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.
Kristel Rose Tedesco received her dance training as a teen at The Ailey School and then went on to earn a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography and BS in Exercise Science from Elon University in 2014. Upon graduation she performed with Gaspard & Dancers in Durham, NC and was a featured dancer in the independent film Alto (2015), directed by Mikki del Monico.
Since relocating to Atlanta in 2015, Kristel has performed with T. Lang Dance, Fuerta Dance Company, Bluebird Uncaged and independent choreographers including Otis Sallid, Bella Dorado, Kamali Hill and Rachael Shaw.
Recently, her choreography was commissioned by Fulton County Arts Council for National Dance Week and was also presented at Eyedrum Art and Music Gallery as part of the Boiler Room series. Her dance science research has been presented at academic conferences for the American Physical Therapy Association and the International Dance Medicine Association.
Kristel continues to explore complexities of the human form as an exercise physiologist, dance educator and choreographer. She is interested in integrating the creative process with the scientific method and aims to explore the fusion of artistry, research, and athleticism in her work. As dance educator, Kristel believes in inspiring individuality and creativity in her students. Kristel promotes a positive body image, collaboration, and technical precision both in her classroom and in her choreography.
Rachel Van Buskirk
A native of Vancouver, Canada, Rachel trained with Li Yaming at Pacific DanceArts in their Pre-Professional Half-Day Program. With Atlanta Ballet, her favorite roles include Lucy in Michael Pink’s Dracula, Fortuna in David Bintley’s Carmina Burana, and Autumn in James Kedulka’s The Four Seasons. Rachel has been featured in classic ballets such as Swan Lake, Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty and Don Quixote. Her neo-classical ballet highlights include George Balanchine’s Serenade and Stars & Stripes, Christopher Wheeldon’s Rush, Alexi Ratmansky’s Seven Sonatas and Yuri Possokhov’s Classical Symphony. Rachel has been privileged to work with many current contemporary choreographers in works such as Ohad Nahairin’s Minus 16 and Secus, and Alex Eckman’s Cacti. She has also been a part of creating new full lengths with inspiring strong women in the field including Twyla Tharp’s The Princess and The Goblin, Helen Pickett’s Camino Real, and Lauri Stallings’s big and The Great Gatsby. Rachel was nominated and the cover girl for Dance Magazine's 2012 “25 to Watch” and named a “30 Under 30” by ArtsATL. Rachel was co-director of Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education's Professional Summer Intensive and teaches for the Centre Pre-Professional Program year round. Outside of dance, Rachel is pursuing a Business Degree in Economics at Georgia State University.
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.