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NEW YORK SUMMER INTENSIVE

Julie Kent (Artistic Director of Summer Intensives) began her dance training with Hortensia Fonseca at the Academy of the Maryland Youth Ballet. She attended summer sessions at American Ballet Theatre II and the School of American Ballet before joining American Ballet Theatre as an apprentice in 1985. In that same year, Kent won first place in the regional finals of the National Society of Arts and Letters at the Kennedy Center. In 1986, she was the only American to win a medal at the Prix de Lausanne International Ballet Competition, and she became a member of ABT's corps de ballet. Kent starred in the Herbert Ross film Dancers in 1987 opposite Mikhail Baryshnikov. She was appointed a Soloist with ABT in 1990 and a Principal Dancer in 1993, the year in which she won the Erik Bruhn Prize in Toronto and was named as one of People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People". In April 2000, Kent won the “Prix Benois de la Danse” which was held in Stuttgart. She is the only American woman ever to have won this prize. Kent starred in the motion picture Center Stage (2000), directed by Nicholas Hytner. In June of 2012, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Performing Arts from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and later in the same year, a Lifetime Achievement Award from Dance Magazine. During Miss Kent's long career, she has acquired a vast repertoire, dancing all of the major classical, dramatic and neo-classical roles. Her appearances as a guest include invitations from the Mariinsky Theatre, Teatro alla Scala, New York City Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, Berlin Staatsballett, Australian Ballet, Bayerisches Staatsballett, Teatro Colon, Ballet de Santiago, and more. As well, she has created leading roles in ballets by choreographers John Neumeier, Twyla Tharp, Alexei Ratmansky, Nacho Duato, Lar Lubovitch, Stanton Welch, James Kudelka, Jorma Elo, and others. After a nearly 30 year career, Miss Kent retired from the stage in June 2015 as the longest serving Ballerina in American Ballet Theatre’s 75-year history. She was appointed Artistic Director of ABT’s Summer Intensive in August 2015. She is married to ABT Associate Artistic Director Victor Barbee, and they have two children.

Melissa Allen Bowman began her classical ballet training at age six with Lois Ellyn, formerly of New York City Ballet, and at age eleven began training with Stanley Holden and Margaret Graham Hills, both from The Royal Ballet in London. At age fifteen, she was invited by Mikhail Baryshnikov to join the corps de ballet of American Ballet Theatre, where she danced for the next seven years. During that time, Bowman began her own ballet company, the Emerson Dance Theatre, which featured up-and-coming ABT dancers. From 1981 to 1988, Bowman also appeared in several of ABT’s Great Performances in America. In 1988, she moved to Europe to join the Bern Ballet in Switzerland and then the Zurich Ballet with Uwe Scholz. In 1990, she followed Scholz to Leipzig, Germany, where she danced many soloist and principal roles and became his associate director. Bowman returned to the United States in 1999 to join the staff of the Pittsburgh Youth Ballet, where in 2000 she became resident choreographer and associate director. While at PYB, she choreographed many pieces for their youth company that were performed not only at the Regional Dance America festivals but also for the Pittsburgh Symphony. Since 2001, Bowman has taught at ABT Summer Intensive in Detroit and, in 2007, became an advisor to ABT’s National Training Curriculum committee. She has also been an adjudicator for the National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts for the past two years. In 2004, she established, with her husband Richard, Danse Conservatory and California Danse Theatre Youth Ballet and served as the Artistic Director for five years. Ms. Bowman is currently the Assistant Principal of the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at ABT as well as Artistic Director of Summer Intensives.

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 was born in New York City and received his training at the School of American Ballet. He joined the corps de ballet of American Ballet Theatre in 1981, was promoted to soloist in 1988. Brown danced a wide range of ABT’s repertoire through 2004. He is on the faculty of the ABT Summer Intensives in New York City and Bermuda and also guest teaches with the main Company. He is on the faculty of The School at STEPS and regularly guest teaches at STEPS on Broadway in New York City. Brown judges ballet competitions for Youth America Grand Prix and regularly guest teaches and coaches for Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet.

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.

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.

