Dance is akin to language in its complexity – the articulations in the joints corresponding to the articulations in the organs of speech in expressing the human spirit. Yet we are born into a linguistic community and learn how to speak quite naturally, whereas learning to dance requires a concerted effort of many years. The whole point of this concerted effort, however, is to make the movements of dance flow naturally as well! So perhaps learning to dance is more akin to learning a second language by explicit instruction in vocabulary, pronunciation and grammatical rules.

Just as even the most articulate and eloquent speaker of a natural language may not have the explicit grasp of the rules required to be able to teach her language, so being an accomplished dancer is by itself not sufficient as a qualification for being a teacher. At Ballet des Amériques, our teachers are true pedagogues, equipped with the knowledge, skills and talent to impart the manifold elements of the complex system of dance and – over the course of many years of hard work – make them coalesce into movements of natural grace and beauty. 

Carole Alexis, Director

Carole Alexis is known throughout the world for her versatility, unique style and artistic approach to dance, choreography, teaching, and performing. As an honors graduate of the Mudra School created by Maurice Béjart, Léopold Sédard Senghor and UNESCO, Carole Alexis excelled in all varieties of dance. She has toured in Europe, Africa and the Caribbean, dancing as a soloist, ensemble member and freelancer in many companies and productions including: Rick Odums Dance Company - Artistic Director: Rick Odums; Compagnie Du Corail, Soloist - Directors: Jean-Paul Césaire and Suzi Maniry; Les Ballets Jazz de Paris, Soloist - Artistic Director: Mervyn Francis; Moise Dance Company, Soloist - Artistic Director: Moise; Claire Tallia, Soloist - Artistic Director: Claire Tallia; Compagnie Irene Tassembedo.  

Carole Alexis studied with: Maurice Béjart, ballet and choreographic intensives; Nikoloz Makhateli, ballet; Bertrand Pie, ballet; Jorge Lefèbre, Director of the Royal Ballet of Wallonie, ballet and choreographic work; Solange Golovine, ballet; Jaqueline Fyneart, barre au sol; Larrio Ekson, modern dance and choreographic intensives; Julien Jouga, music; Goris Théâtre; Doudou NDiaye Rose, percussion; Jacqueline Rayet, Opéra de Paris, ballet; Savitri Nair, Bharata Natyam; Rick Odums, jazz and modern jazz; Peter Goss, Modern Jose Limon based; Jay Allen Augen, ballet; Andrej Glekovski, ballet; Yuriko Kikuchi, Director of the Martha Graham Company; Bruce Taylor, modern dance, modern jazz and choreographic work; Jean-Claude Zadith, ballet, Barre au sol, modern dance and choreographic work; Nina Valery, ballet; Germaine Acogny, African dance and choreographic work; Ray Phillips, modern Graham technique; Jaqueline Scott Lemoine, theater; Jean-Claude Lamorandière, contemporary and Afro-Caribbean dance.

During her studies, Carole Alexis won numerous merit scholarships and the First Prize of Minolta Danse pour l’image. Her image has graced several magazine covers and she has been featured in many newspaper articles and magazines including the Encyclopédie de la Femme Antillaise. A documentary entitled Come Dance With Me, directed by Jean-Paul Césaire, portrays the early career of Carole Alexis when she was discovered by Aimé Césaire.

In 2011, Carole Alexis created Ballet des Amériques - a pre-professional ballet school and professional dance company - with the stated purpose of building an international performing arts center for the greater New York City area. Carole Alexis brings a lifetime of experience as an educator to the directorship at Ballet des Amériques. Her experience ranges from guest teaching specialized workshops and master classes throughout the United States and France, in Canada, Belgium, Martinique and other counties to teaching the curriculum at various public and private schools in Florida and in the greater New York City area. Along the way, she gained much official recognition for her work, including a special Proclamation by the Mayor of the City of Orlando.

Carole Alexis was co-director - with Doreen Santos - at the Bronx Dance Academy School, where she built such a successful program that virtually all of her students who applied to enter the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School Of Music & Art And Performing Arts and the Professional Performing Arts School were accepted by these renowned institutions. More recently, Carole Alexis was Associate Director and head of the Lower School at the Greenwich Ballet Academy, where she developed the Lower School and grew enrollment from some twenty to over eighty students. Some of her students went on to study at the Kirov Academy of Ballet, at the School of American Ballet and other academies. Known for her hand with children in building a solid classical dance foundation and instilling focus and discipline even in the very young, Carole Alexis combined her skills as a teacher with her creativity as a choreographer and experience as performing artist to produce full-length end-of-year productions - culminating in her original choreography, classical adaptation and staging of La cuillère sale ("The Dirty Spoon") in May 2011.

