Coastal Virginia's Ballet Academy and Company

 (757) 446-1401  Norfolk  and  Virginia Beach

Ballet Virginia Board of Directors

Ballet Virginia is a 501 (c) (3) organization founded in April of 2008 and incorporated in the Commonwealth of Virginia effective May 7, 2008. The Ballet Virginia Board of Directors’ primary goal is to look after the general well-being of the organization and ensure its financial viability. 

The 2023-2024 Ballet Virginia Board of Directors:

Jane Bray – Board Chair, former Dean of the Darden College of Education and Professional Studies
April Woodard – Emmy Nominated TV Host, WTKR “Coast Live Host and NSU professor
Ashton Sniderman – Board Secretary, Live Nation Staffing Director
Grace Atkinson – Community-at-Large
Lara Pham – Community-at-Large
Patrick Francis – NATO
Suzanne Lownsbury – Ballet Virginia Co-Artistic Director
Janina Michalski – Ballet Virginia Co-Artistic Director
Naomi Muellner – Community-at-Large
Jim Price – Manager, Project Management Support Office, NASA Langley Research Center

Ex Officio

Hope Paryzek – Founder, Board President Emeritus

Board Advisors

Lorraine Graves, Gene Hansen and Elbert Watson

Full-time Staff/Faculty

Suzanne Lownsbury, Lisa McCarty, Janina Michalski, Lydia Roberts Coco, Jared Brunson

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As a nonprofit 501 (c)(3), Ballet Virginia relies on generous contributors for their financial support and devoted volunteers for their countless hours of time and expertise.

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