The South Jersey Ballet School studios are state-of-the-art performance facilities. The large studios are equipped with the highest quality ballet floors and can accommodate multiple classes. The flooring technology is designed specially to enhance technique and prevent injury. The waiting rooms and dressing rooms are clean, spacious, and parent-friendly.
South Jersey Ballet School students have a range of performing opportunities open to them. South Jersey Ballet School is the resident school of the South Jersey Ballet Theatre, the area’s premier performing company. South Jersey Ballet Theatre produces two full-length ballets a year, including the Nutcracker in December and a full-length spring performance.
South Jersey Ballet School students also take part in student open house performances, as well as lecture demonstrations in the community. Naturally, all students perform in the Annual Recital, where the students demonstrate all they learned that year. The ample performing opportunities allow the students to gain exciting performance experience and prepare them for a future as a professional dancer.
South Jersey Ballet Theatre Faculty
Andrea Duffin Conway, Director
Director Andrea Duffin Conway began her training at the age of eight with Madeline Cantrella Culpo in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, and started her performing career with the Berkshire Ballet, dancing leading roles in such ballets as Cinderella, La Fille Mal Gardée, and The Nutcracker. She went on to become an apprentice with the Boston Ballet Company and performed with the Pennsylvania Ballet while on scholarship at the school. Andrea joined the Washington Ballet Company and toured exclusively throughout South America and Asia.
In 1984, she was a guest artist at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, Massachusetts. She has been a member of the teaching staff at the Ballet School of Pennsylvania for several years, and has served as a dance instructor at Swarthmore College and Bryn Mawr College
Eva Szabo was educated at the Hungarian National Ballet Institute in Budapest Hungary. Eva danced and toured with the Gyori Ballet, a company which she co-founded in Hungary. She received an international teaching certificate from the Hungarian National Ballet Institute. Eva is currently on the faculty of the Rock School for Dance Education and the University of the Arts.
Rick Callender is from Miami, Florida and began his training with Marta Mahr School of Ballet and New World School of the Arts. He then moved to Seattle to study at the Pacific Northwest Ballet School. He then took a position with the Washington Ballet in Washing, DC. After dancing with the Fort Worth Dallas Ballet for five seasons, he moved to Philadelphia. Rick has also danced with the Suzanne Farrell Ballet Company, Charleston Ballet and Pennsylvania Ballet. He is currently a member of Miro ballet Theatre and Jeanne Ruddy Dance.
Ashley McMichael began dancing at four years old. During her teenage years, she trained in Philadelphia at The Rock School for Dance Education under the direction of Bojan and Stephanie Spassoff. While at The Rock School, Ashley was trained by Christopher Fleming, Mariaelena Ruiz and Eva Szabo, among many others. Ashley has enjoyed dancing lead roles in The Nutcracker, Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty. She has spent many summers away from home to further her ballet education at the American Ballet Theatre in New York City and Orange County, Boston Ballet, North Carolina School of the Arts, Ballet Austin, and the Joffrey Ballet School on full scholarship. While away, Ashley had the honor of studying under George Balanchine’s ballerina, Melissa Hayden, for several summers. Ashley is currently in school for a degree in Elementary Education. She truly loves working with children and offering them all that she has learned over the years.
Linda began her dance training at the age of nine. She developed and refined her technique and performance skills under the tutelage of several talented teachers from the Rock School of the Pennsylvania Ballet, South Jersey Academy of Ballet, Jazz Dance Center, Fran Reiss School of Performing Arts and University of the Arts. Linda also attended classes in New York and Philadelphia with such celebrated teachers as Alexei Yudenich, Shimon Braun, Ronen Karesh, Joe Tremaine and Luigi.
Linda danced with the Fran Reiss School of Performing Arts, South Jersey Academy of Ballet, Stagedoor & Co. and other institutions performing in several dance and musical theater productions. She has taught ballet and modern jazz for many years at various performing arts schools in the area. Linda also was an adjunct instructor for several years at Temple and Drexel University
Linda taught for Andrea Duffin-Conway when she first opened her school of ballet many years ago. She left that position after four years to pursue advanced degrees in Rhetoric and Communication and is thrilled to be back on staff at the South Jersey Ballet School, which she considers is the finest of the performing arts schools in the region. In addition to re-joining the staff at South Jersey Ballet School, Linda is also pursuing a doctorate in Mass Media and Communication at Temple University’s School of Communication and Theater.