The BalletHub Team

Sharing Ballet with the World

ballethubThe BalletHub team is made up of passionate individuals coming together to share their expertise and experience in ballet with the world.  From current and former dancers, ballet masters, choreographers, directors, and teachers, our view points cover a wide spectrum of ballet. Check out our biographies below or click on a name to see more contributions.

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Adam Still

Operations Manager

Adam Still

Adam spent 10 years as a professional ballet dancer. He received his formal ballet training from the Harid Conservatory and went on to dance with the Eugene Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Colorado Ballet, and Ballet Met. Aside from his role as operations manager with BalletHub.com, he is pursuing a double major in Finance and Accountancy.

Alex Ossadnik

Contributor

Alex Ossadnik

Alex was trained under government scholarship for eight years on the Palucca Schule Dresden in his native (then communist) Germany. His performance career spanned from 1986-2000 with companies in Germany, France and the USA. Since then he is a successful choreographer, teacher and coach. Alex is the ballet master for Ballet Idaho since 2008.

Beth Bennett

Contributor

Beth Bennett

Beth has been teaching ballet for 15 years with many different facilities including Trinity Valley School of Ballet, Clayton Youth Enrichment Services, Denton Parks and Recreation, St. Mary’s Catholic School and Professor of Dance at Tyler Junior College. For the past 10 years, she has participated in as well as directed many ballets and liturgical dance performances in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Beth currently lives in Edmond, Oklahoma with her husband Kyle and children Alex, Avery and Audrey Bennett. She is currently on faculty at the Dance Center at Oklahoma City Ballet.

Christopher Ellis

Editor & Founder

Christopher Ellis

Chris was a professional ballet dancer for 12 years, dancing at Orlando Ballet, Colorado Ballet, and BalletMet, where he enjoyed performing a variety of soloist and featured roles in classical and contemporary ballets. He trained at Metropolitan Ballet Theatre in Atlanta, GA. Currently, Chris is the Editor of BalletHub.com.

Connie Flachs

Contributor

Connie Flachs

Connie Flachs grew up in Massachusetts, studying classical ballet under her parents Rose and Charles Flachs at the Massachusetts Academy of Ballet. After graduating from high school she furthered her studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet under the fantastic tutelage of Margarita de Saá and Vaganova pedagogue John White. After winning the regional Grand Prix award and competing in the 2010 YAGP finals in New York City, Connie was offered a contract with Grand Rapids Ballet under the direction of Patricia Barker where she is currently in her 7th season. She has performed in a broad range of works, from classical to contemporary. Some favourite roles include Juliet in Mario Radacovsky's Romeo and Juliet, Clara in Val Canaparoli's Nutcracker, Spy in the Envelope, and the I Can Dream solo in Paul Taylor's Company B. Connie also recently graduated Summa Cum Laude from University of Massachusetts Amherst with a concentration in Food, Culture, and Sustainability, a degree she pursued while dancing professionally through UMASS Amherst's University Without Walls Program.

Katie Slattery

Senior Contributor

Katie Slattery was a professional ballet dancer for 10 years and is most proud of the time she spent dancing for Fernando Bujones during his directorship of Orlando Ballet. She is currently a full-time faculty member with Orlando Ballet School as well as Artistic Assistant with the professional company, and she is certified in the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum. Katie is the mother of a beautiful daughter named Grace!

Marrisa Ayala

Contributor

Marrisa Ayala is a graduate of Allan Hancock College as a dance major. She has also studied at Roland Dupree Dance Academy and Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance. She also holds a secretarial diploma from Santa Barbara Business College. She has been a dance and musical theatre instructor, choreographer, and director for over twenty-five years. She currently works for Ballet Idaho.

Rainesford Alexandra

Contributor

Rainesford Alexandra

Rainesford Stauffer is a former dancer, and current writer, yogi, and student. She has been published by The Huffington Post and Forbes among others, and has given two TEDx Talks on learning. In addition to writing, Rainesford currently works in media for a dance-related organization, and looks for ways to bring the arts and academic learning together.