Toledo Ballet's summer ballet intensives are rewarding, week-long ballet intensives designed for students who want to further develop and refine their skills. This year's guest instructors are professional dancers from Cincinnati Ballet and Miami City Ballet.
The Broadway DANCE Experience is a week-long intensive designed for students who want to learn Broadway style dances with an emphasis on ballet, jazz, and contemporary taught by Toledo Ballet’s very own professional dancers and master teachers Lisa Mayer-Lang and Michael Lang from Broadway!
JUST DANCE! The Broadway DANCE Experience is a week-long intensive designed for students who’d like to expand their dance repertoire with Broadway style dance classes in ballet, jazz, and contemporary taught by Toledo Ballet’s very own Lisa Mayer-Lang and Michael Lang from Broadway!
Lisa Mayer-Lang began studying dance at the Toledo Ballet at the age of six, under the direction of Marie Bollinger Vogt and Madame Velta Cernonok. Two years later at the age of eight, she was cast in the coveted role of Clara in The Nutcracker, which began a lifelong passion of Ballet and the performing arts.
Ms. Mayer-Lang furthered her studies at the acclaimed Interlochen Arts Camp, with the prestigious Toscanini Scholarship. She trained with Larry Long at Ruth Page in Chicago, and Ballet West with the legendary William Christiansen, Toni Lander and Bruce Marks. At the age of eighteen, she moved to New York City, where Ms. Mayer-Lang continued her studies with the top Ballet Masters of the world. She performed professionally as a ballerina, toured the world partnering with New York City Ballet Principal Dancer, Gen Horiuchi. Ms. Mayer-Lang ultimately landed on Broadway dancing, singing and acting in Lead roles as Belle in Beauty and the Beast, Carousel at Lincoln Center with Aurdra McDonald, CATS as Sillabub and Victoria, Kiss Me Kate, Thoroughly Modern Millie with Sutton Foster and Wonderful Town with Brooke Shields. Ms. Mayer-Lang has performed at the Kennedy Center as Belle in Beauty and the Beast, Carnegie Hall in The Leading Ladies of Broadway alongside Julie Andrews, Liza Minelli, Barbara Cook, among many others. Other great performing experiences include dancing with Gene Kelly, Willie Nelson and opposite Patrick Wilson in Barry Manilow’s Harmony, at LaJolla Playhouse.
This is Ms. Mayer-Lang’s 12th year as Toledo Ballet’s School Director; in 2014, she received the additional appointment of Artistic Director. Ms. Mayer-Lang is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 7 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. When she is not at Toledo Ballet, Ms. Mayer-Lang is an adjunct professor at The University of Michigan teaching in the world-renowned Musical Theatre Department.
Michael Lang has been a resident Director / Choreographer for Toledo Ballet since 2007. He has created eleven original full length productions for Toledo Ballet including: Ballet Tapestry (2007); Outside the Lines (2008); Press One for More Options (2010), Museum of Dreams (2011), If These Walls Could Dance (2012), From Heart to Quill (2014), Alice in Wonderland (2015) The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (2016), Tales of Grimm…(2017), Broadway at the Ballet (2018), and Alice Through the Looking Glass (2019).
Other choreographic credits include: Carmina Burana with TSO (2020), Original Source with TSO (2019), Degas and the Dance—Awkward Girl with TMA (2015), All are One with TMA—inspired by and interactively performed with Artist Pineree Sanpitak’s Anything Can Break (2015); Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring with TSO (2015). Tied Notes (2013), The Soldier’s Tale with TSO (2012); and Révérence—A Tribute to Marie Vogt (2009). Closing out the 2019-2020 Season is Carnival of the Animals / Peter and the Wolf, featuring original choreography by Michael Lang and accompanied by TSO on May 1 & 2, 2020 at The Valentine Theatre.
Michael performed for over three decades in Indianapolis (where he is originally from), Chicago, Los Angeles, Hamburg Germany, Miami, Orlando, and New York City. Michael was a dancer, high aerial tumbler, and a stuntman and he performed for more than a decade in the original Los Angeles & NYC productions of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Michael is a Certified Personal Trainer, a NCPT Certified Pilates instructor, and a NY, OH, & MI Licensed Massage Therapist. At the Toledo Ballet he teaches Contemporary Dance, Musical Theater, Acting, Conditioning, Pilates, and Ballerina Warrior (a self-defense class for girls). Michael is also head of Performance Outreach and he is the Director of The Toledo Ballet Pilates & Wellness Studio.
Ashley Knox, International Dancer and Soloist of Miami City Ballet will lead this intensive designed for advanced level dancers. Students will refine technique and learn combinations and choreography, culminating in an in-studio performance.
Originally from Shelby Township, Michigan, Ms. Knox began her dance training with Ann Parsley’s School of Dance at age 3 and studied more seriously with Cornelia Sampson at The Rochester School of Dance until the age of 15. Her summers were spent at the School of American Ballet, where she was invited to continue her training for the next two years in their year-round program. Knox joined Miami City Ballet as an apprentice in 2002, promoted to the corps de ballet in 2003, and promoted to soloist in 2017.
