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NEW YORK SUMMER INTENSIVE

Kate Lydon is an alumna of both American Ballet Theatre and San Francisco Ballet. She has assisted with teaching the National Training Curriculum, both at ABT and for the Masters degree in pedagogy offered through the New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development. Lydon has been on faculty at ABT's Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School, New York Summer Intensive and Young Dancer Summer Workshop, and also teaches class for ABT's Main Company. Lydon currently acts as Editor at Large for all of Dance Media's publications including Dance Magazine, Pointe, Dance Spirit and Dance Teacher, and served as Editor in Chief of Dance Spirit for five years. Lydon also serves on the Board of the Dizzy Feet Foundation.

Charles Askegard began studying ballet at Minnesota Dance Theatre and School (now The Dance Institute) under the direction of Loyce Houlton. At sixteen, he moved to New York City, where he trained with Maggie Black. He joined ABT in 1987 and became a soloist before leaving to dance with the New York City Ballet, where he remained for fourteen years. As a principal there, he originated roles in ballets by Christopher Wheeldon and Peter Martins. Upon his retirement in 2011, Askegard co-founded Ballet Next, a project-based ballet troupe, with former ABT principal Michele Wiles. He has been a guest faculty member at the School of American Ballet and has taught company class for New York City Ballet and Armitage Gone! Dance.

Ethan Brown is a former Soloist with American Ballet Theatre and was the fifth member of his family to dance with ABT. His parents, Kelly and Isabel Brown and sisters, Leslie Browne and Elizabeth Laing also spent their entire dance careers with ABT. He received his training at the School of American Ballet prior to joining the corps de ballet of ABT in 1981. He was promoted to soloist in 1988 and retired from the stage in 2004. During his twenty-three years with ABT, Brown toured extensively throughout the world performing a wide variety of soloist and principal roles in ABT’s repertoire. He has worked personally with choreographers Tudor, De Mille, Robbins, MacMillan, Petit, Tharp, Kilian, Taylor, Cunningham, Neumier, Tetley, Parsons and Morris among many others. In addition to performing in seventeen different countries with ABT, Brown has danced the role of the Cavalier in The Nutcracker with fifteen different ballet companies throughout the U.S. and appeared as a principal guest artist in galas and with companies in Canada, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and Japan. In 1994, he was invited to dance with the Martha Graham Dance Company as a principal guest artist for an entire season. Brown was in the 1987 Herbert Ross film Dancers and was featured in the acclaimed 1995 ABT documentary Ballet by Fred Wiseman. His television appearances include PBS’ Dance in America four times and Live from Lincoln Center three times dancing Balanchine, Tudor, MacMillan and Ashton. He was also featured on NBC’s The Today Show twice. After retiring from dancing, he spent several years teaching company classes for ABT and ABT Studio Company, being a faculty member of the JKO School at ABT and teaching at ABT’s Summer Intensive Programs. He has also taught classes at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Company and School, Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Steps on Broadway, Maryland Youth Ballet, New Jersey Ballet, Broadway Dance Center, Ballet Academy East and George Mason University. Brown is an ABT Certified Teacher in all levels of ABT’s National Training Curriculum. He also annually judges ballet competitions and teaches master classes for Youth America Grand Prix.

Leslie Browne received her early training from her parents, Kelly and Isabel Brown, who were both former members of American Ballet Theatre. She also spent summers studying at the ABT School and with Walter Camryn and Bently Stone. Browne joined the School of American Ballet at age fourteen on scholarship. At sixteen, she joined New York City Ballet under the direction of George Balanchine. At seventeen, she was cast in the role of "Emilia" in the motion picture The Turning Point. Browne joined American Ballet Theatre in 1976 as a Soloist and was promoted to Principal Dancer in 1986. Since leaving ABT in 1993, Browne has enjoyed teaching and choreographing throughout the United States. She is currently on faculty at The School at STEPS in New York City and enjoys guest teaching and giving master classes.

Yan Chen was born in China where she started her dance training at the Shanghai Dance School. She later continued her studies at the San Francisco Ballet School and was a prizewinner at the 1987 Prix de Lausanne in Switzerland. Prior to joining American Ballet Theatre in 1993, Chen was a principal dancer with the Washington Ballet. As one of ABT's most lyrical and versatile dancers, Chen performed many demanding leading roles. She received critical praise from The New York Times for her "refined and exuberant" rendition in all pieces.

Harriet Clark is a native New Yorker though she began her training at the Houston Ballet School. She received her professional training at the School of American Ballet. While still a student at the school she was chosen to perform with Makarova and Company on Broadway, and danced as a soloist in ballets with Cynthia Gregory, Anthony Dowell, Fernando Bujones, as well as Natalia Makarova who was the Artistic Director. Later that year she joined American Ballet Theatre, then under the directorship of Mikhail Baryshnikov, where she performed not only the classics, but also in the works of George Balanchine, Paul Taylor, Jose Limon, Anthony Tudor, and Twyla Tharp. Clark went on to dance as a soloist at The Pacific Northwest Ballet. For many years Clark performed as the Dance Captain and Swing of the Broadway Production of The Phantom of the Opera. As such she was in charge of teaching and rehearsing all of the choreography and much of the musical staging in the show as well as covering and performing every female ensemble role (dancers as well as singers) and a few of the male roles as well. Clark currently teaches for the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre and is on the ABT Artistic Board of Examiners.

Franco De Vita graduated from the Conservatoire Royal de Musique de Charleroi, Belgium, and was awarded the "Premier Prix" and Gold Medal. De Vita made his professional stage debut at age 9 and began his career as a professional ballet dancer at the age of 15. He danced with several European companies, in ballets of the classical repertoire, and by choreographers such as Peter Van Dyk, George Skibine, Antony Tudor and George Balanchine. In Europe, he performed in musical comedies and operettas such as Hello Dolly, Kiss Me Kate and My Fair Lady. After retiring from performing, De Vita acquired the Enrico Cecchetti Diploma and the highest teaching degree given by the Italian Ministry of Education through the "Accademia Nazionale di Danza", Rome. He is a Fellow of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, London. In 1983, he directed, together with Raymond Lukens, the Hamlyn School of Ballet in Florence, Italy. He was President and co-founder of the Associazione Nazione Coreutica Enrico Cecchetti (the Italian Cecchetti Society). In New York City, De Vita was a faculty member at The Ailey School, The Ailey/Fordham BFA program and a guest company teacher for The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Ailey II. He was company teacher for Hartford Ballet and principal faculty member of the School of Hartford Ballet and the BFA dance program of the University of Hartford. In Hartford, he was part of the task force that revised Hartford Ballet School's curriculum. Before joining American Ballet Theatre, De Vita was Dean of Faculty and Curriculum of the Boston Ballet School and company teacher for Boston Ballet. De Vita has been a guest teacher for Virginia School of the Arts, Peridance International, Dance Connecticut, Dance Educators of America, Youth America Grand Prix and for Alberta Ballet Company and School. De Vita's students have won prestigious international dance competitions including the Prix de Lausanne and have danced in many of the world's major companies such as London's Royal Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, The English National Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Boston Ballet.

