Deanna Doty, Director

Deanna Doty was born in Chicago, Illinois to ballet dancer Joan Marley Doty and graphic designer/photographer David Doty. She began her training at The Evanston School of Ballet and Ellis-Du Boulay in Chicago. At age sixteen she moved to train and subsequently dance under Harvey Hysell of New Orleans Ballet. Ms Doty continued her career with Robert Ivy Ballet in South Carolina, the Lexington Ballet in Kentucky, and as a guest artist with Ballet Alaska, Mississippi Ballet and Piccolo Spolato Festival.

Throughout her years dancing, Ms Doty enjoyed many opportunities to teach, and continued to do so when she moved to Champaign. In 1998, she opened the Champaign Ballet Academy and in the fall of the same year, founded the Champaign Urbana Ballet.

"I have spent the past fourteen years dedicating myself to the establishment of a nationally recognized school and company right here in Champaign. It is an honor and privilege to make my living as an artist and teacher, and I feel lucky to be able to do it in a community like this. My hope is to be able to give back to our ballet families, and city, as much as they have given to me."

Tobey Martinez, Ballet Instructor

Tobey Jayne Martinez began her formal ballet training at the School of Ballet West in Salt Lake City, Utah. At age 17, she was granted early admission into the University of Utah Challenge Program, which afforded her further ballet training at the collegiate level. The following year, Tobey attended the University of Utah on the William F. Christensen Scholarship, which she earned based on her academic achievement and artistic potential. During her collegiate years, Tobey was a member of the Utah Ballet Company and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, majoring in Ballet. She has instructed ballet in California, Illinois, Utah, and Virginia, familiarizing herself with a wide range of teaching styles and ballet techniques. Tobey joined the Champaign Ballet Academy staff in 2013 and is Ballet Mistress of Champaign Urbana Ballet.


Mason Anders, Guest Instructor

Mason began ballet at the age of six under Deanna Doty at the Champaign Ballet Academy. That winter, he performed for his first time in Champaign-Urbana Ballet's The Nutcracker as a Polichinelle at the Virginia Theater. By his teens he was performing principal roles, including Prince Desire in Sleeping Beauty and Prince Sigfried in Swan Lake, with the Champaign-Urbana Ballet. Over the next few years, Mason attended summer programs at Milwaukee Ballet, Boston Ballet, and San Francisco Ballet, as well as summer workshops at the Champaign Ballet Academy instructed by Deanna Doty, Nurlan Abougaliev, and Christy and Eddy Forehand. At age sixteen, he was invited to stay as a year-round student of the San Francisco Ballet School. Mason continued his training at the San Francisco Ballet School under the instruction of Parrish Maynard and Jorge Esquivel until age 19, when he was accepted into Tulsa Ballet II for the 2013-14 season. A year later he left Tulsa to join the company of the Texas Ballet Theater under Ben Stevenson in Fort Worth, Texas. After two years with the Texas Ballet Theater he retired his career as a full-time professional dancer to explore other passions.

Kevin Burnside, Boys Conditioning

Kevin Burnside is a current dancer with Champaign Urbana Ballet and has performed in productions of The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Swan Lake. Burnside studies with Deanna Doty at Champaign Ballet Academy and is a former dance major at the University of Illinois. While at the university, he danced in several roles within the department and was a member of a nationally ranked competitive dance team. He is the co-owner of I-Power School of Gymnastics, where he serves as head coach.

Emily Buss, Guest Instructor

Former Champaign Urbana Ballet company dancer and Wellesley College graduate Emily Buss returned to Champaign Ballet Academy as an instructor in 2008. She performed with Champaign Urbana Ballet for six seasons, from its inception in 1998 until 2004, dancing roles such as Spanish and the Arabian Princess in The Nutcracker, the Duck in Peter and the Wolf and Medora in Le Corsaire. During this time she also studied with Deanna Doty at the Champaign Ballet Academy. Ms. Buss has expanded her training at the Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts and with the University of Geneva Student Ballet Company in Switzerland. In addition, she was involved with Wellesley's AscenDance Ballet Company as teaching coordinator, choreographer and performer. Known for her excellence in working with young dancers and creativity in the classroom, Ms. Buss has initiated and developed new programs during her time at CBA.

