CAROLYN CLARK (Director) A native of New Jersey, Ms. Clark is Director of New Jersey School of Ballet and Founder/Director of New Jersey Ballet Company. Ms. Clark performed classical and contemporary ballet with American Ballet Theatre and toured with that company throughout North America, Scandinavia, Europe and Africa. Additional ballet company credits include the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Radio City Ballet, and as principal dancer with New Jersey Ballet and New Jersey State Opera. Ms. Clark's professional credits also include many Broadway musicals and television shows, most notably as assistant to the choreographer for the Bell Telephone Hour. She is a founding member of ArtPride New Jersey, served two years on the President’s Council on the Arts for the John F. Kennedy Center, and five years on the Advisory Board of Channel 13. Ms. Clark has been honored with a New Jersey Pride Award for her contribution to the arts, and also by the National Society of Arts and Letters and by Dance NJ. Ms. Clark attended Rutgers University.
EDWARD VILLELLA is certainly America’s most celebrated male dancer. Among his accomplishments are Emmy Award winner, star of New York City Ballet, guest artist with the Bolshoi, performer at President Kennedy’s Inaugural, first American to guest with the Royal Danish Ballet and the only American ever to be asked to dance an encore at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow. In 1968, the Bell Telephone Hour’s salute to Villella became an Emmy Award-winning special. His Harlequin–A Patchwork of Love, the first ballet ever commissioned by an American TV network, resulted in Emmy Awards for the show and for Villella as choreographer, producer and star! In recognition of his achievements, President Clinton presented him with the 1997 National Medal of Arts. That same year, he was named a Kennedy Center Honoree. He is a former member of the President’s Council on the Arts and a past recipient of the prestigious Capezio Award. He was recently selected one of “America’s Irreplaceable Dance Treasures” by The Dance Heritage Coalition. Mr. Villella has been Artistic Advisor to New Jersey Ballet since 1972.
Toni Ann Auriemma
Ms. Auriemma joined New Jersey School of Ballet in 1996. For over 20 years, Ms. Auriemma has applied her organizational skills managing the school's scheduling, billing, and client communications. She also organizes NJSB students and parent volunteers for company and school productions and rehearses the Clowns for New Jersey Ballet Company's Nutcracker. Ms. Auriemma majored in Business Administration at Montclair State University.
Mr. Bonaventura credits include several years as principal dancer with Cleveland Ballet where he danced principal roles in numerous ballets including Swan Lake, Romeo & Juliet, Coppelia, Balanchine’s Apollo, Midsummer Night’s Dream and the standard classical pas de deux. He also guested numerous times in Caracas with ballerina Zhanda Rodriguez. Choreographer Fleming Flindt invited him to Denmark to film his Lucifer’s Daughter, a ballet to celebrate the Queen of Denmark’s 25th Anniversary. Most recently, he was a principal dancer with New Jersey Ballet and with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet.
Eileen graduated from Marymount Manhattan College where she received her BFA in ballet under the direction of Katie Langan. While at Marymount, she performed work by Paul Taylor, Jae Man Joo, Alberto Del Saz and Anthony Ferro to name a few. After graduation, she joined Complexions Contemporary Ballet’s Pre Professional program and had the ato perform with the company at their 23rd anniversary gala at the Joyce Theater. Eileen went on to dance with The Albano Ballet, Arch Contemporary Ballet, and Sheep’s Meadow Dance Theatre performing throughout New York City and Connecticut. She received her training from the New Jersey School of Ballet and danced as part of their Junior Company in many of the New Jersey Ballet’s professional productions.
Ms. Guimaraes a native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Ms. Guimaraes graduated from the University of Rio de Janeiro with a degree in dance. Her early ballet studies were with Russian dancer Tatiana Leskorva and Ismael Guizer in Brazil. Ms. Guimaraes later joined the Nina Verchinina Contemporary Ballet and Jazz Company in Rio de Janeiro. She has taught all levels of Ballet, Jazz and Modern in Brazil. After relocating to the U.S., she was on the dance faculty at Oakland University in Michigan teaching all levels of Ballet, Jazz and Modern. She also teaches Tap and Brazilian.
