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Outstanding Faculty

Princeton Ballet School has more than 30 specialized faculty members. Many have attained graduate degrees in dance education and have won major teaching awards. All are committed to our philosophy of dance education and to helping students achieve their best. Members of our outstanding faculty have performed professionally with companies including:

  • American Ballet Theatre
  • Joffrey Ballet
  • New York City Ballet
  • American Repertory Ballet

Director Biographies

Mary Pat Robertson
School Director
Dance Type -  Ballet
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A native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Mary Pat Robertson received her early training with June Runyon and danced with Tulsa Ballet Theatre. After graduation from Stanford University, Ms. Robertson performed and taught in New York, where she studied with Merce Cunningham, Douglas Wassell, and David Howard. She has taught ballet at Princeton University, New York University, and Mason Gross School of the Arts.

Ms. Robertson was a founding director of Teamwork Dance, and has received a Choreographic Fellowship from NJSCA. Robertson choreographed numerous operas for Opera Festival of New Jersey includingThe Merry WidowThe Magic FluteLa TraviataThe Marriage of FigaroPostcard from Morocco, and Orfeo ed Euridice. For Opera New Jersey, she choreographed Roméo et Juliette, La Traviata, The Merry Widow and Die Fledermaus.  She has also been a consultant for the New York State Council on the Arts and NJPAC’s Outreach Program.

Ms. Robertson has been teaching at Princeton Ballet School since 1980, and became Director of the School in 1986. During these years she developed the syllabus with faculty input, inaugurated the PLUS programs, Professional Training and Trainee Programs,  and oversaw the moves into the new Princeton and Cranbury studios. In March, 2007, the United States Congress cited Ms. Robertson for her twenty plus years of leadership of Princeton Ballet School, and for its evolution into “one of the most acclaimed (dance schools) in the country.”

In a Princeton Packet article about Princeton Ballet School's training and annual spring production, Ms. Robertson was praised for her methods: "Mary Pat conveyed the joy and beauty and benefits of dance with an incredibily kind, calm, wise and supportive manner, demanding excellence without intimidation or creating an unhealthy fear of failing...[E]veryone under Mary Pat's domain was cut out to find the joy in dance."

 

Douglas Martin
Artistic Director
Dance Type -  Ballet
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DOUGLAS MARTIN 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 SpringFirebird, and a full-length Romeo and Juliet, and has commissioned 21 new works for the company, including 14 world premieres.

Faculty Biographies

Sherry Alban
ARBW Juniors Ballet Mistress | Children's Rehearsal Director
Dance Type - Ballet
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SHERRY ALBAN has taught at Princeton Ballet School since 1973. She has choreographed several ballets for PBII (now known as ARB Workshop), and served for many years as Rehearsal Director for Act I of The Nutcracker, a role she returned to in fall 2010. Since 2004, Ms. Alban has annually staged the Act 1 children’s dances for Washington Ballet’s Nutcracker as well. Ms. Alban has been a recipient of a New Jersey State Council on the Arts Choreography Fellowship and has directed and choreographed numerous musicals for Plays in the Park of Edison, NJ; Rutgers Opera; and NJPAC. She also teaches ballet at Mason Gross School of the Arts, at Rutgers University.

Mary Barton
ARB Ballet Master and Resident Choreographer | ARBW Coordinator and Ballet Master
Dance Type - Ballet
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MARY BARTON (Ballet Master and Resident Choreographer) received her dance training at The Washington School of Ballet under the direction of legendary founder Mary Day.  She continued her training at The Academy of The Washington Ballet and participated in summer courses at the School of American Ballet and Joffrey Ballet School.  As a student, she performed in Nutcracker with The Washington Ballet and in other roles at The Kennedy Center and Wolf Trap with New York City Ballet and Joffrey Ballet.  These experiences helped inspire and shape her knowledge of stage performance.  Her professional experience began when she performed with The Washington Ballet as a soloist in Balanchine's Scotch Symphony and in the principal role in Tom Paczik's Tzigane.  Early professional credits include a principal guest contract with the Oldenburg Staat Ballet in Germany and several seasons with Dayton Ballet. In 1986, Ms. Barton joined the Joffrey Ballet/New York where she performed a variety of roles in the great ballets of the twentieth century. Robert Joffrey created the role of Clara for her in the world premiere of his new Nutcracker. From 1993-2004, Ms. Barton was a principal dancer with American Repertory Ballet where notable roles include Sugar Plum Fairy, Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella, Titania in Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Emily in Our Town. She also performed the leads in Balanchine's Rubies, Serenade and Concerto Barocco . Ms. Barton has been on the faculty of the Princeton Ballet School since 1994, and is one of the primary teachers of the Summer Intensive. She is a ballet faculty member at Princeton University and Rider University and is listed in the “Who’s Who of American Teachers.” She has helped re-stage Romeo and Juliet and Our Town on companies in the US and is currently Resident Choreographer and Ballet Master of ARB.  Ms Barton’s recent commissions include Straight Up with a TwistFive Men and a ConcertoFaerie Tyme, and Fantasy Baroque.

