Diana Varon Nicastro – San Diego
Shay Galloway – San Diego
Karla Azalia Hernandez – Bonita
Diana Varon Nicastro – San Diego
Shay Galloway – San Diego
Karla Azalia Hernandez – Bonita
Ms. Seretis has taught at Classic Image Dance since 2001. As the ballet director for Classic Image and the artistic director of the ballet company, she has proudly brought PBT to the studio to enhance students training in the Vaganova Method. Ms. Seretis trained under Gretchen Ward Warren, Jeanne Travers, Sandra Robinson, Gail Passey-Reed, and Nancy Schade. In addition, she has staged many classical, contemporary, and original ballets including West Side Story, Cinderella, and One Enchanted Christmas.
PBT by Marie Walton Mahon is currently being taught at Classic Image Dance. During the 2016-2017 season the Junior and Senior programs are being taught. In addition, private coaching/training is available upon request. The Advanced PBT program will be added in the 2017-2018 season.
Hailing originally from Louisiana, Brittany Goodlow began her dance training at the age of four. She moved to Russellville, AR ten years later where she continued her training at Just Dance under the guidance of Ashley Miller Davis and Glen Irby. It was there that she realized her dream of pursuing dance as a career--but mostly importantly as a way of life.
Brittany traveled to Oklahoma City University where she was accepted into the American Spirit Dance Company. It was there that Jo Rowan and other faculty members generously gifted her with the knowledge she'd need to survive in "the dance world." After a year with the Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Arts Management, Brittany's heart led her to the University of Arkansas: Little Rock's Theatre Arts and Dance program. During her studies, she landed a job with Radio Disney as part of their talent crew. While working toward her degree, she performed choreography by guest artists Ting-Ting Chang and Lisa Fusillo. In addition, she performed for numerous audiences on the University stage and at the American College Dance Festival.
After receiving a BFA in Dance Performance, Brittany found her way back home to the Just Dance studio. She is currently an instructor at Just Dance and specializes in classical ballet and modern. She has choreographed for numerous recitals, musicals, pageants, and concerts throughout her dance career. Above all, Brittany believes in instilling a passionate love for the art of movement to every student she meets.
Dancing for over 40 years, teaching for 10, it is pure joy to be a part of a young dancers growth. My particular philosophy for training younger dancers is to encourage their development with age appropriate progressions emphasizing technique, musicality, balance, stamina, strength, and discipline. Adult dancers are truly a pleasure to teach. They have unmatched passion and desire, it's a genuine privilege to be a part of the realization of their dream.
Currently guest teaching at various studios in and around Orange County, California.
Debra Varon Nicastro
Diana is an American Ballet Theatre Certified Teacher who has completed the Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level Three of the ABT National Training Curriculum. She has also completed the Level One Dance Teacher & Practitioner Training with Lisa Howell of Perfect Form Physiotherapy. In addition, she has Dance Teaching Certification through the University of Surrey (England) in association with the Royal Academy of Dance.
With over 25 years teaching experience in the San Diego area, she shares her passion and extensive knowledge of modern, contemporary and classical ballet with countless students in the San Diego region. She currently teaches at Del Mar Ballet, North County Dance Arts and Inspired Movement Dance.
Diana was a Teaching Artist for the Malashock Dance School Educational Out-Reach and In-Reach Creative Dance Programs for Children; specializing in contemporary classes for students of all abilities. She was also on the faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts, where she taught Adult Ballet and created the Children’s’ Ballet Program. She was a former faculty member and Branch Manager of the California Ballet School, The Pointe Loma School of Classical Ballet & The Scripps Performing Arts Academy.
Diana was the 2010 recipient of the KIT (Kids Included Together) "Rising Star Award" for her work with inclusion of children with disabilities. She has since presented national Workshops and Webinars for KIT with a focus on creating movement opportunities for children of all ages and abilities. She has also been part of a KIT team that created nationally recognized inclusion standards and benchmarks. Diana has experience in working with the California Public Schools VAPA (Visual and Performing Arts) framework for grades K - 12.
