Linda Radomile, the Director, is a dance educator with experience in both the fields of education and dance. As a dancer, she was a member of the Brandywine Ballet Company and Ballet Romantique where she performed leading roles in both classical and contemporary ballets throughout the tri-state area. Degreed in psychology and elementary education she also taught in the elementary grades for 16 years. Miss Radomile teaches the Vaganova method of classical ballet. This curriculum was mastered by such notable performers as Nureyev, Markarova and Baryshnikov. She established Radomile Academy of Dance in 1981 to offer a complete curriculum with courses for the preschool child through the pre-professional dancer.
A native of West Chester, PA, Ms. Page trained at a young age at The Dance Center under the direction of Donna Muzio and was promoted to principal dancer with the Brandywine Ballet during her high school years. She won full scholarships to train with the Milwaukee Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Joffrey Ballet upon graduation. She apprenticed with the Pittsburgh Ballet before accepting a company position with Florida Ballet, where she danced the Gold Medal Pas de Deux choreographed by world-renowned choreographer Norbert Vasak. She later became a member of the Tampa/Colorado Ballet, dancing solo and principal roles in classical and contemporary works. Ms. Page eventually accepted principal positions with Sarasota Ballet and Ballet Eddy Toussaint USA, dancing many original, contemporary ballets that were set on her as well as performing the various classics, such as Paquita, Sleeping Beauty, and The Nutcracker. Ms. Page returned home in 1993 to perform as Principal Dancer with the Brandywine Ballet. In 1994, she danced the title role in the company's premiere of David Kloss' Cinderella, with long-time partner Steven Jackson. While dancing full- time with Brandywine Ballet, Ms. Page continued to guest alongside professional dancers from Ballet West and Joffrey Ballet and also performed with the Pennsylvania Ballet. In 1998, she was the first Principal Dancer in the newly formed Brandywine Ballet Theatre, the professional arm of the company, dancing alongside Zdenek Konvalina (presently with the English National Ballet) for two years. In 2000, she had the pleasure of working with the Samuel Barber Foundation to set one of her first ballets, Voices, to his magnificent score Adagio for Strings. In 2008, the Brandywine Ballet collaborated with the Brandywine Singers, and Ms. Page choreographed Mozart's Requiem, bringing together a powerful array of dancers, vocalists, and musicians. Ms. Page has also choreographed several full-length ballets, such as Dracula, which has been performed numerous times since 2004, Beauty and the Beast, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and most recently The Rock Ballet, another collaboration, performed with vocalists and musicians from the School of Rock. In addition, Ms. Page is a principal teacher at The Dance Center, Official School of Brandywine Ballet, and continues to mentor and train dancers at The Dance Center and Brandywine Ballet.
Tim Early currently shares duties as co-director of the Philadelphia based modern company Opus I Contemporary. In addition to working with many choreographers including Roni Koresh, Matthew Neenan, Scott Jovovich, Charles Anderson, Eva Gholson, Terry Beck, and Christopher Flemming, he continues to perform with the Brandywine Ballet and Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet. He has been on faculty at Mount Holyoke College, Lafayette College, Moravian College, West Chester University, and currently Temple University. Since 1999, Tim Early has headed the dance department at the Performing Arts Institute in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Tim is trained in ballet, modern and jazz and enjoys a full time teaching schedule. In his spare time he is an avid photographer and loves riding his bike.
Jim Bunting graduated from the University of the Arts in 1995, receiving his BFA in Dance. During this time, he danced professionally as a founding member of Koresh Dance Company for 9 years. Jim then went on to develop his talents as a choreographer and teacher and has over 20 years of experience teaching and choreographing dance in the greater Philadelphia area. As a choreographer, Jim has had the pleasure of creating works for Koresh Dance Company, Pennsylvania Ballet's Shut Up and Dance at the Forrest Theater and the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. In 1999, Jim received a Fellowship Grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts for his outstanding choreography. Jim's 20 years of experience teaching modern jazz and ballroom technique has allowed him to serve as a mentor and instructor for both children and adults. Jim was a proprietor of the former Rittenhouse Dance Academy and currently choreographs on youths performing for the pre-professional dance companies in residence at Gwendolyn Bye Dance Center and Radomile Academy of Dance. As a ballroom instructor, Jim teaches both Latin and Standard styles, specializing in the Latin dances salsa and Argentine tango. He is a former instructor for several Philadelphia area studios including the Academy of Social Dance, Dancesport Academy and Society Hill Dance Academy. Jim has taught several master classes for the dance and musical theater departments at the University of the Arts, St. Bonaventure University in New York, the University of Colorado and The Roswell Dance Theater in Atlanta. Additionally, Jim has been on faculty as an adjunct professor of jazz dance at Drexel University since 2007. Most recently, started Jim Bunting Dance Company with the 1st full length production of "The Shaman's Dream" which premiered at the Mandell Theater in Philadelphia. The company has performed at the Capitale in NYC for the School of Visual Arts Annual Holiday Party and the Philadelphia Art Museum's "Friday After 5 Series."
