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Dance for Everyone Faculty

Richard Dickinson, MFA

Associate Artistic Director and Teacher

A former dancer with Ohio Ballet Dickinson’s association with that company began in 1988. He later became ballet master and director of company touring.  Dickinson was also a soloist with Boston Ballet for eight years. At age fifteen, he joined the Pasadena Dance Theatre and was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Emerging Choreographer Award for a work premiered by the same company. He performed in the PBS television production of “Frankie and Johnny” with the Chicago Ballet. and danced principal roles in Asian, European and American tours with Rudolf Nureyev and the Boston Ballet. In addition to his professional work, Dickinson had an extensive dance career including principal and soloist roles at Chicago Ballet, Honolulu City Ballet and various regional companies. Previously, he served as Artistic Associate for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and the Artistic Director of Ballet Western Reserve, Great Lakes Festival Ballet, Chamber Dance Theatre. He has also directed Boston Ballet II and has a Master of Fine Arts degree in Contemporary Dance from Case Western Reserve University.

Christina Lindhout

DFE Coordinator and Teacher

Christina Lindhout, from Mansfield, Ohio, started training in dance at the age of five at Opus II Dance Studio under the direction of Hellie Schussler. She became a member of Opus II’s pre-professional company, Ashland Regional Ballet, in middle school and remained with them through high school. She spent summers training at the Orlando Ballet School, Magnus Midwest, American Ballet Theatre, and BalletMet Columbus. Upon graduating magna cum laude from high school, Christina accepted a traineeship at BalletMet under the direction of Edward Liang. While at BalletMet, she had the opportunity to perform in many professional works with the company, including The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Symphony in C, and Carousel. Christina was a dancer with Verb Ballets.

Kelly Korfhage

Dancer and Teacher

Kelly Korfhage, a native of Cleveland, began her training at age 10 under Joanne H. Morscher and Ana Lobe. She attended summer intensives at ABT Detroit, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, BalletMet, Cincinnati Ballet, and North Carolina Dance Theatre. She furthered her dance education at the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music as a Corbett Award scholarship recipient, and graduated cum laude with a BFA in ballet performance. Following graduation, Kelly became a member of Kansas City Ballet’s second company, KCB2, for two seasons where she had the opportunity to perform with the company in repertoire such as Septime Webre’s Alice (In Wonderland) and Adam Hougland’s Rite of Spring. Kelly joined Verb Ballets in 2016 and has been featured in works such as Andante Sostenuto and Schubert Waltzes.

Antonio Morillio

Dancer and Teacher

Antonio Morillo is from Orlando, Florida. He received his Associate of Arts in Dance Performance from Valencia College and his BFA in Dance Performance from the University of South Florida. Antonio has performed with the Patel Conservatory’s Next Generation Ballet as well as Tampa City Ballet. He has performed works by Jon Lehrer, José Limón, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Robert Moses’ Kin, and Maurice Causey. Antonio joined Verb Ballets in 2016 and has been featured in such works as Andante Sostenuto and Aposiopesis.

Ashley Krakora

Teacher

Originally from Pickerington, Ohio, Ashley received her dance training from BalletMet in Columbus, Ohio. She has trained with several other companies including Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Festival Ballet Providence, Orlando Ballet, and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. In December 2019, Ashley graduated Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in business from Belmont University. Professional experience includes dancing with Nashville Ballet and Oklahoma City Ballet. Works she has performed include The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Eight by Benny, KL3668, and Anti/gone. Ashley danced with Verb Ballets from 2019-2022. She now works in marketing and teaches in Verb’s Dance for Everyone program.

Sikhumbuzo Hlahleni

Dancer and Teacher

Sikhumbuzo Hlahleni is from South Africa and began his training at Cape Academy of Performing Arts and then later participated in an intensive at South Africa International Ballet. He studied in the United States, training in California at Dance for All and went to Kaatsbaan International Dance Center under the guidance of Stella Abrera. Professionally, he has danced with the Joburg Ballet and Mzansi Ballet. Sikhumbuzo joined the company in 2021 as a part of the International Cultural Exchange Program. He will be sharing South Africa’s dance traditions with the company and community. Since joining the company, he has been featured in works including Romeo and Juliet and World of Another

Youth Academy Faculty

Jennifer Forcucci-Marzluf

Company Office Manager, Youth Academy Coordinator & Ballet Instructor

Isaac Hileman

Company Dancer & Ballet Instructor

Kia Jimmy

Company Dancer & Ballet Instructor

Sabrina Lindhout

Ballet Instructor

Lydia Marzluf

Ballet & Contemporary Instructor

Chloe Marzluf

Hip Hop Instructor