Staff

Andrei Chakine; Interim Executive Director

ADT is delighted to announce that it has selected an experienced and excellent person to serve as the Interim Executive Director during the ED search. Andrei Chakine currently serves as the Executive Director of the Alaska Health Fair and has been successful at the helm of a variety of non-profits in the community for over 10 years. Mr. Chakine holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Alaska. He currently resides in Anchorage with his wife and 3 children. 

Administration

Niki Maple; Artistic Director

Ms. Maple received her early training from the School of Ballet and Ballet Etudes in Phoenix Arizona, under Nina Marlow.  She further supplemented her training by attending summer intensives with American Ballet Theatre in New York and Milwaukee Ballet. Ms. Maple was a company member with Milwaukee Ballet II, working closely with the professional company while furthering her dance education and training.  In 2007, Niki moved to Anchorage to dance with Alaska Dance Theatre. She has had the privilege to work with Eugene Ballet, James Sewell Ballet, and Pulse Dance Company along with notable choreographers such as Courtland Weaver, Alice Bassler Sullivan, James Sewell, Toni Pimble, Gillmer Duran, and Amy Seiwart. She has been teaching ballet for over 9 years in the traditional Vaganova style, ranging from intermediate to advanced levels. As a teacher and performer, Ms. Maple is passionate about sharing her love of ballet with the youth of Anchorage.  

Ballet

Farah Zoetmulder; Associate Director

Ms. Zoetmulder began dancing at age 5 at Interplay Ballet in Toronto Canada under Anna McCowan Johnson and Arnold Spohr. She later attended and graduated from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School under David Moroni and Julia Arkos. While in Winnipeg, Ms. Zoetmulder was awarded the Paddy Stone Choreographic Award and appeared as a dancer with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet before moving to Anchorage. Locally she has appeared as a dancer for the Anchorage Opera, The Anchorage Symphony, Theatre Artists United, and Anchorage Ballet. She is considered one of the best ballet and pointe instructors in the State of Alaska and has had several students under her instruction place in the top 3 at the Youth America Grand Prix, classical division. Her students have been accepted into numerous professional ballet schools, companies, and Universities, including The Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, The Kirov Academy, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School, The Royal Ballet School in London, American Ballet Theatre, Ballet Arizona, Houston Ballet, and Ohio State University. 

Ballet

Melissa Jabbay; Associate Director

Melissa Jabaay is honored to be a part of Alaska Dance Theatre as one of their teachers, choreographers, stage managers and lighting designers for the past 13 years. She is originally from Alabama. She worked and danced professionally for Busch Gardens Theme Park, Carnival Cruise Lines, Cirque Productions and Minnie Madden Productions. She competed on the University of Alaska Anchorage Gymnastics team and returned as their choreographer and assistant coach for 5 years. She teaches multiple genres of dance. She holds a BA in Theatre with a Dance Emphasis from UAA and studied to be a technical theatre technician as well. She has three children and a  husband who helps make so much possible. 

Jazz and Acro

Sara Quiñones; Office Manager

Sara Embler; Assistant Office Manager and Marketing Coordinator

Blair Robinson

Mrs. Robinson started dancing at age four, later becoming a student at Alaska Dance Theatre at age twelve. She later went on to train at Joffery Ballet and Dance Theatre of Harlem. She holds a Bachelors Degree of Fine Arts in Ballet from the University of Oklahoma and a Masters of Art in Teaching Physical Education from UAA. She has performed with The Radio City Rockettes in New York City, Les Folies Bergere in Las Vegas, and the national tour of Movin Out in which she played the role of “Brenda” and performed original choreography by Twyla Tharp. Her teaching expertise include Ballet, Jazz, and Broadway dance. Some of Mrs. Robinson’s favorite activities include taking pilates and yoga classes, and exploring Alaska in her Cessna 180 with her husband and three children. 

Ballet and Jazz

Sarah Jefferies

Sarah has been a jewel in the ADT community for many years, formerly serving as Associate Artistic Director of the organization. Her dance education includes ADT, Richmond Ballet, Butler University, Jordan College of Fine Arts, Lou Conte Dance Studio, and University of Kansas. Sarah has danced professionally with ADT, Peoria Ballet, Storling Dance Theatre, Kansas City Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, California Ballet, and the San Diego Opera.

Ballet and Pointe

Heather Mcewen

Ms. McEwan began dancing at age six. She later received her formal dance education from the Interlochen Arts Academy, SUNY Purchase University, Cleveland Ballet, and the Paul Taylor Dance School. She has performed with Connecticut Ballet, Ballet New York, and as a principal dancer for Anglo-American Ballet. She has performed numerous classical roles, including Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker and Juliet and Eglevsky’s Romeo and Juliet. She is a dedicated teacher of classical ballet for all ages. A long time Alaskan, Ms. McEwan also enjoys, fishing, clam digging, watching Robert Redford films, and being a Hockey and Baseball mom to her two sons. 

