Douglas Martin +–
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.
Mary Barton +–
Ballet Master & Resident Choreographer | ARBW Seniors Ballet Master
Mary Barton 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 in an interview on The Charlie Rose Show with Gerald Arpino. Ms. Barton TV credits include performances in Dance in America on PBS and 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, her newest work Shades of Time and over two dozen works for Princeton Ballet School’s spring full length ballets and Summer Intensive.
Pamela Levy +–
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.
Kathleen Moore +–
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.
Maria Youskevitch +–
Workshop Ballet Mistress | Dance Type - Ballet
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.
Janell Byrne +–
Dance Type - 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.
Carol Bellis +–
Principal, Cranbury Studio | Coordinator, Summer Intensives | Dance Type - Ballet
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 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.
Muriel Halle +–
After studies at the Paris Opera Ballet School and the Conversatoire National de Danse et Musique, Muriel Hallé won the Prix de Lausanne, and subsequently entered the corps de ballet of the Opéra de Paris, then under the direction of Rudolph Nureyev. Rising through the ranks of quadrille, coryphée and sujet, she had the opportunity to perform many of the classic soloist roles in Don Quixote, Raymonda, Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella, Swan Lake and Giselle. She also appeared in many works by the great 20th century choreographers, such as Balanchine, Ashton, Robbins, de Mille, Kylian, Tudor, Cunningham, Childs, and Prejlocaj. During the 1997-98 season, she took a leave of absence from the Opéra to dance leading roles with the English National Ballet. While continuing her dance career, Hallé also earned her baccalauréat, her C.A. (the Certificate d’Aptitude for classical dance pedagogy), and recently, the Diplôme de cycle de perfectionnement as a choreologist in Benesh notation. She retired from the stage in 2006, and has been teaching at the Paris Opéra Ballet School, coaching, and staging ballets from Benesh notation for the Ecole Nationale de Danse in Marseilles (Benjamin Millepied) and the Paris Opéra Ballet (Frederick Ashton).
Sarah Hay +–
Sarah Hay started her dance training at Princeton Ballet School, and from here, went on to study at School of American Ballet and the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School of American Ballet Theatre. She danced with North Carolina Dance Theater, then Pennsylvania Ballet, before moving to Germany to join the Dresden Semperoper Ballet and work with William Forsythe. She is the lead in the new TV series Flesh and Bone, premiering this fall.
Sean Mahoney +–
Frequent Guest Artist
Sean Mahoney has been a member of the Paul Taylor Dance Company since 2004. He is currently on tour in China, and has been enjoying many roles with the company, including the male lead in a recent dance of Taylor's, Spring Rounds. He was also acclaimed by Dance Magazine as one of the "25 to Watch" for the year 2007. Mr. Mahoney began his early training at Knecht's Dance Academy in Pennsylvania, then came to ARB's Princeton Ballet School at age 11. While here, he studied with Dermot Burke, Septime Webre, Philip Jerry and others as a member of our Professional Training Program (then known as Career Track). While still in high school, he was an apprentice to American Repertory Ballet. After graduating high school, he was chosen to be one of the first members of the Taylor 2 (the second company of the Paul Taylor Dance Company) and toured Africa with that group. Subsequently, he performed with the David Parsons company for a few seasons, and also appeared with Radio City Music Hall in the Christmas Spectacular, and danced with Geoffrey Doig-Marx. He returned to ARB, dancing Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, among other roles. While a member of ARB, he met and married fellow company dancer Peggy Petteway. In 2002, he re-joined Taylor 2, and then moved into the main company in 2004. Mr. Mahoney has been a guest teacher of Taylor technique for the Summer Intensive for the past several years.
Geoffrey Doig-Marx +–
Dance Type - Jazz
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.
Michael Mindlin +–
Theater Dance Guest Artist
Michael Mindlin is an alum of Princeton Ballet School. He has appeared on Broadway in Bring it On, 9 to 5, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Mamma Mia. Other credits include the 50th Anniversary National Tour of West Side Story, and Camelot on "Live from Lincoln Center." Michael teaches at Broadway Dance Center.
