We are proud that all the members of our faculty either currently hold or are actively studying for teaching certifications in their field of expertise. Our instructors are currently certified by ABT National Training Curriculum, Escola Nacional de Ballet de Cuba, Imperial School of Dancing, and New England Conservatory of Circus Arts. We encourage and support our staff in pursuing continuing education opportunities for the benefit of our students’ training.
Founder & Director
Ballet, Adult Ballet, Pointe, Jazz
Boleyn H. Willis-Zeger began her dance training at age 5 in Durham NC, studying ballet with Adrianna Ciompi. She continued at New Performing Dance Company on scholarship, and in 1978 was granted apprenticeship to the company. In 1979 Boleyn entered NYU School of the Arts, Theater & Dance Department and studied ballet with Lawrence Rhodes, modern with Linda Tarnay , Feldenkrais with Moshe Feldenkrais and studied at Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute with Geoffrey Horne and Hope Arthur.
Eileen Thorsos began studying aerial silks in 2008 here at DSB. She has been practicing the art ever since, including co-choreographing aerial scenes for Durham Ballet Theatre productions of The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan, and Cinderella.
Courtney Liu received her training at the Cincinnati Ballet, the San Francisco Ballet School, and Duke University. She has taught all ages and levels of ballet for the past 13 years.
Dani, a native of Green Bay, WI, started dancing at age 4. She trained in ballet, jazz, tap, and pointe at various studios, until she found Green Bay School of Dance, where she trained in the pre-professional program during high school.
Modern, Ballet, Pointe
Faith Towner began aerial silks in 2009 under the instruction of North Carolina’s first aerial instructor, Rebecca Drake. Once she learned to climb she’s never looked back, or down.
Aerial Division Coordinator
Aerial Silks, Rigging
Aerial Lyra (Hoop)
Primary Ballet, Ballet, Pointe
Ruth Leney-Midkiff has been a master teacher, choreographer, and coach for over 25 years. She received her early training at the Point Park College Conservatory for Dance, under the tutelage of Edward Caton, Mansur Kamaletdinov, Kenneth Johnson, Robert Munoz, and Nicolas Petrov.
Blythe Williams was introduced to aerial silks in the spring of 2010, when an instructor starting a class asked potential students if they had “ever wanted to run away and join the circus”.
Ballet Master Classes
Master Classes, Hip Hop
George is currently a soloist for Ballet Memphis. He is from Durham, North Carolina, and had trained at Dance Theatre of Harlem coach(s): Miguel Campaneria, NC; Gus van Heerden, NYC.
Ballet, Hip Hop
Born in Kingston PA, Julie Degnan began her dance training at the age of 3 with the Degnan Ballet Center, home of Ballet Northeast, under Kristin Degnan-Boonin, Karla Kovatch, and Sara Smith Gravine.
Lauren R. Newton
Fascinated by videos of Michael Flatley performing in Lord of the Dance, five-year-old Lauren endeavored to teach herself how to Irish step dance—breaking a cabinet in the process.
Irish Step Dance
Mr. Suárez a Cuban/Dutch Chicago native, began training when he was three years old.A Raleigh School of Ballet and Durham School for Ballet and the Performing Arts alum, he continued his training at University of North Carolina School of the Arts.