2020 Summer Guest Faculty
Audrey Baran is a dance performer, maker, and educator based in Charlotte, North Carolina. She holds a BA in Dance from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a MFA in Dance from Hollins University. As the founder and artistic director of Baran Dance & apprentice company BD2, she is dedicated to broadening perceptions and accessibility of contemporary dance in the Southeast. Audrey has presented work through the National Dance Educators Organization Conference, Bill Evans Somatic Dance Conference, North Carolina Dance Festival, Tobacco Road Dance Productions, Triangle Dance Project, Ladyfest CLT, Charlotte Dance Festival and numerous self-produced productions. She was the 2019 UNCC Department of Dance Distinguished Alum, an inaugural recipient of the Creative Renewal Fellowship from the Arts and Science Council, and has received awards and nominations for her work from the Movies by Movers Festival, the Charlotte Emerging Dance Awards, and the Carolina Arts & Theatre Awards. She is an Adjunct Lecturer in Dance at UNC Charlotte and on the teaching faculty of Charlotte Ballet Academy and Open Door Studios. Audrey is also a Registered Yoga Teacher at the 500-hour level, and thrives on sharing her love of movement and mindfulness throughout the Queen City and beyond.
JulieTomaino is an award winning director/choreographer and an educator. She had an extensive performing career for over twelve years in New York City, most notably dancing as a RadioCity Rockette for six seasons. She is now based in Toronto, and travels extensively as a freelance director/choreographer. Julie has worked for most of the major theatre companies across the US and Canada; favourite creative team credits include: NEWSIES,ON THE TOWN, CRAZY FOR YOU, WE WILL ROCK YOU, CABARET,HAIRSPRAY, BILLY ELLIOT, ONCE, FOOTLOOSE, GREASE, HAIR, and THEROCKY HORROR SHOW. Julie occasionally choreographs for film and TV, she most recently worked with Idina Menzel on the BEACHES movie remake, and she’s currently working on a Lifetime Christmas Movie. Julie also loves to teach and has taught or been on faculty at AMDA NYC, Sheridan College, Nazareth College, Randolph Academy,Capilano University, and Broadway Dance Centre. Find out more at julietomaino.com.
Jill Gorrie Rovatsos is an international choreographer, director and educator. Her
choreography credits include: Hairspray (Craig Noel Award for Outstanding
Choreography), Crazy For You, 42 nd Street, Damn Yankees, Singin’ in the Rain (San
Diego Musical Theatre), The 25 th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Intrepid Theatre
Company), Gary Goldfarb: Master Escapist (New York Musical Theatre Festival),
Romance Romance, Humbug Holiday Spectacular, Tomfoolery, and Man With A Load of
Mischief (North Coast Repertory Theatre), Aida, Hairspray and Singin’ in the Rain (Arts
Center of Coastal Carolina), Gotta Get A Gimmick-Burlesque to Broadway (BB King's,
NYC), The People Vs. Mona (Off- Broadway), Oklahoma, Hello Dolly and the world
premiere of Mambo Italiano (Westchester Broadway Theatre), A Little Night Music, Pal
Joey and I Love A Piano (SDSU), The Little Mermaid (Grossmont College), Billy Elliot,
Cabaret, Anything Goes (San Diego’s School of Creative and Performing Arts).
As a performer, Jill has danced at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The St. James
Theatre on Broadway, numerous regional theaters throughout the country, on Broadway
national tours, and across Europe as the dance captain of the musical Grease. She can be
seen dancing in the films The Stepford Wives (Starring Nicole Kidman), A Clear Blue
Tuesday and in the short film, Fantacy in Dutch. As resident director/choreographer, Jill
works with the international tour of Grease, an ongoing production with which she has
been affiliated for 20 years. She has had the honor of restaging Grease productions in
cities such as Berlin, Munich, Vienna, Zurich, Istanbul, and Byblos, Lebanon.
Jill is a graduate of New York University Tisch School of the Arts (B.F.A. in
Dance), and received her Master of Fine Arts Degree in Musical Theatre from San Diego
State University. Her early training was with Barbara Mullen at the Londonderry Dance
Academy and at the Charlotte Klein Dance Centers in Worcester Massachusetts. As a
teen-ager, Jill spent summers at the Boston Ballet Summer Intensive and had the honor of
studying with historical jazz dance masters, Gus Giordano, Matt Mattox, Luigi, and many
of their protégés. Jill’s diverse teaching career spans The American Musical and
Dramatic Academy (AMDA), CAP21, New York University, San Diego State
University, Mesa College, City College, SD-SCPA, Shenandoah Conservatory, The
American Academy of Ballet, Academie Danza (Modena, Italy), Hochschule fur Musik
und Theatre (Munich, Germany) and The South African Society for the Advancement of
Dancing (Johannesburg). Jill has served as an adjudicator, and guest teacher for dance
organizations, competitions, conventions, theatre schools and private dance studios
worldwide, having students go on to succeed in all aspects of the performance industry.
