Young Dancer Division Ballet Instructor
A native of upstate New York Cynthia has been teaching for over thirty years from the youngest of dancers to college-bound and beyond. Cynthia graduated Summa Cum Laude with honors from Rowan University with undergraduate degrees in Education and Psychology. Cynthia is currently pursuing her Master of Arts at Rider University with a concentration in Dance Movement Therapy and a double major in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Career and Life Coaching. She has studied with numerous artists, highlights include Sulamith Messerer former Prima Ballerina from the Bolshoi Ballet, Briansky Saratoga Ballet Center, under George Balanchine and Oleg and Mireille Briansky, School of Berkshire Ballet, Hallenbeck School of Dance, and on scholarship to Princeton Ballet School and Joffrey Ballet. Cynthia also had the privilege of training with Hines & Hatchett the original dance teachers of the now renown Broadway Dance Center. She is certified by Dance Educators of America, a graduate of Empire State Theater and Mercer High School of Performing Arts, a certified aerobics instructor by American Aerobic Association International, and on the faculty of Ballet Central New Jersey.
Versed in every style of dance and performing arts Cynthia began a professional career as a child and has performed on Broadway, on television, in movies, and modeled for the World Modeling Association. Cynthia has numerous professional credits her most memorable ones include performing at Radio City Music Hall, high wire flying with Peter Foy, and walking Mercedes Fashion Week in NYC. Cynthia is a nationally awarded choreographer and was named by Dance Spirit Magazine as one of the top 50 “Dance Teachers on the Move”. Cynthia has extensive experience working with children of all abilities and ages in multiple education settings with a successful record of meeting student benchmarks, educational and life goals, college acceptances, and professional careers. She also has extensive experience in curriculum development, early education, and applied behavioral analysis. On top of her numerous artistic credits, Cynthia also works as a Behavioral Therapist working with children with autism and developmental disabilities and holds a full-time position as an Administrative Assistant in Special Services at the Montgomery Township School District. Cynthia is dedicated to sharing her knowledge and passion for the arts to inspire her students to achieve their goals and dreams.
Preparatory and Dancer Division Ballet Instructor and Rehearsal Mistress
A native of Freehold, NJ, Tori received her ballet training at Princeton Ballet School. Upon graduation, she moved to Charlotte, NC where she was a trainee and apprentice with North Carolina Dance Theatre under the direction of Jean Pierre Bonnefoux for three years. In 2012, Tori moved back to New Jersey and danced professionally with Lustig Dance Theatre for four years. She has also danced with The Oakland Ballet in Oakland, CA for several years and with ARC Dance in Seattle, WA since 2012. Tori has been featured in many classical and contemporary works by chorographers Graham Lustig, Edwaard Liang, Alex Ketley, Gerard Theoret, Bat Abbit, Marie Chong, to name a few. In addition to professionally dancing, Tori has taught throughout New Jersey. Tori is excited to share her knowledge and passion with the BalletCNJ dancers.
Young Dancer Division, Modern and Jazz Instructor
Originally from Branchburg, New Jersey, Nicolette Peron started dancing when she was four years old at the studio, Gotta Dance, where she trained in jazz, tap, modern, ballet, and contemporary. She furthered her studies at Somerset County Vocational Technical High School in the Gifted and Talented Honors Dance Program under the guidance of Sheila Buttermore, Maureen Glennon, Mary Lynne McAnally, and Nora Cotter. Throughout high school she attended The National High School Dance Festival at Point Park University (2016), The Big Apple Tap Festival (2015), DC Tap Festival (2014), and the Los Angeles Tap Festival (2017). Nicolette volunteered in many community service activities, teaching a creative movement class to young children, performing at nursing homes and daycares around the holiday season, and interning at Gotta Dance Studio. Through these community outreach programs and internships, her true interest in teaching sparked. She loves sharing and passing down all of her knowledge and training with younger generations. In May of 2021, Peron obtained her BFA in Dance at Shenandoah Conservatory (Winchester, VA) under the guidance of Maurice Fraga, Matthew Pardo, Shylo Martinez, and many others. Additionally, she has been involved in choreographic works by Tiffanie Carson, Jacob Brent and Erica Helm, to name a few. She has also broadened her education by taking classes in kinesiology, dance history, lighting and costuming design, composition, and methods for teaching dance. Peron has choreographed several works including, “the lives they leave behind”, “eidolon,” and “Drowning.” She is thankful for her study abroad opportunities at SU. These include the Ekilibre Annual Contact Improvisation Festival (2018) and attending Balett Akademien’s Study Abroad Program in Gothenburg, Sweden (2019). While in Virginia, she began her teaching career at Front Royal Dance Studio (Front Royal, VA) and Shenandoah Conservatory Arts Academy (Winchester, VA) and was awarded the Robyn Hart Schroth Dance Education Scholarship. Her intent is to inspire, educate, and create for those around her, and to always have her passions coincide with her career. She is excited to be teaching BalletCNJ's youngest aspiring artists!