Carlos López was born and raised in Madrid and currently lives in New York, performing as a guest artist and teacher. He trained at the Victor Ullate School with Karemia Moreno, Atilio Labis and Menia Martínez, before moving to New York where he perfected his training with Willie Burmann, David Howard and Rinat Imaev. In 1991, he joined the Victor Ullate Ballet and was promoted to Principal Dancer in 1996, where he performed leading roles in Giselle, Don Quixote, Paquita, Les Sylphides, Theme and Variations, Hammerklavier, Grosse Fuge, Before Night Fall, Nomos Alpha etc. Carlos joined American Ballet Theatre in 2001 and danced as a Soloist from 2003 until 2011. He has worked with Natalia Makarova, Gelsey Kirkland, Anthony Dowell, Alexander Grant, Georgina Parkinson, Anne Marie Holmes, John Neumeier, Donald Mahler, Anna Markar, Maria Calegari, Jean-Pierre Frohlich, Nancy Somes, Twyla Tharp, Mark Morris, Stanton Welch, Christopher Wheeldon, Aszure Barton, Alexei Ratmansky, James Kudelka, Lar Lubovitch, Jorma Elo, William Forsyth, Kirk Peterson, Patrick Corbin and Robert Hill. In 1996, he won the Silver medal at the Seventh International Dance Competition in Paris. In 2004, he was awarded the Les Etoiles de Ballet 2000 Prize in Cannes. As a guest artist, he has performed Swan Lake with the National Ballet of Georgia and Giselle with the National Ballet of Cuba at the 16th International Ballet Festival in Havana in 1998. Other guest engagements include those with Ash Contemporary Dance, Ballet Etudes of Miami, Capitol Ballet, O.B.S Ballet of Japan, Inoue Ballet Foundation of Japan, Lar Luvobich Dance Company, Evansville Ballet, Wausau Dance Theater, Montgomery Ballet, Ballet Etudes of Connecticut, Avi Scher and Dancers and Lydia Johnson Dance Company. He also currently performs as Principal Guest Artist for Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico with whom he has performed at the International Ballet Festival of Havana 2012 and with Jose Manuel Carreno's Stars Gala. He has been invited to international ballet galas such as World Stars Gala in Budapest, the International Ballet Festival of Miami, the Soirée Internationale pour la Danse in Monte Carlo, the Positano Dance Festival in Italy and Stars of the 21st Century in Toronto. Carlos is an American Ballet Theatre® Certified Teacher in levels Primary through Level 7 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. As a teacher, Carlos has taught classes in Spain, Mexico and at the ABT New York Summer Intensive. He currently teaches for the American Ballet Theatre Studio Company.

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.

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.

New York Summer Intensive faculty will also include special guest teachers:

Kevin McKenzie (Artistic Director of ABT), a native of Vermont, received his ballet training at the Washington School of Ballet. In 1972, McKenzie was awarded a Silver medal at the Sixth International Competition in Varna, Bulgaria. He was a leading dancer with both the National Ballet of Washington and The Joffrey Ballet before joining American Ballet Theatre as a Soloist in March 1979. McKenzie was appointed a Principal dancer the following December and danced with the Company until 1991. As a Principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre, McKenzie danced leading roles in all of the major full-length classics including Solor in La Bayadère, Don Jose in Carmen, the Prince in Mikhail Baryshnikov's production of the full-length Cinderella, Franz in Coppélia, the Gentleman With Her in Dim Lustre, Basil and Espada in Don Quixote (Kitri's Wedding), Albrecht in Giselle, a leading role in The Garden of Villandry, Her Lover in Jardin aux Lilas, the leading role in The Leaves Are Fading, the Friend in Pillar of Fire, the leading role in Raymonda (Grand Pas Hongrois), a featured role in Requiem, the Champion Roper in Rodeo, Romeo and Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, Prince Desire in The Sleeping Beauty, Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, James in La Sylphide and the leading roles in Other Dances, Paquita, Les Sylphides, the Sylvia Pas de Deux and Theme and Variations. He created the role of Amnon in Martine van Hamel's Amnon V'Tamar and a leading role in Clark Tippet's S.P.E.B.S.Q.S.A. During his performing career, McKenzie performed as a guest artist in cities throughout the world, including Spoleto, Italy, Paris, London, Tokyo, Havana, Moscow, Vienna and Korea, dancing with, among others, the London Festival Ballet, the Bolshoi Ballet, the National Ballet of Cuba and the Universal Ballet in Seoul. In September 1989, McKenzie was appointed a permanent guest artist with The Washington Ballet, and, in 1991, assumed the position of Artistic Associate of that company. He has also acted as Associate Artistic Director of, and a choreographer with, Martine van Hamel's New Amsterdam Ballet. McKenzie was appointed Artistic Director of American Ballet Theatre in October 1992. His choreographic credits include Groupo Zamboria (1984) and Liszt Études, now called Transcendental Études, (1991), both for Martine van Hamel's New Amsterdam Ballet, Lucy and the Count (1992) for The WashingtonBallet, and the full-length classic The Nutcracker (1993), Don Quixote (1995) in collaboration with Susan Jones, and a new production of Swan Lake (2000), all for American Ballet Theatre.