Amor Ledesma- Urban Choreography
Born in Taipei, Taiwan and raised in Marin County, California, Edwaard Liang joined New York City Ballet in 1993. In 2001, Liang joined the Tony Award-winning Broadway cast of Fosse. In 2002, Liang was invited to become a member of Nederlands Dans Theater 1. Liang has built an international reputation as a choreographer. He has created works for the Bolshoi Ballet, Houston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Shanghai Ballet, and Washington Ballet. He has won numerous awards for his choreography including the 2006 National Choreographic Competition. In 2013, Liang was named Artistic Director at BalletMet where he continues to choreograph new works for companies both domestically and abroad. In 2017, he received an Emmy Award for his short dance film, “Vaulted.”
Betsy Cooper is Professor and Chair of the Department of Dance, California State University, Long Beach. Cooper was Dean of The Hartt School, University of Hartford, from 2016-2018. She worked at the University of Washington, the state’s flagship campus, from 2001-2015, first directing its Dance Department and then serving as Divisional Dean of Arts in the College of Arts & Sciences. Prior to university teaching and administration, Cooper performed with classical and contemporary companies nationally and abroad, including Nationaltheater Mannheim, Matthew Nash Music & Dance, San Francisco Opera Ballet, Makarova & Company and Connecticut Ballet. For seven seasons, Cooper was a member of the Seattle Dance Project, premiering in works by Edward Liang, Hilde Koch, Heidi Vierthaler, Molissa Fenley (with whom she continues to perform), and other renown choreographers. Her choreography has been commissioned by Seattle Dance Project, Connecticut Ballet, Bucknell University, Western Washington University, and Arc Dance Company, where she was the resident choreographer from 2007-2011. Cooper’s scholarly research probes at the intersections of dance, politics, and censorship of the body in mid-20th century concert dance and the Hollywood film industry. She holds an M.F.A. in Dance from the University of Washington, a B.A., cum laude, in Archeological Studies from Yale University, and is the recipient of a 2004 Distinguished Teaching Award from the University of Washington.
Following a 15 year career as a soloist with the Pacific Northwest Ballet, Angela Sterling carved out a unique second career as an international dance photographer. For over 20 years, she has traveled the world, leveraging her instinctive dancer’s timing to capture the performances of renowned ballet companies from New York to Monte Carlo.
Angela also turned her eye to fashion and editorial work, creating images with dancers for many clients such as Dutch Vogue, Bloch Dancewear, Yumiko Dancewear, Under Armour, VALA. Underlying all of Angela’s work is her background in dance, resulting in photos that beautifully intertwine the drama of performance with the spontaneity of a moment in time.
Angela’s images are seen regularly in The New York Times, USA Today, Dutch Vogue, Paris Elle and international dance publications Pointe Magazine, Danse Magazine (Paris), Dance Europe (London) and Ballet Tanz (Germany). She shoots regularly for dance companies Pacific Northwest Ballet (Seattle), Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, Dutch National Ballet (Amsterdam) and Boston Ballet. Most recently, she created images for Tony Award winning choreographer and friend Christopher Wheeldon for his smash Broadway show “An American in Paris.”
Angela's work is exhibited in the Penthouse Suites at Kimpton's Alexis Hotel in Seattle and a large-scale installation of her work graces the corporate headquarters of Price Waterhouse Coopers in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Linnette Hitchin Roe
Linnette (Hitchin) Roe was raised in San Diego and trained at California Ballet School. She studied for two years at North Carolina School of the Arts and became an apprentice at Pacific Northwest Ballet in 1988. She was promoted to Soloist in 1991 and to Principal Dancer in 1993.
21 years after her professional career, Linnette is the Shoe Supervisor of NYCB in New York City. She custom orders pointe and flat shoes for 101 company dancers and fits all the SAB children for the myriad ballets they perform in with the company. Her vast knowledge of dance combined with a design and inventory background help her mediate between the dancers and the shoe makers to manage difficult production time-lines, tweaking specs to improve each order, amassing knowledge on each makers specialties, proper shoe-fitting and sizing as well as creating wardrobe specialty shoes for men and women.
