Rose Caiola is the Founder and Executive Artistic Director of Manhattan Movement and Arts Center (mmac), a state-of-the-art dance and movement classroom, studio and performance facility near Lincoln Center, and Manhattan Youth Ballet. Rose has produced a variety of concerts and benefits over the last 15 years including “Hope for Haiti” and “The Knickerbocker Suite”. Rose began her career as a dancer and actress, and is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. In 2010, Rose conceived, co-wrote, and produced the Off-Broadway premiere of Freckleface Strawberry The Musical based on Julianne Moore’s children’s book, which premiered at New World Stages and is currently being licensed worldwide by Music Theatre International. A four-time Tony Award® winner, Rose made her debut as a Broadway producer in 2011 with the historic revival of Godspell by Stephen Schwartz. During the 2016-17 theater season, Rose co-produced Dear Evan Hansen (winner of 6 Tony Awards® including Best Musical), Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Natasha Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, Sunday in the Park with George, Significant Other, and An Act of God with Sean Hayes. During the 2015-16 theater season, Rose was a co-producer of Fiddler on the Roof, Sylvia, Daddy Long Legs , On Your Feet , The Color Purple (winner of 2 Tony Awards® including Best Musical Revival), China Doll, and Spring Awakening. During the 2014-15 theater season, Rose was a co-producer of You Can’t Take It With You, The Elephant Man, It’s Only A Play, An American in Paris, and Nevermore — the Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe. During the 2013-14 season, Rose was a co-producer of All The Way starring Bryan Cranston (winner of 2 Tony Awards® including Best Play), The Bridges of Madison County, and The Realistic Joneses on Broadway, the 2013-14 national tour of Porgy & Bess and the London premiere of The Color Purple The Musical at the Menier Chocolate Factory. During the 2012-13 Broadway season, Rose was a co-producer of the Steppenwolf Theater’s acclaimed revival of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (winner of 3 Tony Awards® including Best Revival of a Play), Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella (winner of 1 Tony Award® and 3 Drama Desk Awards), Glengarry Glen Ross starring Al Pacino, The Heiress starring Jessica Chastain, David Strathairn, and Dan Stevens, Macbeth starring Alan Cumming, and David Mamet's controversial drama The Anarchist starring Patti LuPone and Debra Winger. Rose was the executive producer of the award-winning 2012 documentary First Position, a property she is currently developing for the musical stage.
Daniel Ulbricht, Artistic Advisor
Daniel Ulbricht was born in St. Petersburg, Florida, and began his dance training at the age of 11 at the Judith Lee Johnson Studio of Dance, studying with Lenny Holmes. He also studied at Les Jeunes Danseurs with Javier Dubraq and attended the Chautauqua Summer Dance Program, training with Jean Pierre Bonnefoux and Patricia McBride. In 1999, Mr. Ulbricht was invited by the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, to continue his training during their Winter Program. As a student at SAB, Mr. Ulbricht performed with New York City Ballet as a Jester in Peter Martins' The Sleeping Beauty. In December 2000, he became an apprentice with New York City Ballet and in November 2001 he joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet. In January 2005, Mr. Ulbricht was promoted to the rank of soloist and principal dancer in May 2007.
Erin Fogarty, Director of Programming
Erin Fogarty studied both theatre and dance at Marymount Manhattan College. After graduating with a BFA in Dance in 2005, she joined Carolina Ballet where she performed roles in a number of George Balanchine’s most famous works as well as works by Lynne Taylor-Corbett and Robert Weiss. After moving back to New York City in 2009, she joined Ballet NY under the direction of Judith Fugate and Medhi Bahiri and also joined the Manhattan Youth Ballet Faculty. She was promoted to Director of Programming in 2011. She began Dance Against Cancer, an Evening to Benefit the American Cancer Society in 2010 with producing partner and longtime friend, Daniel Ulbricht. Since its inception, Dance Against Cancer has raised over $1.1 million for the American Cancer Society. Ms. Fogarty has been on faculty at the New York State Summer School of the Arts since 2004. She has also worked with Damian Woetzel at the Vail International Dance Festival.