Carol Bellis
Summer Programs Coordinator | Cranbury Principal
Dance Type - Ballet
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CAROL BELLIS received her training on scholarship at the School of American Ballet, official school of the New York City Ballet. She danced with the Garden State Ballet and has taught for Garden State Ballet School, Gloria Govrin’s New Hope Ballet Academy, and the School of Performing Arts at Somerset Vo-Tech. She has been teaching here for over 20 years, and is the principal of the Cranbury studio and the Coordinator of Princeton Ballet School’s summer programs. Ms. Bellis is also an Adjunct Professor of Ballet at Rider University.

Lisa de Ravel
Alumni Relations Coordinator, Dean of Students
Dance Type -
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LISA de RAVEL received her training at North Carolina School of the Arts, the School of American Ballet, and Boston Ballet School.  During her professional dance career, she also studied in New York with Finis Jhung, David Howard, and Maggie Black.  She joined American Repertory Ballet in 1988, and danced under the direction of Dermot Burke in ballets by Ailey, Arpino, Balanchine, Bournonville, Limón, Tudor, Taylor, Burke, Webre, and others. From 1989-2006 she taught and choreographed for Princeton Ballet School, including coodinating the Cranbury summer program, now called Summer Intensive Intermediates. She has been a recipient of the Audree Estey Award for Excellence in Dance Education, and has also been inducted into Princeton Ballet School Wall of Fame.

Ms. de Ravel received her B.A. in Psychology, specializing in child and adolescent development, from Rutgers, The State University, in 2010. She is a Phi Beta Kappa scholar and a member of Psi Chi psychology honor society.

In her role as Dean of Students, Lisa helps guide students and parents in placement, enrollment and evaluations.  Please contact her with any questions about these topics by email: lderavel@arballet.org

Lisa de Ravel also serves as Alumni Relations Coordinator in the organization's Development Department and  faculty liaison for the Junior Gala. In these roles, she provides a link between members of this organization's past, present and future. 

Kathleen Moore
ARB Company Teacher
Dance Type - Ballet
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KATHLEEN MOORE trained with Dame Sonia Arova and Thor Sutowski at the Alabama School of Fine Arts (ASFA) and attended summer intensives at the School of American Ballet and the American Ballet Theatre (ABT) School.  She graduated from ASFA as a Presidential Scholar in the Arts and moved to NY to join ABT II in 1980. Invited by Mikhail Baryshnikov to become a member of the corps of ABT in 1982, Ms. Moore was appointed soloist in 1988 and Principal dancer in 1991. Her work included roles across the classical, dramatic, modern and contemporary repertory. Agnes de Mille, Twyla Tharp, Mark Morris and other respected choreographers created roles for her and she was a member of the premiere tour of the White Oak Dance Project under the direction of Mikhail Baryshnikov and Mark Morris in 1990. Ms. Moore has appeared in several dance documentaries, the Herbert Ross movie  Dancers, and was interviewed on The Charlie Rose Show. Ms. Moore began teaching for Princeton Ballet School in 1993 as a guest teacher and has worked with ARB since 2006. She is also a member of the ballet faculty at the Lewis Center of the Arts at Princeton University.  Ms. Moore is certified to teach all levels of ballet through the ABT® National Training Curriculum.

