Roberta Senn grew up in Chicago, Illinois where she studied ballet with Edna MacRae, Richard Ellis and Bentley Stone. She made her debut in the NYCB Nutcracker when she was 13. Her first professional engagement in NYC was as a dancer in the original Broadway cast of Fiddler on the Roof where she worked with Jerome Robbins and Zero Mostel. She then went to Europe and danced in the Grand Theatre de Genève (Geneva Ballet), to Israel at the Israeli Classical Ballet and in Iran at the Iranian National Ballet, where she danced for the Shah of Iran and made an Argo-like escape when the revolution came.

She returned to the US and opened the Great Neck School of Dance in 1981 and founded the American Ballet Russe in 1991. Roberta has trained two generations of dancers including thousands of children, teens and adults. She is proud of the many students who have gone on to become professional dancers including the current crop, Ashley Hod (NYCB) and Isabella DeVivo (San Francisco Ballet). She also worked with figure skaters including Sarah Hughes (Olympic Gold Medalist 2002) and her sister Emily (Olympic Contender 2006). Read more about Roberta


Jonathan Breton (Guest-Artist-in-Residence), originally from Saint Gervais la Forêt (France), first started dancing at L’école de danse Brigitte Wattellin in Blois, France, the Conservatoire National de Region d’Angers and later the L’école nationale de musique, de danse et d’art dramatique (ENDMA) de Bobigny He graduated from the Institut Supérieur des Arts de la Scène in Paris where he studied dance, singing and acting. Jonathan obtained his Diplôme d’État de professeur de danse – Examen d’Aptitude Technique (EAT) in Danse Classique in 2012 at the Paris Opèra before moving to New York to further his dance education first at the Alvin Ailey School, and then at the Martha Graham School.
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Felipe Escalante, began his career at 6, performing the folk dances of his birthplace, Querétaro, México. A graduate of Mexico’s National Center of Contemporary Dance he choreographed his first piece at 16, and has since developed a repertoire of more than 20 works. He was commissioned in 2015 to participate in the International Festival of Young Choreographers in México. Escalante received the Choreography Award in 2017 for his piece Animula, vagula, blandula at the Series IV festival in Manhattan.

Also in 2017, he founded his company Tabula Rasa Dance Theater, which advocates for the most disadvantaged, disfranchised, and vulnerable populations by both raising and giving opportunities for multiple communities affected by the injustices including mass incarceration, the border wall and xenophobia. Read more about Felipe


Sarah McCaffery views ballet pedagogy as a means to enact the transformative power of dance. Her pedagogical approach is shaped by training in several ballet methodologies; an interdisciplinary and inter-cultural perspective, including study of the socio-political implications of dance; and the belief in nurturing a dancer’s holistic health.

Her ballet training includes studying Vaganova method with the late Ramazon Bapov, former principal of the Bolshoi ballet. She also studied Cecchetti and Balanchine methods, and with teachers at American Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet, the HARID Conservatory, Kirov Academy of Washington, DC and the Soda Ballet School in Osaka, Japan. She also trained at the Dance Theatre of Harlem with Andrea Long-Naidu and Robert Garland, where she investigated ballet as embodied liberation and power. Read more about Sarah


Stefano Nappi is originally from Naples, Italy, he graduated from the Teatro di San Carlo with a diploma in Professional Classic, Modern, Jazz and Contemporary dance and subsequently studied acting in Rome with Giuseppe Argiró. He has danced leading roles in productions at many important theatres in both Naples and Rome and has appear as both dancer and actor in European Film and Television productions including the HBO’s Television series Rome.

He has worked with many important choreographers including Ricardo Nunez, Antonio Colandrea, Arturo Cannistrá as well as directors including Paolo Zucca, Terry Gilliam, Raccardo Servini, Bruno Heller. He also choreographed musicals and revues in Naples and Sorrento. Read more about Stefano


Gisela-Quinteros-HeadshotGisela Quinteros, a native from Argentina, began dance at age 8. At 12, she received a scholarship to study at Southwest Ballet Center in Houston,TX under William Martin-Viscount. At 14 she studied in Buenos Aires with Estela Erman and in 1994 received a scholarship to Conservatoire de Dreux in France. She studied with Director Georges Piletta, Joseph Lazzini, Olga Ferri and Enrique Lommi.
In 1995, Pierre Lacotte invited her to join Ballet National de Nancy et Lorraine, (France) where she danced classical and neoclassical repertory until 2000 performing at Théâtre Champs Élysée, Palais du Festival de Cannes, Théâtre Lausanne, Festival De Spoleto, as well as touring to Finland, Russia (Bolshoi Theater), China and Brasil. In 1997, she graduated from the Conservatoire National de Music et Danse de Nancy and was awarded a Médaille de Vermeil. Read more about Gisela


James_StevkoJames Monroe Števko , a New York City based actor and dancer, originated the role of Mendl in the off-Broadway hit “Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish”, directed by Tony, Oscar and Golden Globe winner, Joel Grey.

He started dancing at the age of 18, while studying music education at Northern Illinois University. He went on to dance with: Milwaukee Ballet, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular featuring the Rockettes, The Metropolitan Opera and seven seasons at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

James pushes his students just enough so they can realize of what they are capable. His students have repeatedly called James’ classes the “funnest ballet class” they have ever taken since he began teaching at Ballet and Body. Read more about James


Diana_Sungatova_CompositeDiana Sungatova graduated from Samara State Academy of Culture and Arts in Russia where she completed her Master’s Degree in Dance Education. She has danced and performed with many dance companies in Russia, Israel and the United States. She was a winner of the Talents of Russia contest, nominated for Choreographic Art, Laureate Diploma Recipient for the International competition DanceFest and awarded a Silver Medal for Contemporary Dance at the VIII Youth Delphic Games.Read more about Diana


Osamu_PAE_FlowersOsamu Uehara has a BA in Music/Theatre/Physics/Mathematics from Cornell University. After studying Dramatic Art at UC Berkeley, he received an MFA in Dance from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. His eclectic background includes the modern training of Viola Farber, Erick Hawkins and Lester Horton, Canadian Ballet Jazz, Ukrainian and Hungarian folk dance, contact work and improvisation, as well as Cecchetti, RAD, Balanchine and Vagonova ballet. He danced with numerous classical companies including Evansville Dance Theatre, Berkeley Ballet Theater, Berkeley Conservatory Ballet and for 10 years with New York Theatre Ballet where he was featured on the cover of Dancemagazine in 1990. Read more about Osamu


Tanja_WhitedTanya Whited was born and raised in Santa Barbara, California, Tanja Whited began her ballet training at Goleta School of Ballet. She moved to NY in 2001 to earn a BA in dance and English from Barnard College, Columbia University, where she performed in Serenade, Con Amore, Tensile Involvement, and Prelude to Prelude. In 2004, she was selected to participate in Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Professional Program.

Since graduating magna cum laude, she has danced professionally for such companies as, Charleston Ballet Theatre, Connecticut Ballet, Dances Patrelle, and Northern Ballet Theatre. Ms. Whited has also performed at the Metropolitan Opera House as a supernumerary for American Ballet Theatre on several occasions and as a soloist for Albano Ballet where she was featured in Why Not a Ballet on Love, Romantic Borodin, and the Nutcracker, dancing the roles of the Dewdrop and Porcelain Doll. Read more about Tanya