Franco De Vita (Artistic Director of ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School) 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.

Olga Dvorovenko is a former principal dancer and ballet mistress for the Ukrainian State Academic Dance Ensemble. She was the Recipient of the Honored Artist Award of Ukraine, given by the President, has performed in practically every country of the world, and has taught master classes in Canada and France. Dvorovenko came to the United States in 1996 and turned her focus towards teaching and sharing her wealth of knowledge with the next generation of dancers.  In 2002, she was invited by American Ballet Theatre to dance the role of Madame in Antony Tudor’s Offenbach in the Underworld.  Currently, Dvorovenko is also on the faculty of Ballet Academy East, the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre, and ABT Studio Company.

Lupe Serrano had a distinguished performing career as a leading ballerina with American Ballet Theatre for two decades, beginning 1953. She began her teaching career at the University of Milwaukee and later served as Assistant Director at The National Academy of Dance in Illinois. In 1974, she joined The Pennsylvania Ballet as company teacher and head of the apprentice program. She also directed the school for eight years. In 1988, Serrano joined The Washington Ballet as artistic associate where she taught and coached the company and the advanced students. Currently, Serrano teaches company class for American Ballet Theatre, ABT Studio Company, and the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School.

NORTH CAROLINA SUMMER INTENSIVE

Julie Bickerton Bravata (Artistic Coordinator) 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.

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.

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.

Jennet Zerbe brings studied regard and intuitive understanding of classical ballet to her teaching. She began her ballet training with Olga Fricker and Sheila Darby in Los Angeles, and at age 12, won a scholarship to American Ballet Theatre School. Subsequently, she attended The Royal Ballet School in London, where she studied under Nancy Kilgour, among others. Her graduation performance of Odette, Act II, Swan Lake, garnered her an invitation to join American Ballet Theatre (ABT), where she danced for eight years under the direction of Mikhail Baryshnikov. With ABT, she danced in all of the classic ballets, and was coached by Georgina Parkinson of the Royal Ballet, Elena Tchernichova of the Kirov, and trained with Gilbert Mayer of the Paris Opera Ballet. Her repertoire included the Lilac Fairy in Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s The Sleeping Beauty, and Dance of the Big Swans in Baryshnikov’s Swan Lake. She danced many neoclassical ballets by George Balanchine, including the first principal couple in Bourrée Fantasque, and was filmed in the postmodern choreography of Merce Cunningham: appearing in his Duets on the PBS series “Dance in America.” Zerbe then completed her bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College with honors, participated in the launch of the teacher training program at the ABT JKO School, becoming an ABT® Certified Teacher for all levels, and earned her Maestro Enrico Cecchetti Diploma. In addition to teaching both students and professionals, Zerbe coaches for competitions, and has served as Ballet Mistress in professional schools and companies.

ALABAMA SUMMER INTENSIVE

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.

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 and Danceworks in London as well as guest taught at ballet schools in the U.S., London, and Hong Kong. She currently teaches at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts.

Carmela Gallace is a former principal dancer with The Moiseyev Dance Company and former soloist with Riverdance-The Show; performing across Europe, North America, Asia, Africa and Oceana. Additionally, she has danced at The Radio City Music Hall in Riverdance’s 10-year anniversary celebration, and at the Bolshoi Theatre in productions of La Fille Mal Gardee, Les Sylphides/Chopiniana and The Nutcracker. She has also performed as a guest with The Miami City Ballet in The Nutcracker and the 100th Anniversary Celebration of The Nutcracker with the Kirov Ballet. Her training began in St. Petersburg, FL at the Pinellas County Center for the Arts and The Academy of Ballet Arts under Suzanne Pomerantzeff, Reginald Yates and Lester Jacobsen. She was later invited to study at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow (Russia) where she graduated under the training of Galina Solovyova, Alexander Bondarenko, Marina Leonova and Sofia N. Golovkina. After returning back to America, Carmela received her BA degree in Communication at the University of Tampa while teaching dance at The Pinellas County Center for the Arts and Academy of Ballet arts. Many of her students went on to join schools, companies or shows such as: ABT, Dance Theatre of Harlem, BalletMet, Momix, Juilliard, The Lion King and Rent. She also worked for five years at The American Samoa Community College where she helped establish the first dance and musical theatre programs at the only US accredited institution of higher learning south of the equator. Carmela is a graduate of the NYU-Masters program in Dance Education/ABT Pedagogy. She is ABT certified (Primary-Level 7) in the National Training Curriculum and is currently teaching various forms of dance at the JKO School of the American Ballet Theatre, New York University/Steinhardt, City Center and other schools and institutions throughout the city.

