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School of Ballet Central New Jersey
Katie Moorhead, Rehearsal Director of Untitled/Collective Company and member of Island Moving Company
Nancy Richer, Suzanne Farrell Ballet and Los Angeles Ballet.
Katie Gibson, formerly of Miami City Ballet and Suzanne Farrell Ballet
Gabriella Yudenich, formerly a Soloist with PA Ballet
Kyra Nichols, former principal dancer of the New York City Ballet
Currently ballet mistress for Pennsylvania Ballet
Christie Partelow, former dancer with Complexions now with
Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal
Sarah Hay, Soloist with Dresden SemperOper Ballett, Germany
Lead Actress on the new Starz Drama "Flesh and Bone"
Golden Globe Nominee*
Alexander Dutko received his pre-professional training on scholarship at the Nutmeg Conservatory, School of American Ballet, and the Universal Ballet Academy (formerly the Kirov Academy). In 2000 he was named an ABT National training Scholar. Mr. Dutko was the first male dancer to win the Regional Youth Grand Prix Title and in 2003 placed top 6 in the senior division and was awarded a scholarship at the Youth America Grand Prix Finals in NYC. In 2004 Alexander was the first of 10 dancers invited to join the inaugural class of the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre. There he trained with Gelsey Kirkland, Julie Kent, Ethan Stiefal, Leslie Browne, Olga Dvorvenko to name a few. Alexander had the opportunity to dance in the 10th Anniversary ABT Studio Company Gala at Lincoln Center, in the premiere of Jessica Lang's Veiled Calling. Upon graduating from the school Alexander accepted a position in Miami City Ballet, under the direction of Edward Villella, performing and touring in such ballets as Balanchine's Prodigal Son, Symphony in C, Serenade, Western Symphony, and the Nutcracker, Twyla Tharp's In the Upper Room, Paul Taylor's Funny Papers, and Villella's Don Quixote and Giselle. In the spring of 2007, Alexander choreographed his first ballet Venia for Miami City Ballet's "Our Show" Performance. In the fall of 2007 he became a member of Ballet Gamonet- Maximum Dance Company, performing principal roles in Carmen and Grand Pas Classique. That same year he was featured in Pointe Magazine's "YAGP:Where are they now?". Alexander danced with American Repertory Ballet where he performed numerous soloist and principal roles in The Nutcracker, Kirk Peterson’s The Eyes That Gently Touch and Tears of the Moon, Patrick Corbin’s Follia, Gerald Arpino's Viva Vivaldi and Confetti, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream and the title role in the world premiere of "Firebird". In 2011 he performed in the Career Transitions Gala at City Center in NYC, hosted by Chita Rivera. Alexander has taught and choreographed for the Lynch School of Ballet in Long Island and for the ODance Festival in West Palm Beach, FL. He was faculty at Rutger's Mason Gross School of the Arts teaching BFA students. He is proud to be the Founding Artistic Director of BalletCNJ.
Founding Artistic Director
Thiago Castro Silva is originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He Began his early dance training at Boca Ballet Theater in Boca Raton, Florida, under Dan Guin, Jane Tyree and Helen Greenford. He continued on to study with former Ballet Florida principal dancer Deborah Marquez at School of Ballet Arts in West Palm Beach. He later went on to perform professionally with Boca Ballet Theater and Arts Dance Generation in productions of The Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia, Giselle, La Bayadere, The Nutcracker and George Balanchine’s Serenade alongside American Ballet Theater and New York City Ballet principal dancers: Julie Kent, Marcelo Gomez, Jose Manuel Correno, Daniel Ulbricht, Irina Dvorovenko, to name a few. In 2011, Thiago danced a collection of jazz repertoire for the YPO Funding Organization of the Florida Grand Opera in Miami and taught at the inaugural session of the Ballet Central New Jersey Intensive. Mr. Silva was a 2012 member of O Dance, a dance festival which takes place in West Palm Beach, FL. He has performed as a guest artist with the Pennsylvania Youth Ballet in their production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Mr. Silva is delighted to have trained several BalletCNJ dancers for the Youth America Grand Prix. His students have gone on to place top 12 regionally and have received invitations into the NYC Final. Thiago has worked in Physical Therapy, which has helped him to specialize and create BalletCNJ's Dance Conditioning syllabus. He has taught ballet at Rutgers University. Mr. Silva is proud to be the Founding School Director for BalletCNJ.
