RESIDENT FACULTY

Meredith Wells

Meredith Wells has devoted nearly 30 years to the study of dance and movement. Her artistic training has included Ballet Arts Minnesota, Boston Ballet’s Summer Dance Program, the Five College Dance Department, and Festival Ballet of Georgia. She began forming her teaching pedagogy while at Hampshire College studying child psychology and movement therapy. The “performance bug” bit her and she ended up pursuing a professional dance career before fully embarking on her passion for teaching. Meredith has performed in outdoor venues, historical buildings, mansions, university campuses, and theatres large and small from Minneapolis to Atlanta, Los Angeles to New York City. Ms. Wells danced with Island Moving Company in Newport, RI where she was a company member from 2002-2013. She also performed as a guest artist with Spindle City Ballet and The Urban Nutcracker, and is currently dancing with Kat Nasti Dance.

Meredith has taught at Newport Academy of Ballet from 2002-2013, Rosemary’s School of Dance from 2005-2013, North East Rhythmic Gymnastics from 2013-2015, Community Dance Academy at Walnut Hill 2014-currently, Suzanne’s Dance Connection starting September 2015 and is thrilled to be joining the staff at Koltun Ballet Boston in 2016. When she is not teaching ballet you can find her teaching trapeze at her husband’s school Revolution Trapeze, taking open class in Cambridge, or in her kitchen cooking up a new recipe. Meredith truly loves having had the opportunity to share the art of ballet with so many young dancers and looks forward to many more years of inspiring students to be the dancer that is hidden with in them.

Morgan Brown Sanborn

Morgan Brown Sanborn is currently a member of City Ballet of Boston, where she has enjoyed soloist roles in Souvenir; Arpino’s Birthday Variations and Gianni Di Marco’s Cuban Overature. Snow Queen and Russian Lead in Urban Nutcracker. Hot Mallet, Danse Macabre and La Favorita in Studio Sessions.

Prior to joining CBB she spent two seasons with Nevada Ballet Theater; where she had the privilege of dancing several roles including; Arnaud Boursain and Alexis Ochin’s Murmation & Sparklers, in collaborations with Cirque du Soleil. Garland in James Canefield’s Sleeping Beauty and Snowmaiden, Mrs. Vontrapp, Grandma, Russian in his Nutcracker. Dancehall Girl in Balanchine’s Western Symphony. Swan corps and Hungarian in Cynthia Gregory’s Swan Lake.

In 2013-2014 she joined Teatrul Balet de Sibiu; Romania where she was featured in several works, including the Summer soloist in Aleisha Siobhan Gardner’s Four Seasons. The Addict in Sergiu Anghel’s Missa Prophana. The Principal in Monica Uţă-Fotescu and Alexandru Fotescu;s La Lesson; Trilogie. Third Odalisque in Corsaire for TBT’s Gala. Lead Csardas in Mihai Mândruţiu’s Coppelia. Pirate woman, 3rd act pink girl, and Medora’s maidens in Andrei Litinov’s Corsaire. Clara’s Mother, Snow, Arabian, Jig, and Flowers in Vasile Petrutiu’s Nutcracker. Backup dancer for pop singing sensation’s Alexandra Stan and Anya choreographed by Doina Botis & Camile for Sibiu New Year Celebration 2014.

Prior to joining Teatrul Balet de Sibiu she spent four seasons with Portland Ballet Company where she was featured as The Soldier’s Conscience in Nell Shipman’s The Armed Man. Katrina Von Tassel in Shimpan’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Myrtha in Giselle. The Princess inShipman’s L’Histoire du Soldat. A soloist in Kennett Oberly’s Mozart’s Requiem. Arabian Princess, Spanish Chocolate, Ribbon Candy, and a Snow Crystal in The Victorian Nutcracker.Fanny Cerrito in Pas de Quatre. During this time she also performed as one of comedian Bob Marley’s Occupy Maine Dancers. After dancing in Romania she returned to PBC for two seasons. Performing roles such as Queen of the Lobster’s in Roberto Forleo’s Alice. A soloist in Joseph Jeffries All That Is. Catherine Eddowes in Nell Shipman’s Jack the Ripper.

Sanborn is a 2009, magna cum laude, BFA dance graduate of Point Park University. Originally from Standish, ME she began her training at the Darcy Leavitt School of Ballet before graduating from the Portland Ballet pre-professional CORPS program. Morgan studied many styles ofdance at several local studios and attended summer intensives at American Ballet Theatre, Festival Ballet of Providence, Point Park University, and Boston Conservatory.

