Director

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.

Instructors

Kathryn Jacques
Kathryn Jacques
Kathryn began her training at Towson University’s Children’s Dance Division. She later attended the university on scholarship and graduated with Honors with a BFA in Dance Performance. Kathryn spent summers at Baltimore Ballet and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and has performed with the Baltimore Ballet, Harford Ballet Company, Eclipse Performing Dance Company and with independent choreographers. She has been accepted into programs for Richmond Ballet, Ballet Austin, Ballet Theater of Maryland, and Nashville Ballet and received Honorable Mention as a Maryland Distinguished Scholar of the Arts. For over a decade she has taught all levels of ballet and pointe throughout northern Maryland. Her students have been accepted into programs for Boston Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Joffery Ballet, Miami City Ballet and the Carver Center for Arts and Technology to name a few, and have also competed at the Youth America Grand Prix.
Ashley Chapman
Ashley Chapman
Ashley Chapman grew up in Baltimore, Maryland where she started dancing when she was four years old. She began competitive dance at a very young age, earning awards in jazz, tap, and musical theatre. In high school she switched her focus back to the fundamentals and rounded out her ballet and modern technique training with Nadia Letnaunchyn and became a member of Parkville High School’s Dance Ensemble. Ashley was inducted into the National Honor Society for Dance Arts in her sophomore year of high school and was selected as one of the first members of the Baltimore County Honors Dance Ensemble in 2006. This ensemble consists of the top dancers from high schools throughout the Baltimore County Public School system. As a Theatre Major at Morgan State University, Ashley performed in and choreographed for many productions, including projects with the National Portrait Gallery and the Walters Art Museum. She then transferred to the University of Maryland, College Park as a Dance Major in 2008 where she performed in concerts for the Maryland Dance Ensemble as well as many other small projects. While at the University of Maryland she discovered her love of hip hop dance and joined Dynamic Dance Troupe in 2009. In 2011 Ashley began dancing with the professional hip hop troupe Culture Shock® DC where she still serves as an artistic director for one of their youth outreach programs, Mighty Shock® DC. In addition she has danced for local vocal artists and is currently a core member of the Baltimore Dance Crew Project (BDCP). Ashley has been involved with the Mid Atlantic Youth Ballet since its opening in 2007 teaching ballet, tap, jazz, and hip hop dance. Through teaching and directing, Ashley carries out her true passion of bringing dance to children of all backgrounds and provides training and mentorship to young dancers who would otherwise not have the opportunity.
Katie Harrison
Katie Harrison
Katie Harrison was originally trained in ballet, jazz, modern, contemporary, lyrical, theatre, tap, hip-hop, and ethnic styles at the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Performing Arts located in Baltimore, MD. She has competed at national competitions, performed all over the country, and received additional training through nationally known intensives. With this training, she was asked to be a member of Parkville High School’s Dance Company.

At Parkville, she performed as a lead in the Nutcracker for four years and became the President of the National Dance Honor Society. In high school, Katie was offered a dance scholarship from Parkville, and named a 2005 Maryland Distinguished Scholar. During college she was a member of the Salisbury University Dance Company for eight semesters, where she was named Outstanding Dancer 2009, and National Outstanding Dance Minor 2008. She was also a three-time award winning choreographer, and presented her creative process of choreography at the National Conference of Undergraduate Research.

Katie graduated Cum Laude from Salisbury University where she majored in mathematics with concentrations in secondary education and statistics, and minored in dance. Currently, Katie is a math teacher at Kenwood High School located in Essex, MD and is excited to start her seventh year on staff with Mid Atlantic Youth Ballet.

