The Cartersville School of Ballet - Staff
Jillian Jones Mroczko
Jillian Jones began her dancing career in Beckley, West Virigina under
the direction of Jenny Rose where she performed with Beckly Dance theatre
and Theatre West Virginia. She has also taught and choreographed for Lee
University, Chattanooga Ballet and various other companies in Tennessee
and Georgia. This is her 4th year with the Cartersville School of Ballet
teaching ballet, tap and hip – hop jazz funk.
Katie McMillen Stull
Katie received her early training at the Academy of Ballet Arts in Marietta and continued dancing at Texas Christian University. She graduated summa cum laude from TCU with a BFA in Ballet and News-Editorial Journalism. At TCU Katie had the opportunity to perform in original works by artists including Fernando Bujones and also presented several works of original choreography. Katie currently dances professionally with The Georgia Ballet where she has performed in the classic ballets Giselle, La Sylphide, Paquita, Coppelia, The Nutcracker, and George Balanchine’s Serenade and Valse-Fantaisie. Katie has recently choreographed original works for Cartersville City Ballet, The Georgia Ballet and Dance Stop Studios.
Bevin has had years of training and performance experience in ballet,
modern and jazz. She has danced with The Virginia Ballet Company, Center
Dance Company, Duke Ballet Repertory Ensemble, Chapel Hill Ballet Company,
and is currently a professional ensemble member of Decatur City Dance.
She was selected to attend the Governor’s School for the Performing
Arts while in high school and won the Julia Ray Memorial Dance Award in
college. Bevin served as a teaching assistant in college, and has recently
taught and choreographed for Decatur School of Ballet, Cartersville School
of Ballet, and DanceStop Studios. Bevin graduated Phi Beta Kappa from
Duke University with a BA in economics and minors in business and dance.
She also has a MBA from The Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University
of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This is Bevin’s 2nd year with
the Cartersville School of ballet where she teaches ballet.
Toya W. Riley is a Choreographer, Professional Dancer and Dance Instructor, currently residing with her husband and daughter in Decatur, Georgia. She has been dancing since the age of four and graduated from DeKalb Center for the Performing Arts at Avondale High School. She attended Gwinett Medical with a major in Respiratory Therapy. She is the Assistant Director of Decatur City Dance Apprentice and Junior Ensembles and dances professionally with the company as a performing member. She also dances professionally with Gathering Wild Dance Company under the direction of Jerylann Warner. Toya also directs and performs in the Atlanta based “AboutFace” dance company.
Katrina Wells Curtis
Katrina began her studies in classical ballet and jazz in Illinois and St. Louis, Mo. She continued her studies at Atlanta School of Ballet and then again in Ill. at the National Academy of Arts, a boarding school for ballet and orchestral students. Her professional experience was with the National Ballet of Illinois, Atlanta Ballet and City Center Dance Theater. After her performing career Katrina began teaching for schools in the Atlanta area and LaGrange, Ga.
Katrina and her husband raised their two sons in the north Ga. Mountains, where she helped open Dance On The Mountain Ensemble & School for Rabun Co. dancers.
As well as teaching classical ballet and pointe for the past 20 years, Katrina is also a licensed massage therapist. The extensive background in anatomy and physiology from that profession has given her even more valuable knowledge to pass onto her dance students. Today’s technical demands for dancers are greater than ever before. Katrina is very passionate about passing on the tradition of classical ballet with knowledge about the muscle structure to help dancers have longer, healthier careers.
Katie Ruth Bennett
Katie Ruth is a recent graduate from Kennesaw State University where she earned a BA in Dance with a concentration in Modern Dance. She completed her dance teaching internship at Woodland High School. While at KSU, she served as President of Nu Delta Alpha for two terms, the Dance Honor Society. She has performed with the KSU Dance Team and competed nationally. Katie Ruth was also a member of the KSU Dance Company for four years and had the opportunity to perform in works choreographed by the faculty and students. Through KSU, she had the opportunity to work with Lauri Stallings and gloATL in shows such as Hinterland, featuring Big Boi, Maa, and We May Just, a KSU piece. Katie Ruth has also attended two American College Dance Festival conventions as well as the annual winter American Dance Festival (ADF) Intensive held in New York City. Katie Ruth is excited to be back in her hometown and teaching at the Cartersville School of Ballet where she grew up.
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