Elizabeth Boyd's dance training initially began at Radomile Academy of Dance, where she had the privilege of dancing in the Senior Company as a Soloist. She has performed in many lead roles in both the Nutcracker and Spring Show. Elizabeth Boyd graduated from DeSales University with a B.A. in TV/Film. During her time at University, Boyd continued to study and perform both Ballet and Modern dance. For three years she trained under Trinette Singleton, who danced with New York's Joffrey Ballet. Miss Elizabeth has been teaching since 2013 and she is excited to continue teaching the wonderful students at Radomile Academy of Dance.
Gabriella Bressi has been teaching at Radomile for 4 years now and will be starting her 5th this September. She began her dance career at Radomile when she was only 3 years old and stayed all the way through her senior year of high school and was a member of the ballet company for many years. She majored in Theatre Arts Education at Catawba College in Salisbury, NC and was a frequent performer in many different shows including Hello, Dolly!, Dead Man's Cellphone, and the premier of CoexiSTANCE. She has been a character performer in the annual performance of The Nutcracker for the past two years and has even performed as a Demi Soloist as a member of the Radomile Jazz Company. She was most recently seen performing with the Jim Bunting Dance Company in the 29th InHale Performance Series at the Chi Movement Center in Philadelphia in "Shadows of Exotic Queens and Wicked Royals" and will be making her Swarthmore Players Club Debut as Velma Kelly in the musical Chicago this September. She currently teaches a variety of styles of dance from Jazz, Hip-Hop, Modern, and Tap.
Felicia started her dance training when she was three years old in Allentown, Pa. At the Dolly Haltzman Dance Academy, she studied under the watchful eye of Dolores Haltzman, Jennifer Haltzman-Tracy, Gloria Govrin and Maurice Brandon Curry. She continued her training on scholarship at the Richmond Ballet of VA , and the Rock School of Philadelphia summer intensive programs. After high school in 2002, Felicia accepted an internship to study at Steps on Broadway in NYC. It was there she met Jay-T Jenkins and joined his company, Jete’ Performance Co. In 2010, she received her BFA in ballet from the University of the Arts. 2010 to 2013 she performed with Carbon Dance Theater, under the direction of Meredith Rainey. She’s also worked with Jim Bunting Dance Co. 2016-2018. In addition to freelance, Felicia is a founding member of DanceSpora, a contemporary ballet company established in 2008. She was promoted to Assistant Director in 2011. She is a resident choreographer there and has had the opportunity to create many original works. Some of which have been performed in places such as Jacobs Pilliow summer series. Felicia has a deep passion to pass on the knowledge she’s learned over the years. You can currently find her teaching in and around the Philadelphia area.
It is an honor to share my passion, knowledge, and true love for the art of dance with my students! I am 44 years young and have been dancing since I was 3. I've trained in all genres of dance including Ballet, Pointe, Contemporary, Tap, Jazz, Acro, Hip-hop and Modern and began teaching at the age of 16. As a child I performed in annual recitals and a traveling dance group, which I helped choreograph for when I started teaching. Competitive dance began for me at the age of 8, competing in regional competitions as well as national competitions in Philadelphia, Atlantic City, New York City, Las Vegas, and Florida, which also included a guest performance in Disney World. I've continue my training attending annual conventions and workshops. This will by my 28th season teaching dance. My classes include Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical Jazz, Acro, and Hip-hop starting at the beginner level through advanced.
Jacquelyn Fagioli is beginning her fifteenth year as a teacher at Radomile Academy of Dance. She had the privilege of studying ballet under Miss Linda Radomile's direction, then student taught with Miss Linda in 2002. Miss Jackie (as the students call her) teaches Pre-ballet through Elementary Ballet 3 levels. She has assisted Miss Linda with Nutcracker rehearsals and helped create the summer dance camp programs.
Ruth began studying ballet at the age of six at Radomile Academy of Dance, where she took classes under the instruction of Linda Radomile and Nancy Page. She was a member of the ballet company from 2007-2011, performing in many Nutcrackers and Spring Show performances. Ruth also studied liturgical dance at Good Samaritan Dance Academy and under the direction of Donna FitzPatrick. Offstage, Ruth has taught at summer dance camps, choreographed and taught dances for elementary age musicals, and worked backstage on costumes, stage crews, and administration. In 2015, Ruth completed a degree in early childhood education and is excited to be back at Radomile, teaching the newest generation of ballerinas.
