About Our Team"Dance is as much a part of me as the air I breathe" - Rachel Seeholzer
Hank Bamberger, Owner, Artistic Director
HANK BAMBERGER is from Richmond, VA, where he began his dance training at West End Academy of Dance. Mr. Bamberger graduated from Deep Run High School in 2005. He received his B.F.A. with a concentration in Modern Dance from Marymount Manhattan College, where he studied works of Nikolais, O’Donnell, Horton, Graham, Limon, and Cunningham as well as Taylor style under the instruction of Joao Carvalho.
Mr. Bamberger has performed with SPARC, Theatre IV, and the University of Virginia. He was a member of the West End Academy of Dance Company for three years during his early training. While in New York City, he worked with Takehiro Ueyama, Banu Ogan in a staging of a Cunningham work, and David Grenke in an adapted version of “Vespers.” He also danced for Celebrity Cruises upon completing his undergraduate degree.
Mr. Bamberger joined the Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company in Summer 2010 and performed with them until April 2015. While with the company he traveled the United States and India, performing and teaching master classes. Mr. Bamberger has been featured in Dance Spirit Magazine and performed in several different music videos by musical artists in New York City.
Over the past two years he has taught master classes that specialize in Paul Taylor style and technique. These schools have included the Appomatox Governor School at Richmond Ballet and Thomas Dale High School. Furthermore, he has conducted several week-long dance intensives in upstate New York for the past two summers. In addition, he has taught Paul Taylor style for the teen intensive at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance in New York City for summer 2014 and 2015. Mr. Bamberger has experience teaching and choreographing Modern, Jazz, and Partnering.
Mr. Bamberger hopes to inspire the students at WEAD and show them the correct way to discover their talents and work with others. It is his goal to prepare students in the art of dance and cultivate them into mature, healthy athletes with proper etiquette and audition skills. Mr. Bamberger wants to instill proper training and technique. He is so proud and excited to be returning to his roots, where it all began.
Julie Mitchell, School Director
Julia trained with The Academy of Ballet in Fredericksburg, Va., where she performed in classical roles. Some of her most influential teachers in her hometown were, Carolyn Seklii, Melissa Gregory, Charis Moses, and Gigi Rousseau.
Her training also includes studies at the School of the Richmond Ballet, with Arnott Mader, Leslie Peck, Malcom Burn and Jerry Schwender. Julia spent her summers training around the nation with: Boston Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Ballet Met, Suzanne Farrell and Juilliard.
In 2003, Julia graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science in Music (ballet performance) and an outside field in Public Affairs.
At Indiana University Ballet Theatre, she had the opportunity to study with and perform under some of some of ballet’s most stellar performers and teachers: Violette Verdy, Leslie Peck, Jacques Cesbron, Glenda Lucena and Julie Kent. Some of her many roles include Nutcracker, Carmina Burana, Les Sylphides, Concerto Barocco, Les Noce and West Side Story.
Ms. Mitchell has enjoyed much teaching success and is devoted to teaching the classical ballet pedagogy and traditions to students of all ages. She loves music and has a strong interest in choreographing and staging ballets, both original and from the classical repertory. Recently, she was asked to be a guest choreographer for the Charlottesville Ballet, where she set her original piece “A Palette of Influence” on the professional company.
Ms. Mitchell has taught ballet, pointe and variations for the West End Academy of Dance since 2006.
Nadine began her dance studies in the small Chesapeake Bay community of Mathews, Virginia. As a teenager she began assisting with children’s classes and eventually, substitute teaching. Nadine continued her ballet, character, and modern dance training in Williamsburg Virginia where she performed as a member of Contemporary Ballet Theatre (now Eastern Virginia School for the Performing Arts).
While at CBT, she studied with Sandra Ballestracci, Mansur Kamaletdinov, and Rudolf Kharatian. Nadine eventually returned to her hometown and began teaching creative movement, ballet, and jazz, and served as a co-director and choreographer for the Bayside Youth Ballet. While at BYB, she re-staged classics and choreographed several original contemporary works.
Nadine moved to the Richmond area in 2004 where she continued teaching ballet, began teaching yoga, and she currently directs a yoga teacher training program. Nadine has a background in social work and has spent may years working with women and children in need. She is the proud mother of two talented dancers, Isabella and Rosemary, and is excited to begin another season as a family with WEAD.
Hip Hop, Hip Hop Crew
Born and raised in Richmond, VA, Madison grew up dancing at West End Academy. Madison tried all styles, from ballet, to tap and jazz, but fell in love with hip hop at a young age. After many years of hip hop classes and dance recitals, she knew she wanted dance to stay in her life after heading off to college. Madison attended the University of Virginia where she joined Mahogany Dance Troupe, UVA’s oldest hip hop group on grounds. Madison was able to continue dancing as a student but also got the opportunity to act as the teacher, which she found to be a very rewarding experience. Since Mahogany was comprised of dancers from all over the world, she was exposed to a wide variety of hip hop styles, different styles that helped with her ability to interpret a song in a myriad of ways. Madison feels so lucky to be able to have the chance to share her love of dance with young dancers here in Richmond, especially at a place so close to her heart, West End Academy.
Molly was trained at a number of ballet studios early on including studios in Nowra , Australia. After moving back to the states she began dancing with the Academy of Ballet in Fredericksburg, Virginia, where she met some of her most influential teachers including Gigi Rousseau, Melissa Gregory, and Julia Westcott. During her summers off from school she attended the Richmond Ballet Summer Intensive as well as all in studio intensives that were offered.
In high School Molly began exploring other types of dance including Jazz, Modern, and lyrical at M&S Studio in Fredericksburg, Virginia. After some time she joined the competition team and won medals in group dances as well as lyrical solos.
In 2010 she began studying Business at Virginia Commonwealth University where she was a proud member of the Goldrush Dance team for four years. After graduating college she tried out for the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders and made it to finals, as well as gaining experience in proper nutrition and physical fitness through Competing in the National Physique Corporation.
Ms. Molly has a passion for dance, especially classical ballet, and is looking forward to a year of teaching and learning from her students.
Ballet, Contemporary, Pointe, Jazz, Jr. Ensemble, Variations
Rachel Seeholzer was born and raised in Los Angeles, California while training under Louise Mandel and the Pacific Dance Academy.
At the age of 17 she moved to dance and perform with the Ballet Chicago Studio Company in Chicago, Illinois under the direction of Patricia Blair and Daniel Duell. For 3 years, she performed numerous Balanchine ballets, was choreographed on by Daniel Duell (Former New York City Ballet Principal) and Ted Seymour (Suzanne Farrell Company Member) and was gratefully reviewed by the Chicago Sun Times, Time Out Chicago, as well as several online ballet blogs.
In 2011 Rachel continued on to train professionally as a Trainee with North Carolina Dance Theatre, currently The Charlotte Ballet in Charlotte, North Carolina under the direction of Patricia McBride and Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux (Former New York City Ballet Principals).
In 2012 she was accepted as a Richmond Ballet Trainee in Richmond, Virginia where she trained for a year with Arnott Mader (Former Royal Ballet Member) and Judy Jacob. Rachel has also danced summers with the Pacific Northwest Ballet School in Seattle, Washington and the Alonzo King Lines School in San Francisco. Rachel has spent the last year in Los Angeles as faculty with the Degas Dance Studio where she created their first ballet production of The Nutcracker as well as with the Los Angeles Ballet Academy where she began her studies and teaching of the RAD (Royal Academy of Dance) method. Rachel is excited to continue her teaching in Richmond with the West End Academy of Dance.
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