Lynn Parkerson, Founding Artistic Director, began her career as a choreographer while living in Germany. German critic Joachim Ernst-Berendt wrote of Ms. Parkerson, “She makes music with her body like a musician on his instrument, and when she moves we feel it, that’s the way free music should be danced.” Jack Anderson of The New York Times wrote, “Ms. Parkerson successfully made her dancers seem witness to a miracle…one knew she was talking to God and the world.” Jennifer Dunning of The New York Times has called her solo dance, “an innately spiritual embodiment of grace.”
In recognition of her exceptional leadership contributions to Brooklyn’s cultural community, Ms. Parkerson received the Betty Smith Arts Award as part of the Women's “Herstory” Induction Ceremony and Reception on March 22, 2007. Each year, the awards, named after some of the most outstanding women in Brooklyn “herstory,” are given to six outstanding Brooklyn women. In November '06 she received the Paul Robeson Award for Artistic Excellence and Community Service.
Lynn Parkerson’s choreography has been presented at many prominent international events and venues, including the Munich Theater Festival, Frankfurt’s Theatre am Turm, the Florence International Festival of Dance, Moers New Jazz Festival, Jazz Festival Baden-Baden and An Appalachian Summer Arts Festival in Boone, NC, among others. In New York City, she presented annual dance programs—notably the popular ballet series To the Pointe—as Director of Dance at Holy Trinity from 1991-2001. Her work has been supported by grants from the Harkness Foundation for Dance, Joyce Mertz-Gilmore Foundation and Con Edison. She also served as the Assistant Director of the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center from 1996-1999. Ms. Parkerson has taught dance to children and adults in New York and abroad.
Mary Ellen Beaudreau, School Director, comes with 15 years of experience as a director, dance educator, professional dancer, and choreographer. Holding a Masters in Choreography degree from the Laban Conservatoire in London, and Bachelors in Dance degree from The Juilliard School, Ms. Beaudreau worked with renowned dance companies such as San Francisco Ballet, North Carolina Dance Theatre and Pilobolus Dance Theatre. As a dedicated director of children's dance programs, including Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts in Long Island, NY, Mary Ellen lead programs around the world, collaborating with organizations such as the International Rescue Committee, Harlem Children’s Zone and Artists Striving to End Poverty. As a lead teaching artist with Pilobolus Dance Theatre since 2011, Mary Ellen enjoys sharing the art of dance and the creative process to thousands of children and adults. Mary Ellen Beaudreau is excited to continue the tradition of offering quality, professional dance training to a diverse range of students as the new School Director of Brooklyn Ballet.
Nia Lancelin-Brantly, School Administrator, is a performing & teaching artist originally from Pine Bluff, Arkansas. She received her BA in Theatre and Dance from Spelman College in 2009 and danced professionally for 10 years performing with The Atlanta Opera, Atlanta Ballet, Coca-Cola, Kia, BET, HBO, and more. She has been teaching for over 15 years and founded two training companies that she eventually decided to merge. Upon moving to New York Nia took a break from performing to focus on choreography, teaching, and developing her business the WERKing dancer. She lives by the motto: To touch. To move. To inspire. That is the true gift of dance.
Catherine Green, Elevate Director, began professional training at North Carolina School of the Arts. She received her BFA in dance from Purchase College and her MA in dance education from New York University. Performance credits include Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Ballet Met, Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, Ernesta Corvino's Dance Circle Company, Ballet Mink Colbert, Historic Dance Theater and Brooklyn Ballet. Ms. Green is delighted to be a part of Brooklyn Ballet School's faculty in addition to coordinating Elevate, Brooklyn Ballet's in-school dance education program. She also teaches ballet in the Hunter College Dance Program.
Richard Glover, Next Step Summer Intensive Director/Adult Ballet Faculty, is from Brooklyn, NY, where he began his training at the Brooklyn Music School. He then went on to study at Dance Theatre of Harlem, followed by The School of American Ballet at Lincoln Center, both on full scholarship. Mr. Glover began his professional career at Pittsburgh Ballet Theater dancing in The Four Temperaments, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, andSerenade. He danced with Colorado Ballet in Denver, performing in ballets such as The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Giselle, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Dracula, and a world premiere by choreographer Rennie Harris. Richard also danced with several companies in London, including performances at English National Ballet and The Royal Opera House. He recently appeared in a music video for music artist Asgeir, choreographed by Celia Rowlson-Hall. Along with freelance performing, Richard teaches, coaches and choreographs at various schools in the tri-state area.
