Ana Lobé ~ Ballet & GYROTONIC®
Ana Lobé graduated from the National School of Ballet of Cuba in her native La Habana, both as a dancer and a teacher. Her studies included: Classical Ballet, Character Dance, Music, Piano, French, Dance History, and Afro-Cuban Folklore. She joined Ballet National de Cuba in 1982 under the direction of the legendary Alicia Alonso and rose through the ranks from Corps de Ballet, to Soloist, to Principal Dancer.
Katherine Tackett ~ Children's Program, Contemporary, Body Conditioning
When Mr. Nahat took the company to San Jose, Ms. Lobé and her husband chose to remain in Ohio to raise their two young children. Ms. Lobé continued to perform each summer in Ghedi, Italy while dedicating herself to teaching and freelance in the United States. In December, 2005, a farewell performance in The Nutcracker concluded her 23 years professional career.
Ms. Lobé has been on the staff of Dance Institute of the University of Akron, Sharron School of Dance, and Royal School of Ballet (formerly located in North Royalton, Ohio). On many occasions Ms. Lobe taught Company class for Ohio Ballet. She has staged pieces from classical repertoire and has also choreographed many new works for her students. She gives particular attention to the physical and artistic development of her students and was awarded the “2003 Outstanding Teacher Award” by Dance Institute in recognition of her excellence in dance education.
Ms. Lobé strongly believes that one of the best forms of exercise that help develop and maintain good training for dancers isGYROTONIC®. After having tried the GYROTONIC® Expansion System herself, Ms. Lobe trained and became certified under Master Teacher, Cori-Dotzer and has since opened her own business: “Ana Lobe & Motions”.
Ms. Lobé is particularly grateful to her teachers and coaches in Cuba (Alicia Alonso and Laura Alonso, Loipa Araujo, Karemia Moreno, Clara Carranco, Mirta Garcia among others) and in Europe (Ivan Nagy and Luc de Lairesse) and in the United States (Dennis Nahat and Fernando Bujones.) She would like to give a special thanks to all of those who have helped her to develop both as an artist and as a human being.
From September 2008 thru May 2012, Ms. Lobé became appointed Artistic Director & Founder of Great Lakes Youth Ballet in North Royalton, Ohio. At Great Lakes Youth Ballet she shared her passion and commitment to dance; choreographing new works, staging pieces from the classical repertoire and developed an outstanding program for the students that love art and music.
In September 2012, Ms. Lobe founded “ALBA” Ana Lobe Ballet Academy; it was for her “a dream come true” and an ultimate expression of the gratitude she feels toward her wonderful mentors.
Ms. Lobé has created an exciting, synergistic curriculum with injury prevention that is a culmination of all the knowledge she received from her early training in Cuba and from working with other influential artists throughout her career. Ms. Lobe has developed this pre-professional ballet academy into a creative, versatile ensemble. Young dancers are offered the opportunity to highlight their technique and theatricality in exciting contemporary, jazz, tap, modern, and musical theatre pieces, as well as, classical repertoire. By serving the needs of the dancer, ALBA has established itself as a facility that connects people with a passion for dance; whether they hope to become professional ballerinas or go on to fulfill other aspirations.
Markian Komichak ~ Character
MARKIAN KOMICHAK has been instructing Character Dance for more than forty years. At the present time he is a teacher at the Cleveland School of Dance. A native of Pittsburgh, PA, be began his career performing at summer resorts in the Catskill Mountains. In 1975 he appeared in Radio City Music Hall’s Christmas show. Soon after, he founded and directed an annual summer dance workshop in Glen Spey, N.Y. for advanced characters dancers. He came to Cleveland in 1980 to establish the Kashtan School of Ukrainian Dance. Mr. Komichak also holds a Masters Degree in Music from Cleveland State University.
Katherine Tackett is from Akron, Ohio where she trained at the Dance Institute with the University of Akron for 12 years. While at Dance Institute, Katherine trained under Christina Foise, Ana Lobe, Kay Eichman, Andrew Carroll and MaryAnn Black. She had the opportunity to perform in the Snow Maiden for many years, at the Heinz Poll Summer Dance Festival and with the University of Akron Dance Company. After high school Katherine continued her training at the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music under Jiang Qi, Michael Tevlin, and Deirdre Carberry. She spent summers training at the School of American Ballet, Dance Institute and the Cincinnati Ballet. While at a summer intensive at the Cincinnati Ballet, Katherine was asked to join the company as a trainee. She stayed for a year and had the opportunity to perform in their Nutcracker and various performances with the Cincinnati Ballet Second Company. Katherine is now a company dancer with Neos Dance Theatre and is in her second season. With Neos she has performed works by Robert Wesner, Mary Elizabeth Fenn, Stephanie Martinez and Alice Klock.
For as long as I can remember, I have loved bodies in motion. As a young girl it manifested itself in ballet, studying under two exceptional teachers, Marguerite Duncan and Nancy Arcury of the North Coast Ballet Company (formerly known as The Cleveland Civic Ballet Company, Cleveland's first professional ballet company). Yoga found me years after dancing had ended. I knew I had an inner calling, but was unaware as to what was calling me. Yoga finds most of us when we are in need of change and transformation and I was no different. When I stepped into my first yoga class with Jane Ruddy, I knew life had set a new path in motion. I studied with Jane for a few years building the foundation of my yoga practice. But it was a move to Medina and finding Joanie Andrews of Half Moon Yoga that elevated my practice to new depths of awareness, philosophy and brought new challenges to my physical practice. On and off the mat my practice has flourished over the last several years at Half Moon. As a born seeker, I constantly strive to expand my knowledge and learn. The Russian Ballet technique ingrained as a dancer carries over into my individual yoga practice and teaching. I aspire to bring awareness to alignment, breath, musicality and sequencing in each class. As an avid astrologer and student of astrology, my classes mirror the energy of the cosmos.
Lisa Turner ~ Yoga
Choreographer and Artistic Director, Dennis Nahat, brought Ms. Lobé to Cleveland San Jose Ballet in 1994, where she extended her already existing classical repertoire by productions of Romeo and Juliet, The Nutcracker, El Toreador, Coppelia, Swan Lake, Apollo, Who Cares?, Theme & Variation, Raymonda and Carmen, the masterpiece from French Choreographer, Roland Petit, which Nahat brought specially for her.
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