Kirk Peterson +–
Kirk Peterson had a distinguished career for 17 years with American Ballet Theatre as principal dancer, choreographer, Artistic Director of ABTII, Ballet Master, Principal Character Artist and as Master Teaching Associate. Peterson was also Artistic Director of the Hartford Ballet for five years. As a choreographer, Peterson has created over 50 ballets including new versions of The Firebird and Le Sacre du Printemps. His choreography has been seen with San Francisco Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Washington Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, BalletMet, San Francisco Opera and The Royal Ballet School. He is a specialist in re-staging the full-length classical repertoire such as Giselle, Don Quixote and The Sleeping Beauty. He was nominated for the prestigeous Prix Benois de la Danse in Moscow for Othello, created for Alberta Ballet. Peterson was resident choreographer for Cincinnati Ballet for six years and he is also a repetiteur for the Antony Tudor Ballet Trust. ARB restaged Peterson's Glazunov Variations for the 2010-2011 Season and The Eyes That Gently Touch for the 2011-2012 Season.
Trinette Singleton +–
Trinette Singleton began her professional career with New York’s Joffrey Ballet in 1965, having received her early training with Harriet A. James in her home state of Massachusetts. She has toured throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe, performing in ballets by notable choreographers such as Joffrey, Arpino, Ashton, Balanchine, Cranko, DeMille, Jooss, and Tudor. She was thrust into national prominence in 1967, appearing in the multi-media ballet, Astarte, created for her by Robert Joffrey. Following her performing years, Ms. Singleton became Ballet Mistress/Teacher for the Joffrey Ballet, as well as Administrative Assistant to Robert Joffrey. She later joined the Faculty and Advisory Board of the Joffrey Ballet School, where she still teaches. She joined Ballet Theatre Pennslvania as Ballet Mistess/Choreographer in 1990, and acted as BTP Artistic Director in 1994. In 1995, she formed Bravo!Dance with Nana Badrena, a faculty member of The Joffrey Ballet School. She also taught in the BFA Program at The New School University in NYC, in 1999. Currently, Singleton is co-artistic director of Repertory Dance Theatre in Allentown, and also serves as a faculty member in the DeSales University Department of Performing and Fine Arts. She has been artistic director of The Joffrey Texas Workshop in San Antonio since 2006, and serves as guest teacher for The Joffrey Ballet in Chicago. She staged Arpino’s Viva Vivaldi for ARB and choreographed Capriccios (2012) and Dreams Interrupted (2014) on the company.
Jeanne Solan +–
Frequent Ballet/Contemporary Repertory Guest Teacher
Jeanna Solan, a native of Trenton, danced with Princeton Ballet during her adolescence. Accepted at both Julliard and the Harkness Ballet Aspirant programs, she joined Harkness' two year training program. From that springboard, she became a member of the Harkness company in 1968. After a stint as a guest soloist at the Deutsche Oper Ballet in Berlin, she divided the rest of the first phase of her long professional career between the Nederlans Dans Theatr in Amsterdam and the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company in New York (1971-88). From 1993-99, she was a dancer with the Nederlans Dans Theatr III, their performance company for major artists. In 1994, she was awarded with NDVS "Golden Theatre Dance Prize" for Career Achievement. Since 1988, she has been teaching and staging ballets by Jiri Kylian, Nacho Duato, and other major European choreographers throughout the world. She has staged works for the Stuttgart Ballet, the Batsheva Dance Company, Scapino Ballet, the Compania Nacional de Dansa, and Opernhaus Zurich, among many others. Ms. Solan recently staged a Kylian ballet for the Limon company next winter.
Unity Phelan +–
Unity Phelan started her dance training in early childhood at Princeton Ballet School. At the age of 14, she became a student at School of American Ballet. She was an Apprentice to New York City Ballet for the 2012-2013 year, and joined the company the following year. That year, Dance Magazine featured her as one of the five up and comers in the NYCB corps. Pointe Magazine is about to run an article naming her one of the ten most promising corps dancers in the United States. From here, Unity is on her way to the Vail International Dance Festival to work with Damian Woetzel.
Laurie Abramson +–
Dance Type - Ballet
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.
Erika Mero +–
ARBW Juniors Teacher | Dance Type - Ballet Beginning Dance
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.
Marc St-Pierre +–
Dance Type - Ballet
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.
The teachers work with the whole dancer, not just the technical side. Small classes provide plenty of attention and personal help. See our full list of Summer Intensive faculty below.