Our Faculty

"The instructors invest in you as a dancer and as a person." 

--Covenant Ballet Parent

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Founder & Artistic Director

 

Instructor since 1987

Marla Hirokawa

Training: Hilo School of Ballet, Honolulu City Ballet Apprentice, and B.A. at the University of California at Irvine

Dance  Instructor Adjunct: Kingsborough Community College and Manhattan Marymount College

Former New York City Ballet Education Dept. Teaching Artist 

ABT© Certified Teacher in Primary through Level 3 of the ABT© National Training Curriculum. 

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Ballet, Boys Project, Pointe,

Covenant Ballet Principal Dancer

 

Instructor since 2016

Stephen Campanella

Training: Princeton Ballet School  Scholarship Recipient, San Francisco Ballet School Summer Intensive Scholarship, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Graduate Program, B.A from Rutgers University

Professional Dance Experience: American Repertory Ballet, New York Theatre Ballet, Dances Patrelle

ABT© Certified Teacher in Primary through Level 7 of the ABT© National Training Curriculum.

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Early Steps

Instructor since 2021

Colleen Fechner

Training: BFA in Dance at Belhaven University (Mississippi), Intellidance® Babies, Tykes & Tots Certification, Minnetonka Dance Theater & School

Professional Dance Experience: Atmosphere Dance Company/Project Dance, Shachah Touring Company (Japan), Katy Hagelin Dance Project Company, Heartbridge Performing Arts Company

ABT© Certified Teacher in Primary through Level 3 of the ABT© National Training Curriculum. 

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Ballet, Pointe

Instructor since: 2010

Nanako Kitagawa

Training: The École Supérieure de Danse de Cannes Rosella Hightower in France and Goh Ballet Academy in Canada

  Professional Dance Experience: USA Ballet Company,

Connecticut Ballet, Long Island Ballet & Atlantic Ballet 

ABT© Certified Teacher in Primary through Level 7 of the ABT© National Training Curriculum.

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Ballet, Pointe

Instructor since 1999

Brenda Neville

Training: BA in Dance Pedagogy (Cum Laude) at Butler University (Indiana), Milwaukee Ballet School, Ailey School, American Ballet Theatre School

Founder and Artistic Director of Neville Dance Theatre

Former Principal Dancer with CBT

 

ABT© Certified Teacher in Primary through Level 7 of the ABT© National Training Curriculum. 

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Summer Intensive Ballet

Instructor since 2008

Jose Rivera

Training: BA in dance from Julliard School, School of American Ballet, the Gallman’s Newark Dance Theater School and the Dance Theater of Harlem

Professional Performance Experience: in Germany and the U.S., Former Principal Dancer with CBT

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Contemporary, Boys Project, CBT Teaching Artist, Covenant Ballet Principal Dancer

Instructor since 2008

Matthew Westerby

Training: BA (Honors) Dance Theatre from Laban Centre (London) with Graduate Diploma in Advanced Performance (practical credits for MA)

Professional Dance Experience: Europe and the U.S.

Founder and Artistic Director of the Matthew Westerby Company

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Gabrielle Ayoub

Early Steps, Ballet

 

Instructor since 2018

Training: Covenant Ballet Academy Alumni, Manhattan Youth Ballet, La Guardia High School, Summer Intensives with Peridance, Nutmeg Conservatory, NYSSSA Ballet, and Boston Ballet

ABT© Certified Teacher in Primary through Level 3 of the ABT© National Training Curriculum. 

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Rebeccah Brann

Early Steps, Modern, CBT Teaching Artist, Covenant Ballet Principal Dancer

Instructor since 1995

Training: Covenant Ballet Academy Alumni, Alvin Ailey Certificate of Dance Graduate

Founder and Artistic Director of HopeDanceNYC

Certified Personal Trainer

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Mandy Chan

Ballet, CBT Teaching Artist, Covenant Ballet Principal Dancer

Instructor since 2003

Training: MFA in Dance from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts (scholarship), BFA in dance (First Class Honors) at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts

Certified Pilates, Yoga instructor, and registered Somatics Movement Therapist

ABT© Certified Teacher in Primary through Level 3 of the ABT© National Training Curriculum. 

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Kristin Licata

Junior Company Advisor, Ballet, CBT Teaching Artist, Covenant Ballet Principal Dancer

Instructor since 2007

Training: BFA in dance from the Fordham University -

Alvin Ailey Program

Professional Dance Experience: Matthew Westerby Company, Ariel Rivka Dance, Valerie Green Dance Entropy

 

ABT© Certified Teacher in Primary through Level 3 of the ABT© National Training Curriculum. 

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Joseph Tudisco

Modern/Jazz

Instructor since 2008

Training: David Howard Dance Center, Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, Ailey School, SUNY Purchase College, Brooklyn Academy for the Performing Arts

Professional Performance Experience: The Andy Williams Show in Branson, MO, Former Principal Dancer with CBT

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Amy Ashley

Ballet, Pointe, CBT Teaching Artist

Instructor since 2021

Training: Stillpoint Dance Studio (Oregon), Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program, certified teaching artist Mark Morris Dance Center

Professional Performance Experience: Ariel Rivka Dance, DisagreeableCreatures

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Arrow & Beauregard

CBT Mascots

(Otherwise known as Bow & Arrow)

Arrow since 2014

Beauregard since 2019

Training:  School of Hard Knocks, Puppy School and lots of treats

No professional experience.