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.
  • Fang-Ju (Modern)

    Fang-Ju, born and raised in Taiwan, came to the United States to further her study of dance. She earned an Associate Degree of Dance in Australia from the Queensland University of Technology, Academy of the Arts/Dance, and received her BFA in Dance Education from the University of the Arts. Fang-Ju is trained in a wide range of dance styles and stagecraft. In addition to performing, she has taught ballet for many years throughout the Philadelphia area. Fang-Ju has been dancing with Koresh since 1998.
  • Anitra Keegan (Ballet)

    Born in Seoul, South Korea and raised in Holmdel, New Jersey, Anitra N. Keegan brings a wholly unique and diverse approach to her passion for dance. With close to three decades of experience, Ms. Keegan began her training at the Academy of Dance Arts in London, the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, and the Pennsylvania Ballet’s Rock School for Dance Education. Out of high school, Ms. Keegan began her professional career in Philadelphia with the Pennsylvania Ballet, where she performed in classical works such as George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments, Western Symphony, and Who Cares?She was later accepted to the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, where she graduated with Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. After graduating, she was asked to join the Ohio Ballet in Akron, Ohio. Under the direction of Heinz Poll and Jeffrey Grahm Hughes, Ms. Keegan had the privilege to work with distinguished choreographers, including Alonzo King, Donald Bryd, Lynn Taylor Corbett, Laura Dean, and Anne Marie DeAngelo. Looking to strengthen her dance repertoire, Ms. Keegan then moved to New York City to pursue a free-lance career, which allowed her the opportunity to work with companies including DancesPatrelle, Chamber Dance Project, and BalletNY, where she was featured as “Desdemona” in John Butler’s Othello. In 2007, Ms. Keegan returned to Philadelphia and joined BalletX as a Principal Artist, where she was featured in world-premiere roles by such noted choreographers as Matthew Neenan, Edwaard Liang, Alex Ketley, Jorma Elo, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Jodie Gates, and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. Ms. Keegan continues to pass along her knowledge and passion to a new generation of dancers, serving as an instructor at numerous schools and academies.
  • 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.