Lavinia Reid has taught both on faculty and as a guest teacher with the Ithaca Ballet, the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB), The Allegheny Ballet, and Lake Erie Ballet Companies, and has choreographed on many companies, such as the Washington Ballet II, CPYB, Philadanco, Austin Ballet Theatre, and others. She founded the CBT School and the Chambersburg Ballet, (formerly entitled the Chambersburg BalletTheatre Youth Company), in 1999.
Her background is highly eclectic. She began studies in violin at age seven in violin and piano, and was allowed to study ballet at age eight at her mother's Cecchetti-based school, the Village School of Ballet, although she was not the ideal student at first.
Ms.Reid credits ballet with shaping her entire life, bringing what she terms "an effortless self-discipline". She studied ballet and music throughout high school, attending summer intensives in dance and performing in student orchestras and string quartets.
Ms. Reid graduated one year ahead of her class in order to play music professionally, and continued her studies in ballet (both Vaganova and Cecchetti methods), modern dance and jazz at the Boston Ballet School, the Joffrey School, The Boston Conservatory of Music, and the University of New Mexico, where she also played in the 1st Violin section of the UNM Symphony Orchestra.
Currently she plays electric violin in the gypsy jazz/dawg blues band, The Gypsy Ramblers, out of Shepherdstown, W. Va. She has created nine piano scores for ballet, many of which were orchestrated by composer and conductor, Dr. Dennis W. Ritz of Houston, Texas.
She continues to teach ballet, pointes, and character dance at the CBT School.
Michaela Magners Faculty/Guest Ballet Artist
Michaela Magners has been dancing for 15 years. She began taking ballet class at 5 years old at Montgomery Ballet in Montgomery, Alabama. Michaela then became a student at Chambersburg Ballet Theater where she studied classical ballet under Ms. Lavinia for 11 years. She is a former student and teacher of Mar-Le-Nie dance studio and studied musical theater, jazz, and tap under Ms. Charlotte Hafer for 3 years. In college, Michaela danced in Acclamation Dance Ministry for a semester where she continued in classical ballet, tap, and musical theatre.
Faculty/Guest Ballet Artist
Alcinda Burchill has been dancing with the Chambersburg Ballet for 10 years. She has starred in many productions in lead roles and became a faculty member in 2021.
Faculty/Guest Ballet Artist
Sarah Voight is a 23-year-old native of Chambersburg, who grew up dancing at the CBT School. Sarah joined the CBT Faculty in Fall of 2021, and has expanded her teaching to include classes in Musical Theatre and Children's Ballet at the CBT School. In her spare time she is often seen on the Capitol Theater stage singing, dancing, or acting in a Chambersburg Community Theatre (CCT) production. Besides studying with Lavinia Reid and CBT School faculty members, she has studied with Guest Faculty such as Kristin D'Addario, Peter Doll, Lester Gonzalez-Ramos, Robert Steele, and Jacob Taylor.