Dancer Division and Open/Adult Instructor
Hillary received her early training at the Princeton Ballet School and Eliot Feld’s New Ballet School (now Ballet Tech), as well as in summer intensives at the San Francisco Ballet and Joffrey Ballet schools. Hillary was a member of Princeton Ballet II where she performed in numerous productions with the Princeton Ballet, and also performed as a scholarship trainee with the Milwaukee Ballet. She was a National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (YoungArts) awardee in ballet, as well as the recipient of a New Jersey Governor’s Award in Arts Education. Hillary’s other varied interests— including theatre production and the music industry—took her away from dancing for many years but she returned to it in the early 2000s when she discovered Simonson Technique at Dance Space Center in NYC. There she studied with master teacher Diane McCarthy and began performing Ms. McCarthy’s choreographic work in 2005. Hillary recently relocated back to New Jersey from the Hudson Valley/Catskills region where she taught ballet at the Catskill Mountain Foundation’s Orpheum Dance Program, founded by Victoria Rinaldi, as well as at Barefoot Dance Center. In addition, she has choreographed musical theatre productions for the Ellenville Central School District in Ellenville, NY. Hillary is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum, and is currently pursuing certification in the Vaganova Method through the Ohio Conservatory of Ballet, studying with master pedagogue, Annette T. Thomas. Her dance pedagogical studies also include Laban Movement Analysis and the Simonson Method of Teacher Training. Hillary is excited to join BalletCNJ as an Open/Adult Instructor!
Contemporary Dance Instructor
Born and raised in South Amboy, New Jersey, Erin Ambry began her dance training at Dance Stop Dance Education Center. She trained heavily in ballet, contemporary, modern, lyrical, jazz, tap, and hip hop, under the guidance of Gina Forcella, Thang Dao, Julie Shulman Friedrich, Al Blackstone, Sara Pyun and Rosemary Sabovick-Bleich. Early on, Erin was exposed to performing frequently through dance competitions and conventions. This exposure greatly aided in her desire to pursue dance as a career. In 2019, Erin graduated with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Here, she continued to study modern and contemporary dance styles, as well as ballet. While in school, Erin performed choreographic works by Christian von Howard, Mark Morris, Lar Lubovitch, and Maxine Doyle. Throughout the summer months, Erin attended Pilobolus Summer Series(2016), NorthWest Dance Project Summer Intensive AP Platform(2017), and Hubbert Street Dance Chicago Summer Intensive(2018). In addition, Erin became a certified yoga instructor through the Om Factory School of Yoga. During the next few years after graduation, Erin continued to educate herself in different contemporary styles throughout the New York City dance scene, such as VimVigor Dance Company and Yin Yue Dance Company. Erin’s professional accomplishments include: performing with Mignolo Dance Company, Ocampo/Wang Dance in Brooklyn, New York and Taipei, Taiwan, and Vanessa Long Dance Company. In 2021, Erin joined Company of Collaborative Artists (CoCA) Moves under the direction of Camille Rennie and continues to dance with the company.
Julia began taking dance classes at the age of 3 at Simone Dance Studio, where she trained in Ballet and Tap. She continued her training in dance, acting, vocal, and costuming at the OCVTS Performing Arts Academy high school. Through her teenage years she expanded her dance training, gaining extensive experience in musical theater dance, modern, ballet, and pointe. Upon graduation, she received her associates from Ocean County College in Theatre Arts. She has portrayed the Diana Morales swing for a 2021 production of A Chorus Line along with working on other performances, such as, Legally Blonde, Chicago, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, The Blueberry Hill Accord, among others. In her free time she enjoys singing with her band. Julia is very enthusiastic about performing arts and helping young dancers develop their passion and talents. She is excited to be a part of helping BalletCNJ dancers achieve their goals.