Summer Guest Faculty

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Summer 2017 Guest Faculty at MBT

(Summer 2018 announced soon!)

 Michelle Bettin

Michelle Bettin, born and raised in Baltimore, received her training from Maryland Ballet Theatre, Georgetown School of Ballet, and Kintz-Mejia Academy of Ballet. At nineteen, Michelle was a semi-finalist in the XII International Ballet Competition, Trujillo, Peru. She later returned that year to teach American jazz dance in Lima, and Arequipa, Peru.

After receiving her BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from Towson University, Michelle danced professionally with Ballet Theatre of Maryland, Columbus Dance Theatre, Manassass Ballet Theatre, Ballet Teatro Internacional, and RVA Dance Collective. Apart from dancing, Michelle has been on faculty with The Washington School of Ballet, Stageworkz Theatre Arts Project, DanceMakers, Westend Academy of Dance, Joy of Motion, and Maryland Youth Ballet.

Having held a certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, Michelle is able to teach exercises and stretches to prevent injury and promote the best dancer her students can be. She currently lives in charming Culpeper, VA.

Michelle will be teaching ballet during the Summer Intensive.


Shu-Chen Cuff

shuchen cuffShu-Chen Cuff was born in Kaohsiung, Taiwan where she established a well-rounded background in dance with training in Ballet, Modern, Chinese Opera movements, and various Chinese folk dances.  She immigrated to the United States to continue her training and pursue her dance journey. Shu-Chen received a B.F.A. from the University of Florida’s New World School where she graduated with honors on the Dean’s list.   Shu-Chen performed numerous classical and contemporary works while dancing with the Miami Ballet and Nevada Ballet Theater.  After relocating to the Washington, DC area in 2002, Shu-Chen worked with Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company and has left her footprints around the world, touring to Asia, Central America, and Europe.  Shu-Chen has also performed at the International Dance Festival in Japan, Malaysia, and Taiwan.

With her strong desire of creating refreshing and vitalizing works for the community, Shu-Chen established Gin Dance Company in 2011.  Shu-Chen’s works have been featured on FOX5 DC News as well as numerous publications including the Capital Hill Rag Magazine, Washington Flyer Magazine, Northern Virginia Magazine, Reston Connection, MetroDC Theater Arts, and Shu-Chen was a featured model for Summer Chic Fashions at Lincoln Theatre with Washington Life Magazine.  In 2017, Shu-Chen collaborated with two-time Grammy nominee, David Taylor. Shu-Chen had an exclusive radio interview with Denise Turney.  Shu-Chen also has been a Finalist in the category of Outstanding Choreographer and Outstanding Individual Performer at the Dance MetroDC Awards.

Shu-Chen has a great passion to pass on her knowledge, experience, and her love of dance to young aspiring dancers. In this regard, she has taught and choreographed many works at Metropolitan School of the Arts, Nevada Ballet Theater, Ashburn Academy of Dance, Russell School of Ballet, Skye Ballet Center, Classical Ballet Theater and has been a guest instructor at numerous dance schools throughout Taiwan.  She is currently on the faculty of BalletNOVA Center for Dance, the Metropolitan School of the Arts, and The Washington Ballet School.

Shu-Chen will be teaching Ballet and Character at the Summer Intensive.

RoAnne Duncan

roanne duncanRoAnne Duncan is thrilled to join Metropolitan Ballet Theatre & Academy’s Summer Intensive. RoAnne teaches ballet at the Maryland Youth Ballet, the Washington Ballet, and ballet, modern, and dance theory courses at Montgomery College. RoAnne has had over fifteen years of professional experience as a classical ballet dancer, including six years of performing experience with Maurice Béjart’s Ballet of the 20th Century, Béjart Ballet Lausanne, and The Joffrey Ballet. She performed soloist roles from Béjart’s repertoire and, while with The Joffrey Ballet, Gerald Arpino choreographed a solo for her in his ballet, Birthday Variations. RoAnne also participated in a combined Kirov Ballet and Béjart Festival in Russia. Her early experience included dancing with Colorado Ballet, Nevada Dance Theatre, and Arizona Dance Theatre. More recently, as a teacher at Orlando Ballet School, she worked under the direction of Fernando Bujones. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate from American University, RoAnne was honored to receive a Suzanne Farrell Fellowship at Florida State University. In 2014, RoAnne was awarded a doctorate from the Department of Interdisciplinary Humanities at Florida State, where she previously received her Masters of Fine Arts in Dance in 2005.

