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Faculty and Performing Artists

We will be celebrating our 25th Anniversary with Tony Coppola, Natalie Desch, Lawrence Jackson, Carol Schuberg. Keith Saunders, Kellye Saunders, Donald Williams, and many more.

     

Tony Coppola

Tap virtuoso, Tony Coppola, is a former All American gymnast with a degree in music and an extensive professional carreer. He was one of Donnie and Marie Osmond's dancer and toured the world with them for several years. He was on faculty as the tap teacher for Tremaine Conventions for twelve years while also performing as a tap soloist. He recieved most of his dance training in Los Angeles where he studied ballet, jazz, modern, and was in a modern company. Tony brings a unique style to tap dance which combines percussion and athletics with an emphasis on entertainment. He was on hte faculty of the Colorado Ballet in Denver as the director of the jazz department. Tony choreogrpahed The World Gold Gymnastics Tour starring Olympic Gold Medalists and Hollywood dancers. Capezio honored Tony by having a tap shoe names after him, an honor of which Tony is very proud. He was on faculty at UNLV for five years, teaching both jazz and tap. Currently, he teaches the tap program at Don Mirault's Theater Arts Preparatory School. Tony directs and choreographs his own ensemble, the Coppola Rhythm Ensemble, in their show "Kickin' it!"

Tony espouses a philosophy of versatility and relevance for himself and his dancers.

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Natalie Desch

Natalie Desch, a BFA graduate of the Juilliard School and an MFA graduate of the University of Washington, performed for five seasons with the Limón Dance Company and eleven seasons with Doug Varone and Dancers in NYC. During that time, she also danced in various productions at the Metropolitan Opera and other regional opera companies (Minnesota Opera, Opera Colorado, Palm Beach Opera, Longleaf Opera (NC), Lincoln Center Institute (NYC). From 2005-2012 she taught at Hunter College (City University of New York) and has also been a visiting faculty member at Weber State University (UT), University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and the Beijing Dance Academy. She additionally has taught for the following summer residencies or festivals: Doug Varone and Dancers, the Limón Dance Company, UNCSA, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, the Bates Dance Festival, Ririe-Woodbury, and the Canadian Contemporary Dance Theater, among others. Natalie has restaged the works of Doug Varone, José Limón, Daniel Charon, and Jirí Kylián on performing groups around the world, and her choreography has been presented at venues throughout the US. In 2014 Natalie relocated to Salt Lake City, UT, and began teaching at Ballet West Academy, Westminster College, Utah Valley University, and Salt Lake Community College. Natalie joined the University of Utah’s School of Dance as an Assistant Professor in the fall of 2019.

 


Keith Saunders

Over a 44-year professional career, Keith Saunders has practiced the art and science of ballet as a performing artist, teacher, ballet master, stager, coach, company director, director of education programs, lecturer, adjudicator, and consultant.  A long-time dancer and ballet master with Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) under the direction of Arthur Mitchell, he has taught all levels of ballet while serving on the faculties of the DTH School, the BalletMet Dance Academy, the New Ballet School (Ballet Tech), Steps NYC, the 92nd St. Y, the University of Wyoming (Guest Artist-in-Residence), and the Snowy Range Dance Festival.  He has choreographed works at the student, university, and professional levels, and taught innumerable workshops and master classes in studios, schools, colleges, and universities across the United States and abroad.  In 2017, Saunders earned an MFA in Dance from Hollins University (Roanoke, VA).  He joined the faculty of the School for Classical & Contemporary Dance at Texas Christian University (Ft. Worth, TX) in 2018.

 

 

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Kellye Saunders

Kellye A. Saunders – (Ballet Master, Dance Theatre of Harlem) began her training at the Jones-Haywood School of Ballet in Washington, D.C.  She continued her dance education with Rosella Hightower at Le Centre de Danse International in Cannes, France, before joining Dance Theatre of Harlem where she rose to the rank of principal dancer.  Ms. Saunders’ featured roles include Firebird, Giselle, Agon, A Song for Dead Warriors, Apollo, Serenade, The Four Temperaments, The Moor’s Pavane, Allegro Brillante, and Fancy Free, among many others.  She has also appeared in the Broadway productions of The Red Shoes and Porgy and Bess, and as a guest artist with the New York City Ballet, dancing the role of the Striptease Girl in George Balanchine’s Slaughter on Tenth Avenue.  Guest appearances also include Collage Dance Collective, the Washington Ballet, Complexions Contemporary Dance, the Flint Institute of Music, and the Metropolitan Opera.  Ms. Saunders has extensive experience teaching and coaching dancers at both academic and professional levels.  From 2010-2013, prior to becoming a ballet master at DTH, she served as the project coordinator for Harlem Dance Works 2.0, a choreographic workshop that produced new repertoire for the Dance Theatre of Harlem company.  In 2015, Ms. Saunders graduated Summa Cum Laude from St Mary’s College of California with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance Performance.

