(Note: We wish Ms. Bustillo well as she is on a sabbatical leave of absence from our Conservatory faculty staff at this time.)
Gilma Bustillo was born in New York City and received her training at the Joffrey Ballet School with Meredith Baylis and later at the American Ballet Theater School.
Ms. Bustillo became a member of American Ballet Theater under the direction of Lucia Chase and later, Mikhail Baryshnikov. There she performed the roles of Myrtha in Giselle and Mercedes in Mr. Baryshnikov's staging of Don Quixote, as well as solo roles in Natalia Makarova's staging of La Bayadere and ballets by Anthony Tudor, Paul Taylor and Jerome Robbins. As Principal dancer with the Basel Ballet in Switzerland, Ms. Bustillo danced the leading roles in Swan Lake, Giselle, Romeo and Juliet, Don Quixote and the Nutcracker. Her repertoire also included works by George Balanchine, Nils Christi, Hans Van Manen and Nacho Duato. In 1990 Ms. Bustillo joined the Hamburg Ballet under the direction of John Neumeier. There she added to her repertoire the roles of the Dark Angel in George Balanchine's Serenade and Tatiana in John Cranko's full length ballet Onegin, as well as roles choreographed for her by Mr. Neumeier in Cinderella, Requiem and Fenster Zu Mozart. Since returning to the U.S., Ms. Bustillo has performed as guest artist with Pasadena Dance Theatre and DanceCorps as the Sugar Plum Fairy in their productions of The Nutcracker and as Lise in Charles Maple's staging of La Fille Mal Gardee.
Ms. Bustillo has been part of the faculty at Le Studio since 1993. She has taught at the American Ballet Theater Summer Intensive in Orange County and in New York City at the Ballet Hispanico Summer Program. She was also part-time dance faculty at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles from 1997-2000. Ms. Bustillo is also a certified American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum teacher.
Alaine Haubert, a fourth generation Californian, has the unique distinction of having been associated with America's three major companies. She received her training from age fifteen at the School of American Ballet in New York City where she studied with George Balanchine and his illustrious post-Diaghilev faculty. After graduation from high school she performed with San Francisco's Pacific Ballet, and then joined the national touring company of Camelot.
In 1965, after a year on the road with Camelot, Ms. Haubert joined American Ballet Theatre, where she performed corps de ballet, soloist and principal roles. She was coached, during this period by such diverse and exciting choreographers as: Tudor, DeMille, Robbins, Feld, Culberg, Lander, and Tetley, and also danced the classics. In 1969 Ms. Haubert joined The Joffrey Ballet as principal dancer performing leading roles in many ballets including The Green Table, The Dream, Feast of Ashes, The Moor's Pavane, The Still Point, The Three Cornered Hat, Cakewalk and Le Bleu Danube.
After nearly a decade with the Joffrey Ballet, a serious back injury ended Ms. Haubert's performing career, and she began teaching and coaching in such wide-ranging locations as Europe, Japan, Canada, the USA, and the Caribbean. In 1986 Ms. Haubert moved to Hawaii where she was on faculty at the University of Hawaii for seven years. In 1993, Ms. Haubert was invited by Kevin McKenzie to return to New York as Ballet Mistress for American Ballet Theatre, where she instructed, coached, and rehearsed the world's leading dancers for four years.
Ms. Haubert now makes her home in California where she was on faculty at California State, Long Beach for six years. She continues her association with ABT and annually travels the U.S. auditioning dancers for the ABT Summer Intensives. She is currently Artistic Director of the ABT North Carolina Summer Intensive.
In 2002 and again in 2008, Ms. Haubert has had the honor of adjudicating the Pacific Region for Regional Dance America (RDA) and in 2003 was adjudicator for the Southwest Region. Ms. Haubert has most recently served as Artistic Advisor for ABT's new ABT National Training Curriculum. She continues to travel world-wide, offering ABT curriculum training, master classes, workshops and continues to scout for future ballet professionals.
A native Southern Californian, Lisa Johnson began her ballet training in Long Beach. She went on to study under scholarship at the Marin Ballet, Cleveland Ballet, School of American Ballet and Canada's National Ballet School in Toronto.
