Board of Directors & Advisors
Christine Tjahjadi-Lopez, M.A.
Growing up in different parts of the U.S.A., Christine's identities have always been in Christ, family and dance. As the founder of Transformation Ballet Inc., she has been called to share the love of Christ with children from all socioeconomic situations. Her graduate studies opened her mind to think critically about development, NGOs and indigenous populations. Her numerous accolades for social justice work funded community-based projects during university and propelled her to always seek sustainability. Christine believes that every talent we posses is unique and made to be used to the fullest to further the kingdom of God.
Genevieve Custer Weeks
Genevieve is the founder and CEO of Tutu School, a collection of children’s ballet schools throughout the United States.
Having danced both with the Oakland Ballet and as a freelance artist - performing principal and soloist roles throughout North America – in 2008, Genevieve started dreaming of her opening own boutique school that would celebrate the things she loved most about ballet. During a break in her performance schedule, Genevieve's husband, Andrew, finally asked, "Why wait?" and Tutu School was born.
From Haiti, Marynn is the Assistant Directeur, Artistic Director and Dance Company Manager of the Institut de Danse Lynn Williams Rouzier. This is the first dance studio in Haiti! With a focus on serious training and a family atmosphere sticking true to their roots, they have competed in YAGP, were invited to compete in the 2020 YAGP finals and have been recognized by the American Ballet Theater's Project Plie. Marynn takes pride in her Hatian roots and makes a point to teach Haitian folklore dance as a part of their program. She also manages a program to provide ballet scholarships to children from local orphanages.
TaKiyah Wallace, M.A.
María Fernanda Castillo
Fernanda, originally from Guatemala, is an A&A Ballet alumni. From a young age, she always dreamed of dancing ballet. Due to lack of opportunity in her area, Fernanda moved to Guatemala City at age 16 where she began training in the Vaganova method. Fernanda has participated in a summer intensive with the International Ballet Competition and participated in the Oleg Vinagrodov Ballet Festival in St. Petersburg Russia. Fernanda recognizes the lack of opportunity for serious dance training in her home-country, compared to many other parts of the world and is highly motivated to share her ballet knowledge.