FACULTY

 
Alex Bloomstein
Artistic Director,
Ballet, Modern, Choreography
Alex Bloomstein began dancing in 1977. He was a full scholarship and fellowship student at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival.  He has studied ballet with Diana Byer, Benjamin Harkarvy, Choo San Goh, Marjorie Mussman, Janet Panetta, Igal Perry, and Rochelle Zide-Booth, among others. Alex studied modern dance at the Merce Cunningham Dance Studio. He also studied the modern technique of José Limon with Daniel Lewis and Hannah Kahn. He has studied the Martha Graham modern dance technique with Diana Hart, Mary Hinkson and Norman Walker.

Alex has also studied composition and choreography with a variety of teachers, including Bessie Schoenberg and Lynne Taylor-Corbett. Alex has performed his choreography, as well as the choreography of others, at numerous venues, including the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and Dance Theater Workshop in New York City.

Alex has taught ballet technique, modern technique, composition and choreography, improvisation, and movement for actors in a wide variety of settings, including the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, the Williamstown Theater Festival, Williams College, and Simon's Rock of Bard College. He has also taught musculo-skeletal anatomy, kinesiology, and movement assessment.
 
Katie Bissinger
Associate Artistic Director,
Preparation for Ballet,
Musical Theatre, Tap, Choreography
Katie Bissinger has been dancing since she was 7 years old.  She began her classical ballet training with Powers Dance Art Centre of Newburgh and the Marya A. Kennett DanceCentre of Goshen, where she was a member of the Ballet Company. She later trained in New York City with Phil Black, Germaine Salsberg, Frank Hatchett and Sheila Barker.

Katie is a former Radio City Rockette and was dance captain of the first national tour of "The Who's Tommy". She has performed in numerous national and European tours of such shows as "42nd Street", "Annie Get Your Gun", "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" and "My One and Only".  She has directed and/or choreographed many musicals at Stagedoor Manor, The Philipstown Depot Theatre, and Haldane High School.  She is a member of Actors' Equity Association and also has a BFA in Film/TV Production from New York University.

Katie has been teaching dance, including Ballet, Tap, Musical Theater and Hip Hop, for over 25 years. 
Selina Chau
Middle and Upper School Ballet,
Pointe, Choreography
Selina Chau started her professional ballet training at the Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts. She was a soloist with the Hong Kong Ballet under the direction of Stephen Jefferies and John Meehan, performing featured and leading roles in the Company's classical and contemporary repertoire, including The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Turandot, The Merry Widow, The Rite of Spring, Cinderella, and Spartacus, among others. She is also a ballet dancer with The Metropolitan Opera, where she has danced in many Metropolitan Opera productions, including John Adams's Nixon in China, Puccini's Turandot and Madama Butterfly, Mozart's Don Giovanni and Wagner's Parsifal.

In 2008, Selina received a full scholarship to pursue her Master of Fine Arts degree at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, focusing on ballet pedagogy and choreography. Selina is currently an adjunct ballet instructor at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, and is certified to teach American Ballet Theater's National Training Curriculum. Her choreography has been presented in New York City, Beijing, Shanghai, Manila, Taipei, Hong Kong, and Seoul. 
Cammy Eckert
Lower School Ballet,
Choreography
Cammy Eckert began her classical training, at a very early age, at the Duluth School of Ballet in Buford, Georgia, studying under Peter Garick. As a young dancer, she performed The Nutcracker at the Fox Theater in Atlanta, Georgia with the Atlanta Ballet. Cammy continued her studies at Ballet Arts Studio when her family moved to New York State. While at Ballet Arts Studio, she was a member of the Dutchess Dance Company, studying with and performing in the work of Michael Shannon, Todd Hall, Denyse Looney, Deanna Ford and Jennifer Hart. She continued her studies in the Joffrey Ballet Program and at the American Academy of Ballet. Cammy was a long-time assistant in the Preparation for Ballet and Lower School I ballet classes at Ballet Arts Studio. 
Deanna Ford
Upper School Ballet, Jazz, Choreography
Deanna Ford began her classical training in Washington State. Upon
her arrival in New York City, she continued her training, on scholarship,
at the School of American Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet, The Harkness
Ballet and with David Howard. Deanna began her professional career
as a soloist with the Hartford Ballet. She was also a member of the
New Jersey Ballet. Deanna was a featured ballet dancer for Radio
City Music Hall Productions, and was also a Rockette at Radio City
Music Hall. She has been teaching classical ballet and jazz
throughout the Northeast since 1998. 
Todd Hall
Middle and Upper School Ballet,
Partnering, Choreography
Todd Hall began dancing in Rhode Island, at the age of ten, with the Festival Ballet. One of his earliest roles was that of young Fritz, Clara's brother, in The Nutcracker. Todd trained at the School of American Ballet in New York City, as well as at the Joffrey Ballet School, and the School of the Boston Ballet. He has performed with the Boston Ballet and the Washington Ballet, among others, and has been a guest artist with a number of ballet companies in the United States, dancing such roles as Albrecht in Giselle, the Prince in Swan Lake, the Cavalier in Nutcracker, and Franz in Coppelia. Todd currently teaches and choreographs extensively throughout the Northeast and overseas. 
Sara Silva
Lower and Middle School Ballet,
Choreography
Sara Silva is a Fulbright Scholar who holds a diploma in dance from the Portuguese Dance Conservatory and CODARTS, Rotterdam, as well as a B.A. and a post- bachelor degree from the Portuguese Catholic University. She is currently a Master's Candidate in Arts Management at American University.

She has taught ballet in Macau, Hong Kong (RAD Syllabus, with exams), Washington D.C. (Kirov Ballet Academy) and New York City to dancers of all ages. 
 

STAFF

 
Cindy Heady-Marsh
Administrative Assistant

Cindy recently retired from the New York State Office of Court Administration, where she was a State-wide administrator for Court programs and new initiatives. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Orange County Ballet Company.  
Mary Pesacreta



Administrative Assistant