The Oregon Ballet Academy is dedicated to offering the finest in dance training and performance. As a self-sustaining community arts organization, we provide a training ground for talented aspiring artists and dance enthusiasts of all ages. We hope to inspire the love of dance and appreciation of music in students of varying abilities and ages, from preschool to pre-professional. We support the growth of classical ballet by maintaining the highest standards and by nurturing the talent of every student.
Pre-professional students have the opportunity to develop the skills, experience, and discipline which are the necessary foundations for a professional dance career. Our director is an accomplished professional dancer who brings his experience to bear for the benefit of our serious students.
Those students whose paths lead to non-dance careers gain immeasurably from having studied at OBA. They develop self-motivation, self-discipline, poise, grace, and an appreciation for the arts which they will carry with them throughout their lives.
Meet Miss Stella, the OBA greeter and goodwill ambassador.
John Grensback - Houston Ballet
Artistic Director - Upper School Director
(Upper Level Ballet Classes, Pointe)
Since his arrival as director of the Academy in 2003, John Grensback has had a profound influence on the students of the academy, specifically with his high standard of excellence, his working relationship with teachers and his dedication to every student.
John Grensback began dance training at the age of 7 with his foster father, Eldon Parish, in Chicago. At the age of 15 years, Mr. Grensback attended The School of American Ballet in New York City. Upon graduation from SAB, Mr. Grensback joined the New York City Ballet and danced with the company for two seasons. He then joined the Joffrey Ballet where he danced until 1982. In 1982 he was invited to join the Houston Ballet where he became a principal dancer and danced under the direction of Ben Stevenson.
Mr. Grensback retired from the stage in 1990 and moved to the island of Guam with his wife, Megan Murphy. He opened and directed his own studio in Guam until June of 2003. Mr. Grensback taught master classes in Hong Kong, The Philippines, Houston Ballet Academy and at the Joffrey Ballet School. While in Guam he choreographed, produced and directed The Nutcracker Ballet, The Sleeping Beauty Ballet, Hansel and Gretel, Carmina Burana, The Emperor and the Nightingale, and many other classical and contemporary works.
Principal roles (Artistic director)
Prince Siegried, Swan Lake (Ben Stevenson)
Prince Albrecht, Giselle (Peter Wright)
Prince Florimund, Sleeping Beauty (Ben Stevenson)
James, La Sylphide (Ivan Nagy)
Prince, Nutcracker (Ben Stevenson)
Dr. Faulke, Rosalinda (Ronald Hynd)
Male Jumper, Etudes (Harold Landers)
Dark Angel, Serenade (George Balanchine)
Male Lead, Paquita (Larry Long)
Prince, Cinderella (Ben Stevenson)
Pas De Deux, Don Quixote (Ben Stevenson)
Pas De Deux, Esmerelda (Ben Stevenson)
Pas De Deux, Blue Bird(Ben Stevenson)
Guest appearances Performed as a guest artist with the Cincinnati Ballet,
Chicago Ballet, Bartlesville Civic Ballet, St. Louis Ballet, Indiana State
University, Teatro Municipal de Rio de Janiero.
Ms. Murphy began ballet training in Guam and left to study at The National Ballet School of Canada when she was fifteen years old. She attended The San Francisco Ballet School, studied under Richard Gibson in Palo Alto, California, and trained at The Houston Ballet Academy on a scholarship. She danced professionally with both The Atlanta Ballet and The Houston Ballet. After retiring from performing, Ms. Murphy joined the staff at the Houston Ballet Academy where she directed the pilates studio and the adult dance program. While attending The University of Houston she also managed the large
aerobics program at the Downtown YMCA in Houston.
She is currently a financial services professional with New York Life, or at the studio watching the students work.
