Guest Instructors

Adrian Ciobanu, Guest Instructor

Born in Cluj-Napoca Romania, Adrian Ciobanu began his dance training with his Florin Neculae Ciobanu. He also trained with Dan Sas and Marius Ghergel. After completing his studies with the Romanian Opera Ballet, he went on to dance with that company as well as the Hungarian State Opera Ballet. As a member of Sarasota Ballet for six years, he has performed many leading roles including Juan Peron in Eva Peron: A Dance Portrait, the title role in Don Quixote. His other classical roles include such ballets as Giselle, Swan Lake, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Cinderella. His more contemporary work has included Todd Allen's Lechar, Kathryn Posin's Four World Songs, and the principal role in Adam Schnell's The Judas Kiss. As an international teacher Mr. Ciobanu is known for instilling the purest values in classical ballet as well as the art and technique of the classical pas de deux. Mr. Ciobanu's involvement with Brandon Ballet has included work onstage, backstage, and as a choreographer, coaching and directing. His direction and vast knowledge of dance has dramatically strengthened Brandon Ballet and The Dance Center. He currently is the principle teacher for the Sarasota Ballet School as well as the Ballet Master for the Sarasota Ballet.


Marion Tonner, Guest Instructor

Marion was born and raised in England and received her professional dance training at the Royal Academy of Dance. She graduated with honors and went on to become a credentialed Associate and licensed teacher of The Royal Academy of Dance. She was also a two-time gold medalist at the All-England Dance Festival at the Collegiate Theater, London. Her principal teachers have been Joyce Butler (R.A.D. Examiner), Keith Lester, Valerie Taylor, Alicia Markova, Christine Beckley, and Maria Fay. In addition to her knowledge of the R.A.D. work, Ms. Tonner has studied the I.S.T.D. (Cecchetti) syllabus, a Russian syllabus designed by Tamara Karsarvina, and styles and methodology of the major ballet training institutions of the world. In addition to her expertise in ballet, she has a great range of knowledge and training in dance, including: N.A.T.D., I.S.T.D., Modern (Graham Technique), Greek National Branch (Isadora Duncan style), American Jazz Dance (Mattox & Fosse), and I.S.T.D. Ballroom (Standard & Latin). She has studied Labanotation with Ann Hutchinson Guest, Dance History with Clement Crisp, Costume Design with F. Rowland Warne, Pedagogy, Psychology/Child Development, and Anatomy & Physiology (all courses offered during her teacher training program at the Royal Academy of Dance).