Richard Dickinson A former dancer with Ohio Ballet in Akron, OH, Dickinson’s association with that company began in 1988. He later became ballet master and director of company touring. Richard has served as Artistic Associate for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. He currently is an adjunct professor at Youngstown State University; co- director of State Street Ballet’s Summer Intensive (located in Santa Barbara, CA), and Artistic Director of Ballet Western Reserve, also located in Youngstown, OH. He was most recently the Artistic Director of Great Lakes Festival Ballet (Warren, OH), and Dickinson has also directed Boston Ballet II and was a soloist with Boston Ballet for eight years. At age fifteen, he joined the Pasadena Dance Theatre and was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Emerging Choreographer Award for a work premiered by the same company. He performed in the PBS television production of “Frankie and Johnny” with the Chicago Ballet and danced principal roles in Asian, European and American tours with Rudolf Nureyev and the Boston Ballet. In addition to an extensive dance career, including principal and soloist roles with Ohio Ballet, Boston Ballet, Honolulu City Ballet, various regional companies and Chamber Dance Theatre in Milwaukee, where he was Artistic Director, Dickinson has adjudicated four Regional Dance America festivals held throughout the United States. He received his Master of Fine Arts degree in Contemporary Dance from Case Western Reserve University in 2005.
Troy McCarty, an international ballet master, trained under some of the East Coast's most prominent teachers. He appeared as a dancer in the national tours of Barnum and Woman of the Year. Troy was director and principal choreographer of the Vancouver City Ballet for four years. Subsequently, he was a faculty member of the Hong Kong Academy of the Performing Arts, where he restaged Paquita. Troy has taught for Ballet British Columbia, Alberta, Cincinnati Ballet, Dancing Wheels and was master teacher for the Regional Dance Companies of America in 2006. Troy entered a couple in the International Ballet Competition in Paris where they received an honorable mention. Previous Verb Ballets’ choreography credits include “Volver, Volver” and “Scent.” He is the owner and director of White Cloud Studios, a Cleveland-based Pilates studios that is in its 17th year of promoting strength, flexibility, and endurance for Cleveland bodies.
Sara Whale attended the Juilliard School before joining Ram Island Dance and the Maine State Ballet where she performed, taught and choreographed for both Portland, ME based companies. During her career she has performed dance works by Charles Weidman, George Balanchine, Linda MacArthur Meile, Randy James, Daniel McCusker, Jeff Duncan, Dan Wagoner, Buffy Miller and Doug Varone. She has been the recipient of grants for choreographic and educational development in dance from the Maine Community Foundation, Maine Arts Commission, The Libra Foundation and The King Foundation. Sara moved to Cleveland in 2007 after earning a BFA in Graphic Design from Pacific Northwest College of Art. In addition to being a member of the dance faculty at Baldwin-Wallace College she also teaches company class for the Dancing Wheels Company and is on staff at Verb Ballets. She has created new works for Verb Ballets, MegLouise Dance, The Dancing Wheels Company, and Cleveland Public Theatre's Big [BOX] Series. Recent performances include Cleveland's 2010 Playhouse Square Dance Showcase, Zurich Opera's 2011 production of Don Giovanni with the Cleveland Orchestra and Idaho Shakespeare Festival/Great Lakes Theatre 2011 production of Cabaret. Ms. Whale is currently on faculty for the Theater and Dance Department of Baldwin-Wallace College.
About Verb Ballets
Verb Ballets ignites audience passion and participation in contemporary dance. Under the leadership of Director, Dr. Margaret Carlson, Verb Ballets strives to support and foster emerging talent, to present excellence in contemporary choreographers, and to revive and honor modern dance classics.