Loudoun Ballet Company

“The Loudoun Ballet Company's production of The Nutcracker is as close to the original Ivanov Tchaikovsky work
as you'll ever see
in America.”

SOUTHERN LIVING MAGAZINE

ABOUT LBC

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.

MISSION AND OBJECTIVES

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:

  • To increase appreciation for dance as a performing art
  • To honor the history of dance through the preservation
    of authentic and original choreography
  • To further the arts in Loudoun County by presenting quality
    and innovative dance experiences
  • To offer young dancers practical theatrical experience in a
    professional dance environment
  • To provide a cultural and educational resource and outreach
    program for the community through dance
  • To stimulate growth in the artistic community by serving as a
    focal point for dance

ARTISTIC STAFF AND FOUNDER

TROY D. BROWN, ACTING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

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.

CAITLIN MAGED, BALLET MISTRESS

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. SHEILA HOFFMANN-ROBERTSON, FOUNDER

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.

 

DANCERS

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.

HISTORY

  • 1978 Sheila Hoffman-Robertson forms the Loudoun Ballet Company (LBC)
  • 1982 Ms. Hoffman-Robertson travels to Russia to recreate
    The Nutcracker originally performed in St Petersburg
  • 1988 LBC is incorporated as a non-profit arts organization,
    LBC Board of Directors is appointed
  • 1990 LBC performs its first full-length version of The Nutcracker
  • 1995 LBC performs its first international season with a European tour
  • 1998 LBC formalizes its Apprentice Program. LBC sponsors a guest
    dance company, "El Teatro Danza Contemporanea de El Salvador.”
  • 2002 LBC participates in the Tanzsommer Festival in Austria
  • 2003 LBC premieres its full-length production of Swan Lake
  • 2004 Maureen Miller is named Artistic Director
  • 2005 LBC premieres Deep in the Forest, an original story ballet
    developed by Maureen Miller
  • 2007 LBC introduces the “Nutcracker Tea” with selected performers
    to start the holiday season
  • 2008 LBC presents Peter and the Wolf in the first season of the
    Franklin Park Performing Arts Center with a daytime performance
    for elementary and pre-school students
  • 2009 LBC performs Fairy Tales, Furry Tales with Loudoun Symphony Orchestra
  • 2010 LBC performs Tango with Loudoun Symphony Orchestra
  • 2011 Norbert Nirewicz named Artist in Residence
  • 2012 LBC premieres its full-length production of The Sleeping Beauty
  • 2013 LBC premieres its full-length production of Don Quixote
  • 2014 LBC Celebrates 25th Anniversary production of its original
    full-length
    The Nutcracker
  • 2016 LBC introduces the “Sleeping Beauty Tutu Fashion Show”
    showcasing tutus from the beloved ballet
  • 2016 LBC premieres its full-length production of Dracula
  • 2017 LBC announces partnership with Studio Bleu of Ashburn, Virginia.
  • 2017 Troy Brown named as Acting Artistic Director.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

BOARD MEMBERS

  • Sean Walton, Chairman
  • Ken Davenport, Vice-Chairman
  • Cherilynne Piper, Treasurer
  • Juliet Huffman, Secretary
  • Steve Spaseff, Executive-At-Large
  • Patricia Potts
  • Peter Walther
  • William Kirkwood
  • Donna Nachajski
  • Mark Nachajski
  • Maureen Spaseff

 

 

HONORARY BOARD MEMBERS

  • Christine Casuccio
  • Paul Donovan
  • Helen Shuiling
  • Charles Wilkinson

 

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