Her choreography is currently being featured in City Ballet of Boston’s Studio Sessions, as well as being toured by City Ballet of Boston to various festivals in the New England area. Portland Ballet Company’s Gallery 2016 and Victorian Nutcracker 2015. Live & Dance Strong Cancer Benefit ’12 and ’13. Dance for Autism 2012-2014. Portland’s First Friday Art Walks, Allagash Street Fair ’16, Portland Dances 08’. In 2015 & 2016 she set two full length ballet’s on Portland Ballet School Alice in Wonderland and A Ballet Tale. She also has set many works for recitals, performances, and competitions. She has over 17 years of teaching experience at a variety of studios in Maine, New Hampshire, and Nevada. Sanborn is an ABT® Certified teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. She is also a certified Pilates Academy International instructor and former high school and college field hockey coach.

Morgan’s administrative arts experience includes Assistant Principal, Summer Division Director, and Director of the Young Dancer Program at Portland School of Ballet. She spent time as the Interim Manager of Portland Ballet Studio Theater and has led and lecturers various public outreach programs and events. She has been a resident director and chaperone for Dean College’s Summer Dance Intensive and Pittsburgh Ballet’s Summer Intensive. And has held positions as rehearsal director and assistant for both professional companies and schools as well as produced and directed pre-professional shows. She has been involved in every aspect from costuming, technical work, ticket sales to ushering.

Kristin Wagner

Kristin Wagner is a dance performer, choreographer, educator, and administrator based in Boston, MA.  Since 2012, she has had the honor of performing at Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Boston Center for the Arts, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and Jordan Hall, among others.  Kristin has been dancing with KAIROS Dance Theater since 2012, and currently serves as principal dancer and rehearsal director for the company. Kristin also performs with Brian Feigenbaum and Peter DiMuro/Public Displays of Motion, and has been creating a series of collaborative duets with Tony Guglietti.  Independently, Kristin has presented choreography at the Salem Arts Festival, Boston University, The Dance Complex, the Third Life Choreographers Series, NACHMO! Boston, and the American College Dance Festival. Kristin is currently on teaching faculty at the New England Conservatory, Wilmington Dance Academy, and Koltun Ballet Boston since 2013. For more information, please visit http://kristincwagner.com.

Mitzi Eppley

Hailing from farms in the Midwest, Mitzi Eppley first studied at BalletMet Academy in Columbus, OH from childhood to the pre-professional level and had the privilege to taste many forms of dance. Mitzi continued her studies at The Boston Conservatory, there she began delving into the concepts of anatomy, physiology, neurology and how they connect in a moving/dancing body. She also worked in the Costume Shop as a stitcher and was promoted to Dance Stock Manager for her last three years of school. Mitzi’s travels in Europe lead her to explore formless and non-structured studies on her own, along with physically intensive and contact-based trajectories. Working with these humans has had a heavy influence on her physical qualities, movement appetite, and mental computation of physics on the body in motion. Since graduating magna cum laude, she has worked professionally with Boston Dance Theater, Dance Currents Inc., Junichi Fukuda, Kelley Donovan and Dancers, as well as other local projects. In Wardrobe and Production, Mitzi has worked with Odyssey Opera, the Institute of Contemporary Art, and World Music/CRASHarts (now named “Global Arts Live”). She currently works as dancer, costume designer, and wardrobe tech for VLA DANCE and Heather Stewart Dance. A mover and administrator with “DanceNite” a multitude of artists collaborating to create an improvisational experience. Mitzi values her community a LOT and wants to share the unique language of movement with as many people as she can! Now, in her second year as a teacher at The Dance Academy of Siagel Productions in Newton. Mitzi is incredibly excited to explore teaching the complex ways we translate the beauty of moving with Koltun Ballet Boston!

Margaret Kuefler

Margaret Kuefler has been studying and performing ballet in the Boston area since 2005.  She received her initial training from Acton School of Ballet and performed in Commonwealth Ballet’s performances of Nutcracker, Beauty and the Beast, Nightingale and others.  From 2011 – 2015, Margaret attended various summer programs including Briansky, Walnut Hill, and Chautauqua.  In 2016 she joined Koltun Ballet Boston’s pre-professional program.  Margaret was selected for the NYC finals of YAGP In both 2018 and 2019.

Margaret has 7 siblings, works well with young children and is looking forward to her new role on KBB’s faculty.

GUEST INSTRUCTORS

Kris De Jonghe

International Hip-Hop Stager & Choreographer (Antwerp, Belgium) – Winner of outstanding Hip-Hop teacher/choreographer award in Barcelona, Spain 2015, outstanding choreographer with Double Platinum ShowStopper 2018 USA, first place winner Starbound with Elite Gold Award 2018 USA, & special invitation to YAGP finals in NYC 2018. Teaching at our summer intensive since 2012 to the present time! This summer teaching our last 3week

Studied at the Ballet School of the Royal Flemish Opera Ghent, and danced with Incar Arts Group, The Groovies, The Street Connection and Belgian TV show Company

He collaborated with various National and International artists. Artist such as Michael Jackson @ The World Music Awards in Monaco and VMA, and Janet Jackson during Diamonds Awards at the Sportpaleis in Antwerp.

