Artistic Director, Gillmer Duran
Originally from Barquisimeto Venezuela, Mr. Duran studied at the Fundacion Arte Nuevo and danced professionally with the National Ballet of Caracas, Danzahoy, Tulsa Ballet Theatre and eight consecutive seasons with Eugene Ballet Company. He worked with choreographers such as, Vicente Nebrada, Luz Urdaneta, Jacques Brocket, Maria Rovira, Mauricio Wainrot, Robert Battle, Edwaard Liang and Jessica Lang among others. His versatility and intuition allowed him to perform a variety of classical and contemporary roles. He participated in the National Choreographers Initiative 2007 in Irvine, California. In May of 2008, he was part of the event 4X4 Ballet Project with Oregon Ballet Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet and San Francisco Ballet presented by White Bird in Portland Oregon. He also created pieces for the Drop Dance Collective, The Woman Space Foundation engaging in several creative collaborations with Toni Pimble, while dancing with the Eugene Ballet Company.The National Dance Project and the New England Foundation for the Arts selected him as part of the Regional Dance Development Initiative (RDDI) in Portland-Oregon, among nine other dance artists from the Pacific Northwest region. In June of 2010 his work Inference for Coriolis Dance Collective was presented at the Chop-Shop Festival in Seattle.
In October of 2010 he was appointed as Alaska Dance Theatre’s Artistic Director and resident choreographer, repositioning its company brand through a broad-based repertoire, including a tour to the Boston Contemporary Dance festival 2013 funded entirely through a kickstarter campaign. In 2014 Mr. Duran created a piece for Ballet Des Moines titled Frenzy. He is moving to the Seattle area from Northern Virginia where he was teaching freelance. He is very excited to join the ECB family.
Originally from Caracas, Venezuela, Dubraskha Arrivillaga began her dance training at the age of seven with former Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo dancer, Nina Novak. At just sixteen years of age, she joined the National Ballet of Caracas Teresa Carreño, where she danced her first solo roles choreographed by Vicente Nebrada. She later had the pleasure of working at two of the best contemporary ballet companies in Venezuela, the New World Ballet and Contemporary Ballet of Caracas. In 2003, Dubraskha moved to the United States, where she was a dancer with the Eugene Ballet Company until her retirement in 2010. Her repertoire includes ballets spanning both classical and modern genres, including George Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco, Hans Van Manen’s 5 Tangos, Robert Battle’s Circle, Line and Square, Vicente Nebrada’s Swan Lake, Coppelia and Don Quixote, among others.
Dubraskha is also a gifted teacher and has taught students aged 3–‐70 for over 10 years in the United States. Upon retirement, she was named Ballet Mistress with Alaska Dance Theatre, teaching company class and staging the works of Toni Pimble, Jessica Lang and Amy Seiwert, and coordinating the children division for the Nutcracker with the Cincinnati Ballet. She is a certified ABT® Certified Teacher, pre–‐primary to level 7 and partnering. In addition to her professional career as a dancer and teacher, Dubraskha has a degree in Business Administration from the Central University of Venezuela.
Instructor, Ballet and Contemporary
Charmaine Butcher began her dance training at Evergreen City Ballet in 2004. While at ECB, she worked with renowned choreographers including Wade Walthall, Kiyon Gaines, Bennyroyce Royon and James Canfield. Following her training at ECB, Charmaine went on to study at The Julliard School and train intensively at Alonzo King LINES Ballet where she studied Horton, Limón, Contemporary ballet, Contemporary, Gaga, and Improvisation techniques. As a teacher, Charmaine aims to inspire students to reach for their full potential as unique artists.
Erin Crall has performed professionally with Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati Opera, the Hungarian National Opera House, Pacific Northwest Ballet as a professional Division Student, and choreographed and danced for concert;nova – a Cincinnati arts festival. She trained with Pacific Northwest Ballet School, American Ballet Theater, Boston Ballet, Cornish College of the Arts, and the Hungarian National Dance Academy. She is currently in her fifth season dancing with ARC Dance and first season teaching at Evergreen City Ballet.
Miss Andi is ECB’s former Ballet Mistress and all around Wonder Woman! She has been a part of ECB for 20+ years and many of our students, past and present, love working with Miss Andi. In addition to teaching at ECB, Andi is a certified Montessori teacher.
Andi loves to work with children and share her love of dance. She helped create ECB’s community engagement program Dance ALIVE! and was the director of that program and teacher for thousands of elementary school children over the years. Andi has danced in Salzburg, Austria with the Salzburg Ballet and was a company dancer with ECB for five seasons. Andi also loves to choreograph and be creative in and outside of the studio.
