John Magnus received his training at the University of Cape Town Ballet School. After completing his training he joined the Cape Town City Ballet Company.

In 1980 Mr. Magnus came to the United States and served as ballet master for the Nevada Dance Theatre and upon moving to New York City taught for the New Jersey Ballet for both the school and company.

In 1986 he joined the faculty of the Joffrey Ballet School being the last teacher to be chosen by Mr. Joffrey (before his death in 1988) to teach at the Joffrey School. He taught master classes for the Joffrey Ballet Company and the Metropolitan Opera Ballet.

In 2005 he was appointed Artistic Director of the Joffrey Ballet School creating a full length Nutcracker performed at the Skirball Theatre, New York and reviewed by the New York Times as “ glorious and sweetly inventive.” This review was the first time the N.Y.Times reviewed a non-professional/student production of the “The Nutcracker”.

Mr. Magnus has served as the Artistic Director for the Joffrey Midwest Dance Summer Intensive since it’s inception in 1996 and after 14yrs the program has been renamed Magnus Midwest Dance. He also served as the Artistic Director for the Great Lakes Summer Workshop and the Joffrey/Midland Summer Workshop.

Mr. Magnus guest teaches throughout the States and for the Regional Dance America South West, Mid States and North East regions.

He has choreographed for West Virginia Opera ( Faust and Der Fledermaus ) and collaborating with A.R.T. (American Readers Theatre) new works for the NEA funded literacy program called the“Big Read”. Mr. Magnus created two new ballets one based on the John Steinbeck novel “Grapes of Wrath” and the other ballet is based on the Edgar Allen Poe poem “Annabel Lee“.

Other works include Simple Symphony (Benjamin Britten) and Overture (Schubert) created for the collaboration between the Joffrey Ballet School and Arts Umbrella School in Vancouver and new works for the Joffrey Ballet School Dance Ensemble performed at the Boch Centre for the Performing Arts in Massachusetts.

Mr. Magnus is the current Artistic Director for the Portland Festival Ballet.

He serves as President for the American Readers Theatre-a 501(3)c not for profit community arts organization promoting literacy through the performing arts.

Teal Darkenwald – Jazz

Teal Darkenwald is the founder of Ultra Barre℠, a barre-based certification program designed to lengthen and tone the muscles. She has taught Ultra Barre℠ master classes throughout the United States and uses this method to train her own students at East Carolina University. At ECU, Darkenwald teaches jazz, ballet and modern technique classes as well as a variety of science-related dance lecture courses. Most recently, she was the recipient of the Teaching Grant Award by the University of North Carolina system. She also teaches jazz and contemporary dance and stages choreography at Magnus Midwest (formerly Joffrey Midwest) and Magnus Northwest each summer.

In addition to teaching, Darkenwald serves on the advisory board and performs with Balasole Dance Company in New York City. Her professional affiliations include involvement in the National Dance Education Organization as well as the American College Dance Festival Association. Prior to moving to North Carolina, Darkenwald taught at the University of Arizona, Glendale and Scottsdale Community Colleges and Ottawa University. Additionally, she served as Co-Director and Resident Choreographer for Physical Graffiti Dance Company. Darkenwald earned her MFA in Dance with an emphasis in Choreography from the University of Arizona as well her BFA in Dance Performance and BS in Exercise Science from the University at Buffalo in New York. Prior education and certification also includes a 480 hour one-on-one Pilates training program, a Zena Rommett Floor-Barre® Intensive, an IFTA Indoor Cycling certification, and most recently Darkenwald completed her holistic health coach certification through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

Jeffrey Stocker – Acting

Jeffrey Stocker is a renowned professional acting coach and a accomplished director since opening his own acting studio in New York City from 1978-2009. His clients can be seen today performing on the Broadway Stage to Television and Motion Pictures.

The client list of actors he is proud to have coached over the years have included Anne Nathan, Crista Moore, Christopher Innvar, Sean McDermott, Aiko Nakasome, and members from the ensemble casts of “Mama Mia”, “Grease”, “Phantom of the Opera”, “Chicago”. “Ragtime’. “Les Miserables” and “West Side Story” just to name a few.

Jeffrey Stocker has directed Francis Sternhagen, Joan Copeland, Cliff Robertson, and Tammy Grimes in numerous readings at the National Arts Club in New York City where is serves as a Board of Governor and Chair of the Theatre Drama Committee.

Jeffrey Stocker has coached young professional children actors to adults and is highly recommended by leading NY and LA Talent Agents and Casting Directors. He is currently coaching the talented Rory Caulkin on his auditions and roles in such films as the upcoming feature “12″ directed by Joel Schumacher.

As one of today’s leading acting coaches for both stage and film he teaches an original audition “cold-reading” technique with the use of video equipment.

Jeffrey Stocker is the Founder and Director of the American Readers Theatre a 501(3)c not for profit arts organization which promotes literacy located in New York, Pennsylvania , and Oregon.

As a professional director he has directed over 100 stage productions and readings in NYC at the National Arts Club, Players Club, Princeton Club, and City College of NY. He has collaborated with award-winning playwrights Edward Albee and Christopher Durang.

Jeffrey Stocker has been award grants from the NEA for the BIG READ, Christopher D. Smither’s Foundation for the creation of the Theatre Workshop- teen alcohol awareness program, and the Noel Coward Foundation .

Jeffrey Stocker has been on the teaching faculty of the Joffrey Ballet School in NYC, the Portland Festival Ballet Studio in Portland, Oregon and the Magnus Midwest Summer Dance Intensive in Flint Michigan where he has created a highly successful acting program called ACTING FOR THE DANCER.

Jeffrey Stocker is the current Artistic Director for the Presby Players in Port Jervis, New York and continues to direct readings and full productions throughout the country.

Since his arrival to Portland he has directed for the Portland Civic Theatre Guild and has been invited to teach Master Classes at the Portland Center Stage.


Lavinia Magliocco – Pilates


Lavinia was professionally trained in classical ballet at North Carolina School of the Arts and
 School of American Ballet. She came to Pilates after a life-threatening illness in 1990; with the help of her teacher and mentor, Mona Williams, and physical therapist Jacqui Haas, she was able to return to performing as a classical balle

In 1998 she put aside performing to focus on teaching as a path of expression and exploration, though she was solicited to teach throughout her career by both students and mentors. Lavinia is a fully certified Pilates master teacher with over 17 years experience in the field, eight years as the owner of equipoise, enlightened exercise in Portland, Oregon.t dancer at the Metropolitan Opera Company in New York City at the age of 27, after a hiatus of eight years.

Lavinia has also taught in Cincinnati at the School for Creative and Performing Arts as well as The Dance Hall Contemporary Dance Theatre; at Studio Maestro in New York City, Oregon Ballet Theatre School, Da Vinci School for Performing Arts in Portland, Oregon and at other venues in the United States. She has published over 80 articles and reviews on dance for the Cincinnati Enquirer, Antenna Magazine, Pilates Forum, and Dance Magazine. Many of her students are now professional dancers at American Ballet Theatre New York City Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, August Ballet, Julliard, NYU, Tisch, and several students are working Pilates instructors, including Angela Kim of Pilate’s Edge and Studio Blue. Lavinia holds a BA degree from University of Cincinnati’s College of Arts and Sciences.

Lavinia Magliocco is Portland Festival Ballet’s official Pilates instructor and consultant. You can find out more about Ms. Magliocco and appointment availability by visiting http://www.epoise.net/