Kerri Lambert is the Artistic Director of the School of Ballet Indiana and Ballet Indiana. She received her M.F.A in Dance from the University of Oklahoma, where she performed with Oklahoma Festival Ballet and OU Opera Theatre, and was the recipient of awards for choreography and contributions to the arts. She performed soloist and principal roles with Gainesville Ballet, Bighouse Dance Theatre, Anton del Calizon’s Fusion Flamenco, and as a guest artist. She studied the art of dance pedagogy under the direction of Diane Callahan and Mary Margaret Holt, and attended the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet Teacher Training Seminar 2012 and 2013. Kerri’s certifications include all three levels of Progressing Ballet Technique, Progressing Contemporary Technique, and Vinyasa Yoga. Kerri coaches classical works and has produced and choreographed evening length story ballets and concerts of contemporary dance. Before relocating to Indiana with her husband and young son, Kerri was Director of the USC Dance Conservatory and Instructor in the USC Dance Program, where she taught ballet technique, dance history, and anatomy for dancers.
PREPARATORY DIVISION, MODERN and Outreach
An Evansville native, Amy Scharf began her dance education under Clarice Duffy at the University of Evansville Ballet and Deena Laska at the Evansville Dance Theatre. She majored in English Composition, Education, and Theatre Performance at the University of Evansville, choreographing and dancing in various theatre department productions including Evita and Godspell. Moving to Los Angeles, she studied dance under Stephan Wenta at The Dancer’s Studio, as well as Charles and Phillip Fuller at Le Studio. While at Le Studio, she performed in DanceCorp’s The Nutcracker from 1997-2001. She taught English, dance, and drama for the Los Angeles and Pasadena School Districts and received her master’s degree in American Studies from Pepperdine University. Amy and her family moved back to Evansville in 2003 where she taught English and theatre at Signature School and established the school’s International Baccalaureate Dance program in 2011. Currently, Amy teaches dual-credit English and theatre at Early College High School on the campus of Ivy Tech Community College. She is a board member of CYPRESS (Committee to Promote Respect in Schools), the University of Evansville Theatre Society, and Ballet Indiana. She continues to lead dance workshops across North America for the International Baccalaureate Organization.
Primary Division Director
instructor BAllet & Contemporary
Originally from Evansville, Indiana, Savanah Holland has extensive training and experience teaching in a wide genre of dance styles including ballet, contemporary/modern, African, acro, and competitive dance. Savanah attended the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and received a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and a Bachelor of Science in Community Health focusing in Rehabilitation and Disabilities. While at University of Illinois, she trained under Dr. Kemal Nance in Umfundalai African dance, Cynthia Oliver, Abby Zbikowski and Linda Lehovec in modern dance, Charlie Maybee-Ferrell in tap dance, and Maria Anderson and Endalyn Taylor in ballet. Endalyn became Savanah’s mentor allowing her to be her teaching assistant for the repertory company, studying and developing community outreach programs for dance. Savanah completed her teaching practicum in Creative Dance under the direction of Mauriah Kraker.
PREPARATORY & PRE PROFESSIONAL BALLET TECHNIQUE/POINTE/VARIATIONS
Sally Paris, originally from Chardon, Ohio, began her ballet training at Elliot’s Fine Arts under the direction of Joe Glowick, and continued her dance training for 10 years at Ballet Arts Academy under the instruction of Suzanne Rosati. Sally also trained for four years under Marguerite Duncan, who pioneered dance in the Cleveland, Ohio, area. After graduation, Sally danced with Ohio Dance Theatre for two years, performing many roles in The Nutcracker, Cinderella, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Carmen.
She was accepted into Ballet Magnificat’s Trainee Program in August of 2005 and promoted to an Apprentice with Ballet Magnificat! Omega in the fall of 2007 and Company Artist in August 2008. Since then, Sally has toured, performed, and conducted Master Classes all over the United States, Europe, Middle East, Canada, and Africa. Sally was selected to become the Company’s Assistant Artistic Director in August of 2013. Sally was privileged to fill the role of Principle Dancer with the Omega Company from 2013 through 2018, performing lead roles in the Omega Company’s repertoire. Sally is now retired and teaching dance at SBI as well as Guest Teaching all over the United States and Internationally.
BALLET VARIATIONS & Ballet Institute