Teaching at: 4S Dance Academy
Shay is the artistic director and co-owner of 4S Dance Academy in San Diego. She was trained extensively in ballet growing up and had the opportunity to dance at many prestigious ballet schools. Shay was dance major at the University of Arizona where she received her BFA. Shay later went on to dance professionally with the Nevada Ballet Theatre and Nova Ballet. Before becoming the artistic director of 4SDA, Shay was a teacher and the registrar of the Los Angeles Ballet School.
I have held a few PBT workshops at our studio and have incorporated PBT in with the work I do with my pre-pointe students. It has helped them gain the strength and control they need, and have already seen much improvement in their technique!
Karla Azalia Hernandez
Artistic director at La Danse Studio San Diego. I have been teaching for 5 years in various different styles such as ballet, jazz, contemporary and acro. I am a certified acrobatic dance and booty barre instructor. Teaching for these past years showed me that students need a strong ballet base. I teach most levels of ballet at the studio and using PBT hope help students reach their maximum potential in training. After attending PBT training we loved incorporating it to our studio schedule and are thrilled to see how the results show up in every single one of classes no matter the style.
Casey grew up in the Washington, D.C. area, training at the School of the Washington Ballet under Mary Day, and later at the Kirov Academy of Ballet. As a student, she attended summer intensives at American Ballet Theater, Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, and Boston Ballet. In 2004 she joined Colorado Ballet, and spent 11 years dancing corps de ballet, demi-soloist and soloist roles in all of the classical and neoclassical repertoire, as well as originating roles in many contemporary works by choreographers such as Dwight Rhoden, Jodie Gates, Val Caniparoli, and more.
For the past several years, she has been teaching and coaching students throughout the Denver area, working in a class setting as well as offering private instruction. In 2016, she joined the staff at Kinetic Arts Dance in Evergreen, where she teaches ballet to all levels. In addition to teaching, she spends her time working as the owner and creator of her own brand, DECO dancewear.
Studio Owner, Insightful Motion
Jill studied ballet throughout the United States, beginning when she was six years old. Her training included all of the major ballet techniques. She studied with Ann Etgen and Bill Atkinson, Janne Jackson Dean, Raya Lee and at the Contra Costa Ballet Centre School, among others. She studied Vaganova technique with Victor and Tatiana Kasatsky, Lucimary Montiero-Bly and under Erki Tann.
Jill performed with Danse Allegresse (Annandale, NJ) as a company member. For five years she was a member of Today's Generation Dance Company (San Ramon, CA), performing as a soloist for two years. Jill was also employed as rehearsal director and repetiteur for Today's Generation's junior company. Jill danced professionally with Ballet Unlimited (Orange, CA) for three years, performing as an apprentice, soloist and guest artist. Her roles included Chinese, Reeds, Spanish, Mouse and Sugarplum from the Nutcracker, and she performed variations from Les Sylphides, Swan Lake, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote and Le Corsaire in company repertory. With Ballet Unlimited Jill performed soloist roles in Hansel and Gretel, La Boutique Fantasque, The Seasons, Bird Dances, Confrontations, Souvenirs, and Stars and Stripes. Most recently, Jill appeared in Colorado Ballet's 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 productions of the Nutcracker and in Angular Momentum Ballet Ensemble's Dance and Dessert 2004 and 2005.
