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About OBA


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.


    Artistic 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.

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    Administrative Director

    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.

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    Director of the Lower School

    Teacher of Ballet, Pointe, Variations, Contemporary, Improvisation & Composition, and Pilates

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    Office Assistant

    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 employee in the fall of 2008.

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    Office Manager

    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.

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    Office Assistant

    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 Nov

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    Livia Fremouw grew up in Eastern Europe. She is a graduate of Comenius University in Slovakia where she received her master degree in mathematics and geometry. She also earned an Associate degree in graphic design in Eugene, Oregon. She resides with her husband and their 5-year old boy/girl twins in Eugene, Oregon.

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    Ballet, Hip Hop, Jazz Funk

    Miss Sarid fell in love with Ballet at age 8, after watching a friend perform in the Nutcracker.  She began dancing in 1986 on the Big Island of Hawaii under the instruction of Virginia Holte at West Hawaii Ballet Academy, until she relocated in 1991 to Eugene Ballet Academy, training with Sara Lombard

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    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.

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    Ballet, Modern, Contemporary, Jazz, Pilates

    Olivia started dancing at the age of 12 at South Lane Ballet Academy. After a few years, she attended Eugene  Ballet Academy where she took classes in ballet, modern, contemporary, jazz, and pilates. Olivia began student teaching at 14 and taught her first ballet class at 15.

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    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.

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  • Katey Kephart
    Pre-Ballet, Kindie Ballet, Contemporary

    Katey recently moved to Eugene from New York City. She holds a Bachelor of Performing Arts in Dance Performance from Oklahoma City University. Katey has served on the faculty at multiple dance studios and has also had many choreographic works performed in New York City, Chicago, Texas, and Oklahoma. She is also a teacher and judge for I Love Dance and Ticket to Broadway dance competitions.

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  • Madeleine Rowell

    Madeleine has been dancing at OBA for 9 years and has danc

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  • Claire Maederer
    Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Tumbling

    Claire Maederer began dancing at age 8, focusing on classical ballet, tap, jazz, modern, theater, and more.

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