Faculty & Staff

Directors

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 NutcrackerFirebird, 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.

Faculty

Rachel Mazur is originally from Lexington, KY, and began her training with the Lexington Ballet. She later received a B.A in Ballet Performance and Dance Pedagogy from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA. While at Point Park, she danced at the Pittsburgh Playhouse, as well as, student teaching at Pittsburgh's CAPA high school. Rachel then moved to New York City to gain an  M.A in Teaching Dance in the Professions: American Ballet Theatre at New York University. In addition, she is an ABT® Certified Teacher, Primary- Level 7 and Partnering of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. She has taught, directed, and choreographed in the NYC and Central Kentucky areas including: American Youth Dance Theater, Dancers Responding to AIDS,  Usdan Summer Camp for the Performing Arts, Lower East Side’s Educational Alliance, Chen Dance Center, The Lexington Ballet, East Pointe Dance, and The Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts. 

Ramon Thielen, born in Barquisimeto, Venezuela, began his ballet studies in the Casa de la Cultura Julio Garmendia with Nery Johnson and later continued in the Gustavo Franklin Ballet School in Caracas. In 1987 he joined the Ballet Metropolitano de Caracas and later the Ballet Nuevo Mundo de Caracas, directed by Zhandra Rodriguez, where he was promoted to Principal Dancer in 1990. In 1991 he joined the San Jose Cleveland Ballet where for seven years he performed many principal roles in the classical and contemporary repertoire. Mr. Thielen joined The Dance Theater of Harlem in 1998 and was promoted to Principal Dancer in 1999. He was the first Hispanic male Principal Dancer at the institution in 36 years. He worked with Sensedance, Chamber Dance Project, Connecticut Ballet, the Ajkun Ballet Theatre, Lula Washington Dance Theatre, Ballet Rox and the Metropolitan Ballet among many others. Some of his principal roles include: Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Carmina Burana, Raymond (in the ballet movie The Blue Suede Shoes), Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Othello, Diana and Acteon and Apollo. He has being a guest artist with many international companies. In 2005 he participate  in the gala 'Gigantes de la Danza' en Mexico, sharing the stage with many super star of the dance lake Carlos Junior Acosta, Julie Kent and Jose Manuel Carreno, and in the same year he participate in the 'Diaghilev Festival' in Russia Directed by Natalia Makarova. Also in 2006 was part of the super gala 'Maris Liepa' in Moscow, alternating with an incredible selection of dancers from The Bolshoi Ballet, Mariinsky Ballet and La Scala de Milan, including Svetlana Zaharova, Farukh Ruzimatov, and Roberto Bolle. He has toured many countries, including: Venezuela, Colombia Curacao, USA, England, Scotland, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Spain, Switzerland, Italy, Greece, Australia, 21cities in Russia, and 14 cities China.  Ramon Thielen also has more than 18 years of experience as a national and international dance teacher.

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.

Yana Volkova began her studies at the Academy School of Ballet in Voronezh, Russia learning the Vaganova Ballet Method. She graduated with honors from the State Ballet Academy and was invited to work in one of Moscow's leading companies performing as a soloist. As a principal dancer, Yana has worked with Moscow Ballet and the Metropolitan Opera, among others, touring Europe, Canada, and the United States. Yana has been instructing classes in ballet, pointe, stretching and character emphasizing correct development of both the technical and artistic elements of classical ballet. Yana also works as Program Director of the Bolshoi Academy Summer Intensive in NYC and participates in the “Art of the Dance World” Public School Educational Program. 

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.

Belinda McGuire is an American-Canadian dancer, choreographer, and Artistic Director of Belinda McGuire Dance Projects, based in Brooklyn. Her choreography has been supported by the Bossak/Heilbron Charitable Foundation, Brooklyn Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, and presented across the United States, Canada, and Mexico. A former student of the Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, she completed her formal education at The Juilliard School.  Established in 2007, Belinda McGuire Dance Projects (BMDP) supports the research, development, production, and presentation of international and collaborative multidisciplinary dance performance as a means to stimulate the conscientious capacity of wide-ranging publics through exposure to creative experimentation and artistic excellence. Through BMDP, Belinda has commissioned and performed in world premieres by Kate Alton, Sylvain Emard, Andrea Miller, Sharon Moore, Idan Sharabi, Doug Varone, and Emio Greco | Pieter C. Scholten. In 2013, she was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Performance in The Heist Project. Prior to BMDP, Belinda performed as a company member for Doug Varone and Dancers, Gallim Dance, and The Jose Limon Dance Company, appearing on stages across Brazil, China, Italy, Mexico, Switzerland, Thailand, and the United States. Formal residencies for Belinda McGuire Dance Projects include Centre de Creation O Vertigo, Espace Marie Chouinard, International Choreographic Arts Centre Amsterdam, James Sewell Ballet Company, National Ballet of Canada’s Choreographic Workshop, New Dialect, New York State & Province of Quebec Artist-in-Residence Exchange Program, ODC San Francisco, Ross Creek Centre for the Arts, and the Bessie Schonberg Residency at the Yard in Martha’s Vineyard. She has taught and choreographed as a guest artist for Brooklyn Ballet, Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, Ecole de Danse Contemporaine de Montreal, The Juilliard School, The Limon Institute, Marymount Manhattan College, New Jersey Dance Theater Ensemble, Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, and State University of New York at Purchase.