Cheryl Whitney-Marcuard
ARBW Juniors Ballet Mistress | Children's Rehearsal Director
Dance Type - Ballet
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CHERYL WHITNEY-MARCUARD received an M.S. in Ballet from Indiana University and a B.A. in English Literature and Music from St. Lawrence University.  She was trained and performed professionally in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. area.  For over 20 years, she has taught in Princeton Ballet School’s Student Division and served as a rehearsal director for the ARB productions of The Nutcracker.  Guest teaching credits include Brandywine Ballet, Peabody Conservatory, Ballet Royale Academy, and NJ Governor’s School.  Her teaching in academic settings includes Princeton University, Howard University, Indiana University, The Lawrenceville School, Foxcroft School (where she instituted the dance program), and Latin School of Chicago. As Artistic Director of Reverence Dance Company her activities have included choreography and participation in liturgies in churches and cathedrals in NJ, Maryland, and NYC; presentation of workshops at Westminster College of the Arts; and collaborations with Princeton Pro Musica. Ms. Whitney-Marcuard has received grants from the NY and NJ State Councils on the Arts, and is the 2008 recipient of the Audrée Estey Award for Excellence in Dance Education.

Maria Youskevitch
ARB Workshop Balletmistress
Dance Type - Ballet
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MARIA YOUSKEVITCH, the daughter of legendary ballet star Igor Youskevitch, was a soloist with American Ballet Theatre and Maryland Ballet, and ballerina with Youskevitch’s concert group, Ballet Romantique. She was company teacher, rehearsal assistant and senior faculty member at Hartford Ballet under the Artistic Direction of Kirk Peterson. She has been ballet mistress for BalletMet, Nevada Dance Theatre, and coach for the New York International Ballet Competition. In addition, Ms. Youskevitch has taught at such prestigious schools as the David Howard Dance Center, Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, Virginia School of the Arts under the direction Petrus Bosman, The Houston Ballet's Ben Stevenson Academy, and The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre.

A celebrated teacher and coach for over 30 years, she was featured in the June 2002 issue of “Dance Teacher” magazine. Well versed in the classical ballet  repertoire, she has mounted versions of Giselle, Coppélia, La Fille Mal Gardee, and her father’s one-act Romeo and Juliet. She has also staged Michel Fokine’s Spectre de la Rose and Les Sylphides, and the children’s roles in Kirk Peterson’s Nutcracker. Ms. Youskevitch is also on faculty for ABT’s Young Dancer Summer Workshop in Manhattan, and is an ABT™ Certified Teacher, having completed the ABT™ National Training Curriculum.

Laurie Abramson

Dance Type -  Ballet
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LAURIE ABRAMSON received her training at the Joffrey Ballet School and holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from New York University. She has also studied with Alfredo Corvino, David Howard and at The New Dance Group. In addition to her work at Princeton Ballet School, Ms. Abramson is a member of the ballet faculty at the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University, and also at Montclair State University. Additional teaching credits include Stuart Country Day School, Mason Gross School of the Arts (Rutgers University), Southern NJ Academy of the Performing Arts, Acrodanse Theatre Company and master classes at The American College Dance Festival. She has served as a dance evaluator for the NJ State Council on the Arts and helped construct and implement the exit exams for the performing arts schools throughout the state for the NJ Dept. of Education, Visual and Performing Arts. Choreographic projects include works for PBII (now known as ARB Workshop), Acrodanse Theatre Company and musical theatre work. She has been the recipient of an arts-in-education grant from the NJ State Council on the Arts. She has been teaching here since 1981.

Estelle Botella

Dance Type -  Ballet
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ESTELLE BOTELLA began her training in Reims, France, and then moved to Paris to continue her studies at the Académie Américaine de Danse de Paris. After a few years, she came to the US to study, first at Nutmeg Ballet in Torrington, Connecticut, and then last year at Princeton Ballet School. She is a graduate of the ARB/Princeton Ballet School Trainee Program.

Janell Byrne

Dance Type -  Ballet
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JANELL BYRNE, a native of California, studied with Stanley Holden and Margaret Hills in Los Angeles. A graduate of the Juilliard School, where she studied with Alfredo Corvino, Ms. Byrne has taught at Mercer County Community College, Princeton University, The College of New Jersey, and the Lawrenceville School. She has performed with DanceWorks and Teamwork Dance and is Director of Mercer Dance Ensemble, and has been teaching at Princeton Ballet School for over 20 years.

Alma Concepcion

Faculty Emerita
Dance Type - 
Ballet
Spanish Dance
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ALMA CONCEPCION is a former soloist with the San Juan Ballet and Antonio's Ballet of Spain. After receiving her early training in Puerto Rico, she came to study in New York at the School of American Ballet and at American Ballet Theatre. Ms. Concepcion is the founder of Taller de Danza, a children’s movement and dance grassroots organization based in Trenton. She has been teaching here for over 20 years and has also taught at Ballet Hispanico in New York for many years. She is a member of the Society of Dance History Scholars and has written many articles, mainly on Caribbean music and dance.