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. Hale 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 24 years, Hale Coyle 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 an Adjunct faculty member at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Hale Coyle has been on the faculty for American Ballet Theatre's Summer Intensive in Alabama for ten years, has taught company classes at North Carolina Dance Theatre and has been a guest faculty member at their North Carolina Dance Theatre's summer intensive program. She has been a guest choreographer for the Charlotte Philharmonic Orchestra, Carolina Voices, Atlanta Dance Theatre, The Dance Collective, Ballet San Antonio, Civic Ballet of Chicago, South Carolina’s Governors Summer School, Lawrence Ballet Theatre and Orange County Performing Arts High School. In 2001, The North Carolina School of the Arts awarded Hale “Best Dance Teacher of North Carolina."

Pamela Levy holds an MA in Dance Education/ABT Ballet Pedagogy from New York Univesity, and a BFA in Dance from Mason Gross School of the Arts - Rutgers. She received her early dance training at the Princeton Ballet School. Ms. Levy danced professionally with Murray Louis and Nikolais Dance Company, Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Claudia Gitelman Dance Theatre and Don Redlich Dance Company. Ms. Levy is an ABT® Affiliate Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 7 and Partnering of the ABT® National Training Curriculum, and has successfully presented students for examinations. In addition to teaching for the JKO Children’s Division, Ms. Levy is currently on the faculty of the Mason Gross School of the Arts – Rutgers University Dance Department. She has also taught for Rider University, ABT’s Outreach Program, The Mark Morris Dance Center, Teachers College – Columbia University, Marymount Manhattan College, Berkeley Ballet Theater, Princeton Dance Theatre Studio, The Princeton Ballet School, Washington Rock Youth Ballet and Ballet Forte at Wings Conservatory. Ms. Levy directed the Certified ABT School at Mason Gross Extension Division for two years and is now pleased to return to the ABT JKO School.

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.

TEXAS SUMMER INTENSIVE

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.

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.

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 joined American Ballet Theatre in 1979 at the age of sixteen and danced with the Company until 1992, rising to the rank of Soloist.  During that time she also performed with Mikhail Baryshnikov in Spoleto, Italy, as well as Patrick Bissell at Jacob’s Pillow and Wes Chapman in Manila. From 1992-1997, she danced as a soloist with Pacific Northwest Ballet. After freelancing several years as a guest artist, Rose settled down to teaching fulltime. She is on full-time staff at four different schools in the Chicago area and also guest teaches for the professional companies in the city.  

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

Kristine Elliott, a native of California, was trained by Richard Gibson. Her professional career began with the Stuttgart Ballet where she danced leading roles in ballets by artistic director and choreographer John Cranko and toured extensively to Japan, Israel, Europe, and Scandinavia, as well as to Russia and the United States. After five years   with the Stuttgart Ballet, Kristine    joined American Ballet Theatre as a soloist and worked closely with director Mikhail Baryshnikov. Highlights of her career with ABT include performing with Rudolf Nureyev, dancing Giselle with Kevin McKenzie, being coached by George Balanchine in his ballet, Dances Concertante, and dancing in ballets created on her in Antony Tudor’s The Leaves Are Fading and Twyla Tharp’s.  Push Comes to Shove. In a special guest engagement with Leonard Bernstein conducting his score, Kristine was directed by Jerome Robbins in his ballet, Fancy Free.  Following her performing career, Kristine teaches and coaches ballet nationally and internationally. She has worked with ABT as a guest teacher for the company and for summer intensives in New York, Bermuda and in summer 2016, in Costa Mesa and at  the Collegiate Summer Intensive in New York City. She is certified in all levels of the American Ballet Theatre National Training curriculum. In the academic world, Kristine Elliott taught at Stanford University where she created a robust ballet program, directed The Cardinal Ballet student group,   produced a course around the Life and Work of Antony Tudor.  Kristine received her BFA from St Mary’s College and currently she serves on the LEAP program faculty at St. Mary’s College of California.  In addition to her studio classes, Kristine is the founding director of the Gugulethu Project where she teaches ballet in townships around Cape Town and Johannesburg using ballet as a means to escape poverty and to support diversity on the ballet stage. The Gugulethu Project organizes cultural exchanges for talented South African students to study in the U.S.as well as for American choreographers, teachers, and dancers to travel to South Africa. As an instructor, coach, and mentor, she imparts her love of dance and high professional standards to her students with great warmth, energy, and true artistic integrity.

