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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 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 part of the Trainee Program, in conjunction with American Repertory Ballet.
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 here for over 20 years.
Stephen Campanella trained at Princeton Ballet School since early childhood and danced with Pittsburgh Ballet Theater and NY Theater Ballet before returning here to join American Repertory Ballet in fall 2010. Stephen was a member of the Professional Training Program here, and danced leading roles in Coppélia, Don Quixote, andSwan Lake during these years. He was the recipient of the Jerry and Estey merit scholarships, and also attended San Francisco Ballet School’s summer intensive on merit scholarship. Stephen has a B.A. in history from Rutgers University and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He has been teaching for Princeton Ballet School for the past few years.
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 trained in her hometown of Albany, New York, and then at Nutmeg Ballet, in Torrington, Connecticut. She danced professionally with the Roxey Ballet, and as a guest artist in the tri-state area, in roles such as Dewdrop in Nutcracker, Fairy Godmother in Cinderella, and Aurora in Sleeping Beauty. She has also been a Trainee with American Repertory Ballet, performing in Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, and other repertory works during the 2011-12 season. Ms. Cornell has taught at Mill Ballet School in Lambertville, and also in Glen Falls, New York.
ANGELA CUSUMANO started dancing as a child in Brooklyn, and has studied with Wade Robson, Tyce Diorio, Gil Duldulao, Savion Glover, Laurie Ann Gibson, Brian Friedman, Mia Michaels, Cris Judd, Geo Hubela, Frank Hatchett and Dave Scott. Theater credits include: The King and I, Cabaret, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Sweet Charity, Crazy for You, and West Side Story. She’s toured internationally as a backup dancer for the group Who Da Funk for their #1 radio hit, Shiny Disco Balls. She was also a member of the “alternative jazz” based company, Push Factor Dance Company, and the hip hop based company Iconic. She has been the hip hop instructor of Push Factor’s National Convention, “DanzJam,” and was featured on Paula Abdul’s hit TV show, Live to Dance which aired in January 2011. Angela also teaches at Premiere Dance, with ARB’s DANCE POWER program in the New Brunswick Public Schools, and as a zumba instructor. She has choreographed for the University of Delaware, Rider University, and the all girl R & B singing group, Love Jones Girlz.
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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 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, 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 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 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 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.
Pamela Levy holds an MA in Dance Education/ABT Ballet Pedagogy from NYU, and a BFA in Dance from Mason Gross School of the Arts – Rutgers University. She received her early dance training at the Princeton Ballet School under the direction of Audrée Estey and Mary Pat Robertson. She danced professionally with Murray Louis and Nikolais Dance Company, Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Claudia Gitelman Dance Theatre and Don Redlich Dance Company. Pamela is currently on the faculty of American Ballet Theatre’s – JKO School and Young Dancer Summer Workshop, the Mark Morris Dance Center, and Dance Express. She is the Artistic Director of the Washington Rock Ballet and a Choreographer/Rehearsal Director for the Mark Morris Student Company II. Pamela has also taught at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Marymount Manhattan College, Brooklyn Ballet, Peridance, and Berkeley Ballet Theater. She is excited to return “home” to the Princeton Ballet School where she first studied dance!
Kelsey McFalls, a native of upstate New York, recently graduated out of our Trainee Program and will be an Apprentice to American Repertory Ballet for the 2012-13 season. Kelsey, whose early training was in New York state, did summer programs during high school with ABT in New York, and with Alonzo King’s LINES in San Francisco. After freshman year at NYU, Kelsey came to Princeton Ballet School to study and teach. She has been teaching children’s classes for the past two years, and has appeared with ARB in Nutcracker and various repertory works, including Our Town. Kelsey played Kitri in our production of Don Quixote in May 2012.
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 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.
KYRA NICHOLS began her early training in Berkeley, California, with her mother, Sally Streets, a former member of New York City Ballet. By age 13, Ms. Nichols started spending her summers in New York at School of American Ballet. She became an apprentice to NYCB in 1974, and quickly was moved into a corps position. By 1979, she had attained the rank of Principal Dancer. As such, she has danced all the great ballerina roles of the NYCB repertory, including Chaconne, Concerto Barocco,Liebeslieder Walzer, Afternoon of a Faun, Stars and Stripes, and numerous others. Critic Marilyn Hunt describes Ms. Nichols as a “ballerina full of freedom and speed and joy. She...irradiates everything she does with integrity, taste, and a fresh glow.”
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 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 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 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 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, 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 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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