Summer Teacher Biographies

  • Meredith Reffner-Callender (Ballet)

    Former Member of Pennsylvania Ballet, Washington Ballet & Fort Worth Ballet in Dallas, Texas. Meredith has been teaching in the greater Philadelphia area since she retired from the stage in 2010, and has also worked hard to further her teaching certifications through the Cecchetti Council of America.
  • Rebecca Arends (Jazz)

    Ms. Arends earned a B.A. in History and Afro American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she was a Powers-Knapp Scholar. Following graduation, Rebecca attended The Ailey School under the direction of Denise Jefferson and was awarded the Oprah Winfrey Foundation Fellowship. Ms. Arends has been a member of the Seán Curran Company since 2008. Ms. Arends has helped set Seán Curran repertory on Darrah Carr Dance, the BFA programs at The Ailey School/Fordham University, New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and Coker College (Hartsville, SC). Ms. Arends is the founder of RAredancework, a non-profit organization, dedicated to the performing arts, and her choreography has been presented at Dixon Place and Green Space in New York City and Constellation-Chicago.
  • Abigail Mentzer (Ballet)

    Former Pennsylvania Ballet Soloist, and former Chorus Member of Phantom of The Opera on Tour, and Founder of Abigail Mentzer Designs. Abbie grew up in NYC, and trained at the School of American Ballet. She performed many children’s roles with New York City Ballet and the NYC Opera. Ms. Mentzer went on to have a successful career at PA Ballet, and upon retiring joined the Broadway tour of Phantom of The Opera.
  • Allison Walsh (Ballet & Broadway)

    Originally from Bethesda, Maryland, Allison embarked on her path as a professional dancer while training with the Maryland Youth Ballet. She later attended the School of American Ballet's summer workshops on full scholarship. Allison spent a year dancing with the Washington Ballet Studio Company and American Ballet Theater before joining The Joffrey Ballet in Chicago. During her 7-year tenure at the Joffrey, Allison performed leading roles in The Rite of Spring, Twyla Tharp's Waterbaby Bagatelles, Lar Lubovitch's Othello, and others. Ms. Walsh then went on to dance with Philadelphia-based BalletX. Upon leaving BalletX Allison made her Broadway debut as the Dance Captain for An American in Paris, and she later danced the leading role. Ms. Walsh has also appeared in Broadway’s Anastasia.
  • Caili Quan (Ballet & Contemporary)

    Caili was born on the island of Guam, and developed an early love for ballet. At the age of 16, Caili moved to New York City to continue her classical training at Ballet Academy East. In 2007 she received a scholarship to train with Richmond Ballet and in 2009 became an apprentice with North Carolina Dance Theatre under Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and Patricia McBride. She has had the privilege to perform works by George Balanchine, August Bournonville, and Marius Petipa, among others. Ms. Quan spent three seasons with First State Ballet Theatre, under the direction of Pasha Kambalov, and performed with Opera Delaware. Caili has been a member of Philadelphia-based BalletX since 2013, and has had numerous roles choreographed on her. She has also choreographed for New York City-based Konverjdans and First State Ballet Theatre.
  • Nancy Page (Choreography Creation)

    A native of West Chester, PA, Ms. Page trained at a young age at The Dance Center under the direction of Donna Muzio and was promoted to principal dancer with the Brandywine Ballet during her high school years. She apprenticed with the Pittsburgh Ballet before accepting a company position with Florida Ballet. She later became a member of the Tampa/Colorado Ballet, dancing solo and principal roles in classical and contemporary works. Ms. Page eventually accepted principal positions with Sarasota Ballet and Ballet Eddy Toussaint USA. Ms. Page returned home in 1993 to perform as Principal Dancer with the Brandywine Ballet. Ms. Page continued to guest alongside professional dancers from Ballet West and Joffrey Ballet and also performed with the Pennsylvania Ballet. Ms. Page is Brandywine Ballet’s Resident Choreographer, and has choreographed several full-length ballets including: Dracula, Beauty & the Beast, and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Nancy has also choreographed numerous shorter works including Carmina Burana, Mozart’s Requiem, and Voices. In addition, Ms. Page is a principal teacher at The Dance Center, Official School of Brandywine Ballet, and continues to mentor and train dancers at The Dance Center and Brandywine Ballet.
  • Riley Lennon (Yoga)

    Riley began practicing yoga about four years ago, when she decided to take a class in college. She was going through some big life changes at the time and found that yoga helped her to blossom into the person she is today. She has been eager to learn as much as possible about yoga since college, and recently completed her 200-hour teacher training at Brandywine Yoga in May of 2017. Since then she has been teaching at Brandywine Yoga, and at Barefoot Yoga.