Steven Hyde began his dance training at Ballet Arts Theatre under the direction of Marie Hale. Steven’s professional dance career spanned over 20 years from principal dancer with Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet to American Ballet Theater. His talents and fortune garnered the experiences of working with world-renowned choreographers, most notably Jíri Kylian, John Cranko, Rudi Van Dantzig. He also had the privilege of being coached by Anthony Dowell, Laura Alonzo, Merrill Ashley and Francia Russell. Steven was awarded a Manitoba Arts Council Grant for study outside of Canada which afforded him private coaching on La Bayadere from David Howard in NYC. Natalia Makarova sat on the panel of judges that awarded Steven, as a non-competitor, a ‘Certificate of Excellence’ in partnering at the1990 International Ballet Competition in Varna. William Como’s 1987 Dance Magazine review of Steven’s Swan Lake debut wrote, “With technique comparable to that of a young Fernando Bujones, Hyde’s was a smashing debut”. Steven can also be seen in the CBC television specials “The Big Top”, “1992 Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards” and “Concertante-Arnold Sphor and the RWB”. Steven also danced at many gala events with Canadian prima ballerina Evelyn Hart some of which were the 1988 World Ballet Festival in Japan, Dresden Germany and Luxembourg. Through his career Steven was partnered with ballerinas such as Evelyn Hart, Cynthia Harvey, Amanda McKerrow, Julie Kent and Paloma Herrera. His career also provided the opportunity to see the world, dancing in over 25 countries from the Parthenon in Greece to the Great Wall of China to the pyramids of Egypt. In 2006 Steven was invited to co-direct the Classical/Contemporary Dance Conservatory at the Orange County School of the Arts in Santa Ana, CA with Colleen O'Callaghan and in 2007 was appointed director. Prior to relocating to Southern CA Steven was the Associate Director with the New England Ballet Company (NEBC) in Orange CT as well as directing a satellite studio for NEBC in Ithaca, NY. Steven has also taught at many reputable summer intensive programs including Kaatsbaan International Dance Center and American Ballet Theatre as well as the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School, Skidmore College, Ithaca College, Cornell University. A humble yet perceptive and patient individual has suited Steven well as a teacher with an eye for detail and a relentless dedication to preservation of ballet pedagogy.

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 (Artistic Coordinator) was born in New York City and received his training at the School of American Ballet. He joined the corps de ballet of American Ballet Theatre in 1981, was promoted to soloist in 1988. Brown danced a wide range of ABT’s repertoire through 2004. He is on the faculty of the ABT Summer Intensives in New York City and Bermuda and also guest teaches with the main Company. He is on the faculty of The School at STEPS and regularly guest teaches at STEPS on Broadway in New York City. Brown judges ballet competitions for Youth America Grand Prix and regularly guest teaches and coaches for Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet.

Olga Dvorovenko is a former principal dancer and ballet mistress for the Ukrainian State Academic Dance Ensemble. She was the Recipient of the Honored Artist Award of Ukraine, given by the President, has performed in practically every country of the world, and has taught master classes in Canada and France. Dvorovenko came to the United States in 1996 and turned her focus towards teaching and sharing her wealth of knowledge with the next generation of dancers.  In 2002, she was invited by American Ballet Theatre to dance the role of Madame in Antony Tudor’s Offenbach in the Underworld.  Currently, Dvorovenko is also on the faculty of Ballet Academy East, the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre, and ABT Studio Company.