Eduard Forehand, Guest Instructor

Eduard Forehand began training at the age of nine with Thomas Armour in Miami, FL. Upon graduation, he continued his studies at Nutmeg Conservatory before accepting his first contract with The Richmond Ballet. While there, Eduard enjoyed performing in Nuevo Tango and a lead role in Gershwin by George. After leaving Richmond, he ventured to Charleston Ballet Theatre where he performed in Jill Bahr's Rite of Spring and Seven Deadly Sins among others. Following Charleston, Eduard joined Augusta Ballet then on to Dayton Ballet where he performed leading roles in Carmina Burana, Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, and Thresholds II. Eduard's performs with the Louisville Ballet.

Christy Forehand, Guest Instructor

Christy Forehand is originally from Champaign, Illinois where she began dancing with Gwendolyn Lee and Kim Burson, and had the opportunity to train with the University of IL dance faculty. She graduated from the Virginia School of the Arts and attended Butler University. She began her professional dance career with the Charleston Ballet Theatre followed by Augusta Ballet, where she performed principal roles in Serenade and Tarantella, Rite of Spring, and Second Hand Sofa, among others. Christy went on to dance five seasons with Dayton Ballet, performing principal roles in Swan Lake, Nutcracker, Dracula, and Peter Pan, as well as contemporary works Thresholds II and Fetes des Courtiers. Christy has experience teaching in several states across the US, as well as rehearsing and coaching students for performance. She is a faculty member for the Louisville Ballet School, teaching in the Elementary and Intermediate divisions.

Alexis Hedge, Guest Instructor

Alexis Hedge trained at Champaign Ballet Academy from 2003- 2010. She performed with Champaign Urbana Ballet, dancing roles such as Sugar Plum Fairy and Clara in The Nutcracker, Cinderella in Cinderella, and Odette in Swan Lake. Alexis then went on to train at Houston Ballet Ben Stevenson Academy for two years. She is currently in her second year as a trainee with Ballet Memphis.

Kathyrn Hosier, Guest Instructor

Kathryn Hosier trained at the Champaign Ballet Academy and Canada's National Ballet School. After dancing in such ballets as The Nutcracker (Clara), Le Corsaire and Swan Lake (Odile, Pas de Trois) at the Champaign Urbana Ballet, Kathryn moved to Canada to complete her training and join The National Ballet of Canada. She has received the Peter Dwyer Award as well as the Erik Bruhn Award, and is a full member of the Corps de Ballet.

Erica Johnston, Guest Instructor

Erica Johnston trained at the Champaign Ballet Academy for six years, and took part in many productions of the Champaign Urbana Ballet, dancing roles such as: Rose Queen and Arabian Princess in The Nutcracker; the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella; and Odile in Swan Lake. After graduating first in her class from Centennial High School in 2010, Erica was awarded the Presidential Scholarship from Butler University to pursue her BFA in Dance Performance. As a first year student at Butler, Ms. Johnston was awarded the "Outstanding Freshman Dance Major" award, and in subsequent years received multiple departmental honors and additional dance scholarships. She has spent school breaks studying with the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Lines Ballet, and soon, Visceral Dance Chicago. She has also guested with the Southern Illinois Music Festival Dance Company, and will graduate from Butler in May 2014.

Tracy McCabe, Guest Instructor

Tracy has over 20 years of ballet training, most recently with Fury Gold in Chicago, IL and previously with Delores Lipinski of Ruth Page Foundation School of Dance, Grace Lutrell Nanavati of Springfield Ballet Company, and Robert DiCello and Philip Johnston of the University of Illinois, among others. He is an assistant dean for the College of Business at UIUC and is a board member and producer for Champaign Urbana Ballet.

Teacher Trainees: Lauren Frost, Lara Morgan, Angie Song
Supplemental Teachers: Valerie Linsner, Hailan Shanbhag

The Teacher Trainee program at Champaign Ballet Academy gives young dancers valuable classroom experience. Teacher Trainees work side by side with Champaign Ballet Academy faculty learning classroom management skills and teaching essentials.