Charlotte Ballet is excited to announce the addition of two new Academy Associate Directors to CHARLOTTE BALLET ACADEMY. Also joining the academy are five new teaching faculty, all with esteemed performance careers and extensive teaching experience. Read on to be introduced to our exciting new staff and find out more about who will be teaching academy classes.
Two New Academy Associate Directors
Anita studied ballet at the Columbia Conservatory Ballet, the Reston Conservatory Ballet and The Washington School of Ballet. Her senior year in high school, she received the Princess Grace Award in Dance, was the National YoungArts Level 1 winner and received the Presidential Scholar in the Arts in Ballet award at the White House.
She then joined The Washington Ballet and ascended to the a Principal dancer. She trained at the Chautauqua Institution in Dance and performed for fourteen summers as both a student and a founding company member under the artistic direction of Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, which lead her to join Charlotte Ballet.
In Charlotte, she performed as a Principal Dancer, for seven years. This is where she met fellow dancer Hernan Justo – who proposed to Anita onstage in front of a packed house at the Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. In 2001, she came to Carolina Ballet Theatre in Greenville, SC to join her husband as artistic leadership of Carolina Ballet Theatre and in 2004, she became director of the school. During that time she also coordinated and facilitated many of CBT’s arts integration work through Metropolitan Arts Council’s SmartArts program – connecting students, artists and teachers to deeper learning and self-awareness through integrating the arts with all areas of education. She is grateful to rejoin Charlotte Ballet again after 16 years.
Laszlo Berdo was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he began dancing at the age of five. At age 11, his mother encouraged him to try an audition for a local Nutcracker production. Initial resistance to classical ballet turned into a life-long passion.
Laszlo intensified his studies at the National Academy of Arts in Champaign, Illinois. Upon graduation, he first joined Ballet Austin and then the Louisville Ballet under Alun Jones and Helen Starr. He was later hired by Ivan Nagy first as a guest artist then later as a soloist with the Cincinnati Ballet. Laszlo joined the Boston Ballet in 1990 as a corps de ballet member under Bruce Marks. He was promoted to soloist in 1993 and became a principal dancer in 1995.
He began choreographing in 1993 and has since created works for Boston Ballet, Norwegian National Ballet in Oslo, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and the Finnish National Ballet in Helsinki. He choreographed for the Boston Conservatory and participated in ChoreoPlan 2001 in which he choreographed for the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet.
Laszlo has been a faculty member for the Boston Conservatory, Harvard University and CPYB. He was appointed Artistic Director and School Director of Eglevsky Ballet in 2011. Under Laszlo’s leadership, Eglevsky Ballet opened its doors to the community with a brand new state-of-art facility in Bethpage, NY, reestablishing Eglevsky Ballet as the premiere ballet school and only professional company on Long Island. Laszlo was previously Ballet Master of the Pennsylvania Regional Ballet and a private coach.
Five New Teaching Faculty