Deborah Wingert, Head Faculty
Ms. Wingert began her training at the Central Pennsylvania Youth ballet under Marcia Dale Weary and became a scholarship student at the School of American Ballet in New York. At the age of sixteen, she was selected by George Balanchine to join New York City Ballet. During her fifteen years with the company, Ms. Wingert danced over twenty-five principal, soloist, and featured roles in productions that include Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Coppelia, Orpheus, Symphony in C, Jewels, Who Cares?,La Valse, Stars and Stripes, Prodigal Son, Bourree Fantastique, Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet, The Nutcracker, The Four Temperaments, and Mozartiana, Jerome Robbins’ The Concert and Antique Epigraphs, and Peter Martins’ The Sleeping Beauty. A principal and soloist with numerous nationally acclaimed companies, her film and television credits include The Nutcracker (Time-Warner), PBS “Great Performance” Dinner With Balanchine, “Dance in America” Balanchine - Serenade and Western Symphony, Peter Martins’ Concerto for Two Solo Pianos and “Live from Lincoln Center” A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Deborah Wingert is a prize-winning choreographer, receiving third place in the Northeast Regional Festival for Emerging Female Choreographers for her work Six by Six: Opus 56 for the Cumberland Dance Company. She is one of a small group of artists selected by the Balanchine Trust to set his choreography. In this capacity she has traveled throughout the United States and Europe setting and staging the Balanchine repertoire for companies including the Vancouver Ballet Society, West Virginia Ballet Company, Boston Dance Company, Northeast Ballet, Ballet Center of St. Louis, and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. She staged The Four Temperaments for Harvard University, and Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux for the New York International Ballet competition Ms. Wingert has taught at the School of American Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Ballet Academy East, the Livingston Ballet, Boston Dance Company, and the Vancouver Ballet Society to name a few. She has been a guest lecturer and instructor for the New York City Public Library, the University of Wisconsin, and the Pennsylvania Governor’s School of the Arts, the Northeast Ballet, Princeton University and Harvard.
Marina Stavitskaya, Head of Classical Repertoire
Ms. Stavitskaya graduated from the Kirov School in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1960 and was accepted as Soloist in the Kirov and Maly Theatre Companies. During her fifteen-year performing career, she danced many principal and soloist roles from the classical ballet repertoire. In 1970, upon completing the pedagogical training course under Vera Kostrovitskaya, she joined the faculty of the Vaganova Choreographic School in St. Petersburg where she taught classical technique, repertoire and character dance. Ms. Stavitskaya immigrated to the United States in 1976 and continues an illustrious teaching career. Among her positions, she has been a faculty member of the School of American Ballet, the American Ballet Theatre School, Studio Maestro and an instructor with Ballet Arts, Carnegie Hall and the Harkness Ballet School. She has been a teacher with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet Company, the American Ballet Theatre Company, American Ballet Theatre II, and guest teacher for the Vienna Ballet Company, the Royal Swedish Ballet, the Cullberg Ballet, Stockholm, Sweden, the Finnish National Opera, Helsinki, HET National Ballet, Amsterdam, the Stuttgart Ballet, Germany, and Le Groupe de Huit in Paris. She has taught master classes for the Southwest Regional Ballet Festival, the Pacific Regional Ballet Festival, the Academie de Danse Classique, Princess Grace, Monte Carlo, the Kuopio Dance Festival, Finland, the Mid-States Regional Ballet Festival, and the Southwestern Regional Ballet Festival. In addition to her teaching career, Ms. Stavitskaya has staged works from the classical repertoire worldwide, including the Coteburg Ballet Company, Star Dancers Company, Japan, the Tampa Ballet Company, and for the Studio Maestro Gala Concerts. She staged Les Sylphides for the Nureyev Festival at the London Coliseum. Ms Stavitskaya has received recognition as a gifted choreographer of ballet and character dance. Marina can also be seen in the feature film, Black Swan.
