2020 Summer Teachers

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DREW GRANT

Week 1 - Ballet

Drew was born in Philadelphia, PA. He trained on full scholarship with the Dance Center in West Chester, PA and The School of American Ballet in New York City. He attended summer courses with The School of American Ballet, Miami City Ballet and Chautauqua Institution on full scholarship. He has danced professionally with Los Angeles Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, BalletMet, Carolina Ballet and Stadt Theater Chemnitz in Germany. Throughout his career he has danced principal roles in works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Dwight Rhoden, Helen Pickett, Medhi Walerski, Uwe Schulz, Amy Seiwert, Ben Van Cauwenbergh, and Ohad Naharin. He retired from professional dance as a principal with Charlotte Ballet (formerly North Carolina Dance Theater) in 2019. He lives in Essex, Vt with his husband, their dog and two cats.

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TIM EARLY

Week 1 - Contemporary Jazz

Tim Early is celebrating his 27th consecutive season with Brandywine Ballet as a Principal Dancer. Tim has worked with many choreographers over his tenure, including Nancy Page, Ronen Koresh, Matthew Neenan, Scott Jovovich, and Christopher Fleming. In addition to performing, Tim has choreographed for Brandywine Ballet, and has been on faculty at The Dance Center, the official school of the Brandywine Ballet. Together with Donna L. Muzio, Mr. Early founded Brandywine Contemporary, the modern-based arm of Brandywine Ballet. He is co-director of the Philadelphia-based modern company Opus I Contemporary. He has also taught ballet, jazz, and modern dance for the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet, Bryn Mawr College, Drexel University, Temple University, the University of Pennsylvania, and West Chester University, as well as a number of schools and dance studios throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. In addition, Mr. Early has headed the dance department at Wyoming Seminary Summer Arts Program in Wilkes-Barre, PA, for the past 20 years.

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JESSICA GATTINELLA

Week 2 - Ballet

Born in San Rafael, California and raised in Philadelphia, Jessica Gattinella began her dance training at the age of six with the School of the Pennsylvania Ballet. Ms. Gattinella began performing with Pennsylvania Ballet as a Trainee and joined the Company as an Apprentice in 1996 and was promoted to Corps de Ballet in 1998. During her ten-year career she performed in over twenty of George Balanchine’s ballets. In 2006, Ms. Gattinella retired from the stage. After her retirement, she taught for Pennsylvania Ballet’s Outreach Program, Brandywine Ballet, and worked as a Rehearsal Assistant with BalletX. In 2008, Ms. Gattinella began staging ballets for the George Balanchine Trust. Ms. Gattinella has staged Mr. Balanchine’s ballets throughout the country, including Pennsylvania Ballet, Oklahoma City Ballet, Miami City Ballet School, and others. She has also taught at The School of Pennsylvania Ballet and University of the Arts as a Senior Lecturer.  

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ERIKA SPEER

Week 2 - Jazz

Ms. Erika Speer is a multi-platinum award winning choreographer in Jazz, Tap and Hip Hop and has been an instructor at The Dance Depot for 6 years. After graduating from Brentwood High School on Long Island, New York, Erika moved to Philadelphia where she received her BFA in Dance Education from the University of the Arts. Erika continues her dance education yearly by attending New York's Dance Teacher Summit where she takes master classes with well-known names in dance such as Germaine Salsberg, Frank Hatchett, Greg Russell and Debbie Dee (just to name a few). Her dynamic and well-rounded experience and teaching style allows her to teach students of all ages, preschool to adult, in almost every dance genre. Erika's students have excelled both on the recreational level and in the competition circuit as her dancers have won Platinum and High-Gold awards in many competition platforms, including the prestigious Starquest, Onstage New York and Starpower Competitions. Erika has been awarded the Apogee Award two years in a row – this award goes to the highest scoring routines among all levels of dance entries in the Competition. During the summer months, Erika is the director of the Julian Krinsky Dance program in Bryn Mawr, where she has written and directed dance programs for children of many ages and nationalities. For the last five years, children have come from all over the world (China, France, Lebanon, Italy and the Dominican Republic) to participate in Erika's program. Erika's love and passion for dance is evident in her day to day life as she continually seeks ways to further her own dance education and that of her students. Erika plans to continue this profession for many years to come – and has high hopes for dance education to cross into mainstream physical education for ALL students

