Faculty & Guests

Summer Guest Artists for 2014


Catherine Batcheller, Academy Dean: Bio
Sabir Yapparov, Academy Principal: Bio
Victoria Morgan, Artistic Director & CEO*: Bio


Sara Knight: Sara Knight is a graduate of England's Royal Ballet School, an Associate of the Royal Academy of Dance (A.R.A.D.), graduate of the Royal Ballet School Teachers' Training Course (R.B.S. Dip. TTC.) and first British graduate of Russia's Vaganova (Kirov) BalletAcademy. Sara is a recipient of the Royal Ballet Special Award for Excellence personally awarded by Dame Ninette de Valois, founder of the Royal Ballet.

Upon graduation, Sara was accepted to the Eifman Ballet Theatre, then remained in Russia and became Soloist with Leningrad State Ballet Theatre and The Russian Ballet of St. Petersburg. In the West, she danced with England's Northern Ballet Theatre, and was Principal Dancer with European Ballet of London, Configuration Dance USA, and the Rebecca Rice Dance Company, USA.

Sara has been invited to teach world-wide including: The 14th International Festival in France; Boston Ballet Company and the Boston Ballet School; Boston Conservatory; Laban Centre London; Arts Educational School of the United Kingdom; England's Northern Ballet Theatre; Ballet Mistress for London's Central School of Ballet; Assistant Artistic Director of the Ballet School of Stamford; and Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the Greenwich Ballet Academy, Greenwich, CT. Presently Sara is teaching in her new school SLK Ballet in Manhattan.

In addition, she is now in the process of forming an alliance with the French Riviera Ballet and Profession de Dance Frejus, France.

Andrea Basile: Andrea Basile has performed with many dance companies including San Francisco Ballet, ODCDance, Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet, Kate Weare Company, im'ij-re, and The Foundry.  Alonzo King choreographed "Pas" for Homer Avila and Ms. Basile, which premiered with Axis Dance Company, later toured to the KennedyCenter, and was also featured on the cover of Dance Magazine.  Ms. Basile is also an established dance photographer as well as a ballet teacher for Bay Area dance companies and schools. Apart from the dance world, she is co-owner of two businesses in San Francisco, Tao Barber Salon and Slate Skin Detail Studio.

Guoping Wang: A native of China, Mr. Wang studied ballet at the Ballet Department of the Shanghai Dance School and in the graduate program at the Jacobs School of Music. He danced with the Shanghai Ballet Company from July 1980 to October 1991 and Mr. Wang joined Ballet Chicago in 1993 performing leading roles with the company through 1995. In 1997, while also a member of the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, Mr. Wang was recognized by the Chicago Dance Community with a Ruth Page Award for Outstanding Dance Achievement. Mr. Wang has been on the faculty of the School of Ballet Chicago and a guest teacher and coach for the Indiana University Ballet Theater.

*To teach advanced level students

Past guest artists include:
Devon Carney, Momchil Mladenov, Jay Goodlet, Deirde Carberry, Maria Calegari, Stephanie Heston, Anna-Marie Holmes, Darla Hoover, Alexandr Smirnov