Cynthia Harvey's style marked her as one of the most versatile and valued artists. Ms Harvey danced virtually every ballerina role with American Ballet Theatre and also had the distinction of being invited by Sir Anthony Dowell to be a principal ballerina of the Royal Ballet-the first American dancer to have that honour. Harvey performed as guest artist with Baryshnikov and Company, Nureyev and Friends and numerous internationally renowned ballet companies before retiring in 1996. On DVD, Ms Harvey appears as Kitri opposite Mikhail Baryshnikov in his production of Don Quixote, in a variation from Paquita in Natalia Makarova's The Ballerina, the Waltz variation in Les Sylphides, and in a variation from Paquita (American Ballet Theatre Dances Petitpa)and, in the documentary, Tchaikovsky's Women for Britain's Channel 4.  She is also a featured artist in the Fred Weismann documentary on The American Ballet Theatre. Co-author of Physics of Dance & the Pas de Deux, she has been guest teacher for The Norwegian National Ballet Company where outside of teaching and coaching she helped re-stage a production of The Sleeping Beauty in 2008 and where in 2009 she staged her own complete production of the ballet Giselle. In October 2010, the premiere of her full-length production of The Sleeping Beauty for The Hong Kong Ballet was met with acclaim. Ms. Harvey is in demand as a guest teacher and ballet mistress. She has taught for The American Ballet Theatre, The Australian Ballet, Teatro alla Scala in Milano, The Royal Swedish Ballet and is a regular guest ballet mistress at the Semperöper Ballett, Dresden, and The Royal Ballet of Flanders. She has also taught periodically at The Royal Ballet School in London as well as the School for the Basel Ballet, and as Principal Guest teacher for the English National Ballet School. As a sought after teacher and jury member, Miss Harvey has served several competitions-amongst them, The Prix de Lausanne, The Rosetta Mauri, TheTanzolymp, the First International Competition in Sitges, Spain and Dance World Cup Spain. Miss Harvey has been on the board of DanceEast, the national agency for dance in England and was a prominent member of the committee that saw major ballet directors and ballet school directors from around the world gather to discuss issues relating to improving life for ballet companies and schools. She stepped down as the standards assessor for The Council for Dance Education and Training in the U.K. in 2010.  She is a member of the International Council of Dance.

Fabrice Herrault began his classical training with Daniel Franck at L'Acadamie Chaptal in Paris before enrolling in L'Ecole de Danse de l'Opera de Paris under Claude Bessy. Since Graduating from the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris under Serge Golovine and Attilio Labis, he has danced with Le Jeune Ballet de France, Hamburg Ballet, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, Les Ballets de Marseille Roland Petit, Twyla Tharp and Dancers, The Royal Winnipeg Ballet. He has appeared on film in La Dame aux Camelias with Hamburg Ballet, and with Twyla Tharp and Dancers in "In the Upper Room" on PBS's Dance in America series. He also played Mephistopheles in the Paris Production of CATS. Fabrice is member of the permanent teaching faculty at Steps on Broadway and Juilliard. He has taught at Barnard College, the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, San Francisco Ballet, American Ballet Theatre summer Intensive, Miami City Ballet summer Intensive, New York International Ballet Competition, in Europe with The Finnish National Ballet and Japan.

Carlos Lopez is currently a Ballet Master with the American Ballet Theatre. He began his professional career at the Victor Ullate Ballet in his native country, Spain where he danced as Principal Dancer for 6 years. Some of his repertory included leading roles in Don Quixote, Giselle, Theme and Variations, Allegro Brillante, Paquita, Les Sylphides and ballets by Maurice Bejart, Rudi Van Dantzig or Hans Van Manen. With this company he toured to Argentina, Belgium, Cuba, England, Germany, Italy and the United States. Lopez joined American Ballet Theatre in 2001 and danced as a Soloist from 2003-2011. He has worked with Natalia Makarova, Gelsey Kirkland, Twyla Tharp, Alexei Ratmansky or William Forsythe. His repertoire with ABT includes Iago in Othello, the Bronze Idol in La Bayadère, Mercutio and Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet, the Nutcracker-Prince in The Nutcracker, Birbanto in Le Corsaire, Puck in The Dream, Benno in Swan Lake, the second sailor in Fancy Free, Alain in La Fille mal gardée,  Eros in Sylvia, the Lead Pontevedrian dancer in The Merry Widow, the Peasant Pas de deux in Giselle, the Bluebird in The Sleeping Beauty, The Joker in Jeu de Cartes and Roles in Offenbach in the Underworld, Amazed in Burning Dreams, The Green Table, Petite Mort, Sinfonietta, Dark Elegies, In the Upper Room, Gong, Company B, Seven sonatas, Symphonic Variations, Glow Stop, Within You Without You: A Tribute to George Harrison and workwithinwork. In 1996, he won the Silver Medal at the “Paris International Ballet Competition” and  in 2004 was awarded the “Les Etoiles de Ballet 2000” Prize in Cannes. As a Guest Artist, he has performed with the National Ballet of Georgia, National Ballet of Cuba, Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico and Lar Lubovitch Dance Company among others and been invited to international ballet galas such as the “World Stars Gala” in Budapest, the“Miami International Ballet Festival”, “Stars of the 21st Century” in Toronto or the “Havana International Ballet Festival”.Lopez is an ABT® Certified Teacher in Pre-Primary through Level 7 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. Lopez joined the Faculty of ABT Studio Company in 2013 and was appointed Ballet Master in September 2014. During this time he has participated at The Royal Ballet School Exchange in London, Miami and member of the jury at the Youth America Grand Prix. In August of 2016, Lopez was appointed Ballet Master of American Ballet Theatre.