RoAnne will be teaching Ballet Technique and Pointe/Variations  during the Summer Intensive.

Dani Ebbin

dani ebbinDani Ebbin is a dancer, singer, actor, choreographer/director and teaching artist in the D.C. metropolitan area. She has studied styles including ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, modern, hip hop, street hip hop, and musical theatre from a wide variety of professionals along the East Coast. Ms. Ebbin has taught at Signature TheatreRound House TheatreDuke Ellington School of the Arts, Nogma Center for Dance, Joy of Motion, Dance Unlimited, and Kidville Bethesda. This coming June, she will be joining Light Switch Dance Theatre in their fifth season. She holds a B.M. in Musical Theatre from The Catholic University of America and is a proud alumni of Duke Ellington School of the Arts.

Dani will be teaching Jazz during the Summer Intensive, as well as at the Broadway Jazz Workshop.

Kristina Ancil Edwards

kristina edwardsKristina Ancil Edwards, originally from Pittsburgh PA, received her formal training with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, where she completed both the Schenley High School and Graduate Programs. She has danced with the Pittsburgh Opera, Louisville Ballet, American National Ballet, Chicago Ballet, Albany Berkshire Ballet, Peoria Ballet, Nomi Dance Company, Chicago Folks Operetta, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Winifred Haun & Dancers, ClancyWorks Dance Company, I.C. Movement Project, Company E, and is currently a member of Motion X Dance DC. Kristina’s choreography has been featured on the dancers of Nomi Dance Company (2012,2013), Classical Repertory Dance Ensemble (2016, 2017), and Errant Movement (2016). As a dance instructor, Kristina seeks to instill a love for movement, music, and coordination while developing a proper technical foundation and artistry. She has taught ballet and contemporary extensively in the Chicagoland area. Now, after relocating to Washington, DC in 2015, she teaches throughout the DC metro region and is faculty at George Mason University.

Kristina will be teaching Contemporary and Ballet Technique at the Summer Intensive.

Samantha Greymont

samantha greymontSamantha Greymont was born and raised in Needham, Massachusetts, where she began her dance training under the direction of Paulette Harwood. She continued her training at The Ailey School in New York City as a student in the pre-professional division, and received a BFA in Dance from Marymount Manhattan College with a concentration in Modern Dance. Samantha has performed with New York City based company Arch Contemporary Ballet in venues across the country including the Ailey Citigroup Theater, Paramount Center Boston, Tempe Center for the Arts, and San Jose State University Theater. She has also performed works by Trisha Brown as a part of the Dance/Draw Exhibit at the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, and Jiwon Lee as a part of Freddie Moore’s Restoring the Dance at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Samantha currently resides in Washington, DC and is on the faculty at BalletNova Center for Dance. She has danced with several companies in the DC area including Gin Dance Company, Karen Reedy Dance, DancEthos and DanceArtTheater.

Samantha will be teaching Jazz and Modern/Contemporary during the Summer Intensive.

Tiffany Haughn

tiffany haughnTiffany Haughn is a teacher and choreographer in the Washington, D.C. dance community. Ms. Haughn has been on the faculty of George Washington University, George Mason University, The University of Mary Washington, Northern Virginia Community College, BalletNova, Workhouse Arts Center at Lorton and The Dance Institute of Washington among many others.  She is currently teaching at Joy of Motion Dance Center. Haughn has been chosen for Who’s Who Among American Teachers 4 times. Ms. Haughn was resident choreographer for CrossCurrents Dance Company before founding her own company, DancEthos, in 2010. Her choreography has been presented in the DC area at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Dance Place, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, The Workhouse Center for the Arts, American University’s Greenberg Theater, Joe’s Movement Emporium, Kogod Cradle at The Mead Center for American Theater and Atlas Performing Arts Center to name a few. She was hailed in The Washington Post as “having a knack for inventive ensemble work”.  In New York, her choreography was presented at Dance Space Center, The Bridge, and New Dance Group Arts Center.  She has performed with The Lindt International Ballet, Saltare Dance Company, Jennifer Walker & Company, Threshold Dance Company, and as a guest performer with CrossCurrents Dance Company. Ms. Haughn graduated magna cum laude with departmental and university honors from Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, Florida, with a B.F.A. in dance and a B.A. in psychology.  She earned her Masters of Fine Arts degree in dance at George Mason University. 

