Bios - Owner and Costume Designer
About Miss Zachari
Miss Zachari began ballet lessons at the age of 11, after two years of tap and jazz classes at a local combo studio. She studied the Cecchetti Method of Classical Ballet for 14 years at DeLange Dancers Studio. Miss Zachari is a Cecchetti certified dancer, which means that she took ballet exams in the Cecchetti Method at the end of each level she studied before moving on to the next class.
Before starting Pas de Deux Dance Studio, Miss Zachari taught ballet for 10 summers through a program of her own creation, assisted and taught classes at DeLange Dancers Studio, and taught ballet at a local competition studio. She has experience speaking about ballet at local schools to prepare them for field trips to the ballet and doing presentations for Brownie troops to help them earn their dance badges.
Miss Zachari's other dance experience includes performing in her high school's spring musical,
Irish Ceili dancing, and performing as a member of the Green Fire Irish Dancers. Miss Zachari uses her non-ballet dance experiences to augment her ballet curriculum with alternate ways of looking at dance.
Miss Zachari grew up in the Twin Cities, attended Battle Creek Environmental Magnet Elementary School (K-6), Battle Creek Middle School (7-8) and Mounds Park Academy (9-12), and graduated from the University of Saint Thomas with a BA in Elementary Education in
2003, before studying American Sign Language for two years at the College of Saint Catherine.
About the Costume Designer
Costumes for Pas de Deux Dance Studio's recitals, Nutcracker and other ballet performances are designed by Bobbie Berry Wetz.
Bobbie graduated from the American Fashion College of Switzerland (now AIU: London - known for alum Christian Siriano of Project Runway fame) with a degree in fashion design. She owned Bobbie's Couturiere, a designer clothing boutique, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where she also taught fashion design, clothing construction and modeling at Kirkwood College, and designed for many theatrical productions, including for the Old Creamery Theater and Music Theater Artists.
In the Twin Cities, she has done freelance projects, and designed for the board members of the Minnesota Opera Guild and the Winter Carnival Princesses.
Bobbie is also available for costuming consultations on an hourly basis. You can reach her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.