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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

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.

Douglas Martin
Artistic Director
Dance Type -  Ballet
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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.

Faculty Biographies

Sherry Alban
"Nutcracker" Party and Battle Rehearsal Director
Dance Type - Ballet
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SHERRY ALBAN (Nutcracker Party and Battle Rehearsal Director) 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 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 Resident Choreographer and Ballet Master | ARBW Seniors 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 Mary Day and participated in summer courses at the School of American Ballet and Joffrey Ballet School. 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 the Oldenburg Staat Ballet in Germany and several seasons with Dayton Ballet. In 1986, Ms. Barton joined the Joffrey Ballet/NY where she performed a variety of roles in the great ballets of the 20th century. Robert Joffrey created the role of Clara for her in the world premiere of his new Nutcracker.Ms. Barton was featured along with Gerald Arpino in an interview with Charlie Rose for the world premiere of Robert Joffrey’s Nutcracker. Ms. Barton TV credits include performances in Dance in America on PBS and she was an original cast member of the historic recreation of Nijinsky’s Le Sacre du printemps. 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 A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Emily in Our Town and leads in Balanchine’s Four Temperaments, Rubies, Concerto Barocco and  Serenade. Ms. Barton has been on the faculty of the Princeton Ballet School since 1994 and is one of the primary teachers and choreographers for the Summer Intensive. She is a former ballet faculty member at Princeton University and current faculty at Rider University’s Music Theater Department. As Resident Choreographer and Ballet Master of ARB, Ms. Barton’s works include Straight Up with a Twist, Five Men and a Concerto, Faerie Tyme, Fantasy Baroque, Shades of Time and her newest work A Shepherd Singing. She has also choreographed over two dozen works for Princeton Ballet School’s spring full length ballets and Summer Intensive.

Carol Bellis
Principal, Cranbury Studio | Coordinator, Summer Intensives
Dance Type - Ballet
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(Principal, Cranbury Studio; Coordinator Summer Intensives; Ballet) 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 more than 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 - Ballet
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LISA de RAVEL (Dean of Students, Alumni Relations Coordinator) 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 coordinating 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. She is the organization’s Alumni Relations Coordinator, and also faculty liaison for the Junior Gala. 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.

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
ARB Workshop Administrator | ARBW Juniors Ballet Master
Dance Type - Ballet
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CHERYL WHITNEY (ARBW Juniors Ballet Master, ARBW Administrator) 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 more than 25 years, she has taught in Princeton Ballet School’s Student Division also serving as rehearsal director for the ARB productions of The Nutcracker. Guest teaching credits include Brandywine Ballet, Peabody Conservatory and NJ Governor’s School. Her teaching in academic settings includes Princeton University, Howard University, Indiana University, The Lawrenceville School, Foxcroft School and Latin School of Chicago. She is an associate professor in the dance program at Rider University. Ms. Whitney has received grants from the New York and New Jersey State Councils on the Arts, and is the 2008 recipient of the Audrée Estey Award for Excellence in Dance Education.  She is Artistic Director of Reverence Dance Company.

Maria Youskevitch
ARB Workshop Ballet Mistress
Dance Type - Ballet
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MARIA YOUSKEVITCH (ARB Workshop Ballet Mistress, Ballet), 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 40 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 Gardée 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 was also on faculty for ABT’s Young Dancer Summer Workshop in Manhattan for eight years, 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.

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 here 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.

Pamela Day

Dance Type -  Ballet
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PAMELA DAY (Ballet) completed her early ballet training with Ruth Petrinovic’ at the Academy of Performing Arts in Ft. Lauderdale. During her professional career, she performed soloist roles with the Israel Ballet, the Connecticut Ballet and Dancers (New York City). During her years as a professional dancer, she trained in New York City with Finis Jhung, David Howard and Robertson Denvers; in New Haven with Robert Vickrey, Rochelle Zide-Booth and Bruce Wells; and in Paris with Yves Casati. Ms. Day holds a B.A. from Albertus Magnus College, and an M.A. from George Washington University.

Geoffrey Doig-Marx

Dance Type -  Jazz
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GEOFFREY DOIG-MARX (Jazz/Theater Dance) moved to New York City in the mid-’80s to start a career in dance and musical theatre. He appeared in equity national tours and regional theater productions of West Side Story, Pippin, A Chorus Line, Dames at Sea, Cabaret, La Cage aux Folles, Jesus Christ Superstar and many others. As a producer, Geoffrey received a Certificate of Excellence in Cultural Achievement from the City of New York for his work as Artistic Director of The Elan Awards. He also teaches at Marymount Manhattan College and Montclair State University. Recent choreography projects include Cabaret and Kiss of the Spider Woman. Geoffrey is also an accomplished painter and photographer, and his work in these genres has been shown recently in New York.