Natalia Boesch, Head of Primary Levels
Ms. Boesch began her training at the School of American Ballet. During her ten years there she danced with the New York City Ballet in nearly every role for children in their repertoire. In SAB workshops she danced works by Balanchine, most notably Harlequinade and Le Tombeau de Couperin, as well as ballets by Jerome Robbins and Christopher Wheeldon. Ms. Boesch completed her training on full scholarship at the Pacific Northwest Ballet School, and joined the Pacific Northwest Ballet as a corps member after less than a year. Under the direction of Francia Russell, Ms. Boesch performed in many of Balanchine’s most famous ballets, including Agon, Serenade, Concerto Barocco, Western Symphony, Ballet Imperial, and La Valse. Her repertory there also included classics such as Paquita and Ronald Hynd’s Sleeping Beauty, and newer works by Peter Martins, Kent Stowell, and Lynn Taylor-Corbett. In 2003 Ms. Boesch joined the corps of American Ballet Theatre, where she danced for three years in all the great classics, including Swan Lake,Romeo and Juliet, Le Corsaire, Don Quixote, Giselle, and La Bayadere. She also performed in Agnes DeMille’s Rodeoand in the premiere ofKaleidoscopeby choreographer Peter Quanz. With ABT she toured all over the country as well as to Japan. In 2008 Ms. Boesch joined the Staatsballett Berlin, under the direction of Vladimir Malakhov. As a corps member there she performed in John Cranko’s Onegin and in the premiere of Malakhov’s La Peri, among others. In 2010 Ms. Boesch staged and danced as a soloist in the Jen DeNike art piece Scrying, choreographed by Melissa Barak. Throughout her professional life Ms. Boesch has also appeared as a soloist with Dances Patrelle in Manhattan. She teaches in New York at Manhattan Youth Ballet.
Vincent Paradiso, Assistant Director of Administration Vincent Paradiso is from Ardsley, New York. He began his ballet training in 1996 at the School of American Ballet, the official school of the New York City Ballet. He received the Mae L. Wein award for "outstanding promise" and an apprenticeship with the New York City Ballet in the spring of 2003. Vincent was invited to join the company as a corps de ballet member in 2004, where he danced until July of 2012. He danced in numerous George Balanchine, and Jerome Robbins ballets, such as The Nutcracker, Symphony in 3 movements, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Tombeau de Couperein, Glass Pieces, and West Side Story. He also originated roles in Christopher Wheeldon, Mauro Bigonzetti, and Peter Martins ballets. He teaches ballet classes and choreographs for performances at Manhattan Youth Ballet.
Ask la Cour, Ballet Faculty Ask la Cour was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, and began his dance training at the age of nine at the Royal Danish Ballet School, where he studied with Niels Balle, Adam Lüders, and Colleen Neary. He joined the Royal Danish Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet in 2000. Mr. la Cour joined New York City Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet in the fall of 2002, was promoted to the rank of soloist in May 2005, and became a principal in February 2013. While at the Royal Danish Ballet, Mr. la Cour performed featured roles in August Bournonville's Napoli (Pas de Six), John Cranko's Onegin (Lensky), Peter Martins' Hallelujah Junction and Swan Lake (Hungarian), John Neumeier's Romeo and Juliet (Monk), Alexei Ratmansky's The Nutcracker(Spanish), and Lila York's Concerto in Pieces (Pas de Trois).
