Classical Ballet Theatre | Ballet and Contemporary Dance Classes | Reston/Herndon/Northern Virignia and Greater D.C. Area Founder•Artistic Director•Executive Director | Cynthia Donavin 320 Victory Drive, Herndon,VA 20170 • (703) 471-0750 •

… made me realize that a dance educator is not someone who just teaches dancers how to move their bodies, but, most importantly, a dance educator is someone who molds human beings to become their highest self with the utmost integrity.

—Elissa Marshall, CBT Graduate & Professional Dancer, Compañía del Cuerpo de Indias

Classical Ballet Theatre's faculty members boast impressive résumés of worldwide professional experience and expertise. They ask the very best of each student, and, in return, they dedicate to each student the attention he or she deserve, stressing the vaues of hard work, discipline, artistic growth, and commitment to excellence.


Kathy Beyer

Kathy BeyerKathy Beyer was raised in Houston, TX, and trained as a classical ballet dancer at the Margo Marshall School of Ballet. She was privately coached by such notable teachers as Anne Marie Holmes, Robert Joffrey, David Howard, Helen Starr, among others.

After high school, Ms. Beyer joined the Boston Ballet (under the name Katya Kolodzie) for seven seasons, dancing such roles as Sugar Plum Fairy (Nutcracker), Giselle, Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), Odette (Swan Lake), along with performing soloist and principal roles in ballets by Choo San Goh, George Balanchine, Pierre Lacotte, Violette Verdy and Bruce Wells. 

After retiring from the stage, Ms. Beyer spent many years teaching ballet in Louisville, Kentucky (Louisville Ballet), Boston (Boston Ballet School), and Rochester, New York (Rochester City Ballet). She earned a BA degree in Liberal Studies, graduating cum laude from Georgetown University.

Ms. Beyer spent many years working in marketing and communications in the commercial business sector. In 2005 she became assistant director of development at George Mason University's College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA). Now residing in Reston, Ms. Beyer has earned a master's degree in Arts Management at George Mason University.

She is currently teaching at Classical Ballet Theatre and serving in an administrative capacity for the organization. She enjoys working with young people, encouraging them to appreciate and participate in the arts. It is a continual pleasure to Ms. Beyer in watching how the discipline, passion and joy of dancing enrich every child's life.

Hadley Jalbert

Hadley Jalbert Ms. Jalbert began her ballet training at 9 years old at Classical Ballet Academy of Northern Virginia, under the direction of Cynthia Donavin. During her years at CBT, Ms. Jalbert attended numerous summer programs including Boston Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Washington Ballet, and The Rock.

Ms. Jalbert graduated from CBT in 2003, and joined the Alabama Ballet for three seasons, under the artistic direction of Wes Chapman. While dancing for the Alabama Ballet, Ms. Jalbert performed many ballets including Cinderella, Romeo and Juliet, The Balanchine Nutcracker, and Don Quixote.

Ms. Jalbert joined Ballet Tucson in 2006, and danced for eight seasons. While at Ballet Tucson, Ms. Jalbert worked closely with Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner, and was featured in both staging's of Anthony Tudor's Continuo, their staging of Swan Lake, as well as Agnes De Mille's Three Virgins and a Devil. Among her favorite roles performed with Ballet Tucson were Middle Couple in Continuo, Spring Fairy in Cinderella, Diamond Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty, Little Swans in Swan Lake, Lycaenion in Daphnis and Chloe, Lusty in Three Virgins and a Devil, and many years as the Snow Queen in The Nutcracker.

Ms. Jalbert has recently retired from an eleven-year career, and is currently working on transferring to George Mason University to finish her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry.

Meghan Rudorfer

Meghan RudorferA native of Northern Virginia, Meghan Rudorfer began her ballet studies under the direction of Cynthia Donavin and Nell Hacker at Classical Ballet Theatre in Herndon, Virginia.  Ms. Rudorfer gained acceptance to renowned summer intensive programs at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and Joffrey Ballet as well as the Atlanta Ballet Trainee Intensive. During her studies, she had the privilege of performing in Marjorie Mussman's Waltzes Real and Imagined, Jean Paul Comelin's Daughters of Mourning, Nell Hacker's Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and Peter and the Wolf, and the works of many other acclaimed choreographers.

After Ms. Rudorfer graduated from high school, the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance invited her to participate in its Professional Training Program, where she received instruction from Marnie Thomas, Denis Vale, Virginie Mécène, and Kevin Predmore. Ms. Rudorfer proceeded to perform with the 2nd Company of the Martha Graham Contemporary Dance Company, during which time she performed the acclaimed works Serenata Morisca and Acts of Light, among others. In addition, Ms. Rudorfer studied contemporary ballet with legendary teacher Marjorie Mussman at the Mark Morris Dance Center.

After returning to Northern Virginia in 2009, Ms. Rudorfer began her teaching career as a faculty member with Classical Ballet Theatre, where Cynthia Donavin, Nell Hacker, and Alisher Saburov mentored her. In 2011, Classical Ballet Theatre promoted Ms. Rudorfer to the role of Rehearsal Assistant to the Artistic Director, where she set and rehearsed Classical Ballet Theatre's full-length productions of The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella, as well as choreography by Marjorie Mussman, Michael Shannon, Juan Carlos Rincones, and Nell Hacker. In 2012, Ms. Rudorfer established Classical Ballet Theatre's Contemporary Division, and she served as the Artistic Director of the Division's Contemporary Company. Following the establishment of the company, Ms. Rudorfer choreographed her first contemporary work, Energyia, and she has since progressed to choreographing several more contemporary works for Classical Ballet Theatre's repertory, along with many solo works for students dancing in the Youth America Grand Prix.

