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About Us

The initiative to develop Global Ballet Teachers began, during the COVID pandemic in June 2020, with an Instagram message asking for guidance on training ballet teachers in Nigeria. We immediately began offering ballet classes for the community and engaging in direct conversations with teachers about what educational resources they needed. Ever since, we have been determined to make an impact in the dance education community globally. 


Every decision Global Ballet Teachers makes is based on the needs of our teacher community. We are grateful to world-renowned ballet leaders and teachers who have shared their knowledge to inspire and empower fellow ballet teachers around the world.

List of our volunteer teacher

Our Founders

The team who started Global Ballet Teachers.


Cecilia Iliesiu  |  USA


Cecilia is passionate about dance education as a professional ballerina, teacher, mentor, and leader. Born in New York City, she trained in the Balanchine style for a decade at The School of American Ballet and has danced professionally since 2009, as a Soloist with Carolina Ballet and currently as a Soloist with Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB), under the direction of Peter Boal.


In addition to dancing professionally, she holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications and Media Studies from Fordham University. Cecilia established and currently leads a Mentorship Program for the advanced levels of the PNBSchool from 2020 until present. She has over a decade of teaching experience at The School of American Ballet, PNBSchool, CC&Co Dance Complex, Ballet 5:8, and masterclasses around the world.


Founded Global Ballet Teachers in 2020 with Lauren Kirchner.


Lauren Kirchner  |  USA

Founder/Course Leader

Lauren has been with Pacific Northwest Ballet since 2008, serving as the DanceChance Coordinator, Student Cast & Parent Volunteer Coordinator, Office Manager/COVID-19 Supervisor, and a Teaching Artist for their Community Education programs. Holds a BA in Sociology-based human relations with a minor in dance from Connecticut College and spent a semester in Sydney, Australia studying dance and sociology at the University of New South Wales.


Lauren has spent more than ten years in dance education, primarily focused on ballet and curriculum-based creative movement. Ongoing professional training in classes and workshops focusing on equity, curriculum building, and educational systems help drive her passion for empowering teachers and students from all backgrounds to explore movement.


Founded Global Ballet Teachers in 2020 with Cecilia Iliesiu.

Our Team

The team who create and develop the programing, courses, and designs.

Leora Amit  |  Canada

Series Leader of Backstage at the Ballet

Andrew Holdsworth  |  England

Course Leader for Music

Cinthya Martínez Ramos  |  Mexico

Course Leader for Pre-Ballet 

Stephanie Williams  |  USA

Host of Teacher Chats

Yuki Takahashi  |  USA

Graphic Designer

Volunteer Teachers
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Our Volunteer Teachers

World-renowned ballet teachers and educators who have led inspirational classes for our community.

Alicia Fabry  |  USA

Ballet Teacher

Angela Agresti  |  USA

Ballet Teacher

Anne Dabrowski  |  USA

Ballet Teacher

Brunela Dallape  |  Argentina

Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) Teacher

Cinthya Martínez-Ramos |  Mexico

Pre-Ballet Teacher​ & Course Leader for Pre-Ballet 

Craig Hall   |  USA

Ballet Teacher

Deborah Wingert  |  USA

Ballet Teacher

Debra Austin  |  USA

Ballet Teacher

Eric Hipolito  |  USA

Ballet Teacher

Fiona Lee |  Denmark

Ballet Teacher

Fleming Lomax  |  USA

Ballet Teacher

Francis Lawrence  |  USA

Ballet Teacher

Jean-Pierre Frolich  |  USA

Ballet Teacher

Lauren Treat  |  USA

Ballet Teacher

Marcelo Martinez  |  Paraguay

Ballet Teacher

Margret Severin-Hansen  |  USA

Ballet Teacher

Maria Luz Perez  |  Australia

Stretching Teacher

Marin Boieru  |  Romania

Ballet Teacher

Regina Arenas  |  Argentina

Pilates Teacher

Robyn Segel Shifren  |  USA

Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) Teacher

Samantha Galler  |  USA

Ballet Teacher

Sebastian Villarini-Velez  |  USA

Ballet Teacher

Stephanie Rae Williams  |  USA

Ballet Teacher & Host of Teacher Chats

Tim Lynch  |  USA

Ballet Teacher

Wendy Whelan  |  USA

Ballet Teacher

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