Our Staff

South Jersey Ballet school 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

 

 

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

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 Washington, 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.

 

Nicole DeVicci

 

Nicole DeVicci, originally from Voorhees, NJ, began her ballet training under the direction of Andrea Duffin at South Jersey Ballet School. For 12 years, Nicole studied classical ballet with Andrea Duffin, Cherie Noble, and Eva Szabo. While at the South Jersey Ballet School, Nicole was a company member of the South Jersey Ballet Theatre where she performed lead roles in The Nutcracker, Coppelia, Cinderella and Swan Lake.

Nicole continued to study ballet with Margot Parsons while attending Boston University where she received her BS in Special Education in 2009. While at BU, she was an active member of BU’s Dance Theatre Group, and she served as a student-director for BU’s Ballet Variations Project. While living in Boston, Nicole was a company member in Margot Parson’s contemporary ballet company, Dance Visions from 2006-2012.  In June 2012, Dance Magazine featured Dance Vision in a review and recognized Nicole DeVicci as “the most technically accomplished member of the company”.  Nicole moved backed to NJ in 2011, and she currently teaches 5th grade at the Camden Community Charter School in Camden, NJ. She is thrilled to be able to share her passion for dance and return to her roots at the South Jersey Ballet School.

Caitlin McElroy

Caitlin began her early training in Voorhees, NJ, and at the age of 16 moved to Boca Raton, Florida to train at The Harid Conservatory. After graduating from Harid in 2007, Caitlin spent two years in the Graduate Program at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, where she had the opportunity to perform with the main company in ballets such as The Nutcracker, Laurie Stallings’ The Great Gatsby, and the North American premiere of Derek Deane’s Alice in WonderlandIn 2009 she joined the Atlantic City Ballet under the direction of Phyllis Papa and has enjoyed dancing in a wide variety of roles, her favorites being Arabian and Dewdrop in The Nutcracker, and one of Dracula’s three Brides in Dracula. Caitlin is still currently performing with the Atlantic City Ballet, and recently graduated from Atlantic Cape Community College’s Academy of Culinary Arts with an Associate’s Degree in Baking and Pastry and is a fully certified Pastry Chef. Caitlin is very excited to be teaching here at South Jersey Ballet School. 

Ashley McMichael

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 Greenwood

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.

Krista Montrone

KristaKrista Rae Montrone began her training at the age of three in Hudson, New Hampshire, at Melissa Hoffman Dance Center. After moving to Connecticut in 2000, she continued her training at D’Avalda & Sirico Dance and Music Centre where she had the privilege of learning from ballet master Franco Devita. In 2002 she was offered a contract with Boston Ballet’s second company, but declinded to continue her education. Upon graduating Krista moved to New York City where she was involved in many projests including the opening of Revolutions at the Joyce Theatre and various industrial projects ranging from Aflac to Juicy Couture. Krista has been a member of Koresh Dance Company, based in Philadelphia, Pa since 2011, and teaches for multiple schools in the Philadelphia area, and throughout the country. This will be Krista’s first season with South Jersey Ballet School.

Tracy began her strict ballet training at the age of eight in South Jersey. Tracy has performed several roles in the Nutcracker, cast as Clara, the Snow Queen, Dew Drop, and the Sugar Plum Fairy. For several years, she also was given scholarships to the Pennsylvania Ballet Summer Intensives under the direction of Bojan and Stephanie Spassoff. In 1995, Tracy graduated from the University of the Arts with a BFA. She performed in two companies — Philadelphia Dance Company 11 (Philadanco 11) and Koresh Dance Company, which she stayed with for seven years, performing all over the Philadelphia area.

 

Katrine Vorsa

Katrine is a recent graduate from Butler University with a BFA in Dance performance.  She grew up in Atco, New Jersey where she started training intensely in classical ballet . While attending Butler University, she increased her knowledge of all fields of dance including jazz, character dancing, improvisation, and modern.  Katrine performed with the Butler Ballet in leading roles in such ballets as Giselle, Swan Lake, Coppelia, and the Nutcracker.  Under the instruction of Susan McGuire, Katrine completed Modern Teaching Analysis, which combines the techniques of Graham and Cunningham.  She continues her dance training attending master classes, most recently this summer in Chicago.