Douglas Martin +
Artistic Director
Douglas Martin
Douglas Martin (Artistic Director) started his ballet training with Dimitri Romanoff at the San Jose Ballet School and was one of six dancers selected by Mikhail Baryshnikov to study in the newly-formed American Ballet Theatre School. He was invited to join the Joffrey Ballet in 1984 where, as a principal dancer, he performed roles in ballets by Ashton, Arpino, Cranko, Balanchine, Joffrey, Taylor, Pendleton, Kudelka and many other great 20th century choreographers.  Martin was featured in performances of Dance in America on PBS and was an original cast member of the historic recreation of Nijinsky’s Le Sacre du printemps. He was among the last dancers of the Joffrey Ballet to spend the majority of his career in the company working under founder Robert Joffrey. Martin joined the Cleveland Ballet in 1991 and danced an array of principal roles including the Minister in Agnes deMille’s Fall River Legend. In 1993, Martin was invited to join the American Repertory Ballet.  As leading dancer and Ballet Master for ARB, Martin collaborated with directors in creating ballets, including productions as the original cast lead in Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake, The Dream and The Nutcracker. Martin continued to be a principal dancer in the company as well as Ballet Master for ARB and PBW and Principal Faculty for the Summer Intensive until his retirement from performing in 2002. After retiring from ARB as a performer, Martin expanded his teaching, production and choreographic work. Martin has been an integral part of the teaching staff at the Princeton Ballet School, Rutgers University and Westminster Choir College, and has also served as the School’s Music Director and PBW Ballet Master. He has staged full-length and repertory ballets for several companies, including Romeo and Juliet and Philip Jerry’s Our Town. Additionally, Martin has choreographed for several Princeton Ballet School productions, including Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Don Quixote and Coppélia. In 2010, Mr. Martin became Artistic Director of American Repertory Ballet. Since then, he has premiered a new production of Nutcracker, choreographed several new works including Ephemeral Possessions, Pathways, Rite of Spring, Firebird and a full-length Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Pride and Prejudice, and has commissioned 29 company premieres, including 19 world premieres.
Aydmara Cabrera +
School Director
Aydmara Cabrera
Aydmara Cabrera was born in Cuba, and began her ballet studies at the age of nine. She studied at the The National Ballet School in Havana and became bailarina principal at the National Ballet of Cuba, under the direction of the famous Alicia Alonso. Currently is part of the faculty for Princeton Ballet as well as with the American Repertory Ballet. She has performed in several International Ballet Festivals in Havana and on worldwide tours the leading roles of all classical and contemporary ballets of the Cuban National Ballet repertoire and Ballet Hispanico of New York. She has studied with Alicia Alonso, Loipa Araujo, Josefna Mendez, Ramona de Saa, Joaquin Banegas, and Alina Matienzo. Some of Ms. Cabrera’s dance partners were Jose Carreño, Carlos Acosta, Lienz Chang, Orlando Salgado, Jorge Vega, Lazaro Carreño and Pedro Ruiz. She has worked with choreographers Alicia Alonso, Alberto Mendez, Ann Reinking, Gustavo Herrera, Ivan Tenorio, Maria Rovira, and Ramon Oller. Ms. Cabarera has served on the faculties of Ballet Nacional de Cuba, Ballet Hispanico of New York School, Ballet Academy East New York, Princeton Ballet School and American Repertory Ballet. Has owned her Ballet studio while living in Miami.
Sherry Alban +
"Nutcracker" Party and Battle Rehearsal Director | Ballet
Sherry Alban (Nutcracker Party and Battle Rehearsal Director) has taught at Princeton Ballet School since 1973. She has choreographed several ballets for PBII (now known as ARB Workshop), and served for many years as Rehearsal Director for Act I of Nutcracker, a role she returned to in fall 2010. Since 2004, Ms. Alban has annually staged the Act 1 children’s dances for Washington Ballet’s Nutcracker as well. Ms. Alban has been a recipient of a New Jersey State Council on the Arts Choreography Fellowship and has directed and choreographed numerous musicals for Plays in the Park of Edison, NJ; Rutgers Opera; and NJPAC. She also teaches ballet at Mason Gross School of the Arts, at Rutgers University.