Brian Reeder, Choreographer-in-Residence
Brian Reeder was born in Sunbury, Pennsylvania, and began his dance training with Marcia Dale Weary at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. After attending American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Program, he studied at the School of American Ballet. Before joining American Ballet Theatre (1994-2003), Brian performed as a soloist with William Forsythe’s Ballet Frankfurt (1990-1993), and also danced with New York City Ballet (1986-1990). Over a four-year period, Brian created five original works for American Ballet Theatre’s Studio Company. In 2005, he choreographed a full-length Nutcracker for Ballet Pacifica. In collaboration with the Washington Ballet, Mr. Reeder was the recipient of the New York Choreographic Institute Fellowship Grant (2005). He has created works for the Washington Ballet and it’s Studio Company, including a production of Peter & the Wolf. In 2006, he was commission by the Guggenheim Museum in NYC to create two new works for their "Works & Process" series. Mr. Reeder was artist in residence at Brown University, Emory University, and St. Paul’s School where he taught and created works for student dance companies. He was involved with the ABT Education Department’s "Make a Ballet" program (2004-2006), and is currently on staff at ABT’s Summer Intensives in NYC. He served as the Coordinating Director of the ABT International Summer Dance Intensive in Bermuda (2006) and has been a guest teacher at the Alvin Ailey School and Icelandic National Ballet Company and school. Brian has been recognized by Time Out New York as one of it’s “ten best” in dance for 2002, and was selected as a “25 to watch" in 2005 by Dance Magazine. His ballets have been viewed by dance-going audiences world wide, in places such as London, Costa Rica, Bermuda, and throughout the United States.
Frederick Earl Mosley, Contemporary Faculty
Fredrick Earl Mosley was born in Raleigh, NC and began his dance training at the North Carolina School of the Arts. He trained at The Ailey School and Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance in New York. He has performed with Ailey II, Gus Soloman Dance, and Ronald K. Brown Evidence, and has choreographed works for Dallas Black Theater, Edge Works Dance Theater, Ailey II, and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, for which he received critical praise from dance critics and audiences alike. Mr. Mosley has taught at some of the most noted conservatories and institutions of higher learning, among them The Ailey School, University of Oklahoma, University of Kansas City, Wesleyan University; S.U.N.Y. Purchase, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University, Long Island University, Ohio University, Santa Fe Community College, Yale University, New York University, Tokyo School of Music in Japan, and the Sadler Wells Theater Senior Citizen Ensemble in London. He was named Teacher of the Year by Dance Teacher magazine in 2005. He is the artistic director of the Northwest Regional Workforce Investment program, Life Dance Company - A Vision Reborn, a student-led dance company in Waterbury, CT., and is the founder and Artistic Director of Diversity of Dance, Inc., and the Earl Mosley's Institute of the Arts (EMIA).
Jennifer Damsky, Pilates Faculty
Jennifer trained at the School of American Ballet and the North Carolina School of the Arts. Upon completion of her training, she danced with Los Angeles Ballet and Ballet Internacial de Caracas. Jennifer is currently a certified Pilates instructor through Power Pilates. Jennifer has studied Pilates with master teacher Phoebe Higgins, Peter Roel, Bob Liekens, Carrie Cambell and Juliet Harvey. Throughout her training Jennifer has studied anatomy and rehabilitation injury prevention. Jennifer has taught for Peter Roel at the Pilates Shop Yoga Garage and at Ballet Academy East. She owns her own studio teaching over 40 clients ranging from their teens to their 90’s. Jennifer has also launched a website that offers instructional Pilates videos for people of all skill levels. Jennifer now is pleased to teach at Manhattan Youth Ballet.
Olga Kostritzky, Master Teacher Olga Kostritzky is a world recognized ballet teacher/mistress. For twenty years, she served as a faculty member at The School of American Ballet at Lincoln Center, the official school of The New York City Ballet. During her tenure at SAB, Kostritzky created and developed The Boys Program. Earlier this year she was the coach for the ballet dancers in Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan and also appeared in the film. Since 2009 she has been Guest Teacher/Coach for the Novosibirsk State Opera and Ballet Theatre, directed by Igor Zelensky. During the 2007 - 2008 seasons Kostritzky was Ballet Teacher/Mistress for the acclaimed Morphoses, The Wheeldon Company. Kostritzky also served as the Ballet Teacher/Mistress during the 2007 - 2008 season of The Vail International Dance Festival. In 2004 and 2005 she was a teacher for Benjamin Millepied at the Choreographic Institute in East Hampton, New York.
