Jennifer Ferrigno received her early training from First State Ballet Theatre under the direction of Pasha Kambalov. During her seven years as a dancer with the Alabama Ballet, Jennifer had the privilege of dancing the lead role in classics such as; Don Quixote, The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake and La Sylphide. She has also performed works by such noted choreographers including George Balanchine, Antony Tudor, Agnes de Mille, Twyla Tharp, Christopher Bruce, Septime Webre and Matthew Neenan. From 2006 to 2013 Ms. Ferrigno established a ballet program as the Ballet Director of Encore Performance Company in Birmingham Alabama, and in 2011 spent a summer guest teaching in Sapporo, Japan. Jennifer also spent two years as a faculty member within the Dance Department at Samford University School of the Arts. Most recently, Jennifer has accepted an artist’s contract with the Milwaukee Ballet under the direction of Michael Pink.
Erica Fischbach enjoyed a 20 year professional ballet career with American Ballet Theatre and Pacific Northwest Ballet before embarking on her teaching career. Ms. Fischbach was named Academy Principal at the Colorado Ballet in Denver after nearly nine years as the Artistic Director of Southold Dance Theater in South Bend, IN. Ms. Fischbach has also been on the faculty of the country’s leading professional summer schools including American Ballet Theatre, Colorado Ballet, and Cecchetti Council of America, and is a current guest faculty at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. Ms. Fischbach is certified in the American Ballet Theatre Curriculum as well as the Gyrotonic Method. Ms. Fischbach has been recognized for her teaching by the Youth America Grand Prix, who in 2013 and 2015 honored her with the “Outstanding Teacher Award”. Ms. Fischbach’s graduating students have been accepted into professional companies and top ranked collegiate dance programs all over the country, and many of her current students have been awarded full scholarships to prestigious year round programs and summer intensives. Ms. Fischbach has been praised for her choreography and adaptations of the famous Classic Ballets to incorporate dancers of all ages. She has choreographed versions of full length classics including The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Giselle, Coppelia, Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, Les Patineurs, as well as numerous original concert pieces.
Ms. Fischbach began her training in ballet and Highland Dance with Theresa Bullard’s Kalamazoo Ballet Company at the age of seven. When she was 12, her family moved to Milwaukee, where she studied at the Milwaukee Ballet under the direction of Ted Kivett and Basil Thompson. She also trained privately with former Israeli Ballet principal, Mariana Laufer, before heading off to North Carolina School of the Arts for three years where she studied primarily with one of Balanchine’s most important muses, Melissa Hayden, as well as former NYCB principal Mimi Paul, ABT’s Fanchon Cordell, and Ballet Russe’s Duncan Noble.
During her first months as a professional dancer, Ms. Fischbach had the privilege of dancing Balanchine ballets as a principal under the direction of Edward Villella before accepting a position with Pacific Northwest Ballet where she quickly rose to soloist rank. Ms. Fischbach performed principal roles in many Balanchine ballets as well as in works by the world’s foremost choreographers including Anthony Tudor, Paul Taylor, Lar Lubovitch, Jose Limon, and Lynn Taylor-Corbett.
After nine years with PNB, Ms. Fischbach took two years away from company life to freelance as a guest artist, as well as teach ballet, pilates, and Gyrotonic based classes. In 1996 she was invited to join the American Ballet Theatre, where she danced many soloist and principal roles in ballets by Balanchine, Mark Morris, Lar Lubovitch, Jiri Kylian, Twyla Tharp, Agnes DeMille, Paul Taylor, and Anthony Tudor. Ms. Fischbach had roles created for her in world premier ballets by Lar Lubovitch, Mark Morris, Twyla Tharp, Paul Taylor, and director Kevin McKenzie, and enjoyed featured roles in the full classical repertoire including Swan Lake, La Bayadere, Romeo and Juliet, Don Quixote, Giselle, Coppelia, Raymonda, and Le Corsaire. On September 8, 2001, Ms. Fischbach was featured as a principal guest artist for Twyla Tharp performing Tharp’s “Sinatra Suite” at the World Trade Center in New York City. Ms. Fischbach has appeared in several “Dance in America” films, the PNB “Nutcracker,” and “Center Stage.”
