Ariadne McAuley began her training under Stephanie Clemense at the Academy of Movement and Music—A Dorris Humphrey Memorial School in Oak Park, Illinois. She went on to spend her youth studying with many pre-professional schools across the country including Ballet Chicago, School of American Ballet in New York City, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Houston Ballet, and Miami City Ballet. During this time she had the honor of working with many teachers who had worked personally with George Balanchine—the grandfather of American Ballet, most influentially Dan Duell at Ballet Chicago. She had the opportunity to perform principal and corps roles in ballets such as Serenade, Concerto Barocco, Divertimento No. 15, Theme and Variations, Who Cares?, and Tarentella. She concluded her performing years with the Richmond Ballet where she performed in Swan Lake and Giselle.
Following this time she fell in love with teaching and choreographing which lead to the creation of the Charlottesville Ballet in Virginia when she was 22 years old. Here she created over 15 works in two years and set the foundation for the company to grow into its 10th season.
In 2012 Ariadne relocated to Louisville, Kentucky where she had the privilege of joining the Faculty of the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts, soon becoming Chair of its Dance Department. During her initial time at GSA the inspiration struck for the creation of Fleur-De-Lis Academy of Ballet and all of its subsequent programing, all of which exist to serve the individual students of Louisville and beyond as a home for compassionate excellence in arts education.
Jenny LaWall began her training at Monona Academy of Dance in Madison, WI under Jo Jean Retrum, Jason and Nicole Cisler. She was a member of Dance Wisconsin, where she participated in the Regional Dance America Mid-States Festival and The Youth America Grand Prix Regional Competition in Chicago. She has also trained with Orlando Ballet, Ballet Austin, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Houston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, and Ballet West.
Jenny graduated from Butler University with a BFA in Dance Performance in 2009. While at Butler, she performed in a variety of roles including Cinderella in Cinderella, Giselle in Giselle, Snow Queen in The Nutcracker, the Waltz girl in Serenade, and in Paul Taylor’s Cloven Kingdom. For the last six years, Jenny worked at Louisville Ballet, and most recently as the Director of Education and Outreach.
Jenny is excited to be a part of the Fleur family and to share her love of dance with the students and community.
Yosvany Pascual Rosales
Yosvany Pascual Rosales was born in Havana City, Cuba where he trained at the Elementary School of Ballet (Alejo Carpentier), PRODANZA Center of Cuba, National Cuban School of Ballet (ENA), National Cuban Ballet (social services), and Ballet of Camaguey.
Here he graduated through the levels achieving the Professional Teacher and Dancer of Ballet certification from the National Cuban School of Ballet. While in Cuba he performed principal roles in Don Quixote, Dracula, Swan Lake, Le Corsair, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, The Nutcracker and more. Additional performance experience came through Yoldance and New Millennium Dance Companies who produced international tours to Spain, Germany, Columbia and Mexico.
In November of 2015 Yosvany emigrated to the United States and joined the faculty of Fleur-De-Lis Academy of Ballet bringing his extensive expertise to Louisville's young dancers both in ballet and Cuban Cultural Dance.
Sheila Zeng, originally from Louisville, KY, is a recent graduate of The Ohio State University. She received her BFA in Dance and graduated magna cum laude. She performed and choreographed for the Louisville Ballet Youth Ensemble, and performed works such as The Nutcracker, Giselle, Romeo and Juliet, and Cinderella with the Louisville Ballet. At OSU, she studied under Susan Hadley, Bebe Miller, and Eddie Taketa, among others. She performed various repertory work ranging from classical ballet, contemporary dance, site-specific, and improvisation. As a dancer with many interests, Sheila wants to focus on education and community outreach to different populations.
Katelyn Moreira is the first tap and jazz instructor at Fleur-De-Lis Academy. She started dancing at the age of three at Expressions Dance Theatre in Northern Kentucky, where she trained in many styles of dance including, ballet, tap, jazz, modern, contemporary, hip hop, and acrobatics. She gained a lot of experience in teaching by demonstrating many classes throughout her time at Expressions and returning as a guest teacher during college. Katelyn attended Governor’s School for
the Arts for dance in 2009 and then worked as an RA for two summers in 2013 and 2016. Katelyn completed her first year of college studying Dance and Culture at University of Surrey in Guildford, England. After that year she transferred to Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA and completed her BA in Dance with a concentration in Jazz and a Business minor graduating in 2015. Since graduating she has continued to work on herself as a dancer, teacher and choreographer and always strives to keep growing in her art form alongside her students. Katelyn lives in Verona, Kentucky with her husband Claudio and her puppy Rico Suavé, and is very excited for her future with Fleur-De-Lis Academy.