Recipient of The Senate State of New York Award for her contribution to the arts, Kostritzky also received the Mae L. Wien Award for her distinguished service to the art of ballet. Known for extreme attention to detail, she is highly respected as a teacher/coach, among her peers, students, and dancers.
Wendy Whelan, Former Principal Dancer, New York City Ballet
Wendy Whelan was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, where at the age of three she began taking dance classes with Virginia Wooton, a local teacher. At age eight she performed as a mouse with the Louisville Ballet in its annual production of The Nutcracker. Joining the Louisville Ballet Academy that year, she began intense professional ballet training. In 1981 she received a scholarship to the summer course at the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, and a year later, became a full-time student there. In 1984, Ms. Whelan danced as an apprentice with New York City Ballet. Ms. Whelan became a member of New York City Ballet's corps de ballet in January 1986. She was promoted to the rank of soloist during the 1989 spring season and to the rank of principal dancer in the 1991 spring season. Ms. Whelan has performed on galas all over the world as well as guest starring with the Stephen Petronio Company, Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company, among others.
Megan Fairchild, Principal Dancer, New York City Ballet
Megan Fairchild is a principal dancer with New York City Ballet. Ms. Fairchild was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, and began her dance training at the age of four, studying with Judy Levitre and Kaelynne Oliphant at Dance Concepts in Sandy, Utah, and at the Ballet West Conservatory in Salt Lake City with Sharee Lane, Deborah Dobson, and Maureen Laird. While at the Ballet West Conservatory, Ms. Fairchild was also a Ballet West trainee. Ms. Fairchild entered the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, in the fall of 2000. In November 2001, Ms. Fairchild became an apprentice with New York City Ballet, and in October 2002 she joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet. Ms. Fairchild was promoted to the rank of soloist in February 2004, and in January 2005, she was promoted to principal dancer.
Robert Fairchild, Former Principal Dancer, New York City Ballet
Robert Fairchild was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, and began his dance training at Dance Concepts at the age of four with Rebecca Bateman and Kaelynne Oliphant. His formal ballet training began at the age of ten at the Ballet West Conservatory with Sharee Lane. Other various teachers include: Laura King, Trey Barber, Brooke Healy, and Jaqueline and Heather College of Utah Regional Ballet. Mr. Fairchild attended the 2002 and 2003 summer courses at the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, and enrolled as a full time student in the fall of 2003. In June 2005, Mr. Fairchild became an apprentice with NYCB, and the following June, he joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet. He was promoted to soloist in May 2007 and in October 2009 was promoted to Principal Dancer.
Ashley Bouder, Principal Dancer, New York City Ballet
Ashley Bouder was born in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and began her ballet training at the age of six at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet with Marcia Dale Weary. After attending the 1999 Summer Program at the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, she was invited by SAB to continue her training during the Winter Session. As a student, Ms. Bouder performed featured roles in Balanchine's Dances Concertantes and Stars and Stripes for the School of American Ballet's 2000 Annual Spring Workshop. Ms. Bouder was named an apprentice with New York City Ballet in June 2000 and became a member of the corps de ballet that October. She was promoted to the rank of soloist in February 2004, and in January 2005, Ms. Bouder was promoted to principal dancer.
Tiler Peck, Principal Dancer, New York City Ballet
Tiler Peck was born in Bakersfield, California. She began her dance training at the age of two at her mother’s dance studio, Bakersfield Dance Company. At the age of seven, she began studying privately with former Bolshoi Ballet principal dancer Alla Khaniashvili in Hollywood. At the age of 11 she began studying at Conjunctive Point in Culver City, California, with former New York City Ballet dancers Colleen and Patricia Neary. During this time she also studied with former NYCB principal Yvonne Mounsey at Westside School of Ballet in Santa Monica. At the age of 12, Ms. Peck entered the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet, for most of the 2000-2001 Winter Term. She returned to SAB during the summers of 2002 and 2003, and that fall began as a full-time student. In September 2004, Ms. Peck became an apprentice with New York City Ballet. In February 2005 she joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet. She was promoted to soloist in December 2006 and principal dancer in October 2009.
