At Arts for Learning, we’re mourning the loss of a beloved staff member, Tina Lassiter, who passed away on January 10 after a long illness. Tina served as A4L’s Finance and Administration Manager for the past three-and-a-half years, but as CEO Chris Everly says, she was much more than that. “She was really an ambassador […]
Joppa Whitehead trained with Andrei Yemelianov at Academie De Ballet, where she performed Variations from Markintanka, Swan Lake, and Giselle. She also competed, receiving High Gold performing a variation from Don Quixote. In 2009 she joined Virginia Ballet Theatre, where she performed in The Nutcracker, Graduation Ball, La Sylphide, and Paquita, as well as two original pieces by Joni Petre Scholtz. Alongside VBT, she was also able to dance with Todd Rosenlieb Dance Company, which is a Hawkins and Graham based Modern company, where she worked with former Eric Hawkins company member, Todd Rosenlieb and former Alvin Ailey member Ricardo Melendez. Additionally, Miss Whitehead has performed in the International Tattoo, Virginia Musical Theatre in Oklahoma, Lyric Opera Virginia in King and I, and Virginia Symphony Chorus to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Stravinsky in Les Noces. Additional choreographers, she’s worked with Elbert Watson, Ryan Corriston, David Keener, Janelle Spruill, and Angela Brown Myers, and danced alongside company members from Louisville Ballet and Ballet San Juan.