Riverside Theatre Dance announces new instructors


Riverside Theatre’s Conservatory of Dance announces the addition of two new instructors to compliment the talented teachers already on staff.

“I’m really excited to add Katherine Eppink and Anders Southerland to our distinguished dance faculty,” says Adam Schnell, Director of Riverside Theatre’s Conservatory of Dance. “Their energy and insight will continue the excellence in dance instruction our community has come to expect from Riverside.”

Classes begin August 17, 2020 and cover 35 weeks of instruction, with Fall and Winter breaks, and culminate with a recital in May 2021.

Classes resume with monitored registrations, capacity restrictions, and the safety protocols including: required face masks, social distancing placement, temperature checks, and many others listed on the Riverside Theatre website. A digital course of study that mirrors in-person class work has also been implemented for those uncomfortable returning to the studio at this time.

Riverside Theatre’s dance education program features professional instructors teaching many genres of dance from ages 3 through adult. Instructors include: Mia Pacitto, Camilo A. Rodriguez, Adam Schnell, Tara Schweitzer and the newly added Katherin Eppink and Anders Southerland.

While classes begin in August, new students are accepted throughout the school year provided classes are not full.

A scholarship program to provide financial assistance is available to qualifying students.

Register online at www.riversidetheatre.com/dance-classes


Katherine Eppink

Katherine Eppink is a graduate of the University of Utah where she earned a B.F.A. from the department of ballet. Katherine began her classical ballet training in Des Moines at Iowa Dance Theatre. She also danced on scholarship as a member of Utah Ballet, the resident performing company of University of Utah, where she performed lead roles in Serenade, Coppélia, Swan Lake, Ruslan and Ludmila, and The Nutcracker. With Ballet Vero Beach, Ms. Eppink has been featured in works by Samuel Kurkjian, Adam Schnell, Ariel Grossman, and Camilo A. Rodriguez. Additionally, Katherine originated the roll of The Sugar Plum Seller/Sugar Plum Fairy in Nutcracker on the Indian River.

Anders Southerland

Anders Southerland is from Seattle, Washington. His ballet training began as the result of a public school outreach class and was recruited into the prestigious school at Pacific Northwest Ballet. Prior to joining Ballet Vero Beach he was a member of Houston Ballet II and Milwaukee Ballet II. Audiences have been thrilled by Mr. Southerland’s performances in works by Camilo A. Rodriguez, and Samuel Kurkjian. Anders also originated the role of “The Nut Seller/Nutcracker” in Nutcracker on the Indian River.

Riverside Theatre is located at 3250 Riverside Park Drive, Vero Beach, FL 32963. Riverside Theatre programs are sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Riverside Theatre is a member of the Cultural Council of Indian River County, the Indian River Chamber of Commerce, and the Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce.

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