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Shoshannah began dancing at the age of four at Marin Ballet in northern California. She continued her ballet training in Oregon through high school, including 7 years of pointe training as well as summer intensive programs at Oregon Ballet Theatre. Her love for jazz began early, and over her next eleven years of training, she studied at The Edge in Los Angeles as well as with Tremaine.
She was a member of her high school dance team where she won three state championships, became a senior All-State winner, and earned a DDCA dance scholarship. After high school, Shoshannah performed for the Oregon Dance Company at Oregon State University for three years. She has taught for the past eight years, which include courses in ballet, jazz, tap and lyrical. She also coached high school dance team for four years, where she led her team to qualify for the state championships for the first time in the school's history. Shoshannah finds no greater reward than being able to share her passion for dance with children
Jennifer is a graduate from Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and earned her Master of Fine Arts in Modern Dance in 2008 from the University of Oklahoma. While at OU, she was a graduate teaching assistance for various dance history and modern classes. She was a member of Contemporary Dance Oklahoma and received the Scott Salmon Modern Dance Choreography award. She has completed significant research in various dance forms including American Modern Dance techniques, Polynesian dance, African dance and early Ballet history. She has worked locally with the Cimarron Circuit Opera Company's Kids Opera Camp, choreographing the Mikado and Rudigore.
Most recently, Jennifer completed her JD at the University of Oklahoma, College of Law, and was sworn in by the Supreme Court of Oklahoma in April of 2017.
Jennifer has taught at Classical Ballet Academy for 10 years and looks forward to another wonderful year!
Jennifer Franks, MFA in Dance
Jessica began her dance training at the age of 3 at Angie Hahn's Academy of Dance in Livonia, Michigan. She trained in ballet, pointe, modern dance, jazz, tap, hip hop and contemporary. Jessica also trained at Ballet Met, Cincinnati Ballet and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago at their summer intensives.
Jessica is currently a Ballet Pedagogy major at the University of Oklahoma where she has performed in the Nutcracker as Spanish and Chinese, Carmina Burana as a Witch and Swan Lake as a Tall Swan. She has also performed works by guest choreographers David Hockey in Skinwalkers and Trey McIntyre in Opaque Unfazed.
This is Jessica's first year teaching at Classical Ballet Academy and she is excited to share her love for dance!
Jessica Liske, BFA in Dance, candidate
Grasyn has been performing and studying dance since the age of four when she began her dance career at Classical Ballet Academy. For 14 years she trained in ballet tap, jazz and competitive lyrical styles and performed several featured roles including Aurora and the Sugar Plum Fairy. She was a principal dancer with Norman Dance Theatre. For eight years, Grasyn participated in the University of Oklahoma Saturday Youth Ballet & Modern Dance program and Summerwind Intensives. She also starred as a featured dancer in numerous high school musical productions, including Thoroughly Modern Millie and Pippin. In 2016, she was honored to train at the Rocket Summer Intensive in New York City. Currently, Grasyn is a junior at the University of Oklahoma studying Public Relations and Spanish. At OU, she has been heavily involved with University Sing and Sooner Scandals-serving as a choreographer, dance consultant and, most recently, the Vice Chair of Performance for the past two Scandals seasons. Grasyn is thrilled to be back at Classical Ballet Academy to share her love for performance in ballet, tap and jazz classes!
Addison began dancing at the age of two, and has loved performing, competing, and sharing her love of dance through jazz, tap, contemporary, ballet, and hip hop. She is beginning her second year at the University of Oklahoma where she spent her freshman year on the OU Pom Squad, and she spends her summers as a choreographer and staffer for J&C Dance Camps. Throughout the last few years she has taken classes at Broadway Dance Center in New York City, received a dance scholarship to attend Tremaine Dance Conventions across the country, and was named Miss National Showbiz in 2015. Addison is beyond excited to begin her second year teaching at Classical Ballet Academy!
