Colleen O'Callaghan, Director
Colleen O'Callaghan danced with American Ballet Theater under the direction of Lucia
Chase and Mikhail Baryshinikov. She trained on scholarship with the schools of the
Louisville Ballet, the Pennsylvania Ballet, the Joffrey Ballet, and the American Ballet
Before joining American Ballet Theater's main company, she danced with ABT's Ballet
Repertory Company under the direction of Richard Englund and Gage Bush.
Mrs. O'Callaghan received a Bachelor of University Studies degree from the University
of Utah. She has been teaching ballet for over 23 years and has been a faculty member
of the University of Utah, Ballet West, California State Long Beach, California Institute
of the Arts, the Stanley Holden Dance Center, Westside School of Ballet, Louisville Ballet and many other nationally recognized schools. For over five years she was the classical dance director for the Orange County High School of the Arts (OCHSA).
Most recently, she taught for the ABT Studio Company and for the American Ballet Theater Jacqueline Onassis School in New York City. She continues to teach for South Bay Ballet and California Dance Theater. She is a certified Yoga instructor and has developed a Yoga program for children grades Pre K through 8 that has had much success throughout Southern California.
Mrs. O'Callaghan is co-founder and co-director of American Ballet Intensives, a company dedicated to providing pre-professional training to dance students in a positive and nurturing environment. The uniqueness of this situation is that the highly experienced teachers travel to the students, allowing the dancers to stay close to home to and experience a professional and positive dance intensive.
Mrs. O'Callaghan lives with husband and 3 children ages 7, 8 and 9 in Ventura, California.
* ABI is not affiliated with American Ballet Theatre or ABT Summer Intensives