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Faculty

Our Faculty

NORA BUONAGURIO

Nora Buonagurio for webNora began her dance training at Boston Ballet School, Newton Studio. She studied ballet and modern, as well as became an assistant teacher for the PreBallet and Adaptive Dance programs.

Nora attended Mount Holyoke College where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance and Psychology (cum laude). During her college years, she performed in concerts through the Five College Dance Department as well as choreographed and composed original work. Nora performed in MHC faculty members Terese Freedman’s and Jim Coleman’s Do Run Run and Peter Jones’ A Tiny Adventure. Additionally, she performed in Hampshire College alumna Ailey Picasso’s piece, Notions.

Nora was the co-artistic director of student-run, student-choreographed/performed dance concert, Emergence. Her piece in this concert, Through and Through, was selected to be performed at ACDA New England Conference, in SUNY Potsdam, NY, March 2017. Nora was again co-artistic director for her senior capstone concert, Semicolon. Her piece, The Ways We Come By was composed to original music in collaboration with Nancy Hair (cellist).

Nora is the recipient of the Betty Grenier Dance Award and Important Choreographic Contribution Award, given by Mount Holyoke College Dance Department.

Nora taught Pre-Ballet at Massachusetts Academy of Ballet (Holyoke, MA). Nora is currently working towards her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling with a Specialization in Dance/Movement Therapy at Lesley University.

RACHEL ANN BURKE

RACHEL-ANN-BURKERachel Ann Burke is a Cambridge native. She received her early training under Larissa Luvisichuk in the Vaganova method then went on to study at Boston Ballet and Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre. She also spent summers at American Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet, and Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet.

Following her early education she went on to receive her B.F.A from The Boston Conservatory under partial scholarship where she studied ballet pedagogy under Donna Silva.

Since then she has danced with various companies in the Boston area including Contrapose Dance, BalletRox and is currently dancing with Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre.

BRITTANY BUSH

Brittany was born and raised in Jamestown, NY. She received her early dance training with Monika Alch at the Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet, as well as attending summer programs at the New York State Summer School of the Arts, BalletMet Columbus, Boston Ballet, and Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre. She went on to continue her training at the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance. While at Purchase, she danced in George Balanchineʼs Serenade, Jessica Langʼs Prayers, The Nutcracker, and an original solo work, Adrift, choreographed by Emery LeCrone. In 2013 she joined Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre as an apprentice, and was promoted to a full company member the following year. During her five seasons with the company she danced featured roles in Mateo’s original works including Covens, Over and Over, Affairs, and The Nutcracker. In addition to her performance career, Brittany has been an active teacher in and around the Boston area for the past 7 years. She teaches regularly at Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre and The Brookline Ballet School, and part time at Tufts University and Phillips Academy.

PATRICIA CHIANG

PATRICIA-CHIANGPatricia was born in Columbus, OH and raised in Concord, MA. She is a graduate of Josè Mateo Ballet Theatre’s Young Dancers Program, where she danced with their pre-professional performance group, YouthWorks. She has also trained with Boston Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, and the Nutmeg Conservatory.

Patricia joined Josè Mateo Ballet Theatre as an apprentice in 2010 and became a full company member in 2011. She is also a member of the teaching faculty at Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre and is pursuing a degree in psychology from the Harvard University Extension School.

ANGIE DEWOLF

ANGIE-DEWOLFAngie DeWolf was born and raised in Greenville, Pennsylvania. She credits her dance training to Sharon Filone at Lake Erie Ballet (Erie, PA), Barbara Banasikowski Smith at Greater Lansing Ballet and the Michigan State University Repertory Dance Company.

Angie is a graduate of Michigan State University where she received her Pre-Med degree and danced professionally with the Greater Lansing Ballet Company. In addition, Angie was involved in a cultural exchange with The Vaganova Ballet of St. Petersburg, Russia and is a proud faculty member at José Mateo Ballet Theatre’s school.

MAGDALENA GYFTOPOULOS

MAGDALENA-GYFTOPOULOSMagdalena Gyftopoulos received her dance training at the Boston Ballet School with Anne-Marie Holmes, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, and José Mateo Ballet Theatre Young Dancer’s Program as a scholarship student.

Magdalena joined the company at José Mateo Ballet Theatre in 2006, and is a member of the teaching faculty.

In addition, Magdalena has worked with various other dance companies in the Boston area including Mariah Steele’s QuickSilver Dance, Tony Williams’ BalletRox, and Contrapose Dance where she has had the opportunity to work with choreographers David Parker, Sydney Skybetter, and Gianni Di Marco.

BETTINA INDACO

BETTINA-INDACOBettina Indaco was raised in Holland and trained at The Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. She studied with teachers Linda Goss, Wim Vreeken, Sulamith Messerer, and Sonia Matcholli and was featured in a ballet documentary about the prestigious Conservatoire, Stap voor Stap.

After graduating and receiving her degree with high honors dancing the lead in Les Sylphides, she joined The Dutch National Ballet in Amsterdam and performed in Europe and Asia. She has performed in traditional ballets such as The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Giselle, Cinderella, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and The Nutcracker in which her leading roles included Snow Queen and Dewdrop. She performed in contemporary ballets by Balanchine, such as Concerto Barroco, Serenade, Diamonds, Symphony in C, and The Four Temperaments. She has also performed in many ballets of Rudi van Danzig, Hans van Maanen, and Jiri Kylian.