My name is Linda Robinson and dance has been a passion of mine since I was 3 years old! I have performed and competed in award winning dance routines throughout the United States. I have enjoyed performing in recitals, parades and showcases. I was fortunate to be a part of Upper Darby Summer Stage as a performer and then as a choreographer for the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center. I performed countless times at Disney's Epcot Center and Merv Griffin's Resorts Casino.
As an adult I have enjoyed taking master classes with many professional dancers, including Frank Hatchett and Savion Glover. For many years I attended The Pulse in Atantic City with renowned and upcoming choreographers including Wade Robson, Cris Judd, Dave Scott, Mia Michaels and many more. However, I would have to say the high point of my dance career was dancing a duet with the late, great Gregory Hines. Due to my love of dance and performing I began student teaching at the age of 13. I wanted everyone around me to enjoy movement, dancing and music as much as I do!
I am beginning my 21st year teaching at Radomile Academy of Dance and I still enjoy every minute of it!! Not only do I enjoy teaching others. I have been blessed to also pass along my love of dance to my daughter Julia. She is beginning her 4th year dancing at Radomile Academy and I wouldn't have it any other way.
Blythe E. Smith trained at The Rock School for Dance Education, Columbia City Ballet, Ballet Magnificat, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, and Atlantic City Ballet. Blythe was offered scholarships to attend Joffrey Ballet, Boston Conservatory, and SUNY Purchase. She attended The University of the Arts on scholarship and graduated with a BFA in Ballet Performance in 2004. She was offered a trainee position with Ballet Magnificat in 2005. Blythe has been a member of Alchemy Dance Company, Danse4Nia Repertory Ensemble, DanceSpora, Meredith Stapleton Dance, Klassical Contemporary Ballet Company and has worked with Laura Katz Rizzo. In the Summer of 2012, Blythe completed the Lester Horton Pedagogy Workshop at Alvin Ailey. In 2016, Blythe graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from Temple University. Blythe was a recipient of the Temple University Project Completion Grant to complete her MFA thesis and the Rose Vernick Choreographic Award.
Blythe is the Director of Blythe Contemporary Ballet. She has shown work in, Koresh Come Together Festival, Outlet Dance Project, ReasonsLegacy 2NY, KODeFe NYC, ETC Performance Series, and Act 1/Act 2. In January of 2015, Blythe had the opportunity to set a piece entitled, Watermark on Pennsylvania Ballet II. It was commissioned for the program One Book, One Philadelphia at the Philadelphia Public Library. In the Fall of 2018 she was commissioned to set her piece, Simple Joys around a glass installation piece at Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ.
Blythe has worked in the Philadelphia school system under the organization PAEP, Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership. In Fall 2017 Blythe joined the staff of Settlement Music School. In addition to teaching, Blythe has worked counseling young dancers for Ballet organizations including CPYB, Ballet Magnificat, and American Ballet Theater. Blythe has coached numerous students for YAGP that have gone on to the NYC finals. Blythe is the Associate Artistic Director and founder of Magnolia Hill Studios: Art and Dance. She is currently on staff at Philadelphia Dance Academy, Radomile Dance Academy, Pennsylvania Academy of Dance Arts and Temple University. Blythe is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance at Stockton University.
Christina Swieson began her dance training at Radomile Academy of Dance at the age of 9. Under the instruction of Linda Radomile, Nancy Page and Tim Early, Christina focused her ballet training and joined the Radomile Academy of Dance Junior Ballet Company in 2003. Christina continued dancing with the Senior Ballet Company as a Soloist until 2017 with the birth of her son. She has performed many lead roles in Radomile's Nutcracker performances including Sugar Plum Fairy, Snow Queen, Clara, and Arabian. She has also performed many lead roles in Radomile's Spring Show including Nancy Page's Never Ending Road and Colors. Christina has had the opportunity to study at the summer programs of the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet and the Brandywine Ballet and danced as a member of the Brandywine Ballet Company and Brandywine Ballet Theater during high school. While pursuing her B.A. in Political Science from Eastern University, Christina had the opportunity to study ballet under the direction of Dr. Joselli Deans, former dancer with the Dance Theatre of Harlem, and Yoga and Pilates instruction under the direction of Dr. Christina Jackson. This will be Christina's tenth year teaching at Radomile Academy of Dance.