Faculty

Margie Bordovsky, Owner/Director 
Jennifer James Davis, School Principal/Artistic Director and Choreographer for The Nutcracker/Lower and Upper School Instructor: Wee Dance, Preballet, Pointe/ Trainee Program Director
Mariah Bordovsky ARAD RTS, RAD Program Director/Vocational Exam Instructor/Upper School Instructor: RAD Ballet, Strength (PBT) 
Karen Castleman, Upper School Instructor: Pointe
Emalie Coen, Nutcracker Choreographer/Artistic Adviser
Anna Doss, Lower School Instructor: RAD Ballet, Upper School Instructor: RAD Ballet, Adult Ballet
Lindsey Strok, Upper School Instructor: Strength (PBT), Contemporary, Ballet, Adult Ballet
Noelle Tice, Lower School: Ballet, Upper School: Adult/Open Teen

Margie Bordovsky
Owner and Director

Ms Margie, owner and Director of The Conservatory, began her journey into ballet in 2001 when her young daughter began taking lessons under the tutelage of Peggie Wallis. Impressed with the structure of the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus and seeing the positive effect it had in the development of her child, she took every opportunity to learn the logic and intricacies of promoting quality classical dance education. Pulling from her experience in the performing and visual arts, she began organizing and directing performances for local dancers. Ms. Margie serves as Executive Director of NWA Ballet Theatre, the professional performing company in the region.

Jennifer James Davis
School Principal, Trainee Program Director
Artistic Director/Choreographer, Nutcracker
Wee Dance, Preballet, Pointe

Jennifer James Davis grew up in Victoria, TX, and received her early dance training under the direction of Debbe Busby, as a member of Victoria Ballet Theatre. A 2002 summa cum laude graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Ballet Performance. While at OU, she had the opportunity to dance many principal and soloist roles as a member their resident company, Oklahoma Festival Ballet. Roles included the Dew Drop Fairy in The Nutcracker , the Lilac Fairy in Sleeping Beauty , Dawn in Coppelia , Fate in the televised production of Carmina Burana , and the Dark Angel in George Balanchine’s Serenade . She also participated in two international tours while with OFB, to Nice, France and Cancun, Mexico. She was a member of the Honors College and an OU Scholar, and her senior dance capstone was published in the first volume of The Honors Undergraduate Research Journal .
Following graduation, she and her husband moved to Northwest Arkansas. Mrs. Davis danced on contract with the Tulsa Ballet in their 2002-2003 productions of The Nutcracker and Swan Lake , and then accepted a position as Ballet Mistress of Western Arkansas Ballet in Fort Smith. There, she taught extensively at the Academy of Western Arkansas Ballet, and choreographed and staged ballets on the company dancers. Her ballet, Brio , was chosen for showcase performance at the Regional Dance America Southwest Festival in 2004. She served in that role until the Spring of 2008, when she became a mom for the first time.

In her 16 years of teaching, she has taught Wee Dance, creative movement, ballet, pointe, adult classes, conditioning, modern, worship dance, and Zumba. She has had experience with ages 2 through adult. She has also attended teacher training with Finis Jung at the Perry-Mansfield Dance Teacher Intensive in Steamboat Springs, CO. Jennifer is grateful to have had the opportunity to work with many lovely dancers in a variety of venues in Northwest Arkansas, and is grateful that the Conservatory is such a quality training ground in high caliber classical dance. She is thrilled to serve as School Principal for the Northwest Arkansas Conservatory of Classical Ballet, Artistic Director/Choreographer of The Nutcracker, and Director of the Trainee Program.

Jennifer and her husband, Aaron, have three children: Alec, Emma and Asher.

Peggy Wallis, ARAD RTS (In Memory)
RAD Advisor

Peggie Wallis was born and raised in New Zealand and began dancing the art of ballet when she was 16...determined to be the best ballerina ever. Shen she began experiencing arthritis in her early 20's, she realized that she must have a new goal and set her sights on becoming the best ballet instructor. In 1943, Miss Peggie, as everyone across the globe loving calls her, began her teaching career and found herself in London, England where she began studying with The Royal Academy of Dance. In 1953, she served as the choreographer for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. After moving to America, she established the Florida West Ballet in 1981 and it is still in existence and serving the community. She has been involved with ballet for 70 years, 65 of which have been spent training superb students with London's Royal Academy of Dance while also being a 25 year member of New York's American Academy of Ballet. In 2013, she received the Lifetime Member Award from London's Royal Academy. Miss Peggie has traveled the world and gained the respect and friendship of those who have reached great heights in their careers in the ballet world, including that of Dame Margo Fonteyn. She is our inspiration for establishing The Conservatory and we strive to maintain her hight standards in classical training.

