton. He has also served as a Ballet Master and Répétiteur for Colorado Ballet and was on the faculty of the Academy of Colorado Ballet.
Mr. Tchoupakov taught for the Houston Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre, David Taylor Dance Theatre, State Street Ballet, Ballet Arlington, Guangzhou Ballet of China, Sibiu Ballet Theatre in Romania, Galili Dance in the Netherlands and Teatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He has been a guest teacher in Brazil, Japan, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Romania, and Great Britain, and appeared as guest lecturer at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds, UK, Colorado College, and Wyoming State University. For three years, he was on the faculty of the University of Utah Department of Ballet as Assistant Professor Lecturer, where he taught classes in ballet technique, men's variations, pas de deux, and character dance, as well as served on graduate committees and participated actively in recruitment.
Mr. Tchoupakov serves as a judge and master teacher for Youth America Grand Prix Ballet Competition in US, Japan and France, Sibiu International Ballet and Contemporary Dance Competition in Romania, Ryukyushimpo Ballet Competition in Okinawa, Japan and Festival de Dança Joinville in Paulínia Grand Prix Brazil as well as other international dance competitions.
His choreographic credits include staging the all-Goleizovsky program for Ballet Arlington, TX, and Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, D.C., as well as choreography for Opera Colorado's Eugene Onegin, La Traviata, and Don Giovanni, and annual Grand Défilé for Youth America Grand Prix Competition Gala in New York. Mr. Tchoupakov has also choreographed for a Midland Music Makers Opera company in Birmingham, UK and co-produced Coppelia at the Elmhurst School for Dance.
He taught for the Royal Ballet School and English National Ballet School in London and was on the faculty of the Birmingham Royal Ballet's official school, the Elmhurst School for Dance in Birmingham, UK. Mr. Tchoupakov's students are now performing with such companies as Royal Ballet, ABT, San Francisco Ballet, English National Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, Colorado Ballet, Houston Ballet, The Polish National Ballet, Northern Ballet, Norwegian Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Singapore Dance Theater, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, Sacramento Ballet, Berlin State Opera Ballet etc. Chehon Wespi-Tchopp, season 9 winner of So You Think You Can Dance, was a student of Mr. Tchoupakov for 3 years in Birmingham, UK. Mr. Tchoupakov successfully organized tours to Japan for Elmhurst School for Dance, Los Angeles Ballet Academy, Utah Ballet.
Carol Terry teaches tumbling and acrobatics at Artistic Motion. She holds a BS and an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She fell in love with tumbling at the age of five when she took her first tumbling class. That love of tumbling turned into a love for cheerleading as she cheered throughout middle and high school, and on the Varsity Squad at Campbell University. Carol was also a cheerleading coach for many years and has teaches Artistic Motion's summer cheerleading camp at Greensboro Day School. As a third degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and a Tae Kwon Do instructor since 1997, she also has a passion for Martial Arts. She uses this passion to teach a women's fitness and practical self-defense classes at Greensboro Black Belt Academy. Carol enjoys sharing her love for tumbling with children of all ages. She takes the fear out of learning new skills with her soft spoken style of encouragement and praise. Carol's strongest trait is her ability to build on each individual student's skill level within a diverse class setting.
Devonte J. Wells
Winston-Salem native Devonte Jerome Wells has built his portfolio performing frequently within the Triad to multiple theatres on the East Coast. Devonte began his training at the prestigious North Carolina School of the Arts, where he studied Musical Theatre and modern dance technique with traditional dance formats. He transcended his understanding of the Arts, finding a home under the direction of Duane A. Cyrus (Alvin Ailey Dance Co., Martha Graham Dance Co., UK Lion King Production) and learning the true meaning of artistry and performing.
Devonte has extended his repertoire in the Triad by performing and choreographing for company directors (Garrett Davis, Robin Gee) and serving as choreographic assistant to Duane Cyrus (UNC Greensboro, North Carolina Dance Theatre, and the American Dance Festival).
With the passion to ignite and instill the determination within his peers, Devonte is keen to satisfy the burgeoning demand. With much ahead, the future looks very promising for Devonte as he hopes to fortify the synergies between his vocal and dance theatre background.
Allyson West has been teaching for over 15 years throughout the Triad and New York City; including instruction as the Associate Artistic Director and Emerging Choreographer for the High Point Ballet. She began her training with the High Point Ballet and earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Contemporary Dance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Allyson has performed and trained with the Southeastern Regional Ballet Association, Regional Dance America, American Dance Festival, NC Dance Festival, Steps on Broadway and the Merce Cunningham Studio. In 2005 she was awarded the "Monticello Award" for her work Industrial Revolution from Regional Dance America. While living in New York City, Allyson served as Regional Manager for Pointe Magazine, Dance Spirit Magazine, and Dance Teacher Magazine. She is currently completing her Master degree in Nutrition at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is a member of the American Dietetic Association, the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science and the High Point Arts Council.
Employment at Artistic Motion
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