Advanced Ballet/Pointe, Jazz, Variations, Advanced Lyrical
Ashley Canterna Hardy received her ballet training at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, DC on full scholarship. At 14, she was the winner of the junior division at the Youth America Grand Prix Ballet Competition. That same year, she represented the United States at the 2000 International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria winning the silver medal (the highest awarded) and the City of Varna Award. In 2002, she went on to win the title of “Miss Dance of America” and was honored as one of DANCE magazine’s “25 Dancers to Watch in 2002.” She received the Jury Award and performed in the televised Medalists Gala and Encore Gala at the 2002 USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi that same year. Ashley was one of the featured dancers in the documentary “Dancers,” highlighting the 2002 USAIBC. She has performed in numerous galas throughout the United States and abroad. Ashley was featured on the nationally televised “A Capitol 4th” with Kristin Chenoweth, appeared on “Star Search,” and was featured in the movie “Step Up.”
Most recently, Ashley has been a company member with “Rock the Ballet” performing at the Joyce Theater in New York and on their European tours.
She enjoys traveling as a guest artist, master teacher, choreographer and judge, or spending time with her students at the Edna Lee Dance Studio in Maryland.
Ballet, Tap, Adult Tap
Mary Moran received her early training under the tutelage of Edna Lee. While in high school and college, she performed in various productions at Annapolis Summer Garden Theater and Colonial Players. After graduation from UMBC with a B.F.A. in theater, Mary moved to New York and danced professionally using the stage name of “Lizzie” Moran. She performed on Broadway for 7 1/2 years in the 1980’s production of “42nd Street”, while modeling, doing commercials and movie extra work. After 17 years in the Big Apple, she returned to her roots and is proud to continue the education traditions with which she grew up. Mary enjoys teaching all ages and levels, coaches and choreographs for the competition students and is the proud recipient of several choreography awards. She has judged dance competitions at the National level and is a member of Dance Masters of America where she served as President of Chapter 17 from 2006 – 2008.
Nastasia (Tash) Vasconcells grew up dancing at ELDS since she was three years old and has taught at ELDS since 2016. Nastasia performed in numerous productions of The Nutcracker with ELDS/Maryland Festival Ballet, in the roles of Clara, Snow Queen, Dew Drop Fairy, and Arabian. In 2012, she danced the role of Alice in the Maryland Festival Ballet production of Alice in Wonderland. In 2014, Nastasia was honored to be chosen as Miss Dance of Mid-Atlantic Dance Masters, Chapter 17. Nastasia attended numerous ballet intensive programs with the Gelsey Kirkland Academy, Bolshoi Ballet Academy, and Joffrey Ballet in NYC as well as ABT in Texas and the Kirov Academy in D.C. She also worked as a dance model for Curtain Call Costumes for many years. In high school, Nastasia received Maryland All-State and All-County Dancer awards, was Captain of the North County Dance Company, and was a member of the National Dance Honor Society. In 2015-2016, Nastasia attended the University of North Carolina School of the Arts to study dance performance with a ballet concentration under the direction of Susan Jaffe (ABT). She earned an Associate’s degree from CCBC in 2017 and a Bachelor’s degree from UMBC in 2019.
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Eve Holmes began her dance training at the Edna Lee Dance Studio in Linthicum, Maryland where she studied ballet, tap, and jazz for 11 years with teacher Ashley Canterna Hardy and Mary Moran. During those years, Eve competed at the local and National levels, culminating in her participation at Youth America Grand Prix in 2007. While in high school, Eve was active in Glen Burnie High School’s nationally recognized Dance for the Athlete Program as both a dancer and choreographer. Eve entered Goucher College as a Dance Performance major in 2009 and graduated Magna Cum Laude in May 2013 after dancing abroad at the prestigious arts conservatory, Taipei National University of the Arts, in Taipei, Taiwan during her senior year. Eve danced with Ballet Theatre of Maryland for three seasons where she enjoyed such roles as the Snow Queen in The Nutcracker and Diamond Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty. She has also appeared as the leading female in Charm City Ballet’s productions of Aladdin and The Little Mermaid. One of Eve’s greatest joys has been teaching creative movement and all levels of ballet and pointe technique for the last eight years. She is in her second season as a dancer with Bowen McCauley Dance in Silver Spring, MD.
Combination, Lyrical, Tap & Jazz
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