Mary Barton +
Ballet Master & Resident Choreographer
Mary Barton
Mary Barton (Ballet Master & Resident Choreographer) received her dance training at The Washington School of Ballet under the direction of Mary Day and participated in summer courses at the School of American Ballet and Joffrey Ballet School. Her professional experience began when she performed with The Washington Ballet as a soloist in Balanchine’s Scotch Symphony and in the principal role in Tom Paczik’s Tzigane. Early professional credits include the Oldenburg Staat Ballet in Germany and several seasons with Dayton Ballet. In 1986, Ms. Barton joined the Joffrey Ballet/NY where she performed a variety of roles in the great ballets of the 20th century. Robert Joffrey created the role of Clara for her in the world premiere of his new Nutcracker. Ms. Barton was featured along with Gerald Arpino in an interview with Charlie Rose for the world premiere of Robert Joffrey’s Nutcracker. Ms. Barton TV credits include performances in Dance in America on PBS and she was an original cast member of the historic recreation of Nijinsky’s Le Sacre du printemps. From 1993–2004, Ms. Barton was a principal dancer with American Repertory Ballet where notable roles include Sugar Plum Fairy, Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella, Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Emily in Our Town and leads in Balanchine’s Four Temperaments, Rubies, Concerto Barocco and Serenade. Ms. Barton has been on the faculty of the Princeton Ballet School since 1994 and is one of the primary teachers and choreographers for the Summer Intensive. She is a former ballet faculty member at Princeton University and current faculty at Rider University’s Music Theater Department. As Resident Choreographer and Ballet Master of ARB, Ms. Barton’s works include Straight Up with a Twist, Five Men and a Concerto, Faerie Tyme, Fantasy Baroque, Shades of Time, A Shepherd Singing (And I Still Heard Nothing) and her newest work Scarlet Sonata. She has also choreographed over two dozen works for Princeton Ballet School’s spring full-length ballets and Summer Intensive.
Carol Bellis +
Principal, Cranbury Studio | Coordinator, Summer Intensives | Ballet
Carol Bellis received her training on scholarship at the School of American Ballet, official school of the New York City Ballet. She danced with the Garden State Ballet and has taught for Garden State Ballet School, Gloria Govrin’s New Hope Ballet Academy, and the School of Performing Arts at Somerset Vo-Tech. She has been teaching here for more than 20 years, and is the principal of the Cranbury studio and the Coordinator of Princeton Ballet School’s summer programs. Ms. Bellis is also an Adjunct Professor of Ballet at Rider University. Email: cbellis@arballet.org   |   Phone: 609.921.7758, ext. 30
Kathleen Moore +
Kathleen Moore
Kathleen Moore  trained with Dame Sonia Arova and Thor Sutowski at the Alabama School of Fine Arts (ASFA) and attended summer intensives at the School of American Ballet and the American Ballet Theatre (ABT) School.  She graduated from ASFA as a Presidential Scholar in the Arts and moved to NY to join ABT II in 1980. Invited by Mikhail Baryshnikov to become a member of the corps of ABT in 1982, Ms. Moore was appointed soloist in 1988 and Principal dancer in 1991. Her work included roles across the classical, dramatic, modern and contemporary repertory. Agnes de Mille, Twyla Tharp, Mark Morris and other respected choreographers created roles for her and she was a member of the premiere tour of the White Oak Dance Project under the direction of Mikhail Baryshnikov and Mark Morris in 1990. Ms. Moore has appeared in several dance documentaries, the Herbert Ross movie  Dancers, and was interviewed on The Charlie Rose Show. Ms. Moore began teaching for Princeton Ballet School in 1993 as a guest teacher and has worked with ARB since 2006. She is also a member of the ballet faculty at the Lewis Center of the Arts at Princeton University.  Ms. Moore is certified to teach all levels of ballet through the ABT® National Training Curriculum.
Kirk Peterson +
Resident Choreographer
Kirk Peterson
Kirk Peterson had a distinguished career for 17 years with American Ballet Theatre as principal dancer, choreographer, Artistic Director of ABTII, Ballet Master, Principal Character Artist and as Master Teaching Associate. Peterson was also Artistic Director of the Hartford Ballet for five years. As a choreographer, Peterson has created over 50 ballets including new versions of The Firebird and Le Sacre du Printemps. His choreography has been seen with San Francisco Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Washington Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, BalletMet, San Francisco Opera and The Royal Ballet School. He is a specialist in re-staging the full-length classical repertoire such as Swan LakeThe Sleeping Beauty and Giselle utilizing original choreography and technique. He was nominated for the prestigeous Prix Benois de la Danse in Moscow for Othello, created for Alberta Ballet. Peterson was resident choreographer for Cincinnati Ballet for six years and he is also a repetiteur for the Antony Tudor Ballet Trust. American Repertory Ballet restaged Peterson’s Glazunov Variations for the 2010-2011 Season and The Eyes That Gently Touch for the 2011-2012 Season. In 2013, Peterson choreographed Tears of the Moon for American Repertory Ballet, fulfilling his long-held desire to create a work to music by Beethoven.
