Ballet, theater, art, music, yoga classes in Crozet, western Albemarle, near Charlottesville, Virginia.

Directors and Board Members

Sharon D. Tolczyk, Artistic Director & Crozet Arts Co-Founder

Sharon Donohue Tolczyk - Ballet InstructorSharon Donohue Tolczyk previously taught ballet on the faculties of the Boston Ballet School, Walnut Hill School for the Arts (Natick, MA), Boston Ballet’s Children’s Summer Dance Workshop, Amherst Ballet Centre (MA), Schwarz School of Dance (Dayton, OH), Wright State University’s PRODANCE (Dayton, OH), Albemarle Ballet Theatre, and at the Greenwood Community Center. At Walnut Hill School, she was a member of the dance department’s ballet faculty, and Director of the Dance Extension Division and Summer Dance Workshop. Prior to her teaching career, Sharon danced with the Dayton Ballet Company and Peridance, a contemporary ballet company in New York City. While in Dayton, she also served as Ballet Mistress for the company and apprentice company, Dayton Ballet II. She has choreographed for the Amherst Ballet Theatre Company, Dayton Ballet II, Walnut Hill, and Albemarle Ballet Theatre. Sharon received her early training at the Princeton Ballet and in London, England. She studied at Walnut Hill School and the Amherst Ballet Centre during high school, and completed the Major Exams for the Royal Academy of Dancing, London, qualifying her as an Associate Member. After graduating from high school, she was a scholarship student for two years at the School of the Pennsylvania Ballet where she trained with Lupe Serrano and performed in the Pennsylvania Ballet’s Nutcracker. During her professional dancing career, she studied in New York City with Maggie Black, Marjorie Mussman, Benjamin Harkarvy, Larry Rhodes and others. She attended workshops with the Twyla Tharp and Paul Taylor dance companies. Since moving to Charlottesville in 1996, Sharon has studied art at PVCC with Chica Tenney, John Hancock, and Rebekah Wostrel, and at Mary Baldwin College with Sue Marion. She was a T.A. at Murray Elementary School, where she also served as Chair of the PTO’s Cultural Enrichment for three years, and was an Art Print volunteer. She is a member of the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society. She and her husband, Dariusz, a Professor in the Slavic Department at the University of Virginia, have two adult children, Adam & Aleksandra, and live in western Albemarle.

CarolynCarolyn Lawlor, Board Chair retired in 2011 after 14 years as Head of School at The Free Union (VA) Country School, preschool through 5th grade. She served for five years on the Charlottesville/Albemarle Commission For Childen and Families and is now a Literacy Volunteer and a Certified Pet Therapy volunteer with her Australian Shepherd, Bentley, at  The Kluge Rehabilitation Center for Children, UVA Hospital Coronary Care Unit and The Lodge at Old Trail. Carolyn moved to Charlottesville in 1997 and then to Batesville in 2006.

Betsy (Elizabeth) Aronson, Secretary, of Old Trail in Crozet is the parent of a long time cello student at Crozet Arts, and is the Co-Chair of the Old Trail Community Garden. She worked extensively in print publishing for Time. Inc. in NYC and in Alexandria before moving here and sharing her technical expertise with us.  She is interested in developing the great potential of Crozet Arts for becoming a much needed center for the arts in Western Albemarle.

Ellen Doyle, Treasurer (bio coming…)

Laura Allen is a Virginia native who studied art at Davidson College and sculpture at Portland State University. Prior to graduate school, she lived in a tent in Southwest Virginia for a year with her husband. After living in Portland, Raleigh, and then moving up the I-95 corridor in Virginia, she is quite pleased to be back in the mountains in Crozet. Most of her time is spent wrangling two super kids to the bus stop and activities. She exhibits in Virginia, Colorado and California. Primarily a sculptor, she is passionate about materials and process. Reclaimed objects, rich in inherent history and associations, are sewn, wrapped, folded and glued to create forms that comment on her current lifestyle and interests. She is fascinated with the hand-working processes of her grandmothers that create imperfect outcomes, adding personal, human touches to otherwise manufactured and plastic objects. Laura teaches art classes & summer art workshops at Crozet Arts. To see her work please visit her website:  www.lauraelizabethallen.com

Sue Chase (bio coming…)

Leslie Dudley (bio coming…)

Elizabeth Nisos, a long-time resident of Charlottesville and owner of the company Mountain Masonry, practices the art of stone masonry, which she also taught at CATEC for 15 years.  Also a hand percussionist, she is active in the local music and art scene and values Crozet Arts for the opportunities it can offer for a wider and more diverse audience.

Suzanne Reid, recently moved to Crozet after retiring from Emory & Henry College in southwest Virginia where she taught English and Education classes. Always an appreciative audience for the arts, she believes in the therapeutic qualities of a solid arts education to awake and maintain a sense of glory.

Jessica Sever (bio coming…)

Past Board Members:

Mollie Washburne, Crozet Arts Co-Founder
Mollie Washburne holds a B.A. in Journalism and Theater from Indiana University, Bloomington. A lifelong ballet enthusiast and supporter, Mollie began her dance training  at the Montgomery School of Ballet in Alabama and danced with the Montgomery Civic Ballet, under the direction of Audrey Gryder and Duane Dishion. She went on to train with George Verdak, formerly of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, and with Jürgen Pagels at Indiana University. She also studied at the Briansky Ballet Center and was a scholarship student with the Joffrey Ballet in New York City.  Mollie and her husband, Jake, who is the General Registrar for Albemarle County, have lived in Crozet with their three children, Spalding, Ben, and George, since 1988. Mollie established the Art Print program at Brownsville Elementary School and has taught ballet at the Lexington School of Ballet (Virginia) and more recently at Albemarle Ballet Theatre. She is the Managing Editor of New Literary History, a journal of theory and interpretation at the University of Virginia.

Lee Ann Bass Barber

Bobbie (Roberta) Dill

Kacie-Linn Engle

Lisa Goehler

Emily Mora

Melissa Morrison

Mary Scott Neisser

Linda L. Parker

Vasantha Reddi

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