Faculty & Staff
Mr. Mark Mejia, Director
Mark Mejia, principal dancer, teacher, choreographer, and co-director of The Kintz-Mejia Academy of Ballet, brings a wealth of experience and professional knowledge. In addition to upper-level student training, which includes all aspects of ballet technique, pas de deux, and character dance, he has staged and choreographed a long list of productions for the Academy as well as other schools and professional companies. He was born in Los Angeles and studied under Stefan Wenta, former premier danseur and choreographer of Warsaw’s National Opera-Ballet. At age 18, he joined Pittsburgh Ballet Theater and was promoted to the rank of Soloist after one year. From Pittsburgh, he joined National Ballet of Canada, touring with Rudolf Nureyev and Erik Bruhn. After making his debut in Le Corsaire with Boston Ballet, he was invited to perform with numerous companies and organizations. During his entire career as a dancer and choreographer, Mr. Mejia has dedicated himself to the pursuit of learning, understanding, and applying the Russian ballet pedagogy.
Mr. Mejia provides choreography to the students of FCSB at their Nutcracker and End-of-Year performances.
Ms. Linda Kintz, Director
Linda Kintz was born in St. Louis and trained under Stanley Herbert, a former principal dancer of (American) Ballet Theatre. After moving to New York with a scholarship to the Joffrey Ballet School at 15 years of age, she joined Harkness Ballet Company and was part of its European tour. Upon return, Ms. Kintz received an invitation to join as Soloist with National Ballet of Washington (DC), directed by Ben Stevenson and Frederic Franklin. When it disbanded, she became Prima Ballerina of the Maryland Ballet in Baltimore, its youngest ever. An accomplished professional dancer, she was also a prize winner of major international competitions in Varna (Bulgaria), Moscow, and Osaka.
As the founder of The Kintz-Mejia Academy of Ballet, Ms. Kintz offers her extensive experience to young students interested in learning classical ballet in the Russian method. Both FCSB and KMAB incorporate her own system of teaching for pre-ballet levels, a unique approach that has rendered astonishing results.
Mr. Sosa was born in Asunción, Paraguay, where he began his dance training. He continued his professional training in Brazil, Italy, Spain, and France and danced with, among others, Municipal Ballet of Asunción and Ballet de la
Universidad del Norte, where he performed as Principal Dancer for 10 years and, most recently, as Principal Dancer with Ballet Theatre of Maryland.