Guest Faculty

The California Conservatory of Dance – Guest Faculty

Gabrielle Brown

Ms. Brown began dancing at the age of 5 with former Ballet Russe dancer, Vera Nemtchinova, in New York City. At the age of 12 she was awarded a scholarship to the American Ballet Theatre school where she studied with Patricia Wilde, Leon Danielian, and Michael Maule. In 1980 she joined ABT as a member of the corps de ballet, achieving the rank of soloist in 1991. At ABT, Ms. Brown performed soloist and principal roles in The Sleeping Beauty, Jardin Aux Lilas, Fancy-Free, La Bayadere, Airs, The Leaves Are Fading, Swan Lake, Theme And Variations, Twyla Tharp’s In The Upper Room, Mat Eks’ pas de deux, Grass and many others. After retiring from ABT in 1996 Gabrielle began teaching ballet, bringing 16-years of experience as a ballerina to the classroom. Since embarking on her new career, Ms. Brown has enjoyed teaching at a number of distinguished ballet schools and programs, including ABT Summer Intensive Programs (California and Alabama), North Carolina Dance Theatre (Summer Program), UCLA, California Institute of the Arts, Pasadena Dance Theatre, State Street Ballet in Santa Barbara and the Anaheim Ballet. For the past two summers, Ms. Brown has been a member of the faculty for the A.B.T. Summer Intensive held in New York City. Ms. Brown is currently the resident ballet teacher at Viewpoint School in California.

Irina Dvoroenko

Ms. Dvorovenko began training at the age of ten with the Kiev Ballet School. In 1990, she joined the National Opera Ballet Theatre of Kiev as a Soloist dancer and was promoted to Principal two years later. Ms. Dvorovenko has received numerous awards at prestigious competitions, such as a Gold Medal and the “Anna Pavlova” Prize at the International Ballet Competition in Moscow in 1992, the Grand Prix at the International Ballet Competition Serge Lifar in the Ukraine in 1994, a Diploma and the Grand Prix in the Junior Division of the Ukraine Ballet Competition in 1987, a Diploma in the Junior Division of the Moscow Ballet Competition in 1988, a Silver Medal at the Jackson International Ballet Competition in 1990 and a Bronze Medal at the International Ballet Competition in Osaka, Japan in 1991. In 1996 Ms. Dvorovenko joined American Ballet Theatre, being promoted to Soloist in 1997 and Principal in 2000. As a leading member of the company, Ms. Dvorovenko has danced a variety of title roles that include: Raymonda in Raymonda, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, Odette-Odile in Swan Lake, the first and second movements in Symphony in C, the Sylvia Pas de Deux, Katherina in The Taming of the Shrew, the Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, leading roles in Allegro Brillante, Études, In The Upper Room, Petite Mort, Les Sylphides, and Push Comes to Shove. Ms. Dvorovenko is married to ABT’s Principal Dancer Maxim Beloserkovsky and the mother of Emma Galina.

John Gardner

Mr. Gardner began training at the age of twelve with Glen Ashton in Lafayette, Indiana. After, he continued his training with Michael Maule at the National Academy of Arts in Champaign, Illinois. At sixteen, he received a scholarship to American Ballet Theatre’s School and three months later joined American Ballet Theatre’s Second Company. In 1978, Mr. Gardner joined the main company and was promoted to Soloist in 1984. While at American Ballet Theatre, Gardner had the opportunity of dancing soloist and principal roles in works choreographed by Antony Tudor, Jerome Robbins, Agnes de Mille, and George Balanchine. In 1991, Mr. Gardner joined Mikhail Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project. Here, Mr. Gardner worked closely with Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor, Mark Morris, Lar Lubovitch, and Martha Graham. While with the White Oak Dance Project, Mr. Gardner toured extensively in Europe, the United States, Asia, and South America. In 1995, Mr. Gardner returned to American Ballet Theatre and remained dancing a variety of roles with the company until 2002.

