Faculty

Aydmara Cabrera +
School Director
Aydmara Cabrera

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.

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
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.
Rachel Allen +
Modern/Contemporary
Rachel Allen began her dance training at the age of three, studying ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, and baton twirling at The Starmaker School in Clinton, NJ. She trained there for 15 years, 10 of which she spent as a member of the school’s competitive dance team, where she competed regionally and nationally. She also performed featured roles in musical theatre productions and ballet productions of childhood classic tales. Ms. Allen trained at New Jersey School of Ballet throughout middle and high school for ballet and pointe training as a part of its intensive program each summer until she graduated college. She also trained at the French Academie of Ballet for one summer during her college career.  Ms. Allen attended Rutgers University with a double major, in dance and chemistry, where she trained at Mason Gross School of the Arts. In her time at Rutgers, she was also the head choreographer of the university’s largest student run club, Rutgers Performing Dance Company. She also set works on other students that were performed at Rutgers.  Recently, Rachel was enrolled in Broadway Dance Center’s summer program where she learned from Kristen Sudeikis, Sheila Barker, Derek Mitchell and others. For the past three years she has been setting pieces and teaching skills to the dancers at Prestige Dance Academy. Her contemporary classes focus on finding movement that originates from the ground up. Feeling the floor and remaining grounded throughout movement not only allows for a more fluid and elegant motion but also provides stability and increases the realm of shapes the dancer can create. With this base, the dancer can find energetic pathways within the body to generate movement and create shapes and ideas. Mobility of the spine is also emphasized in these classes. Having a relaxed spine, which includes the head and neck, increases the freedom with which the dancer can express him/herself. In addition to these principles, Ms. Allen helps dancers hear and find the rhythmic patterns in movement, be it staccato or simply ambiguous movement.  
Valerie Amiss +
Ballet
Valerie Amiss
Valerie Amiss is a ballet instructor at Princeton Ballet School, focusing on beginning ballet along with Primary A, B, C and Level 1 Conservatory classes in Princeton. She also teaches open enrollment ballet to adults in the school’s Cranbury studio. Ms. Amiss has taught ballet and pointe classes and has been a guest instructor at schools throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She was co-ballet mistress for the Academy of Ballet NJ and is also a faculty member of The School of Pennsylvania Ballet. Ms. Amiss was a senior lecturer at the University of the Arts, where she taught several ballet classes, and a guest lecturer at Drexel University where she was asked to speak about Balanchine repertoire for the Philadelphia Museum of Dance at the Barnes Museum. She has also taught ballet at Croft Farm in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, as well as ballet classes for children with Down syndrome and special needs. Ms. Amiss was a soloist with Pennsylvania Ballet for more than 15 years. As a professional dancer, she performed numerous principal roles, including Titania and Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Odette in Swan Lake, and the Sugarplum Fairy and Dew Drop in The Nutcracker. She also danced featured roles in such works as Giselle, Paul Taylor’s Company B, Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room, and Christopher Wheeldon’s Continuum, among others.
John Barrella +
Hip hop
John Barrella
John “Comix” Barrella is an educator, choreographer, performer and consultant with nearly 20 years of hip hop/street dance experience. He is the owner and director of The Redef Movement, a dance company based in New Jersey that performs primarily throughout the tristate area. Barrella also travels the globe to set pieces and train dancers as well as teachers. He offers a technique-focused approach to hip hop with emphasis on hip hop as an art form, giving students the tools necessary to build upon themselves while staying rooted in hip hop. Also trained in ballet, modern dance, jazz, musical theater, mime and more, Barrella educates and enriches dancers with proper dance technique and choreography in a structured and professional environment. His work has been recognized for his unique approach, music choice and dynamic movement. Many of his former students are now teachers, performers and choreographers.
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.
Kristyna Cardenas +
Jenny Daino +
Ballet
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.
Nancy Dow +
Ballet
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.
Elvis Ferrera +
Modern and Contemporary Dance
Elvis Ferrera studied at the National Art School of Santiago de Cuba. He is a former dancer with Danza Contemporanea de Cuba and The Folklorico Nacional de Cuba, two major dance companies in Cuba.
