Our Staff

Anne Johansson

Executive Director

Anne Johansson grew up in Danville and was a student in the first class at The Children’s Ballet Theatre in 1987. Anne danced with the school through high school, and appeared in the Indianapolis Ballet Theatre’s 1989 Midwest tour of “The Nutcracker.” Anne founded an event planning firm in 2010 and has organized weddings, corporate and social events across central Indiana. She lives in Danville with her husband and two young daughters, both students at The Children’s Ballet.

Emily Miser

Artistic Director + Senior Instructor


Miss Emily started dancing at The Children’s Ballet where she studied ballet and pointe under Deni Jacks, Robyn Wenrich, Edward Moffat, and Heidi Eads Jones. During her study at The Children’s Ballet, she discovered her love of teaching by working as a teaching assistant and student teacher. She continued dancing at Anderson University, graduating summa cum laude with departmental awards and honors with a BA in dance business. While at Anderson she studied a variety of styles under Oybek Tashpulatov, George Salinas, Debra Silveus, Shauna Steele, Doug King, and Kenny Shepard. Emily has worked with Lynn Peterson (Syren Modern Dance), Sharon Wong (Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater), Jillian Godwin (Dance Kaleidoscope), and Mocha Dance Project.

Her choreographic works have been awarded and featured: Forever Night received an Allen Choreography Award, Compter Sur was presented at the American College Dance Festival in 2014, and Lux et Gravitas, This Tea/This Chair/This Place, and Civil Blood, Sweet Sorrow were performed at Indy Fringe 2016, 2017, & 2018. Emily was a member of Phoenix Rising Dance Company in 2016-17. She co-founded Crossroads Dance Indy in 2015 and currently serves as the Director of Communication and Education, as well as being the artistic director of The Children’s Ballet. Emily is certified in Progressing Ballet Technique junior, senior, and advanced programs. She shares her passion for dance, storytelling, and the arts through dancing, choreographing, and teaching.

Haley Altman-Cipot

Instructor

Miss Haley began her dance training with ballet, tap, and jazz classes at the age of five. She continued studying at various dance schools throughout Connecticut, narrowing her focus to classical ballet. In 2009, Haley joined the New England Ballet School’s student company to perform corps, soloist, and principal roles. She has attended summer ballet intensives with the Bolshoi Ballet, The Rock School, and American Ballet Theater in New York.

Haley placed in the top 12 for her classical variation in the 2012 Connecticut Classic Ballet Scholarship Competition, and was awarded a full scholarship to the Burklyn Ballet Theater summer intensive. In May 2016, Haley graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts with a BFA in ballet, where she trained under Susan Jaffe, Laura Martin, and Jennet Zerbe with the American Ballet Theater National Training Curriculum. Haley is joining Ballet Theater of Indiana for her second season with the company, where she has performed leading soloist roles in La Bayadere and Beauty & The Beast.

Hadassah Burk

Instructor

Miss Hadassah, originally from Michigan City, Indiana has been dancing for 18 years and is trained in Vaganova ballet, pointe, lyrical, modern, character, and jazz. Her extensive training includes studios such as Southold Dance Theatre (South Bend, Indiana), Works in Motion Dance Company (La Porte, Indiana), Ballet Chicago, Ruth Paige Foundation, Boitsov Classical Ballet (Chicago, Illinois) and summer intensives at the Grand Rapids Ballet and Ballet Magnificat.

Hadassah began her teaching career at the age of 16, receiving her teaching certification with Dance & Gym USA. As part of her professional career she has taken various classes led by dancers such as Travis and Denise Wall, Ray Leeper, Mark Meismer, and Kim McSwain among others. Hadassah has also participated in master classes led by cast members of the Broadway Touring Productions including Beauty and the Beast, Wicked, and Chicago and was chosen Broadway Bound student by cast members of Beauty and the Beast and Wicked.

Sarah Weddle

Instructor

Miss Sarah has been dancing since the age of three, beginning in The Master’s Study for 3 years, and finishing her high school career with The Children’s Ballet. During these years, she studied ballet, pointe, modern, and character dance under Donna Martelli, Deni Jacks, Heidi Eads-Jones, Robyn Wenrich, Melanie Schreiber, and Mandy Mulligan. After a year of assistant teaching under Emily Miser with The Children’s Ballet, she is now taking classes with the Online Professional Development Institute to earn her Certification in Dance Education and holds a membership with the National Dance Education Organization.

Zoe Maish

Instructor

Miss Zoe recently graduated this past spring from the University of Iowa with a BFA in Dance and is now currently dancing with Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre in Carmel, Indiana. Zoe’s ballet instructors include Laura Byram from Butler University, George de la Pena from American Ballet Theatre, and Eloy Barragan formerly of the Eugene Ballet Company and Ballet Idaho. She is trained in the Cecchetti method, Vaganova and Bournonville, as well as modern dance techniques. We welcome her to the team for the 2018/2019 season!

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2018/2019 Board of Directors

Jerry Vornholt
Terina Widner
Tierney Dininger
Kj Dunn
Hannah Swogger
Joe Johansson
Laura Perrelle

OUR MISSION

We are a non-profit organization dedicated to providing high-quality dance instruction while instilling in students self-discipline, dedication, positive self-esteem, and an appreciation for the art of dance. We value and nurture each student's unique gifts of talent and creativity in a safe studio environment in order to educate, enrich, and inspire.

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