Carole Alexis established the School of Ballet des Amériques with the educational aim of preparing students for professional careers in dance through a carefully balanced and continually calibrated curriculum of anatomically informed ballet training combined with a broad education in the performing arts. Early successes include the annual June productions at the Emelin Theatre (Conversation with Degas in 2012 and Peter and the Wolf in 2013), choreographed by Carole Alexis and performed by the entire student body, as well as the preparation, audition and acceptance of several students to the summer programs at the Opéra de Paris in France and at the Royal Ballet School in the United Kingdom.

Isodale Alexis, Teacher and Company Dancer

Isodale Alexis Ballet des Amériques Company DancerIsodale Alexis started her ballet training at the age of five with her mother, Carole Alexis, with whom she still trains today. Isodale has performed on the stages of the Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Florence Gould Hall, Joyce Theater, L’Atrium Martinique and more. She also took classes at the Manhattan Youth Ballet, Studio Maestro, Joffrey Ballet, Dance Theater of Harlem and studied music at the Harbor Conservatory, and the Bloomingdale School of Music. Isodale graduated from Ballet des Amériques School in June 2012. In addition to pursuing her career in dance, Isodale is attending the Borough of Manhattan Community College (CUNY) as a Liberal Arts student.

Ashley Cook, Teacher and Company Dancer

Ashley Cook Ballet des Amériques Company DancerA native of Long Island, New York, Ashley began her training at Starlite School of Dance, where she performed competitively under the instruction of Jodi Vaccaro. She then studied at Seiskaya Ballet and continued her ballet training with ABT stars Leslie Browne and Ethan Brown at The School at Steps in New York City. Ashley received a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Biology from Mercyhurst University, where she trained under Tauna Hunter and Michael Gleason and performed featured roles, including Lise in La Fille Mal Gardée and the lead in Paquita. She also performed with the Lake Erie Ballet Company for three seasons and danced with Mercyhurst Ballet Theatre. Upon graduating, Ashley spent the following season with Ballet Quad Cities, under Artistic Director Courtney Lyon, dancing in Dracula, The Nutcracker, and Carmen. Ashley's dance education includes summer intensives with American Ballet Theatre, Princeton Ballet School, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet.

Franck Muhel, Teacher

Franck Muhel Ballet des Amériques Music TeacherBorn in Martinique, Franck Muhel's performances are renowned for their dynamic creative energy that inspires and electrifies audiences all over the world. As principal dancer with Eddie Torres, the Mambo King, and featured soloist, Franck has performed with internationally acclaimed orchestras: Eddie Torres Mambo Kings Orchestra, Mitch Frohman Latin Jazz Quartet, Mambo Legends, Frankie Morales Orchestra, Jimmy Delgado Orchestra, Jimmy Bosch Orchestra, Orlando Marin Orchestra, Roberto Rodriguez Band, Eddie Montalvo Band, Frankie Vasquez & Los Soneros Del Barrio, Bobby Sanabria and more.

Franck teaches Afro-Carribean dance at Ballet des Amériques.

Irene Przywara, Teacher and Company Dancer

Irene Przywara Ballet des Amériques Company DancerIrene Przywara was born in San Francisco, California, and trained in New York City on full scholarship at The School of American Ballet, at Ballet Academy East, and in Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Professional Training Program as well as in the Professional Division at The Ailey School. She has spent summers training with American Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet, Orlando Ballet, and New York State Summer School of the Arts. Ms. Przywara has performed with Cincinnati Ballet and Cincinnati Ballet II, the Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble under Arthur Mitchell, Eglevsky Ballet under both Ali Pourfarrukh and Lazlo Berdo, Lumière Ballet under Venti Petrov, and, as an apprentice in the second company, with North Carolina Dance Theatre under Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux. She is honored to join the teaching faculty at Ballet des Amériques.

Adrienne Riter, Teacher

Adrienne Riter Ballet des Amériques Dance TeacherAdrienne was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, and received the majority of her dance training at the Portland Ballet, where she performed numerous roles with their Youth Company and had the opportunity to attend summer intensives at ABT, Boston Ballet and Nashville Ballet among others. After she graduated from Jesuit High School, she moved to New York to attend Marymount Manhattan College. After 3 years in NYC, Adrienne graduated in 2011 with a B.F.A. in Dance and a minor in Business Administration.  Following graduation, Adrienne spent a year as a teaching artist at the Bodyvox Dance Center, where she had the opportunity to lead their school residencies in Portland-area public schools. In September 2012, Adrienne returned to the East Coast, moving to Stamford, Connecticut, to take a position dancing with the Connecticut Ballet.  She is currently still dancing with the Connecticut Ballet as well as teaching various dance styles at multiple studios in the Stamford area.  Adrienne joined Ballet des Amériques this past September and is very excited to be working with the school as a teacher of modern dance.