As a young dancer, Ms. Johnson was awarded first place in the Marguerite A. Hoffman competition at UCLA and won a scholarship to the San Francisco Ballet School. After completing her senior year at the Orange County High School of the Arts, Ms. Johnson competed with a six-member American team at the Prix de Lausanne in Switzerland and was a semi-finalist.
Ms. Johnson danced professionally with the Los Angeles Classical Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, Feld Ballet, Ballet Chicago and John Neumeier’s Hamburg Ballet in Germany, and was principal guest artist with the Santa Barbara Ballet and Ballet Pacifica.
As a teacher in Southern California for the past ten years, Ms. Johnson has been on faculty at the California State University, Fullerton, Saint Joseph Ballet, Long Beach Ballet Arts Center, Southland Ballet Academy and Ballet Pacifica Academy. In addition to being on faculty at the Maple Conservatory of Dance, Ms. Johnson is also on faculty at OCHSA and is a lecturer in the Dance Department at California State University, Long Beach, teaching courses in ballet technique and pointe.
Lorin Johnson danced with the San Francisco Ballet before joining the American Ballet Theatre in New York in 1987 under the directorship of Mikhail Baryshnikov. Johnson performed at ABT until 1995, creating original roles in ballets by Ulysses Dove, Clark Tippet and Agnes DeMille, among others, and working with some of the 20th century's most influential choreographers, including Glen Tetley, Kenneth Macmillan, Twyla Tharp, and Jerome Robbins.
His choreography has been commissioned in the U.S. and abroad, and in 2003 he choreographed and produced an evening of dance at the renowned dance festival at the Fabbrica Europa in Florence, Italy. His premiere for the festival, Moto-bio: Bodies in Motion was hailed by the dance critic of Danza & Danza as "a work of extraordinary interest."
Johnson has been on faculty of the American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensives program since 2004. In 2005 he directed the former Ballet Pacifica Academy in Southern California. In 2006, Johnson became an Assistant Professor of Dance at California State University, Long Beach, where he teaches courses in ballet technique, dance appreciation and history. Johnson has published several articles as a result of his extensive research in Moscow, Russia, and has both B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Southern California.
Will Johnston has been training in dance since the age of four. Originally from San Jose, Mr. Johnston received the majority of his training at A.K.A Dance Company under the direction of Kelly and Alex Velasquez.
Currently, Mr. Johnston is a fourth-year student at the University of California, Irvine, working towards a BFA in Dance Performance, a BFA in Dance Choreography, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering. While at UC Irvine, he has had the privilege of performing works by renowned faculty members Jodie Gates, Loretta Livingston and Lisa Naugle.
Mr. Johnston has been a member of the legendary Donald McKayle’s UCI Etude Ensemble for four years and has had the honor of performing both original and classic works, including Rainbow Round My Shoulder and Long Lonesome Way at prestigious dance events such as the Laguna Beach Dance Festival founded by Jodie Gates.
In addition to performing, Mr. Johnston’s passion also lies in the art of choreography. He has choreographed numerous works for local dance studios in the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as for various UC Irvine dance productions. He has had the honor of showcasing ten works at UC Irvine, one of which was chosen to be performed by former member of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Stephanie Powell.
Most recently, Mr. Johnston was named Assistant Director of Westside Dance Project, directed by Jessie Rae Hartley.
Alexander Kalinin was born in Moscow, Russia and began his dancing career at the age of four with his father. Mr. Kalinin graduated from the prestigious Bolshoi Ballet Academy of Moscow. He has performed and toured as a soloist in over 60 countries with the most prestigious dance companies in the former Soviet Union.
After immigrating to the United States in 1981, Mr. Kalinin has performed on stages from New York to Las Vegas, Reno, and Australia as well as throughout Southern California. He has taught dance for over 25 years in the U.S., as well as abroad. Mr. Kalinin is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Kalinin Dance Company.
A native Californian, Teresina Mosco began her training at the California Institute of the Arts with Mia Slavenska, Donald McKayle and Bella Lewitsky. Later, she received her formal ballet training at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Germany, then with the renowned Marika Besobrrasova at the Ecole de Danse Classique in Monte Carlo (now the Princess Grace Academy of Classical Dance).