Jill's teaching experience spans more than 30 years and includes students of all ages and levels. Jill studied the pre-barre program developed by the Vagonova Academy with Lucimary Montiero-Bly for three years and has taught the program at West Coast Conservatory of Ballet's Summer Intensive and privately. Jill was Artistic Director and CEO of Angular Momentum Ballet Ensemble and taught Levels 1-3 and Dance Conditioning at the Academy of Colorado Ballet. Jill also taught in Colorado Ballet’s Dance Renaissance program for three years. She presented Athleticism & Dance for Colorado Ballet’s Department of Education and Outreach and did presentations in area elementary schools on Michael Pink’s Dracula and Hunchback of Notre Dame, Don Quixote, The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty and other Colorado Ballet productions. Jill staged and rehearsed Academy of Colorado Ballet students for Colorado Ballet’s Nutcracker battle scene for three years.
Jill began studying Pilates in 1986 and has been teaching Pilates since 1993. Her initial certification training was with Rael Isacowitz in Costa Mesa, CA. She also studied with Ann Barbour (pilates and Alexander Technique) and completed certification training through Stott Pilates as well.
Jill has studied body rolling (Yamuna Body Rolling and small ball myofascial release), kinesiology, functional anatomy, human anatomy and physiology, and is currently studying the Franklin Method, the Schroth Method of scoliosis treatment and Scolio-Pilates.
Jill has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Pomona College and is a member of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science and the IDEA Health and Fitness Association.
Julie Arcos email@example.com
Julie Arcos began her dance training at age 3 with her Mother & Grandmother at Kicks Dance Center of Shelton which recently celebrated 75 years in business!Julie has been the children's dance instructor at the SCC for over 16 years & has been choreographing and teaching at Kicks for over 20 years!
Julie has many years of dance training in NYC with very influential dancers & choreographers from Broadway Dance Center, Steps & Alvin Ailey. She is a Member and Certified Teacher of the Dance Educators of America teacher training curriculum. Recently, she was certified in Progressive Ballet technique under Marie Walton-Mahon at the Gibney dance center in NYC. Her love of dance, music & arts combined with working with children brings her great joy.
I have started incorporating beginner PBT in many of my dance classes! I am currently working on teaching full hour classes of beginner & intermediate!
Ms Zehner began her studies with Edmund and Nina Novak and then continued with John White and Margarita De Saa. She has also studied with Pennsylvania Ballet and Boston Ballet with Violette Verdi, as well as in New York with Madame Darvash, David Howard and Robert Denver. She received a full scholarship to Harkness Ballet and an apprenticeship with Hartford Ballet. Michele was a dancer with The San Antonio Ballet and Ballet Klos.
Ms Zehner has over 20 years of professional teaching experience and has studied pedagogy with recognized teaching greats such Gilbert Mayer, Ruth Petronovic and John White. She is ABT certified through level 7 and Partnering. As an instructor, Michele has taught at West Chester Ballet Theater, Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet and The Rock School. She has been the owner as well as an instructor of the Pennsylvania Centre for Ballet and founder and artistic director of Delaware County Ballet. Some of Michele’s students have gone on to dance with Washington Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, Pacific Northwest, Colorado Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and on Broadway.
Ms Zehner, owner/director of Forida School for Dance Education, has been an Artist in Residence at Dreyfoos School for the Arts and sat on the board of the Florida Dance Association. She continues to teach guest classes nationally when time permits.
PBT classes are used three times a week in FSDE's Professional Training Program. The technique is also used in regular technique classes to allow students to feel correct placement and make corrections.
Fury Gold has forty plus years of experience as a featured soloist, principal dancer, and teacher in both New York and Chicago. Her students have gone on to dance in companies in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and Stuttgart; Broadway shows including Jerome Robbins Broadway and the revival of West Side Story; Celine Dion’s Las Vegas show and at The Juilliard School, Harrid Conservatory and North Carolina School of Performing Arts. She has been on the faculty of Columbia College, many private studios and has taught master classes all over the United States. She is currently on the faculty of the Gus Giordano Dance School. For the past twenty years she has also worked with elite figure skaters who include National Champions and members of the US National and Olympic Teams.