Arielle Rosales, Teacher

Arielle Rosales, a native New Yorker, began her Flamenco studies at the age of five, under the late Andrea del Conte, who would later function as her mentor for over a decade. In 2002, she received a full scholarship to attend the Flamenco Institute of Maria Benitez in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she trained with masters Mario Maya and Maria Benitez. She has since studied in Madrid, Spain at the legendary Amor de Dios dance studio with Inmaculada Ortega, Antonio Reyes, and La China, among others, and continues her Flamenco studies in the U.S. and Spain. Along with Flamenco, Arielle has trained in other dance styles, including ballet, tap, jazz, salsa, modern (Limón Technique), contemporary, theatre dance, body percussion and hip hop, and regularly trains at Steps on Broadway.

Arielle is currently a member of several dance companies in New York and Chicago, including Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana and R.Evolucióon Latina. She has had the opportunity to perform throughout the U.S. and U.K., including venues such as Carnegie Hall and The Joyce Theatre. She has been featured on The Today Show and NPR. In 2007, Arielle showcased her choreography debut at RHYTHMS, an eyeBLINK Entertainment Production. In 2009, she stepped in for her beloved teacher, Andrea del Conte, as teacher/choreographer/director for the 2009 Annual Studio Showcase of Lotus Music & Dance. Arielle is Artistic Director of her own dance company, JuxtapOlé.

Aside from performing, one of Arielle's passions in life is teaching, which she had the privilege of experiencing at an early age; having completed a Teacher's in Training program and working as the assistant to Andrea del Conte for 5 years. She had the opportunity to teach kids at Hudson Guild and The Lower East Side Girls Club for several years. Arielle is currently on the faculty of Lotus Music & Dance Studios, The JM Rapport School, and Steps on Broadway and has been a guest teacher at Peridance Capezio Center and Ballet Hispanico. She teaches in-school residencies regularly with Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana and Andrea del Conte Danza España.

Rubens Salles, Music Teacher

Rubens Salles Ballet des Amériques Music Teacher

RUBENS SALLES is one of the most prominent Brazilian musicians of his generation. Rubens has graduated with honors at the New England Conservatory in Boston where he achieved his Master of Music in Contemporary Improvisation (with Distinction), being one of a few Brazilians to do so in such course. Prior to that Rubens pursued a Professional Diploma in Professional Music at Berklee College of Music, also completing the course with honors (Cum Laude). Rubens holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and Classical Piano from FAAM, Brazil.

Rubens Salles had the opportunity to study/perform with top professors such as Charlie Banacos, Ran Blake, Ken Schaphorst (chair of the Jazz Dept at NEC), Hankus Netsky (chair of the Contemporary Improvisation Dept at NEC), Dominique Eade, Laszlo Gardony, Wilson Curia (World’s Best Jazz Educator – American Jazz Society/99). Rubens Salles has played and recorded with some of the world’s most acclaimed musicians such as John Clark (Gil Evans), Kenny Grohowski, American guitarist David Fiucinsky (Jack DeJohnette, Hiromi, Torsos), Turkish sax player Serhan Erkol (Rick Ford, Butch Morris), Marivaldo dos Santos (Sting, Stevie Wonder), Latin Grammy nominee Brazilian singer/songwriter Zeca Baleiro (Gal Costa, Maria Bethânia, Ná Ozzetti), singers Alcione, Emilio Santiago, Luciana Mello, Brazilian Guitar Player Magazine editor Marcio Okayama (Stu Hamm, Mike Stern), Brazilian Bass Player Magazine editor Nilton Wood (the Brazilian Michael Manring), Clube do Balanço and Cravo e Canella band, a Brazilian samba rock group that achieved the record mark of 300,000 albums sold in Brazil, being the recipient of many awards. His performance background include shows at venues of the likes of the Kitano Jazz, Cornelia Street Café, Somethin’ Jazz, the Brooklyn Museum, MC Gallery, Central Park, SOB’s, DROM, Spectrum, Webster Hall, ShapeShifter Lab (New York), the Jordan Hall and the Williams Hall at NEC; the Berklee Performance Center; The Music Café, the Theater Café, the Kursaal and the Springfield Pub in Rome; Sesc Pompéia, Maria Antonia Theater and the Rio de Janeiro Sambódromo in Brazil. Rubens has appearances at special TV shows at ABC in Boston, for Globo TV, Cultura TV and SBT in Brazil, at magazines such as Brazilian Keyboard Player and newspapers and radio stations.

Rubens Salles is also an avid Music Instructor with more than 20 years of teaching experience. Prior to coming to the United States, Rubens was a faculty at the Piano, Ear Training and Theory department at EM&T (Escola de Música e Tecnologia) in São Paulo, which is the Brazilian affiliate school of the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles. Rubens was also the Music Coordinator for CEU, a charter music school focused on the artistic development of children and adults living in socio-economic disadvantage in Latin America’s largest city. Rubens has lectured at the New England Conservatory and at Università della Musica in Rome. Rubens Salles is currently a faculty of the Piano School of New York in Long Island and the Dwight School.