Cheryl Whitney +
Workshop Administrator | PBW Juniors Ballet Master | Ballet
Cheryl Whitney
Cheryl Whitney (PBW Juniors Ballet Master, PBW Administrator) received an M.S. in Ballet from Indiana University and a B.A. in English Literature and Music from St. Lawrence University.  She was trained and performed professionally in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. area. For more than 25 years, she has taught in Princeton Ballet School’s Student Division also serving as rehearsal director for the ARB productions of The Nutcracker. Guest teaching credits include Brandywine Ballet, Peabody Conservatory and NJ Governor’s School. Her teaching in academic settings includes Princeton University, Howard University, Indiana University, The Lawrenceville School, Foxcroft School and Latin School of Chicago. She is an associate professor in the dance program at Rider University. Ms. Whitney has received grants from the New York and New Jersey State Councils on the Arts, and is the 2008 recipient of the Audrée Estey Award for Excellence in Dance Education.  She is Artistic Director of Reverence Dance Company.
Maria Youskevitch +
Workshop Ballet Mistress | Ballet
Maria Youskevitch
Maria Youskevitch (ARB Workshop Ballet Mistress, Ballet), the daughter of legendary ballet star Igor Youskevitch, was a soloist with American Ballet Theatre and Maryland Ballet, and ballerina with Youskevitch’s concert group, Ballet Romantique. She was company teacher, rehearsal assistant and senior faculty member at Hartford Ballet under the Artistic Direction of Kirk Peterson. She has been ballet mistress for BalletMet, Nevada Dance Theatre and coach for the New York International Ballet Competition. In addition, Ms. Youskevitch has taught at such prestigious schools as the David Howard Dance Center, Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, Virginia School of the Arts under the direction Petrus Bosman, The Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy and The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre. A celebrated teacher and coach for over 40 years, she was featured in the June 2002 issue of Dance Teacher magazine. Well versed in the classical ballet repertoire, she has mounted versions of Giselle, Coppélia, La Fille Mal Gardée and her father’s one-act Romeo and Juliet. She has also staged Michel Fokine’s Spectre de la Rose and Les Sylphides, and the children’s roles in Kirk Peterson’s Nutcracker. Ms. Youskevitch was also on faculty for ABT’s Young Dancer Summer Workshop in Manhattan for eight years, and is an ABT Certified Teacher, having completed the ABT National Training Curriculum.
Laurie Abramson +
Laurie Abramson received her training at the Joffrey Ballet School and holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from New York University. She has also studied with Alfredo Corvino, David Howard and at The New Dance Group. In addition to her work at Princeton Ballet School, Ms. Abramson is a member of the ballet faculty at the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University, and also at Montclair State University. Additional teaching credits include Stuart Country Day School, Mason Gross School of the Arts (Rutgers University), Southern NJ Academy of the Performing Arts, Acrodanse Theatre Company and master classes at The American College Dance Festival. She has served as a dance evaluator for the NJ State Council on the Arts and helped construct and implement the exit exams for the performing arts schools throughout the state for the NJ Dept. of Education, Visual and Performing Arts. Choreographic projects include works for PBII (now known as ARB Workshop), Acrodanse Theatre Company and musical theatre work. She has been the recipient of an arts-in-education grant from the NJ State Council on the Arts. She has been teaching here since 1981.
Janell Byrne +
Ballet, Modern
Janell Byrne, a native of California, studied with Stanley Holden and Margaret Hills in Los Angeles. A graduate of the Juilliard School, where she studied with Alfredo Corvino, Ms. Byrne has taught at Mercer County Community College, Princeton University, The College of New Jersey and the Lawrenceville School. She has performed with DanceWorks and Teamwork Dance and is Director of Mercer Dance Ensemble, and has been teaching here for over 20 years.
Alma Concepcion +
Faculty Emerita | Ballet Spanish Dance
Alma Concepcion is a former soloist with the San Juan Ballet and Antonio's Ballet of Spain. After receiving her early training in Puerto Rico, she came to study in New York at the School of American Ballet and at American Ballet Theatre. Ms. Concepcion is the founder of Taller de Danza, a children’s movement and dance grassroots organization based in Trenton. She has been teaching here for over 20 years and has also taught at Ballet Hispanico in New York for many years. She is a member of the Society of Dance History Scholars and has written many articles, mainly on Caribbean music and dance.
