Carrie Beth Wick, Founder & Director
Through her leadership, Ballet Nevada/NPA continues to execute its mission of caring about our community and its future by educating and nurturing our children, teens and adults through outreach programs, professional performances and workshops, with a special emphasis on assisting those who experience socio or economic disadvantage. Recent accomplishments include the creation & direction of a program to increase awareness of and to prevent Sexual Assault; this program "No Means No" was recently nominated for an award by the Alliance for Victims Rights of Northern Nevada. She is Founder & Director of Ballet Nevada (2000); the school has a student enrollment of 150 and a staff of professional instructors from all over the United States and world. For the past 18 years, Carrie has successfully brought the possibility of the arts to hundreds of homeless and poverty stricken elementary school children with her Outreach Program for At-risk and Homeless Youth: The Wizard Within. This program has been honored with the Truckee Meadows Tomorrow Silver Star Award. Carrie has also been awarded the Nevada Womens Fund Woman of Achievement Award in 2003. She holds the distinguished honor of passing two Royal Academy of Dancing Majors Examinations and has completed extensive studies of the Royal Academy Children’s Syllabus in Toronto, Canada. As an artist, Carrie has performed principal roles in productions of Christmas Carol, The King and I, The Nutcracker, and University Spring Dance Concerts, as well as the opera Amahl and the Night Visitors. Miss Carrie's first dance instructor was one of the infamous Mouseketeers, Nancy Abbate.
Sylvia F Wick, Founder & Wardrobe Director
Sylvia Wick has an extensive background in the management and program coordination of the performing arts. She has been an executive assistant of a nonprofit organization in Nevada for numerous years, and has been Wardrobe and Props Director for Ballet Nevada since its inception. Her expertise is in managing and administrating casts, wardrobe crew and overseeing technical operations. She single-handedly created the costumes for the production Oliver! in August 2000, for all 4 presentations of Christmas Carol (2001-2004), for Frankenstein in October 2003 and for the performance of excerpts from our original ballet The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe in May 2004. She also designs and creates costuming for Ballet Nevada's Youth Company and Rape Prevention and Sexual Assault Awareness Program. She has been in charge of the Outreach Program costumes, props and sets since the program began in 1997. Ms. Wick has specialized training and vast experience with youth who are disadvantaged and/or in challenging circumstances.
Malia Cushing, Instructor ~ Choreographer ~ Performer
Miss Malia Camozzi was born and raised in North Lake Tahoe, California. From the age of 3 to 18 years, she received her classical ballet training from the Royal Academy of Dance, under Dee Dee Terzian, Registered Teacher. Miss Camozzi’s training included being part of the classical ballet company, and also included jazz, modern, lyrical and hip hop. She completed her RAD examinations through Advanced I, an extremely significant achievement which included coaching that took her to San Francisco and Long Beach, CA for intensive training.
Dan Robbins, Singing Instructor & Director ~ Mr. Ebenezer Scrooge
Whether it’s rock and roll, light opera, classical, gospel, folk, or show tunes, Dan Robbins has been there and done that. He has sung, directed, and/or acted throughout 49 of the United States and 25 countries. Dan has always wanted to play the part of Scrooge and loves working with Ballet Nevada. Recently he was Maurice in Tahoe Players’ Beauty and the Beast and Mayor Shinn in Nevada Civic Light Opera’s production of The Music Man. Over the past 18 years, he has appeared as Utterson in Jekyll & Hyde, The Mayor of The Whos in Seussical the Musical, Smee in Peter Pan, Albert in Bye, Bye Birdie, Uncle Barnaby in Babes in Toyland, Daddy Warbucks in Annie, Matthew in Cotton Patch Gospel, Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Geppetto in Pinocchio, Marcellus in The Music Man, and Dr. Einstein in Arsenic and Old Lace. Dan has directed vocals for many Tahoe Players’ Musicals as well as plays for Sparks Little Theater and Reno Little Theater. He has also directed over 20 adult, college, high school, and children’s choirs. In his spare time, Dan teaches music at Truckee Meadows Community College, occasionally subs for WCSD music teachers, plays with his rock bands “Proxy” and “Connie and the Corvettes”, ties the “knot” at wedding ceremonies, and sings each Sunday and Wednesday with the worship team at Harvest Family Fellowship. For Dan Robbins, Life is a stage and he’s front and center.
Jolene Tran, Instructor ~ Choreographer
Jolene Tran was born and raised in Northern Nevada. She has always had a special passion for Jazz and Tap dancing. She began her training at a young age with the highly revered Ms. Gina Kaskie, the owner of Western Nevada Performing Arts Center in Carson City, Nevada. Miss Jolene moved on to teach dance for many years at Positive Energy Studio. She also obtained her level 1 YogaFit Certification and has volunteered to teach yoga for RockSteady Boxing (boxing for Parkinson patients).
Miss Jolene holds a B.S. in Business from UNR with Academic Distinction. After her undergrad, she moved to Santiago de Chile where she taught English as a Second Language and took Flamenco Dance. She is fluent in the Spanish Language. Miss Jolene went on to receive her K-12 Nevada Teacher Certification with Sierra Nevada College and has taught at both public and Catholic schools in Northern Nevada. She has two beautiful children who enjoy taking dance and singing classes at Ballet Nevada.
Jericha Hannah Burton, Instructor ~ Choreographer ~ Performer
Jericha Burton, called Miss Hannah by her students, has been dancing since she was two years old and continues her passion through teaching and choreographing. She has taken classes at Ballet Nevada and the University of Nevada, Reno in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Modern, and Lyrical, but is passionate about Jazz and Tap the most. She is set to graduate from UNR in Spring 2020 with a degree in Psychology-Research and a minor in Dance. Through her studies, she has had opportunities to teach both kids and college students alike in both Dance and Psychology and has found a love for teaching both. Though school has kept her busy, she manages to find time to pursue her hobby of Baking ranging from simple cookies to cinnamon rolls and bread.
Jordan Blincoe, Instructor ~ Choreographer ~ Performer
Miss Jordan has been dancing since before she could walk. Her dedication and talent has landed her lead roles in Ballet Nevada’s and Nevada Performing Arts’ productions of “Christmas Carol, an American Musical”, “What the Moon Saw”, “The Red Shoes” and “The Wizard of Oz”. When she started high school, she joined Dance Team, and quickly rose to the position of Captain of the Dance Team. She holds 2 Varsity Letters in academics and 3 Varsity Letters in dance. She has been awarded a position in the National Honors Society. Miss Jordan has been/ is enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP) Courses in English, Spanish and US history, as well as being a part of the Biomedical Program at Reed HS.
As a Dance Instructor, Miss Jordan is diverse and very well-trained… she is a wonderful teacher of ballet, pointe and jazz, and can teach all ages. She is also an accomplished Choreographer. We are very excited Miss Jordan has joined our Faculty and look forward to being a part of her amazing accomplishments!