In 1975 Ms. Mosco was invited by Stuttgart Ballet Artistic Director Glen Tetley to join the company during its "golden age" when John Neumeier, Jiri Kylian and WIlliam Forsythe were dancers in the company. During this time, she created & performed leading roles in works of many of the twentieth century's master choreographers including: George Balanchine, Glen Tetley, Kenneth MacMillan, William Forsythe, John Neumeier, Jiri Kylian, Maurice Bejart and Hans van Manen.
In 1985 Ms. Mosco joined Nederlands Dans Theatre under the direction of Jiri Kylian. There she toured worldwide performing principal and soloist roles with this extraordinary company, including Forgotten Land, Moves, November Steps, Dream Dances, Symphony of Psalms and Orpheus. Ms. Mosco was also involved in the creation of numerous ballets with Kylian, including L'histoire Du Soldat and Kaguyahime.
Upon retirement from the stage, Ms. Mosco moved to Spain where she became Ballet Mistress for the Ballet de Teatres de la Generalitat in Valencia before arriving in the U.S.
Ms. Mosco is active as an international guest teacher at leading classical, contemporary and modern dance companies. She has conducted master classes and workshops at universities, conservatories and dance festivals throughout the world. This recently included the Institut de Theatres Dansa in Barcelona, the Ballet de Teatres, the California Institute for the Arts, University of California, Irvine, Chapman University and the Trudl Zipper Dance Institute at the Colburn School.
Ms. Mosco is currently on the dance faculty at CalArts School of Dance in Valencia, California.
Zippora Karz is a former soloist ballerina with the New York City Ballet where she performed for 16 years on stage and in televised performances. Diagnosed with juvenile diabetes in 1987, just as she was being featured in solo roles, she found a way to continue to live her dream despite her illness. Zippora became as passionate about health and healing as she is about dance. Today she not only teaches and coaches dancers, she motivates and inspires people of all ages to fulfill their dreams and potential through her teaching and public speaking.
Zippora moved from Los Angeles to New York at the age of 15 to study at New York City Ballet’s famed School of American Ballet, under the guidance of its founder George Balanchine. She became an apprentice to the NYC Ballet in 1983 and a full member in 1984.
She was promoted to Soloist Ballerina in 1993 and performed until 1999. As a soloist she danced feature roles choreographed by Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, as well as works choreographed specifically for her by such choreographers as Peter Martins and Lynne Taylor Corbett.
Some of her featured roles by Balanchine include: the Sugar Plum and Dew Drop Fairies in The Nutcracker, Agon, Apollo, Coppelia, Divertimento #15, The Four Temperaments, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Serenade, Swan Lake and Symphony in C.
Zippora was featured in the documentary “Reflections of a Dancer,” Alexandra Danilova, Prima Ballerina Assoluta. She can be seen in Dance in America broadcast on PBS in Balanchine's Western Symphony, and was also featured in Balanchine's Agon for The Balanchine Celebration, also on PBS.
Upon retiring from the NYC Ballet in 1999, after 16 years of performing, Zippora was asked to represent The George Balanchine Trust as repetiteur of his ballets. This took her across the globe staging the great ballets. The ballets she has staged, and the companies she has taught master classes to include: Serenade for the Finnish National Ballet, Arizona Ballet and the National Ballet of Mexico; Concerto Barocco for Arizona Ballet, Goucher College in Baltimore and the Royal Birmingham Ballet; Sonatine for the Aspen/ Santa Fe Ballet; and Valse Fantasie for the Royal Swedish Ballet.
Visit Ms. Karz's website at www.zipporakarz.com.
Maria Lazar is the former founder and Artistic Director of Maria Lazar Classical Ballet Academy (MLCBA) in Aliso Viejo, CA. Ms. Lazar received her bachelor's degree and Definitive Teaching Credential after completing nine years of classical and choreography training in the Vaganova method of dance at the Romanian State School of Ballet and Choreography in Cluj-Napoca and the Institute of Arts and Cinematography in Bucharest. Ms. Lazar also had the privilege to work with instructor and Coach Maestro Roman Morawski who danced with Ballets Russes under Sergei Diaghilev. Upon graduation, Ms. Lazar was honored to join the faculty of the State School of Ballet.