Nancy Raffa was born in Brooklyn, New York, and received her early training with Madame Gabriella Darvash.  In 1980, she became the youngest and first American female to win the Gold Medal at the Prix de Lausanne competition in Switzerland.  The same year, Raffa joined Makarova and Company on Broadway and, at age 16, became a member of the corps de ballet of American Ballet Theatre.  She joined Ballet de Santiago in 1985 as a principal dancer and was also a principal dancer at Ballet National Française de Nancy.  In 1992, she became a principal dancer with Miami City Ballet. Raffa began her teaching career as an adjunct faculty member in Miami at the New World School of the Arts.  In 1994, she joined the staff of the Miami City Ballet School (MCB), becoming the coordinator for the School's summer intensive program and Ballet for Young People program.  She also held the position of MCB's Summer Intensive Program and MCB's Apprentice Program.  In 2005, Raffa returned to her native New York and was appointed Director of American Ballet Theatre's Summer Intensive program, as well as Company teacher, Ballet Mistress for ABT II and faculty member for the American Ballet Theatre Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School. Among her many awards, Raffa was twice awarded a special teacher's recognition from the National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts and won a grant from the United States Information Services to act as a cultural ambassador and teacher for the company and school in Honduras. Raffa was appointed Ballet Mistress with American Ballet Theatre in June 2007.   In addition to her duties as Ballet Mistress, Raffa co-created the role of Carabosse with Alexei Ratmansky for his new production of The Sleeping Beauty in 2015.  She also performs roles in Cinderella, Giselle, Onegin, On the Dneiper, Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake and La Sylphide. At ABT, Raffa has assisted Ratmansky on nearly all of his work since his appointment at Artist in Residence in 2009.  She has staged several of his works for leading ballet companies including On the Dneiper and Firebird for Het National Ballet; Seven Sonatas for Atlanta Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and the Paris Opera Ballet; Shostakovich Trilogy for San Francisco Ballet. Raffa assisted Twyla Tharp in the workshop production of Tharp's Tony Award-nominated Broadway show Come Fly Away.  More recently, in 2010, she staged Tharp's Push Comes to Shove for Tulsa Ballet Theatre.  Raffa served as Honorary Judge at the 40th Anniversary of the Prix de Lausanne competition in 2012 and also judged the Youth America Grand Prix in Japan, Mexico, Brazil and New York.  She delivers Master Teacher classes by request and has taught all over the United States, Europe, South America and Japan. Raffa holds an Ace certification in exercise physiology and graduated magna cum laude in 2002 with a bachelor's degree in Psychology from St. Thomas University in Miami.

Rosanna Seravalli was born in Florence, Italy where she began ballet classes at the School of Daria Collin. Shortly after her arrival in the U.S. she joined the Joffrey Ballet, then moved to American Ballet Theatre where she spent the next eleven years, reaching the rank of soloist. Seravalli is currently professor of ballet in the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College – SUNY. She has staged works and taught for the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre and the National Institute for the Arts in Taiwan, the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, Beijing Academy of Dance, Ballet Philippines, Ballet Municipal de Santiago, the Guangdong Modern Dance Company in China, the University of Melbourne's Victorian College of the Arts, and the Queensland Institute of Technology (Australia), in Spain and in her home country of Italy, as well as throughout the United States. She has received a SUNY Research Foundation grant to develop methods for adapting Russian Classical training for American dancers, and in 1995 was a recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship to Chile (Santiago) and neighboring countries. For the past three years, Seravalli has been a regular guest faculty member for the National Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore where she has also staged a piece each year for the graduating seniors in ballet. In addition, she recently was a guest instructor at the School of the Houston Ballet.

Born in Santiago, Chile, Lupe Serrano is of Spanish and French heritage. Beginning her training in Chile at the age of four, Serrano continued her studies when her family moved to Mexico City, where at the age of thirteen she made her professional debut with the Mexico City Ballet. Before leaving Mexico City in 1951, Serrano had established herself as Mexico's leading ballerina and had broadened her training by studying modern dance, folk dance, and the dramatic arts. Upon her arrival in New York, Serrano joined the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo as a soloist and toured the United States, Canada and Venezuela.In 1953 she joined American Ballet Theatre as a principal dancer. Before her retirement in 1971, Serrano rose to the position of prima ballerina and danced more than fifty different roles in such ballet classics as Swan Lake, Giselle, Les Sylphides, La Fille Mal Gardée, Aurora's Wedding, and most of the virtuoso pas de deux. She also performed contemporary ballets by Balanchine, Dollar, Lander, Robbins, Tudor and other esteemed choreographers. Serrano also participated in several American Ballet Theatre international tours where she was acclaimed by audiences in South America, Europe and the Soviet Union. Lupe Serrano began her teaching career at the University of Milwaukee and at the College Conservatory of Milwaukee in 1968 while she was still performing with American Ballet Theatre. After she retired from the stage in 1971, she served as Assistant Director at the National Academy of Arts in Illinois. In 1974 she joined the Pennsylvania Ballet as company teacher and head of the apprentice program where she served as the School Director from 1975-1983. She later resigned this position to allow time for guest teaching.

Cheryl Yeager joined American Ballet Theatre in 1976. She was promoted to Soloist in 1981 and to Principal in 1986. Yeager toured extensively with Baryshnikov and Company and Nureyev and Friends and has been a guest artist throughout the world, most notably in Japan and Argentina with Julio Bocca. She has been a member of the ABT Summer Intensive faculty and the Ballet Academy East faculty since 2002.

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Carla Stallings Lippert (Artistic Coordinator) began her training with Marquerite Phares in Sacramento, CA. In 1974 and 1975, she was awarded scholarships at New York's School of American Ballet. In 1976, she received a scholarship to the American Ballet Theatre School. Later that year she joined ABT II, and in 1977 was named to the corps of ABT. Carla won the Bronze Medal in the Senior Division at the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, MS in 1982. In 1983, she was promoted to the rank of soloist at ABT by Mikhail Baryshnikov and danced with the company in this position for another four years. In 1987, Carla joined Boston Ballet as a principal dancer, where she performed for nine years. She has danced as a guest artist with Baryshnikov and Company, Nureyev and Friends, the Pacific Northwest Ballet, and the Royal Danish Ballet. She has guest taught for the Boston Ballet company and school, the Boston Ballet Summer Dance program, the Harvard Summer Dance program, Capital Ballet of Sacramento, the Sacramento Area Dance Alliance, and Fort Worth City Ballet. She currently teaches at the Severance School of Dance in Fresno, CA. Her teaching specialties include classical ballet, including technique, pointe, and variations; hair and make-up for the stage; and re-staging the major works of the classical ballet repertoire. She lives in Fresno with her husband and four children.