Alaine Haubert

Ms. Haubert was trained under George Balanchine and his illustrious post-Diaghilev faculty at the School of American Ballet. Upon graduating from high school, Ms. Haubert performed with San Francisco’s Pacific Ballet before joining the national touring production of Camelot. In 1965, Ms. Haubert was offered a company contract with American Ballet Theatre. Here, she danced corps de ballet, soloist, and principal roles. At this time she was coached by such elite choreographers as Tutor, Demille, Robbins Feld, Culberg, Lander, and Tetley. In 1969, Haubert joined the Joffrey Ballet as a Principal dancer and danced leading roles in a variety of ballets including The Green Table, The Dream, Feast of Ashes, The Moor’s Pavane, The Still Point, The Three-Cornered Hat, Cakewalk and Le Bleu Danube. Nearly a decade later, after a devastating back injury ended Haubert’s career, she launched into a whole new teaching and coaching realm. Ms. Haubert served as a faculty member for the University of Hawaii for seven years before being invited by Kevin McKenzie to return to American Ballet Theatre as the company Ballet Mistress. Ms. Haubert has been the Artistic Director of various summer intensive programs and currently travels annually around the United States auditioning dancers for American Ballet Theater’s Summer Intensive Programs. Additionally, Ms. Haubert served on the faculty for California State University of Long Beach and in 2002 and 2003 was an adjudicator for Regional Dance America (RDA).

Susan Jones

Ms. Jones was born in York, Pennsylvania and began her early dance training there. She continued her studies with Lucille Hood at the Rockville School of Ballet, Rockville, Maryland, and with Mary Day at the Washington School of Ballet in Washington, D.C. In 1969, Ms. Jones accepted an apprenticeship with the Joffrey Ballet, dancing with the original Joffrey II, and made her professional debut with the New York City Opera, Robert Joffrey, choreographic director. Miss Jones joined American Ballet Theatre in 1971 and danced with the Company for eight successive seasons. Among her roles was the Cowgirl in Rodeo and Lizzie Bordon as a child in Fall River Legend. Her transition from dancing to staff began in 1976 when she assisted Twyla Tharp with Push Comes to Shove. Ms. Jones was appointed Assistant Ballet Mistress in 1978. Retiring as a dancer at the close of the 1979/80 season, Ms. Jones was appointed Ballet Mistress in the Spring of 1980 and Regisseur in 1982. Ms. Jones has returned to ABT after a three-year absence during which she mounted Natalia Makarova’s full-length La Bayadère for the Ballet del Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Mikhail Baryshnikov’s production of Don Quixote (Kitri’s Wedding) for The Royal Ballet.

Ted Kivitt

Mr. Kivitt is both a critically acclaimed dancer and director. As a native of Florida, Mr. Kivitt joined American Ballet Theatre and quickly worked his way up the ranks. Within six years, Mr. Kivitt made his way from the corps de ballet to Soloist, and then on to Principal Dancer. Mr. Kivitt has had the honor of partnering with phenomenal dancers, including Cynthia Gregory, Eleanor d’Antuono, Lupe Serrano, Carla Fracci, and Natalia Makarova, in ballets such as Swan Lake and Giselle. After leaving American Ballet Theatre, Mr. Kivitt danced with Pennsylvania Ballet. It was here that Mr. Kivitt met his wife, former Prima Ballerina, Michelle Lucci. Mr. Kivitt went on to become Artistic Director of the Milwaukee Ballet and has served on the National Committee for Dance USA and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Vladimir Kolesnikov

Mr. Kolesnikov was a leading Character dancer with the Kirov Ballet in St. Petersburg, Russia. He has also been featured in cinema roles for the Kirov and received the special “Russian Government Award for Outstanding Performance” and the “Mariinsky Theater Award.” After an outstanding career as a performer, Mr. Kolesnikov chose to preserve a classical training legacy and became an instructor for the Vaganova Academy, Kirov Ballet Company, and the Boston Ballet. He assisted ABT’s (American Ballet Theatre) Artistic Director in coaching Principal Dancers in “Raymonda.”