Geoffrey Doig-Marx +
Geoffrey Doig-Marx (Jazz/Theater Dance)
I don’t like a lot of art. I only like two pieces I have in my home, my GDM and my Hirschfeld…Chita Rivera


GDM- Is currently on faculty at Marymount Manhattan College (18 yrs), Montclair State University (7 yrs) and Rider/ARB’s Princeton Ballet School (18 yrs). He is a member of Actor’s Equity and an associate member of The Society of Directors and Choreographers. Geoff was the Artistic Director of The Mantis Project Dance Company (10 yrs). He holds a BA from SUNY Empire State in Dance with a concentration in Musical Theatre. As a performer, Mr. Doig-Marx appeared in the Equity National Tours and Regional Theater Productions of West Side Story, A Chorus Line, Dames at Sea, Cabaret, La Cage aux Folles, Fiddler on the Roof, Jesus Christ Superstar and many others. As a Producer Geoffrey received a Certificate of Excellence in Cultural Achievement from the Manhattan Borough President office of The Mayor of New York City for his work as Artistic Director of The Elan Awards which has become a permanent part of the dance archives for The New York City Performing Arts Library. Geoffrey Doig-Marx was resident choreographer of Park Playhouse 8years. Choreography credits include Annie Get Your Gun, Fiddler on the Roof, Hands on a Hardbody, The Producers, The Fantasticks,  “Kiss of the Spiderwoman” for Director Clay James and “Cabaret” was named one of the top 10 shows of 2012 by Bob Geopfert. GDM is also a Fine Arts Artist and is currently the resident artist at POSH NYC and the West End Club. His art hangs at Peridance and The Martha Graham School/Company space. He has painted and created art for Chita Rivera, Patina Miller, Allison Janney, Charlotte d’Amboise, Terrence Mann, Donna McKechnie and Vanessa Williams.
Samantha Gullace +
Samantha Gullace (Ballet), a graduate of Princeton Ballet School’s Professional Training Program, spent three years with the Joffrey Ballet as a Trainee after graduation from high school. She returned to New Jersey and joined American Repertory Ballet in the fall of 2010, and has been featured in many roles, such as Arabian in Nutcracker, Mrs. Gibbs in Our Town, part of the pas de deux couple in Viva Vivaldi, and as a featured soloist in Ann Marie DeAngelo’s Blackberry Winter. Ms. Gullace started teaching for Princeton Ballet School in the fall of 2012.
Amy Megules +
Amy Megules (Ballet) began dancing in her hometown of Vineland, N.J., with the Vineland Regional Dance Company. She went on to receive her BFA in dance from State University of New York at Purchase, where she received the Bert Terborgh Dance Award. She apprenticed with the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, and then danced with American Repertory Ballet. She has taught on the faculties of Princeton Ballet School, the National Dance Institute of Trenton, and Mercer County Community College. While living in Cincinnati, Ms. Megules taught and choreographed for the Otto M. Budig Academy of Cincinnati Ballet, the College Conservatory of Music Preparatory Division of the University of Cincinnati, and was the ballet instructor for the elite and accelerated gymnasts at the Cincinnati Gymnastics Academy.
Erika Mero +
PBW Juniors Teacher
Erika Mero (Ballet, PBW Juniors teacher) began her dance training at Princeton Ballet School. As a dancer in the Professional Training Program, she studied with Elisabeth Carroll, Septime Webre, Maria Youskevitch, Mary Pat Robertson and Douglas Martin. Ms. Mero was a member of Princeton Ballet II, a pre-professional company of the school, where she performed works by Sherry Alban and other members of the Princeton Ballet School staff.  Later, as a dancer in American Repertory Ballet Workshop, Ms. Mero appeared in the premiere of Graham Lustig’s Standstill as well as the ballerina role of Swanhilda in Coppélia.  During these years, she also attended The Juilliard School’s summer program for two years. In 2006, Ms. Mero graduated Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance Performance from SUNY Purchase. While in attendance at SUNY, Ms. Mero began teaching at American Repertory Ballet's Princeton Ballet School in 2003 and continues to do so as a ballet instructor. She is also a Dance Instructor with American Repertory Ballet's DANCE POWER in New Brunswick and was named the Curriculum and Assessment Supervisor for the Program. Erika's performance work includes two seasons with Stuart Loungway’s Terra Firma Dance Theatre, several opera productions with Opera New Jersey and as a featured dancer/choreographer in Capriccio at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia.  In May 2010, Erika graduated with an MA in Dance Education with a concentration in ABT Ballet Pedagogy from New York University. Ms. Mero is an ABT® certified teacher who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 7 and Partnering of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. Erika has been on the faculty for ABT's Young Dancer Summer Workshop since graduation from NYU and is currently an adjunct instructor at The Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, NJ as well as Rutgers University at Mason Gross School of the Arts.
Nora Orphanides +
Faculty Emerita | Ballet
Nora Orphanides (emerita) trained at the American Ballet Center, official school of the Joffrey Ballet in New York. She has also studied modern dance at the Erick Hawkins Studio. She received a B.A. from Hunter College. After moving to Princeton, Ms. Orphanides studied with Virginia Griffee at the Princeton Ballet School. She choreographed numerous spring musicals for Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart. She is a biographee in Who’s Who in American Women, Who’s Who in American Education and Who’s Who in Entertainment.