Susan Brooker was invited to the USA in 2000 to teach on the faculty of the Hartt School Dance Division, University of Hartford, Connecticut, USA, and in the School of Dance Connecticut (formally the School of the Hartford Ballet) of which she became Director in 2001 and Chair of the Dance Department of the Hartt School Community Division in 2004. Brooker is a member of the Artistic Board of Examiners and Instructors for the American Ballet Theatre, National Training Curriculum. In 2008 she became the Director of the BalletMet Dance Academy. Ms Brooker is a Fellow and Major Examiner of the Cecchetti Faculty of the I.S.T.D. and Cecchetti USA and holds the Enrico Cecchetti Diploma. She taught for many years in Italy as: Director of the Scuola di Danza Hamlyn, Florence, Italian Examinations Organiser for the I.S.T.D., Honorary President of the Cultural Association, Ateneo Danza, and Vice President of A.N.C.E.C. Students of Brooker have won prestigious international dance competitions including the Prix de Lausanne and are dancing with companies in Europe and the Untied States. Brooker has taught in schools in the USA, Europe, Canada and Japan and is a specialist in Ballet Pedagogy and curriculum development.

Melissa Hale Coyle grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma where she received her early training from Roman Jasinski and Moscelyne Larkin. She studied as a scholarship student for two summers at American Ballet Theatre with Leon Danelion and Patricia Wilde. After graduating from high school, she joined American Ballet Theatre as a company member for three years. Coyle later joined Cincinnati Ballet Company where she performed in principal roles and Tulsa Ballet Theatre where she was a principal dancer for six years. For the past 27 years, she has lived in Charlotte, North Carolina where she is on the faculty and Artistic Director of the Ballet Program at Sullivan Dance Centre, Co- Artistic Director of Charlotte City Ballet Company and has been an adjunct faculty member at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte for the past 17 years. She has been on the faculty for American Ballet Theatre's Summer Intensive in Alabama for 12 years, has been a guest faculty member at North Carolina Dance Theatre's Summer Intensive Program and a company teacher for North Carolina Dance Theatre(Charlotte Ballet). She has been a guest choreographer for the Charlotte Philharmonic Orchestra, Charlotte Civic Orchestra, Carolina Voices, Atlanta Dance Theatre, The Dance Collective, Ballet San Antonio, Civic Ballet of Chicago, Lawrence Ballet Theatre, South Carolina's Governors Summer School, Orange County Performing Arts High School and Artist in Residence at Grand Valley State University. Coyle has appeared in two movies, "The Turning Pointe" and "The Cowboy and the Ballerina." In 2001, The North Carolina School of the Arts awarded Coyle "Best Dance Teacher of North Carolina."

Mikhail Ilyin was born in St. Petersburg Russia and graduated with Bachelor of Arts degree from the Vaganova Ballet Academy in 1998. In 1999, he joined the Boston Ballet for two years, then Miami City Ballet where he became in principal in 2003. His repertoire with Miami City Ballet included leading roles in Swan Lake, Paquita, Coppélia, Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty, Ballet Imperial, Apollo, Theme and Variations, Allegro Brillante, Ballo della Regina, Prodigal Son, Symphony in C, Afternoon of a Faun, Dances at a Gathering, Interplay, Company B, In the Upper Room, and many others. Ilyin won the Gold Medal at the International Ballet Competition "Vaganova Prix" and a diploma at the Paris International Dance Competition (1998), Silver Medal at the New York International Ballet Competition (2000) and Bronze Medal at the International Ballet Competition in Jackson (2002). In 2005, he was chosen by Dance Magazine as one of the "to watch" dancers of today. Ilyin joined American Ballet Theatre as a member of the corps de ballet in January 2008. His repertoire with the Company includes Airs, the Bronze Idol in La Bayadère, Company B, Birbanto in Le Corsaire, a leading role in Études, the peasant pas de deux in Giselle, Rabbit in Rabbit and Rogue and the Lead Pontevedrian Dancer and the Maitre d' in The Merry Widow. He created the Russian Dance in Alexei Ratmansky's The Nutcracker. Ilyin is teaching and choreographing across the United States. He has been an Artist-in-Residence with Ballet Mississippi since 2005. In addition, he is a practitioner of The Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education "Awareness Through Movement" (a 4 year Professional Training Program). Ilyin is fully certified with all the levels of ABT® National Training Curriculum Pedagogy Program.

Orlando Molina began his training at the age of ten in Cuba. In 1996, he directed and performed with Trujillo Ballet in Peru. In 1998, Molina was a competitor in Jackson International Ballet Competition, Mississippi, and the same year he was offered a contract for Cleveland Ballet.  In 2000, Molina joined Orlando Ballet under the direction of Fernando Bujones.  For the 2002-2003 season he was appointed ballet master.  In 2003, Molina coached Joseph Gatti, gold medal winner at the Youth American Grand Prix and recent gold medal winner at the New York International Ballet Competition.  He has been a guest teacher with Spartanburg Ballet, Texas Christian University, Alabama Dance Theatre, Jackson Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet, and most recently at Kowa Ballet in Okayama, Japan, and Ohio Dance Theatre.  Mr. Orlando Molina 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.

Christine Spizzo-Serrano trained at the North Carolina School of the Arts and at the School of American Ballet in New York. She first performed professionally with the National Ballet of Washington (DC) and Ballet Repertory Co. (NY), before joining American Ballet Theatre as a Soloist in 1975. She appeared in many of ABT's Live From Lincoln Center and Dance in America programs and the Herbert Ross movies The Turning Point (1977) and Dancers (1987). She was a principal dancer with Ballet Arizona (1988, 1990) and with the Nureyev and Friends North American tour in 1990. She performed on Broadway in The Phantom of the Opera for ten years before retiring from the stage. She is on the dance faculty at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and was the original Artistic Coordinator of ABT's Summer Intensive Programs (1996/1997). She has remained a primary teacher for all subsequent ABT Summer Intensives in NYC, Austin and North Carolina.

