Kevin Overbey danced professionally for more than 15 years with nationally recognized companies such as the San Antonio Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, and Nevada Ballet Theatre. He was a guest performer in several productions with Ballet Tennessee, and Dance Alive in Florida. In his professional career he danced roles such as the Cavalier, Snow King and lead Waltz in the “Nutcracker,” Dracula in “Dracula,” one the four couples in Balanchine’s “Allegro Brillante,” and he worked with many prominent choreographers. Ovrerbey also performed in the acclaimed Bally’s show “Jubilee” in Las Vegas, and “Red Hot” in Shanghai China
Overbey taught ballet throughout his performing career. He taught company class for Ballet Tennessee, and was on the staff of Academy of Nevada Ballet Theater, teaching advanced ballet for several years. Overbey has a degree in Education from University of Nevada Las Vegas which helped him associate ballet pedagogy with the physical, mental and psychological developmental stages of his students. .
Guest Artist in residence
JOHN LANDOVSKY was born in Riga, Latvia. Mr. Landovsky's extensive performing career has affiliated him with several dance companies on the mainland and abroad, including International Ballet Company, Chicago Lyric Opera Ballet, The Roland Petit Ballet in Paris, and Wurttenberg Stats Opera in Stuttgart, Germany. He has shared the stage with many renowned artists including Rudolph Nureyev, Henning Kronstrom, Erick Bruhn, and Helgi Thomasson. Mr. Landovsky was the choreographer for ten years at Chicago's Candlelight Dinner Theatre where he won the Joseph Jefferson Award for best choreography.
Mr. Landovsky has taught at many prestigious schools including the University of Illinois, National Academy of Arts in Champaign, Illinois, Edinburgh Festival in Scotland, Texas Christian University, and the National Music Camp in Interlochen, Michigan. He has served as the Artistic Director of Bartlesville Civic Ballet in Oklahoma, Duluth Ballet in Minnesota, and Ballet Hawaii.
Since founding HSB, John Landovsky has had a formidable presence as a ballet teacher who is passionate about his art and about teaching students, many who now teach or perform professionally. Students of Mr. Landovsky have performed with American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Washington Ballet, Ballet West, Nederlands Dance Theatre, and on Broadway, and have participated in numerous prestigious international ballet competitions.
Catherine Gaudreau visits several times a year to work with our advanced ballet dancers.
Catherine Goduco Gaudreau was born in Worcester, Massachusetts and studied ballet with Anna Marie and David Holmes and furthered her studies at the Nutmeg Conservatory under the tutelage of Sharon Dante. She attended the School of American Ballet as well as North Carolina School of the Arts. She was a principal dancer with the Alabama Ballet and danced numerous leading roles including Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Kitri in Don Quixote, Aurora in the Sleeping Beauty to name just a few. She also danced leading roles in George Balanchine’s “Allegro Brilliante” and “Tarantella.” She had the opportunity to work with such choreographers as Vicente Nebrada, Val Caniparoli and Michael Smuin when she was a soloist with Ballet Florida dancing ballets such as “Our Waltzes” by Nebrada, “Lady of the Camellias” by Caniparoli and Smuin’s “Quattro a Verdi.”
Catherine has also trained with Ruth Petronovic in the Revolutionary Principles of Movement (RPM) that honors all traditions of ballet and is based on anatomy and kinesiology. She was a coach for the United States team for the International Ballet Competition in Helsinki, Finland 2001. She currently teaches throughout the Southeast as well in Chattanooga where she resides.
Melissa Wilhoit has over twenty years experience teaching dance to children and adults. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from George Mason University, studied Teaching Methodology under Risa Steinberg in New York City, and completed the Professional Studies Program with the José Limón Dance Company studying under the tutelage of Risa, Betty Jones, Alan Danielson, Carla Maxwell, and Roxanne D’Orleans Juste, additionally interning with the company and performing Limón, Sokolow, and Weidman repertory. Melissa has taught master classes and residencies all along the east coast, and for thirteen years Melissa directed a non-profit arts program that provided free dance classes to over 1200 children annually in under-served neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens, New York. Melissa teaches at many studios and schools throughout Asheville and offers free dance workshops for individuals with disabilities. In 2017 Melissa co-created DanceLab, an exploratory space where teachers are encouraged to lab new approaches to dance technique/choreography/improvisation.