Academy of Dance
Selen Wilson Guerra: CubanMix
Selen relocated to Louisville, KY from Havana, Cuba in 2016. She joined the staff at Fleur-De-Lis Academy after performing and teaching all around the world. Her most recent International tour experience includes the Bahamas, Russia, Greece, Spain, and Mexico. Selen has an Economic Degree from the University of Havana and is also a graduate of Folklore Dance from the Cuban National Institute. Both her classical and cultural training makes her an amazing asset to have here in Kentucky!
Lina sanchez: Flamenco
Lina is from the city of Holguin, Cuba. At the age of five she began classes at the “Lyric Theater Academy” in Holguín, participating as a soloist and in groups in different performances. She also studied synchronized swimming and rhythmic gymnastics during two courses. She received piano lessons at the Academy of the Professional Music School and later joined the singing and acting group "Amigos de Martí" directed by Andrés Bandera.
She continued her training in contemporary dance at the academy of the company "Codanza.” She acquired knowledge of Spanish dance in a three-month course taught by the professor of the “Spanish Ballet of Santa Clara” and current director of the company "Danza Abierta" Guido Gali. In 1999, she joined the “Canarian Society of Holguín” as part of an artistic group to perform flamenco dance and regional Spanish dances, and the "Ballet Español de Holguín".
In 2006 she participated in a summer course with the “Ballet Español de Cuba”, and participated in the "Tiempos" Water Ballet. Later she received flamenco lessons with the project "De Orilla a Orilla" of Badalona, pain. In 2007 she won the interpretation prize in the "La Sevillana" contest of the Ibero-American Festival.
In 2008 she finished her studies of the Middle Level of Dance when presenting her graduation thesis: "Sólo Eres Tú mi Cantar", a fusion of flamenco and contemporary techniques, earning the title: Dancer - Professor of Modern and Contemporary Dance. She began professional work in the "Codanza" company of Holguín, directed by dancer and choreographer Maricel Godoy. There she took flamenco dance workshops with the teacher, dancer and choreographer of the “Ecos Company” Danny Villalonga, improvisational dance with the choreographer and director of the “Codanza” Maricel Godoy Company. She also took contemporary dance technique linked to martial arts by the dancer, choreographer and director of the “Corpus Spirit Alma” company, Tangin Fong.
She participated in the “Romerías de Mayo” and a summer course with the “Ballet Lizt Alfonso” in Havana, where she was invited to continue later in the company. With the creation of a Spanish dance project in Holguín province, she was invited to participate in the company "Estilo Propio". For five years she worked as a regisseur, choreographer, teacher and solo dancer. Her work in this project was highly praised by specialists of the Performing Arts, the Cuban Institute of Music and critics.
In 2010, Lina created the Dance Academy of the “Estilo Propio” company that would later become her “Lina Sanz Ballet Academy”. In this academy not only flamenco classes are taught but also ballet, body language, contemporary dance, dance theory, stylization, fusion and repertoire.
In 2011, in the “Codanza Contest” she was presented with the “Estilo Propio” Project and obtained the Prize for the Best Choreography with the work "Semblanzas de un Río". With the “Ballet de Cámara de Holguín” she participated in the premieres of the Nutcracker Suite and The Quixote Suite at the Teatro Comandante Eddy Suñol.
In 2014 she joined the artistic cast of the Opening Gala of the Week of Culture in Holguín, competing with the Ballet Lina Sanz opting for the City Prize. She maintained regular clubs in the House of Latin America with the “ Iberian Nights”, La Peña ¨A Mi Manera” in Ismaelillo Theater and in the Armando Mestre Pavilion. She participated with the company Codanza in the “North Atlantic Grand Prix Contest Vladimir Malakhov”. Lina worked in the "Eontime World" park in the city of Harbin, China for two years.
When she returned to Cuba in April 2017, she worked with her academy at the Gala to celebrate the 7th anniversary of its creation. In July she traveled to the United States where she joined family to start a new stage of her life.
Musical & Dramatic Theatre
Barbara F. Cullen: musical theatre
Barbara F. Cullen began her professional theatre career as a child in Cincinnati, Ohio where she learned her many crafts as a member of several theatre companies and touring troupes. Barb began working in the theatre at age 7, training with exceptional teachers in dance, voice and acting. She further honed her talents at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, and has spent the past 45 expressing her arts and talents across the country.
A professional actor, singer, dancer, director, choreographer, and recording artist, she has performed in, directed, and/or choreographed hundreds of professional theatre productions, all across the USA.