Nellie Rainwater, Development Associate, is a dancer/choreographer and arts administrator originally from Rhode Island. She received an M. F. A. in Dance from Tisch School of the Arts/NYU, and a B. A. in Dance and English from Saint Olaf College. Her choreography has been presented at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Dixon Place, CPR - Center for Performance Research, and DANCE NOW at Joe’s Pub, among other venues. She currently performs with Naomi Goldberg Haas / Dances for a Variable Population and teaches dance and yoga classes in addition to working with Brooklyn Ballet.
Javier Banks, Receptionist, is a dancer and budding arts administrator from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Performing with the Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre from the age of 15, they have had roles in productions of The Nutcracker, Firebird, and A Midsummer Night's Dream. In New York, Javier attended summer intensives at Dance Theatre of Harlem and American Ballet Theatre. A current resident of Brooklyn, they lead community movement workshops with organizations dedicated to making the arts accessible at all intersections. Javier is a strong believer in using the arts to enrich every aspect of our lives, and that creating an environment for others to explore creative interests is as necessary as it is rewarding.
Brittany Engel-Adams was awarded the Oprah Winfrey Fellowship at the Alvin Ailey School in 2007. From 2007-2009 she performed with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater during their New York City Season. She toured internationally as a company member of Ailey II. Brittany has been a guest artist for Dance The Yard, Dana Katz, Sleep No More, Naomi Goldberg Haas and has choreographed works for the Joffrey Contemporary School. Brittany is the Company Manager/Rehearsal Director and Performer for Company Stefanie Batten Bland. She is featured in the film Chiraq directed by Spike Lee, and was a co-star in the fourth season of HBO series Boardwalk Empire. Brittany serves as a part-time Lecturer at Rutgers University and Modern teacher at the Brooklyn Ballet School.
David Fernandez is a choreographer, dancer, and ballet teacher based in New York. His most acclaimed choreography, entitled “Five Variations on a Theme,” was created for New York City Ballet's principal dancer Joaquin De Luz. The work was performed as part of the “Kings of the Dance” program, premiering in the Ukraine in November 2008. David's other choreographies have been created for leading dancers from American Ballet Theatre and New York City Ballet. During David's dance career, he performed with Chicago's Boitsov Classical Ballet, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Ballet Theatre of Chicago, and in Indiana University's production of Don Quixote, directed by Susan Jones of American Ballet Theatre. David had the honor of performing alongside Mikhail Baryshnikov in “The Doctor and The Patient” at the 2004 Lincoln Center Festival. He currently teaches for Central Park Dance studios, the Long Island Ballet Theatre School, and at Westport's Academy of Ballet in Connecticut. He is happy to create new works at the Ballet Hispanico School of Dance for the Pre-Professional Repertory class and to be the Ballet Master at Brooklyn Ballet. David spends his summers teaching intensives at several ballet and contemporary companies in both the United States and Mexico. www. davidferndance.com
Eric Holzworth began his training at age six with the Pacific Northwest Ballet School. He spent all of his summers at the School of American Ballet and the San Francisco Ballet School, as well as Suzanne Farrell's summer workshop. He has performed with Miami City Ballet and Sacramento Ballet, as well as choreographed for them. He has danced leading roles in Balanchine's “Serenade,” “Western Symphony,” “Who Cares” and “Rubies.”
Christine F. Scheibl came to New York from Vienna, Austria in 1993 to study Ballet with Dance Theatre of Harlem. After completing the Professional Training Program, she worked as a professional dancer performing throughout the USA and participating in outreach programs to bring dance to the community. After the birth of her daughter in 2000, she enrolled in the Swedish Institute for Massage Therapy and received her Associate in Occupational Studies in 2002. She works as a massage therapist and has been a dedicated and experienced dance teacher.