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Wes Chapman (Artistic Coordinator), native of Union Springs, Alabama, graduated from Alabama School of Fine Arts in 1983 with the Duane Dushion Award and the Prix d'excellence de Danse Award. After dancing for Alabama Ballet for one season Chapman joined American Ballet Theatre (ABT) in 1984 as a member of the corps de ballet. He was promoted to Soloist in 1987 and to Principal Dancer in 1989. With ABT, Chapman performed all the leading roles in the ballet repertoire and in works by many of the twentieth century's master choreographers, including George Balanchine, Agnes de Mille, Jirî Kylián, Fredrick Ashton, Mats Ek, Twyla Tharp, Mark Morris, Merce Cunningham and Antony Tudor. He also created leading roles in Clark Tippet's Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 and Twyla Tharp's The Elements. Chapman has appeared in Dance in America, the film Dancers and the documentary Ballet as well as numerous television shows and featured on national news broadcasts. In 1993, he joined the Bavarian National Ballet as a principal dancer before returning to ABT in 1995. Chapman appeared with Hamburg Ballet, English National Ballet, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires and Finnish National Ballet as a guest star. In 1996, Chapman was named Artistic Director of Alabama Ballet. During his leadership, the company grew from 16 to 44 professional and apprentice dancers. He also founded the Alabama Ballet School, the apprentice pre-professional training program, Alabama Ballet Summer Program and Gorham's Bluff Summer Residency. Chapman received the Distinguished Career Award from the University of Alabama in 1998, Birmingham Business Journal Top 40 Under 40 in 2004, and was named Alabama Arts Ambassador by Governor Bill Riley in 2007. Chapman restaged for Alabama Ballet many of the full-length classical ballets including Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle and Coppelia as well as various one act works such as Paquita, Raymonda Act III and Carnival in Venice. Chapman acquired Balanchine's The Nutcracker, starred in Alabama Public Television's Jekyll and Hyde, and The Making of Romeo and Juliet. Mr. Chapman returned to ABT as ballet master in 2006 before being named Artistic Director of ABT II in 2007-2011. Chapman oversaw the ABT Summer Intensive at the University of Texas Austin, hosted ABT's Works and Process at the Guggenheim Museum, Young People's Ballet Workshop and ABTKids. He also performed with ABT in various character roles and taught company class on a regular basis. Additionally he serves as a national spokesperson for Regional Dance America and as dance advisor for Angelina Ballerina. Beginning in January 2012-April 2013 Chapman was engaged as Artistic Advisor for Ballet San Jose in California where he oversaw all artistic aspects of the organization.

Julie Bickerton Bravata is from Honolulu, Hawaii where she received her early dance training from Barbara Thuesen. She continued her studies on full scholarship at the National Academy of Arts in Champaign, IL and in New York City at the School of American Ballet, the American Ballet Theatre Scholarship Program, and with Madame Darvash. At the age of 15, Bravata became a member of ABT's Ballet Repertory Company. At 18, she was invited to join American Ballet Theatre under the direction of Mikhail Baryshnikov. While with ABT, Bravata appeared in several Dance in America and Live from Lincoln Center television special presentations and worked with some of the world's leading choreographers, such as, Kenneth MacMillan, Antony Tudor, Roland Petit, Jerome Robbins, and Twyla Tharp. She then went on to dance as a soloist with Ballet du Nord in France and with The Feld Ballet in New York City. Since retiring from her performing career, Bravata has taught all levels of ballet from creative movement through professional classes and was recognized by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts for inspiring young dancers and for her commitment to the arts. She has been an Artist-in-Residence at Bak Middle School of the Arts in Palm Beach, FL and on faculty for ABT summer intensives in Austin TX, and Orange County CA. Bravata holds a Bachelor's degree in psychology and a Master's degree in speech-language pathology from Florida Atlantic University. She is currently the ballet director of Southern Dance Theatre in Boynton Beach, FL. Bravata 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.

Elizabeth Ferrell was born in St. Louis, Missouri and began her early training with Alexandra Zaharias. At age 14, she was awarded a Ford Foundation Scholarship to study at the School of American Ballet and upon graduation was chosen by Peter Martins to receive the Danish American National Cultures Exchange scholarship to study with the Royal Danish Ballet. In 1985, Elizabeth was invited by Mikhail Baryshnikov to become a member of American Ballet Theatre where she danced from 1985 to 1998. During that time she appeared in much of the classical and contemporary repertory and worked with such esteemed choreographers as Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Paul Taylor, Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham, Anthony Tudor, Lar Lubovitch, Glen Tetley, Mark Morris, Ben Stevenson, Natalia Makarova, Kevin McKenzie, Clark Tippet, Ronald Hynd, Twyla Tharp and Agnes de Mille. She has also performed with the Pennsylvania Ballet, Eglevsky Ballet, New York City Opera, Alessandra Ferri's "Stars of the American Ballet", Papermill Playhouse, Muny Opera, Goodspeed Opera, and most recently Hong Kong Ballet. She can be seen in five "Dance in America" broadcasts for PBS and appeared in Herbert Ross' movie "Dancers" and Frederick Wiseman's documentary "Ballet." Elizabeth took part in the inaugural teacher training program of ABT's National Training Curriculum and is now an ABT certified instructor. She has taught at such institutions as Ballet Hispanico in New York, Danceworks in London, and The Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts. She is currently on faculty of the American Ballet Theatre Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School. 

Eileen Houghton-Hebron has been an Artist in Residence at Palm Beach Atlantic University for nearly four years, but she has taught at PBA for the past twelve. She has staged numerous classical ballets for the PBA Dance Ensemble, many of whom have gone on to perform and teach internationally. Additionally, she has taught Summer Intensives for Seiskaya Ballet Academy for over twenty years. Since 2014, she has been invited by New York City Ballet's principal dancer, Daniel Ulbricht, to teach in Saratoga, New York, for The New York State Summer School of the Arts. In fall of 2013, The National Dance Educators Organization invited her to present at their annual Conference in Miami. Eileen holds certification in the American Ballet Theatre's National Training Curriculum. Her early training was with Marcia Lasser, of the Eglevsky Ballet, which was followed by more advanced training from Mme. Valia Seiskaya, of the National Opera of Greece. She continued her advanced training at Balanchine's School of American Ballet, on full scholarship, where she participated in the NYCB's Educational Outreach Lecture Demonstrations and danced principal roles in the school's workshop performances. Personally chosen by Mikhail Baryshnikov, she danced professionally with American Ballet Theatre across the globe for the next nine years. In 2010, Dance Magazine featured Eileen's solutions to common problems in the studio. She is a member of the Screen Actors Guild. Television credits include: "Live at the Metropolitan Opera House," and the award winning Frederick Wiseman documentary, "Ballet," which aired on PBS in 1993.

Amy Rose performed with Chicago Ballet in “The Nutcracker” and “Alice in Wonderland” before joining American Ballet Theatre at the age of sixteen. She danced as a soloist with ABT from 1979-1992 featured in principal, soloist and character roles in both the classical and contemporary repertoire. She was also featured in many “Dance in America” and “Live from the Met” television and video tapings. During this time she also guested with the Universal Ballet in Korea, Japan and China, with the Stars of American Ballet in Manila and performed at Jacob’s Pillow with Patrick Bissell. In 1992 she joined Pacific Northwest Ballet where she danced leading roles in many ballets until 1997. As a freelance dancer she guested with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Dance West Ballet, Northwest Ballet and the Civic Ballet of Chicago. Rose has been the faculty for the American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensives for the last seventeen years and has been teaching in the Chicago area for nineteen years. She is also the ballet mistress for Ballet Theater of Illinois and is a guest teacher for Southold Dance Theatre, Northwest Ballet, Oklahoma City Ballet School and several others. Rose has been a guest teacher for several Midwest Dance Festivals and also coaches dancers for various competitions. Rose is an ABT Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 7 of the ABT National Training Curriculum.

