The School of ASFB - Faculty

Gisela Genschow, School Director

Ms. Genschow is the director and principal teacher of The School of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet in Santa Fe. A native of Hamburg, Germany she trained with the Hamburg State Opera under Peter van Dyk and Victor Gsovsky. She danced professionally with the Hamburg State Opera, Ballet de Wallonie, Opera de Lyon, Ballet Theatre Contemporain, Ballet du Rhins, and Tanzforum Koln. Throughout her career she toured Europe performing classical ballets as well as contemporary works. She had the opportunity to directly work with George Balanchine as well as numerous other renowned choreographers such as Pierre Lacotte and Lois Falco. After moving to the United States, Ms. Genschow was a faculty member of Fort Worth Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre under company director Patricia Wilde and the New World School of the Arts in Miami. In 1992, she moved to Santa Fe and took over the directorship of Santa Fe Dance Foundation, now The School of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet.

Tina Anderson

Tina Anderson, Hip Hop, Pre-Ballet

Tina was born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has trained and performed in ballet and jazz with Ballet Chicago, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet and Cathy Roe’s Something in the Air. Most recently she has spent time in New York City and Los Angeles studying hip-hop from the commercial industry’s top choreographers such as Tricia Miranda (Beyonce), Lee Daniel (Jason Derulo) and Luam (Kelly Rowland). In 2013 she received a Certificate of Achievement in Commercial Hip-Hop from Broadway Dance Center in New York City.

Karen Brettschneider, Early Childhood Training, School Administrator

Karen was born in Elgin, IL and began training with Lisa Boehm, former prima ballerina of the Deutsches Opernhaus, Berlin, Germany and the Stadt Theater, Berne, Switzerland. She began ballet at the age of six and in her teens added jazz under the tutelage of Frank Boehm. Karen appeared numerous times in the Elgin Area Performing Arts Nutcracker production, achieving soloist in 1989 and, in later years, serving as rehearsal assistant. She also trained at the Ruth Page Foundation (Chicago) under the direction of Larry Long, at the Lou Conte Dance Studio (Chicago), North Carolina School of the Arts, and Yorkshire Ballet Seminars, England where she had the good fortune to study under Sir Anton Dolin. Karen attended Barat College of DePaul University graduating cum laude with a B.A. in Performing Arts Dance. After graduating, Karen danced for several years with Zephyr Dance Ensemble but soon realized teaching was her true passion. She brings to ASFB 20 years of teaching experience in Chicago and it's suburbs. She has continued her studies at numerous teacher training courses and studios and regards the following teachers as most influential; Fury Gold, Birute Barodicaite, Warren Conover, Clare Carmichael, Robert Atwood, Russell Saltzbach, and Pamela Johnson Tanis. Choreography credits include numerous works for the North Suburban Dance Company, a company she founded and directed; Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella for the Barat College Children's Theater Department; and the North Shore Nutcracker which she also performed in as a soloist and coached several roles. She is happy to be joining the teaching faculty at ASFB and looks forward to instilling her love of dance in its young students.

Carol LaRue Liebmann, Adult Ballet, Jazz

Carol received her BFA in Dance from the University of Oklahoma. She danced with Ballet Oklahoma and has performed in many musical theatre productions in roles such as Val in A Chorus Line, Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street, Lily St. Regis in Annie, and Consuelo in West Side Story. Teaching credits include the School of Ballet Oklahoma, Children's Theatre Company and School in Minneapolis, and New Mexico Dance Theatre in Los Alamos.

Joan Lombardi, Modern

Following 15 years of professional performing for many renowned choreographers such as Pina Bausch, Robert Butler, Robert Joffrey, Donya Feuer, Phyllis Lambert, Alwin Nickolais, Paul Sanasardo and Anna Sokolow, Joan Lombardi established the Joan Lombardi Dance Company in 1976 to concentrate on her own distinctive approach to choreography. Ms Lombardi has taught nationally at both the university and professional levels. Her company has performed at all the New York dance/theatre venues and across the U.S. She has been honored with grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts, among others. Joan moved to Santa Fe in 2007 and continues to teach and choreograph.