Amanda McKerrow

Ms. McKerrow is considered one of America’s finest ballerinas. In 1981, Ms. McKerrow became the first American to receive a gold medal at the International Ballet Competition in Moscow. Ms. McKerrow was also the recipient of the Princess Grace Foundation Dance Fellowship award. Ms. McKerrow began her training at the age of seven with the Twinbrook School of Ballet in Rockville, Maryland. Ms. McKerrow later trained with Mary Day at the Washington School of Ballet. Shortly after, Ms. McKerrow spent two seasons touring with the Washington Ballet throughout the United States and Europe. In 1982, Ms. McKerrow was invited to join American Ballet Theatre under the direction of Mikhail Baryshnikov. Ms. McKerrow was appointed to Soloist in 1983 and Principal in 1987. Ms. McKerrow has danced an intensive repertory which includes leading roles in: Cinderella, Giselle, Romeo and Juliet, Manon, La Bayadère, Coppélia, Don Quixote, The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, La Sylphide and The Nutcracker. In addition to dancing the classics, Ms. McKerrow has had the honor of dancing works by George Balanchine, Antony Tudor, Sir Frederick Ashton, Jerome Robbins, Jiri Kilian, Twyla Tharp, Clark Tippet, James Kudelka, Agnes de Mille, Choo San Goh and Mark Morris. In 2000, Ms. McKerrow, along with her husband, John Gardner, began working for the Antony Tudor Trust.

Larry Pech

Mr. Pech was invited by Mikhail Baryshnikov to join American Ballet Theatre in 1980. Over the next six years, Mr. Pech worked with such choreographers as George Balanchine, Martha Graham, Anthony Tudor, Agnes de Mille, Jerome Robbins, Twyla Tharp, Paul Taylor, Jiri Kylian, Carol Armitage, David Gordon, Natalia Makarova, Eric Bruhn, Mark Morris, among a long list of others. Mr. Pech has had the opportunity to dance alongside such novelists as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Natalia Makarova, Ivan Nagy, Cynthia Gregory, Fernando Bujones, Gelsey Kirkland, Cynthia Harvey, Martine Van Hamel, and Kevin McKenzie. Mr. Pech was also featured in ABT’s television appearance on “Live from Lincoln Center” and BBC’s movie Dancer and the Dance. In 1986, Mr. Pech was invited by Helgi Tomasson to join San Francisco Ballet. Three years later, he was promoted to Principal. Then in 1991, Mr. Pech was the subject of the PBS/KQED special, Blue Lair, which showed Mr. Pech’s incredibly vicarious fight against cancer. It was awarded an Emmy for Best Choreography that same year. Mr. Pech was also the recipient of the Bay Area Theater Critics’ Circle Award for Best Choreography and for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical. Mr. Pech is the Founding Artistic Director of Diablo Ballet and since 1996 the Lawrence Pech Dance Company has been performing to sold-out houses throughout the Bay Area and beyond. Mr. Pech has been the Ballet Master and Resident Choreographer for the San Francisco Opera since 1997. Mr. Pech returned to the San Francisco Conservatory of Music to complete his Composition Degree (BM) in 2005 and graduated with honors. To date, Mr. Pech has choreographed over 55 ballets, 45 musicals, 42 operas, and numerous self-produced evenings of original music, dance, and theater.

Tamar Rachelle

Ms. Rachelle is a former Principal dancer with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, for whom she danced with for seventeen years. Upon retiring, Ms. Rachelle designed a rehabilitation program to help dancers recover from serious injury. In 2002, Ms. Rachelle completed her Core Dynamics Training and is also a Certified Gyrotonic® instructor. Currently, Ms. Rachelle is a resident faculty member for Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and current Ballet Mistress for Pittsburgh Youth Ballet. As a dancer, Ms. Rachelle is famous for her incredible versatility; being able to skillfully adapt from classical to contemporary styles. She has danced prominent roles in Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Return to the Strange Strange Land and Jardin aux Lilas.

Michael Roberts

Mr. Roberts was born in Sussex, England. He began playing the piano at age four. From 1967 to 1975 Mr. Roberts was production stage manager for Harold Prince in London’s West End. In 1970 he became a dance accompanist for the Royal Ballet School. In 1975 he moved to Los Angeles where he has since worked as a dance accompanist and composer.

Mr. Roberts has appeared in numerous TV shows and the movie “Six Weeks” with Mary Tyler Moore. Mr. Roberts has played for Juliet Prowse, who endorsed his original dance record albums. Mr. Roberts’s other compositions include three Music for Ballet Class CD’s, one CD of Original Dance Compositions “Dancing Scores”, One Classical/New Age CD “Farther than the Sun”, Three Theater Musicals and numerous commissioned dance scores. In October 2004 he released “Original Music for the Modern Dance Class” Volume one.