Shaye Firer

Company Dancer
Dance Type -  Ballet
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SHAYE FIRER (Ballet) was born in Cape Town, South Africa and raised in Vancouver, Canada. She received training at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and attended various intensive programs such as The National Ballet of Canada, Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy, and Ellison Ballet. She joined the inaugural class of ARB/Princeton Ballet School’s Trainee program. As a trainee, she performed company roles in the Nutcracker, Our Town, and Glazunov Variations, as well as the lead role of Swanhilda in PBS’s production of Coppelia. Shaye has received various choreographic awards from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and was chosen as one of five choreographers in Houston Ballet Academy’s collaboration with American Festival for the Arts. Since she joined ARB, she has performed The Chosen One in Douglas Martin’s Rite of Spring and Titania in Martin’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as well as featured roles in works by Patrick Corbin, Jose Limon, Kirk Peterson, and Trinette Singleton.

Jennifer Gladney

Dance Type -  Ballet
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JENNIFER GLADNEY (Ballet), an alum of Princeton Ballet School and American Repertory Ballet, graduated summa cum laude from Rider University in 2006, and received a B.A. in Elementary Education, Early Childhood 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. As a freelancer she danced lead roles such as Aurora, Sugar Plum Fairy and Cinderella. She’s worked as a freelance dancer and choreographer with Mercer Dance Ensemble, Rider Dances and Teamwork Dance, and was a company dancer with ARB 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.

Samantha Gullace

Dance Type -  Ballet
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SAMANTHA GULLACE (Ballet), a graduate of Princeton Ballet School’s Professional Training Program, spent three years with the Joffrey Ballet as a Trainee after graduation from high school. She returned to New Jersey and joined American Repertory Ballet in the fall of 2010, and has been featured in many roles, such as Arabian in Nutcracker, Mrs. Gibbs in Our Town, part of the pas de deux couple in Viva Vivaldi, and as a featured soloist in Ann Marie DeAngelo’s Blackberry Winter. Ms. Gullace started teaching for Princeton Ballet School in the fall of 2012.

Talin Kenar

Dance Type -  Ballet
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TALIN KENAR Kenar (Ballet), from Solana Beach, California, began her training there and then at age 15 received a full year scholarship to continue her training at The Royal Ballet School in London. She has been a dancer with the Hong Kong Ballet, Colorado Ballet, Carolina Ballet and American Repertory Ballet, where she was featured in many roles, including Sugar Plum Fairy in Nutcracker and Lady Capulet in Douglas Martin’s Romeo and Juliet. Talin has been teaching for many years, and started teaching for Princeton Ballet School in fall of 2012. She is also a Gyrotonics instructor.

Amy Megules

Dance Type -  Ballet
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AMY MEGULES (Ballet) began dancing in her hometown of Vineland, N.J., 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

ARBW Juniors Teacher
Dance Type - 
Ballet
Beginning Dance
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ERIKA MERO (Ballet, ARBW Juniors teacher) 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, Mary Pat Robertson and Douglas Martin. Ms. Mero was a member of Princeton Ballet II, a pre-professional company of the school, where she performed works by Sherry Alban and other members of the Princeton Ballet School staff.  Later, as a dancer in American Repertory Ballet Workshop, Ms. Mero appeared in the premiere of Graham Lustig’s Standstill as well as the ballerina role of Swanhilda in Coppélia.  During these years, she also attended The Juilliard School’s summer program for two years. In 2006, Ms. Mero graduated Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance Performance from SUNY Purchase. While in attendance at SUNY, Ms. Mero began teaching at American Repertory Ballet's Princeton Ballet School in 2003 and continues to do so as a ballet instructor. She is also a Dance Instructor with American Repertory Ballet's DANCE POWER in New Brunswick and was named the Curriculum and Assessment Supervisor for the Program. Erika's performance work includes two seasons 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.  In May 2010, Erika graduated with an MA in Dance Education with a concentration in ABT Ballet Pedagogy from New York University. Ms. Mero is an ABT® certified teacher who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 7 and Partnering of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. Erika has been on the faculty for ABT's Young Dancer Summer Workshop since graduation from NYU and is currently an adjunct instructor at The Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, NJ as well as Rutgers University at Mason Gross School of the Arts.

Karen Leslie Moscato

Dancer
Dance Type -  Ballet
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KAREN LESLIE MOSCATO (Ballet) began classes at Princeton Ballet School after seeing ARB’s Nutcracker when she was four years old. She continued up through the syllabus of the school, also attending summer programs at Kaatsbaan International Dance Center and Boston Ballet. After one semester of the Trainee Program, Karen Leslie joined American Repertory Ballet, where she has performed featured roles in works by Gerald Arpino, Mary Barton, Douglas Martin, Phillip Jerry, Kirk Peterson and Twyla Tharp. In ARB’s Nutcracker, she has performed a number of principal roles including Sugar Plum Fairy, Snow Queen, Dew Drop Fairy, Marzipan soloist and Doll. She danced the role of Juliet in the world premiere of Douglas Martin’s Romeo and Juliet. Ms. Moscato joined the faculty of Princeton Ballet School in fall of 2013.

