AvO Guest Artists

The School of Ballet is pleased to offer students a unique opportunity to study the Art of Ballet under the guidance of highly talented artists.  We welcome the opportunity to collaborate with these area guest artists.

Thomas Bell

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John Thomas Bell was born in Baltimore, Maryland where he became an All American springboard diver.  After graduating with honors from East Carolina University, Mr. Bell worked with the Washington Ballet.  He has been a company artist and performed principal roles with the Maryland Ballet, The Eugene Ballet of Oregon, and the Sacramento Ballet.  Mr. Bell has directed, choreographed, and performed in musicals as well as operas.  He has appeared in Dance Magazine, and is currently an adjudicator with the dance division of the Maryland higher education scholarship program.

Patty Pille

Patty Pille studied dance with one of the founding mothers of Cincinnati Ballet, Rita O’Neill, studying ballet, tap and jazz. While there, she danced many lead rolls and planned to go professional until an injury sidelined her dream. She began teaching in 1980 and found she had a real passion for it. In 1992 she began her own studio “Patty Pille’s School of Dance” until 2015. During her 23 years as a studio owner she choreographed many shows and had a successful dance team. Patty loves working with children and is very excited to be part of the AVO family.