DANCE POWER Coordinator | DANCE POWER Teaching Artist | New Brunswick Summer Camp 2017 Instructor | Ballet
began her training here at Princeton Ballet School in 1988. She graduated from Princeton Ballet School’s Professional Training Program as well as Princeton Ballet School’s pre-professional company PBII, now known as PBW. She has performed various roles in ARB’s The Nutcracker under the direction of both Septime Webre and Graham Lustig. Ms. Smith-Lombardo also has performed numerous pieces with Susan Tenney Dance. She has also studied at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City. Ms. Smith-Lombardo will be entering her 15th year of teaching at Princeton Ballet School. She’s also a DANCE POWER Teaching Artist for ARB’s DANCE POWER program, which is the longest continuously running Arts and Community partnership in New Jersey and the cornerstone of American Repertory Ballet’s Access & Enrichment program. Ms.Smith-Lombardo was named the DANCE POWER Coordinator in 2010. Her roll as Coordinator is to oversee the DANCE POWER program within the public schools, as well as the DANCE POWER scholars within Princeton Ballet School. She was the choreographer for George Street Playhouse’s Summer Theater Academy in 2010. Ms.Smith-Lombardo also serves as one of the coordinators for Princeton Ballet School’s New Brunswick Summer Dance Camp and DANCE POWER Summer Dance Camp.
Email: ksmith@arballet.org   |   Phone: 732.249.1254, ext. 10
Susan Tenney +
Ballet Modern Dance
Susan Tenney (Modern Dance, Ballet, Choreography) began her dance training at Princeton Ballet School with Audree Estey. She received a B.F.A. in Dance from SUNY Purchase and danced professionally as a soloist for Jean Erdman, Andrew deGroat and Dancers, Novantiqua, Nat Horne Musical Theater and Muna Tseng. For PBS she teaches Ballet and Modern Dance to students from 4–82 years old, and teaches Choreography for the Summer Intensive Intermediates in Cranbury. Her fundraiser for Princeton Ballet School brought over 150 dancers, musicians and community members on to the fields of Princeton University for an outdoor performance of her choreography and structured improvisation. She has received commissions from the Coalition for Peace Action and Princeton Arts Council. Her choreography has been produced Off-Broadway, in regional theatres and in film. She is a three-time Award Winner for Outstanding Direction and Choreography from NYC’s Planet Connections Theatre Festivity.
Dr. Kim Chandler Vaccaro +
Beginning Ballet, Modern, Dance Pilates
Dr. Kim Chandler Vaccaro is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Dance program in the department of Theatre and Dance at Westminster College of the Arts, of Rider University. She became a professional dancer and teacher while earning a BA in Choreography and Performance from the University of California at Santa Barbara, a MA in Dance Education from UCLA, and an Ed.D from Temple University. During that time she performed in numerous modern dance companies, choreographed and produced her own work, and taught dance at colleges on both the east and west coasts. Dr. Vaccaro has taught at Princeton Ballet School since 1989, and she has also been an educational consultant to the organization. In addition to speaking at national conferences on dance education, Dr. Kim, as she is known at PBS and on campus, has choreographed over 50 dance pieces for the Ballet School and the Rider Dance Program where she is artistic director of the annual event Rider Dances. Dr. Vaccaro is the author of Jazz Dance Today with Lorraine Person Kriegel; the editor of Dance In My Life; a contributing editor to the award winning Core Collection in Dance and contributing author to Jazz Dance. Her current research is on focus, creativity and mindfulness in dance teaching. She is the creator and author of CoMBo: Conditioning for Mindbody.
Kel Vallery +
Kel Vallery is a summa cum laude graduate of Rider University, where she received a major in dance (2014). While at Rider, she participated in the Rider University/Princeton Ballet School Dance Program, and performed with Rider Dances. Since graduation, she has been working for ARB as a Teaching Artist in the DANCE POWER program. Ms. Vallery joined the faculty of Princeton Ballet School in 2015. She also is the assistant to the Summer Intensive Juniors program and dances with Artistic Visions Dance Company.
Audrey Yeager +
Audrey Yeager
Audrey Yeager began her formal dance training at the New Jersey School of Ballet under the direction of Ms. Carolyn Clark. Audrey went on to join the New Jersey Ballet Company’s Junior Company, performing in the corps of ballets including Giselle, Swan Lake, and The Sleeping Beauty, and danced featured roles in The Nutcracker (Clara, Mirlitons). She spent summers training with Roberto Muñoz, Melinda Roy, and members of the New York City Ballet. Audrey was named a New Jersey Governor’s School Dance Scholar in 2008. She was accepted to Rider University’s dance program under the direction of Dr. Kim Chandler Vaccaro. During this time, Audrey studied in the Professional Training Program at Princeton Ballet School and was named a Mildred C. Hawkins Dance Scholar and an Andrew J. Rider Scholar. She graduated summa cum laude in 2013. Audrey loves working as a dance educator and arts administrator in central Jersey.