I graduated from Northern Ballet School, Manchester, England after studying RAD and gaining ISTD Ballet Associate. I worked for Carnival Cruise Lines as Dance Captain and Lead Dancer. I now teach RAD and ISTD Ballet, Tap, Jazz Lyrical and LaBlast. I have recently added a PBT class to my the childrens schedule. They LOVE it!
I have been integrating Junior and senior level PBT into the children's regular Ballet class. After such an amazing response from the children, the studio director at Dance Workshop of Hanover, has made room in the schedule for me to teach a class solely dedicated to PBT training.
Maggie Crowley holds a BFA in dance and a BS in political communication from Emerson College. She is a certified teacher in levels 1-3 of the ABT National Training Curriculum. Her choreography has been featured at Dixon Place (NYC), the Dance Complex (Cambridge), First Thursdays in Jamaica Plain, the Boston Children's Dance Festival, the Riverside Dance Festival, and Dances in Black and White at the Schubert Theatre. Maggie has worked as a guest teacher in the Cambridge Public Schools, United South End Settlement House, Dance Across the City, and many studios. She received her early training in Vaganova technique at Valley Ballet in Collinsville, Connecticut.
I currently incorporate PBT into my ballet and pre-pointe classes at In Sync Center of the Arts and Mass Ballet. I am available to teach workshops in Jr and Sr PBT levels.
Teaching at: Infinity Dance Company
Lisa has over 30 years teaching experience and has studied Ballet/Pointe, Modern, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Musical Theatre and Acrobatics with an emphasis on ballet and acrobatics. Received training in classical ballet of both the Vaganova and Cecchetti technique. As the Ballet Instructor at Infinity Dance Company I am seeing a tremendous difference in my students by adding weekly PBT classes. They are becoming stronger and their technique better. My students absolutely LOVE taking class. All dance students can benefit from PBT classes regardless of style.
Maria is originally from New York City were she danced and choreographed for a number of companies including The West Side Dance Project, National Arts Theatre, the Dances of Isadora Duncan Company and others. She is also the artistic director, soloist and founder of the American Heritage Dance Company, a company dedicated to preserving the works of Isadora Duncan. With the American Heritage Dance Company she has appeared at the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Minneapolis Institute for the Arts, the Children's Museum of Manhattan and Dances at the Lakewalk in Duluth. Her work has been favorably reviewed by the New York Times, the New York Daily News and Attitude Magazine. Presently Maria resides in Minneapolis where she teaches Classical Ballet.
I began teaching the PBT exercises in a short summer session last year. The studio I work at, Fusion Dance, was so impressed and the students so excited that they added the class to the regular schedule for our advanced students. It's an hour class entitled 'Dance Exercise' and I incorporate exercises from both the advanced and the junior exercises. I find it's helpful to start with the junior exercise and then when I feel they're ready, I give them the more advanced exercise.
Professional dancer, dance educator, choreographer and artistic director to Darnell Dance Works. Denise Darnell, has choreographed for N.W.A., Lita Ford and Warner Brother’s Films has danced and performed with Jessica Simpson and Bud Friedman’s Improv Spectacular among others. As a stilt dancer and cirique artist, Denise has toured the world with the renowned Roy Johns’ “Girls On Stilts.”
For the last several years, while starting her own dance company, Darnell Dance Works. Denise has dedicated her talents to dance education as well as dance coach for professionals, athletes and aspiring dancers,
A graduate of California Institute of the Arts, Denise has trained with such revered professionals as Bella Lewitzsky, Joe Tremaine, Alvin Ailey, Jaime Rodgers and Mia Slavneska.
DDW DanceCollective my studio in which we have a diverse faculty, I teach open level PBT. The studio is geared towards the professional dancer to adults 17 plus who want to improve their technique and keep up their skills.
Dance science major at Muhlenberg College, physical therapy student and pilates instructor.
Incorporating into ballet classes and dance conditioning as a student teacher well as hoping to begin hosting PBT specific classes soon. In the NJ and PA area.