 

 



          

Carol Schuberg

Carol Schuberg most recently directed and choreographed PIPPIN for Stephens College, CABARET for Concordia College and GODSPELL for Okoboji Summer Theatre. She performed on Broadway in Meet Me in St.Louis; Off Broadway in CHESS;  in the National Tours of CATS, BARNUM, GIGI, THE TAP DANCE KID and PROMISES, PROMISES; and Regionally in A CHORUS LINE (Sheila), BYE, BYE BIRDIE (Rosie), GYPSY (Electra), OLIVER! (Mrs. Sowerberry), and GEORGE M! (Madame Grimaldi). She served as the Visiting Guest Artist in Dance at Stephens College and has taught Master Classes at NYU, Penn State, Baldwin Wallace Conservatory and American University. She was the associate choreographer to Michael Smuin on the movie of THE FANTASTICKS, to Tony Stevens on SWEET CHARITY (Istanbul Grand Opera), and to Ted Pappas on COMPANY, CABARET, GUYS and DOLLS (Pittsburgh Public Theater) and KISMET (Royal Canadian Opera). She received fee BFA in Ballet from the University of Utah and resides in NYC.

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Donald Williams

Donald Williams Chicago, Il. native.  Premier Dancer, Dance Theatre of Harlem(27 yrs), principle guest artist: Royal Ballet Covent Garden, New York City Ballet and Complexions. Broadway: Ragtime, Phantom Music Box Tour, Phantom The Las Vegas Spectacular. Television: Motown’s 30th Anniversary. PBS’s “Firebird” and DTH’s Emmy nominated “A Streetcar Named Desire”.   Film: “ Cotton Club”. Featured Dancer for Aretha Franklin. Personal trainer for Keanu Reeves for his film “Devil’s Advocate”. Master Ballet Teacher. Company Instructor for Alvin Ailey, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Cedar Lake Ensemble, Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theatre, Celine Dion’s ”A New Day” and Nevada Ballet Theatre. School Instructor for Dance Theatre Of Harlem, Alvin Ailey, New Orleans Ballet Association, and The Rock Center For Dance. Guest Teacher for UNLV,  USC Glorya Kaufman, Florida State University, Marymount College and currently Adjunct Professor at Tulane University.

 


Lawrence M. Jackson

Lawrence M. Jackson is the Associate Chair, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Dance at the University of Alabama, where he teaches Jazz, Contemporary, Dance History, Research Methods and African American Dance Studies. 

Professionally, he devoted several years with the internationally acclaimed modern dance company, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble. Additionally, he has performed as a guest artist in a variety of concert dance venues. Choreographically, Jackson has produced over 85 original choreographic works. Most recently, Lawrence choreographed an off-Broadway production, Separate and Equal, which premiered in 59E59 in September 2018, and subsequently nominated for an AUDELCO Award for Best Choreography. Jackson is currently choreographing the film version of this work to premiere in Spring 2021.
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Terrell Davis  

Terrell Davis is the Founder/Artistic Director of Davis Contemporary Dance. He is also the Artistic and Co-Director for Denver School of the Arts’ Classical and Contemporary Pre-Professional Dance Program. Where he teaches Jazz, Modern (Horton), Contemporary dance. He has a B.A. in Political Science and minor in dance from Western Illinois University.

He got his professional start with the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company. His journey then brought him to Denver, where he danced with the Cleo Parker-Robinson Dance Ensemble, for six years. He was a principal dancer and also served as Assistant Rehearsal Director for the company. He also danced with Moraporvida Contemporary Dance Company. His work as a Royal Caribbean Dancer/Dance Captain allowed him to dance and travel all over the world. Internationally he has taught at the Professional Dance Studio in Novi Sad, Serbia. He has was an international teacher and judge at the Novi Sad Dance Festival, in Novi Sad Serbia. He recent choreographed “The Promise Of Living” with Opera Colorado that premiered in March 2021.

 


Performing Artists

Chyrstyn Mariah Fentroy

Boston Ballet

Chyrstyn Mariah Fentroy

A Los Angeles native, Chyrstyn Mariah Fentroy began her dance training with her mother, Ruth Fentroy. As a scholarship student of the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City, she gained early touring experience with the Joffrey Concert Group.

