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Our Distinguished Faculty 2017
Gilbert Mayer
(Classical Ballet) Was an “etoile” (star) at the Paris Opera Ballet for many years. He coached Nureyev, Baryshnikov, and other famous dancers. Received many citations and awards including the “Palmes Academiques” and “L’ordre National de Arts et des Lettres”. Now a guest teacher for ballet companies world-wide. Coaches the Paris Opera Ballet.


Gil Isoart
(Classical Ballet) Was a Principal Dancer with the Paris Opera Ballet. Winner of numerous prizes, and awards. Now teaches, and is rehearsal coach at the Paris Opera Ballet and at the Bolshoi Ballet, Moscow.


Kevin Durwael
(Classical Ballet) A graduate of the Royal Ballet School Antwerp, and of the Artesis University of Antwerp. Danced with Nederlands Dans Theater. Soloist with the Royal Ballet of Flanders. Now Assistant Director of the Royal Ballet School of Antwerp.


Debbie Roshe
(Jazz) Danced in several Broadway
shows. Now teaches in New York.



McCree O’Kelley
(Classical Ballet) Studied at the School of American Ballet and the North Carolina School of the Arts. Danced with the Atlanta Ballet and Metropolitan Opera Ballet. Toured internationally in the Broadway production of Cats. Now Assistant Professor of Dance at Kennesaw State University.


Craig Salstein
(Classical Ballet) Soloist with American Ballet Theater, and Artistic Director of the Intermezzo Dance Company.



Steve Rooks
(Modern Dance) Was a Principal Dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company. Now an international guest teacher and Professor of Dance at Vassar College.


Analiese Umana
(Classical Ballet & Performance Awards) BFA graduate of Purchase College SUNY. Rehearsal assistant to Mignon Furman. Now teaches in New York. A judge for Performance Awards.


Joseph Malbrough
(Classical Ballet) Has taught in Europe, Switzerland and Austria. Now on the Faculty of Purchase College.


Ricardo Santiago
(Spanish Dance) A graduate of Purchase College SUNY. Has danced in the USA, and several other countries. Now teaches, and dances in New York.


Alison Bramwell
(Classical Ballet) Trained by Mignon Furman. Danced Adagio in many countries. Now a Performance Awards judge, and ballet mistress to a Juillard-affiliated school.


  Paloma Herrera
(Classical Ballet) Was a Principal Dancer of American Ballet Theater. Now an international guest artist, and teacher.



Vladimir Stadnik
(Classical Ballet) Graduate of the Vaganova Academy in Russia. Danced as a soloist in Russia, W. Europe, and the USA. A graduate of the University of Culture, St. Petersburg, and of the State Conservatory Rimsky Korsakov. Now Assistant Professor of Dance at Ball State University, Indiana.


Karin Averty
(Classical Ballet) Winner of the Grand Prix at Varna. Was a Principal Dancer with the Paris Opera Ballet. Awarded the National Merit Order by the French Prime Minister.


Iain Macdonald
(Classical Ballet) Winner of the Adeline Genee Silver Trophy. Was Principal Dancer with PACT Ballet. Guested in Denmark, and Taiwan. Now Artistic Director of Joburg Ballet.


Kathrin Baum-Höfer
(Classical Ballet) Was a soloist with the Erich-Weinart Ensemble in Berlin. A graduate of the Academy of Performing Arts, Mannheim. Now teaches at the State Ballet School of Berlin.


Olaf Höfer
(Classical Ballet) Was a soloist in Berlin with the Komische Oper Ballet, and with the Erich-Weimart Ensemble. Now teaches at the State Ballet School of Berlin.


Gina Chiavelli
(Classical Ballet & Performance Awards) Was Professor of Dance at Fordham University. Now Director of Pinewood School of Dance, and a judge for Performance Awards.


Dean Vollick
(Classical Ballet) Has danced with several companies in the USA and Canada. A graduate of the Teacher Training Program of the National Ballet School (Toronto). Now teaches at the Boston Conservatory.


Tova Tsoubery
A graduate of the Jerusalem Academy. Also trained at the Bat Dor, with a teacher who was trained by Mignon Furman. Is a Performance Awards judge.


Flavio Salazar
(Classical Ballet) Trained at the Instituto Colombiano de Ballet. Teacher's Certificate graduate of the National Ballet of Cuba. Danced with American Ballet Theater for 13 years. Now guest teaches for ballet companies.


Note: Subject to change when necessary. Additional faculty to be announced. Not all faculty will be present for all six weeks.
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