Staff


camilla picCamilla Bullard

School Director

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 School Director for GDT.  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.


Elizabeth Lowry

Business Director

Elizabeth Lowry grew up in Florida, where she enjoyed studying  Tap,  Jazz, Ballet and Pointe. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in International Affairs and a Master’s Degree in Urban & Regional Planning from Florida State University.  After working in the field of transportation planning for a nearly a decade, she “retired” to be a full-time mom and volunteer.  She joined the administrative team at Gaston Dance Theatre in 2015 as the Office Manager and now serves as the Business Director.

 

 

 


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.

 

 



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 eight 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 also enjoys contributing to Tap choreography, and did so for her role as Toy Soldier Doll in The Nutcracker (2019).  Rachel has taught Intro to Tap for two years and Kinderdance and Tap 1/2 for one year.  She thoroughly enjoys working with GDT’s young students and looks forward to continuing this year.


Anna Patterson

Classical Ballet – all levels

Anna Patterson began her classical ballet training at the Charlotte School of Ballet under the direction of Gay Porter and Bridget Young.  There, she achieved the grades of Distinction and Highly Commended in the Royal Academy of Dance and Cecchetti examinations.  In 2016, Anna was handpicked to be trained by Gelsey Kirkland and moved to New York City to attend the Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet where she was trained in the Vaganova and Bournonville method.  At age eighteen, Anna was invited to join the U.S International Ballet as a corps de ballet member and became one of the company’s founding members.  There, she had the privilege of dancing many roles varying from corps de ballet to soloist.  In 2019, Anna joined Columbia Classical Ballet where she danced in numerous ballets including Giselle, Coppelia, The Nutcracker, Red Riding Hood, and The Wizard of Oz.  Anna is still dancing and enjoying teaching and hopes to inspire the joy of ballet in the next generation.


 

margaretMargaret Kocherga

Substitute Instructor & Guest Artist

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 more than 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.  Margaret is certified in Progressing Ballet Technique and recently completed her PhD in Nanoscale Science.