2020 Int/Adv Ballet Intensive Instructor Bios
Elizabeth Lowe Ahearn (Monday, August 10th)
Elizabeth Lowe Ahearn, dancer, choreographer, and educator is a Professor and Dance Program Coordinator at Goucher College. Originally from Oklahoma, her early training was with Yvonne Chouteau, Joy Feldman, Conrad Ludlow, Bojan Spassoff, and Stephanie Wolf. Continuing her studies in New York with Bettijane Sills, Rachel List, June Finch, Valmai Stretton, Gus Solomons Jr., Linda Tarnay, and Rosanna Seravalli, she earned her BFA and MFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts under the direction of Lawrence Rhodes. She has performed with the Metropolitan Ballet Company under the direction of Conrad Ludlow and Joy Feldman, Ballet Oklahoma under the direction of Edward Villella and Bojan Spassoff, The Second Avenue Dance Company in New York City, Kinetics Dance Theatre, Surge Dance Company of Baltimore, and Ordinary/Extraordinary Dance Theatre. Her repertory has included experimental, contemporary, historical, and classical works by Agnes de Mille, June Finch, Robert Gladstein, Eleanor King, Daniel Levans, Conrad Ludlow, Doris Humphrey, Mark Morris, Bill T. Jones, Jan Van Dyke, Mel Wong, and Arnie Zane and her own work has been presented internationally.
Elizabeth received her Pilates Teacher Certification in 1989 from the Pilates Studio under the tutelage of Romana Kryzanowska and Sari Mejia Santo and is currently a Romana’s Pilates Level 5+ Senior Instructor. The results of her work can be found in the World Book Encyclopedia and in her article “The Pilates Method and Ballet Technique-Applications in the Dance Studio” which was published in the Journal of Dance Education and presented at conferences internationally and nationally. Her most recent research, The Effects of Pilates Training on The Alignment of the Pelvis in Dancers Ages 17-22, has been presented at the Pilates Method Conference in Arizona, the 6th Annual Somatics Conference in Geneva, NY, the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science in Houston, and published in the December 2018 issue of the Journal of Dance Medicine and Science, and is an extension of her work as Founding Director of the Pilates Center at Goucher College. Elizabeth has served as as Vice President for Regional Planning for the American College Dance Association and currently serves as Vice President for Policies and Procedures.
Florian Rouiller (Date TBA)
Florian Rouiller is a dance teacher, choreographer, and performer who has worked extensively across three continents. Rouiller has an MFA in Dance from the University of Maryland, where he choreographed and performed the original productions Profondeur Inconnue and Wave while continuing extensive performance with local dance companies outside the university.
Rouiller began his dance career with training at the prestigious John Cranko School in Stuttgart with a BFA, and performed with the Stuttgart Ballet in productions such as Sleeping Beauty and Giselle. Upon immigrating to the United States, he danced with Merce Cunningham Dance Company as an apprentice, Ohio Ballet, Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, Milwaukee Ballet, Ballet Chicago, Ballet International Eldar Aliev, Ballet Metropolitano de Caracas, and Ballet Contemporanea de Caracas in Venezuela, as well as Goteborg Ballet in Sweden, performing soloist and principal roles and working with choreographers such as Alonzo King, Jiri Kylian, Simon Dow, Robert North, Jorma Uotinen , Jean-Paul Comelin, Lynne Taylor Corbett, to name a few. He has also performed with many companies throughout the United States and taught extensively, including at the Kirov Academy in Washington DC, the Washington Ballet School, and City Dance Ensemble. In the DC area, he has performed with City Dance Ensemble, Dana Tai Soon Burgess, and Lucy Bowen McCauley, Karen Reedy.
His piece Fragments was at the finals in the 2010 Korean Ballet competition and his Female solo Verge won the 3 prizes at YAGP competition in 2013. He also won a 3 prizes in the Men division 2015 at YAGP.