Janessa Cornell

Princeton Ballet School Faculty | DANCE POWER Teaching Artist
Dance Type -  Ballet
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JANESSA CORNELL, originally from Albany, NY, began dancing at the age of 8 and trained at the Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts.  She joined the Roxey Ballet Company in 2007, dancing many principal roles.  Janessa then joined American Repertory Ballet as a Trainee, eventually transitioning into the Costume Department.  She currently helps costume many American Repertory Ballet and Princeton Ballet School productions, and she designs costumes for Nacre Dance Company in Saratoga Springs, NY.  Janessa also serves as a seasonal Wardrobe Supervisor for the Bucks County Playhouse.  She was privileged to be the original Wardrobe Supervisor for "Mothers and Sons", a critically acclaimed drama that will be appearing on Broadway.  She has been on faculty at the Princeton Ballet School for three years, and is delighted to have been invited to teach Dance Power for the 2013/2014 school year.

Angela Cusumano

Princeton Ballet School Faculty | DANCE POWER Teaching Artist
Dance Type -  Hip Hop
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ANGELA CUSUMANO started dancing at the age of five in Brooklyn, NY and has studied numerous dance styles ranging from ballet to hip hop. With hip hop being her forte', she has studied under some of the biggest choreographers in the industry such as: Wade Robson, Tyce Diorio, Gil Duldulao, Savion Glover, Laurie Ann Gibson, Brian Friedman, Mia Michaels, Cris Judd, Geo Hubela, Frank Hatchett, Dave Scott and Luam Keflezgy. She's toured Nationally and Internationally as a backup dancer for "Who Da Funk" for their #1 radio club hit, "Shiny Disco Balls" and has also performed in numerous stage shows at Six Flags Great Adventure during their summer and Fright Fest seasons. In the past, she has been a member of the "alternative jazz" based dance company, "Push Factor Dance Company" in Astoria, NY, as well as the hip hop based dance crew, "Iconic" in Englishtown, NJ. She served as the hip hop instructor for Push Factor's National Convention, "DanzJam" and guest teaches in locations all over New York and New Jersey. Other professional performing credits include corporate events as a Britney Spears impersonator, Tubway's "In Living Color Fly Girl Tribute," KTU's Beatstock, "Fashionably Yours" Fashion Show and numerous stage productions for up and coming artists. Angela has also worked on set as a performer and off set as a choreographer on numerous music videos. She has worked with Venom Dance Crew and was featured on Paula Abdul's hit TV show, "Live to Dance." Angela also serves as a faculty member of American Repertory Ballet's "DancePower" programs, founded by Gregory Hines. In this program, she teaches ballet and introduction to dance to 3rd grade students throughout the New Brunswick Public School Systems. Other choreography credits include: University of Delaware's "Dark Arts" Dance Program, Rider University's "Rider Dances," music video work for R&B group, Love Jones Girlz (Urban Melodic Entertainment, Inc.) and live performance and music video work for Veronica Kole (Team Snooki Music). Angela is skilled, passionate and ambitious about her craft. Class styles range from street to sassy, with a fusion of jazz, funk, contemporary and hip hop. Aside from teaching dance, she is also a certified ZIN instructor for Zumba® Fitness.

For more about Angela, visit her website.  

 

Geoffrey Doig-Marx

Dance Type -  Jazz
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Geoffrey Doig-Marx was named one of “Nine Dancemakers Making History” in a cover story by Dance Spirit Magazine.  Director/Choreographer Geoffrey Doig-Marx is currently working on the book/lyrics of a new musical with composer/lyricist Michael Hoagland.  In January, 2011, he directed and choreographed the work of children’s composer Andrea Green for “The Music of Andrea Green.”  In March, 2011, he choreographed The Drowsy Chaperone for Westminster College of the Arts, and in July of 2011 he will return to the “New” Park Playhouse to choreograph The Producers.  Mr. Doig-Marx is currently on faculty at Marymount Manhattan College, Rider University, Westminster College of the Arts and The Pulse in Westchester. Visit www.geoffreydoig-marx.com for more information.