Lower School Director
Teacher of Ballet, Pointe, Variations, Contemporary, Improvisation & Composition, and Pilates
Felicia was born into the world of dance as her parents were dancing professionally with the Netherlands Dance Theater at the time of her birth in 1960. She made her first stage appearance at the age of 5 in Anna Sokolow's "Dreams." She received her formal training at the prestigious North Carolina School of the Arts, majoring in ballet during junior high and high school. She then went to Holland where she spent two years at the Rotterdam Dance Academy (now Codarts) studying various forms of dance including modern, jazz and flamenco. From 1980-1995 she danced professionally in Switzerland and Holland, performing classical, neoclassical and modern works. She worked with a wide variety of cutting-edge choreographers including Stephen Petronio, Yoshika Chuma, Randy Warshaw, Kathy Gottschalk, Amanda Miller, Job Sanders, Dieter Amman, Ton Simons and Shusaku Takeuchi.
Since moving to Eugene in 1995, she's performed with Robin Bryant and Dancers, Dance Theatre of Oregon, LCC Dance Department, Bonnie Simoa, Donna Briggs and Company, and more. She was the lead dancer in LCC's "West Side Story" in 2002. She's choreographed for Dance For A Reason, Swine Dive, Oregon Dance Project, Collaborations, Springfield High School and Dance Umbrella of the South Coast of Oregon. She's taught ballet at the Eugene Ballet Academy and LCC Dance Department. Ms. Sanders has taught creative movement for the Young Writer's Association and 14 years or Imagine That Summer Adventures. She became certified to teach Pilates in 2004 and has taught at In Shape and Body Now. She currently teaches at South Lane Ballet Academy, regularly teaches for the Eugene and Springfield Public Libraries and hosts, together with Cara Hakaanson, 40+DANCE, an ongoing class for older people with dance experience. She continues to study the art of dance improvisation with her mentor, Robin Bryant. Felicia has been teaching at the Oregon Ballet Academy since they opened in 2003 and feels eternally grateful to be working for and with John and Megan.
Office Manager - Graphic Designer
Holly Miller grew up in Eugene. She attended South Eugene High School and the University of Oregon where she received her BA in Fine Art and Visual Design. Holly studied dance and music extensively in high school and college, and lived in Europe for three years while growing up. After graduating from college, Holly moved to Portland where she met her husband and lived for seven years. When their two children were young they moved the family to Eugene, and Holly became involved with Rose Children's Theater as a volunteer and member of the RCT Board of Directors. In 2010, Holly joined the OBA staff as the graphic designer and office manager. Bringing performing arts education to children is Holly's passion and she is thrilled to be a part of the OBA family.
Jen Harris grew up in Eugene, and lives with her husband and two daughters. She received her BS in General Science from the University of Oregon. She has been an avid fan of dance for as long as she can remember, and although not formally trained she loves to dance. Some of her earliest memories as a child are going to the Nutcracker at the Hult Center with her mom every year. Her youngest daughter started dancing at OBA in September 2011. She joined the OBA office staff in November 2014, and also works at Irving Elementary School as an Educational Assistant. She has been so thankful to have an opportunity to learn more about the dance world, and be a part of the OBA family. When not working she enjoys spending time with her family hiking, playing at the beach, reading a good book, baking, or working on her own dance moves.
Lisa Morgan, a native of Eugene, is a wife and stay-at-home mom of three. Lisa’s ballet education started at Oregon Ballet Academy. She came to OBA in January of 2005 after her oldest child just turned 4. Starting as a mom/parent volunteer Lisa graduated to OBA part-time staff helper in the fall of 2008. Lisa is grateful to John and Megan for the opportunities they have provided for both her and her family. When not at the studio Lisa enjoys spending time with her family, cooking & eating, traveling (preferably abroad), camping, reading, and looking at interior design blogs.
Mark received his BA in Ballroom Dance in 2005 from Brigham Young University. During his time at BYU he trained and performed with the BYU Ballroom Dance touring company. Mark has toured extensively throughout the United States, Western Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. In 2004 and 2005 Mark won two US Ballroom Dance Latin Formation titles as well as winning the prestigious Blackpool England Latin Formation Title in 2004.
