Sara Gaydash Ordway
Ms Sara has over 25 years of dance experience. She grew up in Ohio were she was recognized as "Gifted in the Arts" by the state, and graduated Valedictorian. Her dance education was very broad from her beginnings in theater, tap and jazz to all types of ballet technique including French, Cuban, Russian and Balanchine. Ms Sara studied at the School of American Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Harid Conservatory, Ballet Met and Kirov Academy. She was trained in the Vaganova Method by Vaganova school graduates Inna Stabrova and Dmitriy Tuboltsev at the Ohio Conservatory of Ballet. She is an alumni of Youth America Grand Prix having won the title of "Youth Grand Prix" in Chicago in 2003. In 2006, Ms Sara moved to Northern Virginia to join Manassas Ballet Theatre where she served as a Principal Dancer until 2018. In 2010, she was invited to participate in the USA International Ballet Competition (nicknamed the Olympics of Ballet) held in Jackson, MS every four years. In 2011, she was a finalist at the World Ballet Competition in Orlando, FL. In 2012, Ms Sara won Pointe Magazine's Video of the Month Editor's Choice Award for her portrayal of Odette in Swan Lake. She was featured in the History Channel miniseries "The World Wars" (2014) as the ballerina (credited Sara Gaydash). In 2017 and 2018, Ms Sara was a finalist for a Kathleen K. Seefeldt Award in the category of "Outstanding Arts Educator". Ms Sara was on the cover of Dance Feature Magazine for their inaugural issue in September 2017. In January of 2018, she was a guest artist in a collaboration showcasing the similarities and differences between classical ballet and classical Japanese dance in "Dancer of Japan" performed at the Terrace Theater at the Kennedy Center. In 2019 she was awarded a HCHY Local Hero Award. Ms Sara is certified in Progressive Ballet Technique and has over 12 years of teaching experience. Her students have won several prestigious awards, including top twelve and third place awards at Youth America Grand Prix. Ms Sara founded Ordway Conservatory of Classical Ballet with the mission to focus 100% on the students and assure that each one not only get a world class ballet education, but also gain health, confidence, respect, intelligence, and leadership skills.
Tori Unterberger has 20 years of dance experience that began at Dance Etc. School of the Arts under Anne Boyle, Analeah Stamps, and Danielle DuFore. Her initial dance background was in contemporary, ballet, tap and jazz. In recent years she has taken on dance intensives with Christopher K. Morgan & Artist and at New York City’s STEPS on Broadway under Mindy Jackson. Prior to college Ms. Tori performed at the Orange Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Russell Athletic Bowl, and Holiday Bowl halftimes having opportunity to work with Bonny Story, Mandy Moore, and Chris Judd. She is a recent BFA Dance performance graduate from Radford University with minors in Theater and Business Administration studying directly under dana bella, Amy VanKirk, Inessa and Aleksey Plekhanova, Wesley Young, and Jieun Lee. She graduated with honors and summa cum laude, running student organizations and large benefit concerts during her time in undergrad. While there, she had the opportunity to work with Jenai Washington and Teal Darkenwald in residency. Her main focus in dance during college became modern, jazz, and choreography while maintaining her ballet studies. She has choreographed over 10 original works, directed an hour length one act, multiple scenes and is still creating work. Ms. Tori has extensive background in musical theater holding 2 professional credits from Theater West Virginia, Footloose (Cowgirl) and Hatfields & McCoys (Nancy McCoy) and recently starred in Oklahoma! as Ado Annie Carnes. She has been in Anything Goes (Angel), Cat in The Hat (Mom & Ensemble) and premiered Keep This for Me (ensemble), an original musical written by Amy VanKirk and Tommy Iafrante. Since graduation Ms. Tori has been working at Wolf Trap Foundation for the Arts as and Arts Administration intern and substitute teaching dancing in the local northern Virginia area.