Alexander Dutko

Dance Type -  Ballet
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Alexander Dutko received his training from the Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory SAB, and the Universal Ballet Academey. He was a top finalist at the 2003 YAGP NYC finals. In 2004, Mr. Dutko joined the inaugural class of the JKO School at ABT. Upon graduation, he joined Miami City Ballet, where he performed in works by Balanchine, Tharp, Taylor and Villella. He also performed with Ballet Gamonet/Maximum Dance Company in Florida. Mr. Dutko has appeared in many featured roles in his several years with ARB, including the solo in Follia, and Cavalier in Nutcracker.

Jennifer Gladney

Dance Type -  Ballet
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Jennifer Gladney, an alum of Princeton Ballet School and American Repertory Ballet, graduated summa cum laude from Rider Univesrity in 2006, and received a BA in Elementary Education, Early Chidhood Education, and Dance, as part of the Rider University/Princeton Ballet School Dance program.  She was a member of our Professional Training Program throughout high school, and was part of a trainee program, ARB Ensemble, during the 1999-2000 season.  During her high school years, she also attended summer programs at Steps on Broadway and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet.  She has performed with many companies as a freelance dancer, performing lead roles such as Aurora, Sugar Plum Fairy and Cinderella.  She has worked as a freelance dancer and choreographer with Mercer Dance Ensemble, Rider Dances and Teamwork Dance, and was a company dancer with American Repertory Ballet during the 2010-2011 season, where she performed in works by Twyla Tharp, Kirk Peterson, Philip Jerry and ARB Company Director Douglas Martin.  She has also been in numerous world premiere works by ARB Resident Choreographer, Mary Barton.  Ms. Gladney is a certified NJ Educator, Preschool to Fifth Grade. 

Anne Woodside Gribbins

Dance Type -  Ballet
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ANNE WOODSIDE GRIBBINS began her training at Princeton Ballet School with founder Audree Estey. She continued her studies with the school for over 14 years, joining the Princeton Ballet Company (now American Repertory Ballet) at the age of 17, and dancing professionally under Artistic Director Dermot Burke for six seasons. She appeared in The Nutcracker in many roles including Snow Queen and Dew Drop and as Desdemona in The Moor’s Pavane. She performed in works by Dermot Burke, Gerald Arpino, and Antony Tudor, among others. After joining the faculty of Princeton Ballet School in 1991, Ms. Gribbins also served as an administrator for the Summer Intensive and Summer Children’s Programs under School Director Mary Pat Robertson. In addition to her teaching, she has choreographed for the Summer Intensive and many school shows including Coppélia, Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote and Swan Lake. Her dance Simple Gifts, created for Princeton Ballet School students, was performed at Princeton Ballet School’s 50th Anniversary celebration in May, 2004, and recently at Yale University. Ms. Gribbins holds an Associate of Science degree in Business Administration, and has worked for McCarter Theatre Center for the last twelve years, currently serving as Director of Marketing. Ms Gribbins was inducted into Princeton Ballet School Wall of Fame in May, 2006, and is the 2009 recipient of the Audree Estey Award for Excellence in Dance Education.

Samantha Gullace

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Samantha Gullace trained at Princeton Ballet School and the Joffrey Ballet School in New York. She worked with choreographers Peter Pucci, Margo Sappington, Cameron Baasden, and performed Joffrey Ballet’s Billboards: Willing and Able. Samantha also completed the Trainee Program of the the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago, IL, under the direction of Anna Reznik, Alexei Kremnev, and Ashley Wheater. She is now a professional dancer with American Repertory Ballet.  Since joining ARB, she has performed in Twyla Tharp’s Eight Jelly Rolls and Douglas Martin’s premiere of Ephemeral Possessions.  Samantha also performs with Susan Tenney Dance where she is currently working on Je Me Souviens…I Remember….  Samantha was also a member of Jerry Opdenaker’s 2012 O Dance Festival, in West Palm Beach, FL.