Mark is currently a US Ballroom Dance professional and travels to compete all over the US and internationally. He has won numerous competitions and is a highly sought after teacher throughout Utah and across the United States. He brings a tremendous amount of experience and teaching expertise gained from an extensive professional performing and teaching career.
Adam Kelly is an aspiring artist/choreographer from Portland Oregon with a love for dance and a passion for performing. After moving to Eugene in 2011 he has focused his efforts in teaching and choreographing around town, aiming for excellence and discipline while encouraging a fun learning environment for all to share their enthusiasm. He enjoys thinking outside the box while mixing different styles together and adding a little bit of humor into everything. Aside from making people laugh, he hopes to inspire others to pass on the heritage of the arts in a positive and profound manner.
Lower School Instructor
Madeleine Rowell grew up training at OBA. She trained with at OBA for 10 years and has danced many roles in OBA productions over the years. Her larger roles have included the Dew Drop Fairy and the Snow Queen in The Nutcracker, Odette and Odile inSwan Lake, and Snow White inSnow White. Madeleine loves teaching and is extremely excited to be a part of the staff at OBA.
Lower and Upper School Instructor
Claire Maederer began dancing at age 8, focusing on classical ballet, tap, jazz, modern, theater, and more. After training with renowned teachers such as David Howard, Larry and Sarma Rosenthal, Amanda Gardner, Oleg Briansky, and James Wallace, and attending summer programs such as Boston Ballet and Anaheim Ballet, Claire began dancing professionally in Denver with the Dawson Wallace Dance Project. She has since completed teacher trainings with John White in the Vaganova method, as well as the Pulse Teacher Workshop and the JumpDance Convention Teacher Workshop.
While pursuing her Exercise & Sport Science degree at OSU and acting as Artistic Director at Ballet North West Academy, Claire has completed several trainings with the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science, which has led to her interest in physical therapy. Her combined interests of lifetime physical health and the benefits of dance led Claire to start training with David Leventhal, the Director of Dance for PD in Brooklyn.
Lower and Upper School Instructor
Jessica Jaye Mackinson received her training at the Milwaukee Ballet School and attended summer intensives with the School of American Ballet, Boston Ballet School, and the Vail International Dance Festival, as well as with the Chautauqua Institution in New York where she performed with Charlotte Ballet. Mackinson danced professionally with the Milwaukee Ballet, BalletMet, Rockford Dance Company, Madison Ballet, and Elements Contemporary Ballet. She has also performed as a guest artist for Indiana Ballet Theater and Innervation Dance, as well as a back-up dancer for Weird Al Yankovic and Hannibal Buress. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology & Sociology from Rockford University, where she also served as an adjunct professor of dance. Mackinson became the program manager for Design Dance in 2014, overseeing after-school and in-school dance education initiatives in California, New York, and Illinois. Mackinson has taught extensively throughout the Midwest for over a decade, developing dance curricula for all ages and abilities. Mackinson moved to Oregon in 2017 and continues to pursue her career in dance education and educational programming.
Jazz/Hip Hop Instructor
Roshny Bhakta Martuscelli has been passionate about dance for as long as she can remember. She began her dance training at the age of six in Panama city, Panama where she was born. While in high school, Roshny joined The South Eugene Velocity (2001-2005), was a captain for 2 years and received her Varsity Letters in 2003. After graduation, she went on to assist Marist High School (2006-2007), North Eugene Dance Team (2007-2012) as well as head coach the Willamette High School Dance Team (2012-2016) and The University of Oregon Dance Team (2015-2016).
Roshny has trained with some of the finest instructors from the Eugene, Springfield, Portland, and Los Angeles area in modern, jazz, contemporary, tap, hip hop, and African dance.
Roshny’s mission has always been to give back to the community that helped shape her. She continues to work with as many dance teams and studios as she can while also being a member of the Oregon Dance Team Judges Association, working a full-time job, being a mommy, and a loving wife. Roshny is always a student first and is constantly expanding her repertoire so she can be the very best coach, choreographer, and mentor to aspiring dancers everywhere