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Director, Sandra Peticolas is the creative and driving force to the existence of Lafayette Ballet. The care and vision to cultivate a pre-professional school and performing company has been her priority since moving to Lafayette in 1986. Ms. Peticolas grew up in NJ within the scope of the New York professional dance scene, and its demands for dedication and excellence. She studied at American Ballet Theatre School in NYC under such legendary teachers as Valentina Pereyaslavic and Patricia Wilde. She received a BA in Dance with Highest Honors from Butler University in 1976 and was privileged to work under the Renaissance talents of George Verdak. Mr. Verdak's traditional values in choreography, theatre and presentation, and his rich heritage from the Ballets Russes shaped her esthetics of production. Ms. Peticolas danced professionally with Chicago Lyric Opera, American Dance Ensemble, Pittsburgh, and Virginia Ballet. She continued her studies in Pittsburgh with Mary Petrov and Kenneth Johnson, and in Philadelphia with Pennsylvania Ballet. She began teaching at Point Park College in Pittsburgh in 1977 in the Pre-Professional and College divisions. Blessed with a serious group of young students who came daily, she was able to hone her teaching skills in an ideal environment. She also was able to embark on her true love of choreography. From 1980-1986 she taught and choreographed for Virginia Ballet School and Company under the outstanding direction of Oleg Tupine and Tania Rousseau. In 1988, two years after relocating to Lafayette, she opened the school, and in 1989, formed Lafayette Ballet Company as an outlet for the growing talents of the dancers here. Ms. Peticolas has continued her fascination with the teaching components such as the Vaganova Method at seminars with Jurgen Schneider, and with dynamic muscular control and healthy training methods at seminars by the National Ballet School in Canada. In spring 2009 Ms. Peticolas guest taught at Studio Harmonic in Paris, France. Her opportunities to experience inspiring performances in Europe have enriched her perspecitive, and interest in other cultures, music, art and history color her thematic choices for choreography and the education of her young dancers. Despite the regional isolation of a midwest university town, Ms. Peticolas urges her dancers in outreach opportunities with summer study, masterclasses, performance trips and an awareness of the big picture, so that their respect for their own efforts, and their awe at the incredible level of the professional dance field are equally balanced and nourished.








Lisa Douglas

Lisa (Hendrickson) Douglas received her training at the Lafayette Ballet School beginning at age 4 in its first year of classes - 1988. She also has extensive training from Nutmeg Ballet School, The Rock School, Pennsylvania, and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. A long-time favorite of LBC audiences, Ms. Hendrickson has had principal roles in the Nutcracker, Beauty and the Beast, Peter Pan, Aladdin, Midsummer Night's Dream, Twelve Dancing Princesses, Air, Earth, Water, Fire, Paquita, Don Quoxote, and Raymonda, Danzas Antiguas, and Farewell.

Mrs. Douglas has been on the faculty of Lafayette Ballet School since 2005. She taught at Jefferson High School as artist in residence. Mrs. Douglas has been a competition ballroom finalist, and has choreographed for several theatrical productions: The King and I, Footloose the Musical, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and for various dance competitions. She holds an Associates degree from Ivy Tech Community College in Computer Design and a BS in Business and Computer from Indiana Wesleyan University. Mrs. Douglas serves as both Ballet and Rehearsal Mistress as well as continuing her own performances with Lafayette Ballet Company. Her eye for the details of the classical repertory have allowed her to set numerous classical repertory pieces and to coach the students as to style and content.

Nicole Brooks

A native of Lafayette, Ms. Brooks began her ballet training at Lafayette Ballet School. As a member of Lafayette Ballet Company she performed soloist and lead roles in The Nutcracker, The Twelve Dancing Princesses, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She attended the Universal Ballet Academy’s summer program in Washington, D.C., at age 15. She began teaching ballet at Lafayette Ballet School while in high school.

Ms. Brooks continued her dance training at Butler University in Indianapolis, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in dance pedagogy. While a college student she performed with Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre. She taught ballet, modern dance and dance history and choreographed new works as assistant director of the dance department at Tyler Junior College in Tyler, Texas, and taught ballet and choreographed at studios outside Seattle, Wa. She later performed with and choreographed modern dance works as a member of Windfall Dancers in Bloomington, Ind. Ms. Brooks earned a master’s degree in Journalism at Indiana University in Bloomington, and has worked in communications at newspapers in Indiana and Illinois as well as at two universities. She returned to her hometown in summer 2014 after a stint in Tallahassee, Fla., and is thrilled to again teach at Lafayette Ballet. She lives with her husband and daughter, Eleanor, not far from downtown Lafayette.