While pursuing her academic credentials, Ms. Lazar danced corps and principal roles in Swan Lake, Coppelia, La Fille Mal Gardee and various contemporary & modern pieces.
Ms. Lazar taught for 20 years before relocating to the U.S. in 1990 when she founded MLCBA and the Orange County Ballet Theatre (OCBT). During this time, she taught and choreographed full-length ballets including Peter Pan, Peter and the Wolf, Little Mermaid, Hansel and Gretel and The Nutcracker. Ms. Lazar also choreographed numerous pieces when her school was invited to perform at special events and competitions including the Youth America Grand Prix.
As the artistic director of MLCBA and OCBT, the number of students at her school receiving national recognition increased. Soon, MLCBA itself received national recognition when Ms. Lazar was named Outstanding Teacher at YAGP and her students received top honors at YAGP, including Grand Prix Winner. International recognition followed in 2004 when one of her students, Jennifer Stahl (now with San Francisco Ballet), was named a Finalist at the esteemed Prix de Lausanne ballet competition in Switzerland. Her students were also awarded scholarships to summer programs at American Ballet Theatre, Kirov Academy of Ballet, Boston Ballet and San Francisco Ballet, and to numerous college & university dance programs.
Ms. Lazar's love of teaching, coupled with her positive and respectful approach to students, engages and encourages dancers to challenge themselves to reach their highest potential. Ms. Lazar believes that every student has something special to offer. Each dancer is unique and it is the instructor's job to choose & adapt the best teaching style for each student. But, to meet their maximum potential, Ms. Lazar also believes that each student must understand, and trust, his or her teacher's plan as well. True classical ballet training is the result of continuous education and perseverance that is only possible with hard work and a disciplined body and mind!
Colleen O'Callaghan danced with American Ballet Theatre (ABT) under the direction of Lucia Chase and Mikhail Baryshnikov. She trained on scholarship with the schools of the Louisville Ballet, the Pennsylvania Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet, and ABT. Before joining American Ballet Theatre's main company, she danced with ABT's Ballet Repertory Company under the direction of Richard Englund and Gage Bush,
Ms. O'Callaghan received a Bachelor of University Studies degree from the University of Utah. She has been teaching ballet for over 23 years and has been a faculty member of the University of Utah, Ballet West, California State University, Long Beach, California Institute of the Arts, the Stanley Holden Dance Center, Westside School of Ballet, Louisville Ballet and many other nationally recognized schools.
For over five years she was the classical dance director for the Orange County High School of the Arts (OCHSA). she taught for the ABT Studio Company and for the American Ballet Theatre Jacqueline Onassis School in New York City. She is a certified Yoga instructor and has developed a Yoga program for children grades Pre K through 8 that has had much success throughout Southern California.
Ms. O'Callaghan is founder and Artistic Director of O'Callaghan Ballet Intensives, a company dedicated to providing pre-professional training to dance students in a positive and nurturing environment. The uniqueness of this situation is that the highly experienced teachers travel to the students, allowing the dancers to stay close to home to experience a professional and positive dance intensive.
Colleen is on the faculty for ABT's upcoming 2011 Summer Intensive Program in Alabama.
Lawrence Pech is from Denver, receiving his early classical music training in piano and voice. His first choreographic effort was in the fourth grade, to the Beatles' Something… He began studying ballet at age 14 with the Colorado Concert Ballet. At 16, he won First Prize in the Colorado Council for the Arts Choreography Competition with a piece set to Pink Floyd's Have a Cigar. The following year (Œ77), he received full scholarships to The Joffrey and American Ballet Theatre schools, the School of American Ballet, and Mudra (Maurice Bejart's Ballet of the 20th Century in Brussels).
Mr. Pech accepted a contract from ABT in 1980 directly from the artistic director, Mikhail Baryshnikov. For the next seven years, Lawrence worked with all of the great choreographic masters of our time. He danced opposite such greats as Mr. Baryshnikov, Ms. Makarova, Ivan Nagy, Cynthia Gregory, Fernando Bujones, Gelsey Kirkland, Cynthia Harvey, Martine Van Hamel, Kevin McKenzie, and others. He has appeared in numerous Live From Lincoln Center telecasts, and figured prominently with Baryshnikov in the movie Dancer and the Dance (BBC).