Meg Fox has been designing lights in Seattle since 1986, during which time she toured throughout the US with numerous dance companies, and received commissions for design from Urban Bush Women, Pat Graney, and Alvin Ailey Dance, among others. In Seattle, Fox has designed at major contemporary performance venues and for numerous Pacific Northwest dance artists includingMarkeith Wiley, AnJ Dance theatre, and Alicia Mullikin. She has designed for dances and performances at most of the venues in Seattle, including Velocity Dance Center, On The Boards, and 12th Ave Arts. She also designs for annual festivals in Seattle including Tint and Against the Grain. Fox has extensive experience in the collaborative generation of new works along with the reconstruction of older designs.
Ainslie was born in Welland, Ontario and began dance lessons at the age of 6. After graduating from the Quinte Ballet School, she danced professionally for 15 years with both The National Ballet of Canada and Ballet British Columbia, touring extensively throughout North America and Asia. While dancing at Ballet BC, she ventured into making her own dancewear. Always having a love for fabrics, colours and texture, she continued to expand her interest in design by creating one of a kind bodysuits for herself as well as fellow colleagues and other professional dancers.
Upon retiring from her performing career, and having fallen in love with yoga, Ainslie took Iyengar Yoga teacher training for 2 years, with the assistance of the Dancer Transition Resource Centre. She taught yoga for several years, and also worked in the film industry.
But she never lost her passion for creating dancewear and it was a natural transition for AinslieWear to become her full time focus. Since then the company has grown to be a globally recognized brand, known for its quality, fashion forward designs, stunning prints and impeccable fit.
AinslieWear is hand made in Vancouver BC and is sold in dancewear retail shops around the world, as well as online at www.ainsliewear.com.
Ainslie resides in Vancouver, BC and currently sits on the board of the DTRC and Kidd Pivot.
She loves tangoing, cycling, yoga, and travelling. You can find her in off-work hours hanging out with friends, venturing to art galleries, films, and live performances.
Ms. Ringer is a native of Summerville South Carolina and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Fordham University with a Bachelor degree in English. Promoted to principal dancer of the New York City Ballet in 2000 she originated roles in new works by numerous choreographers including Jerome Robbins, Alexi Ratmansky, Christopher Wheeldon and Peter Martins. Ms. Ringer has performed in the world’s choreographic masterpieces including the major works of George Balanchine and has inhabited the prima ballerina roles of legendary works including Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and Coppélia. In addition to her dancing career, Ms. Ringer has led the New York State Summer School for the Arts annual summer session since 2006, directed the artistic elements of the New York City Ballet Dancer’s Choice performance at Lincoln Center in 2010 and co-hosted New York City Ballet’s Dance with the Dancers fundraising event in 2002. Ms. Ringer has been celebrated multiple times on the covers of Dance Magazine and Pointe Magazine and is the recipient of the prestigious Dance Magazine Award, the Jerome Robbins Award, and the Dance Teacher Magazine Lifetime Achievement Award.
After a brief professional dancing career, Lynne Short found the rewards of teaching ballet to be more satisfying and enriching than performing. She was fortunate to be part of the faculty at Pacific
Northwest Ballet School, from 1984-2000, when, under the guidance of Francia Russell, Director of PNBS, the ideas of dedicated colleagues with various backgrounds were formed into a unified,
cohesive curriculum. From 2001-2013, Ms. Short, as principal of Ballet Austin Academy, was able to implement a syllabus that produced students and dancers who learned to realize the joy of working in a
deep, thorough, meticulous way. There were four years of teaching at Chamberlain Ballet in Plano, Texas before Ms. Short relocated to the Pacific Northwest in 2017 where she is currently Principal of Tacoma Urban Performing Arts Center.
Dr. Lisa Apple PT, DPT
Dr. Lisa Apple earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Washington (2009) and her Bachelors of Science degree in Health Psychology/Human Biology at Bastyr University (2005). She is certified in BASI Pilates method with a dance emphasis (2003).
She became inspired to become a physical therapist during her fifteen-year career as a professional ballet dancer. As a professional dancer, Lisa performed in over 150 performances a year with San Francisco Ballet, Ballets Des Monte Carlo, and as a Principal dancer with Pacific Northwest Ballet. She toured through the United States and Europe with these three major dance companies and had the opportunity to work with many choreographers along the way.
She has worked with dancers from Boston Ballet School, North Carolina Ballet School of the Arts and Pacific Northwest Ballet School. She enjoys teaching ballet and has taught in many regional ballet schools throughout the United States. Lisa also offers a unique Pilates fusion mat class. It is inspired by floor barre, Pilates, yoga and conditioning, combining strength, grace, balance and power. This class called Pilates fusion mat class is the perfect combination of three-dimensional movement, weight-bearing exercise, core control and grace for dancers.
Website: www.revitalizempt.comYou can contact Lisa at 206-930-7476.