As a performer, her favorite roles include: Cassie - A Chorus Line; Peggy Sawyer - 42nd Streeet; Lola - Damn Yankees; Kathy Seldon - Singin' in the Rain; and Nugget Rialto - Club Morocco - (a film noir musical being produced nationwide by theatre companies. Barb co-wrote Club Morocco with partner Jon Huffman and choreographed and portrayed Nugget Rialto in the first production in 1999 - with music arrangements by Ashton Wolf.)
Barbara is also an accomplished and highly respected teacher. She created, designed, and taught Dance For Theatre at the University of Louisville, Indiana University Southeast, and at Studio B. Former students include: Sara Gettlefinger (Broadway’s Addams Family ); Michael Ehlers (Broadway Tour West Side Story); Maggie Lawson (USA Network’s Psyche); Rob Steiner (Drama Head, Floyd Central High School, New Albany, IN); Eliza Donahue (Out of Oz - world tour).
For 23 years she was Resident Choreographer at Derby Dinner Playhouse choreographing and performing in more than 200 productions. She was the Resident Director and Choreographer at the Encore Musical Theatre in Dexter, Michigan where she directed and choreographed productions including Oklahoma, Les Miserable, Music Man and Fiddler on the Roof. As co-artistic director for Vault1031, she designed/directed and choreographed DESSERT THEATRE - a program of young, talented performers that perform a musical theatre style review (written specifically for a senior audience) and performed in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
Barbara has directed and choreographed many Broadway veterans, including Jessica Grove (A Little Night Music, Thoroughly Modern Millie); Dan Cooney (Bonnie & Clyde, Nine To Five); Sara Litzinger (Beauty and The Beast, Les Miserable, Oliver); Michael Lanning (Civil War, Bonnie and Clyde); Aaron LaVigne (Spiderman); and Stephen West (16-year Metropolitan Opera resident baritone); Sara Gettelfinger (Seussical, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels); Danny Mefford (choreographer - Dear Evan Hansen, Fun House, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson).
Barb is proud to work with the best theatre companies in the area: Actors Theatre of Louisville, (choreographer - A Christmas Carol - 1989); Kentucky Opera (choreographer Showboat-2016, and co-ordinates non-singing roles for Ky Opera auditions); Kentucky Shakespeare (resident choreographer 2014 to present); and Derby Dinner Playhouse (1985- 2008).
Jon Huffmann: dramatic theatre
Jon Huffman has been an actor, director, and writer his entire adult life. He first came to
Louisville in the late 1970s for graduate studies at Uof L. Since then, he’s moved to New York
City and Los Angeles, but always returned to Louisville, and finally decided this is where he
would lay his roots.
Jon has appeared on the local stages of Actors Theatre of Louisville, Kentucky Shakespeare
Festival, Derby Dinner Playhouse, Bunbury Theatre, and many more. Across the country, he’s
played hundreds of roles, ranging from Harold Hill (Music Man) to Iago (Othello), and
from Oedipus (Oedipus Rex) to Zach (A Chorus Line). His television work includes
regular roles on Designing Women, Days Of Our Lives, The Young and The Restless, and
General Hospital. In dozens of films, Jon has shared the screen with the likes of Laurence
Fishburne (Fled), Jeremy Irons (Lolita), James Earl Jones (Timepiece), and Donald
Sutherland (The Hunley) and has been directed by Oscar winners Jodie Foster (Little
Man Tate) and Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption).
As a theatre director, Jon has helmed dozens of professional productions around the country.
Locally, he’s directed many shows, including My Fair Lady, The Sound of Music, and
Fiddler on the Roof at Derby Dinner Playhouse, Singin' in the Rain and 1776 at
Music Theatre Louisville, And Then They Came for Me at StageOne Family Theatre,
and Driving Miss Daisy at Bunbury Theatre.
A playwright and screenwriter, also, Jon’s collaboration with Barbara Cullen—CLUB
MOROCCO—is a Swing-Music musical that is playing across the country today. His film
scripts have included Conviction (Paramount, starring Omar Epps and Dana Delaney) and
Lep in the Hood (Trimark, starring Ice-T). He’s currently revising a screenplay about the
legendary journalist, I.F. Stone.
J. Barrett Cooper: dramatic theatre
Barrett has over 30 years experience in teaching and mentoring young actors, from elementary school age to University training. Known nationally for his work with young people while working for two of the nations preeminent training programs for young adults, Walden Theatre in Louisville, Ky. and Idyllwild Arts Academy and Summer Programs, his students have gone on to appear in motion pictures, television, on Broadway and Off-Broadway, Broadway Tours, at major regional theatres across the country, and have attended the most prestigious training programs in the English Speaking world: Julliard School, NYU, PACE, DePaul, Carnegie-Mellon, Southern Methodist University, Boston University, Northwestern, USC, UCLA, LIPA, AADA, AAMDA, LAMDA, and Central School in London, to name a few. Known for his work with young people in the study and performance of Shakespeare, he is also well-heeled in the study of modern acting using the Stanislavki and Boleslavski Systems. In addition to acting, Mr. Cooper has taught Voice, Diction, Movement, Theatre History, Period Styles, and Stage Combat.