Se Hyun Jin
Ms. Jin (Ballet) - began her training at Dajeon Art High School, South Korea. She continues her training at the Kirov Academy of Ballet, in Washington, D. C. Se Hyun danced solo and principal roles with Milwaukee Ballet, Charleston City Ballet and Columbia Classical Ballet. Her repertoire includes such ballets as Swan Lake, Nutcracker, Romeo & Juliet, and Don Quixote
Ms. Kapteyn began her training at the East Street Ballet, Massachusetts. She continued training with Irina Vakhromeeva while a student at Deerfield Academy. Ilse attended summer programs at the School of American Ballet, the Chautauqua Institution, and American Ballet Theatre NY. Ilse traveled to Moscow in the summer of 2011 and was accepted at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. Ilse joined the New Jersey Ballet in the fall of 2012.
Ms. Kojima-Noa was born in Japan and studied with Bolshoi and New York City Ballet principals Valentina Kozlova and Leonid Kozlov. Ms. Kojima-Noa joined New Jersey Ballet during the 2001-2002 season and has danced many soloist and principal roles in Nutcracker, Don Quixote, Paquita, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle and other contemporary works. She is a reheasal coach for the company and is on the ballet faculty of New Jersey School of Ballet. This season, she joins the staff as Market and Social Media Director.
Mr. McRae began training in San Francisco when he was 9 years old and continued at New Jersey School of Ballet. He became an apprentice to NJB at age 16. While attending Point Park College, he performed for 4 years with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. A member of NJB for 15 years, he danced numerous solo and principal roles and often returns to the stage in character roles such as Carabosse in Sleeping Beauty and Don Quixote in Don Q. He is a former member of the boards of Dance/ New Jersey and ArtPride New Jersey and NJB’s Assistant Artistic Director.
Risa Mochizuki (Ballet) - trained at the Royal Ballet of Flanders and at ballet academies in Japan. She danced solo and principal roles with the Teatrul Ballet Sibu, Romania, the Constanta National Opera Ballet and the Timisoara National Opera Ballet. Her principal roles include Don Quixote, Pacquita, Nutcracker, Chopiniana and La Vivandiere. She has won medals in several international competitions. Most recently, she took the bronze medal in the Kozlova Competition in New York and a Gold Medal at the World Ballet Competition in Florida.
Ms. Noa began her training locally, joining the New Jersey School of Ballet at age 8. At 11, she performed the coveted role of Clara in NJB’s production of Nutcracker at Paper Mill Playhouse. Ms. Noa studied on scholarship at the Pennsylvania Ballet, dancing numerous roles. She joined NJB in 1999. Ms. Noa is noted for her work in such diverse works as For Ella and Flames of Paris, among others. She scored a major triumph as the Cowgirl in the company’s 2007 revival of Rodeo.
Ava Prentice began her training at the Ballet Barre School of Performing Arts before joining New Jersey School of Ballet’s Intensive Program. As a member of New Jersey Ballet’s Junior Company, Ava had the opportunity to perform in the company’s productions of Nutcracker, Giselle, and Esmeralda, among many others. In addition to her training at New Jersey School of Ballet, Ava she has attended summer intensives at Ballet West and the French Academie of Ballet. Ms. Prentice graduated Cum Laude from Blair Academy and currently attends Drew University as a French major.
Ms. Sabovick-Bleich joined New Jersey Ballet in 1981 and performed as soloist and principal until 2004. A strong classical dancer, she excelled in roles that demand the elegance of the Sylvia pas de deux, the bravura virtuosity of the Stars & Stripes pas de deux and the feistiness of the Cowgirl in Agnes deMille’s Rodeo. Ms.Sabovick-Bleich toured with the Pavlova Celebration Ballet, Kozlov and Friends and International Ballet Stars. Her teaching experience includes ballet and pointe classes at all levels.