Jenny Daino +
Jenny Daino
Jenny Daino began her dance training very young, studying throughout Central NJ. She has performed as a member of Bordentown Ballet Theatre and as a Senior Apprentice with Suburban Dance Force. Teaching has always been her passion.  Mrs. Daino is certified by examination in the Dance Educators of America Teacher Training and Certification Program levels I and II. She has studied with Master Teachers in the area of Dance Education: Raymond Lukens, Eileen Juric, David Scala, Steve Sirico, Angela D’Valda Sirico, Rhee Gold, and the Legendary Teacher of Teachers, Charles Kelley. Recently, Mrs. Daino was chosen to participate in the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet’s Teacher Workshop with Marcia Dale Weary, Darla Hoover, Melinda Howe, Bruce Thornton, Alan Hineline, and Simon Ball. For the past 12 years Mrs. Daino has designed and planned curricula for all levels of students at a growing studio in South Jersey, where she has trained students in Classical Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, and Musical Theatre techniques. In her time there, she also worked with their youth dance company as a Choreographer, Rehearsal Assistant, and Company Director. Mrs. Daino assisted in creating the school’s Student Teacher Program, of which she was the Director, and worked closely with students, as a mentor, in the Student Choreography Program. Her students have been awarded scholarships to prestigious summer intensive programs and workshops from New York City to Las Vegas, and several are pursuing careers in dance, attending some of the best college dance programs in the country. Mrs. Daino has been sharing her love of dance with students for over 14 years. She lives in Lower Bucks County, PA with her husband and two children.
Brianna Colwell +
Hip Hop
Brianna Colwell
Brianna Colwell, of Point Pleasant NJ, graduated from Rider University in May 2015 with a B.A. in Dance Performance and a minor in Arts Administration. She started dancing when she was three years old at Dance For Joy in Brielle, NJ. She was trained in many different dance genres including ballet, tap, contemporary, lyrical, jazz, and hip-hop. She continued her dance studies at Rider University in the Fall of 2011 taking classes at the Princeton Ballet School. While studying at Rider, Brianna was signed to the Trenton Freedom Xtreme Dance Team in January 2014 where she danced on the team for two years. Brianna also performed in Rider’s annual show Rider Dances for four years. After graduating from Rider, Brianna taught for one year at New York City Performing Arts Center. Brianna also taught at Shore Dance Center in Pt. Pleasant NJ and Manasquan Music and Dance from 2015 to present.
Faith Woodyard +
Faith Woodyard
Faith Woodyard, American Repertory Ballet Trainee and Zumba Instructor, was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. She graduated from George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology in the dance prime. She received her early dance training at Carroll County Dance Center and Ballet Conservatory under the instruction of Megan Logee, Paul Wegner, and Jessica Huebner. She trained in many styles of dance such as ballet, modern, tap, jazz, and contemporary. Faith attended summer programs, many on scholarship such as American Ballet Theatre, Carolina Ballet, Richmond Ballet, and American Repertory Ballet. She was a Trainee with the Richmond Ballet from 2016-17. This season she is a trainee with American Repertory Ballet. She has also received her Zumba teaching certification and is happy to be teaching Zumba at Princeton Ballet school.
