Meet Our Board

Tian Griffin

Artistic Director

Tian Griffin began dancing at age three in Los Angeles, California. She continued her pre-professional training at Pasadena Dance Theatre and attended numerous summer intensives, including American Ballet Theatre. In addition, Tian has danced professionally with Pasadena Dance Theatre, California Contemporary Ballet, at the Pasadena Dance Festival, and has choreographed numerous pieces including “River” which won a choreographic award. She joined CUBE her first semester at Barnard and has danced numerous roles including Medora in Le Corsaire and served as a repetiteur last year. Tian is a junior and is thrilled to be serving as the Artistic Director of CUBE in 2020.

Abigail Melbourne

Executive Director

Abby Melbourne is a sophomore at Barnard studying Political Science and Philosophy. She trained for 13 years at her local Iowa studios and attended summer intensives at the Rock School for Dance Education, Joffrey Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre. In addition to her balletic pursuits, she is the Lead Senior Editor for the Columbia University Journal of Politics and Society, a Writing Fellow, and a Resident Assistant. She previously served as CUBE’s Assistant Executive Director for the 2019 season, and is excited to continue serving the Columbia dance community as CUBE’s Executive Director.

Michaela Fleischer

Assistant Artistic Director

A second-semester sophomore at Barnard College, Michaela began dancing at age two, studying ballet and contemporary at a pre-professional level. She attended numerous dance intensives, including the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, Joffrey Ballet School, Travis Wall Experience, and Joe Tremaine Dance. Michaela has also choreographed her own contemporary solos and performed several classical variations at YAGP and other national competitions. Aside from CUBE, she has choreographed for Orchesis, CoLab, CMTS, and KCST. Michaela’s previous roles with CUBE include Little Swans in Swan Lake, Toreador Lead in Don Quixote, and Odalisque in Le Corsaire. She is so excited to be Assistant Artistic Director this year!

Emma Tabenken

Assistant Artistic Director

Emma Tabenken began her dance studies in Falmouth, Maine at Maine State Ballet when she was a toddler. Emma trained under Artistic Director Linda Miele, former New York City Ballet dancer and current Balanchine repertoire, and later became a member of the Company. She danced in numerous full-length ballets such as George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and Don Quixote. In addition to ballet, she studied tap, jazz and modern dance. Emma is currently a sophomore at Barnard majoring in Political Science and minoring in Dance. Emma performed with CUBE for the first time in the Fall 2018 production of Swan Lake. She is excited to be on the CUBE board as Co-Assistant Artistic Director to help bring the productions to life.

Madeline Mariani

Assistant Executive Director

Madeline Mariani is a sophomore planning on majoring in Medicine, Literature, and Society. She started her ballet training at age 12 and has received training from Ruth Page School of Dance, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and Thodos Dance Chicago. Madeline performed with CUBE during her first semester in Fall 2018, and then joined CUBE board as a repetiteur and later as Financial Director. She is so excited to continue with CUBE as Assistant Executive Director.

Camila Vicioso

PR Director

Camila Vicioso grew up in NYC and trained at the School of American Ballet. She also attended summer programs including Boston Ballet, Miami City Ballet, and Chautauqua Dance. Between high school and college, she took a gap year to dance with Connecticut Ballet. She is now a first year at Columbia and is undecided on her major. She is very excited to continue being a part of CUBE and to join the board as Publicity Manager.

Pazit Schrecker

Web Manager

Pazit (Pazi) is a junior at Barnard studying Computer Science and taking Ballet classes when she can. She started dancing ballet at age 12 after doing gymnastics and acrobatics and began pointe a year and a half after that. Pazit danced with Erin Gottwald at egdance, at Aika Ballet School, and the French Academie of Ballet in New York City. When she's not dancing, at the Spectator office, or doing homework, she is probably baking vegan muffins while listening to a true crime podcast. She joined CUBE in her first semester of sophomore year after transferring to Barnard and is excited to be on the CUBE Board this semester as the Web Manager!

Gloria Lu

Prop Master

Gloria Lu is a current first year student at Barnard. She has been a ballet dancer since the age of three years old. Her favorite ballet is Don Quixote. She also loves watching movies and shopping! Gloria started her experience with CUBE her first semester at Barnard. For this upcoming year, she will be responsible for taking care of the props. CUBE is a great family to her and she is looking forward to the performances next year.

Elizabeth Gardner

Costumer

Lizzie Gardner is a sophomore at Barnard College studying history and dance. She has performed in CUBE's productions of Don Quixote and Le Corsaire, and looks forward to taking on more responsibility as costumer for the Spring 2020 production. She grew up in the suburbs of Washington, DC and received most of her technical training at the Ballet Academy in Beltsville, Maryland. She was also involved in various community theater organizations growing up, as a performer and choreographer. In addition to CUBE, she has danced with Orchesis and UnTapped at Columbia, and works as a geometry tutor in local high schools.

