Faculty

Resident Faculty

Tim Veach (Artistic Director/School Director – All ITP Levels, Boys Program) is the Artistic Director and founder of Columbus Dance Theatre where he is the resident choreographer, teaches in the school and serves as chief administrator. He holds an M.F.A. in choreography from The Ohio State University and a B.F.A. in acting from The University of Illinois. He has trained extensively with some of the leading ballet and modern dance instructors including: David Howard, Diana Cartier, Warren Conover, Jan Erkert and Shirley Mordine. Mr. Veach has choreographed dozens of works for Columbus Dance Theatre including its signature ballet, Matchgirl. For more than two decades he has worked as a performer and choreographer touring internationally and throughout the U.S. with both ballet and contemporary dance companies. His choreography for dance, theatre, and opera has been presented by: Opera Columbus, The Columbus Symphony Orchestra, WOSU-TV, The Crested Butte Music Festival, The Toledo Opera, Contemporary Dance Fort Worth, The Lancaster Arts Festival, JazzMet, The Ohio State University, Towson University, Illinois State University, Ohio Wesleyan University, and New York Central Ballet among others. Mr. Veach has directed and/or choreographed dozens of plays and musicals. Among them are: Sweeney Todd, Phantom, Romeo and Juliet, The Royal Hunt of the Sun, Fiddler on the Roof, Marriage of True Minds, Trojan Women, A Chorus Line, Camelot, Out of this World, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, and Christina Kirk’sConversations with Judith Malina. He is a nationally recognized teacher having taught at numerous universities and festivals throughout the U.S. and has held academic positions at: The Ohio Wesleyan University, The Ohio State University, Ohio University, Wright State University, and Bowling Green State University. His students have gone on to dance in professional Companies including: Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Hubbard Street Dance Company, The Louisville Ballet, The Nashville Ballet, and Cleveland Dancing Wheels. Many of his students continue to gain acceptance at leading summer and resident programs including: The Juilliard School, The School of American Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Louisville Ballet, the Chautauqua Dance Institute, and North Carolina Dance Theatre. He has worked extensively with Opera Columbus having now choreographed for the Opera for the past six seasons. His choreography for OC’s Hansel and Gretel was celebrated in Opera News as “spellbinding dance.” In 2010 he directed Berlin to Broadway, the music of Kurt Weill for OC. Mr. Veach continues to serve as the chief administrative director of CDT and has authored dozens of successful grants on behalf of the organization. In 2005 he received a citation of merit for his work on behalf of the arts by the Ohio Senate. In 2009, 2010, and 2013 his work was nominated for the Greater Columbus Arts Council’s award for Artistic Excellence. Tim teaches ITP and Boys classes.

Christian Broomhall is a native of Columbus and began dancing at the age of four in creative movement classes at BalletMet Dance Academy. He graduated from the Professional Training Program and subsequently joined the company under the direction of David Nixon. He later went on to dance for Northern Ballet Theatre in Leeds, England, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and Luna Negra Dance Theater. Christian has had the privilege of dance pieces by Jiri Kylian, Nacho Duato, Ohad Naharin, Alejandro Cerrudo, Twyla Tharp, Victor Quijada, and Gustavo Ramirez Sansano. Christian teaches ITP classes

Scott Brown is currently on the faculty at Marjorie Jones School of Ballet, Otterbein University, and Columbus Dance Theater. He spent 20 years asa professional dancer performing with BalletMet, Nashville Ballet,Columbus Dance Theatre, and Washington Ballet and as a guest performer with many other companies. He was fortunate to be a part of many WorldPremieres: James Kudelka’s There, below; Peter Pucci’s Suite Mizike; Alonzo King’s Without Wax; John McFall’s Radiant Echoes, Underbelly, Beyond Midnight; Paul Vasterling’s Dracula, Robin Hood, Awaiting Redemption; David Nixon’s Dangerous Liaisons, Sudden Impulse, Tim Veach’s Romeo and Juliet and recently performed in James Kudleks’s masterpiece The Four Seasons.  His training started at the very young age of 6 with Ms. Patricia William School of Dance. He then started formal training while attending Memphis State University under the tutelage of Ms. Pat German and Ms. Jane Lewis.  While at University, Mr. Brown was part of a class of dancers that started the dance program in the Department of Theater and Dance. From there, he did his finishing school at the Academy of Arts in Champaign Illinois under thedirection of Petrus Bosman, former Principal dancer with the Royal Ballet, and Robert DiCello of the Le Grand Ballet de Canadian. His teachers at the Academy also included Valerie Taylor (Royal Ballet), Christine Henessey(Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo), and Francesca Corkle (Joffrey Ballet).  Teaching since the early 1990’s, he has served on the staff of BalletMet under the direction of John McFall, David Nixon and Gerard Charles, Nashville Ballet under the direction of Paul Vasterling, and Columbus Dance Theater under the direction of Tim Veach as well as going through the teacher program at the National Dance Institute of New Mexico. Scott holds a few things special from his time as a dancer: performing for 3 United States’ Presidents and many dignitaries from around the world, being part of the first dance performances in the new Opera House in Cairo Egypt as well as performing in Basel Switzerland with Nashville Ballet

