Anna Duvall | Artistic Director
Choreographic visionary and an artist by design through a creative capacity that has no bounds.
With her keen eye for such visual applications as set and costume design, her productions – previously showcased in Denver and New York City, as well as Jerusalem – exude her distinctly elegant, theatrical flair.
Excelling in dance since an early age, Anna was a first place scholarship recipient of the Denver Ballet Guild and among the first Americans invited to study at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, a story which garnered news coverage from both CNN and the Moscow Times.
She received full scholarships from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, San Francisco Ballet and Colorado Ballet School. Connected with a variety of international artists, Duvall found a guest artist opportunity in Japan to perform, teach, and further her training.
Anna’s professional dance career began with Colorado Ballet, where she performed for over a decade in roles such as Clara in the Nutcracker, the Spring Fairy in Cinderella, Russian Girl in Serenade, and the White Cat in Sleeping Beauty. With the Colorado-based Ballet Nouveau – Anna earned critical praise from the Denver Post for her role as Snow Queen and Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker. Upon later joining California Ballet, she performed in such productions as the company’s Nutcracker, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and various Repertory works.
Anna has taught ballet both nationally and internationally for nearly two decades.
In December of 2015, Anna completed her Master of Arts at NYU on scholarship, to further her teaching credentials and partake in American Ballet Theatre’s Pedagogy Master’s Program at the University.
American Ballet Theatre, National Training Curriculum also has a special focus on the health of the student and proper developmental stages of teaching.
"Through my Masters, I am now fully certified in the NTC training. The program takes an in depth look at the health guidelines, laid out by leading Physical Therapists in the ballet field, and I have learned to fully implement those practices into my ballet classes."
"At the NYU Masters program with American Ballet Theatre, I also had the honor to assist in the ABT Outreach Programs, as well as the ballet classes and productions at the ABT, JKO School. - Anna Duvall
Kass has been dancing since she was 3 yrs old. Most of her training was in Sheridan WY. When she was 15 her teacher gave her the opportunity to teach a class on her own. From then on she knew that she wanted to share her knowledge and love of dance. She continued teaching and choreographing for The Dance School in Sheridan. In addition, Kass has had the privilege of working with many teachers and companies like Eugene Ballet Co., Especially Tap Chicago, Chi Town, Joe Tremaine, Gus Giordano, Bruce Stegman, Judy Rice, David Norwood, and Joel Rumminer to name a few. After leaving Wyoming, Kass moved to Indianapolis where she taught tap, jazz and lyrical for Showtime Dance Studio. After 4 years of teaching in Indianapolis Kass was offered a job by Bruce Stegman to dance on Celebrity Cruise Lines. After her contract ended with Celebrity, Kass chose to move to the Wood River Valley. We are ortunate to have Kass share her expertise and love of dance with the students of the SVBS.
Lyn Presher Crandall
Mrs. Lyn Crandall comes to us with over 20 years of performing and teaching experience. She received her B.A. in Theatre Arts from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She then went on to perform with Arkansas Dance Theatre Company. Ms. “Lyn” studied jazz, ballet, and tap for 10 years with Ms. “Dot” Callanen
In addition to performing with the Arkansas Repertory Theater in “Godspell,” she toured the state of Arkansas dancing the role of Karen in “The Red Shoes.” In College she received acting awards for her role as Sally Boles in “Cabaret,” and was nominated for an Irene Acting Award. She performed in “Ready to Be a Wiseman,” which won a CINE award directed by Robert Clem, and produced by Dill Productions, and an ADDY award for her performance in a national commercial for mental health.
She studied acting in Washington D. C. with Eric Morris Actors' Ensemble, The Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory, and The Shakespeare Theatre at The Folger Acting Conservatory. While in D.C., she studied dance with “The Joy of Motion Dance Company.” She performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in the production of “Sleeping Beauty.” While in the D.C. area, she danced in the musical “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” in Maryland, and as Ariel in “The Tempest” in Virginia.
She danced and acted in over 15 productions with The Birmingham Children’s Theatre in Alabama, one of which was “The Nightingale.”
While in Birmingham, Lyn performed with Edward Mulhare in “My Fair Lady,” along with Richard Klein, and Patty Davis in “The Pajama Game.” She went on to dance the role of Tiger Lily in “Peter Pan.”
Singing and dancing took her on an International Caribbean tour with the United States Department of Defense with the Broadway Musical, “They’re Playing Our Song.” She is trained to teach ballet, tap, jazz, and theatre acting. She has worked as a director, choreographer, actor, and instructor throughout her successful career. Lyn has countless experience working with children as well as adults.
Ms. Lyn comes to us from Little Rock after leaving her successful dance program of 13 years teaching in private schools in Arkansas. We are pleased and excited to have Ms. Lyn join us with her talent, and love of teaching dance, at the Sun Valley Ballet School.
Danielle Essma joins the Sun Valley Ballet School with an extensive dance background and a world of experience to share with the students of the Wood River Valley.
Most recently she founded Destination Dance, an after School dance program in Ada County for several public and private schools serving hundreds of students. This program encouraged students to explore dance movement in a workshop setting that was accessible to a variety of students with a broad range of ages and abilities.
Danielle's ballet training started early on with Beverly Hackney of the San Fransisco Ballet School and naturally her love of dance extended into other forms of jazz, tap and contemporary dance styles. She went on to receive training on full scholarships with Ballet Idaho in Boise and later with Ballet West in Salt Lake City. She also received training from Alonzo King of LINES Ballet in San Francisco, Anna-Marie Holmes of the American Ballet Theatre and from the Alvin Ailey School and Broadway Dance Center in NYC.
While on a Rotary exchange to Madrid she explored the Spanish culture by studying flamenco dance.
Her choreographic work has been awarded internationally at the Fringe Festival Plymouth, UK where she studied and assisted for Adam Benjamin, joint founder and artistic director of Candoco Dance Company in London. Her opportunities to teach and perform in Europe include leading professional workshops at Impulstanz in Vienna and working with David Zambrano in the "Flying Low" workshop in Amsterdam.
Danielle holds a B.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography and was selected to perform for the American College Dance Festival.
She has worked with talented faculty members with her involvement through the Idaho Dance Arts Alliance which offers intensive dance training to students from across the Northwest.
She inspires young dancers to follow their dreams with confidence in every step.
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