Erikka Reenstierna-Cates +
Erikka Reenstierna-Cates
A California native, Erikka Reenstierna-Cates received her training under Leslie Ann Larson and Rene Daveluy. She started dancing professionally with Central West Ballet in 2009, and in 2015 joined Oklahoma City Ballet. Erikka will also be dancing with Ballet Ireland in the fall and winter of 2016. Ms. Reenstierna-Cates has been featured in a variety of roles including: Indian Maiden in Paul Vasterling’s Peter Pan; Harem Dancer in Dennis Spaight’s Scheherazade; Soloist Spanish Chocolate in Robert Mills’ The Nutcracker; both a soloist and principal in George Balanchine’s Who Cares?, Valse Fantaisie and Serenade; a soloist in Ronn Guidi’s Trois Gymnopedies; Myrtha in Giselle; performed as a soloist in Val Caniparoli’s Songs and Violin; the Sugarplum Fairy, Snow Queen, Flower Queen and Arabian Coffee in Rene Daveluy’s The Nutcracker; Pas de Trois in Swan Lake; the Fairy Godmother in Daveluy’s Cinderella; the Enchanted Garden Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty; and highlighted in Daveluy’s Romeo and Juliet and Peter Pan. Erikka has also performed in many original ballets created by Ms. Reenstierna-Cates, and worked closely with both renowned and emerging contemporary choreographers. Additionally, Erikka is also an up-and-coming choreographer, having created pieces for bills alongside names such as Balanchine and Caniparoli. With ARB: 2016 Hometown: Modesto, California
Adam Sterr +
Shaye Firer +
Shaye Firer
Shaye Firer was born in Cape Town, South Africa, and raised in Vancouver, Canada. She received her early training at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and attended various intensive programs such as The National Ballet of Canada, Alberta Ballet, Kaatsbaan International Dance Centre, Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy, and Ellison Ballet. Shaye joined the inaugural class of ARB/Princeton Ballet School’s Trainee program. As a Trainee, she performed company roles in Nutcracker, Our Town, and Glazunov Variations, as well as the lead role of Swanhilda in Princeton Ballet School’s production of Coppélia. Shaye has received choreographic awards from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and was chosen as one of five choreographers in Houston Ballet  Academy’s collaboration with the American Festival for the Arts. Since she joined ARB, she has performed as The Chosen One in Douglas Martin’s Rite of Spring, Titania in Martin’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, featured roles in works by Patrick Corbin, Kirk Peterson, and Trinette Singleton. With ARB: 2011 Hometown: Vancouver, British Columbia
Emily Parker +
Emily Parker
Emily Parker, from Forbes, New South Wales, Australia, started dancing at Lia’s School of Dance at age five. At age 12 she moved to Sydney to attend The McDonald College Performing Arts School training under Josephine Jason and Jane Kesby, completing all RAD levels with distinctions. She performed in a youth ballet company from ages 13-18 with her most prestigious roles being the Sugar Plum Fairy and Black Swan. Emily attended many summer programs, including Sydney Dance Company and Boston Ballet, and performed as a guest artist with The Australian Ballet. Emily joined the ARB trainee program (she won the Audrée Estey scholarship after her first year as an ARB trainee) appearing as the White Swan with ARB Workshop in the spring, 2016. She performed alongside the company in their productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Rite of Spring and Romeo and Juliet.
Sophie Johnson +
Sophie Johnson received her training from an early age at Princeton Ballet School, where she performed in Graham Lustig's The Nutcracker as well as in numerous school productions.  During college she was an intern in the Education and Outreach Department of American Repertory Ballet.  After graduating summa cum laude from Rutgers University, she received an internship in the Education Department of American Ballet Theater in New York City, and became a counselor for the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School's Young Dancer Summer Workshop.  She went on to work as an English teacher in France, where she also assistant-taught ballet classes at Créa Danse.  Sophie has been a substitute ballet teacher at Princeton Ballet School since 2013.
Michael Nickerson-Rossi +
Michael Nickerson-Rossi

Michael Nickerson-Rossi, founder of Nickerson-Rossi Dance, is a dynamic dancer/choreographer/master teacher. Nationally, he has premiered work in San Diego, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Tempe, Miami Beach, Palm Springs, Philadelphia, Massachusetts, Los Angeles, New York, and internationally, Belize and Italy. In July 2014, Nickerson-Rossi Dance created and performed “Deeply Rooted” in the Cape Cod Dance Festival in Provincetown, MA alongside the Martha Graham Dance Company, Paul Taylor, American Ballet Theater, Boston Ballet and others. In February 2015, the company premiered “CHECKMATE”, their evening length work at the Helene Galen Performing Arts Center in Rancho Mirage, CA. In 2016,  Michael produced “Past and Present,” a performance in the Annenberg Theater at the Palm Springs Art Museum, where he also served as the Creative Director of Dance 2015/2016. Michael transitioned to the east coast, where he served as Creative Director of Dance and resident dance company for the, Uptown Knauer Performing Arts Center, in Chester County in 2016/2017. 

Michael's work was commissioned in the: Alex Theater,  McCallum Theatre, Annenberg Theater, Marsee Theater - Center for the Arts, Royal Theater (Teatro Regio, Torino, Italy), New York Live Arts,  Barclay Theater,  among many others.

Nickerson-Rossi's extensive teaching experience has focused among 22 universities and community colleges such as: Johns Hopkins University-Peabody Conservatory of Dance, California State University Fullerton, Drexel University, Fresno State University, College of Charleston, Muhlenberg College, Arizona State University, Texas State A&M University, Loyola Marymount University, Santa Monica Community College, and many more. He was also a guest instructor of multiple American College Dance Association (formerly American College Dance Festival).

Commissioned commercial industries: Porsche, Maserati, Marshalton Inn, and Anthony's Cucina and Fresca.