Shaye Firer +
Ballet
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
Jennifer Gladney +
Ballet
Jennifer Gladney (Ballet), an alum of Princeton Ballet School and American Repertory Ballet, graduated summa cum laude from Rider University in 2006, and received a B.A. in Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education and Dance, as part of the Rider University/Princeton Ballet School Dance program. She was a member of our Professional Training Program throughout high school, and was part of a trainee program, ARB Ensemble, during the 1999-2000 season. As a freelancer she danced lead roles such as Aurora, Sugar Plum Fairy and Cinderella. She’s worked as a freelance dancer and choreographer with Mercer Dance Ensemble, Rider Dances and Teamwork Dance, and was a company dancer with ARB during the 2010-2011 season, where she performed in works by Twyla Tharp, Kirk Peterson, Philip Jerry and ARB Company Director Douglas Martin. She has also been in numerous world-premiere works by ARB Resident Choreographer, Mary Barton. Ms. Gladney is a certified NJ Educator, preschool to fifth grade.
Samantha Gullace +
Ballet
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.
Lisa Heyer +
Tap
Lisa Heyer is an experienced artistic director and dance instructor. For more than 30 years, she was the owner of a performing arts academy in central New Jersey that offered quality training in the art of dance to nearly 300 students per season. She was also a tap instructor for SCAN (Senior Citizens Activity Network) for five years, where she developed a tap program for senior citizens in Monmouth County, NJ. She trained in tap under Germaine Salsberg and Crystal Chapman. Her ballet training included former Princeton Ballet School member Patricia Webber, New York City Ballet members Anne Crowell-Inglis and Robert Christopher, Alvin Ailey member William Chaisson, along with open enrollment at American Ballet Theatre. Several of Ms. Heyer’s students have continued on to become successful professionals in the world of dance, including such roles as dance educators, performers and studio owners.
Rachael Kosch +
Ballet
Rachael Kosch trained at the Joffrey Ballet School and was in a number of off-off Broadway plays as a child.  After studying acting at The High School of Performing Arts, she went to New York University to major in Drama.  At Bennington College, she studied dance composition, and she graduated from Columbia College with a degree in Choreography and Teaching. Since returning to her native New York City, Rachael has been teaching for the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance and the New York Theatre Ballet. She was co founder, choreographer, costume designer, and performer for The Kangaroo Garden (music and dance troupe for children) and The Rachael Kosch Dance Company, which performs annually at Metropolitan Playhouse. Ms. Kosch created the dance curriculum for the Rosenwald School in Chicago and the Theatre Arts curriculum for Gold Material School in New York City. She teaches pedagogy at the Martha Graham School and has recently joined the faculty at Princeton Ballet School.
Rebeca Maso +
Ballet
Rebeca Maso is a former ballet dancer from Cuba. She received her training at the Professional School of Ballet Arts in Cuba under the direction of Fernando Alonso. She also obtained her diploma as a Ballet Teacher in Cuba and has been teaching for more than 30 years. She was one of the founding ballet dancers of the Professional Ballet Company of Santiago of Cuba in 1990, under the direction of Maria Elena Martinez and choreographer and dancer Jorge Lefebvre, artistic director of Ballet Royal of Wallonie at that time. In 1994, she traveled to Venezuela as a guest ballet teacher to different ballet schools in the southern part of the country, working in regional ballet festivals and teaching Cuban ballet school methodology. In Venezuela, she was a member of the Ballet Nuevo Mundo de Caracas for five years under direction of Zhandra Rodriguez, where she performed neoclassic and contemporary works by choreographer such as Jose Pares, Paulo Denubila, Dennis Nahat, Gabriel Castillo, Hector Montero, Maria Rovira among others, participating in European tour and International Ballet Festivals in Cuba. During her time in Venezuela she had the opportunity to perform with Metropolitan Ballet of Caracas by Artistic Director Keyla Ermecheo in different classical ballet productions like The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake (Pas de Trois) and Giselle. Ms. Maso also was invited from Metropolitan Ballet of Caracas to be part of the world premier “Dejando Rastro,” a modern dance created for four female ballet dancers by Carlos Orta, a leading dancer and teacher with the José Limón Dance Company and director of Corearte Dance Company of Venezuela. Ms. Maso came to U.S in 1999 as a guest artist of Metropolitan Ballet of Caracas participating in the international Ballet in Philadelphia and in a special ballet gala dedicated to Fernando Bujones. She also was part of Dance Theatre Southwest, Albuquerque, NM where she had the opportunity to be part of The Dracula Ballet production cast. Ms. Maso is currently a student at Saint Mary’s College (LEAP), an internationally recognized Bachelor’s degree program specifically designed for current and former professional dancers. Rebeca Maso is an ABT® Affiliate Teacher who is certified to teach the ABT® National Training Curriculum from pre-primary through level 3 and current ballet faculty of the Ballet Hispanico Dance School in NY.
