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!
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.
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.
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.
Cheri Glover trained and danced professionally coast to coast. Her tap training was strongly influnced by Chicago's great "hoofer" Tommy Sutton, later followed by rhythm tappers, Savion Glover and Greg Russell. Ms. Cheri's ballet training widely varied from companies in Atlanta, Houston, Cincinnati and Dallas. After touring in Los Angeles and New York,, she settled in Atlanta, GA and opened a dance studio as as well as continued her professional dance career. In a twist of fate, teaching became the path of her passion. In 1999, she attended The School of Performing Arts as an adult student and studied under both Ms. Patti and Mr. Russell as well as Dana Michaels. After a recent relocation to NC and back, Ms. Cheri is happy to return to the School of Performing Arts and absolutely thrilled to be teaching both ballet and tap.
Kim Matovina was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida where she began her dance training at the age of three. She was a competitive dancer in Northeast Florida for eight years before being accepted into Jacksonville University. It was there she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance and worked with many guest artists including but not limited to Pilobolus, American Ballet Theatre, Kiara Ely, David Parsons, Jennifer Muller and The Muller Company, and Take Ueyama. She gained performance experience in local area venues such as WhiteOak Plantation, as well as studying abroad on the island of Curacao. She has eight years of experience teaching in both Jacksonville and Orlando, and currently works as a parade performer at Universal Studios Orlando. Kim also performs throughout the community and co-directs a local experimental dance company called Red Right Return.
Angie is a versatile, captivating instructor and performer! Raised in Orlando, Florida, she trained in ballet, modern, and jazz technique at Dr. Phillips High School in the Performing Arts Magnet program. Her training later continued at Jacksonville University as a dance minor, majoring in Psychology. Upon entering the industry, Angie began her professional career as a Character Performer at Walt Disney World and as a dancer in NAO, an improv based contemporary dance company in Orlando, FL. Angie’s passion for teaching led her to become an educator in Sanford, FL. at Millennium Middle School. She taught in the areas of dance, drama, and theater tech. After her time there, Angie was lead back to her high school alma mater, where she taught elective dance classes. At that time, she was also a dancer in Yow Dance, a leading Contemporary dance company in Orlando, FL. Angie’s dynamic background stretches to the Commercial Dance industry, booking commercials, events, and fitness model gigs with companies such as Digital Juice, Inc., Hardrive Productions, and Zoe Life Fitness. Most importantly, Angie’s creativity and desire to contribute to the dance and dance fitness industry lead her to develop fitness and dance fitness classes for residential communities and dance studios. Most recently, she launched a series of Heels classes at BeFit Health Studio, in Lake Mary, FL., which attracts women from various backgrounds and promotes individuality and feminine appeal. Currently, Angie is choreographing and teaching at dance and fitness studios throughout Central Florida.