“The Loudoun Ballet Company's production of The Nutcracker is as close to the original Ivanov Tchaikovsky work
as you'll ever see
Since 1978, the Loudoun Ballet Company (LBC) has provided young, talented dancers across Northern Virginia with pre-professional performance opportunities in some of the world’s most beloved ballets. The first regional youth ballet in Loudoun County, LBC was founded in 1978 and continues to grow and thrive, earning the title of Loudoun County’s “Best Performing Arts Group” every year since 2010. LBC-trained dancers have continued to dance through college, with professional dance companies, and on Broadway.
LBC is located in beautiful Loudoun County, Virginia. An area known for horse farms,
fox hunts, and a deep connection with American history, Loudoun County is approximately 28 miles west of Washington, D.C.
The Loudoun Ballet Company is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization supported
by donations, grants, patrons, sponsorships and advertisers and reaches
between 5,000 and 6,000 patrons each season. LBC has an equal opportunity
policy and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, or religion.
In 2017, LBC entered into a partnership with Studio Bleu of Ashburn, Virginia. Through this partnership, LBC will call Studio Bleu’s Ashburn studio its home for rehearsals, master classes, and summer intensives. LBC will continue to draw its apprentices from ballet schools across Loudoun County and beyond.
LBC is dedicated to promoting excellence in dance and provides talented young dancers the opportunity to experience performing within the discipline of a professional-level setting. LBC is committed to enhancing the cultural fabric of the Loudoun community and beyond by presenting an affordable performing season featuring the highest quality in regional ballet. LBC was established with the following objectives:
Mr. Troy Brown attended the School of American Ballet in New York City under full scholarship and is a graduate of Duke Ellington School of the Arts. He has performed with the Chicago City Ballet, both the Baltimore and Washington Operas, and the Pacific Northwest Ballet. His students have attended (many on scholarship) The Kirov Academy of Ballet, Maryland Youth Ballet, Joffrey Ballet School, Bolshoi Ballet, The School of American Ballet and the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at the American Ballet Theater. Currently, he leads an in-house conservatory at Studio Bleu: Troy D. Brown’s Art of Technique program.
Ms. Maged is a graduate of Point Park University, where she was awarded her BA in
dance in 2009. While at Point Park, she performed in a variety of works that highlighted
her proficiency in contemporary and classical ballet, jazz, and modern dance as well as her skills as a choreographer.
Prior to attending Point Park, Ms. Maged trained with the Loudoun School of Ballet and completed summer trainings with the Joffrey School in New York. She is a past member of LBC, having performed, among other roles, Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker and is also a past member of Loudoun School of Ballet's Jazz & Co. Following graduation, Caitlin became a founding company member of Alight Dance Theater, a modern company based in Greenbelt, MD. Caitlin has been working as a Physical Therapy Tech since 2012. She is a BASI certified Pilates instructor and owner of Prestige Pilates.
Ms. Hoffmann-Robertson founded LBC and was also the founder and Director of The Loudoun School of Ballet. She studied dance at the University of Maryland and with the Washington School of Ballet and performed with the Maryland Dance Theatre and the National Ballet Company.
She is certified with the Cecchetti and Vaganova Councils, is a member of Dance Masters of America, and has taught, choreographed, and lectured professionally for over 25 years. Her international experiences include Russia, the People's Republic of China, and Austria. Ms. Hoffmann-Robertson is a descendant of E.T.A. Hoffmann, the author of "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King," the story on which The Nutcracker ballet is based.
Mr. Nirewicz is a native of Poland and began his ballet studies at the National Ballet School in Gdansk. He obtained a silver medal in Poland's National Ballet Competition. As a Dancer for the Polish National Ballet, he portrayed roles in a variety of classical ballets such as Swan Lake, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, and La Fille Mal Gardee in Warsaw and throughout Europe. Mr. Nirewicz then joined Ballet Classico de Camara in Venezuela, as a Principal Dancer adding La Bayadere, Le Corsaire and many more to his repertoire. After Mr. Nirewicz competed at the US International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi, he was offered a contract to join the San Jose/Cleveland Ballet. He performed with the company in Dennis Nahat's Blue Suede Shoes and Roland Petit's Carmen, garnering public and critical acclaim. Mr. Nirewicz competed in the New York International Ballet Competition where he was a finalist. After two seasons with Cleveland/San Jose Ballet, Mr. Nirewicz joined the Columbia City Ballet as a Principal, where he performed in Don Quixote and Dracula among others.
Since then, Mr. Nirewicz has been working as a freelance dancer, teacher, and choreographer. He has performed across the United States, Japan, Latin America, and Europe adding many more ballets to his repertoire including Apollo, Who Cares, Allegro Brilliante, Combat, Serenade, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, and Romeo & Juliet. He has also taught numerous master classes, company classes, and summer intensive workshops throughout the country and has created award-winning choreography for ballet companies and dance competitions.
LBC began its Apprentice Program in 1998 to give aspiring ballet dancers the opportunity to develop the required technique and performance skills necessary to pursue a professional career in ballet. Dancers throughout Northern Virginia audition to become LBC Apprentices and Junior Apprentices through open auditions held each year and are invited to join LBC upon thorough evaluation by its Artistic Director, and following an interview by members of LBC's Executive Committee.
All LBC Apprentices are upper-level students at their respective ballet schools. LBC recognizes their hard work, advanced training, and dedication when casting its performances. LBC Junior Apprentices comprise a group of talented, promising young dancers being groomed to ascend to the Apprentice position.
LOUDOUN BALLET COMPANY
CREATIVE EXCELLENCE IN THE LOUDOUN COMMUNITY SINCE 1978