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 and Who’s Who in Entertainment.

Mattia Pallozzi

Dance Type - 
Ballet
Boy’s Class
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MATTIA PALLOZZI (Boys’ Ballet) was born and reared in Italy where he received his early training at the School of Teatro Dell’Opera then at the Accademia Nazionale Di Danza in Rome. During this time, he performed as a soloist in Ugo dell’Ara’s Ballo Excelsior, Vaionone’s The Nutcracker and Ismael Ivo’s Ballo Sports. In 2011 he joined ARB/Princeton Ballet School’s Trainee Program, where he has had the opportunity to perform alongside the company in works by Gerald Arpino, Mary Barton and Patrick Corbin. He performed the lead role of Basilio in Princeton Ballet School’s production of Don Quixote before joining ARB in 2012 as an Apprentice-Trainee. In 2013, he was promoted to a full company member. He danced the role of Romeo in the world premiere of Douglas Martin’s Romeo and Juliet and the role of The Faun in Kirk Peterson’s Afternoon of a Faun, among other featured roles.

Kathleen Smith

Educational Community and Programming Coordinator | DANCE POWER Teaching Artist
Dance Type - 
Ballet
Beginning Dance
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KATHLEEN SMITH has been teaching here at Princeton Ballet School since 2003 and ARB’s DANCE POWER program since 2005 as a Teaching Artist as well as the DANCE POWER Coordinator since 2010. Ms.Smith teaches all levels at Princeton Ballet School as well as the Adult Open Enrollment classes.

Ms. Smith began her dance training at Princeton Ballet School in 1988. She is a graduate of Princeton Ballet School and rose through the levels of the PLUS program to the Professional Training Program. She was also a member of PBII, now known as ARB Workshop, American Repertory Ballet's Pre-Professional Company. She has also studied ballet at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City. Performance highlights include the evil fairy Carabosse in Princeton Ballet School's production of Sleeping Beauty in 2003, various roles in ARB’s The Nutcracker under the direction of both Septime Webre and Graham Lustig. Ms.Smith has also performed numerous pieces with Susan Tenney Dance.

Ms.Smith has been teaching and choreographing Clogging for the past 19 years with her group, The Century Cloggers. She also was the main choreographer in the summer of 2010 at George Street Playhouse’s Summer Theater Academy.

Marc St-Pierre

Dance Type -  Ballet
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MARC ST-PIERRE (Ballet) started ballet at the Académie de Ballet Classique de Montréal at age eight, after training in the Canadian gymnastics program. At 10, 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, Gerald Arpino, Mary Barton and Douglas Martin, and also has appeared as Romeo and as the Cavalier in Nutcracker. Marc has since retired and teaches men’s classes at Princeton Ballet School. He is also managing partner for the Mercer County Computer Service.

Susan Tenney

Dance Type - 
Ballet
Modern Dance
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SUSAN TENNEY (Modern Dance, Ballet, Choreography) began her dance training at Princeton Ballet School with Audree Estey. She received a B.F.A. in Dance from SUNY Purchase and danced professionally as a soloist for Jean Erdman, Andrew deGroat and Dancers, Novantiqua, Nat Horne Musical Theater and Muna Tseng. For PBS she teaches Ballet and Modern Dance to students from 4–82 years old, and teaches Choreography for the Summer Intensive Intermediates in Cranbury. Her fundraiser for Princeton Ballet School brought over 150 dancers, musicians and community members on to the fields of Princeton University for an outdoor performance of her choreography and structured improvisation. She has received commissions from the Coalition for Peace Action and Princeton Arts Council. Her choreography has been produced Off-Broadway, in regional theatres and in film. She is a three-time Award Winner for Outstanding Direction and Choreography from NYC’s Planet Connections Theatre Festivity.

Dr. Kim Chandler Vaccaro

Dance Type - 
Ballet
Beginning Dance
Modern Dance
Pilates
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DR. KIM CHANDLER VACCARO is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Dance program in the department of Theatre and 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, has choreographed over 50 dance pieces for the Ballet School and the Rider Dance Program where she is artistic director of the annual event Rider Dances. Dr. Vaccaro is the author of Jazz Dance Today with Lorraine Person Kriegel; the editor of Dance In My Life; a contributing editor to the award winning Core Collection in Dance and contributing author to Jazz Dance. Her current research is on focus, creativity and mindfulness in dance teaching. She is the creator and author of CoMBo: Conditioning for Mindbody.

 

Trisha Wolf

Dance Type - 
Ballet
Beginning Dance
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TRISHA WOLF (Beginning Dance, Ballet) received her ballet training at the Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts and participated in summer courses at ABT and Joffrey Ballet School. Also an accomplished pianist, Trisha has played at Steps on Broadway, Nutmeg Ballet and has been accompanying classes here at Princeton Ballet School since 2008. Currently she is also on staff at Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts and is a company pianist at Pennsylvania Ballet and American Ballet Theater.

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