Inna Yureneva is a Russian-born graduate (2002), of the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. While a student in Moscow, Inna performed in numerous productions for the Bolshoi Theater. After completing her studies, she moved with her family to the United States in 2002. Since then, she has performed with numerous national ballet companies, including the Metropolitan Opera, Connecticut Ballet, Ballet New York and Lynn Barr Dance Theater among others. Inna is a Certified Teacher in the American Ballet Theater (ABT) National Training Curriculum. In 2015 Inna has received a degree in classical ballet pedagogy from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow. Inna has extensive experience teaching ballet to students of different ages and skill levels, in national and international contexts. She maintains her relationship with the Bolshoi Ballet Academy as Director of the Academy’s annual Summer Intensive program in Connecticut and Teacher Certification Program in New York.
Jillian Greis began her early dance training at Lowe Dance Studio and Southern New Jersey Academy of Performing Arts. Jillian then entered Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet’s rigorous training program; her teaching is heavily influenced by CPYB’s Artistic Director, Marcia Dale Weary. Jillian’s philosophy involves introducing the technical elements of ballet slowly and strategically in order to inspire confidence and competence. Jillian recently spent two years with the Western Pennsylvania Youth Ballet where she worked closely with Artistic Director Michael Villella to develop a comprehensive and cohesive ballet curriculum and she is very excited to bring this work to the Brooklyn Ballet School for the upcoming school year. In addition to teaching, Jillian is pursuing a degree in Psychology at Harvard University.
Elisabet Rubio is originally from Havana, Cuba, and is a graduate from The Cuban National Ballet School. Ms. Rubio was part of the cast of Ballet Laura Alonso (Center of Pro Dance of Cuba). She has performed in the ballets Dracula (corps de ballet, Court and celebration Lucy), The Nutcracker (guest, Waltz of the Flowers and the Snowflakes), Les Sylphides (four soloist roles), and Yarini choreographed by Ivan Alonso. During Cuballet Summer 2012, she danced in Sleeping Beauty in the roles of the fairy of the beauty, pas de sept and Snow White. She has taught at Ballet Hispanico since 2013 and for Brooklyn Ballet’s “Elevate” outreach program and School since 2015.
Maria Piedad is a choreographer and teacher. She graduated from the Cuban National Ballet School and from the NYU/American Ballet Theatre® M. A. in ballet pedagogy. She has developed her artistic career in Ecuador, Cuba and the U. S. Member of the International Dance Council CID-UNESCO since 2009, she also teaches character, historical, jazz and contemporary dance. Maria Piedad is an ABT® Affiliate Teacher who is certified to teach the ABT® National Training Curriculum from pre-primary through level 7 and partnering, and has successfully presented students for examinations. Besides her work at Brooklyn Ballet, she is ballet faculty at Ballet Hispanico in the Early Childhood, General and Pre-professional programs, a ballet mistress and repetiteur for the Long Island Ballet Theatre and Dance into Light. She is also the pedagogic and choreographic adviser for Danzas Ballet School in Ecuador since 1999.
Wendy Clark has danced professionally with the Eugene Ballet Company, City Ballet of San Diego, and Ballet Spokane. She is currently attending NYU for a master’s degree in Ballet Pedagogy and a teaching certification in American Ballet Theatre curriculum. She has been teaching ballet for the last ten years and continues to work as a freelance dancer.
Nia Lancelin is a dancer, singer, actor from Pine Bluff, Arkansas. She attended Belmont School of Dance for 16 years and received her BA in Theatre and Dance from Spelman College. Since then, Nia has experienced an assortment of different opportunities. Nia was a company member with T. Lang - A Dance Company and Axam Dance Theatre Experience. She toured internationally with the theatrical production Drumline Live and tour nationally as the ballet pointe soloist for UniverSOUL Circus. She has also worked as a dancer for major companies like Kia, Nike, and Coca-Cola. In 2006 Lancelin founded Let's Dance and to this date her company has serviced hundreds of children in over 20 schools. Nia's motto are words said by Aubrey Lynch: To touch. To move. To inspire. That is the true gift of dance.