Rob began dancing at age 12 in Evansville, IN and soon moved to Birmingham, AL to train with Thor Sutowki and Dame Sonia Arova at The Alabama School of Fine Arts. He has worked professionally with Alabama Ballet, Colorado Ballet, Orlando Ballet and most recently with Boulder Ballet. Rob has a diverse training and teaching background in Vaganova, Bournonville, Paris Opera and Cuban methods, having learned from such greats as Fernando Bujones and Wes Chapman. In 2009, Rob won the Youth America Grand Prix “Most Outstanding Teacher Award”. Many of the students he has taught and coached have won top awards at YAGP and The Denver Ballet Guild’s Young Dancers Competition. They have also received scholarships to some of America’s top schools; including Kirov Academy in Washington DC, Pacific Northwest Ballet and School of American Ballet. Many have also gone on to professional careers at some of America’s premiere companies; including American Ballet Theater, San Francisco Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet, American Repertory Ballet and Miami City Ballet as well as prestigious international companies such as The Royal Ballet and Staatstheater Nurnberg in Germany.
Chandra Kuykendall is from Parker, Colorado and trained at the Academy of Colorado Ballet from 1988 until graduating in 1997. In 1996, she won the Denver Ballet Guild Competition and received the prestigious Florence Rustin Award. She also attended summer programs at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Vail (under full scholarship), Kirov Academy of Ballet, San Francisco Ballet Academy and School of American Ballet. After graduating from the Academy in 1997, Ms. Kuykendall joined Colorado Ballet. She spent the 1998-1999 season with Leipzig Ballet in Leipzig, Germany under the direction of the brilliant choreographer Uwe Scholz. She returned to Colorado Ballet in the fall of 1999. With Colorado Ballet, Ms. Kuykendall has danced numerous principal roles including Princess Aurora and Lilac Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty, Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Giselle and Myrta in Giselle, Medora in Le Corsaire, Sugar Plum Fairy and Clara in The Nutcracker, Cinderella in Cinderella, Dryad Queen in Don Quixote, Lucy in Dracula, Titania and Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the principal role in Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1, the 2nd Violin in Concerto Barocco, the Crossover Girl in Twyla Tharp’s In The Upper Room, the Mother in Glen Tetley’s The Rite of Spring, the Brown Girl in Celts, the Kick Girl in George Balanchine’s Rubies and principal role in Theme and Variations. Her favorite of these roles was the tragic Odette/Odile in Swan Lake. She has also been featured in Antony Tudor’s Leaves Are Fading, Stanton Welch’s Of Blessed Memory, Twyla Tharp’s Nine Sinatra Songs, S. Webre’s Where the Wild Things Are, Edwaard Liang’s Feast of the Gods, Jodie Gates’ Embellish, Emery LeCrone’s Archetypes, Val Caniparoli’s In Pieces, Jessica Lang’s From Foreign Lands and People and De Profundis, Mathew Neenan’s The Faraway, Amy Seiwert’s Traveling Alone and Things Left Unsaid, Carmina Burana, Great Galloping Gottschalk, Yes, Virginia, Another Piano Ballet and Martin Fredmann’s A Little Love as well as his Dreamspace shown on PBS. Ms. Kuykendall was featured in the August 2013 issue of 5280 Magazine highlighting seven of Colorado’s athletes. Chandra’s professional dancing career has brought forth many teaching opportunities as well.
Excelling in dance since an early age, Anna was a first place scholarship recipient of the Denver Ballet Guild and among the first Americans invited to study at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, a story which garnered news coverage from both CNN and the Moscow Times. She received full scholarships from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, San Francisco Ballet and Colorado Ballet School. Connected with a variety of international artists, Duvall found a guest artist opportunity in Japan to perform, teach, and further her training. Anna’s professional dance career began with Colorado Ballet, where she performed for over a decade in roles such as Clara in the Nutcracker, the Spring Fairy in Cinderella, Russian Girl in Serenade, and the White Cat in Sleeping Beauty. With the Colorado-based Ballet Nouveau – Anna earned critical praise from the Denver Post for her role as Snow Queen and Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker. Upon later joining California Ballet, she performed in such productions as the company’s Nutcracker, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and various Repertory works. Anna has taught ballet both nationally and internationally for nearly two decades. In December of 2015, Anna completed her Master of Arts at NYU on scholarship, to further her teaching credentials and partake in American Ballet Theatre’s Pedagogy Master’s Program at the University. American Ballet Theatre, National Training Curriculum also has a special focus on the health of the student and proper developmental stages of teaching. Anna has most recently been the Artistic Director of The Sun Valley Ballet School in Idaho.