Since joining the company, Knox has been featured in ballets such as George Balanchine’s Apollo, Emeralds, Serenade, Symphony in Three Movements, and Concerto Barocco. She has danced Justin Peck’s Heatscape and Year of the Rabbit, as well as Classics such as Flower Festival and Peasant Pas from Giselle. She originated roles in Alexis Ratmansky’s Symphonic Dances and Brian Brook’s One Line Drawn. Knox has had the honor of dancing internationally in Germany and Australia, as well as joining Miami City Ballet on acclaimed tours to New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Kennedy Center, Jacob’s Pillow, Ottawa, Vancouver, and Paris.
Melissa Gelfin, Principal Dancer of Cincinnati Ballet, performed with Toledo Ballet this past December as the Snow Queen and Sugar Plum Fairy in the 79th Annual Nutcracker. Melissa returns to Toledo Ballet this summer to lead an intensive designed for advanced level students looking to refine their technique and learn combinations and choreography, culminating in an in-studio performance.
Melissa Gelfin began her ballet training with Lisa Collins Vidnovic at Metropolitan Ballet Academy and continued with Barbara Sandonato and Andrea Long-Naidu at Barbara Sandonato School of Ballet. She joined the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre in 2009 and was awarded a National Training Scholarship with ABT. Prior to dancing with Cincinnati Ballet, Ms. Gelfin danced for Orlando Ballet II and Orlando Ballet Company from 2011-2014 and was a finalist in the 2014 Jackson International Ballet Competition. Ms. Gelfin joined Cincinnati Ballet as a New Dancer for the 2014-2015 Season and was promoted to Corps De Ballet in February of 2015. She was promoted to Senior Soloist in 2017 and Principal Dancer in 2018.
As a dancer with Cincinnati Ballet, Ms. Gelfin’s repertoire includes classical and contemporary works by Septime Webre, Yuri Possikov, Victoria Morgan, Val Caniparoli, Jerome Robbins, George Balanchine, Nicolo Fonte, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Adam Hougland, Sarah Van Patten and Ma Cong. She has danced Principal roles in Septime Webre’s Alice in Wonderland and Wizard of Oz, Victoria Morgan’s The Nutcracker, King Arthur’s Camelot and Romeo and Juliet, Kirk Peterson’s Coppélia, George Balanchine’s Rubies and Serenade, Devon Carney’s The Sleeping Beauty and originated roles in Penny Saunders Nannerl, Myles Thatcher’s Anamoly, Andrea Schermoly’s Swivet and several works by Jennifer Archibald. Ms. Gelfin’s choreographic debut was a solo work in the inaugural 2018 Female Choreographic Initiative Festival hosted by Houston Ballet. She made her professional choreographic debut in Cincinnati Ballet’s Kaplan New Works Series 2019 with her piece Clockwise. During the summer months, you can catch Ms. Gelfin dancing with Moving Arts Festival!
World-renowned professional dancer, instructor, and former Miami City Ballet Principal Dancer Renato Penteado returns to Toledo Ballet to lead this summer intensive, sharing his extraordinary knowledge and skills with our dancers. This intensive is designed for advanced level students who desire to improve their technique and learn new combinations and choreography. This weeklong intensive will conclude with an in-studio performance.
Mr. Penteado was born in São Paulo Brazil, where he began his dance training at the age of seven. He began his training, with Ballet Twin’s Academy and Studium Marisa Ballet. In 1997, Mr. Penteado participated in a program called “Special Group of Classical Dancers of São Paulo”. Through a course with “Cuballet” under the direction of Laura Alonso, he danced as a soloist in Giselle. In 1998, he was invited to dance the lead role of “Siegfried” in Swan Lake. Later that year, he became a semifinalist at the International Competition in Jackson, Mississippi and Varna, Bulgaria. Mr. Penteado was invited by Mr. Villella to join the Miami City Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet, and was promoted to Principal Dancer in 2004. In 2007, he married the Principal Ballet Mistress, Roma Sosenko.
He has performed many leading roles in the Balanchine repertoire, including, Donizetti Variations, Symphony in C, Tarantella, Ballet Imperial and Tchaikovsky’s Pas de Deux, to name a few. Additionally, Mr. Penteado has performed in Jerome Robin’s Fancy Free, Dances at a Gathering, and In the Night, as well as Twyla Tharp’s Nine Sinatra Songs, In the Upper Room and the Golden Section. He has performed the lead roles in Don Quixote, Giselle and Edward Villella’s The Neighborhood Ballroom among many others. In 2011, together with the Miami City Ballet, Mr. Penteado performed in the dance festival, “Les Etes De La Danse” in Paris, France, where the company danced for three weeks at Theatre du Chatelet. He has served on the faculty of Miami City Ballet during various summer programs and has taught numerous Summer Intensive Classes for Toledo Ballet. Mr. Penteado also performed in Jerome Robin’s West Side Story Suite and Christopher’s Wheeldon Polyphonia in 2013 - 2014 Season under the new Artist Director, Lourdes Lopez. He has danced many principal roles nationally and internationally with Miami City Ballet including in Torino, Italy, Paris, Venezuela and Canada. He has also been a Principal Guest Artist in several of Toledo Ballet’s Nutcrackers performing the roles of Snow King and Cavalier. In 2016, Mr. Penteado won the nomination of Dance Magazine’s Readers Choice Award for Best Male Performance. Mr. Penteado recently retired as a Principal Dancer with Miami City Ballet and is now teaching full-time at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet.
The Toledo Ballet offers classes in dance of ALL varieties. Whether you're looking for classical ballet training, or modern hip-hop, chances are we have a class for you!