Amy Megules +
Ballet
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.
Kathleen Moore +
Ballet
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.
Ana Novoa +
Ana's repertoire includes all the classics in the company such as Giselle in Giselle, Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Swanilda in Coppelia, Princess Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, Kitri in Don Quixote, Paquita in Paquita, Lisette in La Fille Mal Gardee, Nikiya and Gamzatti in La Bayadere, Medora in Le Corsaire, lead female in Les Sylphides, and the sylph in La Sylphide. These were performed alongside many notable male dancers including Jose Manuel Carreno. Ana also danced many modern, contemporary pieces by Cuban and International Choreographers. She performed in Havana and all throughout Cuba and also toured extensively worldwide with the company, dancing on all the renowned stage of the major capitals of the world including Bolshoi in Moscow, Metropolitan Opera House in New York City, Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Liceu in Barcelona, Champs Elysees in Paris, Colon Theater in Argentina and many others.
Shari Nyce +
Emily Parker +
Ballet
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.
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.
Erikka Reenstierna-Cates +
Dancer
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
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.
Journy Wilkes- Davis +
Dancer
Journy Wilkes- Davis
Journy Wilkes- Davis was born in Fort Hood, Texas. He began his training at the age of fourteen under Shannon Greenberg and Dagoberto Nieves in Savannah, Georgia and later joined the Signature Dance Ensemble in Rocky Mount, North Carolina to continue his training under Cindy Mancini and Joseph Carow. In 2010, Journy moved to the Columbia City Ballet under the direction of William Starrett where he was promoted to Principal Dancer in 2012. While in Columbia, SC, Journy has danced roles in Mark Diamond’s A Streetcar Named Desire, Paul Taylor's Company B, Balanchine’s Serenade, Donizetti Variations, Walpurgisnacht Ballet, Scotch Symphony, Allegro Brilliante, Western Symphony, Emeralds, Stars and Stripes Forever, Lila York’s Celts, Lynn Taylor Corbett's Great Galloping Gottschalk, Rick McCullough’s Tryptych and Rite of Spring, as well as classics such as Majisimo, Satanella, Albrecht in Giselle, Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Prince Desire in The Sleeping Beauty, Snow King, Arabian and a Sugarplum Cavalier in Nutcracker. In 2014, Journy became the Artist in Residence with Ann Brodie’s Carolina Ballet as well as a guest artist with the Hilton Head Dance Theatre, Coastal Ballet USA, Greensboro Ballet, USC Dance Company and Montgomery Ballet. Journy also co- directed, choreographed, and danced in the H.E.R.O. Dance Benefit to bring professional dancers together for an evening of dance to support our nation’s military. He was invited to dance with the Suzanne Farrell Ballet for its 2016 season at the John F. Kennedy Center where the company performed the rarely seen Gounod Symphony. This is his third season as a member of the company at American Repertory Ballet. .
Nanako Yamamoto +
Dancer
Nanako Yamamoto
Nanako Yamamoto was born and raised in Japan where she began her training at the Geijutsuza Ballet Studio “Jardin des Arts”, performing such roles as Clara in The Nutcracker, Rose Adagio inThe Sleeping Beauty and the title role in Cinderella. In 2005, she was selected to attend the prestigious Royal Ballet Summer School, then was accepted to the Elmhurst School for Dance in Association with the Birmingham Royal Ballet. While a student, she performed in the Birmingham Royal Ballet’s National Tour of Firebird, Fokine’s Petrushka, Petipa’s Raymonda and David Bintley’s Beauty and the Beast. She performed for his Royal Highness Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall and for the grand re-opening of Birmingham’s town hall. Since graduating in 2009, she has performed with New Tampa Dance Theatre, Dance Theatre of Tampa, Ballet Fleming, in Giselle with Boca Ballet Theatre alongside Julie Kent and Marcelo Gomes, and as soloist in La Bayadere with Gillian Murphy and Jose Manuel Carreño. Since joining ARB, she has danced featured roles in Nutcracker, including Sugar Plum Fairy and Snow Queen, and in Gerald Arpino’s Confetti and Sea Shadow, Kirk Peterson's Carmen and Glaznov Variation and many other featured roles in works by Douglas Martin, Kirk Peterson and Mary Barton. With ARB: 2013 Hometown: Shizuoka, Japan
Audrey Yeager +
Ballet
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.

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