Teaching is a gift that grows with years of experience. Each School of Performing Arts teacher is a highly– respected teacher, specializing in their dance field!
Russell Sultzbach - DirectorRussell Sultzbach is currently director of the School of Performing Arts and also Director of Ballet South. He is a native of Orlando and began his dance training with Edith and Bill Royal in order to be eligible for the local Nutcracker.
Mr. Sultzbach was a student at the American Ballet Center and The School of Joffrey Ballet. He was chosen by Robert Joffrey for his major dance company where her worked for seven years. He performed the principal roles in Agnes DeMille’s Rodeo, Sir Fredrick Ashton’s The Dream, Kurt Jooss’ The Green Table and Jerome Robbins' Interplay, Moves and New York Export Opus Jazz. Of Mr. Sultzbach, the legendary Agnes DeMille said, “He is one of the best young technicians in dance today, a brilliant mime, a true comedian, and an enchanting personality.”
In 1981, Mr. Sultzbach returned to Florida to work as Ballet Master and choreographer for Southern Ballet Theatre, Orlando’s professional ballet company where he remained until 1993. Now as director of Ballet South, he has choreographed an eclectic repertory for the Company, which includes All-American, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Reflections, Valhalla, Copacetic Concerto, The Four Seasons, Phoenix, the Nutcracker and most recently our new full length ballet, American Carols.
Phyllis Sultzbach - Ballet, PointePhyllis Sultzbach was born in New York City and raised here in Orlando. She studied all forms of dance with the School of Performing Arts and Southern Ballet Theatre starting at the age of four. She was fortunate enough during her training to study with many well-known teachers from all over the states, including Robert Barnett, Manny Rowe, David Howard, Robert Joffrey and Richard Thomas.
During her Senior year in High School, she was invited to be a professional member of Southern Ballet Theatre. She danced there for thirteen years and was privileged to work with many international choreographers. Some of her principal roles were the lead in Labros Firebird, lead in Yes, Virginia another piano ballet, fouette girl in Graduation Ball, Effie in La Sylphide, Tarantella Pas de deux, Snow Pas. Lead mom, Spanish and Marzipan in Russell Sultzbach’s Nutcracker. She retired from performing in 1994 to have her son, Austin. She has been teaching her favorite dance forms, ballet and pointe since 1995. Since 1994, she has worked with children in Nutcracker, first with Southern Ballet Theatre and now with Ballet South.
Christine French - Ballet, JazzAt the age of 9 Chrissy started her dance training at the School of Performing Arts, taking all disciplines. Through her experiences with the performing company and performances throughout the community with various organizations, her passion for dance grew. Her passion and education were furthered at Valencia Community College’s dance program and Florida State University where she received her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Dance.
In 2000, she returned home to the School of Performing Arts to teach and share her passion with the young dancers. Since 2007, she has had the great honor of directing the junior company with Ballet South. Through Ballet South has had the opportunity choreograph jazz and ballet pieces with the senior and junior dance companies. More recently she has received her Masters of Arts from University of Central Florida in Health/Wellness and Applied Exercise Physiology.
Patti Haine - Tap and Theatre JazzPatti Haine has been on the staff of S.P.A for over thirty years. She is a native of Orlando and studied with Edith Royal from the age of 8. Trained in ballet, tap, jazz and acrobatics, she moved to New York in 1962 and danced professionally for 10 years. Her credits include Broadway, Off Broadway, 2 National Touring companies, TV, and numerous stock companies. She has choreographed for Sea World, community and dinner theaters, Edgewater, Boone and Winter Park High Schools, and Park Maitland Preparatory. Patti is married to David Haine and has 2 daughters and 1 grandson.
Laura Bostic-Work -Ballet,TapAttended Hofstra University in New York, studying singing dancing and acting. She has been a dance instructor for the past twenty five years, and had owned and operated her own studio in Michigan.
She has had students receive scholarships to Interlochen, Las Vegas, LA, New York, American Ballet Theatre, and Joffrey Ballet. Her students have been seen dancing with the Rockettes, Siegfried and Roy, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Dragon Tails and Sesame Street Live. Over the years she has had many award winning students, most recently Kirsten Haglund ,Miss America 2008-2009.
Along with being a National Director for Dance Masters of America she is the administrator for the DMA’s Student Honors Intensive Program held in Buffalo New York. Laura is a nationally certified examiner through Dance Masters of America, a graduate of Dance Masters of America’s Teachers Training School, and the Masters in Dance Direction Program. In her spare time she teaches master classes at conventions, and also works as an adjudicator at many dance events. She is especially proud of the many students who have continued their dance education in college and who are now performing or teaching.