Faculty Bios

Patricia Sorrell

Ms. Pat grew up in Southern California and graduated from Hollywood Professional School. She studied dance with Theodore Kosloff and Madame Baldina, who was the original Waltz Girl in Fokine’s Les Sylphides. As a young adult, Ms. Pat danced with the Gollner-Petroff Ballet under Nana Gollner and Paul Petroff. She has also appeared in movies, television, and toured in musical theatre productions such as Annie Get Your Gun and in Olsen and Johnson’s Oh What a Night. Ms. Pat moved to the East Coast and danced with the National Ballet and Washington.

In 1974 she joined the faculty of Tidewater Ballet, which became the Virginia Ballet Theatre. Ms. Pat has also been the Assistant to the Director of the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet summer program since its inception in 1975. Her teaching credits include Allegheny Ballet, Arlington Dance Workshop, Parou Ballet, Tidewater Ballet, and others. Ms. Sorrell has staged many classics such as Giselle and Swan Lake. Her original works have been performed at the Northeast Regional’s.

Ms. Sorrell directed Ballet Tidewater, a performing company with Young Audiences of Virginia for several years. She directs First Pointe Players, a junior training company for BV, and is a sought after guest teacher nationwide.

Kimberly Lawver

Miss Kim started her dance training at the age of three. She continued to train in local dance studios and at The Canton Ballet in Ohio. Miss Kim went on to receive her Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Masters in Arts Administration from the University of Akron and was an adjunct faculty member teaching tap and jazz classes for many years. Collectively, Miss Kim has been teaching for over 30 years to students ages 3 to adult. She has taught classes in jazz, tap, ballet, pointe, lyrical, musical theatre, stretch and flexibility, baton, and tumbling.

Miss Kim was also an instructor at the Dance Institute, a pre-professional dance program at the University of Akron. She was the Artistic Director and manager of a dance studio and a non-profit children’s community theatre for five years, where she directed her own shows. Miss Kim has also been the director and choreographer for her own performance/competition team. Her students have won national titles and scholarships and have performed internationally in Italy and Spain. In 2008, her choreography was chosen to perform at the World Dance Championships in Barcelona, Spain. Many of her former students have gone on to become professional dancers.

For over 20 years, Miss Kim has been a judge for dance competitions on a regional level and was also the regional director for the Dance USA Performing Arts Championships under the direction of Mark Marino. She has been the assistant coach and choreographer for the University of Akron Dance Team and the assistant director/choreographer for the University of Akron’s musical, Dames at Sea. Miss Kim also choreographed for the University of Akron Dance Company and was on the faculty for the American College Dance Festival Association.

Grace Atkinson

Grace Atkinson has been directing, teaching and writing for Children’s Theater  for 30 years.  She majored in Theater Arts at Stephens College and became a professional actress with stage and television credits. Marriage turned her on to Children’s Theater. She has taught and directed in Toledo, Charlotte and Rochester. After returning to her hometown of Virginia Beach, she realized there wasn’t a Children’s Theater here. She founded the first one and called it “Theater for Kids/Teens”.

Charlotte Mann

Charlotte Mann has been with Ballet Virginia for the past 12 years and is a member of their second company. She had attended BV’s summer intensives and the Carolina Ballet SI in 2017. Her favorite role is either as a Weaver in “Coppelia” or Arabian in “The Nutcracker”. She attends Granby High School’s IB program and will be graduating this spring.

Katherine Shillito

Katherine Shillito has been a dancer at Ballet Virginia for 12 years and is currently a member of their second company. She has attended many summer programs at Ballet Virginia along with Houston Ballet’s Summer Intensive in 2019. Katherine is a junior at Granby High School and attends the IB Program. Prior to being given her own classes, she was a class assistant for several years.

Emily Kodolitsch – coming soon