In 2015, Ms. Rudorfer graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design and a minor in Dance from George Mason University.  She also completed internships with award-winning advertising firms Sparky's Garage and WHITE+Partners.

Ms. Rudorfer joins Classical Ballet Theatre as the Director of Media for the 2015-2016 season.  She is thrilled to be using her experience with dance and graphic design to further Classical Ballet Theatre's mission, vision, and values.

Tara Henderson

Tara Henderson Tara N. Henderson, alumni of Classical Ballet Theatre, received her B.F.A from The University of The Arts in Philadelphia, PA with a concentration in Ballet. Her teachers included Anastasia Babayeva, Scott Jovovich, Andrew Pap, Eva Szabo, Wayne St. David, Roni Koresh, Donald Lunsford, Molly Misgalla, Kim Bears Bailey, Kurt Hayworth, Faye Snow, and the late great LaVaughn Robinson.

Tara's professional performances include Coppelia, Raymonda and various works set by Kim Bears Bailey and Wayne St. David. During the summer of 2006, Ms. Henderson trained and performed in Prague with Lynn Barr.

After receiving her B.F.A. early in 2006 she moved to New York City to continue her professional development with the Alvin Ailey School and Company. Her teachers and coaches include Wendy Amos, Jacquelyn Buglisi, Ana Marie Forsythe, Tracy Inman, the late Denise Jefferson, Joan Peters, Troy Powell, Kevin Predmore, and Dudley Williams among others.

During the summer of 2012, Ms. Henderson completed the Horton Pedagogy Training and Coaching Workshop at The Ailey School in NYC with Ana Marie Forsythe (Chair of the Horton department since 1979). Tara is honored to work with the incredible faculty at Classical Ballet Theatre and excited to bring Horton Technique to the Northern VA Area!

Ruslan Amrayev

Ruslan AmrayevRuslan Amrayev is a native of Almaty, Kazakhstan. He studied ballet at the Aleksandr Vladimirovich Seleznev Choreographic Institute in Almaty from 1996-2004.

After graduating with honors in 2004, he performed as a Principal dancer with the National Opera and Ballet in Almaty until 2013. His repertoire includes leading roles in Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, The Fountain of Bakchisarai, Taras Bulba, The Legend of Love, Giselle, and La Bayadere. Mr. Amrayev performed as a soloist with the Russian Festival Ballet/Moscow Festival Ballet in 2013-2014. He is now a member of the Manassas Ballet Theater. This is Mr. Amrayev's first season on the faculty of the Classical Ballet Theatre.

Philip Smith-Cobbs

Philip Smith-CobbsPhilip Smith-Cobbs recently moved back to the Northern Virginia area after dancing with Atlanta Ballet for five seasons. At the age of eight, Philip began training with Classical Ballet Theatre in Herndon. He also attended summer intensives at Richmond Ballet, Miami City Ballet, and School of American Ballet.

After graduating from high school, he continued his training at Atlanta Ballet's Centre for Dance Education. In 2010 Philip became a member of Atlanta Ballet's prestigious Fellowship Ensemble. With the Ensemble, he performed in George Balanchine's The Four Temperaments and Who Cares, and was also featured in John Mahler's Cinderella, dancing the roles of the Prince and Stepsister, and in Bruce Wells's Pinocchio, in the role of Geppetto. Dancing with Atlanta Ballet's main company, Philip performed several solo roles in John McFall's Atlanta Ballet's Nutcracker, including Drosselmeyer's Nephew, Trepak, and Chinese. His other performance opportunities with Atlanta Ballet have included roles in David Bintley's Carmina Burana, Val Caniparoli's Lambarena, Jean-Christophe Maillot's Romèo et Juliette, Michael Pink's Dracula, and Christopher Wheeldon's Rush.

In addition to performing, Philip has had the chance to work with renowned choreographers Twyla Tharp, Wayne McGregor, James Kudelka, and Helen Pickett. Philip is enjoying being back in Northern Virginia and feels privileged to have the opportunity to work with CBT.

Igor Sapotko

Igor SapotkoA native of Belarus, Mr. Sapotko graduated from the National Choreography College of Belarus class of A.I.Kolidenko. His professional dancing career began during his last year in college. Mr Sapotko was invited to join the National Academic Bolshoi Theater of the Opera and Ballet of Belarus where he worked with the brilliant choreographer Valentin Yelizariev. In 1989 Mr. Sapotko joined the Moscow Festival Ballet and a year later Bolshoi Theater Grigirovich Ballet where he worked with the world known choreographers and dancers such as Yuri Grigirovich, Leonid Lavrovsky, Yuri Vladimirov. In 1995 Mr. Sapotko came to the United States and danced with Sacramento Ballet, Washington Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet and Manassas Ballet. He is currently a ballet master at the Manassas Ballet Theater and The Dance Academy of Loudoun.

Marisa DiLauro

Marissa DiLauroMarisa DiLauro received her dance education at the Metropolitan Academy of Ballet where she underwent Vaganova training and passed related examinations. She also studied intensively at Dance for Washington, The Washington Ballet, and by invitation at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and Pennsylvania Ballet School. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Radford University, minoring in dance, and spent four years as a soloist performing with Radford Dance Theatre. Productions included Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Coppélia, The Nutcracker and numerous contemporary pieces.

Her professional musical theatre credits include "Chava ballet soloist," from Fiddler on the Roof, Gypsy with Tidewater Dinner Theatre and Guys and Dolls with Kempsville Theatre. She has also performed with Leslie Roberts Dance Company and Persian Ballet Theatre.

Marisa began teaching in 1985 and has taught all over the northern Virginia area. Marisa continues to take class at Classical Ballet Theatre and is passionate about sharing her love of ballet with her adult students.