Summer Intensive Faculty

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:   |   Phone: 609.921.7758, ext. 30
Kirk Peterson +
Resident Choreographer
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.
Trinette Singleton +
Guest Choreographer
Trinette Singleton began her professional career with New York’s Joffrey Ballet in 1965, having received her early training with Harriet A. James in her home state of Massachusetts.  She has toured throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe, performing in ballets by notable choreographers such as Joffrey, Arpino, Ashton, Balanchine, Cranko, DeMille, Jooss, and Tudor.  She was thrust into national prominence in 1967, appearing in the multi-media ballet, Astarte, created for her by Robert Joffrey.  Following her performing years, Ms. Singleton became Ballet Mistress/Teacher for the Joffrey Ballet, as well as Administrative Assistant to Robert Joffrey.  She later joined the Faculty and Advisory Board of the Joffrey Ballet School, where she still teaches.  She joined Ballet Theatre Pennslvania as Ballet Mistess/Choreographer in 1990, and acted as BTP Artistic Director in 1994.  In 1995, she formed Bravo!Dance with Nana Badrena, a faculty member of The Joffrey Ballet School.  She also taught in the BFA Program at The New School University in NYC, in 1999. Currently, Singleton is co-artistic director of Repertory Dance Theatre in Allentown, and also serves as a faculty member in the DeSales University Department of Performing and Fine Arts. She has been artistic director of The Joffrey Texas Workshop in San Antonio since 2006, and serves as guest teacher for The Joffrey Ballet in Chicago. She staged Arpino’s Viva Vivaldi for ARB and choreographed Capriccios (2012) and Dreams Interrupted (2014) on the company.
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.
Erika Mero +
PBW Juniors Teacher | Ballet Beginning Dance
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.
Sterling Baca +
Princeton Ballet School Summer Intensive Guest Faculty
Sterling Baca
Principal Dancer, Pennsylvania Ballet Sterling Baca grew up in Larkspur, CO. He began his ballet training at the Academy of Colorado Ballet at age 11 and then studied with German Zamuel.  He has attended five American Ballet Theatre (ABT) summer intensives as a National Training Scholar and Bender Foundation Scholar and enrolled in the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre in 2009 on full-scholarship under the direction of Franco De Vita and Raymond Lukens. He was also an inaugural recipient of the Dizzy Feet Foundation Scholarship. Mr. Baca Joined ABT II in September 2010. While in ABT II he performed George Balanchine’s Stars and Stripes Pas de Deux, Balanchine’s Allegro Brilliante, Aszure Barton’s Barbara, Jodie Gates’ A Taste of Sweet Velvet, and the world premiere of Jessica Lang’s Vivacce Motifs. He also had lead roles in Jerome Robbins’ Interplay and Antony Tudor’s Continuo. Mr. Baca joined ABT as an apprentice in May 2011 with roles including Ballroom Von Rothbart and Lead Czardas in Swan Lake, the 2nd Sailor in Fancy Free, Demetrius in The Dream, Paris in Kenneth MacMillan's Romeo and Juliet, The Officer in Gaite Parisienne, The Spanish Dance in Alexei Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker, the Spanish Suitor in The Sleeping Beauty, the Italian Suitor in Alexei Ratmansky's Sleeping Beauty, Stephano in The Tempest, A Carnival Dancer in Othello, and roles in Bach PartitaBrahms Haydn VariationsCompany BRaymonda Divertissements, Duets, and Some Assembly Required. Mr. Baca created Prince Fortune and Lilac Fairy Cavalier in Alexei Ratmansky's Sleeping Beauty and leading roles in Liam Scarlett's 'With a Chance of Rain', Mark Morris's 'After You', Marcelo Gomes's Aftereffect, and The Final Frame by Zhong-Jing Fang. Mr. Baca was chosen for and featured on the cover of Dance Magazine's January 2016 '25 to Watch' issue. Mr. Baca has been featured on Dance 212 Season 4 and 'On a Grass Field' Winner of Best Short Film at the Golden Door Film Festival 2014 in New Jersey. Mr. Baca joined Pennsylvania Ballet as a Principal Dancer for the 2016/2017 Season.
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.