Samantha Shelton received her professional training from the Joffrey Ballet in New York and in Michigan with Rose Marie Floyd. She also studied in London with Anita Young (Royal Ballet) and at the Cecchetti International program in England. For the past fifteen years, she has been on the ballet faculty for American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive, setting ABT repertoire and choreographing new ballets for the final performances. Currently, she is on faculty for the ABT Summer Intensives and in August of 2015 will become an Affiliate Professor of Ballet at Grand Valley State University, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she will be choreographing, setting classical repertoire, and teaching ballet, pointe, pas de deux,and men's class. She has choreographed for the professional ballet programs at the Walnut Hill School in Boston, directed by former ABT Principal Michael Owen, Grand Valley State University, Missouri Contemporary Ballet, and Interlochen Arts Academy. She has performed extensively in both classical and contemporary ballets, including the Grand Pasde Deux from The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, as well as principal roles in Giselle and Raymonda. She was an Assistant Professor of Dance at Alma College for two years and has been on the ballet faculties at Wayne State University, Rochester School of Dance, Adagio West, and the Detroit Opera House, where she was the artistic director for the Detroit Opera House's Civic Dance Ensemble. Shelton holds an M.F.A in Dance from the University of Michigan, where she was awarded a Rackham Thesis grant, and a B.A. in Political Science also from the University of Michigan. She has also done graduate work at New York University in Performing Arts Administration with internships in development and marketing at Carnegie Hall and the Orchestra of St. Luke's. For six years, she served on the University of Michigan's School of Music, Theatre & Dance Alumni Society Board of Governors and in May 2012 spent three weeks in Taiwan, teaching and presenting a piece of choreography for Tainan University. She is certified through the American Ballet Theatre National Curriculum Training Program and in August of 2014, co-taught the ABT NTC with Harriet Clark at the Detroit Opera House.

Lisa Slagle began her professional dancing career at the age of 11 when she appeared as a solo dancer in the Elvis Presley movie, "Clambake". Her early training was in southern California with Anna Cheselka, Sallie Whalen, and George Zoritch, and later in Houston with James Clouser and Eugene Collins. Upon graduation from high school she was offered a position with the Joffrey Ballet in New York, where she stayed until 1979. While there she had the opportunity to perform leading roles in ballets by choreographers Agnes de Mille, Gerald Arpino, Frederick Ashton, August Bournonville and Twyla Tharp. In the 1980's she performed as a soloist with the Ballet du Grande Theatre de Geneve in Switzerland, under the direction of Oscar Araiz, and as a Principal Dancer with Tulsa Ballet Theatre under the direction of Roman Jasinski and Moscelyn Larkin. Upon her retirement, she started teaching ballet in the Dallas, Texas area, and later became the founding director of the Ballet Academy of Texas, located in the Dallas suburb of Coppell. The school has since received "Outstanding School" awards from the Youth America Grand Prix organization in the Southwest regional trials for 6 out of 10 years, as well as the "Outstanding Teacher" award for Ms. Slagle in 2006. She is also the director of the pre-professional company, Ballet Ensemble of Texas, which is an Honor Company with the Regional Dance of America organization. Many of her students are now dancing professionally both nationally and internationally. Ms. Slagle is on the Advisory Board for American Ballet Theatre's National Training Curriculum, and has been a master teacher for 6 years for ABT's various Summer Intensive workshops. In 2014 she was invited to be a master teacher in ballet and character for the International Ballet Competition School in Jackson, Mississippi. She has also been a master teacher as well as staged her choreography for such noted national schools as the Orlando Ballet School, Washington School of Ballet, and the Interlochen School of the Arts.

Roger Van Fleteren, a native of Michigan, began his dance training at the age of twelve with Charmaine Schick. Two years later, he was offered a scholarship to study with Madame Nathalie Krassovska in Dallas. In 1982 he joined ABT and became soloist in 1990, where his repertory included works by Antony Tudor, Kenneth Macmillan, Twyla Tharp, George Balanchine, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Jir¹í Kylián, and Frederic Ashton among other. He was chosen by Agnes de Mille to dance the principal role in her final ballet, The Other. Van Fleteren has appeared as a guest artist with companies throughout the United States including Wes Chapman's American Ballet in 1991-1992. Van Fleteren has also performed throughout Europe at major Opera Houses including the Paris Opera and the Coliseum Theatre in London. He has also performed in productions of 42nd Street, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, the television series The Equalizer and in the film Dancers starring Mikhail Baryshnikov. Van Fleteren joined the Alabama Ballet Company from the London City Ballet in 1996 where he served as principal dancer at the renowned Sadler's Wells Theatre. His repertoire included Giselle, TheSleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Coppelia, Don Quixote pas de deux and works with Royal Ballet stars David Wall and Leslie Collier. While at the Alabama Ballet, Van Felteren has been featured as Albrecht in Giselle, Drosselmeyer in Nutcracker, Herr Stahlbaum in George Balanchine's The Nutcracker, as well as principal roles in Bolero and Swan Lake. Van Fleteren continues to be closely affiliated with American Ballet Theatre. In the summer of 1998 and 1999, he was appointed Administrative Coordinator of the ABT Summer Intensive in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and was on the teaching staff of the intensive in Detroit, MI. In 1998, he co-choreographed Dracula, and in the 1999-2000 season Wes Chapman and Van Fleteren choreographed Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. In 2001 he choreographed the Alabama Ballet's one- act full-length Romeo & Juliet and the full length Cinderella, and in 2003 he created original choreography for Swan Lake. In 1999, he won the Panoply Award for best overall choreography for Tickling the Ivories, in 2001 for Bach Variations. In the 2002- 2003 season he choreographed Be Major. Van Fleteren is one of the principal instructors in the Alabama Ballet School, and an Artist in Residence at the Gorham's Bluff Institute's Summer Residency.