Mr. Cooper is also known as an actor, director, voice over actor and fight director. As an actor, he has appeared in NYC and in regional theatre with Manhattan Stage, Theatre 1010, Walker St. Theatre, Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Pioneer Playhouse in Salt Lake City, Arkansas Rep, Shakespeare Festival of Dallas, Wayside Theatre, Findlay Summer Stock, and locally with Savage Rose Classical Theatre Company (Founding Producing Artistic Director). He has appeared on national television in Chicago Fire (NBC) and Bob Hope Goes to College (NBC Special); in Commercials for Ohio Lottery, Kentucky Lottery, Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance amongst others. He has appeared in films: Perception (2018 release) Pinball, A Wish for the Dead, Presidents Day.
His voice-over work can be heard at Gettysburg Visitor Center, National Constitution Center, Fort Benning Army Museum, Lewis and Clark Exhibit in Cahokia, Ill. and he can be seen at the Evan Williams Experience in downtown Louisville. He was also the voice of John Howard Griffin in Morgan Atkinson’s “Black Like Me: The Life and Times of John Howard Griffin”
His directing credits include The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Passion of Dracula, Backchannel Adios, Creep (Premier ATL), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Cinderella, and is currently directing Coyote Ugly with the Alley Theatre. He has over 75 directing credits with Walden Theatre, Bellarmine University and Idyllwild Arts Academy and Summer Programs, ranging from the Greeks to Contemporary plays and New Works.
As a Fight Director, his credits include work with Kentucky Opera, Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Intern Company, Wayside Theatre, Arkansas Rep, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Savage Rose Classical Theatre Company, Theatre 502, Globe Players KSF, University of Louisville, Itinerant Theatre Guild (Chicago) and Theatre 1010 in NYC. He has trained and worked with Mr. John Waller and Keith Ducklin of the European Historic Combat Guild in Leeds, England as well as David Bouchey, Drew Frascher, K. Jenny Jones, and Jeffrey Norton.
He was seen in the recent Kentucky Opera’s Dead Man Walking as Anthony De Rocher in addition to being the Fight Director. This winter he will be playing Polonius in the Stage One/Kentucky Shakespeare Festival’s co- production of Hamlet. Immediately following that, he will be seen as Mark Rothko in RED by John Logan, directed by Steve Woodring.
Alec Volz: dramatic theatre
Born and raised in Louisville, Alec attended Trinity High School and the University of Kentucky where he majored in theater. He later studied acting at the Roundabout Theater Conservatory in New York where he appeared in several forgettable Off-Off Broadway productions.
Alec Volz spent fifteen seasons at Walden Theatre where, at various times he was the production manager, director, and taught acting and several forms of improvisational theatre. At Walden, Alec is most proud to have directed the regional premiers of My So-Called So-Called Life, When In Disgrace (Haply I Think On Thee), Phantom Band, In The Pony Palace/Football and Jane The Plain, all as part of the Slant Culture Theatre Festival. He also directed Henry V, The Taming Of The Shrew, Coriolanus, Richard III, Troilus and Cressida, Antony and Cleopatra, and The Two Noble Kinsmen as part of Walden Theatre’s Young American Shakespeare Festival. Alec was an artistic associate of Savage Rose Classical Theatre where he directed Chris Anger in Lear. He has also directed and acted with The Necessary Theatre.
Alec is co-founder of the Louisville Improvisors. He is co-writer and a performer on The Buddy Gilm Show, an original radio show for the web and LI’s podcast What Happens Next. He has co-lead Louisville Improvisor workshops in Improv For Business for several Fortune 500 Companies. For the company he is most proud to have directed the world premieres of Chris Anger’s Dead Astronauts, Jim Thorpe, All – American, and Animal Farm at the Slant Culture Theatre Festival, and the Louisville Improvisors’ solo festival Single Shots. Alec has spent the past eight summers working as an instructor/director at The Idyllwild Arts Summer Program in Idyllwild, CA, teaching acting.
He has taught acting and directed at Trinity High School and the Sayre School in Lexington KY.