Kristine Elliott, a native of California, was trained by Richard Gibson. Her professional career began with the Stuttgart Ballet where she danced leading roles in ballets by artistic director and choreographer John Cranko and toured extensively to Japan, Israel, Europe, and Scandinavia, as well as to Russia and the United States. After five years   with the Stuttgart Ballet, Kristine    joined American Ballet Theatre as a soloist and worked closely with director Mikhail Baryshnikov. Highlights of her career with ABT include performing with Rudolf Nureyev, dancing Giselle with Kevin McKenzie, being coached by George Balanchine in his ballet, Dances Concertante, and dancing in ballets created on her in Antony Tudor’s The Leaves Are Fading and Twyla Tharp’s.  Push Comes to Shove. In a special guest engagement with Leonard Bernstein conducting his score, Kristine was directed by Jerome Robbins in his ballet, Fancy Free.  Following her performing career, Kristine teaches and coaches ballet nationally and internationally. She has worked with ABT as a guest teacher for the company and for summer intensives in New York, Bermuda and in summer 2016, in Costa Mesa and at  the Collegiate Summer Intensive in New York City. She is certified in all levels of the American Ballet Theatre National Training curriculum. In the academic world, Kristine Elliott taught at Stanford University where she created a robust ballet program, directed The Cardinal Ballet student group,   produced a course around the Life and Work of Antony Tudor.  Kristine received her BFA from St Mary’s College and currently she serves on the LEAP program faculty at St. Mary’s College of California.  In addition to her studio classes, Kristine is the founding director of the Gugulethu Project where she teaches ballet in townships around Cape Town and Johannesburg using ballet as a means to escape poverty and to support diversity on the ballet stage. The Gugulethu Project organizes cultural exchanges for talented South African students to study in the U.S.as well as for American choreographers, teachers, and dancers to travel to South Africa. As an instructor, coach, and mentor, she imparts her love of dance and high professional standards to her students with great warmth, energy, and true artistic integrity.

Julie Kent (Artistic Director of Summer Intensives) began her dance training with Hortensia Fonseca at the Academy of the Maryland Youth Ballet. She attended summer sessions at American Ballet Theatre II and the School of American Ballet before joining American Ballet Theatre as an apprentice in 1985. In that same year, Kent won first place in the regional finals of the National Society of Arts and Letters at the Kennedy Center. In 1986, she was the only American to win a medal at the Prix de Lausanne International Ballet Competition, and she became a member of ABT's corps de ballet. Kent starred in the Herbert Ross film Dancers in 1987 opposite Mikhail Baryshnikov. She was appointed a Soloist with ABT in 1990 and a Principal Dancer in 1993, the year in which she won the Erik Bruhn Prize in Toronto and was named as one of People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People". In April 2000, Kent won the “Prix Benois de la Danse” which was held in Stuttgart. She is the only American woman ever to have won this prize. Kent starred in the motion picture Center Stage (2000), directed by Nicholas Hytner. In June of 2012, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Performing Arts from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and later in the same year, a Lifetime Achievement Award from Dance Magazine. During Miss Kent's long career, she has acquired a vast repertoire, dancing all of the major classical, dramatic and neo-classical roles. Her appearances as a guest include invitations from the Mariinsky Theatre, Teatro alla Scala, New York City Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, Berlin Staatsballett, Australian Ballet, Bayerisches Staatsballett, Teatro Colon, Ballet de Santiago, and more. As well, she has created leading roles in ballets by choreographers John Neumeier, Twyla Tharp, Alexei Ratmansky, Nacho Duato, Lar Lubovitch, Stanton Welch, James Kudelka, Jorma Elo, and others. After a nearly 30 year career, Miss Kent retired from the stage in June 2015 as the longest serving Ballerina in American Ballet Theatre’s 75-year history. She was appointed Artistic Director of ABT’s Summer Intensive in August 2015. She is married to ABT Associate Artistic Director Victor Barbee, and they have two children.

Ted Kivitt is a former Principal dancer of American Ballet Theatre, International Guest Artist and Artistic Director of The Milwaukee Ballet. On stage, Kivitt was known throughout the world as one of American Ballet Theatre’s danseurs nobles. After dancing with ABT from 1961 to 1979, he made the challenging transition from performer to director, teacher and administrator of the Milwaukee Ballet, which he led to national acclaim. Kivitt has performed world wide, partnering many of the world’s leading ballerinas, including Cynthia Gregory, Eleanor D’Antuono, Lupe Serrano, Michelle Lucci, Carla Fracci, Gelsey Kirkland, Marianna Tcherkassky, and Natalia Makarova. In addition to his many appearances with ABT as a Principal dancer, he has also been a popular guest artist and teacher throughout the world. His performances in Russia, England, Spain, Italy, Japan, France, Cuba and Central and South America have received standing ovations and critical acclaim. In 1975, he was the first American male dancer invited to dance in Cuba. In the summer of 1977, Kivitt was invited to perform with Cynthia Gregory at a “Command Performance” at the White House for President Jimmy Carter in honor of the President of Venezuela. Currently, Kivitt is an Associate Professor in the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College.