Our faculty strives to offer the highest quality of training in classical ballet while maintaining an environment conducive to learning.
Conservatory Prformance Coordinator
Stephanie Marini, originally from Boston, her early training was with Albert and Diane Pesso in modern dance and choreography. At the age of 12, she won a choreographic competition and was given a rare scholarship to study at The Boston Conservatory, followed by an invitation from Miss E. Virginia Williams to attend The Boston School of Ballet as a Ford Foundation scholarship student. Within weeks of joining the school she was asked to join the Boston Ballet Company. After seven years dancing with the company she turned her passion for ballet toward teaching and mentoring young dancers. Ms. Marini has taught at The Boston School of Ballet, The Boston Conservatory, The Walnut Hill School, Children’s Ballet Workshop, Stamford City Ballet, and, the Chautauqua Institute. In recognition of her high standards she was approved by the Balanchine Trust to act as assistant director for the Balanchine Nutcracker that was performed in Stamford, and she did so for 15 years. In 1999, Ms. Marini became the Artistic Director and co-founder of The Ballet School of Stamford. Ms. Marini is the Conservatory Prformance Coordinator of Conservatory at all of the levels of the Studio at VKDC the Studio in Connecticut.
Emily Hull has been teaching ballet for the past 23 years. Her training began with New York City Ballet dancer Carol Sumner and continued at the School of American Ballet under the close tutelage of Richard Rapp, Elise Reiman and Kay Mazzo. She trained in the summer intensive programs at the Boston Ballet School, the Pacific Northwest Ballet School, and the Pennsylvania Ballet School. Attending Kenyon College and then Principia College, she graduated Phi Alpha Eta with a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre. She went on to train with Jacques D’Amboise at his National Dance Institute and at ABT's Teacher Training Workshop.
As a singer and actor, she has performed in professional and community theatre productions in the Mid-West and New York City areas; in recent years performing lead roles in productions at Curtain Call Theatre in Stamford and Town Players of New Canaan. Ms. Hull is a teacher of Pre-Ballet I, II, and Elementary divisions at VKDC the Studio in Connecticut.
Maia Fitzpatrick received her early training in Kansas, where she was a founding member of the Topeka Ballet. She then studied at the San Francisco Ballet School as a scholarship student. Ms. Fitzpatrick graduated from Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts, where she danced featured roles in numerous ballets. In 1996, she joined the International Ballet Project under the direction of Diana White and Valentina Kozlova. In 1997, Ms. Fitzpatrick was invited to Poland by the Ministry of Culture to teach a course in "Balanchine Technique" to the students and faculty at the Bytom State Ballet School. In 2006, she worked as a choreographic consultant on the major motion picture "Reservation Road" starring Jennifer Connelly and Mark Ruffalo. Ms. Fitzpatrick's lifelong dedication to the performing arts and to the education of children has led her to teach at leading ballet schools in the Northeast for over 20 years. Ms.Fitzpatrick is a teacher of the Intermediate division at VKDC the Studio in Connecticut.
Albert Davydov - new as of the 2019-2020 Season
Albert Davydov was born in Russia and began his ballet training at the age of eleven at the Kazan Choreographic School of Ballet. Upon graduation, he joined the Tatar State Theater of Opera and Ballet where he danced solo and principal roles and toured with the company throughout Europe and the United States. His repertoire includes Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty , Romeo and Juliet, Don Quixote, Coppelia.
He joined New Jersey Ballet in 2004 where he continues to perform in Principal roles. In 2011 Mr. Davydov restaged Don Quixote and danced principal rule for New Jersey Ballet with great reviews in the press. On November 22, 2011 The New Jersey Star Ledger wrote about the restaging of Don Quixote “New Jersey Ballet splendid new production by company member Albert Davydov”.
Albert has won numerous awards and prizes in various international ballet competitions. He performed in the big international Gala in "New York" USA, "Seoul" South Korea," Riga" Latvia, 2008 and 2010 International Championship Competition Gala in "Varna" Bulgaria. Albert has performed at the Nureyev International Ballet Festivals in "Kazan" Russia. In addition, Albert has participated in the International Ballet Festivals in "Wilmington" Delaware. Mr. Davydov is a teacher of the Advanced division and also teaches Adult ballet Classes at VKDC the Studio.
Guest Classical Faculty
Christina Fagundes began her twenty four year professional dance career with San Francisco Ballet in 1982. In 1985 Mikhail Baryshnikov invited her to join American Ballet Theater and appointed her soloist in 1989 where her extensive repertoire included principal roles in the 19th century classic, as well as works by Balanchine, Robbins, Tudor, Macmillan, Ashton, Morris, Kylian, Lubovitch, Welch, and Martins, many of which she created roles for. In 1999, Ms. Fagundes guested with international companies and was a founding member of Suzanne Farrell Ballet. Ms. Fagundes graduated summa cum laude with a B.F.A from Fordham University. She is a certified ABT teacher and a Guest Teacher of the Advanced division at VKDC the Studio in Connecticut.