Amanda Seidl

Amanda brings a special insight to the faculty as both a former professional dancer and a current Associate Professor in the Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences department at Purdue University. Before becoming an academic she danced with the Hartford Ballet in Hartford, CT and with Jeanne Ruddy Dance in Philadelphia, PA. She loves teaching the fun and open-minded students at Lafayette Ballet and she has introduced them to contemporary movements, jazz, and her particular passion for flexibility, both mental and physical. She choreographed pieces for the Trends and Measures of Movement performances in 2007 and 2008, and has guested in LBC productions. Her guidance for young dancers balancing the loads of serious training and academic demands is invaluable. For the Spring semester 2010 Ms. Seidl spent her sabbatical in Philadelphia and was able to refresh her own technique and joy in movement with frequent classes. Re inspired, she embarks on fresh ways of movement with the students in her contemporary classes.

Eddie Moffat

originates from San Pedro, California, where he received his training on full scholarship at the San Francisco Ballet School and the Nova Academy of Performing Arts. His career spans over two decades and ten ballet companies throughout the United States and Europe. Mr. Moffat has performed with Ballet Celeste International, Theatre Ballet of San Francisco, Spokane Ballet, Cleveland Ballet, Saarländisches  Staatstheater Saarbrücken, Indianapolis Ballet Theatre, Ballet Oklahoma, Orlando Ballet, Theatre Estonia, Ballet Austin and Ballet Internationale.

After retiring in 2002, Mr. Moffat transitioned to a career as a ballet teacher, teaching in the Indianapolis and Fort Wayne areas, including both competitive studios and performing arts schools. Mr. Moffat has additional training in the Balanchine style having attended the prestigious Teacher’s Workshop at the School of American Ballet- New York City Ballet under the direction of Peter Martins in 2011. In the same year, Edward also attended the Teacher Workshop at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet with Marcia Dale Weary. Mr. Moffat is also a world class unicyclist and holds two gold medals for distance unicycling.

Mr. Moffat, his wife Laura, and their son Ryan are excited to be returning to her hometown of West Lafayette.

Guest Ursula Eagly

Ursula Eagly is a dance artist originally from West Lafayette who has been based in New York City since 2000. Her works are characterized by a “rabbit-hole logic” (NY Times), and her research considers relationship to audience, a disjointed physicality, and the potential of porosity. Ms. Eagly's vivid imagination and vibrant presentation manner opened our students to new ways to view the steps they know, the steps they may encounter, and the world around them. Time, space and movement potential explored. Ms. Eagly set choreography on the dancers which was presented June 30.



Makenna Dejoie

Makenna, a student at Purdue University, and an LBC graduate, has taken on the teaching of the introductory level for 5 year olds with great success. Her easy manner but authoritative presence has inspired these young dancers in the energy and patterning necessary to access the ballet technique, as well as a love of dance.
Makenna's own passion for dance and enchantment with young children has led her to work toward a degree in college which will encompass and enrich both these loves. Ms. Dejoie's power in performance has impressed audiences, and has allowed her to take on some striking roles in the LBC productions.
This is Ms. Dejoie's third year with the 5 year olds, and she is looking forward to a year of exploration and skips!

Claire Daily

Claire Daily, a company member in the senior levels, will teach the Fundamentals of Ballet 1 level and will alternate with the other faculty in the Beginning 1 level. Claire has trained with Lafayette Ballet since age 7 and is well equipt to help mold a future group of young dancers toward ballet proficiency. She is the oldest sibling in a large family and has long exercised a leadership role. Along with the precise direction of curriculum acquired with her work with Ms. Peticolas and Mrs. Douglas, she brings a compassionate but no-nonsense demeaner to work with young children. Claire has been a favorite of audiences with the Lafayette Ballet performances, dancing Clara and the Evening Star in the Nutcracker, and Water in the recent production of Air, Earth, Water, Fire.

COMMITMENT

Our faculty is committed to nurturing the dancer while transmitting a 350 year old tradition of careful progression, beautiful lines, movement and expression. This sometimes involves corrections that young dancers do not wish to hear. That does not mean we care less for the dancer, but that in order to improve, a dancer needs to be made aware of incorrect or injurious actions.

ENCOURAGEMENT

At the same time, dance is joy, and joy is motivation. Positive feedback, encouragement, and a love of improvement are essential to nourish the flame of movement that is the heart of a classical training. Life is dance, and dance is life. We want our dancers to be ambitious but happy, and enjoy the process of this wonderous art form. Please keep us informed of any needed information.