Chyrstyn performed as a principal dancer with the Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH), under Artistic Director Virginia Johnson where she was featured in works by Marius Petipa, George Balanchine, Ulysses Dove, Alvin Ailey, Nacho Duato, Helen Pickett, and Robert Garland. During her five-year tenure at DTH, she performed in Austria, Honduras, Italy, Israel and Turkey.

Chyrstyn joined Boston Ballet in 2017 as an Artist, was promoted to Second Soloist in 2018, and to Soloist in 2019. There, she has danced principal roles in ballet such as William Forsythe’s “Blake Works 1” and “Playlist”, Jorma Elo’s “Sibelius’ 5th Symphony” and Mikko Nissinen’s “The Nutcracker”.

Fentroy has been honored with the cover of Dance Magazine’s “25 Dancers to Watch” issue in 2015 and the 2016 Princess Grace Honoraria Award in Dance. In the recent years, she was featured as a guest principal dancer in productions produced by Debbie Allen, Davis Robertson, and Margo Sappington.

Tyson Ali Clark

Tyson Ali Clark

Tyson Ali Clark began his dance training at age 3 at Mary Flynn Murphy Dance studio in Somerville, Massachusetts.  He also trained at the Gold School with Project Moves Dance Company in Brockton, Massachusetts.  Clark studied with Boston Ballet School from 2008 to 2011 and returned in 2015 on full merit scholarship as a Boston Ballet School Trainee under the direction of Margaret Tracey.

His repertoire includes excerpts of George Balanchine’s Donizetti Variations and Jean Coralli’s Giselle, Ivan Liska’s Le Corsaire’s, Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker, John Neumeier’s The Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler, and Marius Petipa’s The Sleeping Beauty, Jerome Robbins Glass Pieces.

Clark attended summer programs on full merit scholarship at the School of American Ballet (2014-2015), Houston Ballet Academy (2016), and Boston Ballet (2017).  In 2016, he received the Princess Grace Foundation Dance Scholarship Award and the Chris Hellman Dance award. In 2017, he represented Boston Ballet School at the Assemblee International in Toronto, Canada.

Clark joined Boston Ballet II in 2017. He joined Boston Ballet as an artist in 2019.

 


 

Paul Taylor Dance Company

Amy (Young) Kleinendorst

Amy (Young) Kleinendorst began her dance training at the age of ten in her hometown near Seattle, Washington. After graduating from Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, she went on to receive a BFA from The Juilliard School. Ms. Kleinendorst joined Taylor 2 soon after and made her debut as a member of the Paul Taylor Dance Company at the Paris Opera House in January of 2000. She was also a founding member of TAKE Dance Company (2004-2010). Throughout her career, Ms.Kleinendorst taught master classes, residencies, intensives and workshops all over the world and continues to do so. After retiring from the stage in 2013, she has also begun to share Paul’s work by setting his pieces at St. Paul’s School, Interlochen Arts Academy, The Citadel Dance and Music Center and Boston Conservatory. She is on faculty at The Taylor School where she teaches weekly youth classes as well as professional level classes. Amy and Robert were married in 2011 and live in Brooklyn with their two children.

Amy Kleinendorst
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Robert Kleinendorst

Robert Kleinendorst received his B.A. in Dance from Luther College in 1995. Immediately upon graduation, Robert moved to New York City to pursue a dance career. Robert attended daily classes at the Paul Taylor Dance Company while dancing for Anna Sokolow’s Players’ Project, Gail Gilbert Dance Ensemble, and Cortez and Co. In 1998, Robert was asked to join Paul Taylor’s second company, Taylor 2. Robert was then asked to join Mr. Taylor’s main company in 2000 in which he danced until his retirement in 2019. In his 21 years with Paul Taylor, Robert danced 98 roles in 77 of Taylor’s dances and also originated 28 roles with Mr. Taylor. He also originated roles with choreographers Larry Keigwin, Doug Varone, Lila York, Doug Elkins, Bryan Arias, Pam Tanowitz, Margie Gillis, and Kyle Abraham. In addition to his performing career, Robert taught master classes domestically and abroad as well as teaching at the Taylor School in New York. Robert also took on the responsibilities of assistant rehearsal directing and administrating all of Mr. Taylor’s company auditions. Currently Robert is completing his MFA in Dance at George Mason University and beginning his investigation into his own choreography.

 


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