Kristina D'Onofrio recently graduated with an MFA from the Department of Dance and a Graduate Interdisciplinary Minor in College Teaching from The Ohio State University. At OSU she was also a Graduate Teaching Associate and the recipient of an Ohio State University Fellowship.
A Columbus native, Kristina trained at the New Albany Ballet Company and at the Houston Ballet, Boston Ballet and American Ballet Theater Summer Intensive programs. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Cincinnati with a B.F.A. in dance where she studied on scholarship. While working towards her undergraduate degree she danced professionally as a member of the Tulsa Ballet II and the Louisville Ballet and performed as a guest artist with the Dayton Ballet and Kentucky Ballet Theatre. After graduating Kristina danced for three years with the Festival Ballet Providence in Rhode Island and also worked with Colleen Cavanaugh’s contemporary dance company part of the Oath Dance Theater as a performer and instructor in her outreach after school program.  Kristina has enjoyed teaching and choreographing for students of all ages for over ten years in Columbus, Cincinnati and Rhode Island. In addition she has been an instructor at the Joffrey Ballet South Summer Intensive and the Festival Ballet Providence Senior and Junior Summer Intensive programs. She has received a Columbus Dances Fellowship award for choreography and her work has been presented at the Columbus Arts Festival and the Tedx Ohio State University 2016 event.  This is Kristina's first year teaching in the ITP program.

Erika Junod began her dance training at age 5 in Syracuse, NY. By graduation from Dance Centre North and the Center for Ballet and Dance Arts, she had also studied summers at the American Academy of Ballet in NY, Saratoga Summer Dance Intensive with NYCB, ABT, and BalletMet Columbus.  During this time, Erika had the pleasure of performing 9 seasons with the Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker, as well as in principal roles of Carnival of the Animals and The Wizard of Oz with the Syracuse Symphony.  Erika is a graduate of BalletMet Columbus’ Pre-Professional and Professional Trainee programs. Erika is thrilled to be returning to CDT for her third season. Erika teaches Contemporary and Jazz in the ITP program.

Chloe Mellblom originally from Boise, Idaho, started her training at the age of 7 at Ballet Idaho with Cathy and Jeff Giese and Lisa Moon. When she was 12, Chloe moved to Columbus where she received training from Columbus Youth Ballet and BalletMet Academy where she danced under Sharon Daye, Susan Dromisky, Dimitri Suslov, Maria Glimcher, and Sonia Welker. Chloe came to CDT in 2009 and continued her training in the Intensive Training Program. Upon graduation, she joined the Company first as an apprentice, then as a full company member. This is Chloe’s fourth season. Chloe teaches childrens and ITP classes

Stefani Crea Repola  began her training in Columbus, Ohio under Irveline Evans. She studied and graduated from the Intensive Training Program at Columbus Dance Theatre.  Stefani is a recent graduate of the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music where she received a BFA in ballet performance. While at CCM, Stefani had the opportunity to perform in Balanchine’s Pas de Dix staged by Frederic Franklin, and work with highly acclaimed butoh artist Maureen Fleming.  Stefani also danced with Ballet Theatre Midwest in Cincinnati, Ohio while she was earning her degree. This is Stefani’s sixth year with CDT. Stefani teaches in the ITP program.

Kerri Riccardi, a New York native, is in her third season with the CDT company.  Ms. Riccardi received her training from Ballet Academy East as well as the School of American Ballet. Prior to joining Columbus Dance Theatre, she danced with BalletMet for six seasons. Ms. Riccardi has enjoyed performing works by numerous choreographers such as James Kudelka, Jimmy Orrante, David Nixon, Amy Seiwert and Gustavo Ramirez Sansano. Some of her favorite roles include The Chosen One in James Kudelka’s The Rite of Spring, Alice in Gerard Charles’ Alice in Wonderland and Cecile deVolanges in David Nixon’s Dangerous Liaisons. For Columbus Dance Theatre, she danced the role of Camille Claudel in the GCAC Columbus Makes Art Excellence Award winning production of Claude; and originated the role of Ophelia in Hamlet Prism. Ms. Riccardi thanks her family, friends and teachers for their continual love and support. Kerri teaches in the ITP program.

Seth Wilson started his dance training at the age of 4, under the late Stanley Bates in Queens, New York. A native of Queens, Seth continued his training throughout New York at many institutions such as Alvin Ailey, Dance Theatre of Harlem and Ballet Hispanico. He also trained at LaGaurdia High School for the Performing Arts and later attended Purchase College State University of New York. Seth has toured internationally in Germany, Costa Rica, and Bermuda, as well as within the United States. Seth has performed with Dance Theatre of Harlem’s, Dancing Through Barriers Ensemble, Alvin Ailey, New York Theatre Ballet, Opus Dance Theatre and Viewpointe Dance. Seth has been a guest artist with Fred Benjamin, Creative Outlet with Jamel Gaines, and has danced for Lincoln Center Outdoors under Earl Mosley. Recently Seth has performed with Janusphere Dance Company in the company’s debut in Santa Barbara, California and Brooklyn, New York. This is Seth’s tenth season dancing with CDT. Seth Teaches in the ITP program.