In 1986, Helgi Tomasson invited Lawrence to join the San Francisco Ballet. He worked with William Forsythe, Mark Morris, James Kudelka, David Bintley, Val Caniparoli, Mr. Tomasson and Lisa deRibere. He was promoted to Principal Dancer in 1990. In 1991, Mr. Pech was the subject of a KQED special entitled Blue Lair, a ballet about his victory over cancer. It was awarded a 1991 Emmy for Best Choreography.
In 1993, Lawrence became co-founder and Artistic Director of the Diablo Ballet. In 1996 The Lawrence Pech Dance Company was inaugurated to sold out houses and chosen as one of the resident companies of the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.
Mr. Pech has choreographed over forty ballets and 30 musicals. He has won numerous awards for his magnificent work. He has produced, directed and performed in many programs of original choreography and composition for The Florence Gould Theater at the Palace of the Legion of Honor's Summer Arts Series, The Neptune Society at the Columbarium, and the CalArts Summer Program (Valencia).
Mr. Pech graduated from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with honors in May '05 and received a degree in composition. He is serving his ninth season as Ballet Master and Resident Choreographer for the San Francisco Opera.
For the past six summers, Mr. Pech has taught and choreographed at the ABT Summer Intensives in New York City, Texas and Orange County. He is also a guest teacher at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, San Francisco Dance Center, Pacific Ballet Academy, Marin Ballet, Marin Dance Theatre, Petaluma City Ballet, Marshon Academy of Dance, and others.
Amy Rose trained on scholarship at the American Ballet Theatre school, the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Ruth Page Foundation School of Dance. She performed with the Chicago Ballet before joining ABT at the age of sixteen. She was a soloist with ABT, and from 1979-1992 was featured in Principal, Soloist and Character roles in both the classical and contemporary repertoire. She has also been a guest artist with the Universal Ballet in Korea, Japan, and China, and performed with Stars of the American Ballet in Manila.
In 1992, she joined the Pacific Northwest Ballet where she danced leading roles in many ballets. Most recently she was a guest artist with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Dance West Ballet, the Civic Ballet of Chicago, as well as being on staff as a faculty teacher for Terpsichore Dance Chicago Ballet Arts and North Shore Dance schools.
Learn more about Shawn Steven's experiences as a repetiteur for The George Balanchine Trust in which she travels the country to work with ballet companies and universities to stage various Balanchine ballets (as well as Twyla Tharp's works).
Shawn Stevens is originally from Houston, Texas. At 14, she attended Walnut Hill School of Performing Arts under the direction of Sydelle Gomberg. She then continued her training at the School of American Ballet. In 1982 Ms. Stevens was chosen by George Balanchine to join the New York City Ballet. During her time with the Company, she performed principal roles in Balanchine's ballets including Symphony in Three Movements, The Four Temperments and Symphony In C. She also danced in the original cast where she performed principal roles in Brahms - Handel which was choreographed by Twyla Tharp and Jerome Robbins. Ms. Stevens has worked with many other choreographers such as Peter Martins, William Forsythe, Edward Villella, Ib Andersen and Joseph Duell. During the ten years Ms. Stevens performed with the New York City Ballet, she danced in the TV show Live from Lincoln Center with NYCB and Dance in America. Ms. Stevens has also appeared as a principal dancer with the New York City Opera in Cinderella.
In 1991 Ms. Stevens joined Twyla Tharp's Company where she performed for five years. With Tharp's Company she performed old works of Twyla as well as new principal works. Ms. Stevens was also asked to dance in the Cutting Up tour with Twyla Tharp and Baryshnikov. Her film credits include, I'll Do Anything and In The Upper Room all choreographed by Twyla Tharp. More recently, Ms. Stevens was asked to perform in Twyla's hit Broadway musical Movin' Out. At present, she is now teaching ballet with several different schools, universities and companies. Ms. Stevens is approved by The George Balanchine Trust to restage George Balanchine works; she is also approved to stage works by Twyla Tharp.