As a young actor, Alec toured the Midwest as part of the theater company, The Junkyard Players, where he acted and wrote in their original theater pieces for young audiences. Alec recently returned to the stage after a fifteen-year absence, playing Feste in The Kentucky Shakespeare Festival’s production of Twelfth Night.
He is a Talking Books narrator for The American Printing House For the Blind where he has narrated over 200 books and is a commercial voice-over actor. He was the narrator for the web series StalkTalk and can be heard in several museums throughout the country, including the Makers Mark museum in Loretto and the World War I museum in Kansas. He is the author of Sonny’s House Of Spies published by Playscripts and co-author of the play ...psychobabblish
Academy of Self - Transformation
Damian Blair Nordmann is a motivational speaker, coach, and teacher of inner secrets. He dedicated the first two decades of his adult life to studying, teaching, and leading through a not-for- profit organization called the School of Metaphysics. This totally volunteer run school for adults teaches individuals to respond to their inner urge and live the most fulfilling life possible. Damian served as Director of three SOM branches, Area Director, Field Director, and President of the School of Metaphysics. He successfully led the Dallas branch of the School of Metaphysics to become the largest of 16 branches for six consecutive years. Damian loves people and has taught hundreds of individuals to discover their unique purpose in life. He especially enjoys guiding people to reach their full potential in every aspect of their lives. Damian coaches with humor and joy. He makes learning and growth fun and light-hearted, while ensuring each client achieves his or her most heartfelt goals and desires. One of his favorite sayings is, “True work is play!”
Natalie found yoga at the age of thirteen when the opportunity was offered to her as a class in middle school. She soon noticed the benefits yoga was feeding into her overall mentality - in particular, with the confusing emotions everyone experiences at that age. And with that, a bond was formed. It was with breath and stillness she found during practice that she enjoyed so much. With this newfound enthusiasm she started showing more initiative and focus towards yoga which involved practicing at home on her own as well as introducing her mother to the practice. Years later, soon after her high school graduation, Natalie moved to Nashville where she then took up Baptiste-style yoga. This style was challenging, enduring, and goal oriented. While maintaining her practice, she noticed the mental benefits as well as an increase in the physical benefits it had to offer. Upon returning to Louisville to attend the University of Louisville, she decided to share yoga with her friends and teach a private at-home class with them. She taught them basics and common breath exercises so they could comfortably practice yoga at home or in studios. Finding that she greatly enjoyed teaching and helping her friends with yoga, she knew she had found her calling. Natalie attended Yogaia Yoga School in Louisville, Kentucky and received her 200 hr CYT by Heidi Bartholomew. Natalie found the key elements to her practice were breath, mindfulness, and stillness of the body. She wants to share this rediscovery of mind, body, and spirit that she has found within herself.
Academy of Visual Arts
Recently arrived in Louisville from the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, Grant Johnson is a
teacher and artist with thirteen years experience as a university professor of Visual Art, and many more years teaching and working in a variety of other contexts. He's lived in Japan, and travelled / worked in Turkey, Greece, Italy, Spain, England, Mexico, and Canada. Grant taught four summers at the Virginia Governor's School for the Visual and Performing Arts and the Humanities in Richmond, Virginia, and has also taught numerous private and small group art lessons for students from elementary school to retirement age.
After an upbringing in Los Angeles, suburban New Jersey, and Pittsburgh, Grant attended
Williams College, in Williamstown, MA. Immediately after graduating from Williams, he spent the
summer working at the archaeological excavation of Ancient Troy, in Turkey. That fall, he moved to
Japan for a year of teaching English in Osaka. Upon returning to the US, he lived in Minneapolis for
four years, where he completed a BFA in Printmaking at the University of Minnesota. From there, he went to Morgantown, West Virginia, where he earned an MFA in Printmaking from West Virginia University. After WVU, he began teaching at Alderson-Broaddus University in Philippi, West Virginia, where he remained for 13 years, earning tenure and working with a host of wonderful students and colleagues.
Shortly after arriving in Louisville, Grant established Springhouse Studio to continue creating
commissioned portraits and graphic design for a variety of clients. Being a working artist invigorates
Grant's teaching of art and provides his students with a model of what they can achieve through
dedication and hard work.
The values Grant holds most dear, and to which he has devoted himself both personally and
professionally, are education and cultural vitality. It is his deeply held conviction that neither of those
exists in a meaningful way without a diversity of perspectives, critical self-reflection, and an
adventurous spirit of experimentation. He lives into his beliefs by participating as a critic, artist, and
teacher in cultural processes that enrich our shared life. For Grant, joining the team of exceptional
teachers at Fleur-De-Lis is a natural extension of his past commitments and a clear path towards what he hopes to accomplish in the future.