Staff


camilla picCamilla Bullard

Ballet Mistress

Creative Movement, Introduction to Ballet, Ballet 1A & 1B, Ballet 2, Ballet 3 & Ballet 4/5 

Camilla Bullard discovered her passion for dance at the age of nine.  She trained for eight years under the direction of Pat Wall at Gaston Dance Theatre, studying Ballet, Modern, Jazz and Tap.  During this time, she danced featured roles in many well-known Ballets; the Coffee Arabian Princess in The Nutcracker and the Lead Gypsy in Don Quixote proved to be favorites.  Camilla also attended multiple intensive programs offered at the North Carolina School of the Arts (NCSA) and performed as a featured Soloist in the selected Group Assemble entered by The GDT Company.

After graduating high school, Camilla trained and performed under the direction of Anne Blackwell at the York County Ballet, becoming a part of the Featured Company within the school.

Camilla has thoroughly enjoyed her return to her roots as a Ballet instructor at Gaston Dance Theatre.  For the past four years, Camilla has taught the Intro to Ballet through Level 5 Classical Ballet students.  Since 2017, she has served as the Rehearsal Director of GDT’s holiday classic The Nutcracker.  Under her tutelage, many students have gone on to successful dance intensive and college dance programs.  Camilla is dedicated to holding the highest standard of dance education and now serves as the Ballet Mistress for the school.  Over the years, her love and passion for dance has continued to grow and she looks forward to educating the next generation of GDT students.


Katarina Dimitrijevic

Ballet Technique (Levels 3-5) & Pointe

Katarina Dimitrijevic is a graduate of The State Ballet Academy of Belgrade, Serbia. Katarina danced with the Simionov Ensemble and instructed classical ballet at three different ballet institutions in Belgrade.  She then spent several years in Italy as a ballet instructor, choreographer and dancer at ballet schools in Ragusa. Cosimo, Acate and Grammichele.  In 1997, Katarina opened her own dance school, KAYA, in Belgrade.  She also completed a four-year course in Ballet Pedagogy at the University of High Culture and Arts in Rome, Italy, where she continued her studies in the Vaganova methodology.  She served as Assistant to Professor Ivan Goliandin in the Character Dance Department.  While studying in Rome, she taught classical and character dances at several studios while also dancing professionally.  Katarina moved to the Unites States in 2003 and taught classical ballet at the Fort Wayne Ballet Academy.  For the past ten years, she has been an instructor at Charlotte Ballet.


 


margaretMargaret Kocherga

Ballet 2, Ballet 3, Ballet 4/5, Conditioning & Contemporary Ballet with Pointe

Born and raised in Ukraine, Margaret received her main dance education studying the Vaganova method along with learning the Graham method of modern dance, jazz, contemporary, historical and character styles. Margaret has extensive performance experience, including dancing on the stage of the National Opera of Ukraine.

Upon her arrival to the United States, she continued to study dance at North Carolina Dance Theatre (currently Charlotte Ballet) as a conservatory student. Under the tutelage of former American Ballet dancer Patricia McBride, Margaret was trained in the Balanchine technique. She has had the opportunity to study under Mark Diamond along with other internationally recognized instructors. She also has extensive training in many styles of Ballroom dance.

Margaret has 10 years of teaching experience working with various age groups and levels. She has been an instructor and performer with Gaston Dance Theatre since 2013 and has taught Master Classes with Dance Davidson and Belmont School of Ballet, along with many local dance programs.  Recently Margaret was certified in Progressing Ballet Technique and is a PhD candidate in Nanoscale Science.


 


Rachel Lowry

Kinderdance, Introduction to Tap/Tap 1 & Tap 2

Rachel Lowry has studied dance since the age of four, beginning at The Perfect Step, and moving to Gaston Dance Theatre at age eight. In her years at GDT, she has studied Ballet, Pointe, Modern, Jazz, and Tap. She has participated in The Nutcracker seven times, and has performed in the GDT Spring Shows every year since 2012. Her favorite Ballet roles have been Chinese soloist in The Nutcracker and Summer Fairy in Cinderella (2019). Performing a Tap duet as Peter’s Shadow in Peter Pan (2018) is another highlight of her years at GDT.

As an advanced Tap dancer, Rachel began substitute teaching in both the GDT Tap program and Kinderdance classes. She created choreography for the end of year parent observations along with contributing to the Tap numbers for GDT Spring productions. Rachel began teaching the Intro to Tap class last season and thoroughly enjoyed working with GDT’s young students. She looks forward to expanding her teaching role this year while working with our upper level Tap students and Kinderdance classes.