Faculty Profile: Cyra Duncan

For the next few weeks, we will occasionally highlight a BCXIV faculty member. This week, learn about Ms. Cyra Duncan:

Cyra Duncan started her dance training at the age of 3.  Throughout her early years she trained with various schools in Maryland, including Ballet Royale Institute of Maryland under the direction of Donna Pidel.  Ms. Duncan has studied at The School of American Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet School, The Boston Ballet School, and The Dance Theatre of Harlem School, all on scholarship.  She is an award-winning dancer who has performed in the Pro Bowl halftime show in Honolulu, Hawaii.  During her senior year of high school, Ms. Duncan was a part of The Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble Company in New York.  

Ms. Duncan is an ABT Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 3 of the ABT National Training Curriculum. She is also certified as a teacher by the Cecchetti Council of America and is a certified Progressing Ballet Technique instructor.  She enjoys coaching young dancers and cultivating each of her student’s talents.

ABT NTC Examination Results

We are extremely proud to announce that each dancer who participated in the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum examinations passed with one of the following levels of distinction: Merit or Honors.

Special congratulations to Elite B dancer Maggie, who achieved the highest possible level of distinction: High Honors!

We are thrilled to see BCXIV training, as well as the dancers’ hard work, recognized at a national level. Congratulations Elite A & B dancers!

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Faculty Profile: Jennifer Boothe

Each Friday for the next few weeks, we will highlight a faculty member at BCXIV. This week, learn about the background of faculty member Jennifer Boothe:

Jennifer T. Boothe trained in Ellicott City under the direction of Caryl Maxwell at Caryl Maxwell Classical Ballet and then performed with the Ellicott City Ballet Guild for 6 years.  Her répertoire includes soloist roles in Swan Lake, Les Sylphides, Coppélia, Cinderella, The Nutcracker, and original choreography.  For 12 years, Ms. Boothe worked exclusively for Ballet Royale Institute of Maryland as a teacher and choreographer, and also as Assistant Director for several years. 

An energetic and approachable teacher, Ms. Boothe is experienced at teaching all levels of ballet. Her warm personality and no-nonsense dedication to a high standard of technique inspire dancers to achieve their very best in her classes.

Ms. Boothe is an ABT Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 3 of the ABT National Training Curriculum.

Faculty Profile: BCXIV Director Mr. Nelson

Each Friday for the next few weeks, we will highlight a faculty member at BCXIV. This week, learn about the background of BCXIV Director and Co Owner Hans Nelson:

Mr. Nelson began his training with Joyce Morrison at the Frederick School of Classical Ballet and continued full-time at the School of American Ballet in New York City, the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, DC, and the Ecole-Atelier Rudra Béjart in Lausanne, Switzerland.  His regular teachers at these institutions included Andrei Kramarevsky, Peter Boal, Vladimir Djouloukhadze, and Azari Plissetski. At the Vail International Dance Festival in the summer of 2000, he studied with Jacques Namont of the Paris Opera Ballet School and Pyotr Pestov of the Bolshoi Ballet Academy.  

As a dancer, Mr. Nelson's répertoire included Les Sylphides (Poet), Giselle (Peasant Pas de Deux), and Swan Lake (Pas de Trois), among others.  He has taught at The Washington School of Ballet and Mercersburg Academy, as well as at Ballet Royale Institute of Maryland under the direction of Donna Pidel.  While at Ballet Royale, he choreographed and directed The Nutcracker, with additional Act 2 choreography by Mrs. Pidel.  Additional staging credits include Les Sylphides and original choreography.

Mr. Nelson is an ABT Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 7 and Partnering of the ABT National Training Curriculum. 

In 2015, Mrs. Pidel and Mr. Nelson co-founded Ballet Conservatoire XIV, bringing conservatory-style training to a small group of carefully selected dancers.  Graduates of BCXIV have been accepted to the highest quality university dance programs and summer ballet intensives. The school continues to be recognized for providing superior training.

Schedule Update: Saturday, Feb. 16

9:15-10:15 am: Pre-Primary & Primary Combined

(Pre-Primary dancers dismissed at their usual time of 10 am)

Due to the illness of one of our teachers this morning, Pre-Primary and Primary will be held as a combined class. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.

Further classes will not be held today, as our Elite A and B classes will be taking their American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum examinations. Please join us in wishing them the best!

The next make up class date is Friday, February 22:

  • 4:30-6 pm: Elite A/B

  • 5:30-6:30 pm: Pre-Primary/Primary

  • 6-7:15 pm: Level 1/Junior Elite