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Director and Ballet Mistress

Sandra Meythaler

Executive/Artistic Director

Ms. Meythaler was a principal ballerina with the National Ballet of Ecuador. She has performed ballet and contemporary dance around the world including Peru, Belgium, Germany, Italy, England, France, Spain, Brazil, Columbia and Japan. She began dancing professionally at the age of fifteen with Compania Nacional de Dance in Ecuador and then joined the National Ballet of Ecuador in 1989. She also danced with Ballet Novo, Opera Ecuador and Koral y Esmeralda. In 2001 Sandra became a part of Roanoke Ballet Theatre and was promoted to Director in 2007.

She is also an independent performing artist and teacher. Ms. Meythaler performs and teaches Series Classes in Flamenco, Salsa, Rumba and Afro-Cuban styles. Her multi talents are augmented by her world class teaching style which incorporates international dance styles in traditional ballet syllabus.

Ms. Meythaler’s awards include:

  • Silver Medal – Festival International de Dance – Dijon, France – 1986

  • Bronze Medal – Festival de Dance – Gastrovillari, Italy – 1986

  • Best Performance – Festival International de Dance – Tarascon, France – 1988

  • Nominated Best Interpretation – Festival of Choreography – Ecuador – 1991

  • Award given by Hitoshi Motochino, Mayor Nagasaki – 1994

  • Gold Medal – Awarded by Organization MINON, Tokyo – 1994

You may email Ms. Meythaler directly at:

smeythaler@roanokeballet.org

Rolando Sarabia
Renee Aguilera

Ballet Mistress

Renee Aguilera, born outside of Chicago, Illinois, began dancing at the age of 9. When she was 11, she started at Dancenter North in Libertyville, Illinois, under the direction of Cheri Lindell. She was trained in classical ballet by Victoria Barlow, Greg Begley, and Altin Naska. She attended summer intensives and Master classes taught by Amy Brant, Rafael Delgado, Melissa Anderson, Mia Wilkins, Patricia Blair and so many more. Renee was also a summer scholarship winner of CNADM (Chicago National Association of Dance Masters) which she attended for three years. When she was 16 her Summer Intensive training began at the Virginia School of the Arts under the direction of Petrus Bosman. She was accepted as a full year student as a senior. She was fortunate enough to work with teachers and choreographers such as Martha Faesi, David Keener, Jeff Rogers, Tyrone Brooks, Lisa Thomas and other guest teachers and staff. She graduated in 2005 from Virginia School of the Arts and E.C. Glass High School. Ms. Aguilera continued her dancing at Radford University in Radford, Virginia, under the instruction of Inessa Plekhanova.  She also studied Interior Design and Psychology. She has danced in major ballets such as various Nutcrackers, The Sleeping Beauty, Paquita, Cinderella, and excerpts from Swan Lake along with many others. Renee is currently a Ballet and Pointe Teacher for Roanoke Ballet Theatre and City Youth Ballet and a former member of the Roanoke City Ballet. 

Rolando Sarabia is a Cuban ballet dancer of international acclaim who has danced with companies throughout the world including the Cuban National Ballet, Houston Ballet and Miami City Ballet. He danced with American Ballet Theatre as a guest artist in 2011 and is a principal dancer with the Washington Ballet. Sarabia is often compared to the young Mikhail Baryshnikov and has been called the “Cuban Nijinsky” by The New York Times.

Sarabia grew up among ballet dancers and his father was a dancer with the Cuban National Ballet. He was trained by his father, Alicia Alonso, Lázaro Carreño and Magaly Suarez at the National Ballet School in Havana. He has performed with renowned dancers including Maya Plisetskaya, Patrick Dupont, Farouk Ruzimatov, Alicia Alonso and Tamara Rojo among others. Sarabia is the recipient of the Prix Benois de la Danse, Concours International de Danse de Paris, Varna International Ballet Competition, Gold Medal USA International Ballet Com-petition, Gold Medal 1998 International Ballet Competition and Grand Prix 1998 International Encounter of Ballet Academies among others.

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