Charles A. Maple, Director
|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 Theater.
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).
Currently Mrs. O'Callaghan is a faculty member for the American Ballet Theater Summer Intensive programs. 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.
|Melissa Hale Coyle
Melissa Hale Coyle began her studies with Roman Jasinski and Moscelyne Larkin in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Her training also included summer scholarships to the American Ballet Theatre school and after graduating from high school, joined the American Ballet Theatre Company . Later she joined the Cincinnati Ballet Company and then danced with Tulsa Ballet Theatre as a principal dancer for six years. She has been in films such as "The Turning Pointe" and the made-for-TV movie "The Cowboy and the Ballerina".
For the last 16 years, Ms. Hale has lived in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband and two sons. She is on the faculty and the director of the ballet program at Sullivan Dance Centre, on the faculty at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, teaches company classes for North Carolina Dance Theatre and is the choreographer for the Charlotte Philharmonic Orchestra. Ms. Hale has also been a guest choreographer for Carolina Voices, Atlanta Dance Theatre, The Dance Collective and Ballet San Antonio. For the past four summers, Ms. Hale has been on the teaching faculty of American Ballet Theatre's Summer Intensive in Alabama. In 2001, The North Carolina School of the Arts awarded Ms. Hale the "Best Dance Teacher of North Carolina".
Steven Hyde began his dance training at Ballet Florida under the artistic direction of Marie Hale in 1980. Steven was invited by Artistic Director Arnold Spohr to join the Royal Winnipeg Ballet in 1983 as a member of the corps de ballet. In 1985 he was promoted to soloist and then became a principal dancer in 1987. In 1990 he received the attention of the international ballet world as he partnered Laura Graham at the 14 th International Competition in Varna, Bulgaria. Although not an official competitor, Steven nonetheless was awarded the certificate for Excellence in Partnering. Mr. Hyde joined the American Ballet Theatre in 1992 and danced with them for three seasons partnering such ballerinas as Paloma Herrera, Amanda McKerrow and Julie Kent and Christina Fagundes.
In January 2000, Steven retired from dancing and joined New England Ballet Company as Ballet Master and is currently the Studio Director of the NEBC studio in Ithaca, NY. Steven is also on the faculty of the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School of American Ballet Theatre. He has taught and choreographed for American Ballet Theatre's™ Summer Intensive Program in Alabama from 2000-2003 and at Kaatsbaan's Summer Intensive Program in 2004. He has choreographed two original ballets, Syncopation (2002) and Evolution (2003).
Lorin Johnson completed his dance training on full scholarship from the San Francisco Ballet School and joined the San Francisco Ballet under the directorship of Helgi Tomasson in 1986. In 1987 he was invited by Mikhail Baryshnikov to join the American Ballet Theatre, where he danced corps and soloist roles until 1995. At ABT, Johnson worked with such renowned choreographers as Glen Tetley, Lar Lubavich and Twyla Tharp, and he created original roles in ballets by Ulysses Dove, Clark Tippet, Baryshnikov, and Agnes DeMille. He has received critical acclaim from such dance critics as Clive Barnes. During 1996-1999 Johnson performed as a national and international guest artist, dancing the principal roles for such companies as The National Dance Theatre of Bermuda, Ballet Pacifica, and Festival Ballet Theatre. He has also been a guest artist with The New York City Ballet and the Pacific Northwest Ballet, among other noteworthy companies.
Beginning in 1996, Johnson taught in New York at the Westchester Dance Theatre before accepting a position at the University of California, Irvine. Between 1996-present, Johnson has been on faculty of such institutions as: the California State University, Long Beach, the California Institute of the Arts, the Orange County High School for the Arts, the Saint Joseph Ballet, the Southland Ballet Academy, the Jimmy DeFore Dance Foundation, and the Ballet Pacifica Conservatory. In 2005, Johnson was appointed the Academy Director of Ballet Pacifica and in 2006 he became an Assistant Professor at California State University, Long Beach. He is also on the faculty of the American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive program, where he teaches technique and dance history and also choreographs.
Johnson's choreographic work has been seen both in the US and abroad, and he has been commissioned to create original works for the Newport-Mesa Ballet and Festival Ballet Theatre. In 2003, Johnson brought his own company of five dancers, Seven By Five, to perform his choreography and stagings in Florence, Italy. Sergio Trombetta, the dance critic for Danza & Danza, wrote that Johnson's ballet, Moto-Bio: Bodies in Movement, was "a work of extraordinary interest."
Johnson has also published several articles on dance history in scholarly journals--a result of his extensive research in Russia. Johnson has both B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Southern California.
For more information, please visit his personal website.
|Michael Roberts--Music Director
Michael Roberts was born in Sussex, England. He began playing the piano at age four. From 1967 to 1975 Michael 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.
Michael has appeared in numerous TV shows and the movie "Six Weeks" with Mary Tyler Moore. Michael has played for Juliet Prowse, who endorsed his original dance record albums. Michael'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, Michael is hard at work as both a faculty member and music coordinator for the dance school at the California Institute of the Arts. Michael is also a faculty member of the American Ballet Theater summer intensives where he teaches Music for Dancers seminars and accompanies classes.
Amy Rose trained on scholarship at the American Ballet Theatre school, the Lyric Opera of Chicago,and the Ruth Page Foundation School of Dance.
She performed with the Chicago Ballet before joining ABT at the age of sixteen. She was a soloist with ABT, and from 1979-1992 was featured in principal, soloist and character roles in both the classical and contemporary repertoire. She has also been a guest artist with the Universal Ballet in Korea, Japan, and China, and performed with Stars of the American Ballet in Manila.
In 1992, she joined the Pacific Northwest Ballet where she danced leading roles in many ballets. Most recently she was a guest artist with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Dance West Ballet, the Civic Ballet of Chicago, as well as being on staff as a faculty teacher for Terpsichore Dance Chicago Ballet Arts and North Shore Dance schools.
Denise Warner Limoli