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Sydney O'Hara

Sydney O’Hara was born & raised in Kansas City, MO. Her formal training began at an early

age at DanceWorks Conservatory - and she would later begin her teaching career here as well.  She has trained in a variety of styles of dance & theatre - but ballet will always be her first love.  During her time in Kansas City, she was featured as a performer and choreographer in various musical theatre productions - such as Phantom, Beauty & The Beast, Anything Goes, Fiddler on the Roof, Cinderella, Etre Art & The Sound of Music. Sydney graduated summa cum laude from the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC with a Bachelor of Arts in Corporate & Organizational Communication & minors in both German & Dance. While in attendance, Sydney had the pleasure of performing with the Robert Ivey Ballet & was both coach & captain of the nationally ranked CofC Cougarettes Dance Team. Upon graduation, Sydney moved to Las Vegas to pursue a professional dance career for what she assumed would be a year at most.  One year quickly turned into almost a decade of performing on the Vegas Strip & internationally. Sydney’s former students are currently dancing with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Texas Ballet Theater, Carnival Cruise Lines & Walt Disney World Resorts to name a select few. Sydney is an American Ballet Theatre® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. Sydney is thrilled to teach at Evergreen School of Ballet as she loves nothing more than sharing her love of dance & performing with others.


Jennifer Grace

Jennifer Grace is currently a Principal Dancer with the Colorado Ballet.  She was born in Bozeman, Montana and trained at The Dance Center in Bozeman, The Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, Russia and Dmitri Kulev Classical Ballet Academy in Southern California. Jennifer was hired by Tulsa Ballet’s Second Company in 2013 and was promoted to Corps de Ballet in November of that same year. By 2017 she was a Soloist with the company and had performed many Principal and Soloist roles. She has had the opportunity to perform works by choreographers such as Christopher Wheeldon, Derek Deane, Ben Stevenson, William Forsythe, Nacho Duato, Wayne McGregor and Alejandro Cerrudo. Jennifer was Pointe Magazine's August/September 2018 Cover Star.

Ms. Jennifer teaches a Variations class for ESB's most advanced dancers.


Danielle Faller

Miss Danielle completed her BA in dance at Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville, where she studied and trained in various techniques.  Throughout her college career, she trained in ballet, modern, musical theater, jazz, and counter-technique.  She performed and choreographed for her student and faculty dance concerts each year, and was a part of the SIUE Dance Company.  She was also a cast member in Chicago the Musical.  Danielle received a scholarship to the Backhaus Summer Dance Intensive 2019 at Chapman University where she participated in a wide variety of classes, and trained and performed with their dance company at the end of the intensive.  She has also attended the American College Dance Association conference, where she performed at the final gala.  Danielle has years of experience teaching ballet, modern, improvisation, and musical theater to ages kindergarten-adult.  She has also taught a summer musical theater/dance workshop over Zoom.  Aside from teaching and performing, she has also organized a fundraiser event where she gathered local musicians and dancers to perform and raise money for the Amazon rainforest.  Danielle loves to perform, teach students, has a passion for singing, songwriting, playing guitar, and caring for animals!


Gabby Giles

Gabby Giles is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and began her training with Philadelphia Dance Theater under the direction of Joy Delaney Capponi. She’s had the opportunity to perform at Regional Dance America for numerous years and received a scholarship to the RDA National Choreographic Intensive (CRAFT) in 2016. Gabby continued her dance training at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music where she received a BFA in ballet and an English minor. While in college, she also danced with the Richmond Ballet for two years as a trainee. She performed classics such as Serenade, The Nutcracker, and Swan Lake at Richmond Ballet. She has worked with artists such as Pablo Francisco Ruvalcaba, Colin Connor, Gary Jeter II, Robert Gosnell, Wayne St. David, Gary Taylor, Malcolm Burn, Jerri Kumery, Jasmine Grace and Deirdre Carberry. She has participated in the BalletX summer intensive and the Richmond Ballet summer intensive. Gabby is also a company member of Kim Robards Dance.


Brieanna Olson

Brieanna Mary Olson was raised in Colorado Springs, Colorado and trained under the direction of German and Valentina Zamuel and Mark and Sandra Carlson. Brieanna Mary has been awarded numerous scholarships including The Denver Ballet Guild Young Dancers Competition, Esther Geoffery Young Dancers Scholarship Competition twice and Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP). Brieanna won the Grand Prix Award at the regional competition in Denver, Colorado, and continued on to the YAGP New York finals where she was an accomplished two-time top twelve finalist. Brieanna Mary has also received numerous scholarships with The Washington Ballet School and had the privilege to perform in Septime Weber’s The Nutcracker. Brieanna was the Cricket in Debbie Allen’s Pepito’s Story.

Brieanna's professional career was with Ballet San Jose where she danced under the direction of Dennis Nahat, Wes Chapman, and José Manuel Carreño – all former principals with American Ballet Theatre. Brieanna has performed in many soloist and principal roles including Maria in Nahat’s The Nutcracker and Swan Lake. Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 choreographed by Clark Tippet and Paquita. Including works by George Balanchine’s Square Dance, Allegro Brilliante, Serenade and Who Cares?. As well as Anthony Tudor’s Continuo, Ben Stevenson’s Cinderella, Jerome Robbins Interplay and Dwight Rhoden’s Evermore. 

Courtney Dagayev

Courtney (Eierman) Dagayev is a member of the faculty of the Colorado Ballet Academy. She is a native of Atlanta who has been dancing since the age of three. She grew up dancing competitively and went on to receive her Bachelors in Business Management and a Dance Minor from the University of Central Florida in 2013. Courtney founded The Knights and Damsels Dance Company – the first technique-based dance organization at the University of Central Florida. Courtney has choreographed for some of the country’s top talent. Her students have won multiple awards and top scores at ballet competitions in addition to commercial competitions. She also travels as an adjudicator for various competitions and guest instructor for dance studios around the country. Courtney is Pilates and Acrobatic Arts certified. She equips her students to be physically and emotionally prepared to be world-class performers. Courtney recently relocated to Denver, CO with her husband and golden retriever.

Autumn Jones

Autumn began teaching at ESB in 2022 and has always loved expressing themselves through dance and sharing their love of dance with their students. Autumn also teaches at the Peak Academy of Dance. They have studied ballet, tap, jazz, modern, lyrical, and aerial, and are an active member of NHSDA. Autumn is excited to teach Beginner Ballet at ESB.