Tiffany will be teaching Modern during the Summer Intensive.

Jillian Peterson

jillian petersonJillian will be teaching Jazz, Hip Hop, Bollywood during the Summer Intensive.




Florian Rouiller

Florian Rouiller is a dance teacher, choreographer, and performer who has worked extensively across three continents. Mr. Rouiller has an MFA in Dance from the University of Maryland, where he choreographed and performed the original productions Profondeur Inconnue and Wave while continuing extensive performance with local dance companies outside the university. Mr. Rouiller began his dance career with training at the prestigious John Cranko School in Stuttgart with a BFA, and performed with the Stuttgart Ballet in productions such as Sleeping Beauty and Giselle. Upon immigrating to the United States, he danced with Merce Cunningham Dance Company as an apprentice, Ohio Ballet, Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, Milwaukee Ballet, Ballet Chicago, Ballet International Eldar Aliev, Ballet Metropolitano de Caracas and Ballet Contemporanea de Caracas in Venezuela, as well as Goteborg Ballet in Sweden performing principal and soloist roles. He has won choreographic prizes at YAGP and Korean National Competiton.  He is featured in Lois Greenfiled new book “Moving Still” NY. He was a guest teacher at the Kirov Academy in DC for their Summer Programs in 2005, 2008 and 2015 and also taught at the Washington Ballet School. Mr. Rouiller is currently teaching and choreographing in the DC area. This year he is teaching at UMBC, Baltimore School for the Arts and City Dance Conservatory in DC. Recently Mr. Rouiller was visiting artist at UMBC Fall 2013.

Florian will be teaching Ballet Technique and Pointe/Variations, during the Summer Intensive, as well as Intro to Dance for Boys.



Margaret Russell

margaret russell

Margaret Russell’s professional experience includes principal and soloist roles with Manassas Ballet Theatre and Ballet Theatre of Maryland. Her roles with MBT, under the direction of Amy Grant Wolfe, include Snow Queen and Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Queen of the Dryads in Don Quixote, and Katrina in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, in addition to soloist roles in Les Sylphides and The Sleeping Beauty. Her roles with BTM, under the direction of Dianna Cuatto, include Dew Drop and Snow Queen in The Nutcracker, Cinderella in Cinderella, Odette in Swan Lake, and Dawn in Coppelia. While at BTM, Margaret was also appointed Ballet Mistress for the company.

She began her training with the Gwinnett Ballet Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia under the direction of Lisa Sheppard. She has studied with Orlando Ballet, Boston Ballet, Ballet Austin, and Burklyn Ballet Theatre. Margaret performed in Austria at the Tanzsommer Festival with the Gwinnett Ballet Theatre and in Scotland at the Fringe Festival with the Burklyn Ballet Theatre.

Margaret has been teaching in Maryland and Virginia for the past eleven years. She has choreographed neoclassical pieces for Manassas Ballet Theatre and South River High School,  as well as contemporary pieces for students of the University of Maryland Baltimore County and for her students who have attended the Youth American Grand Prix. Margaret is currently completing a degree in dance education at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Margaret will be teaching Ballet technique, Pointe/Variations, and Character during the Summer Intensive.


James Monroe Števko

A native of Chicago, James entered Northern Illinois University as a music education major and left with a BFA in dance after he started dancing at 18. Out of college, he joined Milwaukee Ballet as a trainee before spending 7 seasons as a principal dancer with the Lyric Opera of Chicago. He has gone on to perform with the Rockettes in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, The Metropolitan Opera, The Muny, and made his acting debut as Enoch Snow Jr. in Tony-Award winning director, Rob Ashford’s, Carousel. James also has performed at numerous commercial events, including this years Met Gala with Katy Perry and for YouTube’s upfronts, Brandcast, hosted by James Corden.

James will be teaching Jazz during the Summer Intensive.


Julia Smith

Julia will be teaching Modern during the Summer Intensive.

Teresa Barnes

Teresa will be teaching Improv, Modern, and Yoga during the Summer Intensive.

Nicole Klett

Nicole will be teaching Jazz/Street Jazz/Hip Hop and Modern/Contemporary during the Summer Intensive.

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