Faculty & Staff
Owner of Ballet Arts, Robin has successfully developed young-dancer ballet programs for Agoura and Thousand Oaks communities. She has danced with Bay Area Ballet, Santa Cruz Ballet and CCBC. Robin is also Executive Director of Conejo Civic Ballet Company. In her executive positions Robin focuses on selection of faculty and staff, and acquiring resources and support for the faculty and CCBC artists so that they can provide our students with the best dance instruction in the Thousand Oaks area.
Graduate of the Vaganova Method, City Ballet School, Zlin, Czechoslovakia. Member of the National Ballet of Czechoslovakia for 20 years until coming to the Los Angeles area and joining Ballet Arts as a senior ballet instructor.
Soloist with the Prague National Ballet Theatre in the Czech Republic, dancing in such ballets as Cinderella, Swan Lake and Nutcracker. Helena teaches at Ballet Arts and is Ballet Mistress at Conejo Civic Ballet Company where her responsibilities include dancing, choreography, and cradle-to-grave management of our ballet productions.
Linda Lewis graduated from University of Iowa with a Master in Art majoring in Dance. She taught at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks and was Artistic Director of Dance Domenium. She now teaches dance at Long Beach City College and Ballet Arts. Linda is also an active member of Conejo Civic Ballet Company both as a dancer and behind the scenes helping our young dancers give their best performance.
Lauren Smith received her dance training and performance experience while growing up in San Diego, California. She earned her B.A. in Theatre with a minor in Dance from U.C.S.D. while performing corps and solo parts with The California Ballet, San Diego Ballet, Mirabile Ballet and Pax Fiat modern dance. Lauren also trained extensively in Graham Technique culminating in her receiving a scholarship to attend the Graham school in New York for a three week intensive. She moved to Los Angeles to marry and be closer to family. She continues to train and share her talents with the staff and students at Ballet Arts.
Linda Poff started her dance training in ballet at Ballet Arts at the age of five when the studio was owned by Gloria Connolly and Milada Miladova. She also studied classic Bob Fossie jazz from Sylvia Lewis, and American Tap from Dottie Starr. At the age of 14, Ms. Poff was the first recipient of the California Arts Council Award. She went on to attend the intense training program at the Marin Ballet in Marin, California and continued her studies at Ballet Arts under Eva Pokorny, Mark Erickson, Laura Behr and Jonette Swider. At the age of 17 she received the Presidential Academic Fitness Award as recognized by the United States President and the U.S. Secretary of Education. Ms. Poff trained under Bill Martin-Viscount and John Wey Ling at the Southwest Ballet Center, home of the Fort Worth City Ballet in Fort Worth Texas. While attending Moorpark College and performing in two of their spring concerts, she continued to perform with Conejo Civic Ballet company and was honored to perform with the Company at the grand opening of the Civic Arts Plaza. Since then Ms. Poff has performed in numerous productions including; Swan Lake, La Bayadere, The Sleeping Beauty, Stars and Stripes, Paquita, The Nutcracker, Les Sylphides, Hansel and Gretel, and Snow White.
Ms. Tikhomirova is a guest ballet instructor for Ballet Arts who, together with Enton Hoxha, will be choreographing and staging the 2010 production of The Nutcracker for Conejo Civic Ballet. Ms. Tikhomirova received a PhD degree with high honors from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy as Choreographer/Master Ballet Teacher in Classical Dance, the Vaganova method and Character Dance, under the direction of legendary Choreographer and Professor Yury Grigorovich. In 2006, she choreographed the ballet Song of the Rain for the Moscow Classical Ballet and, of special interest to Ballet Arts students, in 2007, she choreographed The Nutcracker for the Moscow Ballet.
Mr. Hoxha studies at the Bolshoi Academy School in Moscow, Russia with legendary dancers Mikhail Lavrovsky, Leonid Jdanov, Nikolay Dorohov, Mikhail Mineev and Nikolay Tikhomirov. After receiving a Master's Degree from the Bolshoi Academy Mr. Hoxha toured with the Moscow Classical Ballet and the Russian Chamber Ballet in Europe, Asia and the United States.