Rubens has recently released his newest album, ‘Liquid Gravity’, recorded in New York, a mix of Brazilian, Jazz and Contemporary Classical music. His debut album, ‘Munderno’, released in Brazil, was highly appraised as a masterpiece of Jazz, Samba, Brazilian, African and Indian rhythms.

Rubens Salles Quartet includes Leco Reis on bass, Kenny Grohowski on drums and Michel Gentile on flute and Kavita Shah on vocals. Special appearance by American French horn player and jazz legend John Clark. 


Ronald Alexander, Guest Teacher

Ronald Alexander is a free-lance professional consultant with experience as a ballet dancer, dance educator, choreographer, and an administrator in the not-for-profit, private and public sectors. Born in Washington, DC, he started his formal training with Mike Malone and Peggy Cooper at the Workshop for Careers in the Arts at George Washington University and continued his training with David Shields at the David Shields School of Ballet in Boston, MA and Billy Wilson at the Elma Lewis School of the Arts in Roxbury, MA while attending Boston University on a full academic scholarship. He subsequently received a full scholarship to the National Ballet School in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

He has performed with the following ballet companies: the National Ballet of Canada, the Iranian National Ballet, the Frankfurt and Hamburg Ballet Companies in Germany, and the Metropolitan Opera Ballet in New York City. He has choreographed numerous dances for schools, colleges and dance companies including the Hamburg Ballet, Clark Center for the Performing Arts, the Ailey School, the Harlem School of the Arts, Boys and Girls Harbor Conservatory, the Alpha-Omega Theatrical Dance Company, and the Nanette Bearden Dance Company to name a few. He participated in the Carlisle Choreographers Project in Pittsburgh, PA and the Dance Theatre of Harlem's Emerging Choreographers Series under Bessie Schonberg. He has taught dance and has been a guest teaching artist in the following organizations in NYC: the Ailey School, the Dance Theatre of Harlem School, Lincoln Center for the Arts in Education, Clark Center for the Performing Arts, Boys and Girls Harbor Conservatory, Ruth Williams School of Dance, Henry Street Settlement, Lehman College, Marymount Manhattan College, LaGuardia Community College, and Adelphi University, among others. 

From 1994-2002, Ronald Alexander was a NYC certified dance instructor with the NYC Department of Education. He has held administrative and artistic positions in the following public, private and not-for-profit venues: Chairman of the Dance Department of the Harlem School of the Arts, New York, NY (1987-92) under Betty Allen, Principal of the High School for Contemporary Arts, Bronx, NY (2003-05) with the NYC Board of Education, and the School Administrator at the Dance Theatre of Harlem in New York, NY (2005-07) under Arthur Mitchell. He has studied the American Ballet Theatre School Training Curriculum (Primary to Level Five) under Franco 
DeVita and Raymond Lukens; the Vaganova Ballet Training Method (Primary to Level Three) under John White; and the New York City Ballet Workout as taught by New York City Ballet.

Mr. Alexander has a Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, and a certificate in School Supervision and Administration from the City College of New York, NY. From May, 2008 to December, 2011 he was the Principal of the Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts where he supervised the Classical Academic Program and was Dean of Admissions. He choreographed to favorable reviews: "A Chorus Line," in 2009 and "Titanic," in 2011 at the Warner Theatre, one of New England's premiere community theatres. In February 2011, Mr. Alexander was the subject of an article in Dance Teacher Magazine, "Five Teachers, Five Venues." In 2013, he returned to New York City, and founded RKA Consultants, and is presently working with the following arts organizations in New York City and nationally: the Ailey School, the Harlem School of the Arts, Joffrey Ballet School, NY and New York Theatre Ballet, among others.

Karin Averty, Guest Teacher

Karin Averty joined the Paris Opera Ballet School in 1973 and became a member of the Paris Opera Ballet in 1979. She was quickly recognized internationally when she received the Varna Grand Prix (in the youth category) in 1980 at the International Ballet Competition in Bulgaria. During the Paris Opera Ballet Competition, she was promoted Premiere Danseuse in 1983. In 1986, the AROP Paris Opera Ballet Association awarded her the Prix du Public.

From 1984 to 2005 she interpreted principal roles of the classical repertory (Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Bayadère, Don Quixote, Coppelia, la Fille mal Gardée, Romeo and Juliette, Etudes…) and new works from guest choreographers invited to the Paris Opera Ballet (William Forsythe, Odile Duboc, John Neumeier…) but also choreographies from Lifar, Balanchine, Robbins, Tudor, MacMillan, Graham, Taylor, Tharp, Kudelka …)
In 1987 she was invited to be a Principal Dancer with the San Francisco Ballet during a leave of absence from the Paris Opera Ballet.
In 1988 she became Guest Principal Artist with the San Francisco Ballet and the following year was part of the San Francisco Ballet’s French tour at the Champs-Elysees Theater.
In 2003 she obtained her Diplôme d’Etat in Ballet (official French teaching diploma).
Jean-Pierre Raffarin, Prime Minister of France, honored her with the National Merit Order as a Chevalier in 2004.
As a final good-bye to the Paris Opera Ballet, and for the first time in her carreer, she interpreted the role of Juliet in Nureyev’s choreography Romeo and Juliet at the Bastille Opera on July 9, 2005.
Karin pursued her career as a guest artist.
In February 2009 she made her final appearance in Japan performing "Les Biches" Nijinska’s choreography with the NBA Ballet Company to celebrate Serge de Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes 100 years.