Kate Castranova Kehoe

Dance Type - 
Ballet
Beginning Dance
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Kate Kehoe (formerly Kate Castranova) trained at Princeton Ballet School for ten years and was featured in such roles as “Marie” in Graham Lustig’s The Nutcracker and “Aurora” in the school’s production of Sleeping Beauty. She was the recipient of both the Pettit and the Estey merit scholarship awards. She participated in summer programs with the San Francisco Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, and Pacific Northwest Ballet on full merit scholarships. While dancing with Pittsburgh Ballet Theater for the 2003-2004 season, Kate was featured in Serenade, Swan Lake, Giselle, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and The Nutcracker. She graduated from The College of New Jersey in 2008 with a double major in Elementary Education and English. During her college years she was a guest performer with American Repertory Ballet, performing in The Nutcracker and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Under the name of Kate Castranova, Kate has been a teacher at Princeton Ballet for five years, and was the teacher of the Summer Intensive Junior program for four years. Mrs. Kehoe will be starting her fourth year as a sixth grade language arts teacher at Readington Middle School in Flemington, N.J. where she also serves as the Dance Club advisor and cheerleading coach. She is certified and highly qualified to teach kindergarten through twelfth grade in the New Jersey Public School System.  She plans to pursue a Masters to become a reading specialist, and currently resides in Pennington, N.J. with her husband.

Amy Megules

Dance Type -  Ballet
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AMY MEGULES began dancing in her hometown of Vineland, NJ, with the Vineland Regional Dance Company. She went on to receive her BFA in dance from State University of New York at Purchase, where she received the Bert Terborgh Dance Award. She apprenticed with the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, and then danced with American Repertory Ballet. She has taught on the faculties of Princeton Ballet School, the National Dance Institute of Trenton, and Mercer County Community College. While living in Cincinnati, Ms. Megules taught and choreographed for the Otto M. Budig Academy of Cincinnati Ballet, the College Conservatory of Music Preparatory Division of the University of Cincinnati, and was the ballet instructor for the elite and accelerated gymnasts at the Cincinnati Gymnastics Academy.

Erika Mero

Curriculum Supervisor and Teaching Artist, DANCE POWER
Dance Type - 
Ballet
Beginning Dance
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ERIKA MERO began her dance training at Princeton Ballet School. As a dancer in the Professional Training Program, she studied with Elisabeth Carroll, Septime Webre, Maria Youskevitch, and Mary Pat Robertson. Ms. Mero was a member of Princeton Ballet II, a pre-professional company of the school where she performed works by Sherry Alban. Later as a dancer in ARB Workshop, Ms. Mero appeared in the premiere of Graham Lustig’s Standstill as well as the ballerina role of Swanhilda in Coppelia. During these years, she attended The Juilliard School’s summer program. In 2006, Ms. Mero graduated Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance Performance from SUNY Purchase. After graduation, Ms. Mero continued teaching at Princeton Ballet School, where she had started in 2003. Performance work includes two season’s with Stuart Loungway’s Terra Firma Dance Theatre, several opera productions with Opera New Jersey and as a featured dancer/choreographer in Capriccio at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. Ms. Mero is an ABT® certified teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® National Training Curriculum. She has also been on the faculty of ABT’s Young Dancer Summer Workshop for two summers. In May 2010, Erika graduated with an MS in Dance Education with a concentration in ABT Ballet Pedagogy from New York University.

Nora Orphanides

Faculty Emerita
Dance Type -  Ballet
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NORA ORPHANIDES (emerita) trained at the American Ballet Center, official school of the Joffrey Ballet in New York. She has also studied modern dance at the Erick Hawkins Studio. She received a B.A. from Hunter College. After moving to Princeton, Ms. Orphanides studied with Virginia Griffee at the Princeton Ballet School. She choreographed numerous spring musicals for Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart. She is a biographee in Who’s Who in American Women, Who’s Who in American Education andWho’s Who in Entertainment.

Katie Scibienski

Community Events Coordinator
Dance Type -  Ballet
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KATIE SCIBIENSKI began her dance training at Princeton Ballet School with Cheryl Whitney, Carol Bellis, and Sally Edwards. Upon moving to Michigan she trained at The Flint School of Performing Arts and spent a year at The Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, D.C. Katie graduated cum laude from Butler University’s Dance Program in Indiana where she received a B.A. in Dance Pedagogy. Katie danced with Portland Ballet Company, in Portland, Maine, before moving to NY in 2006.  She spent a year dancing with the STEPS Repertory Ensemble in NYC and has danced in numerous works by Yesid Lopez, a member of Ballet Hispanico.  She has been teaching for Princeton Ballet School since 2006, including teaching Summer Intensive Intermediates in Cranbury.  Ms. Scibienski continues to be a freelance dancer in the metropolitan area.