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MARTHA CHAMBERLAIN

Week 3 - Ballet

Martha Chamberlain started dancing at age 5 at the Media Fellowship House. She later began training at The Dance Center, with Donna Muzio, in West Chester. She attended summer courses at the School of American Ballet from 1984-87. She began studies at the Pennsylvania Ballet School in 1987 and was given an apprentice with the Pennsylvania in the fall of 1989. After a month she was promoted to the corps de ballet and from there, rose through the ranks to become a principal dancer, after her debut as Juliet, in John Cranko's Romeo and Juliet, in 2000. She retired from dancing in April of 2011. In her 21 years at Pennsylvania ballet Ms. Chamberlain danced a wide variety of leading roles, from classic full-length story ballets to iconic works by George Balanchine to cutting edge contemporary ballets. 

In addition to her dancing career she also started a career in costume design. Her first professional experience was designing for Christopher D'Amboise when he was the artistic director for the Pennsylvania Ballet. Over the past 20 years she has designed for many choreographers such as Jorma Elo, Matthew Neenan, Helen Picket, Nicolo Fonte, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Claudia Schreier, and Meredith Rainey. She also has a dancewear business, Chamberlain Goods, that specializes in custom dance wear. She joined the University of the Arts dance faculty in the fall of 2013 and is currently a master lecturer as well as the Wardrobe Supervisor for the dance department.
 

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SHANNON BRAHMAN

Week 3 - Contemporary / Modern

Originally from Virginia, Shannon graduated with her BFA in Dance Performance from East Carolina University in 2007. She then joined Koresh Dance Company, first as an apprentice in 2007, then as a full-time company member in 2008. During her ten years with the company, she had the opportunity to travel the world and perform Ronen Koresh’s vast repertoire. She has also had the opportunity to perform choreography by notable choreographers Ohad Naharin (Batsheva Dance Company), Paul Selywyn Norton (STRUT Dance), Nick Pupillo (Visceral Dance Chicago), Christian Von Howard (Von Howard Project), Melissa Rector (Koresh Dance Company), and Rodger Belman (Laura Dean).   While with Koresh Dance Company, Shannon also managed their robust touring, educational and outreach programs as Program Manager. In addition, she is among the few dancers chosen to regularly set Koresh choreography. Shannon is also regularly invited to teach and set her own work across the country.  Recent locations include West Chester University, Wright State University, Erie Dance Conservatory, South Dayton Dance Theater, Highpoint University, We Are Artists, East Carolina University, Brand Performing Arts Center and Nina's School of Dance/Multiple Choices: A Benefit Concert.  Her work has also been showcased at ACDFA, The International Ballet Competition, and Regional Dance America (Monticello Award and The National Choreographic Award Winner). Shannon currently teaches at Jamie’s Dance Odyssey and The Institute of Dance Artistry. In addition to teaching she also is the program coordinator for High Demand Dance Competition. 

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IAN HUSSEY

Week 4 - Ballet

Ian Hussey began his ballet instruction at age nine with the Rock School for Dance Education and continued his training at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet in 2001 under the direction of Marcia Dale Weary. As well, Ian had attended summer intensives (on scholarship) at the School of American Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, and Exploring Ballet with Suzanne Farrell, among others. Ian joined Pennsylvania Ballet as a member of PBII. After becoming an apprentice, he was promoted to the corps de ballet for our 2007/2008 season. In 2010, he was promoted to the rank of soloist and then to principal dancer for our 2012/2013 season. Since joining the company, Ian has taken the stage in featured roles that include Twyla Tharp’s Push Comes to Shove and Nine Sinatra Songs, Jerome Robbins’ The Concert and Other Dances, Paul Taylor’s Company B, Christopher Wheeldon’s After the Rain and Swan Lake, and the Divertissement Pas de Deux in George Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He has created leading roles in ballets for such renowned choreographers as Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Requiem for a Rose, Jorma Elo’s Pulcinella, Trey McIntyre’s The Accidental, and Matthew Neenan’s Pampeana No. 2, Penumbra, Keep, and At the border. In May 2014, Ian was featured in Margo Sappington’s Under the Sun Pas de Deux during the PBS nationwide broadcast of Pennsylvania Ballet at 50. In May of 2019 Mr. Hussey retired from the Pennsylvania Ballet after a distinguished 15-year career. Mr. Hussey is excited and honored to join the artistic staff of American Repertory Ballet for their 2019/2020 season.