Since then Karin is a freelance Ballet instructor and coach for Ballet Companies and Schools throughout the world. She has been invited in France, Korea, Japan, Canada, Israel, USA …

Marie-Lorène Fichaux, Guest Teacher

Ms. Fichaux graduated from the Paris Opera Ballet School in France before completing her studies at the Ballet School of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy.

Marie performed with the Teatro alla Scala Ballet Company, The Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève in Switzerland and later joined the Royal Ballet of London as a First Artist. In 2003 she was invited by choreographer Nacho Duato to become a Soloist of La Compania Nacional de danza (Spain), where she performed the entire repertoire of the company. Lately, while being a Principal dancer for Connecticut Ballet, Marie was chosen as guest for galas across the country as well as for international venues. She had the chance to interpret a wide range of styles and roles under the direction of talented choreographers from Paris Opera Ballet, Lyon Opera Ballet, Boston Ballet, among others.

Finally, Marie furthered her studies in Dance Education, earning a Master degree at the Centre National de la Danse in Paris, and also holds a Doctorate in Languages and Foreign Literatures from Geneva University. 

Kathryn Sullivan, Guest Teacher

Kathryn Sullivan has taught ballet in NYC for over 25 years; many of her
students are in major dance companies, on Broadway, or are now teachers.
She was a professional ballet dancer for 15 years, performing with the Boston
Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Connecticut Ballet, and Le Ballet de
Nancy. She has taught at Broadway Dance Center, Ballet Hispanico, La
Guardia High School of Performing Arts, and New Jersey Ballet.

Ms. Sullivan collaborated with pianists on CDs for ballet class, made a DVD of
ballet routines, "Ballet with Style," has written articles for all major dance
magazines and directed three documentaries on modern dance.

Kathryn Sullivan currently teaches ballet and pointe at STEPS on Broadway,
and at Peridance, and is on faculty at Barnard College at Columbia University.
She is also the creator of the popular "Ballet Glider" (www.balletglider.com).

Thierry Arpino, Former Music Teacher

Born in Paris, August 24, 1961, Thierry Arpino stands atop a family drumming lineage spanning four generations. His father, the renowned André Arpino, introduced him to the drums at the age of three. Thierry's prodigious gifts flowered through an inspired and mindful process that enabled him to exceed by far the ten thousand hour rule of mastery.

A musician's musician, Thierry also studied classical percussion, piano and harmony. He is a graduate of the prestigious St. Maur Des Fossés National Music Academy in France. In the summer of 1980, Thierry Arpino continued his musical education at the Berklee College Of Music in Boston, where he was invited to study with big band master M. Herb Pomeroy and master drums teacher M. Bob Kaufman.

Thierry's career has been punctuated by stints with such noteables as Joe Beck, Larry Coryell, Bill Evans and Jean-Luc Ponty - to name but a few. His ability to contribute with astounding authenticity and ownership in a variety of musical idioms such as jazz, rock, world beat, funk, R&B, latin jazz, African rhythms and pop are why he remains one of the most sort after drummers of his day.

Although much can be said and understood of Thierry Arpino's virtuosity, what remains unqualifiable and unquantifiable is the musical liberation and sheer joy he displays in each and every performance.


Sarah Fink, Former Teacher and Company Dancer

Originally from Philadelphia, Sarah Fink received her pre-professional training from the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet under the directorship of Margarita de Saa and John White. She continued her training at the University of Utah's Department of Ballet, and graduated in 2012 with a BFA in Ballet Performance and a BA in International Studies. After graduating, Sarah moved to Chicago to study on scholarship at Lou Conte Dance Studio and expand her familiarity with contemporary dance. In Chicago, her freelance work included performing as a soloist with the Chicago Folks Operetta and as a background dancer in the Bollywood film Dhoom 3. Since moving to New York in September 2013, Sarah has enjoyed performing with groups such as Ballet for Young Audiences and New American Youth Ballet. She is delighted join the faculty of teachers at Ballet des Amériques.

