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Douglas Martin
Artistic Director
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DOUGLAS MARTIN (Artistic Director) started his ballet training with Dimitri Romanoff at the San Jose Ballet School and was one of six dancers selected by Mikhail Baryshnikov to study in the newly-formed American Ballet Theatre School. He was invited to join the Joffrey Ballet in 1984 where, as a principal dancer, he performed roles in ballets by Ashton, Arpino, Cranko, Balanchine, Joffrey, Taylor, Pendleton, Kudelka and many other great 20th century choreographers.  Martin was featured in performances of Dance in America on PBS and was an original cast member of the historic recreation of Nijinsky’s Le Sacre du printemps. He was among the last dancers of the Joffrey Ballet to spend the majority of his career in the company working under founder Robert Joffrey. Martin joined the Cleveland Ballet in 1991 and danced an array of principal roles including the Minister in Agnes deMille’s Fall River Legend. In 1993, Martin was invited to join the American Repertory Ballet.  As leading dancer and Ballet Master for ARB, Martin collaborated with directors in creating ballets, including productions as the original cast lead in Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake, The Dream and The Nutcracker. Martin continued to be a principal dancer in the company as well as Ballet Master for ARB and ARBW and Principal Faculty for the Summer Intensive until his retirement from performing in 2002. After retiring from ARB as a performer, Martin expanded his teaching, production and choreographic work. Martin has been an integral part of the teaching staff at the Princeton Ballet School, Rutgers University and Westminster Choir College, and has also served as the School’s Music Director and ARBW Ballet Master. He has staged full-length and repertory ballets for several companies, including Romeo and Juliet and Philip Jerry’s Our Town. Additionally, Martin has choreographed for several Princeton Ballet School productions, including Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Don Quixote and Coppélia. In 2010, Mr. Martin became Artistic Director of American Repertory Ballet. Since then, he has premiered a new production of Nutcracker, choreographed several new works including Ephemeral Possessions, Pathways, Rite of Spring, Firebird and a full-length Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream and has commissioned 29 company premieres, including 18 world premieres.

Pamela Levy
School Director
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Pamela Levy holds a BFA in Dance from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, and an MA in Dance Education/ABT Ballet Pedagogy from New York University. Her great love of dance began as a child when she enrolled at the Princeton Ballet School (known then as the Princeton Ballet Society), where she studied with Audrée Estey, Dermot Burke, Sherry Alban, Jane Miller Gifford, Judith Leviton, Alexei Yudenich, Mary Pat Robertson, Virginia Griffee, Christine Sarry and Karen Russo. She continued her studies at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, earning her BFA in Dance.

Upon graduation, Ms. Levy took classes at The Paul Taylor School and concurrently began studies at the Nikolais/Louis Dance Lab as a scholarship student, studying with Alwin Nikolais, Murray Louis, Beverly Blossom and Alberto Del Saz. She was soon thereafter invited to join the Murray Louis and Nikolais Dance Company, with whom she danced for 10 years in Principal roles throughout the United States and Europe. With the company, Ms. Levy performed at ADF Seoul, South Korea, Montpelier Dance Festival, Kalamata Dance Festival, Vignale Dance Festival, The Britt Festival in Oregon and numerous seasons at the Joyce Theater in New York City, among other venues. Ms. Levy also danced with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Don Redlich Dance Company and Claudia Gitelman Dance Theatre.

Upon retirement from performing, Ms. Levy became the Artistic Director of the newly formed Washington Rock Youth Ballet and her passion for teaching was ignited. Ms. Levy grew the company from eight students to 60, created and implemented a ballet curriculum and launched a full-length Nutcracker production within two years. Ms. Levy continued as Artistic Director of WRYB for 10 years.

Ms. Levy was a member of the inaugural graduating cohort of the New York University, Steinhardt School Master of Arts degree program in Dance Education/American Ballet Theatre Ballet Pedagogy. There, Raymond Lukens and Franco DeVita mentored her. At NYU/ABT, Ms. Levy was recognized by Mr. Lukens and Mr. DeVita for her teaching and leadership abilities and was immediately hired to teach at American Ballet Theatre’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School. During that time, Ms. Levy furthered her ballet studies as a student of Mark Morris, Marjorie Mussman, Tina Fehlandt and Lauren Grant at the Mark Morris School in Brooklyn and was the Director of the Mark Morris Student Company II.

Since then, Ms. Levy has served on the faculty of American Ballet Theatre –Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School Children’s Division, ABT Young Dancer Summer Workshop, ABT Summer Intensives, as a Children’s Ballet Master for Alexei Ratmansky’s Nutcracker at ABT, Mark Morris Dance Center, Rider University, Mason Gross School of the Arts and Princeton University. Ms. Levy is an ABT Affiliate Teacher and serves on the ABT National Training Curriculum Board of Examiners. 

She has also taught for American Ballet Theatre's Make a Ballet Program, Teachers College – Columbia University, Marymount Manhattan College, Berkeley Ballet Theater, Brooklyn Ballet, Barbara Thompson School of Dance, the Lewis School of Princeton, Princeton Ballet School and was the Founding Director of the ABT Certified School at Mason Gross Extension Division. She has choreographed more than 100 original dance pieces on students of all ages and has re-staged numerous classical ballet pieces for student performances.

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