Lorraine Casablanca - Teacher
Lorraine began her diverse dance training at age 7 with the Doris Russell School of Performing Arts. There she had the great opportunity to study with Doris Russell herself, one of the original Rockettes to perform in New York City. She continued her studies under the direction of Magdalena Maury at The Studio - Home of The Georgia Youth Ballet Company, of which she was a founding member. There she studied with prestigious teachers such as Jonsie Pollock, Finis Jung, Tom Clower, Julianne Kepley, Carol Szkutek, Ellie Lazar and Alicia Alonso. Lorraine also spent many summers at ballet intensives such as Ballet Magnificat! and Fort Lauderdale Ballet Classique, under the direction of nationally recognized master ballet instructor Magda Aunon.
Looking to further her dance career, at age 15 she accepted a chance to study in the pre professional program at the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education, receiving many opportunities to grow as a dancer and performer. Lorraine then continued her training, on a full scholarship, to Brenau University, where she majored in Dance Performance. Although ballet was the main focus of her training, she pursued other forms of dance to present herself as a diverse dancer and later, instructor.
For 9 years, Lorraine taught ballet, modern and jazz with the Classical Dance Theatre, under the direction of Yasmin Hassaan. There she was also a principle dancer with the Southeastern Ballet Company, a professional company directed by Ms. Hassaan.
In addition to teaching ballet, jazz and modern, at Dance Contempra for 5 years, Lorraine was also an instructor at Woodward Academy. There she has worked with the Honors Dance Program, for 4 years, teaching and choreographing original works. She continues to choreograph pieces, including one which won her the Grassroots Award for Choreography. Lorraine also gives private instruction as well as creating independent chorography. For the past 4 years, she has taught ballet, jazz and tap at Studio D School of Dance and continues to perform professionally with Griffin Ballet Theatre, serving as Assistant Ballet Mistress to the company. She enjoys sharing her love of dance with students of all ages and hopes to encourage, inspire and motivate her students to grow as dancers and in their faith. She is enthusiactically looking forward to her return to Compass Dance Academy. She and her husband Dennis reside in Newnan and are expecting their first child January 2019.