Former teacher and stage manager Royal Ballet School of Antwerp. Stage Manager “Star Dance Gala” for Queen Mathilde of Belgium. Together with Jan Nuyts founder and organizer educational workshops and show time collaboration Royal Ballet of Flanders.

Examiner and lecturer for the course Instructor Street, author syllabus “Hiphop” for Belgian sports federation.

Guest teacher for Koltun Ballet Boston 2012-present, and Guest teacher Japan “Osaka and Nagoya Ballet International summer intensive”.

Ronald Duncan

Ronald Duncan – Broadway Dancer/Actor/Choreographer

Teaching Jazz, Musical Theatre & Contemporary Ballet. Ronald has been our guest summer faculty since 2014 and KBB faculty member from Fall 2018.

Since his time in Chicago, he has been fortunate enough to take part in such projects as; NBC’s SMASH, Mamma Mia, Dreamsgirl’s National Tour and more. Mr.Duncan has always followed the belief that the training and work he is truly passionate about should be pursued with nothing less than one hundred percent. Mr. Duncan currently resides in Boston.

Noah Gelber

Noah D. Gelber was born in New York City and began his dance and singing training there at the age of 5. Along side 11 years of formation at the School of American Ballet, he attended the High School of Performing Arts and Professional Children’s School in New York, performing often with the New York City Ballet. At age 16, Noah became principal guest-artist with the American Ballet Company, dancing numerous principal roles from the Balanchine repertoire. He sang and danced in a New York production of ‘West Side Story’ before pursuing his career in Europe.  After 3 years as a soloist with the Royal Ballet of Flanders, he toured the U.S. and Mexico as a principal guest-artist before William Forsythe invited him to the Frankfurt Ballet. Noah earned widespread critical acclaim for his speed, dynamism and technical precision, plus his ability to excel in the classical ballet genre as well as inspire contemporary choreographers. He now performs regularly in international Galas, dancing solos and pas de deux created especially for him by William Forsythe and other choreographers.

Over a decade of dancing with William Forsythe, he performed the greater portion of the Frankfurt Ballet’s repertoire, notably premiering in the original cast of “The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude”. He was featured by fashion designer Issey Miyake in Paris, and has been presented in photographic exhibitions in museums and theaters across Europe.  Well versed in the complex improvisation techniques Forsythe utilizes, Noah was chosen to demonstrate examples of these for the ‘William Forsythe Improvisation Technologies’ CD-ROM. He is regularly invited to conduct educational workshops teaching these improvisation modalities at international institutions.

Noah was active in the choreographic processes at the Frankfurt Ballet, creating considerable solo and pas de deux material contained in some Forsythe pieces. He was the first American choreographer ever invited to create a world premier for the Kirov Ballet at the Mariinsky Theater. This story ballet, ‘The Overcoat’ (after Nikolai Gogol), won 2 ‘Golden Sofit’ awards including ‘Best Ballet of the Year’, and a ‘Golden Mask’ – Russia’s highest theatrical prize. His other creations include ‘The Golden Age’ for the Mariinsky Ballet, ‘Object Ours’ for dancers of the Royal Ballet, ‘Running Time’ duet, and his own solos ‘Gnos Naos’ and ‘Opus 3/1-3’. His choreographic works have been presented in Moscow, St. Petersburg, New York, London, Montreal, Tel Aviv and Frankfurt. Noah also choreographed for the hit TV show ‘Born to Dance’ in Israel.

Since 1997 while still dancing, Noah has maintained the responsibility of Choreographic Assistant for 11 different ballets from William Forsythe’s repertoire. The long list of companies with which he has collaborated includes the Royal Ballet, the Kirov/Mariinsky Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, La Scala Ballet, Nederlans Dans Teater (The Hague), Royal Swedish Ballet, Norwegian National Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, Berlin State Ballet, Ballet de Monte Carlo, Vienna State Ballet, Lyon Opera Ballet, Frankfurt Ballet, National Ballet of Portugal, Compania Nacional de Danza (Madrid), Scottish Ballet, Ballet du Grand Theatre (Geneva), Ballet de Marseille, Bavarian State Ballet (Munich), Zurich Ballet, Basel Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Perm Tchaikovsky State Ballet, Yekatrinburg State Ballet, National Ballet of the Republic of Belarus (Minsk), Israel ballet, Ballet am Rhein (Düsseldorf), Badische State Ballet (Karlsruhe), Les Grands Ballets Canadiens (Montreal), Hannover Ballet, Ballet deLorraine (Nancy), Queensland Ballet (Brisbane), Introdans (Arnhem), Oregon Ballet Theater and Dortmund Ballet (Germany).