Sam Caputo is a native of New Jersey. Her passion for performance began at Center Stage Dance and Theatre and American Repertory Ballet. During her summers, Sam studied at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Briansky Saratoga Ballet, and New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble. At 17, Ms. Caputo was accepted into the BFA Program at The Hartt School, where she studied dance pedagogy under the direction of Peggy Lyman. During her training at the University of Hartford, she was introduced to her personal mentor and coach, the late Peter O’Brien, who was a principal dancer with the Royal Ballet in London and partner to Dame Margot Fonteyn. In 2006, Mr. O’Brien encouraged and motivated Sam to audition for the prestigious Professional Fellowship Program at Alvin Ailey under the direction of Denise Jefferson, where she was awarded a full scholarship. Ms. Caputo went onto to dance and act in various guestings and performances in theatre, film, and TV. Since 2011, as a member of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, she has had the opportunity to work on notable productions such as: Law and Order: SVU, Smash, Unforgettable, Royal Pains, Person of Interest, and the 2014 remake of Annie. She was privileged to work on projects alongside various talented artists including: Jennifer Lopez (L’Oreal Paris), Tabitha and Napoleon D’umo (Nappytabs), Cameron Diaz (Annie), and Baz Luhrman (NetFlix’s: The Get Down), to name a few. As a dancer and actor, Sam upholds the value in the development of artistry and is dedicated to sharing her knowledge of the history of the art forms, their evolution, and how future generations can apply it while discovering their own artistry. Ms. Caputo has taught and choreographed for the BalletCNJ Summer Intensive and “Young Dancer” Intensive since 2013 and offers Contemporary master classes during BalletCNJ’s Year Round Program. She is excited to lead the BalletCNJ Jazz classes and looks forward to creating future opportunities and programs for her students.
Edgar Anido, former dancer with Complexions and Ballet Gamonet now with BalletX
Sarah Smith, Corps de Ballet with American Ballet Theatre
Krista Pinkerton began her training at the Pennsylvania Dance Institute and joined Dance Del Bello as a company member in 2011. She then continued her training at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia on Scholarship. Krista recently completed a one year Traineeship at American Repertory Ballet in Princeton, NJ and performed in their productions of "The Nutcracker", "Sleeping Beauty", and "Our Town". In 2014, Krista began the Professional Training Program at Ballet Central New Jersey where she performed in their production of "The Nutcracker" as the Sugarplum Fairy and other soloist and principal roles in their productions of "Les Sylphides", "Carmen", "Etudes", “Sleeping Beauty”, “Les Patineurs”, “Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1”, and “Giselle”. Krista also competed in the Youth American Grand Prix Competition in Philadelphia. Ms. Pinkerton currently dances professionally with Brandywine Ballet in West Chester, PA.
Ilana Clyde was born in Israel. She successfully completed the Children's Curriculum Division of the Royal Academy of Dance in England. After compulsory military service, she studied English Literature at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and at the Tel-Aviv University. In 1974, Ilana received full scholarship to train at the Bat-Dor Dance School (Israel's most prominent school of dance). While in the school, Ilana was already performing with the company on a regular basis. In 1976, she became an apprentice with the Bat-Dor Dance Company, and continued to rise up through the ranks to receive a promotion to Soloist in 1989. In 1979, she was accepted into the Institute of Choreology in London on full scholarship to study Benesh Movement Notation and graduated in 1981 with a degree in Choreology and teaching to then then return to the Bat-Dor Dance Company as a dancer, rehearsal director, and dance notator. With the Bat-Dor, she toured extensively - South Africa (1977), Mexico (1978), USA (1979, and 1983), Italy, Switzerland and Denmark (1984), Zaire and Kenya in Africa (1983), Poland (1986), Canada (1986). Ilana has had the pleasure of working personally with 20th-century greats such as: Alvin Ailey, Paul Taylor, Choo San-Goh, Lar Lubovitch, Oscar Araiz, Robert Cohan, John Butler and more. She has also worked as rehearsal director and ballet master for Ballet Hispanico. Alongside her great performance career, Ilana has extensive experience in teaching all levels of ballet. She established the ballet studies at the Dance Department at Princeton University (2004-2012) and has taught for LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts, The Alvin Ailey School, American Dance Center and Peridance Center, among others. Today, she also teaches fourth grade Hebrew School at Congregation Beth Chaim. Ilana is very excited to join the faculty at BalletCNJ and share all her experience and knowledge with the next generation of dance.
Margaret Shue began her dance training at Lowe Dance Studio in Voorhees New Jersey where she trained with Suzanne C. Steinbach and Lisle Duffey. Her summers were spent at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Alvin Ailey, and Ballet X training with Laszlo Berdo, Alecia Good-Boresow, Nicholas Ade, Melinda Howe, Bruce Thorton, Rafael Grigorian, Gennadi Vostrikov, Dudley Williams, Jaqulyn Buglisi, Ari Mayzick, Bradley, Shelver, Christian Von Howard, Hollie Wright, Francis Vayette, Christine Cox, Melissa Rector, Tara Keating, She has performed for various choreographers such as Alexander Dutko, Yvonne Rainer, Suzanne C. Steinbach, Lisle Duffey, John Evans, Keith A. Thompson, Brian Brooks, Colby Damon, and Melissa Rector. Margaret is currently studying dance and K-12 dance education at Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts.