Wayne Center for the Arts is pleased to welcome these guest artist-teachers to our 2019 Summer Dance Intensives.
Anthony Spaulding II
Born in Phoenix Arizona, Mr. Anthony V. Spaulding II began his dance training at Dance Incorporated under the direction of Hodgie Jo. He later studied with the School of Ballet Arizona under the direction of Mr. Kee Juan Han and Nadia Zubkov. Mr. Spaulding later moved to San Francisco, California to finish his studies and ballet training with the San Francisco Ballet School under the direction of Gloria Govrin where he was named apprentice with the San Francisco Ballet in 2004. Mr. Spaulding joined the San Francisco Ballet Company under the direction of Helgi Tomasson in 2006 as a Corp de Ballet member. In 2008, Mr. Spaulding was promoted to Soloist dancer where he performed numerous works by many acclaimed choreographers.
Mr. Spaulding's works include, Giselle (Tomasson), King of the Snow, King of the Mice, Arabian, Spanish, and Party Guest in Nutcracker (Tomasson), Tybalt in Romeo & Juliet (Tomasson), Cavalier in the Sleeping Beauty (Tomasson), Von Rothbart, Spanish, Aristocrat, and Mazurka in Swan Lake (Tomasson), Espada and Toreador in Don Quixote (Tomasson/Possokhov), Sylvia (Morris), The Little Mermaid (Neumeier), Fates in Cinderella (Wheeldon), Demi-soloist in in "Haffner" Symphony, Johnny in Nanna's Lied, demi-soloist in On a Theme of Paganini, and principal in Trio (Tomasson), Pas de deux from Agon, Allegro Brillante, demi-soloist in "Diamonds," 3rd Theme and Melancholic in The Four Temperaments, Elegy in Serenade, Arias II in Stravinsky Violin Concerto, 4th movement principal and 1st movement demi-soloist in Symphony in C (Balanchine), Created role of John Rosmer in Ibsen's House and role in Lambarena (Caniparoli) Double Evil (Elo), Artifact Suite and In the Middle Somewhat Elevated (Forsythe), 2nd movement principal in Symphonic Dances (Liang), Chroma and Eden/Eden (Mcgregor), Soldier in Winter Dreams (MacMillan), Two Pieces for Het (for Rachel) and Variations for Two Couples (van Manen), Rodeo (de Mille)
(Continued), Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes (Morris), Guide to Strange Places (Page), Principal in Diving into the Lilacs, and Firebird (Possokhov), Russian Seasons (Ratmansky), Glass Pieces and West Side Story Suite (Robbins), Changes and Spring Rounds (Taylor),
Principal in Naked (Welch), Carousel (A Dance), principal in Number Nine, principal in Rush, and Within the Golden Hour (Wheeldon), 3rd movement pas de deux in Underskin (Zanella)
Anthony's guest performances include, 2nd act pas de deux in La Bayadere at Scottsdale School of Ballet Student Showcase, Herberger Theatre, Phoenix, Az June 2013, 2nd act of Giselle and the pas de deux from Possokhov's Diving into the Lilacs, Bozeman, Montana, June 2012, Possokhov's Diving into the Lilacs, Liang's Somewhere in Time, and a pas de deux from Possokhov's Magrittomania at the Hong Kong Galaxy Ballet Gala, June 2011, performed Diving into the Lilacs for Youth America Grand Prix Gala at New York City Cente, March 2011, Diving into the Lilacs for Gala at Baadisches Staattheater, Karlsruhe, Germany, June 2010, Competed in the Eighth International Competition for the Erik Bruhn Prize, Toronto, March 2009.
Spaulding's performances captured on video/film includes dancing the role of Arabian in "Great Performances" Dance in America: San Francisco Ballet's Nutcracker on TV/DVD (2007), San Francisco Bay Area News KTVU interview segment "Bay Area People" captured rehearsing Nutcracker's Snow Pas de Deux. He was also featured in PBS "Great Performances" John Neumeier's "Little Mermaid" captured on TV/DVD (2011), Calvin Walker's Free Time (2015) and A Stroll in Paris which won Dance Magazine's Video of the Month in (2014)
Mr. Spaulding was a judge for the District's Artist of Promise Dance Adjudication (2018). Is an Alumni with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix MLB AZ D-Backs Branch and was a guest speaker at "Today's Kids, Tomorrow's Stars" Gala Benefit Performance with the Boys and Girls Club (2016)
Anthony always had great ambitions to maximize his skills and talents to be the best, and pride himself with exceptional work ethics.
Cydney Spohn is an independent educational consultant for dancers and the founder of Solutions In Motion. She danced professionally with North Carolina Dance Theatre and as a soloist with The Pennsylvania Ballet. Her repertoire included lead roles in Swan Lake, Cinderella, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, Serenade, Agon, Square Dance, and La Sonnambula, along with works by Joe Goode, Lar Lubovitch, Doug Varone, Paul Taylor, and Lynne Taylor-Corbett. As a recipient of an Emerging Choreographer Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and two Princess Grace Foundation-USA awards, Ms. Spohn has been recognized for her creative and performing career on state and national levels. A high school graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Ms. Spohn later earned both a B.S. in Economics (graduating summa cum laude) and a M.A. in Education from The University of Akron. Service contributions include seats on the board of directors of CORPS de Ballet International and the board of advisors of the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts. Her research has been presented at professional conferences and published in the scholarly journals Research in Dance Education and Arts Education Policy Review. After a twenty-year tenure as a dance professor at The University of Akron, Ms. Spohn retired from university life to help high school dancers prepare for college readiness, acceptance, and success.
