Ariana, a Chicago native, began her training with Larry Long at the Ruth Page Foundation School of Dance and later graduated from North Carolina School of the Arts under the direction of Ethan Stiefel.
Since joining the Alabama Ballet in 2011, her featured roles include Sugar Plum Fairy in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®, Balanchine’s Allegro Brilliante, as well as leading roles in productions of Swan Lake, Giselle, Don Quixote, Cinderella, Coppelia, and Alice in Wonderland, and role as a Stomper in Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room.
Ariana joined Encore Performance Company faculty in 2012 and has loved every moment! She teaches ballet for all ages and assists with rehearsing the Encore Performance Company competition team.
Class Resources & Policies
The Ballet faculty is excited to begin the upcoming year of classes at Encore. We take pride in providing a nurturing atmosphere to enable students to reach their fullest potential and build their self-esteem while experiencing the joy of dance. The focus of training is on the excellence, fun, and joy of dance at each level of achievement. We believe that the principles, discipline, artistry, and mental-physical development acquired through the study of classical ballet will provide students with confidence, focus, and grace for success in years to come.
1) All students must arrive properly dressed and on time for their schedule lessons.
2) We ask that all Encore students conduct themselves in an orderly and respectful manner while
at the studio. No Running in the studio. Please do not attempt tumbling tricks without proper
3) Please inform your teacher of any prior or current injuries at the beginning of your scheduled
4) Only water bottles with tops are allowed in the dance rooms.
5) Please inform you ballet instructor if you are unable to participate in the end of the year
Showcase performance as soon as possible.
6) No talking during class. This can be disruptive to your instructor and fellow classmates. We can
all learn by observing others.
7) Gum chewing will not be allowed in the studio at any time.
8) Cellphones should be turned off or in silent mode throughout the duration of your scheduled
class. Please no Apple or Smartwatches in the classroom.
9) Toe tape, Band-Aids, containers, wrappers, etc. must be disposed of in trash cans.
10) Please inform your teacher prior to class if you will need to leave early.
11) If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to talk to our office staff or dance instructors.
They are always eager to help!
Dress code requirements: Proper dance attire is important in enhancing a productive learning environment in dance class. Please adhere to the dress code as described: assigned color leotard, pink tights, and pink ballet shoes. Ballet skirts, hip alignment belts, and fitted warmers are optional and allowed. Hair must be worn in a secure bun. Please, no baggy t-shirts or shorts.
Attendance Policies: In order for students to progress in their dance education and maintain their class level, consistent attendance is important. In the event that a student has to miss a class, we ask that you directly e-mail the instructor or call the office. Please inform your instructor if you must miss a class ahead of time. Beginning in September, company members will be required to attend an alternate class or schedule a private lesson after two absences.
Make-up Class Policies: Students may make-up any missed classes in an alternate class. All students may make up missed classes by attending another class at or below their current level of study. Please refer to the Make Up Class tab to find your correct class: https://sites.google.com/site/encoreballetterminology/make-up-classes
Ballet Terminology: Learning ballet terminology is an important aspect of classical ballet training. Each ballet class at Encore will be assigned a list of terminology to help them better understand the meaning and technique behind each ballet step. Students are expected to review these terms throughout the year as each class will be periodically tested on the terms with a short multiple choice quiz. In addition, Intermediate-Advanced students will be asked to demonstrate a ballet step or short ballet combination with their multiple choice quiz. The terminology can be found on the following website under the designated class level:
Ballet Terminology Quizzes: All levels will be given terminology quizzes though the year. The quizzes are to help students enhance their ballet terminology skills.
The terminology can be found on the following website under the designated class level:
2017-2018 Calendar (Subject to change)
Classes begin week of August 13th
Closed September 2nd &3rd (Labor Day)
Closed October 31st (Halloween)
Closed November 12th (Veteran's Day)
Closed November 20th-23th (Thanksgiving Holidays)
Closed December 20th-January 4th (Christmas Holidays)
Closed January 21st (ML King Day)
Closed February 18th (President's Day)
Closed March 25th-29th (Spring Break)
Last week of classes May 13th-17th
Weather Related Cancellations: In the case of weather related cancellations you will be notified by an email alert.
We are so proud of each and every one of our students and feel privileged to continue offering the highest quality ballet training at Encore Performance Company.
Ms. Ariana Czernobil, Ms. Victoria Niblett, Ms. Taylor Kelley, & Ms. Anastasia Kubanda