Carolyn is a registered teacher with and an associate (A.R.A.D.) of the Royal Academy of Dance, London, England.
Following a professional career in Germany and Israel, Ms. Bognar founded the Ballett und Tanz Akademie in Marburg, Germany and was its director for 16 years.
For the six years prior to founding the Texas Academy of Ballet in January 2007, she was freelance teaching for various schools of dance in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.
Eva spent the early part of her life focused on dance, completing her ballet exams under the Royal Academy of Dance, London. In 1999, she was one of four students in Australia to be awarded the Solo Seal Ballet Award.
Upon graduating from the New Zealand School of Dance fulltime ballet program, she turned her focus to teaching dance in her hometown of Newcastle, Australia.
While completing her bachelor degree in Visual Arts Secondary Teaching, she was able to complete her Certificate of Dance Teaching Studies with the Royal Academy of Dance, London and become an affiliated member of the Australian Teachers of Dancing syllabus. Gaining these certifications has allowed Eva to enter students for competitions in both Ballet and Jazz examinations. As a dance teacher for the past ten years, Eva has been responsible for teaching, developing and entering students for examinations, competitions and performances in a range of dance areas including Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Modern and National Character.
In May of 2013, Eva graduated with her Masters in Arts Management from the University at Buffalo, enhancing her professional experiences in the arts and cultural fields with practical knowledge of community outreach, development, contracts, marketing and finance. Most recently, Eva has been privately trained and received full qualifications for teaching the internationally recognized program, Progressing Ballet Technique. This comprehensive ballet training program focuses on developing muscle memory, musicality, and dancer's artistry. Eva is excited to be one of the first teachers to implement this program in America.
Originally from Southern California, Leah Donaldson received her classical ballet training at numerous ballet studios in the Inland Empire. Leah began her training at age 5 and has danced for more than 20 years in numerous productions including the Nutcracker and Swan Lake. Most recently with Western Ballet, San Jose Ballet School and San Jose Dance Theater. Leah and her husband moved to Texas almost eight years ago and has been refining her craft and teaching at Texas Academy of Ballet.