Alice Holden Bock
Ms. Alice began her dance career in Jacksonville, Florida, under the direction of Mervyn W. Rickard. She received extensive training from Bill Martin-Viscount at the Southwest Ballet Center in Arlington, Texas, The American Ballet Theatre, and Joffrey Ballet’s American Ballet Center. As a soloist with Dance Alive!, she toured throughout the Midwest and Southeast in over 100 performances each year. Her former credits include the Joffrey Ballet and the Bay Ballet Theatre. While a soloist with Ballet Guild of Jacksonville, she became assistant to the director. Her responsibilities included choreographing ballets and teaching company classes. She went on to choreograph for many regional ballet companies throughout Florida. Ms. Alice has had many of her ballet and jazz works performed at the Southeastern Regional Dance Association. Through her career, Ms. Alice has worked with such great choreographers and teachers as Ann Burton, Meredith Baylis, Richard Thomas, Maggie Black, Elizabeth Carroll, Bobbie Barnette, Gus Giordano, Judy Skinner, Kim Tuttle, and Robert Joffrey. After many years of dancing, teaching, and choreographing for different schools and ballet companies, she became Director of The Dance Center and Artistic Director of the Brandon Ballet. She has choreographed and staged many original and full-length classical ballets. She has brought many quality professionals together to help dancers build a solid foundation in all styles of dance. Dancers raised through the excellent training program of Brandon Ballet and the school have gone on to dance with other prestigious professional ballet companies all over the country. Now she takes great pride in guiding and watching the Brandon Ballet grow to a professional ballet company. She is now the Artistic Director of The Brandon Ballet. Her goal is to educate as many dancers as possible in the art of dance, her love and passion.
Brentwood J. Townend is an artist in every sense of the word – as a dancer, teacher, choreographer, and writer, Brentwood cherishes every opportunity to express his innovative voice through performance, pedagogy, and interdisciplinary collaboration. Brentwood started dancing as soon as he could walk, first learning the art of ballet from his mother and Liz Bevilacqua at Dussich Dance Studio before maturing his technique through many years of training with prolific New York City ballet masters. In 2019, he received his BFA in Dance Performance with a minor in Creative Writing from the University of South Florida (USF), summa cum laude. In addition to an impressive decade-long performance repertoire that includes lead roles in Don Quixote, The Nutcracker, Paquita, and Snow White as well as numerous other classical and neoclassical works, he has also choreographed dance works that have been presented at USF and at multiple venues in Paris, France. Brentwood is currently the Assistant Artistic Director for Brandon Ballet, where he most recently staged and starred in Cinderella and La Bayadere, and he has been teaching ballet and tap at All That Dance Tampa since 2019. Previously, he performed professionally with Tampa City Ballet, Ballet Academy of St. Pete, and other companies throughout the Tampa Bay area, and he has been a guest instructor for USF and several summer intensives. Brentwood would like to thank Jesus for His life-giving love and for instilling such a gifting and passion for dance in his life, as well as his wife and forever dance partner, Hannah, and their two sons, Zephaniah and Moses, for their precious support.
Ann Maloney has worked as a professional performer with credits in theatres across the country in shows such as 42nd St., Swing!, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Producers, Sweet Charity, and Anything Goes, among others. Formerly based in New York City where she taught ballet, jazz, and tap, she supplemented her dance training with John Prinz, Peter O’Brien, Ray Hesselink, Steven Sofia, and Tony Stevens. Ann has had the fortunate opportunity to choreograph both concert works, and several musicals. Her concert works range from ballet, to tap, to jazz, to theatre dance, featuring dancers ranging in age from 4-year-old students to professionals. In addition to having been a faculty choreographer for summer programs in Illinois, New York, Florida, and at the International Music Camp on the U.S. and Canadian border, Ann has also given master classes on a variety of dance and theatre topics, taught a Teacher Training Seminar focusing on Jazz Dance for Students, and served as an adjunct faculty member at Millikin University as head of the Preparatory Dance Program.
Originally from Brandon, Manitoba, Canada, Ann Maloney began her dance studies at the Brandon School of Dance. As a student she received scholarships and awards for both performing (ballet, jazz, musical theatre) and choreography and gained pre-professional dance experience as a soloist with the Brandon Dance Ensemble. She also participated in summer study dance programs at the International Music Camp, American Theatre Dance Workshop, JAZZART, and Alberta Ballet School studying with many renowned dancers. Ann continued her training at Millikin University, where she graduated summa cum laude before launching her professional career as a performer, teacher, and choreographer.
Now based in Florida, Ann teaches ballet, pointe, and jazz in Brandon, and freelances as a guest teacher and choreographer. Her private students have danced both classical and contemporary variations at the Youth American Grand Prix and the American Dance Competition. She lives in Brandon, Florida, with her husband and three children.
Sarah was born and raised in Florida. She began her dance training with The Dance Center and trained there for 12 years, dancing many roles with Brandon Ballet as a student. Sarah also gained valuable teaching skills at The Dance Center under the instruction of Alice Holden Bock and Claire Andrews. Sarah went on to dance on a pre-professional level with the St. Pete City Ballet, The Ballet Conservatory of South Texas, and Diane Partington School of Classical Ballet. She danced professionally with The Montgomery Ballet for their 2016-2017 season. This is Sarah’s fifth season as a professional dancer with the Brandon Ballet. She has performed many roles including Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Giselle, Les Sylphide, Swan Lake, Le Conservatoire, and Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, as well as multiple contemporary and neo–classical works. Sarah has been a teacher at The Dance Center for over five years. She teaches a variety of classes including multiple levels of ballet, jazz, and tap. She enjoys helping her students accomplish their dance goals and encourages their strength and artistry. Sarah is also the Administrative Director at The Dance Center.
Courtney Moody began her professional dance training with the Studio of Classical Ballet under Diane Partington. She later studied under Richard Sias of the National Ballet of Canada, as well as at the Sarasota Cuban Ballet School under Ariel Serrano, Wilmian Hernandez, and Delia Ballart. In 2014, she participated in the Encuentro Internacional de Academias para La Ensanza del Ballet at the National Ballet School of Cuba, and in 2014 and 2015, was invited to be a trainee with BalletMet on scholarship. In 2018, she joined the Brandon Ballet as a Principal Professional Artist, and has also performed on various stages as a guest artist. To date, she has performed roles such as Myrta in Giselle, the Pas de Trois in Auguste Bournonville’s Le Conservatoire, and the Lead Ballerina in the Paquita Grand Pas Classique. In 2022, she began acting as Rehearsal Assistant for the Brandon Ballet. She is also a published writer and holds a B.A. in creative writing from the University of Central Florida.
Hannah Townend is a native of Atlanta, GA, where she began her formal dance training at the age of 12. She started her studies with African dance techniques and later trained in ballet, modern, contemporary, jazz, acrobatics, and anything else that would allow her to explore the limits of human movement. Her love of dance and humidity eventually brought her to Tampa to study at the University of South Florida, where she obtained her BFA and BA degrees in Modern Dance Performance and Communicative Performance Studies respectively. With four years of training under great instructors such as John Parks, Michael Foley, Jeanne Travers, and more, her performance and dance research experience at USF and around the world have shaped her teaching philosophy. She currently teaches at studios in the Tampa Bay area as well as continuing her choreographic pursuits with the Central Florida Choreographers Collaboration. Her faith in Jesus Christ, her relentlessly supportive husband, Brentwood, and their two sons, Zephaniah and Moses, are the driving forces behind her hard work.