Blanca currently teaches as the Premier Maitre de Ballet and Rehearsal Mistress at Dance Elite in Horsham, PA. Blanca will incorporate PBT's Junior, Senior, and Advance programs to the following levels: Ballet 2, Ballet 3, Ballet 4, and Pre-Professional Program.
Blanca Huertas-Agnew began her training in Puerto Rico at Ballet Contemporáneo at the age of three with her mother Blanca Cortes. Became member of Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico at age 13 as a Corps of Ballet and performed classical repertoire such as Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Romeo & Juliet, Giselle and Nutcracker.
Later she joined Ballets de San Juan de Puerto Rico were she was a Principal Soloist and performed many George Balanchine choreographies such as Apollo, Who Cares, Valse Fantasie, Rubies, Serenade, and Concerto Barroco. During her time at Ballet Concierto and later at Ballets de San Juan, she received scholarships to study at School of Joffrey Ballet, School of Washington Ballet, School of Baltimore Ballet, Eglevsky Ballet, Broadway Dance Center, and Steps in NY.
As a member of Ballets de San Juan, Blanca traveled through United States, South America and Mexico. During her career Blanca also performed throughout United States with companies such as Eglevsky Ballet and performed in Switzerland. Blanca studied with her mother Blanca Cortés, Alexander Filipov, Michael Vernon, Nicolas Beriozoff, Lolita San Miguel, Ana Garcia, Sandra Jennings, Marina Eglevsky, and Gloria Govrin to mention some.
Blanca is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 8 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. She is also an ABT® Affiliate Teacher. An ABT® Affiliate Teacher is a level of distinction for ABT® Certified Teachers that successfully presented their students for examinations. Her students have been accepted to national programs such as American Ballet Theater Young Dancer Program, The Cuban Classical Summer Intensive at The School of Ballet Hispanico, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet Summer Program, and The School of Pennsylvania Ballet. Blanca was the founder and Artistic Director of Pennsylvania Ballet Arts in Chalfont, PA. Blanca also has a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from Temple University with a concentration in Risk Management. Blanca participated in Graduate studies at Boyer College of Music & Dance at Temple University.
In 2013 Blanca received a Teaching Assistantship Award at Boyer College of Music & Dance. Blanca is continuing her interest in teaching students of all abilities and needs participated in Professional Development courses, “Exploring Autism-From the Inside Out-Through Movement and Music” with Dr. Stephen Shore and Joanne Lara, MA of Autism Movement Therapy.
I received my BFA from the University of Arizona. I danced professionally for 10 years with Colorado Ballet and David Taylor Dance Theatre. I am a certified Pilates Instructor through the Pilates Method Alliance. Currently I am on Faculty at Pacific Northwest Ballet and a Candidate for my MS in Kinesiology.
I am available for private instruction of PBT.
Lynsey Steel has been dancing since the age of 4 and grew through the Royal Academy of Dance system, perfoming well in her examinations from pre-primary through Advanced One. While training with Allegro West, Lynsey performed with Allegro Ballet of Houston and was able to perform throughout the Southwest region, Germany and Austria. After high school, Lynsey attended the University of Oklahoma on a Ballet Performance scholarship. There, she studied with Donn Edwards, Steve Brule, and Mary Margaret Holt.
She performed George Balanchine’s ‘Serenade’ and Petipa’s ‘La Bayadere‘ with Oklahoma Festival Ballet, as well as original works by Jeremy Lindberg. Lynsey has been a member of Leon Contemporary Dance Company, Uptown Dance Company and Mix Tape Contemporary Company, performing works by notable choreographers including Dorrell Martin, Jana Hicks, and Chet Walker. Lynsey won the Youth America Grand Prix ‘Outstanding Choreographer’ award in 2009 and 2011 the ‘Outstanding Teacher’ award in 2012.
After enjoying the PBT Workshop in Nevada, I have loved incorporating the syllabus into our schedule.