Currently, Mr. Roberts is hard at work as both a faculty member and music coordinator for the dance school at the California Institute of the Arts. Mr. Roberts is also a faculty member of the American Ballet Theatre summer intensives where he teaches Music for Dancers seminars and accompanies classes as well as American Ballet Intensives where he is the music director. Mr. Roberts is also West Coast accompanist for American Ballet Theatre company classes. In 2005 Mr. Roberts received a Lester Horton award for achievement and work in the field.

Valerie Robin

Ms. Robin joined the Joffrey Ballet in July of 2000. Born in St. Jerome, Canada, Ms. Robin began her professional career as an Apprentice with Tulsa Ballet Theater. She was soon offered a corps de ballet contract with Tulsa Ballet and remained there for two years before leaving to join Milwaukee Ballet. Robin also spent a season with the Keiler Ballett, working in modern and tanz theatre styles. In addition, Ms. Robin was a Soloist with the Leipzig Ballet and spent three consecutive seasons as a Principal with Ballet Wisconsin. In 1990, Ms. Robin was awarded a bronze medal at the New York International Ballet Competition and in 2002 became one of the first American dancers to reach the final round of Varna’s International Ballet Competition in ten years. Ms. Robin has had the honor of dancing in a vast number of classical and contemporary works including, but not limited to: Apollo, Giselle, Italian Suite, Les Noces, Les Patinuers, Light Rain, Montones II, The Nutcracker, Pas Des Deesses, Reflections, Return to a Strange Land, Romeo and Juliet, Le Sacre Du Printemps, Serenade, Suite Saint Saëns, The Taming of the Shrew, Viva Vivaldi,and A Wedding Bouquet.

Andre De La Roche

Gennady Selyutsky

Mr. Selyutsky is a graduate of the Leningrad Ballet School and an honored artist of Tajikistan, SSR. In 1956, he joined the Kirov Ballet Theater and performed such elite roles as Abderakhan in Raymonda, Rothbart in SwanLake, Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet, and Girei in The Fountain of Bakhchisarai. During his professional career, he had the opportunity to tour extensively in the United States, Canada, England, France, and Japan. After retiring from the Kirov Theater, Mr. Selyutsky became a professor at the Vaganova Ballet Academy and resident instructor at the Mariinsky Theater. Among Mr. Selyutsky’s many talented students are Farukh Ruzimatov, Vyacheslav Samodurov, and Alen Botaini.

Amy Sennett

Ms. Sennett originally from Montana, has been dancing professionally for 20 years. Since earning her BFA in Dance from the University of Montana, Ms. Sennett has performed with Dance Kaleidoscope in Indianapolis, Spectrum Dance Theatre in Seattle and Headwaters Dance Company in Missoula, MT and has performed with many other commercial companies throughout the United States and Internationally. Miss Sennett also trained with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago on scholarship. Her teaching experience includes Butler University, the University of Washington, Cornish College of the Arts, Vassar College, Lamar University, DeAnza College, the University of Montana, Ballet Pacifica, under the direction of Ethan Steiffel, American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive, and the University of California, Irvine where she completed her MFA in Dance. While studying at UCI Ms. Sennett was fortunate enough to work with legendary choreographer and professor, Donald McKayle as his assistant. Ms. Sennett continues to work with Mr. McKayle restaging his most famous works across the country. As a choreographer Ms. Sennett’s work has been presented at the Jazz Dance World Congress in New York, Velocity’s MainSpace Theater in Seattle, UCI’s Graduate and Thesis Concerts, Laguna Beach High School and at the Irvine Barclay Theater for American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive.


Rochelle Zide-Booth

Ms. Zide-Booth began her professional ballet career as a Soloist with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo in 1954. She later joined the Joffrey Ballet as a Principal and was the Prima Ballerina of the New York City Opera Ballet. In 1965 Ms. Zide-Booth became the Ballet Mistress of the Joffrey Ballet and in 1973 accepted a position as the Artistic Director of the Netherlands Dance Theatre. In addition, Ms. Zide-Booth has served as head of the Ballet Program at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and as the Director of the Dance Program at Adelphi University. Ms. Zide-Booth has choreographed and staged ballets for numerous professional and regional dance companies, as well as taught residencies in pedagogy, choreography, technique, and repertory.

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