THE STAFF

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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.

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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 Wonderland. In 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 Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Arabian​in The Nutcracker, and one of Dracula’s Brides in Dracula. Find out more about Atlantic City Ballet’s performance schedule at acballet.org/attend

Amanda Valentino

Amanda grew up in South Jersey, where she trained under the direction of Andrea Duffin from the age of 9. While training with South Jersey Ballet School and Theatre, she had the opportunity to perform in many full length ballets with principal roles including Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Cinderella in Cinderella, Swanilda in Coppélia, and Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Amanda continued her training in New York with Ellison Ballet ’s Professional Training program under the tutelage of Edward Ellison and Lyubov Fominih with a focus on Vaganova technique. In 2017, she accepted a contract with Houston Ballet II, under the direction of Stanton Welch and Claudio Muñoz. With HB II, she performed and toured many works including Stanton Welch’s The Nutcracker, A Dance in the Garden of Mirth, A Time to Dance, Play, Swan Lake, George Balanchine’s Symphony in C, Ilya Kozadayev’s Molto Espressivo, the US premiere of Kenneth MacMillan’s Mayerling, Marius Petipa’s Raymonda set by Claudio Muñoz, as well as Swanilda in Claudio Muñoz’s production of Coppélia. Joining Cincinnati Ballet to become a company member, Amanda was able to expand her classical and contemporary repertoire, performing new works by company members as well as classics including Devon Carney’s The Sleeping Beauty, Septime Webre’s Peter Pan and Wizard of Oz, and Adam Hougland’s Rite of Spring to name a few. Amanda is very excited to be back in New Jersey and to have the opportunity to share her passion for dance with others.

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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 also an elementary school teacher in Voorhees.  She truly loves working with children and offering them all that she has learned over the years.

Krista Montrone

Krista 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. 

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Jennifer Tedesco

Jen started her training with Mount Laurel Regional Ballet. She went on to study with Alexander Borovic of the Donesk Ballet.  She was coached by Leslie Browne of ABT and Irina Kolopakova. She toured with International Ballet Theater as a teenager and was an apprentice with Russian Ballet Theater.

As an adult she was a soloist with International Ballet Theater and a principal with Roxey Ballet. She has performed in The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, Raymonda, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Coppelia, La Corsaire and many others. She also performed in Dracula and The Nutcracker with The Pennsylvania Ballet. She has performed with Melinda Roy in Florida and with Sarasota Ballet.

Jennifer was offered a position with Sarasota Ballet in Florida in 2002 but decided to move back to NJ to get married. She lives in the area with her husband and three children and has been teaching for the past eleven years. Jen recently completed her certification in Progressive Ballet Technique.

Nicole Maldonado

Nicole Maldonado, 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.  After graduating from BU, Nicole was a company member in Margot Parson’s contemporary ballet company, Dance Visions from 2006-2012.  In June 2012, Dance Magazine featured Dance Visions in a review and recognized Nicole DeVicci as “the most technically accomplished member of the company”. Nicole is thrilled to be able to share her passion for dance and return to her roots at the South Jersey Ballet School.

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