Michael Fothergill began dancing at the Betty Hill Dance Studios in Des Moines, IA, later training at the Robert Thomas Dancenter under the direction of Robert Thomas and Miyoko Kato. Michael was granted full scholarship to further his studies within such notable schools as the Milwaukee Ballet School, the Boston Ballet School, and the School of American Ballet where Michael completed his training. After an early graduation from high school, Michael accepted an invitation to continue his education in dance with American Ballet Theatre. During his time in NYC, Michael instructed at both STEPS on Broadway and the Peridance Center, teaching beginner and intermediate ballet to all ages. Following a tenure of performance, instruction, and choreographic endeavors within the city, Michael later accepted a position with the Milwaukee Ballet. Thereafter, Michael moved on to perform with the City Ballet of San Diego, Ballet Contemporáneo de México, Charleston Ballet Theatre, Staatsoper Hannover, The Alabama Ballet, and frequently across the U.S.A and Japan as a Guest Artist. Michael has danced the male leads in much of the classical repertoire, as well as in works by visionaries such as Ashton, Bournonville, Balanchine, De Mille, Dow, Duato, Fokine, Fosse, Kylian, Massine, Prokovsky, Robbins, Tharp, Tudor, among others. Michael is one of only three men in the world to have performed the role of “The Hero” in Agnes de Mille’s final work “The Other”, originally set on ABT in 1992 and mounted for the Alabama Ballet in 2011. As a choreographer, Michael has been creating classical and contemporary ballet installations since early 2005. Within the last 11 years, Michael’s works have been performed in Japan, Iceland, Australia, France, and across the United States. Most recently, Michael was commissioned to create two new works for the inaugural season of Les Ballets de France, of Toulouse, France, where he has been invited back to create an additional work for the 2016/2017 season. Also, his choreography was featured in the international documentary “Dance the Dream” produced by acclaimed filmmaker Richard Karz. Since 2012, the Alabama Ballet has commissioned Michael to create three main stage ballets, (Weighted Rhetoric, Laid to Wrest, Chiaroscuro) each receiving accolades from audience members and critics alike. His works have been celebrated twice within the offerings of the Alabama Dance Festival’s showcases. Michael regularly creates work for the Arova Contemporary Ballet, where he also teaches company class. In the summer of 2016, Michael has been commissioned to create a new work for Japan Ballet Association, the governing body of classical ballet within Japan. This year marks the 11th year that Michael has been invited to Japan with multiple offers to create or stage works throughout the country. As an educator, Michael has traveled across the United States, Canada, Japan, and France to instruct both students and professionals alike. He has taught master classes for universities, regional professional ballet companies and their respective academies, and for independently operated schools of classical ballet. He is a frequent guest instructor for the Cecchetti Council of America where is is the founder of the Enhanced Men’s Program, and a regular collaborator with numerous other arts organizations and presenters of ballet performance within the Southeastern and Midwestern regions of the United States. Michael recently completed his fourth year on the faculty of Samford University, where he instructed the Advanced Ballet class and choreographed for multiple university concerts and collaborations. He is the Director of Ballet at The Pointe Dance Arts in Hoover, Alabama, and is a sought after freelance coach and choreographer for YAGP and Japan Ballet Association. This year marks Michael’s appointement to the distinguished panel of judges at the 2016 Hokkaido Ballet Competition, as well as to the summer program faculty at Japan Ballet Association’s prestigious Hokkaido Summer Course.
Denise began her training in Michigan with Marjorie Randazzo completing all of the student examinations through Diploma. She continued her studies at the National Ballet School of Canada. She has performed with the Nevada Dance Theatre and Louisville Ballet. Ms. Gillman is a frequent guest teacher in the United States and Europe. She has been on the faculty at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, Carnegie Mellon University, Louisville Ballet School, International Summer School of the Cecchetti Council of America and the Kate Simmons School in England. Denise is a Diploma Fellow teacher of the CCA and is also certified by the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance in the Classical Ballet Cecchetti method. Ms. Gillman is currently the owner and director of Gillman’s Dance in Crestwood, Kentucky.
Marc Ellis Holland
Marc Holland has performed in Cats on Broadway and on national tour. He has performed shows in New York and regionally in 101 Dalmatians, Hercules, Jesus Christ Superstar, West Side Story, and Chorus Line to mention a few. Marc has taken parts in movies and television.
He has also appeared on David Letterman, Conan O’Brian, and on the Tony Awards.
Christopher began his training in the San Francisco Bay area. He studied at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City and L’Ecole des Grands Ballets Canadiens. His professional career began in Montreal, dancing with Les Grands Ballet Canadiens where he rose to rank of Soloist. While in Montreal Chris was offered a position with the Basel Ballet of Basel, Switzerland, where he performed many soloist and principal roles. After dancing in Switzerland, he joined Cleveland Ballet and danced many principal roles, ranging in scope from Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake to the Champion Roper in Agnes DeMille’s Rodeo. While still dancing with the company, Chris was promoted to the position of Ballet Master, and soon thereafter Regisseur. Chris has taught and staged many works for companies such as the Atlanta Ballet and Ballet Nuevo Mundo de Caracas of Venezuela. Since 1995 he has been a guest teacher and choreographer for the Cecchetti Council of America’s International summer conference. During the 2001-2002 school year, Chris accepted the position of Visiting Artist at Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pennsylvania where he taught choreography as well as all levels of ballet technique.
