Faculty


RESIDENT FACULTY:
Joseph Jefferies
Kathy Stark

GUEST INSTRUCTORS:
Cheryl Madeux-Abbott
Roberto Forleo
Chip Morris


RESIDENT FACULTY:
Joseph
Joseph Jefferies is currently on the faculty of Boston Ballet North Shore, Walnut Hill Community Dance Academy and Northeast School of Ballet. He has served as director of Portland Ballet Summer Dance Program and has taught master classes and workshops at ballet schools across the country. Mr Jefferies is an award-winning choreographer creating over 30 works for companies including Ballet Memphis, Miami City Ballet, Peoria Ballet, Ballet Trockadero, Harid Conservatory, Ballet Yuma and Walnut Hill School for the Arts. He has won the RDA Emerging Choreographer scholarship twice and had his work selected and performed for New York City’s Ballet Builders Showcase and for the RDA National Convention in Montreal, Canada. As a professional dancer Joseph was a member of Ballet Memphis dancing the lead roles in Swan Lake, Giselle, Coppelia and Cinderella. As a member of Les Ballet Trockadero de Monte Carlo he toured the world performing in over 25 different countries. 
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NEW-Kathy-w-Sarah-BWKathy Stark is currently on the faculty of Acton School of Ballet. She served as Director of the Walnut Hill Community Dance Academy for 14 years and was the Founder and Director of their Youth Summer Dance Program. Ms. Stark was a member of the faculties of Pittsburgh Youth Ballet and the American Academy of Ballet in Buffalo, NY, and Chautauqua Institution.  Ms. Stark received her dance training at North Carolina School of the Arts, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, and as a child with Jean Gedeon and Eduard Caton. She danced with Ballet Met in Columbus, OH and was a principal dancer of Southern Ballet Theatre (now Orlando Ballet).
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GUEST INSTRUCTORS:

Cheryl Madeux-Abbott danced with Joffrey Ballet, Hartford Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre. She is currently ballet director at Franklin School for the Performing Arts, adjunct faculty at Walnut Hill School, summer faculty member for the American Ballet Theatre Young Dancer Workshop in NYC, and an examiner for the American Ballet Theatre curriculum.
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Roberto Forleo trained at Scuola di Balletto Classico Cosi-Stafanescu (Reggio Emilia, Italy) and at Ecole Atelier Rudra Bejart Lausanne (Switzerland) where he studied with Azari Plisetzki, Sulamith Messerer, Suzanne Farrell, David Howard, and Colette Milner. He performed with Grupo Corpo (Brazil), Bejart Ballet Lausanne (Switzerland), Rambert Dance Company (London, UK), Ballet Biarritz (France), Cie Marie-Laure Agrapart (Paris, France), La-Parenthese Christophe Garcia (Marseille, France), Les Ballets Grandiva (Japan), and Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo (USA). Roberto has served as Director of the Pre-Professional Program of Portland School of Ballet in Maine from 2013 through 2016. Mr. Forleo is a certified ABT baller teacher from Pre-Primary to Level 3 and joined the faculty at Bates College (Lewiston, ME) in the fall of 2016.
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Chip Morris, Director of the Acton School of Ballet, began his dance training in Madison, Wisconsin where he directed Jazzworks Dance Theatre and choreographed for Choreographer’s Consortium and the Madison Savoyards. Since coming to Boston in 1985, Mr. Morris has performed with the modern dance company, Choreo, and danced as a soloist with The Dance Prism. Mr. Morris has choreographed for several companies in the Boston area including the Harvard-Radcliffe Dance Company and Wheaton College. With Kathryn Anderson he is co-founder of the Commonwealth Ballet Company and currently serves as its Artistic Director. He has choreographed more than 25 ballets, including full-length productions of Dracula, Beauty and the Beast, Hans Christian Anderson’s The Nightingale, and The Secret Garden. Mr. Morris holds a PhD in mathematics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
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