Ms. Scarangelllo studied ballet at American Ballet Theatre and at New York’s Dance Circle under noted master Alfredo Corvino. She also studied Jazz and Flamenco and performed with Dance Circle Company in New York. Her credits include over 20 TV shows and numerous movies. She is a graduate of Montclair State University and is certified in Arts Administration by New York University. Her teaching credits include the Wein Center for Dance, New York City, and the Governor’s School of the Arts.
Eunice Suba enrolled at New Jersey School of Ballet at the age of 11 and joined the Intensive Program at age 13. A Junior Company member for 3 years, she was chosen to dance the coveted role of Clara in NJ Ballet’s Nutcracker. Ms. Suba received scholarships to attend summer intensive programs at Miami City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, NY, and French Academie. She won a Gold Medal at the 2018 Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition NYC.
Mr. Tamaki began his formal training at New Jersey School of Ballet at age 7 and became a member of the NJB Junior Company in 1998. A year later he joined the company and during his career danced principal roles, which included the Champion Roper in Rodeo, the Prince and Trepak in Nutcracker, Romeo in Romeo & Juliet and Le Corsair pas de deux to name a few. Mr. Tamaki is a ballet instructor for New Jersey School of Ballet and is Director of Advancement for New Jersey Ballet Company. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Saint Mary’s College of California where he graduated summa cum laude and holds a Master of Science in Nonprofit Management from Columbia University. Mr. Tamaki also leads NJ Ballet’s Dancing for Parkinson’s program, which provides free weekly dance classes to individuals with Parkinson’s disease, and is a Stanley J. Wertheimer Fellow.
Darika Ukurchinova (Ballet) – trained at the Moscow Academy of Ballet, Russia, and the national Academy of Ballet in Kyrgystan, receiving a degree in classical ballet and as an instructor of the Russian School of Ballet. Ms. Ukurchinova performed with the National Theatre of Ballet, Kyrgystan. Her repertoire included Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Carmen, Paquita and Nutcracker. She has taught all ages and levels of ballet, speaks three languages and is an accomplished pianist.
Ms. Walsh received a Bachelor of Arts degree in dance with high honors from Butler University. She danced professionally with several companies as a soloist and principal including Indianapolis Ballet Theater, St. Louis Ballet, and Ballet Memphis. She teaches all levels of ballet and is a private coach working with rhythmic gymnastics levels four through eight. During 10 years at New Jersey School of Ballet, she choreographed for several student workshops
Catherine Whiting trained at the New Jersey School of Ballet and also attended programs at the School of American Ballet and American Ballet Theatre. She was part of the school’s ensemble that took first place twice in the Youth Dance Festival of New Jersey. Ms. Whiting also won first place performing a pas de deux in that competition. Her repertory includes Fairy Doll, Le Corsaire and Don Quixote. She joined NJB in 2011.CATHERINE WHITING trained at the New Jersey School of Ballet and also attended programs at the School of American Ballet and American Ballet Theatre. She was part of the school’s ensemble that took first place twice in the Youth Dance Festival of New Jersey. Ms. Whiting also won first place performing a pas de deux in that competition. Her repertory includes Fairy Doll, Le Corsaire and Don Quixote. She joined NJB in 2011.
Mr. Wilder is known for his quick feet and solid, rhythmic style. He is a principal dancer for the New Jersey Tap Dance Ensemble under the direction of Deborah Mitchell. Mr. Wilder has studied with many accomplished artists including Deborah Mitchell, Jimmy Slyde and Savion Glover. He has worked with renowned composers Marvin Hamlisch, Bill Conti, J. Leonard Oxley and Nikki Denner.
Ms. Yatsenko is a graduate of the famed Moscow State Academic Choreographic School in Moscow, Russia, and since 1988 has been featured in performances in Japan, France, Italy, Spain, Norway, Belgium, China, Mexico, Canada, Germany and Turkey as a principal ballerina with the Moscow State Classical Ballet Theatre. She has also won a Silver Medal at the Intermational Ballet Competition in Russia in 1991.