Nadia A. Porter Letnaunchyn
“Nadia is a patient, knowledgeable instructor. Perfect for new dancers.”
Mrs. Letnaunchyn is the founding Artistic Director of Mid Atlantic Youth Ballet and Center for Dance Education, Inc. A native of Roebling, NJ, Nadia danced with with Hamilton Ballet Theatre, under the direction of Julie Caprio prior to moving to Maryland in 1996. Mrs. Letnaunchyn received a B.A. in Dance from Goucher College in 2000 with a concentration in dance education, also receiving Maryland State Department of Education Certification in dance, grades 7-12. While a student at Goucher, Mrs. Letnaunchyn was the recipient of the Howard and Geraldine Polinger Scholarship for the Visual and Performing Arts and performed in works by renowned teachers and choreographers, including Gabriel Masson and Virginia Johnson.
Upon graduation, Nadia began her teaching career at Parkville High School in Baltimore County where she developed the school’s comprehensive dance program and instituted “A Community Nutcracker”. This community outreach project engaged over 100 students in grades pre-K through 12 each year for six years in the full length production of this holiday classic.
Mrs. Letnaunchyn has also served on the dance faculty for the Goucher Summer Arts Institute, Carver Preparatory Dance Program, and the Carroll County School for the Performing Arts. In 2008, Mrs. Letnaunchyn received her Master of Arts degree in Arts Administration from Goucher College through which the concept for MYB initially emerged.
Nadia and her husband Brian are parents to three children, Aidan, Maggie and Will. Family is the most important thing in her life, and the students and parents at MYB are an important part of that family.