Leadership

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Adam Sage

Artistic Director

Adam Sage has enjoyed a four-decade directing, coaching, teaching, performing and choreographic career that has spanned four continents. He has served as Associate Artistic Director of Ballet Philippines, Founder/Artistic Director of Missouri Ballet Theatre, Artistic Director of Virginia School of the Arts, Ballet Master and School Director of Nashville Ballet and Adjunct Faculty at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

He began his ballet studies in his hometown of San Diego with the United States International University Conservatory and California Ballet, before moving on to dance professional with  Ballet Philippines, Ballet West, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Hong Kong Ballet, Ballet Memphis, Nashville Ballet and N.A.P.A.C. Dance Company in Durban, South Africa. 

Mr. Sage has performed principal roles in all of the major ballet classics as well as in works by such dance luminaries as Dame Nanette DeValois, Sir Kenneth McMillan, Sir Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, Andre Prokovsky, John Cranko and Harold Lander.

He has had the honor of dancing at the Opera House at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the grand opening of the Hong Kong Cultural Center and at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

He has created over 40 choreographic works including full-length Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Cinderella, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Dracula, Peter and the Wolf and Little Mermaid, which was most recently re-staged for Cape Town City Ballet in 2018. 

Caitlin Helton Scherer

Ballet Mistress

Ms. Helton Scherer, a native of Springfield, Illinois, and a Springfield Ballet alumna, was most recently the Artistic Director for SYPG and has been teaching professionally for over 15 years.

In addition to dancing many lead roles for SBC, she also trained at Nashville Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, the Rock School for Dance Education, and Ballet Austin. After placing in the Regional Top 12 of Youth America Grand Prix in Chicago in 2003, she competed at the international finals in New York City.

She was a founding member of Missouri Ballet Theatre (MBT), where she danced for five years under the artistic direction of Adam Sage. While at MBT, she danced the roles of Snow Queen and Dew Drop in The Nutcracker, Hermia in the world premiere of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the Fire Opal Fairy in Cinderella, and lead roles in Rays of the Sun, Opus 18, Masquerade, Baroque Fantasie, Tres, and Porteno Fantastico. She has performed as a guest artist with SBC in The Nutcracker and has choreographed for the company.

Ms. Helton Scherer studied dance performance at Butler University and graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in educational psychology from University of Illinois in Springfield. While at BU, Ms. Helton Scherer performed abroad in Poland, touring Krakow, Warsaw, Gdańsk, Poznań, and Bytom.  She is certified in Progressing Ballet Technique and in American Ballet Theatre’s National Training Curriculum Levels 1-3. 

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Board of Directors

 

President

Matt Maslowski

Vice President

Jason Gross

Finance Chair

Julie Pittman McDonough

Advisor to the President

Rachel Burdick

Dr. Callie Carter

Erica Filipiak

Dr. Sarah Henkle

Mary Jennings

Rachel Miller

Ann Opferman

Gail Rister

Scott Raper

Executive Director

Scott F. Raper joined the Springfield Ballet Company as Development director in 2020. He holds a B.B.A. in Management and Organizational Behavior and a M.B.A. from Benedictine University. Scott has owned and operated several business ventures including a residential construction and real estate company, a wedding business, online music company, and a nonprofit performing arts company. Scott has worked in various capacities for Sears Roebuck & Co., State Farm Insurance, Midwest Insurance, was the assistant band director and head drumline instructor for Olympia CUSD 16, worked as an AVID Tutor for Springfield School District 186, was the Student Advocate for Benedictine University, and most recently serves as an adjunct professor for the MacKinnon School of Business at Lincoln College. Scott has volunteered numerous hours for various performing arts organizations including Drum Corps International, Bands of America, Winter Guard International, the Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps, and Green Thunder Percussion.