MAIN STREET BALLET FACULTY
 


MAIN STREET CENTER FOR THE ARTS



124 S. Pomperaug Ave. • Woodbury, CT 06798 • (203)263-5107

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Lizabeth Skalski (Associate Director, ballet, pointe, principal choreographer) has been the Associate Director at Main Street Ballet in Woodbury, CT since 1999. Her guest teaching credits include: The Hartford Conservatory; School for Creative and Performing Arts - Cincinnati, OH; Covenant Dance Studio – Brooklyn, NY; as well as schools in Canada, Taiwan and China.  Ms. Skalski’s teaching style uses the best aspects of the Ceccetti, School of American Ballet, French and Russian schools which is reflected by her training at the Joffrey School and from New York’s most innovative ballet teachers: Lawrence Rhodes, Finis Jhung, Nadine Revene, Igal Perry, Melissa Hayden and modern dance teachers Lar Lubovich, David Gordon, Lynn Simonson, Don Redlich and Robyn Cutler.  Heralded by critics of the New York Times, Dance Magazine and New York Newsday, Ms. Skalski created over twenty-five original contemporary ballets for New York’s New American Ballet Ensemble, Ballet Santa Barbara and in showcases throughout New York, Connecticut and in Canada.  She also created original choreography for “Oklahoma”, “Phantom of the Opera”, “Three Penny Opera” and “Oliver”.  As a dancer, Ms. Skalski performed throughout the United States and Asia with New York based Chen & Dancers, Baba Dancers as well as with Downtown Ballet, New American Ballet Ensemble, Santa Barbara Ballet Theatre and Carlton Smith Ballet Chicago.  Ms Skalski holds a MFA in dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Sylvia Kinal-Davidowitz (primary ballet, pointe/variations, principal coach) began her studies at L’Ecole Superieure des Grands Ballets Canadiens at age five, and has studied under some of the world’s most outstanding teachers.  She was awarded a Canadian grant to study with Rosella Hightower in Cannes, France, at American Ballet Theatre, and with the noted teachers, David Howard, Larry Rhodes, Haynes Owens and Maggie Black.  At age 16, she was awarded the silver medal at the VIII th International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria.  In 1978, she was recognized as an Outstanding Artist of Canada, bestowed to her by HRH Queen Elizabeth of England.  She toured the world as a principal dancer with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens and the Cleveland Ballet as well as with Martine Van Hamel’s “American Ballet Stars,” and with principal dancers from American Ballet Theatre and the Joffrey Ballet.  Invited by Alicia Alonzo, Sylvia performed in Cuba at the Cuban International Dance Festival.  Canadian choreographer Fernand Nault created the solo “Incoherence,” for Sylvia, which she performed at the Varna Ballet Competition, and the role of Anna, in the Seven Deadly

Kerry Gallagher (modern-guest teacher) started her dance career at the School of Performing Arts under Arlene Begelman and Barbara Braverman in New Milford.  She then studied at the School of American Ballet in NYC under such teachers as Alexandra Danilova, Elise Reiman, Richard Rapp, Kay Mazzo, Helene Dudin, Antonia Tumkovsky, Muriel Stuart, Andrei Kramarevsky.  She performed with the New York City Ballet at Lincoln Center while at the school in performances of ‘The Nutcracker’, ‘Coppelia’, ‘A Midsummer Nights Dream’, ‘Harlequinade’ and ‘Circus Polka’ to name a few.  She spent summers training at the New York State Summer School of the Arts in Saratoga Springs, NY under teachers Olga Kostritzky, Bojan Spassoff, Stephanie Wolf, Peter Martins, Stephanie Saland, Heather Watts and other members of the New York City Ballet.  While at the school, she performed with the New York City Ballet at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.  Kerry danced with: Annamaura Silverblatt and Co. where she performed works by the Martha Graham trained Ms. Silverblatt; Fusionworks Repertory Dance Company under artistic director/founder Deb Meunier, performing works by choreographers Art Bridgman and Myrna Packard, David Dorfman, Pooh Kaye, Creach and Koester, David Parsons, Sita Fredrick, Deidre Morris, Laura Bennett, Deb Meunier; Classics Dance Theatre Ballet Company under


Sibley Morosco (Artistic Director) founded Main Street Ballet in 1988 in Southbury, CT with the intent on training dancers in the finest tradition of the renown American ballet masters under whom she studied and bringing the great classic ballets to her students and the community.  To date, she has produced and presented the full-length productions of “Sleeping Beauty”, “Giselle”, “Coppelia”, “Swan Lake”, “Don Quixote”,“Pas de Quatre” excerpts from “Raymonda” and “Nutcracker” which celebrated its 20-year anniversary in 2008.


Over the past 20 years she has guided Main Street Ballet from a one-room studio with 3 students to its present full-facility location with a student body of over 150 young dancers and six faculty members.  In 1992, she founded Main Street Theater fostering young actors with a specialty in producing Shakespeare, mysteries and musical theater. Ms. Morosco has

collaborated with Waterbury Symphony Orchestra, the Woodbury Lions Club and Nonnewaug High School Drama Dept., Waterbury Arts Magnet School, Newbury Theater Company, Woodbury and Southbury Parks and Rec. and many other local organizations and clubs.