Shogo Honda - 本田翔悟, Former Teacher and Company Dancer

Shogo Honda - 本田翔悟 - was born and raised in Akashi, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. He began his training under Seichiro Sadamatsu at the Sadamatsu Hamada Ballet School in Kobe. Mr. Honda later also studied under Jan Nuyts, among others. He was a finalist and prizewinner in a number of competitions in Osaka and Nagoya. From 2009 until 2013, he danced with the Sadamatsu Hamada Ballet Company in Kobe in roles such as Bluebird in Sleeping Beauty, the role of Ali in Le Corsaire, in the Pas de Trois in Swan Lake, Harlequin and a Soldier in The Nutcracker, Alain in La fille mal gardée, Chinese Doll in Coppelia, Pas de Deux in La Primavera and in the Pas de Trois in Paquita. Mr. Honda also danced modern ballet in “6 Dances” choreographed by Jiří Kylián and in “Winterreise” choreographed by Yuki Mori. In 2013, he was promoted to soloist.
Mr. Honda received a bachelor's degree in Body Analogy (human anatomy and body movement) from Kobe Gakuin University and was co-founder and teacher of the Mayu Tink Ballet School in Akashi and Kobe.
Mr. Shogo Honda gladly accepted an offer from Director Carole Alexis to join both the Faculty and the Company of Ballet des Amériques as ballet teacher and company dancer.

David Irwin, Former Music Teacher and Company Dancer

David Irwin is a musician, music producer, dancer and administrator, who graduated with a B.A. in Music from Columbia University’s Barnard College. He began his professional dance journey with the Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company. Under the tutelage of Enrique Cruz DeJesus, David was able to develop his precision, expression and versatility as a dancer. David also received training at Peridance Center with Michael Thomas, and with Marnie Thomas in Graham technique. For three summers from 2007 through 2010, David participated in the Rennie Harris Puremovement Illadelph Legends Festival. He was invited to the Complexions Summer Intensive in August 2011, where he also acted as Program Coordinator. In Winter 2011, David participated in the R.Evolución Latina: Beyond Workshop Series with Luis Salgado. He joined Ballet des Amériques in the Winter 2012 to study ballet technique with Mme. Carole Alexis. Most recently, David was invited by postmodern choreographer David Gordon and will be performing in a production on October 25th. His administrative experience ranges from Administrative Assistant at the Center for Studies on Ethnicity and Race (CSER) at Columbia University from 2007-2010 to Programming and Marketing Assistant at Harlem Stage in the Spring of 2010. 

Bivi Kimura, Former Teacher

Bivi Kimura has studied with Rosella Hightower, Rita Thalia, Jose Ferran, Philippe Cohen, Ian Nuyts, Victor Rona, Arlette Castanier, Claudie Winzer, Monet Robier, Joelle Mazet, Hans Brenaa, Christine Anthony, Colleen Neary, David Howard.  Her professional career includes: Faculty member of Manhattan Youth Ballet, The Academy of Ballet Etudes, Guest Teacher of Ballet Grand Ballet de Geneve, She has danced with 20th Century Ballet,Maurice Bejart / Belgium and Switzerland, Jeunne Ballet de France / Paris and also as invited guest in Japan and Europe.  Her repertoire includes, Nutcracker, Le Corsaire, Napoli, Sleeping beauty, Mallarme III and Allegro Brillante. She was a Finalist at the Prix de Lausanne and received a Silver & Bronze prize at the Tokyo ballet competition, junior division. 

Dance Training:
Centre de la Danse International: Rosella Hightower, Cannes, France
Studied with: 
Ballet : Rosella Hightower, Rita Thalia, Jose Ferran, Philippe Cohen, Arlette Castanier, Claudie Winzer
Modern (Graham technique): Francoise Verdier, 
Jazz: Monica Saez
Additional  training: Ian Nuyts, Victor Rona, Monet Robier, Joelle, Mazet, Hans Brenaa, Christine Anthony, Colleen Neary, Yoko Amano                     

Professional  Experience
Jeune Ballet de France/ Paris
Danced roles in: Napoli, Sleeping Beauty/ Bluebird Pas de Deux / Precious Gem Stones, Bejart’s Mallarme III  (Soloist), Balanchine’s Allegro Brilliante (Soloist)
Maurice Bejart’s Ballet of the 20th Century
Danced roles in: Le Sacre de Printemps, Le Concours (Soloist), Greek Dances  (Soloist), Concerto Pour Violin et Orchestre, Improvisation Sur Mallarme III ( Soloist), Dionysos, Ce Que L’Amour Me Dit, Messe Pour le Temps Future, Wien,Wien Nur du Allein
Freelance / Guest Artist: Nutcracker / “Sugar Plum” Pas de Deux : Texas, USA|
Le Corsaire: Grande Pas de Deux; Swan Lake: White Swan Pas de Deux; Sleeping Beauty: Rose Adagio &  Wedding Pas de Deux

1980 Bronze Prize Medalist Tokyo Competition Junior Division, Japan
1982 Finalist Prix de Lausanne,
1982 Silver Prize Medalist Tokyo Competition Junior Division, Japan