Mariah Bordovsky, ARAD RDS
Ballet Mistress, RAD Syllabus/RAD Program Director Upper School RAD Ballet, Strength (PBT)

Mariah Bordovsky is a native of Northwest Arkansas and began her classical ballet studies at the age of seven under the instruction of Ms. Peggie Wallis, who has been a certified instructor of London's Royal Academy of Dance for almost 70 years. During Mariah's ten years of study, she was cast in numerous productions including The Nutcracker, The Tales of Mother Goose, Lord of the Dance, Leap of Faith, Let the Roses Bloom, as well as performing for the Federation of Music at The Clinton Presidential Library. She has been honored by receiving Gold and Gold with Distinction medals in her many years of participating in New York's American Academy of Ballet Performance Awards adjudicated by Ms. Mignon Furman.

Mariah has achieved all 5 Royal Academy of Dance examinations with High Merits and Distinctions. She has attended four workshops under the tutelage of Mr. Philip Pegler, Master Teacher, Royal Academy of Dance Vocational Examiner and faculty member of the Elmhurst School of Dance, the official school of the Birmingham Royal Ballet in England. She has also participated in workshops under the superb direction of Amy Kessler, Lindsay Chambers and Ballet Austin. For two summers, Mariah traveled to Atlanta to attend intensives that gave her the opportunity to train with Atlanta Ballet's lead dancers, Mr. Christian Clark and Mr. Jacob Bush, as well as award-winning modern dance instructors Lloyd Whitmore and Melissa Joy. 

In 2007, she co-founded and danced with The Paschal Praise Dance Ensemble. Mariah's love of the strict classical technique developed by the Royal Academy has led to her decision to follow in her beloved Miss Peggie's footsteps. In April of last year, she studied at the International Ballet Teacher Seminar with Ms. Lynn Wallis, the Artistic Director of London's Royal Academy of Dance. Mariah served as Ballet Mistress at St. Joseph School in Fayetteville, taught Adult Beginning Ballet at the Springdale Youth Center and has obtained a Full Membership in London's R.A.D.

In 2014, Mariah completed the Certificate of Ballet Teaching Studies program through the Royal Academy of Dance, and has achieved Registered Teacher status.

As Co-Owner and RAD Director of the NWA Conservatory of Classical Ballet, she oversees all of the RAD curriculum and syllabus work at the Conservatory. Ms. Mariah is eager to offer an opportunity for local dancers to experience excellent training at NWACCB.

Emalie Coen
Nutcracker Choreographer/ Artistic Adviser

Emalie began her ballet training at the age of 8 with Darlene Myers in Schenectady, NY, where she went on to dance professionally as a Principal Dancer with Northeast Ballet Company and a founding member of the Northeast Ballet Dance Ensemble. Through her training with Myers, she has studied Master classes from numerous artists such as Edward Villela, Artistic Director of Miami City Ballet, Deborah Wingert, formally of New York City Ballet and New York City Ballet Principal Dancers Philip Neal, Jenifer Ringer, and Wendy Whelan. Over the years she has also taken Master classes from Ethan Steifel and Mikko Nissinen, among others.
Ms. Coen’s performance experience includes Northeast Ballet Company’s The Nutcracker, where she has danced, Snow Pas de Deux, Spanish Lead and Marzipan Lead. She has also appeared in Cinderella and many premiere works for the company. Ms. Coen has also performed leading roles in programs such as Stories That Dance, local school outreach lecture demonstrations, and various company repertoire pieces throughout the years. Her latest performance was August 2011 with Northeast Ballet Dance Ensemble in The Dancer’s Project, a collaborative choreographic showcase, where she appeared in works by Matt Pardo and Alex Lindsey.

In 2003 Ms. Coen began teaching ballet at Myers Ballet School in Schenectady. Her classes ranged from Novice to Company level, including all levels of Pointe. She has also been a certified Kindermusik instructor.

In the summer of 2011 Emalie relocated to Bentonville, Arkansas. She served on the faculty of NWACCB and as Nutcracker Artistic Director from 2012-2017. Though Mrs. Coen's family has recently been relocated to New Jersey, the Conservatory is honored to continue to showcase her choreographic talents in their Nutcracker production, as well as having her as an artistic adviser.

Emalie, and her husband, Paul, have four children: Isabella, John, Anna, and Gregory.

