“…dance in the meadow…”

In 2016, three quirky misfits became friends in Virginia. While they’ve since traveled to different parts of the country to continue their careers, they continue to share their love for art and a vision to make high-quality dance accessible across demographics.

PC: Carly Topazio Photography

Marinna Kus

Director, Co-founder

Alias: The Big Cheese

Zany Floridian by birth. California transplant by a merciful twist of fate. Ballet nerd, with a penchant for Holst. Lover of good coffee, better wine, and Star Trek. Was likely a modern dancer in a past life. 

Marinna began her formal ballet training at Ballet Palm Beach under the direction of Colleen Smith. During her training at Ballet Palm Beach, she also received coaching from Ruth C. Petrinovic, Claudia Cravey, and Marshall Levin. Upon graduating from the trainee program in 2010, Marinna accepted her first company contract with Ballet Palm Beach. During her time at Ballet Palm Beach, she performed many roles. Her favorites include Mazurka Variation from Les Sylphides, Myrtha from Giselle, Dawn from Coppelia, and Flower Girl from Don Quixote. In 2013 Marinna joined Ballet 5:8 in Chicago, where she had the opportunity to perform soloist roles in several original works, collaborate on choreography, teach in the academy, and tour nationally with the company. In 2016 Marinna joined Charlottesville Ballet, where she had the opportunity to expand her classical repertoire by performing in Charlottesville Ballet’s Firebird as well an original work by Maggie Small (Richmond Ballet). In 2017 Marinna moved to California to join City Ballet of San Diego. She participated heavily in the organization’s outreach programs while performing roles in Paquita, Swan Lake, and several original works. She also fulfilled a career dream of performing Balanchine’s Serenade. After nearly ten years of company experience, Marinna most recently moved to San Francisco in 2019 to pursue a growing interest in freelance work in the San Francisco dance community. 

For the full story, check out her website.

Photo by Carly Topazio Photography.

Rachel Seeholzer

Operations Manager, Co-founder

Alias: The Small Cheese

Los Angeles born valley girl bound to the Midwest. Fitness junkie by fate and Hot Cheeto lover by nature. Can be found talking to pet cat or one of too many siblings.

Rachel Seeholzer was born and raised in Los Angeles, California where she first began her classical dance training. She set her focus in ballet after high school and traveled to further her training in cities such as Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, Charlotte and Richmond. Rachel began dancing professionally in 2014 and has had the pleasure of working with the Charlottesville Ballet, The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, and RVA Dance Collective, Oakland Ballet, Virginia Repertory Theatre, and Stavna Ballet. She has worked with acclaimed choreographers and teachers such as Daniel Duell, Sheila Rozann, Alonzo King, Patricia McBride, Suzanne Farrell, Kim Jones, Graham Lustig, Starr Foster, Colby Damon, and Maggie Small. In 2011 Rachel set a contemporary piece on the trainees and apprentices of the Charlotte Ballet, continued to choreograph in 2013 where she created the ballet production of The Nutcracker on the Degas Dance Studio in Encino, California and again most recently in 2017 on the trainees of the Charlottesville Ballet. Rachel will be joining Ballet Co.Laboratory in the fall of 2020 and is excited to be part of the Digital Dance Project as a founding member.

Photo by Gianna Grace Photography

PC: Hayley-Ann Vasco

Cindy Case

Communications Leader, Co-founder

Alias: The Word Wizard (Not a cheese)

Maryland native who moved to Annapolis by way of San Diego. A confused Appalachian clogger thrown into a ballet studio. Fifteen-year participant in National Novel Writing Month.

Cindy Case was exposed to an eclectic mix of dance styles before training in ballet under the direction of Pamela Moore, DFCCA. After dancing as a trainee at Richmond Ballet, a second company member at Nashville Ballet, and an apprentice at Charlottesville Ballet, Cindy moved to sunny San Diego as a professional company member. Most recently, she has come home to dance with Ballet Theatre of Maryland. Over the course of her eight-year career, she has worked with Jerri Kumery, Stoner Winslett, Malcolm Burn, Paul Vasterling, Javier Velasco, and Dianna Cuatto.

Some of the classical roles that Cindy has performed professionally include Myrtha in Giselle, a Big Swan in Swan Lake, an ensemble dancer in Serenade, and Arabian in The Nutcracker. Her more contemporary repertory includes The Story of Anne Frank by Gina Patterson, At the Prospect of Twilight by Ballet X’s Colby Damon, soloist female in jazz legend Charles McPherson’s arrangement of Gershwin choreographed by Javier Velasco, and a principal role in Until There Is No More… as a guest with Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre.

When not dancing or studying, Cindy is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Communications. Past experience behind the curtain includes serving as San Diego Ballet’s Marketing Coordinator, providing community outreach storytimes and program notes to ballet companies, and producing and choreographing for Nashville Ballet II’s inaugural choreographic showcase. Cindy holds her Diploma Fellowship in the Cecchetti method as both a teacher and dancer, and has been teaching a variety of dance forms for over ten years.

Photo by Hayley-Ann Vasco


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