Teaching Experience
2003 – present
Ballet Instructor on the Faculty of “After-School Program Richard Rogers School”, Manhattan, New York
Ballet Instructor on the Faculty of “New Jersey Westfield School of Dance”, Westfield, New Jersey
Ballet Instructor on the Faculty of “Academy of Ballet Etudes”, Norwalk, Connecticut
Faculty Instructor on the Faculty of Manhattan Youth Ballet ( Studio Maestro)
Guest Teacher “Grande Ballet de Geneve” Geneva, Switzerland

Celeste Landa, Former Teacher and Company Dancer

Mexican-American dancer Celeste Landa has a diverse and accomplished career as a young performer. Her training began at the Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts in Palm Beach Florida. As student of New World School of the Arts, she also studied on scholarship with American Ballet Theatre and Ballet Austin. Alongside her performance experience, Celeste spent two years at Vantage Point Dance Studios under the direction of J.J. Butler as a dance instructor. More recently, Celeste began training at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in midtown New York. Additionally, Ms. Landa has joined Ballet des Amériques, where she looks forward to having a special collaborative experience.

Lindsey Miller, Former Teacher and Company Dancer

Lindsey Miller’s dance training is very diverse coming from the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance and summer programs with the Joffrey Ballet School NYC, the School of Ballet Chicago, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, and Complexions Contemporary Ballet.  Ms. Miller graduated with honors from Illinois State University with a degree in dance performance.  While at ISU, she received several scholarships including a tuition scholarship for dance all four years, the Caroline Gordon Scholarship for her work in the fine arts, and the Robert G. Bone Scholarship, which was the highest university-wide scholarship for academics and leadership.  Her professional performance work includes Shelter Repertory Dance Theatre in Tennessee directed by Kim Neal Nofsinger, Beth Soll & Dancers in NYC, “Movement Painting” projects with former dancer/visual artist Kari Lindstrom in NYC, and Ballets des Ameriques in NYC directed by Carole Alexis.  She also received teaching training through Dance Pedagogy courses within her education at Illinois State University.  Ms. Miller has taught dance at Greenwich Ballet Academy under the direction and curriculum of Associate Director Carole Alexis, at the McLean County Dance Association, and is currently an assistant teacher at the PeriChild program at Peridance Capezio Dance Center in Manhattan.

Ariel Alejandro de la Portilla, Former Music Teacher

A unique musical voice, Ariel Alejandro de la Portilla’s musical diversity is reflective of his eclectic personal journey. Born in Matanzas, Cuba Ariel Alejandro immigrated to the United States with his parents in the early 80’s where he began his musical studies with acclaimed bassist Nicky Orta (Florida International Univ) and prominent jazz educator J.B.Dyas (Monk Institute).

His musical pursues would continue at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and the University of Miami School of music, where he studied with famed double bassist Lucas Drew in addition to Don Coffman and Matt Bonelli. While attending UM, Ariel would also perform with Ira Sullivan’s future of jazz ensemble, Pianist Mike Gerber, and singer Kevin Mahogany. Upon graduating in the spring of 2000, Ariel received an artist grant to travel to New York and study privately with bassist Ron McClure. 

In the spring of 2003 Ariel relocated permanently to New York City where he currently resides. His performance roster encompasses the musical diversity prominent in New York City. He has shared the stage with artists such as Ray Vega, Ze Luis, Peter Erskine, Candido Camero, Patato Valdez, Dave Valentin, Bill O’Connel, Edy Martinez, Willie Martinez, Eddie Daniels, Noah Haidu, Jeremy Pelt and Sonny Bravo.

In addition, Ariel has recorded and toured with a varied list of artists, singers and world music projects. Currently he is a member of the Cuban fusion project known as Afromantra, and tours regularly with Grammy nominated Cellist Dave Eggar as a member of his trio Deoro. 

Ariel has extensive teaching experience as outlined below:

Clinician/Consultant - Organize, develop and present master classes and music workshops for grade levels 6-12 and college level courses focusing on developing musicianship and improvisational skills. Recent institutions include:

Casa San Miguel Youth Orchestra - 2 day workshops and improvisation clinics and final concert prep. Zambales, Philippines  Januaury 2012

Performance/Educational residencies with Pro Art Virginia Arts programs. Performing and working with music students throughout the south west Virginia region. 2012

Performance/Educational residencies with Quad City Arts Programs. Performing and working with music students throughout Quad city Iowa. 2012

New Egypt High School - various performance clinics, repertoire development and improvisation workshops 2010-current. New Egypt , NJ

IHAD education program. Faculty/Educator working in collaboration with Dr. Bert Konowitz, Dean Columbia Univ Teachers College- Development of Educational music workshops for non-performance inner city students with the purpose of increasing self awareness, inspiration and academic motivation. New York, NY 2011-2012

Shenandoah Middle School - Academic Music workshop and bass performance clinics. December 2012

Similar programs presented at numerous public schools throughout New York City, White Plains and the Bronx.  

