Faculty

Our Team

Our faculty strives to offer the highest quality of training in classical ballet while maintaining an environment conducive to learning.

I closed my eyes to watch tiny dancers like jeweled birds cross the dark screen of my eyelids.
— WHITE OLEANDER
 
 
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STEPHANIE MARINI

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 a teacher of the Advanced & Intermediate divisions at VKDC the Studio in Connecticut. 


EMILY HULL

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. 

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MAIA FITZPATRICK

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. 


Guest Classical Faculty


CHRISTINA FAGUNDES

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. 

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