Christina Schreivogel, Founder River Arts Ballet & Pivotal Ballet Project
“There was a point in my dancing where I realized that I was not improving. This lasted for months. During this time I had to continuously sit out during class due to aches and pains. I knew that unless I wanted to seriously injure myself, something would have to change. For me, that change was Christy Schreivogel. Without her detailed instruction, and helpful understanding of what I needed to improve, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I haven’t had to sit out one class since I started training with Christy. She’s given me the ability to find my passion and soul, and put it into my dancing. All I’ve ever wanted to do is to dance. Because of Christy, my dreams of becoming a professional dancer are possible.” – Emma Cory (age 15)
Benjamin Schreivogel, Co-Founder
Benjamin Schreivogel was born and raised in Phoenix Arizona where he began training at the age of eight in many forms of dance at the Phoenix School of Ballet. He had also spent many years training at the Ft. Wayne Ballet and the prestigious Houston Ballet Academy. Throughout his childhood he has obtained an extensive knowledge in many forms of dance such as Ballet, Modern, Character, Flamenco, Jazz as well as studying Dance History & Ballet Terminology. Although he has had many, some of his more influential teachers include Michael Tevlin, Mel Tomlinson, Steve Brule, Clara Cravey, Theodore J. Meheras, Eric Hawkins, and Bill Evans.
He began his professional career with the Ft. Wayne Ballet and then went on to dance in the Houston Ballet Apprentice Program. He then went on to perform as a company dancer, often as Soloist, with Columbia City Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, and Sacramento Ballet ’00-‘11, where he met and married fellow dancer Christina Moore Schreivogel. Throughout his professional career he has performed both Classical and Contemporary works Nationally, and Internationally. Ben has worked with notable choreographers such as John McFall, Danny Ezrello, Jill Bahr, Robert Kelley, Ron Cunnigham, Val Canniporoli, Trey McIntyre, Robert North, Ben Stevenson, Eric Hawkins as well as works by Twyla Tharp, Septime Weber and George Balanchine.
Bens’ hobbies include Sci-fi books, practicing the art of Bonsai trees, camping and being with his wife Christina and children, Ada, Wayne, & Walter.
Veronica Zink, Ballet Faculty
Veronica "Ronnie" Zink, has coached Ballet in the United States and England for over twenty years. She holds her teacher certification from the Associated Arts School in London, UK. Ronnie was also a Soloist with Rhode Island Ballet Theatre, and she has been Ballet Mistress for Amherst Ballet Theatre and the Academy of Performing Arts. Ronnie's influences come from England, Boston, New York, Boston Ballet and the Joffrey Ballet Schools. She has taught in the California State University system and as well as in private studios across the country. Her students have been accepted at such schools and universities as the Kirov Academy, American Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet, Nutmeg Conservatory of the Arts, Washington Ballet, Houston Ballet, Interlochen Arts Academy as well as Juilliard, SUNY/Purchase, Florida State, UNCC, and Winthrop. She also has students who have danced in Broadway shows. On a personal note, she lives with her cat, Mr. Boris, has a daughter, Louisa, who was a professional modern dancer, and 2 adorable grandaughters, Paloma and Monica.
Cameron Darity, Ballet Faculty
Bio Coming soon!
Blue de Leeuw, Aerial Arts
Blue, AKA 'Uberpixi' is an aerialist, dancer and yogi. She grew up in California where she trained and performed with The San Francisco Ballet until 1988 and SF Circus Center until 2007. In 1990 she found Ashtanga yoga and the practice has kept her grounded ever since. She holds multiple yoga teacher certifications and was blessed in 2004 to live in Mysore India and study with Guru Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. In 2008 she moved to Asheville and opened Aerial Space, the first aerial circus arts studio in Western North Carolina. She has performed locally and abroad on trapeze, lyra, silks, sling, acrobalance, fire, and stilt walking. She loves building custom aerial apparatus, designing extreme costumes and teaching circus arts. Her classes encourage playfulness with a focus on healthy and sustainable training as she plans to continue flying far into old age.
David Keener, Faculty Emeritus
David is Miss Christy’s mentor and former teacher from their time at Virginia School of the Arts.
Former Principle dancer with Maryland Ballet and Ballet Met Columbus (OH)
He has created versions of Carmen, Beauty and the Beast, Madame Bovary, and re-staged several Classical and Contemporary works throughout his career in the US and abroad. Ballet Clasico Nacional Republica Dominicano commissioned David to create a new Romeo and Juliet (Prokofiev) that won a Casandra Award (Caribbean Academy Award) for best Classical/Contemporary production of 2007.
David respectfully upheld faculty positions with National Academy of Arts (IL,) Interlochen Arts Academy (MI,) School of Ballet West (UT,)University of Illinois, University of Utah, Director of Dance for 16 years with the Virginia School of the Arts, and most recently, Chair of the Dance Department with the Alabama School of Fine Arts, 2008-2016, where he retired his position as Board Member on the Alabama Dance Council, April 2016.
David is an ABT® Certified Teacher, and he serves on the National Artistic Board of Examiners for ABT®
Robert Colby Damon, Guest Choroegrapher & Teacher
Colby danced with Sacramento Ballet, BalletX, Mark Morris, Thang Dao Dance Company, Luca Veggetti (Guggenheim Museum/Colombia University,) Northwest Dance Project, Amy Seiwert's Imagery, Adam Hendrickson (Carnegie Hall/Yale University,) and John Selya (Joyce Soho.) He has also appeared with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet as a principal in Alexei Ratmanski's Aida, as well as in Mark Morris' Orfeo e Euridice, featured in MET Live in HD in movie theaters worldwide. His performance repertoire includes works by George Balanchine, Glen Tetley, Trey McIntyre, Dwight Rhoden, Helen Pickett, John Selya, and Ron Cunningham.
His influences include Virginia School of the Arts and Boston Ballet, and he has been in original creations by Alex Ketley, Annabelle Lopez-Ochoa, Jodi Gates, James Gregg, Adam Barruch, Loni Landon, Tobin DelCuore, Mauro Astolfi, Matthew Prescott, and Matthew Neenan.
As a choreographer, Colby has choreographed for Sacramento Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Opera Phliadelphia, The Curtis Institute, the Charlottesville Ballet, and BalletX summer program, in addition to the Vivadança Festival in Salvador, Brazil, The Current Sessions contemporary dance festival in New York City, and again annually for Shut Up & Dance. He was a choreographer in residence at the Sacatar Institute in Itaparíca, Bahia, Brazil. In 2016, Pennsylvania Ballet II premiered Colby's all new production of The Jungle Book at the Curtis Institute.
Colby currently serves as company class teacher for BalletX, guest teacher for Balé de Cidade do São Paulo, BODYTRAFFIC, Ballet Hispanico, Pennsylvania Ballet, and Balé de Teatro Castro Alves in Brazil, The Rock School, Sacramento Ballet School, NYC Public School for Dance - Ballet Tech, The University of the Arts, The University of Ohio - Akron, DeSales University, and The University of Pennsylvania. He has also completed the National Dance Institute's Teacher Artist Training, and is conducting NDI style classes in Philadelphia Public Schools.
Colby also studies Chinese Martial arts, including Ba Gua Zhuang, QiGong and Chen style Tai Ji Quan and is a registered yoga teacher.