Meet our Outstanding Faculty and Staff

Stevan Grebel - artistic director, ballet. Born in Yugoslavia, Stevan began his training at the
age of 9 at with Margarita Debeljak, Smilja Moic, and Nina Kyrsanova (former ballerina at the St.
Petersburg Marinsky Theatre, now Leningrad’s Kirov, and member of the Anna Pavlova Company.)
graduated from Government Academy School of Dance, Belgrade, Yugoslavia. Entered Belgrade
National Opera Ballet after graduating.  As principal dancer, he created and recreated roles in many
ballets: Romeo and Juliet, The Miraculous Mandarin, La Peri, Arioso Pas de Deux, Coppelia, Swan
Lake, Bolero, La Rein des Illes by Dmitri Parlic (former principal dancer, ballet master and
choreographer of the Belgrade National Ballet) and Michel Fokine’s Polovtsian Dances from Prince
Igor. Principal dancer with: Belgade National Opera Ballet, Deutsche Opera Am Rhine, Ballet
Marquis de Cuevas, Roland Petit Ballet Company and presented the country of France as a guest
with the Bolshoi Ballet. He was trained by the foremost teacher of classical ballet in the world,
Alexander Pushkin, in St. Petersburg. In 1963, performed in the ballet film "The Lovers of Teruel"
with Ludmila Tcherina and presented the movie at the 1963 Cannes Film Festival. He has worked
with great teachers, dancers and choreographers: George Balanchine, Frederic Franklin, Leonide
Massine, George Skibine, Edward Caton, Roland Petite, Rudolf Nureyev, Eric Bruhn, Rosella
Hightower, Ludmilla Tcherina, Ivan Nagy, Dmitri Parlic, John Taras, Maurice Bejart. He joined the
National Ballet of Washington, D.C. in 1965 where he performed in a special White House
performance for President and Mrs. Johnson. He  started the California Ballet in San Diego, then
was invited to Birmingham, to direct the Alabama Ballet. Dr. Joseph Volker asked him to form a  
dance program and continue the company at UAB. During his 25 years as professor of dance, he
built a community program of 700 students, presented the Nutcracker with the symphony until
1982, and four civic center performances per year. He brought in many well known dancers,
teachers and choreographers to Birmingham to work with the company. Upon retiring from UAB in
1996, he taught, choreographed and advised with the Montgomery Ballet and is often invited to
guest at companies and universities in the U.S. Stevan and his wife, Deborah, opened The Stevan
Grebel Center for Dance in 2001 where he continues sharing his legacy and love of the ballet with
students of the school, the Alabama Youth Ballet Company and around the world.

Deborah Russell Grebel - executive director, ballet, children's division
Deborah Grebel began her training in Birmingham, Alabama with Frances Armstrong. She
continued her studies in college at the University of Alabama in Birmngham with Stevan Grebel
and was a principle dancer and soloist with the then Alabama Ballet and Ballet UAB.  She was a
guest artist with several companies in Alabama and California. Deborah taught for Briarwood
Ballet in 1978 and opened The North Jefferson Academy of Dance in 1982.  She studied in Cannes,
France with Rosella Hightower, Jose Ferrer, Elina Tchernichova and Arlette Castanier. During
summer studies in New York and Alabama with David Howard, Melissa Hayden,Violette Verdy,
Fred Siretta and Marcus Alford. During her career as a dancer in the United States and Europe, she
worked with renowned artists such as Frederic Franklin, Nikolas Petrov, Edward Caton, Shamil
Yagudin and Mira Popovich.   With a B.A. in dance and a MA.Ed in Dance Physiology/Kinesiology,
and an emphasis in the Biomechanics of Dance, her teaching has spanned 34 years.

Amanda Willis-Brice - instructor, ballet, lyrical, jazz, musical theatre
A qualified and seasoned ballet instructor, Amanda Willis Brice has been a figure in the
Birmingham, AL dance community for over eighteen years.  Through her extensive experience in
teaching students of all skill levels, she brings an unprecedented perspective to her work and her
enthusiasm is contagious!
Amanda began her studies in 1982 at various local dance studios in the area.  In 1986 was
encouraged to pursue a BA degree in dance by instructor and owner of North Jefferson Academy of
Dance. In 1988 she began teaching career while studying and performing with UAB Ballet.   Under  
the direction of  Stevan Grebel and Melanie Mihalic, Amanda  performed with BAD & Company
(Ballet against Drugs) and enjoyed performing choreography by the staff , students and guest
teachers and choreographers.  Among the list of teachers that Amanda was fortunate to study with
are Zivojin Novkov, Marcus Alford, Gus Giordano and select members of Moscow Ballet.  Over a
span of 15 years Mrs. Brice instructed dance at North Jefferson Academy, Birmingham Ballet,
Alabama Dance Academy and Samford University.  While teaching at Birmingham Ballet, she
performed in The Nutcracker at the Wright Center.  Currently you can find Amanda continuing her
studies at Stevan Grebel Center for Dance and teaching ballet and pointe technique with  
Westwood Ballet.  After teaming at Destiny Dance, Amanda developed the ballet syllabus and
embarked upon a less traditional form of ballet choreography.  This has proved to be a beautiful
blessing to her art.  This summer, Amanda has taken the opportunity to study in the teacher's
program at Ballet Magnificat in Jackson, Mississipppi.  

Tatiana Ledovskikh - summer faculty member, classical ballet. Tatiana is was a
principal ballerina with the Alabama Ballet since 1997. She was formerly with the
Bolshoi Ballet in Russia and performed principal roles in the major classical ballets
with the Bolshoi, as well as performing as a guest artist throughout Europe. Ms.
Ledovskikh is the recipient of the Glinki State Award for outstanding achievement in
the fine arts. She is currently teaching in Moscow, and hopes to be back to teach our
Winter Workshop in December.

Jordan Burke
Jordan Burke began his dance training in his home town of Cape Cod under the
guidance and teaching of Laura Faria. Mr. Burke was accepted into the prestigious
Boston Ballet School under the direction of Christopher Hird and Dierdre Miles
Burger. Mr. Burke attended Butler University and received a BFA in Dance
Performance. While at Butler, Mr. Burke had the opportunity to dance a variety of
works in all styles, and was able to develop in many techniques in the dance industry.
Upon graduating, Jordan joined the Louisville Ballet as a trainee under the direction
of Bruce Simpson. Jordan spent two seasons as a Coryphee with the Montgomery
Ballet. While dancing there he had the opportunity to perform the soldier doll in
"Munecos" and "Blackbird", choreographed by Artistic Director Darren McIntyre.
Jordan originated the role of Fritz in Montgomery Ballets new production of "The
Nutcracker" choreographed by Darren McIntyre. Last season, Burke was a soloist
with Pensacola Ballet. Jordan is very excited for new challenges in the future and
would like to thank all of his family and friends for all of their support on his journey.

Joshua Trance Valentin - Born in Riverside, California, and attended Minor High
School in Adamsville, Al. Dance Coordinator at Official A.G. Gaston Boys & Girls Club,
DJing/ PROMOTER at DJ and Founder, CEO at Bboy Trance. Proverbs 22:1," A good
name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver or
gold." Favorite Quotes: "let your heart not be troubled. Believe in Him, and also
believe in Me." John 14:1
"yesterday is history, tomorrows a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why its called
the present." master uuguay

Dmitri Roudnev - summer and master class faculty

Fred Siretta - Jazz/Ballroom/Video Production -

Fredric Franklin
Honorary Artistic Advisor, In Memoriam.
Shelby County's only pre-professional dance program.
Teaching Dance in the Birmingham area for 44 years!

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