Faculty and Staff

BalletMet’s Dance Academy faculty and staff come from a wide variety of dance backgrounds. Following a curriculum designed by Academy Director, Maria Torija, each instructor works with their students to develop their understanding, skills and appreciation for dance.

Maria Torija

Academy Director

Daryl Kamer

Academy Co-Founder

Kathy Wilson

Academy Manager

Hisham Omardien

Ballet Master

Susan Dromisky

Ballet Mistress

Dmitri Suslov

Coordinator of Performance Ensemble

Children’s Division Faculty

Susan Powers
Elaine Spielberg
Megan Tedrick
Janine Lawson
Dionysia Williams
Trece MikrutaHazard
Laura Dustman
Elizabeth Lahr

Student Division, Trainee and Teen and Adult Faculty

Chrissy Stridsberg
Carrie West
Benny Simon
Elaine Spielberg
Janet Schroder
Megan Davis-Bushway
Kelly Hurlburt
Megan Tedrick
Kristina D’Onofrio
Elle Pierman
Brooke Moore
Trece MikrutaHazard
Laura Dustman
Zoica Tovar
Dionysia Williams
Jilese Austin
Romel Frometa
Janine Lawson
Janet Braden

Accompanists

Irina Keller
Helen Kushnir
Amanda O’Neil
Nyla Phillips
Cathi Aldrich
Tyrone Boyle
Susan Dowdy
Chris Hokanson
Jeanmarie Strawbridge
Larissa Sheppard

Contact the Academy

Downtown
322 Mount Vernon Ave.
Columbus, OH 43215
614.224.1672
academy@balletmet.org