Franco DeVita +
Princeton Ballet School Summer Intensive Guest Faculty
Franco DeVita
Artistic Director Emeritus, American Ballet Theatre Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School As a performer, Franco De Vita danced principal roles in many European companies, including Florence’s Maggio Musicale, Aterballetto and Le Ballet Royal de Wallonie, in ballets choreographed by Van Dyk, Skibine, Garcia, Balanchine, Tudor, Tedley and Bournonville among others. He also performed in musical comedies and operettas. When he retired from the stage, Mr. De Vita earned teaching qualifications, acquiring the Enrico Cecchetti Diploma and the highest teaching degree given by the Italian Ministry of Education. Mr. De Vita has taught for American Ballet Theatre, ABT Studio Company, Boston Ballet, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, The Ailey School and Hartford Ballet. Together with Raymond Lukens, Mr. De Vita directed the Hamlyn School of Dance in Florence, Italy, and authored The ABT National Training Curriculum. He has also been an adjudicator for YAGP and The Prix de Lausanne. Before joining ABT Mr. De Vita was Dean of Faculty and Curriculum at Boston Ballet School. Under Mr. De Vita’s leadership: The ABT JKO School reach international acclaim honored as best ballet school in the world, and has toured to the United Kingdom, Italy, and Russia; The ABT JKO School has been featured in several ABT opening night galas at the Metropolitan Opera House and in a ballet especially created by the world-renowned choreographer, Alexei Ratmansky; ABT JKO School graduates are dancing in ABT and in many of the world’s top ballet companies; and the ABT JKO School became a Partner School of The Prix de Lausanne.
Nayara Lopes +
Princeton Ballet School Summer Intensive Guest Faculty
Nayara Lopes
Dancer, Pennsylvania Ballet Born in Curitiba, Brazil, Nayara Lopes started dancing at age 6 and trained at the School of Theatre Dance Guaira in Brazil and American Ballet Theatre’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School in New York City. Following her early training, she joined Orlando Ballet II in 2010, where she performed roles in CarmenGiselle and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  In 2011, she joined The National Ballet of Canada as an Apprentice where she performed in many full-length ballets including The NutcrackerGiselleLa Fille mal Gardee and Alice in Wonderland. Ms. Lopes also competed in ballet competitions such as the Youth American Grand Prix (YAGP)- finals (New York, NY) where she received the Mary Day Special Award and the YAGP- Regionals (Columbia, SC) where she was the Grand Prix Winner in 2011. She has worked with choreographers including Christopher Wheeldon, James Kudelka, Lindsay Fischer, Robert Hill, Raymond Lukens and Jessica Lang. Additional roles include Kitri in Don Quixote Dream Scene, Allegro BrillanteBlack Swan and the Sleeping Beauty Pas de Deux. She joined Dance Theatre of Harlem in 2015. Ms. Lopes joined Pennsylvania Ballet for the 2016/2017 season as a member of the Corps de Ballet.
Raymond Lukens +
Princeton Ballet School Summer Intensive Guest Faculty
Raymond Lukens
Artistic Director, American Ballet Theatre’s National Training Curriculum Raymond Lukens had an international career as a ballet dancer. As a performer, Mr. Lukens toured extensively and danced in works choreographed by Nijinska, Van Dyk, Balanchine, Petipa and Bournonville, among others. When he retired from the stage, Mr. Lukens earned teaching qualifications, acquiring the Enrico Cecchetti Diploma and a Fellowship of The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing in the UK. He created the syllabi for the ABT/New York University Masters Degree in ABT Ballet Pedagogy. Currently, he is faculty member of the ABT JKO School. Before joining ABT, Mr. Lukens was Director of Boston Ballet II, and ballet master for Boston Ballet, and for the ballet companies in Hartford, Cincinnati and Calgary’s Alberta Ballet. He has taught for American Ballet Theatre, ABT Studio Company, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, The Juilliard School and Dance Theater of Harlem. Together with Franco De Vita, Mr. Lukens directed the Hamlyn School of Dance in Florence, Italy, and authored The ABT National Training Curriculum. He has taught and judged for international dance competitions including YAGP; translated into Italian Joan Lawson’s book, Ballet Class; and has written several articles. Lukens has choreographed in United States and abroad, including two televised UNICEF galas, Veils for Intermezzo Ballet Company, for Boston Ballet II, ABT Studio Company and for ABT’s Opening Night Galas at the Metropolitan Opera House season featuring the ABT Studio Company and ABT JKO School dancers. Mr. Lukens was named the 2015 Lucia Chase Fellow in the School of Dance at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
Lauren Grant +
Princeton Ballet School Summer Intensive Guest Faculty

The teachers work with the whole dancer, not just the technical side. Small classes provide plenty of attention and personal help. See our full list of Summer Intensive faculty below.