Founder, Ballet Academy Artistic Director
Ana Lobé has over 25 years of professional dance experience. Ana was trained and graduated from the National Ballet School in Havana, Cuba. She rose through the ranks with Ballet Nacional de Cube and danced in all international Ballet Festivals from 1982-1990 as well as touring internationally to all continents. Lobe placed as a finalist in the international Competitions of Varna, Bulgaria 1988 and IBC, Jackson, MS 1990. She was featured in the “International Ballet Competition” PBS documentary in the same year. Consequently, Ivan Nagy invited her to join English National Ballet as a Principal Dancer; a turning point in her life. Upon her return to America, she joined Ballet Mississippi where choreographer Luc de Lairess created two ballets for her and was partnered by Fernando Bujones in Paquita. Later, Denis Nahat brought her to Cleveland San Jose Ballet; dancing in all lead roles. Ana was praised for her strong technique, artistry and innate musicality. Mr. Nahat tailored the role of “Anita” for her in his critically acclaimed “Blue Suede Shoes”, broadcasted by PBS in 1997. In 2000, Ana received a Commendation from Mayor Ron Gonzalez in San Jose, CA. Dance Institute of the University of Akron awarded the “2003 Outstanding Teacher Award” in recognition of her excellence in dance education. She has taught at many summer intensives around the country and abroad, such as the International Ballet Competition Dance Program 2014 in Jackson, MS; NextGeneration Ballet in Tampa, FL; International Ballet Academy in Cary, NC; and Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet in Jackson, MS; Ballet Today in Menorca, Spain. In 2006 Ana was licensed as a Gyrotonic® Trainer and served from 2008-2012 as the Artistic Director for the Great Lakes Youth Ballet. In 2013 she opened and directed her own academy, “ALBA” or “Ana Lobé Ballet Academy”. Always having her student’s best interest, she always gives particular attention to the physical and artistic development in order for them to succeed. Today, her academy nurture, guide and instruct students children-adults from Northeast Ohio to be passioned about dance and fitness.
Choreographer and Artistic Director, Dennis Nahat, brought Ms. Lobé to Cleveland San Jose Ballet in 1994, where she extended her already existing classical repertoire by productions of Romeo and Juliet, The Nutcracker, El Toreador, Coppelia, Swan Lake, Apollo, Who Cares?, Theme & Variation, Raymonda and Carmen, the masterpiece from French Choreographer, Roland Petit, which Nahat brought specially for her.
When Mr. Nahat took the company to San Jose, Ms. Lobé and her husband chose to remain in Ohio to raise their two young children. Ms. Lobé continued to perform each summer in Ghedi, Italy while dedicating herself to teaching and freelance in the United States. In December, 2005, a farewell performance in The Nutcracker concluded her 23 years professional career. Ms. Lobé has been on the staff of Dance Institute of the University of Akron, Sharron School of Dance, and Royal School of Ballet (formerly located in North Royalton, Ohio). On many occasions Ms. Lobe taught Company class for Ohio Ballet. She has staged pieces from classical repertoire and has also choreographed many new works for her students. She gives particular attention to the physical and artistic development of her students and was awarded the “2003 Outstanding Teacher Award” by Dance Institute in recognition of her excellence in dance education. Ms. Lobé strongly believes that one of the best forms of exercise that help develop and maintain good training for dancers isGYROTONIC®. After having tried the GYROTONIC® Expansion System herself, Ms. Lobe trained and became certified under Master Teacher, Cori-Dotzer and has since opened her own business: “Ana Lobe & Motions”. Ms. Lobé is particularly grateful to her teachers and coaches in Cuba (Alicia Alonso and Laura Alonso, Loipa Araujo, Karemia Moreno, Clara Carranco, Mirta Garcia among others) and in Europe (Ivan Nagy and Luc de Lairesse) and in the United States (Dennis Nahat and Fernando Bujones.) She would like to give a special thanks to all of those who have helped her to develop both as an artist and as a human being. From September 2008 thru May 2012, Ms. Lobé became appointed Artistic Director & Founder of Great Lakes Youth Ballet in North Royalton, Ohio. At Great Lakes Youth Ballet she shared her passion and commitment to dance; choreographing new works, staging pieces from the classical repertoire and developed an outstanding program for the students that love art and music. In September 2012, Ms. Lobe founded “ALBA” Ana Lobe Ballet Academy; it was for her “a dream come true” and an ultimate expression of the gratitude she feels toward her wonderful mentors. Ms. Lobé has created an exciting, synergistic curriculum with injury prevention that is a culmination of all the knowledge she received from her early training in Cuba and from working with other influential artists throughout her career. Ms. Lobe has developed this pre-professional ballet academy into a creative, versatile ensemble. Young dancers are offered the opportunity to highlight their technique and theatricality in exciting contemporary, jazz, tap, modern, and musical theatre pieces, as well as, classical repertoire. By serving the needs of the dancer, ALBA has established itself as a facility that connects people with a passion for dance; whether they hope to become professional ballerinas or go on to fulfill other aspirations.
