Tara Ward began her classical ballet training at the School of Ballet Arizona, augmented with summer programs at Boston Ballet, The Rock School, and Ballet Austin. After one season as an apprentice with Ballet Austin she joined City Ballet of San Diego, where she performed soloist and principle roles in a number of ballets by George Balanchine and Elizabeth Wistrich. Since her retirement from the stage, Tara has focused on teaching and has had the opportunity to work with Lawrence Rosenberg (Anaheim Ballet) and Victoria Koenig (Inland Pacific Ballet) to enhance her teaching ability. For the past two years, Tara has taught at Encore High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Riverside, CA. She is excited to join the staff at the Ludmila Music and Art Academy, and is excited to share her passion for ballet with new students!
Courtney is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a BA in dance. She developed her passion for dance at a young age at a studio in Somerset, Pennsylvania. Upon graduation from OSU she moved to Chicago where she trained at Gus Giordano and extensively at the Joel Hall Dance Center. She danced with the Joel Hall Dancers in such works as Nuts and Bolts, Great White Cheddak, Y2 Day and El Gato Negro. Since moving from Chicago, Courtney has taught ballet, jazz, contemporary and lyrical at the Laurel Arts Dance Center, Tammy's School of Dance and Larry Cervi's School of Performing Arts in Pittsburgh, PA. She just moved to North Carolina where she is delighted to share her passion at Ludmila European Performing Arts Academy. She is excited to see what the future holds.
Lyka Person began her dance training in her hometown of Durham, NC. She began in church learning praise and pantomime dance. She then proceeded to an engineer high school, where she joined the hip-hop dance team, and the band for four years. During her time in the band, she performed as an auxiliary member, specializing in contemporary jazz. Lyka then moved to Charlotte, NC to study dance at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where she participated on Tantrum Hip-hop Dance Troupe all four years and received her Bachelors of Art degree. Lyka continues her dance studies by taking classes at The NC Dance District, and going to workshops in Atlanta and New York.