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”, Paquita, 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.
Young Dancer Division and Open/Adult Ballet Instructor
Born in Hong Kong, China, Yolanda received her ballet training at Jean M. Wong school of ballet, following Royal Academy of Dance syllabus and has completed pre-primary to advance level exam with distinction. She competed at Hong Kong Ballet Stars Award and received 2nd, 3rd place. In 2003, She was awarded Margot Fonteyn Scholarship to continue professional training at the Washington school of ballet under Mr. Kee Juan Han. Later she joined the Atlantic City Ballet Company where she performed in Sleeping Beauty, Nutcracker, A Midsummer's Night Dream, Dracula & Concerto Vivaldi... For the past years she has been sharing her passion of ballet with her students and two daughters. Yolanda is excited to join BalletCNJ for the 2019/2020 season as the "Young Dancer Director and also as a Dancer Division teacher.
Young Dancer Division Director
& Dancer Division Instructor
Monique Smith is an Honors graduate of the Fordham/Ailey BFA Program. Performance credits include After Midnight (Broadway), Memphis (Broadway), Hot Feet (Broadway), dance companies including Philadanco, Sonya Tayeh Dance, and Forces of Nature Dance Company. She has performed for Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden and the New York Philharmonic and is a Fred and Adele Astaire Award nominee. Teaching and choreography credits include American Ballet Theater (NY), Ridgefield School of Dance (CT), Dance World Academy (NJ), Royalenova (NY), Inspire School of Dance (IL), The Dance Spot (TX), Adrenaline Remix and The Dance Sessions. Monique is a teacher and judge for National Dance Showcase and Youth America Grand Prix. She has also worked as choreographer for Fantasia Barrino at Circle of Sisters and as Savion Glover's Associate Choreographer for Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope at City Center. Monique is delighted to share her passion with BalletCNJ's talented young artists!
Kathy Campbell has been working in the theater industry for 27 years. She helped grow the Pittsburgh CLO Academy from 87 students to over 800 in 7 years. Kathy was a Company Manager for four LORT theaters on the east coast. She has worked at Mason Gross School of the Arts in the Theater Department and has been the office manager for numerous performing arts schools in the area. Kathy just finished a three year project with Camp Broadway in NYC. Kathy has helped over 7,000 people get on stage over the course of her career. Kathy worked with BalletCNJ Summer Intensive and Year Round Programs since the start. She is delighted to once again be back working with BalletCNJ.