Children's Program, Contemporary, JAZZ Conditioning
Katherine Tackett is from Akron, Ohio where she trained at the Dance Institute with the University of Akron for 12 years. While at Dance Institute, Katherine trained under Christina Foise, Ana Lobe, Kay Eichman, Andrew Carroll and MaryAnn Black. She had the opportunity to perform in the Snow Maiden for many years, at the Heinz Poll Summer Dance Festival and with the University of Akron Dance Company. After high school Katherine continued her training at the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music under Jiang Qi, Michael Tevlin, and Deirdre Carberry. She spent summers training at the School of American Ballet, Dance Institute and the Cincinnati Ballet. While at a summer intensive at the Cincinnati Ballet, Katherine was asked to join the company as a trainee. She stayed for a year and had the opportunity to perform in their Nutcracker and various performances with the Cincinnati Ballet Second Company. Katherine is now a company dancer with Neos Dance Theatre and is in her second season. With Neos she has performed works by Robert Wesner, Mary Elizabeth Fenn, Stephanie Martinez and Alice Klock.
For as long as I can remember, I have loved bodies in motion. As a young girl it manifested itself in ballet, studying under two exceptional teachers, Marguerite Duncan and Nancy Arcury of the North Coast Ballet Company (formerly known as The Cleveland Civic Ballet Company, Cleveland's first professional ballet company). Yoga found me years after dancing had ended. I knew I had an inner calling, but was unaware as to what was calling me. Yoga finds most of us when we are in need of change and transformation and I was no different. When I stepped into my first yoga class with Jane Ruddy, I knew life had set a new path in motion. I studied with Jane for a few years building the foundation of my yoga practice. But it was a move to Medina and finding Joanie Andrews of Half Moon Yoga that elevated my practice to new depths of awareness, philosophy and brought new challenges to my physical practice. On and off the mat my practice has flourished over the last several years at Half Moon. As a born seeker, I constantly strive to expand my knowledge and learn. The Russian Ballet technique ingrained as a dancer carries over into my individual yoga practice and teaching. I aspire to bring awareness to alignment, breath, musicality and sequencing in each class. As an avid astrologer and student of astrology, my classes mirror the energy of the cosmos.
Marian has been instructing Character Dance for more than forty years. At the present time he is a teacher at the Cleveland School of Dance. A native of Pittsburgh, PA, be began his career performing at summer resorts in the Catskill Mountains. In 1975 he appeared in Radio City Music Hall’s Christmas show. Soon after, he founded and directed an annual summer dance workshop in Glen Spey, N.Y. for advanced characters dancers. He came to Cleveland in 1980 to establish the Kashtan School of Ukrainian Dance. Mr. Komichak also holds a Masters Degree in Music from Cleveland State University.
Luc de Lairesse
Luc studied in Brussels (De Munt Conservatoirium Dans), Monte Carlo (Academie Ballets de Monte-Carlo), Paris (A. Howard, D.Franck, R.Franchetti) and performed with the Royal Opera, De Munt/La Monnaie, Bejart Ballet, the Paris Opera, Balletti Carla Fracci, Ballets Monte-Carlo, Geneva Ballet and as a First Soloist with Ballet du Grand Theatre de Nancy, Hannover State Opera Ballet, Festival Aix, Ballet Theatre Français both in the classical repertoire and in many creations (Lazzini, Caciuleanu, Lacotte, Howard, Hightower, Charat, Bejart, Muller, Bagouet, Tarras, etc…).
