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The faculty at CBT are committed to both high quality artistic training and the dancers' health and wellbeing. CBT Instructors include professional dancers and CBT alums. All are experienced with credentials and work as a team under the Artistic Director to provide dancers of all ages the best training possible. 

Gabrielle Ayoub

Early Steps, Ballet

 

Instructor since 2018

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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. 

Stephen Campanella

Ballet, Boys Project, Pointe

Covenant Ballet Principal Dancer

 

Instructor since 2016

Training: Princeton Ballet School  Scholarship Recipient,

San Francisco Ballet School Summer Intensive Scholarship, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Graduate Program, B.A from Rutgers University. Professional Award in Benesh Movement Notation.

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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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

Colleen Fechner

Early Steps, Ballet 

Covenant Ballet Theatre Dancer

Instructor since 2021

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Training: Minnetonka Dance Theater School, BFA in Dance at Belhaven University, Intellidance® Babies Certification,

Tykes & Tots Certification

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

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

Karina Fornazaro

Ballet, Boys' Project

Instructor since 2022

Training: MA in Dance Education:

Teaching in the Professions / ABT Ballet

Pedgogy from NYU Steinhardt, MS in Psychology from State University of Maringá, and Marcia Angeli Academy in Maringá, Brazil

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

Nanako Kitagawa

Ballet, Pointe

Instructor since: 2010

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.

Kristin Licata

Junior Company Advisor, Ballet

CBT Teaching Artist 

Covenant Ballet Principal Dancer

Instructor since 2007

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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. 

Brenda Neville

Ballet, Pointe

Instructor since 1999

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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. 

Jose Rivera

Summer Intensive Ballet

Instructor since 2008

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Joseph Tudisco

Modern/Jazz

Instructor since 2008

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

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

Matthew
Westerby

Contemporary, Boys Project 

CBT Teaching Artist

Covenant Ballet Principal Dancer

Instructor since 2008

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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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.

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