Faculty Columbia University Teachers College Summer Improv Camp-  Instructor/ Ensemble director. DUTIES: a week long performance camp designed to expand music students knowledge on performance and improvisation. Responsibilities include workin with a large student ensemble and individual students  to learn/perform specific musical selections for a live performance.

Metropolis Music,  Jersey City, NJ – Private instructor in Beginning to intermediate piano, Electric bass and double bass, beginning to advanced                                         
DUTIES: Construct individual curriculum for private instruction offered to students ranging from young children to adults. ▪ 2003-current

Bronx Conservatory of Music, Bronx, NY – Organize, run and teach the CASA (Cultural After school Adventures) music program at P.S. 83                                                        
DUTIES: Develop and implement curriculum, liaisons with school staff and administration, organize concerts and presentations. ▪ 2/07-current                                                      

Teaching Artist, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn NY - Teaching Artist/Lecturer  
DUTIES: Develop and present prep in public schools in coordination with BAM education events and concerts.                                                                                            

Tempositions, New York City, NY - Substitute teacher K-12                              
DUTIES: On call K-12 substitute teacher for NYC public schools. ▪ current since 3/08

Norwood City Schools, Norwood, OH – Substitute Teacher, K-12                                    
DUTIES: Teach designated classes, assist students in writing lab, assist with ESL ▪ 2003-2004

Mt. Healthy High School – Teacher: Music Theory and Sight Singing ▪ 2002-2003                
DUTIES: Prepare lesson plans and teach music theory, sight singing and ear training, general band courses, private instrument instruction and jazz band and jazz quartet ensembles.

Mt. Healthy High School – Teacher: Spanish 1 ▪ 2001-2002
DUTIES: Prepare Spanish 1 lesson plans following established curriculum, teach 3 daily classes. Assist students in writing labs and general tutoring

Mt. Healthy High School Teacher: Sophomore English ▪ spring, 2002
DUTIES: Prepare English lesson plans following established curriculum, teach 3 daily classes, administer and grade final exams.

New Burlington Elementary School – Building Substitute Teacher, K-12
DUTIES: Teach designated classes, assist with ESL, Special ED classes and tutoring. ▪ 10/2001-12/2002

Marina Elana Scannell, Former Teacher

Marina began training in ballet at a young age and delved into flamenco soon afterward. She began her studies in Spanish classical dance and flamenco with Adela Clara and continued her training with La Mónica and Yaelisa in the San Francisco Bay Area. She first traveled to Spain in 2006 where she studied with Yolanda Heredia, Rosario Toledo and Andres Pena in Sevilla. A year later she continued in Madrid with Concha Jareno and Maria Juncal. Marina made her performance debut at the age of fifteen with Theatre Flamenco of San Francisco and continued with the company for three years – during which she shared the stage with Pastora Galvan and Jose Anillo. She also appeared with La Monica's Pasion Flamenca and Maria Benitez's Teatro Flamenco in the summer of 2007. Marina also was a company member of Caminos Flamencos since 2004 until her recent move to New York City, performing in premier venues such as the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Yoshi’s Jazz Club, and Cowell Theatre in addition to circulating the tablao scene. She graduated from Stanford University in 2008 with a B.A. degree in Film and Spanish language.

Stephanie Steiger, Former Yoga Teacher

Stephanie started practicing yoga over a decade ago, and she instantly fell in love with the sense of peace she found in her practice. She soon discovered that yoga could be a powerful tool in her lifelong quest to help and facilitate healing in others. Building on her psychology degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Stephanie continued her self-study in yoga and other alternative therapies for several years. She was then trained as a Reiki I Practitioner, studied Tai Chi, and received a certification in yoga anatomy before completing her 200-hour teacher certification through FireDragonYoga in the spring of 2013. She now combines her years of experience in Vinyasa, Ashtanga, and Iyengar yoga into a blend all her own to create a safe, healing environment for each student. 


Lan Zheng, Former Teacher and Company Dancer

Born in Chengdu, China, Lan Zheng recevied her early training at the Beijing Dance Academy, where she trained for seven years. Lan joined the Shanghai Ballet Company as a member of the corps de ballet in 1999 and was appointed a soloist in 2004. Her repertoire with Shanghai Ballet includes the Mirlitons, Snow Flakes in Nutcracker, first pas de deux in La Valse, four Russian girls in Serenade, pas de six in Romeo and Juliet, pas de quart, Italian dance and four swans in Swan Lake, pas de sept in La Spyphide and contemporary soloist in Mondern Dance Dialogue Chopin. In 2011, Lan was awarded the National Second Level Dance award by the Shanghai Bureau of Human Resources and Social Security.