Karen Castleman
Pointe

Karen is originally from Bakersfield, CA. She studied dance at Civic Dance Center as well as San Francisco Ballet School and Pittsburg Ballet Theatre School. She received her BA in dance from Belhaven College in Jackson, MS and has since served on faculty at Loyola University Chicago, The Academy of Music and Movement in Oak Park, IL, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's youth dance program, as well as dance institutions in Houston, Philadelphia, and Jackson, MS. She has taught ballet, contemporary, modern and jazz to students of all ages. 
As a dancer, Karen has travelled extensively as a soloist with MOMIX and as a member of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. She has also performed with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Rubberbandance Group, Momenta and Hedwig Dances. As a guest artist, Karen has had the pleasure of performing with Ron DeJesus Dance, Ad Deum Dance Company, and Sandra Organ Dance Company. She has performed modern works by Martha Graham and Doris Humphrey, ballets by Asaf Messerer and Vasily Vainonen, and contemporary work by Nacho Duato, Ohad Naharin, Doug Varone, and Randy Duncan. She has also collaborated with her husband, visual artist, Dayton Castleman, on dance works performed in Chicago, Houston and Los Angeles. 

In addition to teaching at the Conservatory, Mrs. Castleman is also director of the high school dance department at the Arkansas Arts Academy. Karen, and her husband Dayton, have three children: Anna, Zoe, and Fletcher.

Lindsey Strok
Strength (PBT), Contemporary, Ballet, Adult Classes

Lindsey Strok grew up in Springfield, Missouri and began dancing at the age of nine. Shortly after entering the dance world she was cast as Claire in the Radio City Rockettes' Christmas Spectacular, performing her role for consecutive seasons. During her high school years, she was the principal dancer in the Miss Missouri Pageant and Messiah Project’s European Tour and Tour of the Orient. 

Following graduation, she moved to New York to study modern, jazz, and ballet at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. In 2005 she moved back to Springfield, Missouri where, for the last five years, she has lead, directed, and choreographed dance for the James River School of Fine Arts and Dance Ministry team at the nine thousand member church she attended, James River. While in Springfield, she was also invited multiple times to serve as an evaluator at various national dance competitions across the United States. 

Lindsey is a member of NWA Ballet Theatre, and is excited to teach at the Conservatory!

Anna Doss
Lower/Upper School RAD Ballet, Adult Classes

Anna Doss grew up in Rogers Arkansas and received all of her early training under the direction of Peggie Wallis. Miss Peggie, originally a native of New Zealand, was a certified teacher of the Royal Academy of Dance for almost 70 years while dancing and teaching all over the world. When Anna was asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, she always said she wanted to be like Miss Peggie and teach ballet.
While under the direction of Miss Peggie, Anna completed all major Royal Academy of Dance Examinations with high marks and received the designation of Assosicate of the Royal Academy of Dance (ARAD). She also received various Gold and Gold with Distinction honors from the American Academy of Ballet Performance Awards. Anna enjoyed performing and was featured at the Rogers Little Theater in various roles including, Aurora in Sleeping Beauty and Sugar Plum fairy in The Nutcracker.

After graduating high school Anna attended the University of Oklahoma and danced with the Oklahoma Festival Ballet for 4 years under the direction of Mary Margret Holt. She danced many roles while attending the University, some of her favorites included Balanchine's Serenade and Divertimento No. 15, Ben Stevenson's Sentimantos, Agnes De Mille's Rodeo, and her favorite and most difficult role The Firebird, staged by the founding director of OU's Dance Program and former member of Ballet Russe; Miguel Terekhov. Anna graduated from OU in 2009 with Honors and a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Classical Ballet Performance.

Upon graduation, Anna joined the Oklahoma City Ballet, and danced with the company for 3 years under the direction of Robert Mills. Anna loved performing each and every ballet, which included Giselle, The Phantom of the Opera, The Wizard of Oz, and The Nutcracker. Anna also taught at various studios during her time in Oklahoma City and was a summer counselor and ballet liaison at both the Summer Wind Youth Ballet at the University of Oklahoma and Quartz Mountain's Summer Arts Institute.

Anna has always had a passion for teaching. Inspiring a new generation of dancers is what she has aspired to do. She is very excited to teach at the NWA Conservatory of Classical Ballet, in addition to serving as Ballet Mistress for NWA Ballet Theatre, because it allows her to continue to pass on what Miss Peggie has instilled in her; a love for classical ballet.

Anna will be getting married in September, so be on the lookout for a name change early in the school year, as she becomes Mrs. Steven Sulanke!

Noelle Tice
Lower School: Ballet; Upper School: Adult/Open Teen

Originally from Michigan, Noelle trained with the Grand Rapids Ballet and studied under ballet masters through the Blue Lake Fine Arts Program. Noelle attended Hope College on a dance scholarship, where she received her teaching degree in elementary education with a fine arts composite and double minored in dance and music. Throughout college, Noelle performed in numerous dance programs and was a performer with the Strike Time Dance Company. Beyond being a second grade school teacher for six years, Noelle taught ballet at the Turning Pointe Ballet School for two years, overseeing creative dance and ballet for ages ranging from 3-40 years old. Noelle enjoys working with students in the RAD 2 Prep level at the Conservatory and is excited to work with adults and teen students this year. Noelle and her husband, Matt, have two sons: Landon and Levi.
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