Jenyfer Krauss
Jenyfer Krauss
Jenyfer Krauss is a dancer, choreographer and teacher. She received her BA in dance from Goucher College and has shared her passion for dance with her students for over 20 years. Ms. Krauss has taught and choreographed for many local dance studios, Harford Community College, as well as in New York. She looks forward to her fourth year at MYB.
Gabrielle Stoler
Gabrielle Stoler
Gabrielle is currently a Senior at Goucher College with a major in Dance and a concentration in Secondary Education. Her training began at Towson University Children’s Dance Division. She then furthered her training at Sudbrook Magnet Middle school. For high school she attended the prestigious Carver Center for Arts and Technology. Throughout high school Gabrielle was a member of the Inertia Dance Company as well as a member of the National Honors Society for Dance Arts. She also participated in many guest artist residencies and attended various dance festivals. Her studio training is credited to Mid Atlantic Youth Ballet. For the past eight years, this company has been a huge part of Gabrielle’s life, performing in various lead roles. Much of Gabrielle’s teaching experience has been with MYB as well. This is her sixth year teaching there. Additional teaching experience includes two semesters of fieldwork in the dance departments at Jemicy Day School and Roland Park Country School. Gabrielle is an active member of NDEO (national dance education organization); attending conferences and presenting research. She also was selected to serve as the student coordinator for Goucher’s NHSDA (national honors society for dance arts), collegiate chapter. She looks forward to continuing to grow as a dance educator.

Student Instructors

Sarah Natterman
Sarah Natterman
Sarah began her ballet training at the age of five at a small local organization. Encouraged to stick with it, she began expanding her dance training to incorporate not only ballet and pointe work, but modern at Towson University’s Community Dance Program. She dances with Mid Atlantic Youth Ballet in productions and classes, and has been teaching for two years. Currently she attends Carver Center for the Arts and Technology for dance, has been a member of the Inertia Dance Company, and choreographed a few of her own works. She has also had the opportunity to attend the Ballet Chicago Summer Intensive in 2015 under the direction of Dan Duell. Sarah greatly enjoys incorporating her interest in foreign language and cultures into her choreography and teaching style in the hopes of connecting with a broader array of cultures and learn more about them through the art of dance.
Kelsey Corbett
Kelsey Corbett
Kelsey Corbett is a current student in dance prime at George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology. At school she studies ballet and modern technique, is a member of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts, and is also a member of Carver’s dance company, Inertia. Kelsey began dancing at the age of six and became a dancer at MYB when she was nine. Kelsey is excited and honored to extend her teaching and choreographic skills at MYB!

Production Assistants

Tina Duvall
Tina Duvall
Tina began her dance training at the age of 3, more than 18 years ago. The majority of her dance training came from the Carver Preparatory program, which is where she first met Nadia Letnaunchyn, and at the summer camps at Goucher College. Her trainings in these programs made it possible for her to be accepted into Carver Center for Arts and Technology where her area of study was dance. During her 4 years at Carver Center, she participated in many dance shows at in which she also served as a stage manager for a few performances. Tina’s background with the arts is not just limited to dance.

She has been doing musical theatre for almost as long as she’s been dancing as well as taking voice lessons for well over 5 years. Some of her theatre credits include A Christmas Carol, The Sound of Music, and Oklahoma in which she was also the choreographer, just to name a few. Her passion for dance is what led her to pursue a career in Massage Therapy from Community College of Baltimore County. She has two more semesters to go in the massage program and hopes to specialize in Pregnancy and Infancy Massage. Tina has taught many classes at MYB including advanced pointe, youth tap and jazz, and youth ballet. This is Tina’s fifth year teaching at MYB.

Sarah Soule
Sarah Soule
Sarah Soule has been dancing and choreographing since the age of eight, when dance was introduced into her life. Born and raised in Baltimore, MD, Sarah began dancing seriously after school at Carver Preparatory and during the summers at Goucher Summer Arts Institute. She then moved on to join Parkville High School’s Dance Company. Here is where she began to pursue choreography as a career possibility instead of a mere hobby. Encouraged and supported by Nadia Letnaunchyn, Sarah became very involved in the Dance Program, participating in musicals, the Dance Team, becoming President of the National Dance Honor Society, and finally receiving the Outstanding Choreography Award as a Senior.

Currently a Senior at Goucher College, Sarah is a Dance Major, focusing on Choreography and Education. She has studied under teachers Katherine Ferguson, Linda Garfalo, Karissa Horowicz, Trebien Pollard, James Richard Southerland, and Michael Thomas. She has studied dance abroad in London, Britain and is currently beginning classes in the Graduate Program (also at Goucher) to earn her Masters in Education. Sarah has been involved in Mid Atlantic Youth Ballet since its start, dancing major and minor roles in the annual Nutcracker and Spring shows and teaching classes including ballet, jazz, and modern. Sarah also makes an effort to choreograph something small in every production in order to expand her choreographic horizons.