Carleigh, a former student of Viktor Yeliohin, graduated from the Moscow State Academy of Choreography in 2016 with qualifications as a ballet artist and danced professionally with the Moscow State Ballet Theater in Moscow, Russia under the directorship of Vycheslav Gordeev. During her time with the Moscow State Ballet, she traveled in Germany and throughout Russia performing a variety of ballet repertoire including, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Giselle, and many other classic favorites. Upon returning to the United States in 2020, she now works in healthcare as an x-ray technologist while teaching ballet in her free time. She currently teaches music, movement, and make believe, as well as creative movement. Despite having several passions in life, ballet will always a huge aspect of her lifestyle. She still practices, performs in local performances, and looks forward to every opportunity to be on stage!
Ilisa Nicole Chasser is a native of Lancaster, PA. She is a recent graduate of Slippery Rock
University (SRU) and studied both Early Childhood Education and Dance. During her collegiate
experience, she has performed in multiple pieces created and directed by faculty, guest
choreographers, and students. Apart from SRU, Ilisa was casted in multiple productions with
American Music Theater, Hempfield Performing Arts Center, Ephrata Performing Arts Center,
Prima, and COBALT Dance Company. As for her future, Ilisa will share both of her passions,
dance and education, to her prospective students and community.
RACHEL MALE is a native of Lancaster, Pennsylvania where she participated in the Contemporary Ballet of Pennsylvania (COBALT) and Hempfield Dance Theatre. She has assisted local artists Kristin Pontz and Cody Smith at Elizabethtown College, Franklin and Marshall College, as well as various studios and the Hempfield High School Dance Theatre Program. She continued into higher education earning a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from Slippery Rock University (SRU) in 2023. During her time at SRU she performed in many works by her SRU faculty, resident choreographers, and many of her peers, as well as choreographed many of her own works. Rachel’s artistic achievements have led her to receive the Rising Sophomore and Lucy Isacco Sack Scholarships, the SRU Department of Dance Outstanding Research Award, serve as President for the National Honor Society for Dance Arts, and create the Department of Dance Newsletter at SRU. Rachel aspires to continue to use a combination of these skills to encourage people of all walks of life to find a space to authentically express themselves in the field of dance.
Brooke is a former student of Viktor who has not limited herself to any method or genre of dance. She was fortunate enough to train in Vaganova, ISTD, and Cecchetti, but her passion for the art really developed in her jazz, hip hop, and contemporary training. While attending Duquesne University, Brooke was a member of the university’s Dance Theater Company which gave her the opportunity to grow further as both a dancer and choreographer. She was able to set several pieces on the company, teach classes, and sit on their board. Living in Pittsburgh also gave her the chance to be cast in multiple pieces with Exhalations Dance Theatre, a budding dance company. After accepting a job in Lancaster, Brooke returned in 2017 where she quickly dove back into teaching, setting pieces, and helping choreograph theater shows. She’s excited be back in the VYIBA family and aid in developing students that are pursuing their love of dance.
Liliia Yastrub is a professional ballet dancer from Ukraine. For 7 years, Liliia studied at the Donetsk Ballet Choreographic School in Donetsk, Ukraine. She then worked at the Opera and Ballet Theater and participated in the entire repertoire of the theater for 5 years. Liliia also toured with the Grand Kyiv Ballet Company. She traveled to many cities in Europe, Asia, and the United States. Liliia is currently teaching advanced and intermediate ballet classes at VYIBA.
Nadine Revene began her career at age 16 with the Broadway production of Call Me Madam. While she continued her ballet training she also appeared at New York City Center in revivals of such musicals as Carousel (Louise), King and I, Kiss Me, Kate, Finian’s Rainbow, and Brigadoon. On Broadway she appeared in The Music Man starring Robert Preston and Barbara Cook.
Her professional career in ballet includes Ballet Theatre (ABT), NY City Ballet, and Pennsylvania Ballet. While dancing professionally she toured Europe, Russia and the Middle East.
Ms. Revene has 30 years of teaching experience. In addition to owning her own studio in New York City, she taught at Ballet Arts, Alvin Ailey Dance Center and privately.