Kathleen Smith

DANCE POWER Coordinator | Teaching Artist DANCE POWER
Dance Type - 
Ballet
Beginning Dance
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KATHLEEN A.SMITH, a graduate of Princeton Ballet School’s Professional Training Program, has also studied dance at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City. Performance work highlights include the evil Carabosse in our production of Sleeping Beauty in 2003, numerous appearances in Nutcracker and with Susan Tenney and Dancers, and as the Spirit of Mary in A Jazz Nativity choreographed by Bat Abbit. Ms. Smith has been teaching and choreographing clogging for the past eleven years with her group, The Century Cloggers. She is also the DANCE POWER and teacher for both DANCE POWER and DANCE POWER II, outreach programs of ARB in collaboration with the New Brunswick Public School system.  She has been teaching for Princeton Ballet School since 2003.

Marc St-Pierre

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MARC ST-PIERRE started ballet at the Académie de Ballet Classique de Montréal at age eight, after training in the Canadian gymnastics program. At ten, he was admittted to the prestigious École Supérieur de Ballet de Quebec. He has performed with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, Ballet Ouest de Montréal, Gleich Contemporary Dances, Albany Berkshire Ballet and Roxey Ballet Company where he performed many leads. He has guested regularly with City Center Ballet and with the International Ballet Theatre. Marc joined American Repertory Ballet in 2010, and has been featured in works by Kirk Peterson, Philip Jerry, Patrick Corbin, Mary Barton and Douglas Martin, and also has appeared as Romeo and as the Cavalier in Nutcracker.

Susan Tenney

Dance Type - 
Ballet
Modern Dance
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SUSAN TENNEY has been produced off-Broadway, at the Limelight, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Jacob’s Pillow Touring Ensemble, Edinburgh International Theatre Festival, and Tanglewood. She was resident choreographer and movement coach at Williamstown Theater Festival for four years and has re-staged the choreography for McCarter Theatre’s A Christmas Carol. She has performed as a soloist with Jean Erdman, Andrew deGroat and Dancers, Novantiqua, Muna Tseng, and Nat Horne Musical Theater. She is Artistic Director of Susan Tenney and Company. Ms. Tenney began her dance training here at Princeton Ballet School with Audrée Estey, then went on to receive a B.F.A. from SUNY Purchase. She has taught here for over 20 years.

Edward Urwin

Company Dancer, Faculty Member
Dance Type -  Boy’s Class
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Edward Urwin, from Doylestown, Pennsylvania, Edward is in his third season with American Repertory Ballet. He trained at Princeton Ballet School under Douglas Martin, Mary Barton, and Maria Youskevitch. As a student, he danced with American Repertory Ballet in several productions, filling such roles as the “Rat King” and “Fritz” in The Nutcracker. Edward spent a year with Ballet Florida as a trainee, performing in Balanchine's Allegro Brillante and premiering a pas de deux choreographed by Jerry Opdenaker for the Palm Beach Shakespeare Festival.  Edward then joined the Louisville Ballet as an apprentice, dancng in many full-length productions.  Since coming to American Repertory Ballet, Edward has particularly enjoyed dancing in Patrick Corbin's Follia, Kirk Peterson's The Eyes that Gently Touch, and Mary Barton's Straight Up With a Twist.  Edward is also a faculty member at Princeton Ballet School, choreographs local school productions in the off-season, and has his own photography business, Urwin Photography.

 

Dr. Kim Chandler Vaccaro

Dance Type - 
Ballet
Beginning Dance
Modern Dance
Pilates
World Dance Forms
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DR. KIM CHANDLER VACCARO is an Associate Professor of Dance at Westminster College of the Arts, of Rider University. She became a professional dancer and teacher while earning a BA in Choreography and Performance from the University of California at Santa Barbara, a MA in Dance Education from UCLA, and an Ed.D from Temple University. During that time she performed in numerous modern dance companies, choreographed and produced her own work, and taught dance at colleges on both the east and west coasts. Dr. Vaccaro has taught at Princeton Ballet School since 1989, and she has also been an educational consultant to the organization. In addition to speaking at national conferences on dance education, Dr. Kim, as she is known at PBS and on campus, works often with the NJ Department of Education. She has choreographed over 50 dance pieces for the Ballet School and the Rider Dance Program. Dr. Vaccaro is the author of Jazz Dance Today with Lorraine Person Kriegel; the editor of Dance In My Life; and a contributing editor to the award winning Core Collection in Dance.

 

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