Kennedy Salamat

Assistant Costumer

Kennedy Salamat is a first year student in SEAS, planning on majoring in Biomedical Engineering or Applied Physics on a pre-med track. She began dancing at age two at Ballet de Volee, and continued on to take classes in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, and contemporary at the Maryland Youth Ballet, American Dance Institute, Metropolitan Ballet Theatre, and Ovations Studios. Moreover, she has enjoyed dancing on Ovations’ competition team, having a featured solo in the Nutcracker, having opportunities to choreograph, and dancing at the Joffrey Ballet summer intensive. Kennedy joined CUBE her first semester in Le Corsaire and is excited to join the Board as the Assistant Costumer!

Christine Blackshaw

Repetiteur

Christine Blackshaw is a junior in SEAS studying civil engineering. She grew up in Baltimore, MD, and trained at the Peabody Preparatory and at summer intensive programs, including ABT NY, Kaatsbaan Extreme Ballet, and Pennsylvania Ballet. She has performed in several dance groups while at Columbia University, working with renowned company members and choreographers. Christine joined CUBE in her sophomore year and is excited to be a part of 'building' this semester's production as a rep.

Emma Chen

Repetiteur

Emma Chen is a second-semester junior at Barnard College majoring in psychology and minoring in economics. She joined CUBE in fall 2017 as a freshman and this is her third semester as a repetiteur. At age four, Emma began learning ballet at Logrea Dance Academy in Westchester, NY. In 2008, Emma moved to Beijing, China where she continued dancing at the Beijing Academy of Dance, J-Ballet, and finally On Pointe Dance Studio. There, she participated in vocational ballet examinations from the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and modern dance examinations from the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD). During high school, Emma also choreographed for her school’s dance team and volunteered teaching young local Chinese students ballet. As a dancer in CUBE, Emma has performed in The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, and Don Quixote.

Katharine Glaser

Repetiteur

Kayla Glaser was classically trained at Missouri Contemporary Ballet and attended summer programs with American Ballet Theatre, Gelsey Kirkland Academy, and Maple Conservatory. Now a Senior at Barnard College, she is about to complete her biochemistry major and dance minor. She performed with CUBE during her first semester in Fall 2016 and, shortly after, joined the Board. She is extremely thankful for the wonderful community, friends, and opportunities she has gained through CUBE. She is honored and excited to continue upholding CUBE’s high-quality productions as a repetiteur!

Grace He

Repetiteur

Grace He first started dancing ballet at Princeton Ballet School where she was the part of the corps de ballet for a Swan Lake. In high school, she continued her ballet education at NJ School of Ballet. When she became a sophomore, she was invited to join the Junior Company and go on tour with the NJ Ballet company to perform in The Nutcracker. In addition to ballet, Grace also enjoys traditional Chinese dance. At Columbia, Grace is excited to study financial engineering in SEAS and is extremely thankful to still be able to dance through CUBE.

Grace Miner

Repetiteur

Grace Miner began dancing at the age of five at Providence Ballet School and continued her training there while performing with Providence Ballet Theatre. She also attended summer intensives in New York at Joffrey Ballet and American Ballet Theatre. She began dancing with CUBE her freshman year and has been a part of the community ever since, serving as a repetiteur and most recently Assistant Artistic Director. Grace is currently a junior at Columbia College studying Human Rights and History and is excited to continue working with CUBE as a repetiteur.

Audrey Pettit

Repetiteur

Audrey Pettit is a sophomore at Barnard from Missoula, Montana who began dancing ballet at the age of three. She has since expanded her repertoire to modern and jazz dance. She participated in the Rock, Ballet West, UNCSA, and the Washington Ballet summer programs. Audrey’s recently committed to financial insecurity with the English major. On campus, she is also Sophomore Class President, an RA, and a Barnard Student Admissions Representative. Audrey feels fortunate to continue dancing in college, and she’s grateful that she gets to do it with such wonderful people.

Lorelei Robinson

Repetiteur

Lorelei Robinson is a sophomore at Columbia College. She plans to major in history and hopes to apply to medical school after graduation. She danced in Cincinnati, Ohio, her hometown, for over 15 years. Most of her training was with Cincinnati Ballet Academy, where she enjoyed several productions with Cincinnati Ballet. Her senior year, she danced full time as a trainee there, finishing high school in the mornings and online in the evenings. Besides CUBE, Lorelei enjoys exploring New York City with friends and being a member of One for the World Columbia. She loves CUBE for the people and the awesome productions it puts on!