Sara Pecina is a Master of Fine Arts in Dance candidate at the University of Oklahoma. An Indiana native, Sara grew up dancing at a local studio and attended college at Western Kentucky University, from which she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance. Her four years as a member of the WKU Dance Company were highlighted with performances in Civitavecchia, Italy, at Jazz Dance World Congress, and at tap dance festivals in St. Louis and New York City. She has taught a variety of styles of dance in the private sector in Indiana and Kentucky. Sara’s academic research has focused on tap dance pedagogy, and she is training in the American Tap Dance Foundation Rhythm Tap Teacher Program.
Sara Pecina, MFA in Dance, candidate
Madison began her dance training at Classical Ballet Academy at the age of 5, where studied ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, and lyrical. She was a company member with Norman Dance Theatre and performed numerous roles, most recently the Sugar Plum Fairy. In 2012 Madison travelled to London to perform ballet, tap, and jazz dances with NDT, during the summer Olympics. She has also been a member of the CBA Dance Company and a member of the Saturday Youth Class at the University of Oklahoma. Madison was co-president of Pointe to the Future dance club and in the Academy’s apprentice program. She taught her first tap class last season and found a love for teaching dance to others. Madison is very excited to be apart of Classical Ballet Academy’s staff again this year!
Rachel is a student at the University of Oklahoma studying nutrition and dietetics. She was a student of Amy Reynolds Reed at Dance Unlimited for 15 years. Along with many years of training, Rachel has had experiences in being an assistant teacher, hip-hop instructor and competitive dancer. She had vocal training for 5 years and is now singing in the band at her church! On top of performing in many recitals and musicals, Rachel has performed in the Philharmonic Christmas Show, choreographed dances for school and camp shows, was selected to attend the Rocket Summer Intensive, and was fortunate to lead a dance camp in Nicaragua. Rachel is excited to continue to learn and grow in dance this year as a teacher! She is eager to be able to share her knowledge and the lessons dance has taught her and others!
Jacob Sparso, Royal Danish Ballet, Dallas Ballet and others professional danseur
Victoria Bearden, Ballet West professional ballerina
Emelyn started dancing at Classical Ballet Academy at 4, and it became her life. She has studied ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, hip hop and lyrical and was on the CBA competition team for two years. As a member of Norman Dance Theatre, she has performed in the Nutcracker at schools and other local venues, and travelled to London to perform during festivities coinciding with the summer Olympics of 2012. Currently in her fourth year on the NHS Pom squad, Emelyn has enjoyed putting together music and choreography on occasion for halftime performances, serving as a dance technique advisor for the squad, and being a member of the Pom competition team. She has also been active in CBA's Pointe to the Future program as a member, treasurer, and now president, and has participated in CBA's Dance Instructor Apprentice Program. Emelyn truly enjoys being able to work with kids of all ages through activities like the Pointe to the Future Halloween Dance Clinics, NHS Pom Clinics, and as a co-teacher for the first grade class at her church. She is so very excited to have the opportunity to share her love of dance with some of CBA's youngest students this year!
A native of Copenhagen, Denmark, Jacob received his training in Copenhagen and made his debut with the Royal Danish Ballet at the age of ten. He has been a principal dancer with Dallas Ballet, Roy Ballet of Flanders in Belgium, Baltimore Ballet and Oklahoma City Ballet. In 1992 he met and danced for the Queen and Prince of Denmark at a gala performance to celebrate their twentieth anniversary. This is Jacob's second year at Classical Ballet Academy teaching intermediate and advanced ballet students.
Victoria began her training with the Houston Ballet prior to joining Ballet West in 1999. She rose to the rank of Demi-Soloist and retired from Ballet West in 2010. Victoria's highlights included Cinderella in Ben Stevenson's Cinderella, Aurora in the Sleeping Beauty, and the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker. Her other featured roles include the pas de deux in Tudor's The Leaves are Fading. Victoria has had the privilege of performing at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. at the Joyce Theater in New York City and in the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland.
Victoria has served as a faculty member at Ballet West Academy as well as an adjunct faculty member in the University of Utah's Ballet Department.