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GREG ANMUTH

Week 4 - Contemporary / Jazz

Greg Anmuth began his dance training at his mother’s studio in New Jersey. Having waited until sixteen to begin taking technique classes, Greg fought to catch up to his peers. This began a process of self-exploration that continued through his time at Rowan University. Under the guidance of Paule Turner and Melanie Stewart, Greg sought clarity in his approach to choreography. Using every resource available, Greg pioneered original programs that helped define his movement style and launch his teaching career. While at Rowan, Greg was the first student to present an original evening length dance work and develop a unique internship using the Franklin Method as a group therapy model. He was elected the president of Rowan’s Contemporary Dance Company and has been awarded the Bryna G. Goldhaft Medallion for Dance Excellence in 2012 upon his completion of his B.A. in Health and Exercise Science. 

Now a co-owner of his family’s school, Greg has established a strong presence in the local community. As a teacher and choreographer, Greg has earned numerous awards for his original concepts including the choreography award at the World Dance Championship in 2017 for his piece “Deluge”. In class, development of personal growth remains paramount. Greg challenges individuals to try all things and learn from every experience. Classes are heavily influenced by his Yoga background, Nan Giordano’s NGCP, Luigi, and Ronen Koresh. Performance credits include works by Diane Sharp, Joe Cotler, Jim Bunting, Asya Zlatina among others. Greg is currently a company member with SHARP Dance Co. and teaches at Koresh School of Dance in Philadelphia.
 

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NANCY PAGE

Weeks 1 to 4 - 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 won full scholarships to train with the Milwaukee Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Joffrey Ballet upon graduation. She apprenticed with the Pittsburgh Ballet before accepting a company position with Florida Ballet, where she danced the Gold Medal Pas de Deux choreographed by world-renowned choreographer Norbert Vasak. 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, dancing many original, contemporary ballets that were set on her as well as performing the various classics, such as Paquita, Sleeping Beauty, and The Nutcracker.

Ms. Page returned home in 1993 to perform as Principal Dancer with the Brandywine Ballet. In 1994, she danced the title role in the company's premiere of David Kloss' Cinderella, with long-time partner Steven Jackson. While dancing full-time with Brandywine Ballet, Ms. Page continued to guest alongside professional dancers from Ballet West and Joffrey Ballet and also performed with the Pennsylvania Ballet. In 1998, she was the first Principal Dancer in the newly formed Brandywine Ballet Theatre, the professional arm of the company, dancing alongside Zdenek Konvalina (presently with the English National Ballet) for two years.

In 2000, she had the pleasure of working with the Samuel Barber Foundation to set one of her first ballets, Voices, to his magnificent score Adagio for Strings. In 2008, the Brandywine Ballet collaborated with the Brandywine Singers, and Ms. Page choreographed Mozart’s Requiem, bringing together a powerful array of dancers, vocalists, and musicians. Ms. Page has also choreographed several full-length ballets, such as Dracula, which has been performed numerous times since 2004, Beauty and the Beast, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and most recently The Rock Ballet, another collaboration, performed with vocalists and musicians from the School of Rock. 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.
 

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SARAH BECK

Weeks 1 and 3 - Yoga Instructor

Sarah Beck was born and raised in West Chester. As a child, she attended dance classes at a local dance studio. She discovered her love of yoga after attending her first class in 2000. Since then, she has studied a variety of yoga styles, which she blends into her classes. She is certified in Vinyasa Flow, Ashtanga & Prenatal Yoga. Sarah is a doula, midwife, and childbirth educator. She holds certifications in Thai Yoga Massage, Ayurvedic Kansa techniques, and Biopsychosocial Chronic Pain Rehabilitation. She is also an Adjunct Professor at Cheyney University, where she teaches Yoga, Dance, Health & Wellness, among other classes. Sarah co-owns Now & Zen Yoga.

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LIBBY PIPER

Weeks 2 and 4 - Yoga Instructor

Libby has a B.A. in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of Maryland. She is originally from the DC area where she worked as a Behavioral Therapist with a focus on children with Autism Spectrum Disorder while pursuing her graduate studies in Speech and Hearing Sciences. In 2004, she and her family were relocated to Phoenixville, PA, where she first began practicing yoga. Libby holds an Advanced ChildLight Yoga Training certification including additional training in Yoga 4 Classrooms & Every Kids Yoga (for children with special needs). When she’s not practicing yoga, Libby enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons traveling, cooking or skiing.

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