Rebecca Crawford Harman
Rebecca Crawford Harman, founder and director of The Neighborhood Ballet, has decades of experience as both a professional dancer and a teacher. As a child she was constantly dancing and performing in the living room, and her parents figured ballet training would be a productive way to harness such energy. An Atlanta native, she trained at Ruth Mitchell Dance Theatre, Atlanta School of Ballet, Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education, the Joffrey Ballet School, and the Kirov Academy of Ballet under scholarship. She has performed professionally with Miami City Ballet, American Repertory Ballet, and Ballet Arizona. Rebecca has been teaching ballet and serving as a rehearsal coach and choreographer in the Atlanta area since 2004. She has served as a guest teacher at numerous summer intensives and has coached a student to the finals of the Youth of America Grand Prix for two consecutive years. Rebecca and her husband, Steven, live in Grant Park with their two boys.
Porter Grubbs is a dance artist from Dothan, AL. He began his training at Troy University, during which time he also attended intensives such as the Alabama Dance Festival, the American Dance Festival winter workshops in New York City, and the American Dance Festival summer program, where he was on scholarship for six weeks in Durham, NC. He has worked with Sidra Bell in her winter|module at Center for Performance Research in Brooklyn and studied with various faculty of the conservatory, P.A.R.T.S, in Brussels, Belgium, at its final round of auditions. Most recently, he studied with David Zambrano and Renan Martins at Danscentrum Jette in Brussels, Belgium. His choreography has been featured in multiple performances at Troy University as well as in showcases at the American Dance Festival, the Alabama Dance Festival, and at Eyedrum Art & Music Gallery in Atlanta, GA. Porter has studied extensively with acclaimed artists such as Brenda Daniels, Wes Chapman, and Gerri Houlihan, and he has performed repertory by Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, Lar Lubovitch, Ohad Naharin, Merce Cunningham, and an excerpt of a work by Kyle Abraham titled The Watershed . Porter Grubbs is also a company member with the Atlanta based company, T. Lang Dance.
Growing up in coastal Maine, Jessica began training in the classical Vaganova methodology under Cheryl Libitzki who received her teacher’s training at the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet in St. Petersburg. Learning under the esteemed Sharon Dante, Jessica was accepted as part of the exclusive year-round, intensive program at The Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory. Jess earned her degree in Elementary Education from the University of Maine, where she continued her dance education while finding time to compete as a NCAA Division I cheerleader. Jess has lived and taught in the Atlanta area since 2011, and loves being part of The Neighborhood Ballet family as both faculty and parent.
Ericka Shannon is a native of Atlanta, GA, where she received her dance training from the Atlanta School of Ballet, studying under the direction of Thomas J. Pazik and Kathryn McBeth. Ericka danced professionally over a decade with the Nashville Ballet, Lexington Ballet, Augusta Ballet and Ohio Dance Theatre. While performing, she enjoyed dancing a wide variety of soloist and principal roles. Ericka has been working in the metro-Atlanta area for the last ten years, teaching at numerous studios including, Georgia Dance Conservatory, Rhythm Dance Center and Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education.
Madeline began dancing at the age of three, where she trained at Gwinnett Ballet Theatre for fifteen years under the instruction of Lisa Robson, Rebecca Harman, David Blumenfeld, and Wade Walthall. She also spent summers training at The School of American Ballet, Next Generation Ballet, and Miami City Ballet School, where she was offered a spot in their year round pre-professional division. Madeline is now a sophomore at Kennesaw State University where she is a part of the dance company, and is majoring in Dance with a Ballet concentration.
Erilyn Wiltshire-Beer (Austin, TX) began dancing under the direction of David and Dahlia Dvir of the Israeli Ballet. Her supplemental summer training was spent at the Salzburg International Training Academy and touring with Young Tanzommer through Europe. From there, Erilyn studied at the University of Missouri Kansas City majoring in Dance technique. Performing choreography by Edgar Clause, Sabrina Madison-Cannon and DeeAnna Heitt. Continuing her international experience at Delfos Danze Contemporanea (Mazatlan, MX) and Centre National de Danse Contemporanie (Angers, FR). Now expanding her knowledge in business, assisting, and supervising at multiple Dance Camps including the American Ballet Theatre (2014, 2015). Upon moving to Atlanta in 2017 her goal is to bring inspirational arts and developmental fitness into hearts and lives of all ages.