RESIDENT FACULTY

BALLET

Natalie Clark (Zhelonkina)

Other Faculty — KOLTUN BALLET BOSTON, KOLTUN BALLET BOSTON

Natalie is a dancer, an innovative choreographer and experienced teacher.  She began studying the art of dance in Samara, Russia at the age of four.  At only seven years of age, she took on youth leading roles in her native town theater.  After graduating from the Saratov Regional College of Choreography,  Natalie joined the Samara Academic Opera and Ballet Theater where she performed as a soloist.

Natalie thereafter moved to Moscow to study and dance under the instruction of the most prestigious teachers of the Russian Ballet School.  Nataly had been dancing in Russia for 11 years.  As a performer, she has danced soloist roles at famous Russian theaters such as Natalia Sats Children’s Musical Theater, The Theater “Ballet Moscow” and The Hermitage Theater in Saint-Petersburg.  Natalie also toured extensively throughout Europe and Asia.

Natalie 17-years teaching career includes ballet classes for both children and adults at The Royal Academy of Dance in Thailand, at the ballet school in Redmond, WA which was under patronage of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (now it’s an Academy of Russian Classical Ballet, Redmond, WA) and in various regional theaters in Russia.  Natalie relocated to Boston in 2017.

Natalie sculpts her style of teaching to each of her students on an individual basis and makes sure that her feedback is always constructive.  Her teaching methods make her students feel comfortable so that they improve in a fun and challenging way.  Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned dancer, Natalie goes above and beyond the lesson to ensure that her students become proficient and confident dancers.

Alexandra Vito

Other Faculty — KOLTUN BALLET BOSTON, KOLTUN BALLET BOSTON

Alexandra Vito was born and raised in Melrose Massachusetts, and began her dance training at the age of 3 where she attended The Northeast School of Ballet under the direction of Denise Cecere. At the age of 14, she became a trainee of the Northeast Youth Ballet and performed various classical and contemporary roles. Alexandra has supplemented her dance training at Boston Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, American Ballet Theatre, Charlotte Ballet and Northwest Dance Project.
 In 2015 Alexandra received merit scholarship to attend The Boston Conservatory at Berklee to study contemporary ballet, where she trained under Adriana Suarez, Gianni Gino Di Marco, Tai Jimenez, and Kurt Douglas. She performed original pieces by Adam Hougland, Robin Aren and Tommie-Waheed Evans. After 2 years, Alexandra was invited to study at the Alonzo King LINES Ballet training program in San Francisco California, and worked closely with Alonzo King, Gregory Dawson, Arturo Fernandez, Maurya Kerr and various other teachers and choreographers. While at LINES, Alexandra was given the opportunity to perform works by Alonzo King, Sidra Bell, Erik Wagner, Arturo Fernandez and Brett Conway. Upon graduating from the LINES Ballet training program is 2019, Alexandra returned to Massachusetts to perform and teach in and around the Greater Boston area. Alexandra is also a certified Pilates instructor through Club Pilates.
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Kiersten Barriss

Other Faculty — KOLTUN BALLET BOSTON, KOLTUN BALLET BOSTON

Kiersten Barriss is currently a senior in high school in Melrose, Massachusetts. She has been dancing for 8 years with her main focus in classical ballet training. Kiersten has been dancing at Koltun Ballet Boston since 2019. She has also attended The Harid Conservatory and Northeast School of Ballet for summer programs and to advance her training. Kiersten was awarded top 12 in the Senior category at the Youth American Grad Prix Semi-Final Boston 2020 with her Odalisque variation from Le Corsair. She hopes to pursue dance professionally. Kiersten also loves to teach and share her love for ballet with the next generation of dancers! Kiersten will be teaching KBB pre-ballet classes for the school year 2021/22.

MODERN

Rachel Linsky

Other Faculty — KOLTUN BALLET BOSTON, KOLTUN BALLET BOSTON

Rachel Linsky is a Boston-based dancer, choreographer and educator. She holds a B.F.A. in Dance from Elon University where she graduated summa cum laude. Rachel currently dances with KAIROS Dance Theatre. She also directs and choreographs ZACHOR, an ongoing project series that seeks to preserve the words of WWII Holocaust survivors through dance. Rachel’s choreography has been presented in national and international dance festivals including Boston Contemporary Dance Festival, Prague International Monthly Film Festival, Early Mosely’s Diversity of Dance Dance is Activism Film Festival, and Boston Center for the Arts’ Dance Documentation in Isolation series. Her creative work has been awarded funding by the New England Foundation for the Arts, the City of Boston, Combined Jewish Philanthropies, and the Russell J. Efros Foundation. Rachel recently completed an artist residency at Chelsea Theatre Works and is currently being commissioned by the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and the Jewish Arts Collaborative to choreograph a new work for their 2021 Hanukkah celebration. In addition to Koltun Ballet Boston, Rachel is on the teaching faculty at Urbanity Dance and Broadway Bound Dance Center.

Tahimy Miranda

Other Faculty — KOLTUN BALLET BOSTON, KOLTUN BALLET BOSTON

Tahimy Miranda graduated as a professional dancer and teacher from the Escuela Nacional de Danza Moderna y Folclórica (ENA), La Habana, Cuba. She started her professional career in the Danza Contemporánea de Cuba company and later danced with the MalPaso Dance Company. In those Companies, Tahimy performed in several dance festivals in Cuba, Mexico, Canada and the United States including performances at The Joyce Theater in New York City and the Ted Shawn Theater at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. She has worked with “award-winning” dance artists in numerous styles including Marco Goecke, Micaela Taylor, Shannon Gillen, Trey McIntyre, Ronald K. Brown, and Itzik Galili. She has been a guest artist in Residency for numerous universities around the United States teaching Master Classes and choreographing for Undergraduate and Graduate students. In 2018, she was a nominee for the Arizona Mayor’s Art Award, the “Alley Award”. In 2019, she joined Boston Dance Theater as a dancer and became the Trainee Program Manager. She has been instructing Contemporary, Modern, Floor Work and AfroCuban Folklore for over 10 years.

GUEST INSTRUCTORS

Noah Gelber

Other Faculty — KOLTUN BALLET BOSTON, KOLTUN BALLET BOSTON

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).