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CSU Youth Dance Conservatory - Faculty & Facilities

Jennifer Sarver

Jenifer Sarver received her early training at Ballet Hysell in New Orleans, and later studied at Houston Ballet Academy, Boston Ballet School and the Washington School of Ballet. She earned her BA in Dance Pedagogy from Butler University and her MFA in Studio Based Research from University of Utah Department of Ballet. Her MFA work included careful mentoring and extensive pedagogical training in the Vaganova ballet method from Ms.s Regina Zarhina and Maureen Laird. Ms. Sarver’s professional performance repertoire includes: The Nutcracker (Clara, Grand pas de deux, Sugarplum, Snow Queen, Arabian Princess), Giselle (title role), The Sleeping Beauty (Aurora, Fairy of Delicacy, White Cat), Firebird (Tsarevna), Swan Lake (Odette/Odile, Polish Princess, Neapolitan Dance), Don Quixote (Kitri), La Bayadere (Pas de trois), Les Sylphides (Prelude), Paquita (Vetsalka variation), Coppelia (Swanilda, Dawn, Prayer), Le Corsaire (Grand pas de deux, Odalisque pas de trois), Snow White (title role, Lead Flower), The Promised Land (Lalka), and corps de ballet roles in: Cinderella, Bolero, Romeo and Juliet, Carmen, Beauty and the Beast, The Firebird, La Fille Mal Gardee, La Sylphide, La Ventana, Konservatoriat, Napoli and Balanchine’s Stars and Stripes. In her last year as a professional performer, she created the leading role in Edouard Toussiant’s Pour Mon Amour. In addition to the classical repertoire, Ms. Sarver performed in a wide variety of operas, operettas and musicals, including Oklahoma! (Dream Laurey), Aida, La Traviata, Countess Mariza, The Hungarian Princess, Blue Castle, My Fair Lady and Beauty and the Beast.

Bridget Adams

Bridget started her dance training with Jackie O’Neal School of Dance in Birmingham, Alabama with a concentration in ballet, jazz, and acrobatics. After ten years of training there, she began teaching at Nix Dance Studio in Auburn, Alabama while completing her BA degree in art. Ms. Adams came to Columbus in 2004 and began taking classes at CSU Dance Conservatory. She performed in the Nutcracker, Cinderella, and Swan Lake with The Columbus Ballet. She finds great joy teaching the students at CSU Dance Conservatory and sharing with them her passion for dance.

Laura Johnson

Laura received the majority of her early training at The Dance Factory under the instruction of Mrs. Susan Fisher. She continued her training at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa and received her B.A. in Dance and International Relations in 2001. Upon graduation, Laura attended the American Dance Festival in Durham, NC on a Young Artist Scholarship to continue her studies in modern dance. She continued her training while earning her M.A. in Performing Arts Management at American University in Washington, D.C. Laura has been teaching dance for over 15 years and teaching at the CSU Dance Conservatory since 2009.

Kylie Casino

Kylie received what she considers the best of her training from The University of Akron’s Dance Institute. She went on to earn her BA in dance from The University of Akron. During her time at Akron, she was given the opportunity to perform pieces choreographed by David Parsons, Paul Taylor and Amy Miller. After working as a professional dancer for a year after college, she decided to continue on with her education and earned her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College in January 2016. Kylie finds complete fulfillment through teaching and looks forward to sharing her love of dance with others.

Toni Lum

Toni’s love of ballet began at the School of Oregon Ballet Theatre, training and performing in both school and company roles. After graduating high school, she then went on to receive her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Arizona where her love of modern and contemporary dance grew. After college, she continued her training with the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance in both ballet and contemporary movement. While in San Francisco, Toni danced professionally for The Mark Foehringer Dance Project and Robert Moses’ Kin. In 2010 Toni accepted a position with the Chicago company: DanceWorks Chicago, where she ultimately completed her dance career, but not before dancing in Chicago, New York, and spending a year dancing in Berlin, Germany. Always a mover at heart, she then went on to complete 5 half-marathons, a Century ride, a half-IronMan, and she successfully swam Alcatraz! Toni is now a registered yoga instructor (RYT 200) and teaching at River Flow Yoga and Wellness here in Columbus. Fun fact: Toni is actually short for Antoinette.

Jena Davis

Jena Davis has been said to possess “a kinetic intelligence well beyond her years”. She began her early training at Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School in Augusta, Georgia, under the tutelage of Bessie Award Winner, Sharon Skepple. Jena moved to Columbus in 2016 to further her career. Now, a senior at Columbus State University, Davis continues her studies in Modern, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Ballroom dance under former Radio City Rockette, Karyn Tomczak. She joins the Youth Conservatory eager to spread her knowledge with young girls and boys like herself.

Katy Hamrick

Katy grew up in dance, doing different styles like ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, ballroom, and lyrical. She graduated with a Fine Arts Degree from California’s Victor Valley College (2016). Katy is also into theatre, and has done it all from performing, stage managing, and doing tech work. Some of her favorite work include, Ariel from The Little Mermaid, Lilac Fairy from Sleeping Beauty, and choreographing Beauty and the Beast Jr. Outside of dance, she enjoys yoga, archery, and playing ukulele.

Anna Nelson

Anna Nelson started her ballet training at a small hometown studio on Whidbey Island, Washington. Her formal training began at sixteen in Seattle, Washington at Cornish Preparatory Dance School. After her training at Cornish, Anna attended the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington D.C. training with Elena Tenchikova, Marianna Lobanova, and Nikoloz Makhateli. Besides ballet, Anna is passionate about the sciences, and has earned a degree in biology and is pursuing a doctorate of pharmacy. .