Ms. Bernadette

Ms. Bernadette has been teaching dance professionally for over 26 years. She was trained in classical Ballet at Olympic Ballet Theater, Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Jones Haywood School of ballet, Maryland Youth Ballet, Steps, David Howard Studios and Dance Theater of Harlem Pre-Professional Program. Ms.Bernadette also trained with Jurgen Schneider (Mikhail Baryshnikov's Former Private Coach and former ballet master for American Ballet Theater), Madame Messerer, Mikhail Messerer and Janice Cuvonva at the Western Michigan University; Russian Ballet Seminar, where she was the first Black American female to train in the advance levels and to be offered a full scholarship. She also trained under the instruction of Lynn Welters, Sandra Fortune, Doris Jones, Istvan Rabosky, Walter Raines, Arthur Mitchell, Nancy Schaffenberg, Mette Spaniardi, Maggie Black, Anne Reinke, Fabain Barnes, Peter Romero, Rosella Hightower, John and Helen Wilkins, Edna Dagare, in addition to many other great artists. 

Ms. Bernadette began performing professional at the age of 8 with the Seattle Opera in the opera Aida. She has also performed with ballet and modern dance companies such as Ballet Theater of Florida and St Mark's Dance Company. She has danced in music videos and worked with artist such as Ron Brown. Ms. Bernadette has choreographed musicals in the United States and abroad including choreographing a musical for the Emir of Qatar to celebrate the opening of the largest indoor sports area in the world. She has choreographed a clay animated feature film. Her talents as a choreographer were developed under the guidance and training of Bessie Schonberg, whom she studied with for several years. As an instructor of dance, Ms. Bernadette began her career as a teacher, teaching as a assistant dance teacher for the preballet classes at Dance Theater of Harlem. She has also taught as a dance teacher in the DC Public Schools, Duval County Florida Public schools where she taught as a ballet and modern teacher, Jacksonville University where she was an adjunct assistant professor and Dance Lecturer and precollege ballet teacher, She has taught in Chatham County Georgia Public Schools at Savannah Arts Academy where she was the department chairperson for the dance department. In addition she has taught at Ballet South, where she worked alongside Columbia City Ballet in several productions including Nutcracker. She has also taught with Artsteach and NC Wolf Trap as a teaching artist. She has been a guest teacher and choreographer at many facilities including Florida International University and Dance Augustine Center and Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. Ms. Bernadette loves to incorporate academic learning with the arts. She created a program in which she won a grant from the Broward County Florida school system and Culture Arts Affairs Department, to teach public school teachers how to incorporate dance into their writing programs. This program was called "Using Dance as a Writing Tool" © 2004 rights reserved.
Although dance is her love. Ms. Bernadette attended college for Alternative Medicine. She created a program based on dance movement therapy and alternative medicine to help those with chronic illnesses and cancer. Ms. Bernadette has Lupus in addition to currently recovering from visually impairment as she began to lose her eyesight several years ago due to complications associated with inflammation from her Lupus. However, through faith in God, prayer and movement throughout her life it has helped her to stay healthy and recover. She loves to teach student of all ages. She looks forward to sharing her love of the art of ballet with the community she lives in and loves. Ms. Bernadette is also an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

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