ORANGE COUNTY SUMMER INTENSIVE

Lorin Johnson (Artistic Coordinator) trained at the Pacific Dance Theatre and the San Francisco Ballet School and performed with the San Francisco Ballet before joining the American Ballet Theatre in 1987 under the directorship of Mikhail Baryshnikov. At ABT, he worked with choreographers such as Agnes DeMille, Ulysses Dove, Kenneth Macmillan, Jerome Robbins, Glen Tetley, Twyla Tharp, and Clark Tippet.
 Johnson's choreography has been presented internationally, including at The Garage Museum in Moscow, Russia and at the Fabbrica Europa Dance Festival in Florence, Italy. Nationally, his work has been commissioned by the Pacific Symphony Orchestra at Segerstrom Concert Hall; Celebrate Dance in Los Angeles; the Orange County Performing Arts Center's Invitational Dance Festival; the Laguna Dance Festival; the Dance Under the Stars Choreography Festival in Palm Springs, the Los Angeles Dance Invitational at the Ford Amphitheater and with LA Grand Ensemble at the Los Angeles Theatre Center. He has been artist in residence at Skidmore College, New York and at the Orange County High School of the Arts. Johnson has given master classes and lectures in the U.S. and abroad. In 2013, he gave a master class at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory, Russia (the former conservatory of George Balanchine) and lectured at various universities in St. Petersburg as a participant of the Diaghilev P.S. Arts Festival. Since 2004, Johnson has served on the faculty of the American Ballet Theatre summer intensive program and he teaches at the American Ballet Theatre William J. Gillespie School at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in California. He is a certified teacher of the ABT National Training Curriculum. Johnson is currently an Associate Professor in the Dance Department at California State University, Long Beach, where he teaches courses in technique, choreography and dance history. His writings on dance have been published in Dance International and Dance Teacher magazines, as well as in the peer-reviewed journal Theatre, Dance and Performance Training (Routledge) and in Experiment and Musyka. In 2014, Johnson was the editor of Experiment No. 20, Kinetic Los Angeles: Russian émigrés in the City of Self-Transformation, which presented research on Russian artists in Southern California. Johnson has been a pre-performance speaker at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts and the Los Angeles Music Center, and in 2013 he served as Artistic Advisor for the Music Center's festival LA's Rite: Stravinsky, Innovation and Dance. Johnson holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Southern California

Gabrielle Brown began dancing at the age of five with former Ballet Russe dancer, Vera Nemtchinova, in New York City. At the age of twelve she was awarded a scholarship to the American Ballet Theatre School where she studied with Patricia Wilde, Leon Danielian and Michael Maule. In 1980, she joined ABT as a member of the corps de ballet, achieving the rank of soloist in 1991. At ABT, Brown performed soloist and principal roles in The Sleeping Beauty, Jardin Aux Lilas, Fancy Free, La Bayadère, Airs, The Leaves Are Fading, Swan Lake, Theme and Variations, Twyla Tharp's In the Upper Room, Mat Ek's pas de deux Grass and many others. After retiring from ABT in 1996, Brown began teaching ballet, bringing sixteen years of experience as a ballerina to the classroom. Since embarking on her new career, Brown has enjoyed teaching at a number of distinguished ballet schools and programs including ABT Summer Intensive Programs in New York, California, and Alabama, North Carolina Dance Theatre's Summer Program, UCLA, California Institute of the Arts, Pasadena Dance Theatre, State Street Ballet in Santa Barbara and the Anaheim Ballet. Brown is currently the resident ballet teacher at the Viewpoint School in California.

Susan Jones was born in York, Pennsylvania and began her early dance training there.  She continued her studies with Lucille Hood at the Rockville School of Ballet in Rockville, Maryland, and with Mary Day at the Washington School of Ballet in Washington, D. C. In 1969, Jones accepted an apprenticeship with The Joffrey Ballet, dancing with the original Joffrey II, and made her professional debut with the New York City Opera, Robert Joffrey, choreographic director.Jones joined American Ballet Theatre in 1971 and danced with the Company for eight successive seasons.  Among her roles were the Cowgirl in Rodeo and The Accused as a Child in Fall River Legend.  Her transition from dancer to staff member began in 1976 when, as Assistant Ballet Mistress, she assisted Twyla Tharp with Push Comes to Shove.  She was appointed Ballet Mistress in 1980 and Regisseur in 1982. Jones returned to American Ballet Theatre as Ballet Mistress in August 1997 after a three-year absence during which time she mounted Natalia Makarova's full-length La Bayadère for the Ballet del Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Mikhail Baryshnikov's production of Don Quixote (Kitri's Wedding) for The Royal Ballet.  In 1995, she staged ABT's most recent production of Don Quixote in collaboration with Kevin McKenzie.  Other stagings include Symphonie Concertante (2006) and Fall River legend (2007).  Her Tharp stagings include Bach Partita (2013) and Brahms-Haydn (2015). In addition to her duties as Principal Ballet Mistress, Jones performs the role of the Dacha Dweller in The Bright Stream, Berthe in Giselle, the Nurse in Onegin and Nurse in Romeo and Juliet.

Duncan Lyle was born in Melbourne, Australia and began his training at Camberwell District Ballet with Janina Ciunovas, Susan Thomson, Toivo Taves and Barbara Nimmo. In 2007, he was accepted in to the Royal Ballet School from which he graduated in 2010. With the Royal Ballet School, Duncan performed Pas de Cinq from The Sleeping Beauty on tour in Japan, Liam Scarlett's Toccata on the main stage of the Royal Opera House, Peasant Pas de Six from Giselle and Pas de Douze from Ashton's Swan Lake. Duncan joined American Ballet Theatre in 2012.  His repertoire with the Company includes a Step-Sister in Frederick Ashton's Cinderella, Wilfred in Giselle, the Standard Bearer in The Green Table, Mother Ginger and the Russian Dance in Alexei Ratmansky's The Nutcracker, the Indian Prince in The Sleeping Beauty, Sebastian in The Tempest and soloist roles in After You, Bach Partita, The Brahms-Haydn Variations and Raymonda Divertissements, as well as roles in all of the Company's full-length ballets. In addition to teaching for American Ballet Theatre and American Ballet Theatre Studio Company, Duncan has taught for Intermezzo Dance Company, Sheer Talent Ltd., Studio Larkin, Techniques Dance Studio and The Russian Choreographic Academy. Duncan has also choreographed works for Intermezzo Dance Company, the Columbia Ballet Colaborative, the Royal Ballet School and the Russian Choreographic Academy. 

Colleen O'Callaghan danced with American Ballet Theatre under the direction of Lucia Chase and Mikhail Baryshnikov. She trained on scholarship with the schools of the Louisville Ballet, the Pennsylvania Ballet, the Joffrey Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre. Before joining American Ballet Theatre's main company, she danced with ABT's Ballet Repertory Company under the direction of Richard Englund and Gage Bush. Ms. O'Callaghan received a Bachelor of University Studies degree from the University of Utah. She has been teaching ballet for over 23 years and has been a faculty member of the University of Utah, Ballet West, California State Long Beach, California Institute of the Arts, the Stanley Holden Dance Center, Westside School of Ballet, Louisville Ballet and many other nationally recognized schools. For over five years she was the classical dance director for the Orange County High School of the Arts (OCHSA). Currently, Ms. O'Callaghan is a faculty member for the American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive programs. Most recently, she taught for the ABT II and for the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre in New York City. She continues to teach for South Bay Ballet and California Dance Theater. She is a certified Yoga instructor and has developed a Yoga program for children grades Pre K through 8 that has had much success throughout Southern California. The uniqueness of this situation is that the highly experienced teachers travel to the students, allowing the dancers to stay close to home and experience a professional and positive dance intensive. Ms. O'Callaghan lives with husband and three children in Ventura, California.