Ms. Morosco received her ballet training at the Joffrey School and American Ballet Theater School under master teachers such as Oleg Briansky, Alexandra Danilova, Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, Patricia McBride, Madame Pereyslavak, Ismet Mouhedin, Diana White, and Perry Brunson.  She also received modern dance training in the Humphrey-Weidman and Limon techniques.  After receiving her degree in dance from Mercyhurst College, she went on to perform with Erie Civic Ballet and Pittsburgh Ballet Theater; performing the great classic ballets that she now produces for Main Street Ballet.

Elizabeth Della Ratta (pre-ballet, modern) attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst on full scholarship, where she earned a BFA in Dance and a BS in Nutrition.  Liz's ballet training includes years of study in the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus and at the Joffrey Ballet.  As a young dancer, Liz performed with the New Jersey based Shore Ballet Company dancing roles in Nutcracker, Coppelia, Cinderella, and Les Sylphides. Liz also performed with the legendary ballerina Zizi Jeanmaire in Roland Petit's U.S. production of De Fledermaus on Broadway.  In addition to studying modern dance in the Five College System, Liz has also studied intensively at Dance New Amsterdam, Broadway Dance Center, and with Doug Varone and Dancers in New York.  She has performed with an array of modern dance companies, including Mati Elias Dance and Room Eleven Dancers.  Liz was an original member of Tony Silva Dance, performing in Massachusetts, New York, and at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.  Liz has been a guest artist with Venedance, a Venezuelan folk dance group. More recently, Liz has performed in New York and Connecticut with Bernier Dance, a Connecticut based contemporary dance company.  Liz has completed teacher trainings with Central Pennsylvia Youth Ballet and the American Academy of Ballet.  Liz has aYoga Alliance Certified (200 hour) yoga instructor and completed her MsED in elementary education from the University of Bridgeport in 2013.

photo: Bob Capazzo

Sins.  Sylvia worked with the noted choreographers, Sir Anton Dolin, Lar Lubovitch, John Butler, Lynn Taylor Corbett, Milko Sparamblek, Dennis Nahat, Ian Horvath, Fernand Nault and Brian Macdonald and performed principal roles in: Romeo and Juliet, Le Corsaire, The Nutcracker, Les Sylphides, Coppelia, Raymonda, Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, and Balanchine’s Serenade, Concerto Barocco, Theme and Variations and The Four Temperaments.  Other works include John Butler’s Catulli Carmina; Maurice Bejart’s, Firebird; Lar Lubovitch’s, Exultate Jubilate and Les Noces; Anthony Tudor’s, Jardin aux Lilas and Sunflowers; Milko Sparemblek’s, The Miraculous Mandarin, and works by Dennis Nahat, Ian Horvath and Canadian choreographers, Brian Macdonald and Fernand Nault.

Jeri Kansas (musical theater, tap, jazz) began her professional career at age 19 as a Rockette at Radio City Music Hall.  She made her Broadway debut in the original cast of "Sugar Babies" starring Ann Miller and Mickey Rooney. The following summer she was handpicked by Gower Champion to create the role of Phyllis in the original cast of "42nd Street". She has appeared nationally as Mona Lipschitz in "Chicago", "Showboat", Eulalie Shinn in "The Music Man", and as Anytime Annie in "42nd Street".  She was on film in "Saturday Night Fever", "Gossip Girl", "White Collar", and "The Goodbye Girl".  Jeri is a master teacher in jazz, theatre dance, tap and lyrical. Jeri has worked with the top Broadway and Television choreographers including Peter Gennaro, Alan Johnson, Ernest Flatt, Tommy Tune and Gower Champion.  This past summer she Co-Directed and Choreographed "Sweet Charity" for Richter Musicals in Danbury.

Rebecca Moore (modern) received her Masters of Fine Arts in Dance from Sarah Lawrence College where she excelled in choreography and direction. She has used that knowledge to create and present her own contemporary dance works extensively throughout New York City and Connecticut in such venues as the New Haven International Festival for Arts and Ideas, White Silo Winery, CoolNY Dance Festival, The Silo Gallery, DUMBO DANCE FESTIVAL, Moravian College, and Sarah Lawrence College.  She performed internationally in Germany and Dubai with modern dance company, Pilobolus, and continues to work with many notable choreographers including Jody Oberfelder and Adam Battelstein who’s troupe, Catapult can be seen in “America’s Got Talent-2013”. Teaching affiliations include the Pilobolus Institute, FineLine Theatre Arts, and Sarah Lawrence College. Ms. Moore’s teaching style creates a relaxed and supportive learning environment that is fun and focused so as to spark curiosity, encourage exploration, observe with a perceptive eye, and guide with a steady voice.

Artistic Director Catherine Barribal, performing works by Catherine Barribal, Janet White, Justin Sherwood, and her own works;  Adam Battlelstein of Pilobolus, performing his work in school systems throughout the country; MacArthur Dance Project, under artistic director Browen MacArthur touring throughout New England.  Kerry joined the American Dance Legacy Institute and danced with Dancing Legacy from 2005 to the present where she has danced, taught and coached the Etudes of David Parsons, Robert Battle, Danny Grossman, Donald McKayle, Anna Sokolow.  Kerry is also a member of the American Dance Legacy Institutes Management Team.  She has been a dance teacher for the past 20 years teaching from California to Connecticut.