Kirsta Sendziak, Director
Kirsta Sendziak began her dance training and education in Buffalo, NY with Clare Fetto of The Festival School of Ballet and Elaine Gardner of Pick of the Crop Dance. She attended Hampshire College, completing a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Psychology. Dancing for over 25 years, and in Boston since 2003, she has taken instruction from Anna Myer, Margot Parsons, Rebecca Rice, Marcus Schulkind, and Wanda Strukus. Kirsta has performed works by Elaine Gardner, Marcus Schulkind, Kelley Donovan and Dancers, Josie Bray and Wanda Strukus.
In 2009, Kirsta became Co-Director of The School of Classical Ballet, incorporating modern and jazz dance techniques into the curriculum. She became Director in 2011, and her incorporation of tradition and innovation into SOCB classes has been featured in articles in Harvard Magazine (January-February 2016, “Raising the Barre”: SOCB’s philosophy of educating children to focus on dance as a component of whole-child development), and Dance Studio Life (December 2016, “The Power of the Page”: SOCB Summer Intensive writing component).
Natalia Maldari trained and danced with the New England Civic Ballet (now Northeast Dance Center) prior to attending Goucher College where she studied Ballet, Modern, and Choreography. Natalia has had the privilege of working at the Atelier de Paris Carolyn Carlson in Vincennes, France. She has also worked recently with choreographers Jennifer Roberts, Joe Gonzalez, Peter DiMuro, Vanessa White and Molly Wheat. She is a former member of Jo-Mé Dance Theatre, based in Boston. Natalia performs on a freelance basis and choreographs for small projects including National Choreography Month, The School of Classical Ballet Repertory Company, and the Vacation Program Dancers (Ballet with Molly). Some of her recent credits include performing in Dance Shorts (The Dance Complex, April 2016); Spanish, Snow, and Demi-soloist flower in The Nutcracker (Northeast Dance Center, 2015); choreography for “Miles to Go” (Vacation Dance Program, February 2016); “J’ai pas des Mots” (NaChMo Boston, Februrary 2014). She has been teaching at The School of Classical Ballet since 2011.
Lonnie Stanton is a Northern California native, based in Boston. She graduated with honors from the Boston Conservatory with a BFA in Dance. Stanton is blessed to teach students through The School of Classical Ballet, Boston Ballet, and Pembroke School of Performing Arts.
She performs regularly with Jean Appolon Dance Expressions and Prometheus Dance for her 8th season with the company. She has also been contracted with Boston based companies: Public Displays of Motion (Peter DiMuro), Ballet Rox, Bosoma, Zoe Dance, Angie Moon Dance Theatre, and Anna Reyes Dance. She worked with NYC based Kinesis Project Dance Theatre for their 2015-2016 season focusing solely on site specific performance. She has a growing passion and purpose in sharing dance in unconventional, often outdoor spaces where a broad audience can be reached. Lonnie has produced movement for film for Neoscape (advertisement), Moe Pope (hip hop artist), Linda Tegg (photography), and Tamara Al- Mashouk (film artist). Her previous teaching credentials include Ballet Academy East and Brookline Ballet among others. She is a 200 hour certified yoga instructor through Yogaworks. Her work in public schools has been especially rewarding bringing dance education into the classroom through Notes in Motion and the New York City Ballet. Her first Informed Improv Everywhere six week workshop series for adults finished in November 2016. Stanton currently teaches workshops seasonally in which various outdoor sites are explored by a diverse level of movers interested in developing further comfort exploring unique public spaces.
Callia Hansen started dancing at the age of four, taking both jazz and tap combo classes in her hometown of Santa Cruz, CA. As Callia’s passion for dance and performing grew, she decided to join a competitive jazz team at the age of nine. At the age of twelve, Callia decided to focus more on her ballet training and joined her studio’s pre-professional ballet company. Callia danced with Santa Cruz Ballet Theater’s pre-professional ballet company throughout her middle school and high school years, performing in classical works such as Giselle and the Nutcracker and also in several original contemporary works created by her artistic director. Throughout her high school years, Callia also taught some ballet classes in the summer for students ranging from ages eight to twelve. Once in college, Callia continued to take ballet classes but also wanted to explore other forms of movement such as Modern, Contemporary, and Afro-Brazilian dance. Callia moved to Boston in August 2016 to pursue her Masters in Social Work at Boston College and continues to take ballet and contemporary classes. Since moving to Boston, Callia has also joined Salsa and Bachata dance performance teams. Callia began assisting with the Primary I class at the School of Classical Ballet at the Dance Complex last fall and is very excited to be teaching the Primary I class starting this fall! Callia loves sharing her passion for dance with her students and enjoys helping them discover and strengthen their own unique abilities and passion for movement.
Sybil Huggins, a Roxbury native, is an accomplished tap dancer with extensive experience in the greater Boston area with Boston Tap Company, Jacob’s Pillow, and Jeannette Neill Dance Studio. Sybil has worked with BalletRox since 2006 as performer, teacher, administrator, coach, and mentor. She brings her many years of teaching experience and love of children into her role as School Programs Liaison where she provides direct support to students and their families, as well as interacting with classroom teachers, school faculty, and staff. She has been a tap instructor at The School of Classical Ballet since 2016. She also holds a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Boston University.
Mcebisi Xotyeni, of Cape Town, South Africa, is a professional dancer, teacher, and choreographer. He began dancing with the outreach program Dance For All, where he trained extensively in ballet, African, contemporary, and hip hop. He was awarded a full scholarship with Dance For All, and eventually began working for the professional dance company iKapa Dance Theatre. He has also worked with leading companies in South Africa such as: Cape Town City Ballet, Suede Productions, and Sibonelo Dance Project. He has performed for numerous festivals and has collaborated with international artists for performances and outreach projects. He is now the co-owner of Izizwe Dance Studio and currently dances professionally with one of Boston's leading dance companies; Jean Appolon Expressions in Cambridge, Massachusetts.