Igor Burlak, Boston Ballet School
A native of Moldova, Igor Burlak studied at the School of American Ballet with Olga Kostritzky, Peter Boal, and Jock Soto. As a dancer, he has performed with the New York City Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, and as a soloist with Atlantic Southeast Ballet, and a principal with Minnesota Ballet. He has appeared in the films Center Stage, George Balanchine’s Nutcracker, and a documentary by Tomasol Digital called The Waiting. He was the 2008/09 recipient of the Fellowship Initiative Grant from the New York Choreographic Institute, an affiliate of the New York City Ballet. Since 2003, Igor has served as the program coordinator and a faculty member at the New York State Summer School of the Arts. During the 2010-2011 season, he was the company manager, ballet master, and director's assistant to Igor Zelensky for the Novosibirsk Ballet in Novosibirsk, Russia. Igor has choreographed pieces for the Minnesota Ballet’s Celebrity Dance Challenge, the School of Minnesota Ballet’s Student Performance, the School of American Ballet’s Choreography Workshop, Miami City Ballet's Our Show, and "Concerto de Arangus" for the Kansas City Ballet. He has also had the pleasure of choreographing for and working with Daniel Ulbricht, principal dancer of the New York City Ballet.
Dena Abergel, Corps de ballet, New York City Ballet
Dena Abergel began ballet classes at the age of 6 with Dorit Koppel at Progressive Dance Studio in Englewood, New Jersey. She attended the School of American Ballet’s 5-week Summer Course at the age of 12 and enrolled as a full-time student in the School’s Intermediate division one year later. In 1989, she joined other advanced students on a trip to Amsterdam's Holland Festival to perform on a program with Russia’s Vaganova Academy. She also accompanied SAB faculty member Suki Schorer to La Baulle, France, for a student performance of Balanchine’s Valse Fantaisie. At SAB's June 1990 Workshop performances, she danced featured roles in Stars and Stripes and the pas de deux from Kermesse in Bruges. Peter Martins invited Ms. Abergel to become an apprentice with New York City Ballet in 1990, and she joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in 1991.
Michael Vernon, Chair of the Ballet Dept. of Indiana University/Chautauqua Faculty
Michael Vernon studied at the Nesta Brooking School of Ballet and the Royal Ballet School in London with such legendary teachers as Dame Ninette de Valois and Leonide Massine. He performed with the Royal Ballet, the Royal Opera Ballet, and the London Festival Ballet before coming to New York in 1976 to join the Eglevsky Ballet as ballet master and resident choreographer. He was artistic director of the Long Island-based company from 1989 to 1995. He has choreographed many ballets for the Eglevsky Ballet, in addition to ballets for many other professional companies in the United States and worldwide. Mikhail Baryshnikov commissioned him to choreograph the successful pas de deux In a Country Garden for American Ballet Theatre (ABT). His solo S'Wonderful was danced by ABT principal Cynthia Harvey in the presence of President and Mrs. Reagan and shown nationwide on CBS television. He also served as the assistant choreographer on Ken Russell's movie Valentino, starring Rudolph Nureyev and Leslie Caron. Vernon continues to teach classes at New York-based Steps, works regularly for the Manhattan Dance Project, and is artistic advisor to the Ballet School of Stamford. Since 2000, he has taught and choreographed the ballet company and ballet school at the Chautauqua Institute. His annual activities also include a long association with Ballet Hawaii. Vernon was company teacher for the ABT from 2001 to 2002 and worked as a company teacher for the Metropolitan Opera Ballet from 1994 to 1998. He was also a guest teacher for the Juilliard School in 2001 and has had long associations with Dance Theatre of Harlem and the Alvin Ailey Company and School.
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