Faculty & Guests


Summer Intensive Faculty and Guest Teachers

Catherine Batcheller, Academy Dean: Bio 
Sabir Yapparov, Academy Principal: Bio 
Victoria Morgan, Artistic Director & CEO*: Bio

Sara Knight
Sara Knight is a graduate of England's Royal Ballet School, an Associate of the Royal Academy of Dance (A.R.A.D.), graduate of the Royal Ballet School Teachers' Training Course (R.B.S. Dip. TTC.) and first British graduate of Russia's Vaganova (Kirov) BalletAcademy. Sara is a recipient of the Royal Ballet Special Award for Excellence personally awarded by Dame Ninette de Valois, founder of the Royal Ballet.

Upon graduation, Sara was accepted to the Eifman Ballet Theatre, then remained in Russia and became Soloist with Leningrad State Ballet Theatre and The Russian Ballet of St. Petersburg. In the West, she danced with England's Northern Ballet Theatre, and was Principal Dancer with European Ballet of London, Configuration Dance USA, and the Rebecca Rice Dance Company, USA.

Sara has been invited to teach world-wide including: The 14th International Festival in France; Boston Ballet Company and the Boston Ballet School; Boston Conservatory; Laban Centre London; Arts Educational School of the United Kingdom; England's Northern Ballet Theatre; Ballet Mistress for London's Central School of Ballet; Assistant Artistic Director of the Ballet School of Stamford; and Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the Greenwich Ballet Academy, Greenwich, CT. Presently Sara is teaching in her new school SLK Ballet in Manhattan.

In addition, she is now in the process of forming an alliance with the French Riviera Ballet and Profession de Dance Frejus, France.

Sonia Dawkins

Sonia Dawkins is the founder and artistic director of Sonia Dawkins Prism Dance Theatre. She is a graduate of The University of the Arts and received a master’s in dance from SUNY Brockport. Ms. Dawkins has been a faculty member at Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle and Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, DC. She has also been a guest choreographer at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater School and North Carolina School of the Arts. Ms. Dawkins has performed extensively with choreographers and companies in the United States and the Caribbean. Some of her national and international choreography credits include Seattle Repertory Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet and School, Nevada Ballet Theatre, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater School, Jones-Haywood Dance School, Seattle Theater Group’s Dance This, Bulgaria Dance Festival, Mexico International Festival and Broadway Bound among others. She won a 2011 Gypsy Rose Lee Award for Choreography for The Brother Size and was nominated for a Gypsy Rose Lee Award for Choreography for Pullman Porter Blues.
Guoping Wang
A native of China, Mr. Wang studied ballet at the Ballet Department of the Shanghai Dance School and in the graduate program at the Jacobs School of Music. He danced with the Shanghai Ballet Company from July 1980 to October 1991 and Mr. Wang joined Ballet Chicago in 1993 performing leading roles with the company through 1995. In 1997, while also a member of the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, Mr. Wang was recognized by the Chicago Dance Community with a Ruth Page Award for Outstanding Dance Achievement. Mr. Wang has been on the faculty of the School of Ballet Chicago and a guest teacher and coach for the Indiana University Ballet Theater.

Past guest artists include:
Devon Carney, Momchil Mladenov, Jay Goodlet, Deirde Carberry, Maria Calegari, Stephanie Heston, Anna-Marie Holmes, Darla Hoover, Alexandr Smirnov

*To teach advanced level students


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