A pedagogue and versatile choreographer, he taught his first classes in 1975 while still performing. He became a guest with leading ballet companies worldwide as in Berlin, Frankfurt, Washington, Toronto, London, Paris, Madrid, Munich, Buenos Aires, Santiago (Chile), La Havana, the Joffrey, AmericanBalletTheatre&ABT’s Ballet Rep, NCDT/ NCSA, AterBalletto, the Harkness Dance Theatre&School, Chamber Ballet USA, PBT, Alvin Ailey School, Universities in Miami, Wisconsin, Royal Ballet of Flanders & Wallonie, and for N. Makarova, F. Bujones, S. Jaffe, J. Carreno, E. Terabust, C. Arbo, J. Arozarena, M-T Del Real, Y. Morishita, Ana Lobe, A.Goudonov, P. Savoye, etc. The co-founder director of NYC based youth company “Ballettoday”, his record includes over 300 choreographies (incl. first prizes: Lausanne, Moscow, Jackson, Paris), and coordinating the ballet for the Riverside Dance Festival in New York for 6 years. As a guest ballet master he also developed a profound stylistic knowledge of the classical repertoire. With great respect to the creators needs, he also rehearsed works by Balanchine, Forsyth, Tetley, Childs amongst others.
Since 1988, a yearly collaboration with ballet legends Irina Kolpakova and Vladilen Semenov highlighted in Belgium, Italy and the USA, the DDF (Dance Development Fund, Natalia Makarova, Hon. President) and Ballettoday to promote dance and ballet in his country and abroad. He has been acclaimed for organizing festivals in Brussels, Vienna, Santa Fe (NM, USA). He launched Europe's first Aids Gala (Dance for your Life), PACT and has been a guest speaker at humanitarian events (incl.Yehudi Menuhin’s Foundation, @ the United Nations NYC, Tokyo, etc.) For his special attention to the needs of the dancer today, Luc’s alternative way of teaching has made him a popular guest with both classical and contemporary dance companies and schools. He remains a most respected guest teacher in demand, (Bejart Ballet Lausanne, IBC. Barcelona, Miami University, Rambert Dance Co & School, ENB school/ Co, etc.), especially concentrating on the development of young dancers and preparing them for the present day demanding variety of choreography. He runs an internationally recognized Injury Prevention Program. He has also been a juror in several IBC competitions such as the IBC. Korea, and Barcelona. Luc is fluent in six languages; loves humans, nature, good humor and a fun & healthy life.
Marden was born and raised in Santiago, Cuba where his family still lives. He was sent to the ballet of Camaguey at age 6 where he trained everyday under Fernando Alonzo. By age 15 he was in the company, Ballet de Camaguey, performing the principal roles of all the classical ballets. In his early 20’s he left the company and moved to Havana where he danced with the National Ballet of Television.
He was invited to dance for an international festival in Mexico City. One week after the performance of the festival, the National Ballet of Mexico invited Marden to stay and dance with their company. After two years in Mexico, his life changed dramatically when he decided to leave Mexico and defect from Cuba to the United States. He arrived in Newark, NJ where he declared political asylum one week later, he received a phone call from INTAR, a company who supports Latin Artists. They were producing a new Off Broadway show about Cuba called Nostalgia Tropical. Marden was the principal dancer in this production. After 1 year in NYC he began taking classes in every studio in NYC to see how he could continue his dancing. Choreographer and Director Donald Byrd, saw Marden taking class and invited him to dance with his company. After a performance with the Donald Byrd Company, he was approached by director and choreographer Elisa Monte to dance with her company. He danced with the Elisa Monte Dance Company for 12 years where he travelled and performed around the world. During his time with Elisa Monte he was a guest performer with various companies including Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson's’ company Complexions, John Passafiume, Paul Sanasardo, and Brett Raphael. He was invited to teach in Barcelona, Spain and ended up spending 2 years there dancing, teaching and performing with Increpacion Dance Company, David Campos Ballet Company, Lanonima Imperial and the Dance Institute of Barcelona. He came to Ohio where he was an adjunct teacher at Wittenberg University, Wright State University and Ohio State University, Columbus & Mansfield branch. Currently he is the Artist in Residence at the Richland Academy where he teaches ballet & modern & creates choreography for dancers ages 10 – 18. He has been invited and teaches master classes at different studios in Ohio throughout the year.