Aydmara began her ballet studies at the age of nine at the National Ballet School in Havana and became a principal dancer at the National Ballet of Cuba , under the direction of Alicia Alonso. Ms. Cabrera’s professional dance experience includes international ballet festivals and worldwide tours, performing lead roles in all classical and contemporary ballets with the National Ballet of Cuba and Ballet Hispanico of New York. She studied with iconic teachers such as Alicia Alonso, Loipa Araujo, Josefina Mendez, Joaquin Banegas, and Ramona de Saa. In the course of her career, Ms. Cabrera partnered with some of the most famous male dancers of our time, including José Manuel Carreño, Carlos Acosta, Orlando Salgado, Lienz Chang, Jorge Vega and José Zamorano, before moving to the United States and directing her own school in Miami. She has also been invited to teach at many internationally recognized schools, including Princeton Ballet School, developing a training curriculum that incorporates much of her Cuban roots.
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)
Rubén Rascon began his training in Santa Fe New Mexico at 7 years old. He studied at the National Dance Institute and Aspen Santa Fe Ballet School. He attended The University of North Carolina School for the Arts and studied at East Street Ballet in Massachusetts. He has been a scholarship student at summer programs with Boston Ballet, ABT and The Rock School. In 2011 Rubén went to The Bolshoi Ballet Academy and received a certificate of completion after completing exams with top marks in every category with the Russian graduating class. Rubén has danced with New Jersey Ballet Company from 2012-2018. Rubén joined American Repertory Ballet in August of 2018.With ARB: 2018 Hometown: Española, NM
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
- Cuban National Ballet
- English Ballet