Ballet

Deana Chambers

Ms. Chambers took her first ballet class at age nineteen while attending University. She quickly excelled and went on to receive her dance education from Ballet UAB in Birmingham, AL, Chaffenburge Ballet in Fort Worth, TX, and Alaska Dance Theatre. She has performed with many productions including Cinderella with Ballet UAB, Nutcracker with North Dakota Ballet, and numerus ADT productions of Mobius and yearly Showcase. Ms. Chambers specializes in the instruction of Ballet for young children and is proud to have taught for ADT for over a decade. She considers teaching dance her “2nd Career” after working as a NICU nurse for many years. In her spare time, Ms. Chambers is a dedicated mother and grandmother. 

Ballet

Katharine Allely Thomas

Katherine has been with Alaska Dance Theatre since 1992. She danced with ADT throughout her high school years with the ADT Company and danced through the University of Alaska Anchorage while in college. She has a BA in Elementary Education and an MEd in Math Education. She greatly enjoys working with and teaching children. Katharine also enjoys skiing, paragliding/motoring, and time with her amazing family. 

Ballet

Shanette Harper

Shanette has been a performer in the Anchorage community for several years. She has performed for Pulse Dance Company, Alaska Dance Theatre, and the University of Alaska Anchorage. She was last seen on stage as Cleopatra in Cyrano's Theatre Company's Antony and Cleopatra. She is also a registered nurse. 

Pre-Ballet

Sam Franklin

Mr. Franklin began dancing at age three with Alaska Dance Theatre where he received his training under Alice Sullivan and Courtland Weaver. He has appeared as a performer for numerous dance and theatre companies including Alaska Dance Theatre, Pulse Dance Company, Anchorage Ballet, Momentum Dance Company, Theatre Artists United, and the Anchorage Concert Chorus. Mr. Franklin’s teaching methods focus on Cecchetti Ballet training and classical partnering. He is also an accomplished pianist and accompanist for dance and voice. He is an avid outdoorsmen, and when he can, enjoys jumping off mountains.

Ballet and Partnering

Mikayla Phillips

This is Mikayla’s second year teaching with ADT! Mikayla has trained with Hathaway Academy of Ballet in Texas, as well as Wasatch Contemporary Dance and Brigham Young University Company in Utah, both of which she worked with. Mikayla has been an instructor for 5+ years, primarily teaching modern and creative movement.

Modern

Joyce Mayer

Ms. Mayer decided to begin dancing at the age of thirty three, after the birth of her fourth child, because she always wanted to do it and never got the chance. Her passion brought her to Alaska Dance Theatre where she trained exclusively ever since. She has since appeared as a local performer with Distinct Polarity, Pulse Dance Company, and Alaska Dance Theatre. Her love of dance has lead her to become a certified Pilates instructor and teacher of Ballet and Modern. Outside of dance, Ms. Mayer holds a degree in Molecular Biology, and enjoys hiking, traveling, reading and sewing. 

Ballet and Pilates

Jovana Howe

Modern

Doloris Pitts

Hip-Hop

Gabe Harvey

Gabe has been a dance instructor for 22 years, teaching Hip Hop, Jazz Funk, Tap, and Musical Theatre. Gabe has trained with Motion Underground in Boulder, Colorado and Millennium Dance Complex in L.A., California. Gabe previously taught at ADT in 2002-2004. He now returns after founding Underground Dance Company, a Hip Hop and Street Dance Studio.

Hip-Hop

Rhiannon Roseman

Ms. Roseman began taking Ballet lessons at age five. At age 15 she began tap and fell in love with dance all over again. She has received her dance education from Dance Spectrum Alaska and Alaska Dance Theatre. She has performed with UAA in the “New Dances” production, and is a long time performer with Alaska Dance Theatre. Her choreographic credits include 7 Brides for 7 Brothers with Service High School and Goldenview Middle School. Her teaching skills include Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Modern, and Ballet. A long time Alaskan, Ms. Roseman enjoys our tight knit arts community and all it has to offer. When she is not teaching dance, she can be found enjoying hikes with her dogs and watching Star Wars.

Tap

Margareta Merkusheva

Margarita began studying piano at the age of five. She is a graduate of the Vologda Music College in Russia in piano and voice and furthered her studies at the Armenian Musical Conservatory in the class of renowned pianist Professor Robert Oganian. Her music has inspired dances by many noted choreographers, including Israel (El) Gabriel of the University of California, Irvine, and is performed in productions by New World School of the Arts, Anchorage Ballet, and ADT. She has released two CDs, It’s My Life and Believe in Yourself.

Pianist

Jane Drebert

Jane has been dancing for over twenty years and has been teaching for four years. She has worked with schools and companies such as Hawaii State Ballet, Dance Dynamics, and Cyrano’s. Jane’s most notable role is Lucia in Anchorage Opera’s Lucia di Lamermoor.

Ballet

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Alaska Dance Theatre is funded in part by contributions from businesses, individuals and foundations including: Alaska State Council on the Arts, Atwood Foundation, Municipality of Anchorage, the National Endowment on the Arts and the Block Foundation.

Alaska Dance Theatre Est. 1981

550 E. 33rd Ave

Anchorage, AK 99503

info@alaskadancetheatre.org

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907-277-9591

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