Lastly, Michael is ardent about the company’s outreach program, entitled uNdeRstanD, which is a platform of education for youth designed to provide both physical and emotional liberty through the medium of dance. Students are given the opportunity to perform alongside professional dancers. Michael’s work has been recognized as profound and it is with this passion he founded the Palm Springs Dance Festival. (www.PalmSpringsDanceFest.com) 

Matanya Solomon +
Matanya Solomon age 22 born in Alexandria VA,  began his dance training in West Virginia at 14. When he was 15 he began studying at the Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory where he spent four years under the direction of Victoria Mazzarelli. This is his third year with ARB, and his second year dancing with ARB2.  His Repertoire includes but isn’t limited to, “Franz” In Princeton Ballet schools “Coppelia”, “Ad Man” in Douglas Martins  “Rite of Spring” and Jose Limon’s “There is a Time”
Julia Hambrecht +
Julia Hambrecht
Julia began taking dance at age 6 and studied ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip-hop, tap, and acrobatics. She began competitive dance at age 8 and won regional and national awards. Based on her dancing at competitions, she was selected to perform with Team Rave NY. Ms. Julia then went onto to Raritan Valley Community College continuing her studies of dance. She received her BA degree in dance at Rider University where she studied dance history, choreography and laban movement. She also studied ballet and modern through Princeton Ballet School. While attending Rider she did student teaching at Princeton Ballet School and began her teaching career at a local dance studio. Ms. Julia currently teaches dance at First Position School of Dance in Milltown, Play S.A.F.E in New Brunswick, and is a Dance Power Teaching Artist. She has a passion for dance and love for working with children.
Zoya Pavlovsky +
Zoya is from Ewing, New Jersey and her dance training mainly consists of 15 years at Princeton Ballet School. She performed the major roles of Carabosse in the Sleeping Beauty and a big swan in Swan Lake. Zoya has also had the privilege of performing Myrtha in Giselle, as well as mother ginger, snow, flowers and marzipan in the Nutcracker.
Amanda Page +
Amanda Page has trained in all styles of dance including ballet, jazz, hiphop, contemporary, tap, lyrical, musical theatre, acrobatics, and modern. She graduated cum laude from Rider University in Spring 2017 with a degree in Dance Performance and a minor in Arts Administration. During her time at Rider, she performed in the Rider Dances production annually and choreographed and performed in the Rider Dance Ensemble shows each semester. Recently, Amanda has performed two separate times in “Cabaret for a Cause” in New York City with talented children from “Dance Moms” and multiple television and Broadway stars. She was a member of the Jr. Soulmates Dance Team and the assistant coach of the Jr. Trenton Thunder Dance Team. She has recently made an appearance in the movie “Carver” as a dance extra. Amanda has received multiple first place overall and judge’s awards, as she competed in dance from ages 6 to 18. Headliners Dance Competition awarded her the Overall Excellence Award in their 2012 National Finals, and was selected as National Ms. Headliner in 2014. Currently, Amanda works as a dance teacher at multiple studios throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Amanda attends multiple dance conventions such as “The Pulse” and “JUMP” semi-annually, takes class at Millennium Dance Complex, and drops in to Broadway Dance Center in NYC in order to keep up with the most recent techniques and styles. She thrives off of passing this passion and technique onto her students.
Nancy Dow +
Nancy Dow
Nancy Dow received her ballet training in New York City, where her earliest teachers included Vladimir Dokoudovsky and Nina Stroganova, charter members of American Ballet Theatre. She studied and performed with Wilson Morelli during high school, and then attended Smith College, graduating with honors in Dance. While at Smith, Ms. Dow directed the Children’s Ballet Program. She was also a soloist with the Five College Moving Company, a group of dance faculty and accomplished students, who performed throughout New England. While injuries precluded a full performing career, Ms. Dow loved to teach. She completed courses in ballet pedagogy with Don Farnworth, and taught at his school in New York City. Members of the Paul Taylor and Jose Limon dance companies took her classes there. Ms. Dow taught, created and directed ballet programs for ten years in Manhattan, and has continued to do so in Central New Jersey for more than 25 years. She enjoys, and has expertise with all levels of ballet students, from 5 year olds through adult professionals. Former students went on to dance with New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and PDX Contemporary Ballet. She was featured in the July 2015 issue of Dance Teacher Magazine. Nancy Dow is an ABT® Certified Teacher, successfully completing the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre Primary through Level 7 of the ABT National Training Curriculum.

Princeton Ballet School has more than 30 specialized faculty members. Many have attained graduate degrees in dance education and have won major teaching awards. All are committed to our philosophy of dance education and to helping students achieve their best. Members of our outstanding faculty have performed professionally with companies including:

  • American Ballet Theatre
  • Joffrey Ballet
  • New York City Ballet
  • American Repertory Ballet