Faculty

Julia Mitchell

School Director

Hometown:  Fredericksburg, VA
Years with WEAD:  11

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Julia trained with The Academy of Ballet in Fredericksburg, Virginia where she performed in classical roles, and also studied at the School of the Richmond Ballet. She spent her summers training around the nation with Boston Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, BalletMet, Suzanne Farrell and The Juilliard School.

In 2003, Julia graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science in Music (ballet performance) and an outside field in Public Affairs. While at the University’s 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 performances include roles in The Nutcracker, Carmina Burana, Les Sylphides, Concerto Barocco, Les Noce and West Side Story.

Julia 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.

Hank Bamberger

Artistic Director

Hometown: Henrico, VA
Years with WEAD: 3

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Hank began his dance training at West End Academy of Dance, and has performed at SPARC, Theatre IV and the University of Virginia. He received his B.F.A. with a concentration in Modern Dance from Marymount Manhattan College where he studied the works of Nikolais, O’Donnell, Horton, Graham, Limon, and Cunningham.

In 2010, Hank joined the reputable Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company and performed with them until 2015. While with the company, he traveled throughout the United States and India, performing and teaching master classes.

Hank has been featured in Dance Spirit Magazine, and is experienced in teaching and choreographing Modern, Jazz, and Partnering.

As Artistic Director of West End Academy of Dance, Hank hopes to inspire all students and show them the correct way to discover their talents, while working collaboratively with others. His primary goal is to prepare students in the art of dance, with an emphasis on proper training and technique.

Patty Mochary

Ballet

Hometown: Michigan City, IN
Years with WEAD: 8

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Patty began her dance training in her hometown of Michigan City, Indiana.

After attending Point Park College, she joined Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, where she performed with the company for 8 years.

Some highlights of her career include working with many ballet luminaries such as Frederic Franklin, Ruth Page, Leonide Massine, Edward Villella, and Natalia Makarova.

Patty has been teaching ballet throughout the Richmond community for 20+ years. She also teaches Dance for Parkinsons, a Mark Morris based program that offers internationally-acclaimed dance classes for people with Parkinson's disease.

Patty wishes to pass on her passion for dance to younger generations, with a focus on expression and technique.

Nadine Dorrington

Ballet

Hometown: Mathews, VA
Years with WEAD: 5

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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 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. She also served as a co-director and choreographer for the Bayside Youth Ballet. In 2004, she moved to Richmond where she continued teaching ballet and began yoga instruction (she currently directs a yoga teacher training program.)

Nadine has a background in social work and has spent many 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 West End Academy of Dance.

Rachel Seeholzer

Ballet, Contemporary, Pointe, Jazz

Hometown:  Los Angeles, CA
Years with WEAD: 4

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Rachel initially trained under Louise Mandel and the Pacific Dance Academy. At age 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, she performed numerous Balanchine ballets and was choreographed on by Daniel Duell (former New York City Ballet Principal) and Ted Seymour (Suzanne Farrell Company Member). She was gratefully reviewed by the Chicago Sun Times, Time Out Chicago, as well as several online ballet blogs.

In 2012 she was accepted as a Richmond Ballet Trainee in Richmond, Virginia where she trained for a year. She 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.

Molly Mooney-Baber

Ballet

Hometown: Stafford, VA
Years with Studio: 2

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From an early age, Molly trained at a number of ballet studios, including studios as far as 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 in-studio intensives such as the Richmond Ballet Summer Intensive, and began exploring different types of dance including Jazz, Modern, and Lyrical. She later went on to join the competition team and win 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 graduation, she auditioned for the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders, making it to finals.

Molly has a passion for dance, especially classical ballet, and is looking forward to another year of teaching and learning from her students.

Madison Ellis

Hip Hop

Hometown: Richmond, VA
Years with WEAD:  2

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Born and raised in Richmond, Madison grew up dancing at West End Academy of Dance. She tried all styles, from Ballet to Tap and Jazz, but ultimately fell in love with Hip Hop.

Madison attended the University of Virginia where she joined Mahogany Dance Troupe, UVA’s oldest hip hop group. She was able to continue dancing as a student, but also got the opportunity to teach, 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 that inspired her to interpret a song in a myriad of ways.

Madison feels lucky 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.

Jarrodd (JT) Beverly

Tap

Hometown: Richmond, VA
Years with WEAD: 1

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JT Beverly graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia in 2001, where he was awarded the Tap Honor Award for tap excellence, while serving as the Artistic Director for the school’s Tap Company. During this time, he was also principal dancer of Philadelphia's only tap dance company, TAP TEAM TWO & Co.

In 2008, Dance Educators of America (DEA) brought him to their national competition in New York City where he taught master classes to over 400 students. The following year, JT entered their national competition in Orlando, Florida where he received the President’s Cup for having the Highest Overall Score for his tap production, Tapology.

JT has been on tour with Stomp and 42nd Street, serving as dance captain for both productions and has taught classes in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia at power house dance studios such as Jazz Unlimited, Dance Sensations of South Jersey, and the Rainbow Theater Company of Philadelphia.

JT enjoys teaching the history of Tap and showing students how math, music and dance come together.

Ariel Overton

Hip Hop

Hometown: Hampton, Virginia
Years with WEAD: 1

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Ariel has had a passion for choreographing since she started dancing with Dazzlers Co. at 10 years old. It was there that she began her study and development of hip hop and jazz.

From that point on, she began dancing at Beauty For Ashes, a dance company where she trained in hip hop, ballet, jazz, modern and African dance for five years.

As her dance practice deepened, she eventually moved up to another dance company, Reaction, where she studied and performed hip hop for three years.

Most recently, Ariel has been dancing with VCU Urban hip hop competition team, Blank Canvas. She is excited to begin her new hip hop position at West End Academy of Dance.

Lisa Rumbauskas

Ballet

Hometown: Cranford, NJ
Years with WEAD: 1

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Lisa holds a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she studied with and performed works by Mark Morris, Anne Reinking, Seán Curran, Gus Solomons Jr., Ronald K. Brown, and Deborah Jowitt, among others. She received additional training from The Joffrey School, American Ballet Theatre and CPYB.

Lisa performed with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet at Lincoln Center under the direction of Mary Zimmerman and starring Renee Fleming. Her other credits include Swing! (Bway National Tour), Carousel (Louise), Brigadoon (Maggie Anderson), West Side Story (Anybodys), Cats (Carbukitty), Evita (Tango Dancer), The Most Happy Fella (starring George Hearn), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Mrs. Potiphar) and the independent film Louis (choreographed by Hinton Battle).

Lisa has been a guest teacher for Revolución Latina, on faculty at MMAC in NYC, and is Co-Founder of Moving Youth Dance Company in New Jersey. She is a proud member of Actors Equity Association and is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 3.

Lisa’s classes focus on technique, quality of movement, musicality, and storytelling through dance.