Originally from Burlington, VT, Ciara was raised in New England and small town Nebraska. She studied Vaganova, Cecchetti, RAD Ballet techniques for many years before expanding into modern and contemporary. She attended Stephens College in Columbia, MO, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance. There, she studied Humphrey Weidman modern technique and multiple world dance forms alongside ballet, and had the honor of performing classic works by Martha Graham, August Bournonville, and Charles Weidman. She has performed professionally across the country with OmniArts Nebraska, 127th Street Dance, Intrepidus Dance, and as a founding member and producer for Collective Sigh Dance. Ciara began teaching in 2008 and has worked with students of all ages in dance studios, theaters, and public schools in the US and Chile. Her passion as an educator is to encourage a sense of joyful growth and wonder in her students through dance.
Jenae grew up in the Pacific Northwest. She attended ECB under the direction of Wade Walthall, with additional training at Oregon Ballet Theatre, Walnut Hill, Alonzo King LINES Ballet and Ballet Austin.
She danced professionally with Ballet Austin and Tulsa Ballet before furthering her career in Las Vegas, dancing in a long-standing show and acting as Dance Captain. Jenae is also a Certified Massage Therapist since 2012, and received her Yoga Teaching Certification last year. She is excited to be back at ECB teaching the next generation of ballet dancers.
Sirena Rivera began her ballet training at age four with Washington Contemporary Ballet’s original founder, Kay Englert. During her time at WCB, she performed lead roles in the Nutcracker, Alexander Nevsky, The Club, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and The Firebird; and continues to share her knowledge as an Artistic Advisor. Sirena has studied a variety of dance styles including classical ballet, jazz, irish, tap, flamenco and Martha Graham modern – and has expanded her studies to include pilates, hatha and ashtanga vinyasa yoga. In fact, her first summer intensive program was at Evergreen City Ballet, where she trained with Founder Wade Walthall. She also attended Boston Ballet Academy and American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive programs. She was a student of dance for 17 years and has enjoyed teaching for over 10 years. Sirena has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a Minor in Human Rights from the University of Washington. After college, she worked previously with New York Life as a financial planner. She has since brought her skills to our Administrative Staff at ECB as our new Business Manager.
Instructor, Ballet and Yoga
Erin began her ballet classes at ECB when she was five years old. Over the years she danced many lead roles in ECB productions including, Cinderella, the Sugar Plum Fairy, and Princess Florine in “Sleeping Beauty”. Erin expanded her dance training at summer intensives with Houston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, and Ballet Austin. She also received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from the University of Washington, in December of 2013. Erin loves to bring the art of dance to students as well as those in the community who have an appreciation or interest in the performing arts. She also, received her 200 hour Yoga Alliance teaching certification in December of 2017 from Expand Yoga.
Melissa began her dance training at the age of six at Pine Lake Ballet in Issaquah, Washington. She continued to study dance through the years and eventually fell in love with teaching. Her teaching career began at Dance Premier where she taught children’s classes as a high schooler. Melissa attended Brigham Young University, where she danced on scholarship and received a BA in Dance Education with an emphasis in Modern. During those years she performed with the BYU Dance Ensemble Performing Group and student taught at Butler Middle School in Utah.
Karl began dancing in Cleveland, Ohio. He attended Butler University, earning his B.F.A. cum laude in Dance Performance and a History Minor in 2012. In addition to his studies at Butler, Karl attended summer programs at Houston Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and Springboard Danse Montreal. Following his graduation, Karl began dancing with Luna Negra Dance Theater, under the direction of Gustavo Ramirez Sansano. Grateful to have performed in the company’s final season, Karl then joined Visceral Dance Chicago as a founding company member. He had the pleasure of serving on the faculty of Visceral Dance Center as well as Associate Director of Visceral Studio Company. In June of 2016, he joined Whim W’him, under the direction of Olivier Wevers. Karl has had the honor of performing works by Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, Ohad Naharin, Nacho Duato, Banning Bouldin, Monica Cervantes, Robyn Mineko Williams, Brian Enos, Fernando Melo, and Fernando Hernando Magadan, among others.
Sharonda Young began her dance training in sunny California at the age of 3. She continued training locally in Tacoma, WA before moving to NYC at the age of 17. Here she obtained a BFA in Dance and Choreography from Marymount Manhattan Collage. During her 8 years living in NYC Sharonda worked with various companies including the Martha Graham Dance Ensemble and Company, the Errol Grimes Dance Troupe, Tysan Dance and on Norwegian CruiseLines. She teaches locally at dance studios, in public schools and with dance teams. Sharonda’s focus and her goal is to create a passion for movement (bigger bigger!!) and comfort in personal expression in her students.