RESIDENT FACULTY

BALLET

Natalie Clark (Zhelonkina)

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Nataly is a dancer, a choreographer and a teacher.  She began to study dancing in Samara, Russia at the age of four.  At only seven years old she took on youth leading roles in her native town theater.  After graduating from the Saratov Regional College of Choreograph Nataly joined the Samara Academic Opera and Ballet Theater where she performed as a soloist dancer.

After year later, Nataly 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.  Also she toured the world a lot over this years.

Nataly 17 years long teaching career includes ballet classes for 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.  Nataly moved to Boston in 2017.

Nataly 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, Nataly goes above and beyond the lesson to ensure that her students become proficient and confident dancers.

Alexandra Vito

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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.
For more information, please visit https://alexandravito.weebly.com

Sierra Hitchcock

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Sierra was born and raised in Hanover, NH. She began studying ballet at the age of eight spending seven years studying at Lebanon Ballet School in Lebanon, New Hampshire. During those years she performed with City Center Ballet in such ballets as The Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Coppélia, and The Nutcracker. She then spent three years continuing her ballet training under the private tutelage of Bryan Lewis. When she was teenager, Sierra moved to Watertown, MA to attend Koltun Ballet Boston where she spent another three years studying under former Boston Ballet principal dancers, Alexandra Koltun and Alex Lapshin. At KBB, Sierra had such opportunities as performing at Jacob’s Pillow and working with international guest artists. After her graduation from KBB, Sierra spent a year in Los Angeles, CA studying Theater Arts at Loyola Marymount University before returning to the Boston area to continue dancing and teaching. Sierra has had the opportunity to perform as a soloist with José Mateo Ballet Theatre in their annual production of The Nutcracker, be a principal dancer in Greta Gerwig’s cinematic adaption Little Women, and dance in a music video for musical artist Layto. She has also found great joy in teaching the next generation of dancers and has had the pleasure of being a ballet teacher at a number of dance studios in the area. As well as being a dancer and a teacher, Sierra is also currently a student at Northeastern University in Boston where she is studying history.

Liv Garelick

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Liv Garelick began dancing at the age of six in Norwell, Massachusetts. In 2014 and 2015, she competed at the World Ballet Competition in Orlando, Florida, and in the Youth American Grand Prix. At the age of fourteen she left her studio to further her education at Koltun Ballet with Alexandra Koltun and Alex Lapshin. With them, she has competed in the Youth American Grand Prix for the past three years. In 2019, Liv participated in “Taiko” which placed first. Although her focus has always been ballet she has also studied other styles of dance including, modern, jazz, contemporary, and lyrical.

MODERN

Kristin Wagner

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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.

Maggie Foster

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Maggie Foster is from Westchester, NY, where she trained and performed with Logrea Dance Academy and the Westchester Ballet company. She holds a BFA in Contemporary Dance Performance from the Boston Conservatory and is comprehensively certified in Classical Pilates. She has performed in the Boston and NYC area with Contrapose Dance, EgoArt Inc, Ruckus Dance, VLA Dance, and many other independent choreographers. She has presented choreography at Green Street Studios, The Dance Complex, and in collaboration with the Fort Point Theatre Channel. Maggie teaches with a passion for providing students with the tools they need for creative and artistic growth, health, and sustainability.

Frederick Moss

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Frederick Moss is a dance performer and educator originally from NYC. After earning both his BS in Biology and BA in Music performance at Morehouse College in 2016, Frederick relocated to Boston and has since had the pleasure of performing with various organizations/artists such as: Urbanity Dance, Connections Dance Theater, Jenna Pollack, The Davis Sisters (Joy and Alexander Davis), and Peter DiMuro/Public Displays of Motion. In addition to exploring his passion for movement and performance, Frederick is pursuing a PhD in chemistry at Harvard University where he studies and conducts research in synthetic organic chemistry. Ultimately, he hopes to use dance as a vehicle for science education. Frederick taught during our summer intensive and joined the teaching faculty in 2020.

GUEST INSTRUCTORS

Kris De Jonghe

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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”.

Noah Gelber

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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).