Leah Copley Summers has taught ballet for the past 28 years. Leah studied with Dr. Mary Marcuzzi, along with many others as she attended pre-professional programs. Leah graduated Cum Laude with her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education at Marshall University in 1991. After receiving her degree, Leah began her career
as a ballet teacher, choreographer, and artistic director, with the River Cities Dance Company. She served as director for thirteen years working with both Marshall University and Shawnee State University to provide arts to the area community. Leah also works as adjunct faculty at Marshall University and serves on the faculty of the WV Governor’s School for the Arts. Leah's works with the Bluegrass Youth Ballet and later was the founding director of the LDF Ballet Academy. Her greatest achievement has been the success of her students. Leah’s students have gone on to study at prestigious arts school and continued to professional careers as dancers, choreographers and teachers. Leah is so happy to be in her home town of Huntington serving Marshall University as the Artistic Director of Marshall University Dance Theatre.
Erich Yetter discovered dance after a Texas high school football injury. He began studying with former Berlin Opera Ballet ballerina Ingeborg Heuser and continued his training with Fernando Schaffenburg in Ft. Worth, Texas; Ben Stevenson at the Houston Ballet Academy; and David Howard and Maggie Black in New York City.
Yetter danced with Ballet Met in Ohio before traveling to England and Ireland, where he danced a year in London and two years as principal dancer of the Irish National Ballet. Returning to the United States, Yetter graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Texas at El Paso before moving to Tennessee to dance with Ballet Memphis, where he was a principal dancer for twelve years. While still dancing, he received the Tennessee Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship Award and choreographed many pieces for Ballet Memphis, including a sparkling, full-length Cinderella. His professional experience includes dancing a wide variety of choreographic styles—from Petipa to George Balanchine to Trey McIntyre.
After leaving Memphis, Yetter worked for a decade as Artistic Director of Peoria Ballet where he brought a heightened sense of professionalism and community participation to the company. His service also included ten years on various grant panels of the Illinois Arts Council in Chicago, and in 2006 he received the ArtsPartners of Central Illinois Gem of the Arts Award. Yetter has staged and choreographed over 75 works for ballet, theater, and opera companies. In 2010, he received a Master’s of Science in Higher Education from Kaplan University in Chicago and was awarded a ten thousand dollar “Arts Works” grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to subsidize his production of Romeo and Juliet.
Yetter went on to teach graduate and undergraduate ballet technique at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio for six years. He also served on the dance faculty of the Cleveland School of the Arts, Wayne Center for the Arts, Ballet Excel Ohio and was on the Board of Directors of OhioDance. He freelanced as a choreographer and teacher throughout Northeast Ohio giving workshops at events such as the OhioDance Festival, American College Dance Festival Association, Youngstown State Dance Festival, The International Black Dance Conference and multiple summer intensive programs. Yetter has choreographed ballets for Canton Ballet, Ballet Excel Ohio, Ballet Theatre of Ohio, Ohio Northern University, Ashland Regional Ballet, The University of Akron and the Akron Symphony Orchestra. His works have been performed internationally and across the United States including Ireland, Guatemala, Illinois, Tennessee, Texas, and Ohio. In 2018, he choreographed and designed another full-length ballet, The Magic Flute, for Ballet Excel Ohio which was premiered at the historic Civic Theatre in downtown Akron. Currently, he is Assistant Professor of Dance at Anderson University in Indiana, where his wife, Mary Ragna Yetter, serves as the University Organist.
Lauren Stenroos is currently a dancer with Cleveland Ballet under the artistic direction of Gladisa Guadalupe and Ballet Mistress Cynthia Graham. Previously, she has danced professionally with Lake Erie Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Dayton Ballet, and Ballet Montana. She has also appeared as a guest dancer at Williamsport Civic Ballet, James Sewell Ballet, Texture Contemporary Ballet, Lake Erie Ballet, and Mercyhurst University.
Lauren received her early training from the Cuyahoga Valley Youth Ballet (Now called Ballet Excel Ohio) under Nan and Mia Klinger. While at CVYB she had the unique opportunity to perform in original ballets choreographed by Michael Vernon, Francis Patrelle, Tom Gold, James Sewell, and Bill Hastings. She also attended summer intensives on scholarship at Chautauqua Institution, Richmond Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, and Cleveland San Jose Ballet. She graduated with a B.A. degree in Dance with a Minor in Music Composition from Mercyhurst University.
Lauren was recently featured as Swanilda in Ramon Oller’s world premiere of Coppelia with Cleveland Ballet and as Sugar Plum Fairy in the Nutcracker.
She has also enjoyed performing in works by George Balanchine, Gerald Arpino, Septime Webre, Stuart Sebastian, James Sewell, Jon Rodriguez, Amy Seiwert, Gina Patterson, Gina Walther, Lesley Bories-Scalise, Paul Vasterling, Gladisa Guadalupe, and Ramon Thielen.
In addition to dancing, Lauren is a composer and has created original works for dance. In addition to teaching ballet at Wayne Center Ballet and other schools around Northeast Ohio, she also is certified in Pilates and teaches mat and reformer classes.