COLLEGIATE SUMMER INTENSIVE

Ethan Brown is a former Soloist with American Ballet Theatre and was the fifth member of his family to dance with ABT. His parents, Kelly and Isabel Brown and sisters, Leslie Browne and Elizabeth Laing also spent their entire dance careers with ABT. He received his training at the School of American Ballet prior to joining the corps de ballet of ABT in 1981. He was promoted to soloist in 1988 and retired from the stage in 2004. During his twenty-three years with ABT, Brown toured extensively throughout the world performing a wide variety of soloist and principal roles in ABT’s repertoire. He has worked personally with choreographers Tudor, De Mille, Robbins, MacMillan, Petit, Tharp, Kilian, Taylor, Cunningham, Neumier, Tetley, Parsons and Morris among many others. In addition to performing in seventeen different countries with ABT, Brown has danced the role of the Cavalier in The Nutcracker with fifteen different ballet companies throughout the U.S. and appeared as a principal guest artist in galas and with companies in Canada, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and Japan. In 1994, he was invited to dance with the Martha Graham Dance Company as a principal guest artist for an entire season. Brown was in the 1987 Herbert Ross film Dancers and was featured in the acclaimed 1995 ABT documentary Ballet by Fred Wiseman. His television appearances include PBS’ Dance in America four times and Live from Lincoln Center three times dancing Balanchine, Tudor, MacMillan and Ashton. He was also featured on NBC’s The Today Show twice. After retiring from dancing, he spent several years teaching company classes for ABT and ABT Studio Company, being a faculty member of the JKO School at ABT and teaching at ABT’s Summer Intensive Programs. He has also taught classes at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Company and School, Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Steps on Broadway, Maryland Youth Ballet, New Jersey Ballet, Broadway Dance Center, Ballet Academy East and George Mason University. Brown is an ABT Certified Teacher in all levels of ABT’s National Training Curriculum. He also annually judges ballet competitions and teaches master classes for Youth America Grand Prix.

Harriet Clark is a native New Yorker though she began her training at the Houston Ballet School. She received her professional training at the School of American Ballet. While still a student at the school she was chosen to perform with Makarova and Company on Broadway, and danced as a soloist in ballets with Cynthia Gregory, Anthony Dowell, Fernando Bujones, as well as Natalia Makarova who was the Artistic Director. Later that year she joined American Ballet Theatre, then under the directorship of Mikhail Baryshnikov, where she performed not only the classics, but also in the works of George Balanchine, Paul Taylor, Jose Limon, Anthony Tudor, and Twyla Tharp. Clark went on to dance as a soloist at The Pacific Northwest Ballet. For many years Clark performed as the Dance Captain and Swing of the Broadway Production of The Phantom of the Opera. As such she was in charge of teaching and rehearsing all of the choreography and much of the musical staging in the show as well as covering and performing every female ensemble role (dancers as well as singers) and a few of the male roles as well. Clark currently teaches for the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre and is on the ABT Artistic Board of Examiners.

Elizabeth Ferrell was born in St. Louis, Missouri and began her early training with Alexandra Zaharias. At age 14, she was awarded a Ford Foundation Scholarship to study at the School of American Ballet and upon graduation was chosen by Peter Martins to receive the Danish American National Cultures Exchange scholarship to study with the Royal Danish Ballet. In 1985, Elizabeth was invited by Mikhail Baryshnikov to become a member of American Ballet Theatre where she danced from 1985 to 1998. During that time she appeared in much of the classical and contemporary repertory and worked with such esteemed choreographers as Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Paul Taylor, Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham, Anthony Tudor, Lar Lubovitch, Glen Tetley, Mark Morris, Ben Stevenson, Natalia Makarova, Kevin McKenzie, Clark Tippet, Ronald Hynd, Twyla Tharp and Agnes de Mille. She has also performed with the Pennsylvania Ballet, Eglevsky Ballet, New York City Opera, Alessandra Ferri's "Stars of the American Ballet", Papermill Playhouse, Muny Opera, Goodspeed Opera, and most recently Hong Kong Ballet. She can be seen in five "Dance in America" broadcasts for PBS and appeared in Herbert Ross' movie "Dancers" and Frederick Wiseman's documentary "Ballet." Elizabeth took part in the inaugural teacher training program of ABT's National Training Curriculum and is now an ABT certified instructor. She has taught at such institutions as Ballet Hispanico in New York, Danceworks in London, and The Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts. She is currently on faculty of the American Ballet Theatre Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School. 

Flavio Salazar, a native of Colombia, where he began his dance studies at the Instituto Colombiano de Ballet (Incolballet), He joined Ballet de Cali and also joined the faculty of Incolballet, having been certified by the National Ballet of Cuba to teach its methodology and pedagogy in ballet technique. Mr. Salazar went on to study at the Houston Ballet Academy as a full scholarship student under the direction of Ben Stevenson. He later joined Ballet Arizona under the direction of Michael Uthoff. In 1993 Mr. Salazar was invited by Kevin McKenzie to join American Ballet Theatre. During his thirteen year career with ABT, He dance in a variety of classical, contemporary and modern ballets and nearly every ballet in ABT`s repertoire, working with Sir Anthony Dowell, Frederic Franklin, James Kudelka, Lar Lubovitch, Natalia Makarova, David Parsons, Twyla Tharp, Stanton Welch among others before retiring from the company in 2006. Mr. Salazar's teaching experience extends from his early professional dancing years in Colombia, through his time at ABT. Presently, Mr. Salazar is an ABT Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 7 of the ABT National training Curriculum, and a Certified teacher in Methodology and Pedagogy in Ballet advised by the National Ballet of Cuba. Mr. Salazar has taught in North America, Peru, Amsterdam and the Philippines. He has taught classes at ABT II, the ABT Summer Intensive, the Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre, the Ailey School, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Ballet Tech, the School at Steps, Ballet Hispanico, YAGP, Adelphi University and Marymount Collages. In February 2012 Mr. Salazar was an Assistant Instructor for the ABT National Training Curriculum, Primary through Level 3 session, in Lima, Peru.