Misako Ballet Company creates classical ballet and Japanese-themed performances to bring joy to our community.
Who we are
Misako Aoki, Artistic Director began her dance training in Japan and later at the Royal Ballet School in London. From there she joined the Matsuyama Ballet Company, one of the major companies in Japan. With them she performed in Europe and China with Rudolf Nureyev. After moving to the United States, Misako founded her own studio and taught at Towson and UMBC. She was also a rehearsal assistant for the Moscow’s Ballet Nutcracker and the Washington Ballet’s Nutcracker at the Hippodrome. Misako is the Artistic Director of Misako Ballet Company (a non-profit, professional dance company). She has served as a scholarship review panelist for Howard County Arts Council for several years and as a Dance panelist at Maryland State Arts Council in 2015.
Amber Hodak started dancing at the age of 5, when I moved to MD at age of 9, I started dancing at Misako Ballet Studio. She has been involved in multiple companies and programs such as the Pre- Collegiate Summer Intensive at TU, Maryland State Council of Dance, Regionals, Moscow Ballet for their Nutcracker, Chesapeake Ballet, Old Mill Middle North Dance Company, Old Mill High School Dance Company and the Anne Arundel County Dance Ensemble. She has received awards of being the Maryland State dancer of 2013, 2014, and 2015. Currently she is studying at AACC and is part of the AACC dance co.
Cecilia Ituarte has over 17 years of experience as a dance teacher. As a dancer she has enjoyed performances in Mexico, Peru and the U.S. with the companies “Mexico en Movimiento”, “Audanza” and “Momentum Danza Mexico”. She has also designed choreographies for her students. Cecilia holds an Associate Diploma in Ballet teaching and Advanced II degree in Modern Dance Theatre from the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD); and graduated in Classical Ballet from the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD). She is also a professional graphic designer.
Melissa Lineburg began training at the local dance studio in Charles Town, WV, and continued training through high school at the Frederick School of Classical Ballet (FSCB). Melissa graduated from Radford University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance: Ballet. Melissa is celebrating four years as a company member with Misako Ballet Company. She guest performs for New York State Ballet, Connect the Dots Dance Company, and Metropolitan Ballet Ensemble. Melissa serves on the Board of Dance Metro DC and is the Executive Administrator at Dance/USA in Washington, DC.
Jessica Markiewicz received her early training with Barbara Willis at the Carter School of Dance, and continued training at Ballet Royale Institute of Maryland under Slava Mesropov. She has attended summer programs at The Washington School of Ballet, the Kirov Academy in Washington D.C., and American Ballet Theater. She has also received her Cecchetti Intermediate certificate. Jessica graduated with a BA in Dance from Goucher College, and also earned an MA in Dance Education with a concentration in ABT Ballet Pedagogy from New York University. She is a member of Misako Ballet Company, and teaches dance in AACPS.
Amanda Wade started her dance training at Ballet Royale Academy under Donna Pidel and Vyacheslav Mesropov. In 2004, she moved to Misako Ballet Studio under the instruction of Misako Aoki-Oda, and danced with Kevin Malone in his KTM Extremes project. During summers, she attended intensives at various places such as North Carolina School of the Arts and Dance Institute of Washington. She recently received her Master's Degree in Applied Mathematics and Statistics from Towson University in December 2015.
.Jessica McElvaney received her early training at MgM Dance Studio, Falls Road Dance Studio, and the Baltimore Actor's Theatre Academy. She continued her training at UMBC and graduated with a B.A. in Dance, a B.A. in Modern Languages and Linguistics, and an M.A. in Instructional Systems Development. She joined Misako Ballet Company in 2007 and has been teaching at Misako Ballet Studio since 2004.