Ms. Tabor began her classical ballet training with Sylvia Hamer in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Upon graduation from high school, she moved to Canada to study on scholarship at the School of Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and subsequently danced with the company. From Winnipeg, Lynn moved to Montreal to dance with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens and from there, to Cleveland to dance with the Cleveland Ballet. She performed soloist roles in ballets by many well known choreographers including George Balanchine, Leonid Massine, Dennis Nahat and Agnes de Mille. Lynn has been guest teacher and choreographer for the Cecchetti Council of America’s international summer conference since 1995. In August 1997 she taught a choreographic workshop for the Edinburgh International Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. Lynn has been on the faculty of Ballet Arts Center in Long Beach, California, New Jersey Ballet School, School of Cleveland San Jose Ballet, and Cleveland State University dance program. She was director of the Dance Department at the Cleveland Music School Settlement for five years until June 2003 when she relocated to Portland Oregon. She and her husband Christopher founded the Portland Youth Ballet in September, 2007 where they co-direct both the school and youth company.
Diane Van Schoor
Born in South Africa, Diane van Schoor was trained by Jennifer Louw and later at the University of Cape Town Ballet School. She danced for CAPAB Ballet performing an international repertoire culminating with principal roles. She founded her School of Classical Ballet teaching all levels through to Teacher Training and held a lectureship in Movement Studies in the Dramatic Arts Faculty at the University of Stellenbosch. Past Artistic Director of The Cecchetti Society of Southern Africa, she holds The Enrico Cecchetti Mabel Ryan Medal, Enrico Cecchetti Final Diploma and Fellowships of the ISTD and of the Royal Society for the Arts. Diane has contributed articles to various dance publications, acted as consultant for the Rhonda Ryman Technical Dictionary published in 1998 and edited a South African dance magazine. She frequently presents papers at international conferences and is an Honorary Committee Member of the Wayne State University for Fine and Performing Arts, an Advisory Panel Member for the Margaret Saul Scholarship [a professional development award in Canada], Honorary Member of The Cecchetti Council of America and a Founding Member of Cecchetti International. She is the recipient of an Arts Dedication Award 2000, for services to Ballet in South Africa and in 2011 was awarded The Enrico Cecchetti Gold Medal by the ISTD in London, a lifetime achievement award, in recognition of her promotion of classical ballet around the world.
Diane is an International Master Teacher and Examiner and has taught at many of the world’s leading schools and companies including The Royal Ballet Upper and Lower Schools, The Paris Opera Ballet School, The Vaganova Academy, The National Ballet School of Canada, The Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, Shanghai Dance Academy and The Bartholin Seminars in Copenhagen. She has been guest teacher at the Royal Ballet, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Cleveland Ballet and Cleveland San Jose Ballet USA.
Since 2000 Diane has been on the staff of The Royal Ballet School, London, under the Directorship of Gailene Stock CBE AM. On faculty she taught the 2nd Year Diploma Course, Graduate Class at White Lodge and has choreographed for the Royal Opera House Main Stage for the school’s annual performances. She is the former Ballet Principal of The Royal Ballet Lower School, White Lodge, a post she held from 2004-2014.
Kimmary Williams received her early training in Washington D.C. with Helen Moore and Pamela Moore. She continued her studies under scholarship at the Joffrey Ballet School and with notable teachers Patricia Wilde, Richard Thomas and Finis Jhung. She has toured extensively throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and Bermuda with Twyla Tharp, Connecticut Ballet and American Contemporary Ballet. Ms. Williams also appeared as a dancer in the feature film “Hair”, choreographed by Twyla Tharp. As a teacher she has attained the Maestro Enrico Cecchetti Diploma and has taught frequently at the Cecchetti International Summer School. Her teaching credits include Connecticut Ballet as a faculty member and company ballet mistress (1979‐1984), Pacific Northwest Ballet (1984‐1990), Princeton Ballet (1990‐1991), Miami City Ballet as Faculty Principal and Nutcracker children’s ballet mistress (1991‐1996), Pittsburgh Youth Ballet (1997‐1999) and School Principal at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre (1997‐2002). The Edinburg International Festival brought Ms. Williams and her husband, Jacob Rice, to Scotland for two summers (1996/97) to create a youth dance choreography workshop. In 2002 Ms Williams and her husband were appointed co‐artistic directors of Southold Dance Theater, a professional school and youth company in South Bend, Indiana. During their three seasons with SDT they choreographed a new “Nutcracker”, “Graduation Ball” and a “Midsummer Night’s Dream”. Since 2004 Ms. Williams has been a guest faculty member and ballet mistress for the Trainee and Apprentice Programs at Ballet Austin. Her choreography has been featured in several of their programs. In 2005 she and her husband founded Central Maryland Youth Ballet in Columbia, MD.
Daniel is a dancer, choreographer and teacher formerly based in the DC area. He received his BFA at George Mason University. He is a founding member of Keith Thompson’s Dance Tactics Performance group in NYC. He has been a professional dancer with CityDance Ensemble and Liz Lerman Dance Exchange since 2009. He also teaches for CityDance’s Conservatory and numerous community programs across the DC metropolitan area. Most recently, Zook’s work has been showcased in Paris, France and Seattle, Washington.