In 2009, Victoria graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder, with a B.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography. While earning her degree, she performed in original works by Gabriel Masson, Onye Ozuzu, and Erika Randall, and studied under Patricia Renzetti, Robin Haig, Nada Diachenko, Larry Southall, and Nii Armah Sowah. Upon graduation, Victoria performed numerous featured roles as a member of Louder Than Words Dance Theatre, a professional Contemporary Modern and Jazz company based out of Denver, CO, under the direction of Chris Harris. In 2012, Victoria co-choreographed, and performed, in an original, evening-length work titled “Four Letter Words”, which premiered in on the main stage at the Parker Town Hall Arts Center. A Colorado native, Victoria received her early training at the David Taylor Dance Theatre, International Ballet School, and Cleo Parker Robinson Dance. During this time, she was fortunate enough to study under Nikoloz Makhateli, Milenko Banovich, Milton Meyers, James Clouser, and Debra Mercer, among others. She attended many intensive programs throughout this time, including the University of the Arts, in Philadelphia, PA, where she spent a summer training directly under world-renowned dancer Fernando Bujones. While still in high school, Victoria was a member of the Apprentice Company with the David Taylor Dance Theatre for multiple seasons. Upon graduation, she spent two years, on scholarship, studying Ballet at Friends University, and dancing with The Wichita Ballet Theatre, both under the direction of Stan K. Rogers. Victoria has been teaching and choreographing in the Denver/Boulder area since 2007. Her pieces have won numerous awards at various competitions, including NUVO, KAR, StarQuest, Rainbow, and many others. This is Victoria’s third season with DAB.
Kristen started her diverse background of dance training in the suburbs of Chicago under Judy Chitwood and Larry Long. Her ballet training continued at New York’s Joffrey Ballet School’s summer programs under John Magnus, Judy Rice and Francoise Martinet. Kristen also has an extensive training in jazz and modern. She has had the privilege to work and perform for such great choreographers as Alan Sener (Louis Falco), Mary Cochren (Paul Taylor), Basil Thompson (Royal Ballet, ABT), Lar Lubovich (ABT), Jeffrey Bullock (Pacific Northwest Ballet) and Mia Michaels (RAW & FOX television “So You Think You Can Dance”). Since her performing days, she has focused on teaching and choreographing. Kristen’s technical ballet background includes Balanchine, RAD, Cecchetti and Vagonova methods, and earned a teaching certificate from the Cecchetti Council of America in 2006. Her jazz and modern technical backgrounds include Fosse, Luigi, Giordano, Horton, Graham and Limon methods. Kristen received two degrees from the University of Iowa: BFA in Dance Performance and BA in Business Communications.
Anne Gnoth is originally from New York and began dancing at the age of three. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Point Park University with a B.A. in Dance with a concentration in Jazz. Directly following graduation she traveled to Chicago to study at the Giordano Dance Center within the Scholarship program, as well as with River North Dance Chicago. Anne has performed in numerous Chicago venues, throughout the United States, and traveled to Madrid, Spain for the 31st annual Choreographers Showcase. Mrs. Gnoth performed with Inaside Chicago Dance from 2003 to 2012 as a founding company member. In addition to dancing, Anne also served as the Associate Artistic Director, Rehearsal Director, and Business Manager for Inaside from 2005-2012. She has had the pleasure of working with world renowned choreographers such as Randy Duncan, Harrison McEldowney, Tony Savino, Autumn Eckman, and many others. Anne is a master teacher for Dance Masters of Wisconsin and was the director the North Shore Repertory Dance Ensemble, the youth company at the North Shore School of Dance from 2010-2014. After 12 years teaching and performing in Chicago, Anne is excited to focus on teaching here in Denver and to share her love of the art of dance.
Melissa Pite was born in Woodstock, New York. At the age of one, she moved to Boulder Colorado where she resided through High School. Melissa began performing at the age of six and was a member of Expressions Jazz Dance Company for five years where she attended numerous competitions, workshops and master classes. Melissa began her formal ballet training under Ana Claire Davison, Peter Davison, Rob Kuykendall, and Becky Jancosko at the Boulder Ballet School in 2003, where she trained until she graduated from Boulder High School in 2010. With Boulder Ballet’s Second Company (BBII) Melissa performed in numerous productions including The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Marry Poppins, and Pepito. Melissa has also attended several summer ballet training intensives including the Briansky Saratoga Ballet in New York State for three years and the Joffrey Ballet in New York City. After Graduating from Boulder High School, Melissa attended the University of Utah Ballet Department. There, she trained for two years under Jay Kim, Calvin Kitten, and Maggie Wright-Tesch where she had the pleasure of performing in numerous faculty, student, and graduate productions including works with Val Caniparoli, and Carol Iwasaki. In 2012, Melissa transferred to Colorado State University where she began training with Jane Slusarski-Harris, Chung-Fu Chang, Carol Roderick, and Judy Bejarano. At Colorado State University, Melissa has enjoyed performing in Swan Lake, Pas de Quatre, The Nutcracker, Etudes, student, faculty, and guest artist performances. Melissa’s choreography at Colorado State University was selected by the faculty to perform in numerous CSU productions. In May, 2015 Melissa graduated from CSU with a BA in Dance and a minor in Food Sciences and Human Nutrition and is now a Company member with Ballet Ariel.
Ellaura began ballet at the age of two when her neurosurgeon recommended it to regain balance and coordination after brain surgery. Her love of dance only grew from there under the guidance of Ms. Louanne. From an early age she began taking Cecchetti exams and continues to study his work. Ellaura has traveled the United States working with highly acclaimed instructors from around the world. She is currently working toward becoming a certified teacher of the method. Ellaura graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Upon completing her teaching exam she aspires to go back to school to obtain a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. She would like to work with children in pain to manage it without medication.