In 1990, Bettina Indaco joined Ballet Theatre of Boston as a soloist and danced in Boston and throughout Massachusetts in ballets by Jose Mateo. Indaco has taught at Ballet Theatre of Boston since 1996.

In addition to teaching, Indaco holds master’s degrees in Dutch, English and Spanish.

SAVANNAH LEE

Savannah started her professional training with Atlanta Ballet. At age fourteen, she reached the top of the pre professional division, dancing corps de ballet roles with the company. Her favorite role with them was the shepherdess’s lamb (Marzipan) in Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker. Savannah was one of twelve Americans to attend The Royal Ballet in Covent Garden, London the summer she studied. She furthered her training spending summers with American Ballet Theater, Kirov Ballet Academy, Washington Ballet, CPYB, and English National Ballet. Savannah has performed professionally with Nashville Ballet’s second company, Brooklyn Ballet, Nomad Contemporary Ballet, Portland Ballet, Boulder Ballet, and a guest artist in many states. She continued sharing her passion, teaching for Manhattan Movement Arts Center, Portland Ballet, and Boulder Ballet to name a few. Additionally being an aerialist, it opened opportunities to teach dance workshops for Simply Circus and Circus Maine. As a choreographer, she has created for Portland Ballet, Boulder Ballet, and her contemporary dance company, Lightning Dance Collective.

JOSE MATEO

Jose Headshot_2017Cuban-born José Mateo is the Founder and Artistic Director of José Mateo Ballet Theatre. For over 30 years, he has lead the José Mateo Ballet Theatre’s Young Dancers Program, a ballet school that offers an innovative model for a high-quality academy with a humanistic approach to ballet training that fosters diversity and inclusion.

In 2017, Mr. Mateo was the recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s 2017/18 Commonwealth Award for Achievement – the state’s highest honor in the arts, sciences and humanities.

Mr. Mateo continues to teach in the Young Dancers Program, working with our most advanced students and the YouthWorks, pre-professional dancers.

To read Mr. Mateo’s full biography, click here.

JEAN ROBENS GEORGES

Jean Robens Georges

Jean (George) began his dance training as a scholarship student at the Academie de Danse Regine Mont-Rosier Trouillot in Haiti in 2002, where he studied ballet, jazz, contemporary and modern dance.

In 2005, he joined the Jean Rene Delsoin Company Dance Project in Haiti. In 2008, he studied Arte Dramatico and Dance Contemporary at the Escuela Nacional de Danza de Bellas Artes in the Dominican Republic.   George studied at Études de Ballet & Co. in 2009, and he passed his Royal Academy of Dance Intermediate Exam with Distinction.

George has danced professionally with Ballethenic Dance Company in East Point, Georgia; Ballet Roto in the Dominican Republic; and Tony Williams Dance Company’s Outside the Box, in Boston.

In 2009 he participated in José Mateo Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive & Pre-Professionals Program where he was invited to join the company as an apprentice upon completion.  In 2010, George became a full company member and danced with JMBT through 2015.

From 2015-2017, George moved his focus from from professional dancing to teaching. He has been a dance instructor and Director of the Modern Dance Program at Etudes de Ballet, Naples FL, Center Stage Dance Studio in Melrose MA and was the head dance instructor at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Naples FL, where he won first place in the competition for the Florida Regional.

Presently, George is teaching at José Mateo Ballet Theatre, BalletRox and spontaneous Celebrations, a program focusing on integrating dance in the Boston Public Schools.

In November 2017, George rejoined José Mateo Ballet Theatre as a member of the professional company.

KATIE PAQUIN

Katie Paquin Headshot for WebKatie Paquin trained with Festival Ballet Providence from the ages of 4-18 where she was a member of Festival Ballet’s Junior Company from 2005-08. She performed many ballets with the company including Cinderella, Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake, Don Quixote. Her most notable role with the company was Clara in The Nutcracker.

Katie spent her summers at Bossov Ballet Theatre’s summer intensive. In 2010 she began dancing with Providence Ballet Theatre and in 2016 she began dancing with Cambridge Dance Company and continues with both companies to this day.

Katie is currently working as a freelance choreographer and has choreographed at Rhode Island College, Providence College, Providence Ballet Theatre, Cambridge Dance Company and in collaboration with the New York Mandolin Ensemble. She has also presented her work at dance festivals including the 2012 Perceptions Dance Festival in New York City and the 2014 Boston Contemporary Dance Festival.

Katie graduated from Rhode Island College in 2013 with a degree in Psychology and Dance where she was a member of RIC’s dance company and was the recipient of the Helen Forman Special Talent full scholarship. She received her Masters of Education in Counseling from Providence College and is currently working in Financial Aid at a college in Boston.

YENTHL SPINOLA

After first dancing in José Mateo Ballet Theatre’s production of The Nutcracker, Yenthl joined the JMBT’s Young Dancers Program to continue her ballet training and later performed with the school’s pre-professional group Youthworks until graduating from high school.

In addition to ballet, Yenthl has had the opportunity to perform other types of dance across New England, including Bhangra, classical West African Dance and Haitian Folkloric Dance.

Yenthl studied at the University of New Hampshire where she earned her B.S. in Biology and was an active member of the community.

JULIA STETSON

JULIA-STETSONJulia was introduced to dance at the age of three with the Medina Academy of Classical Ballet. There she completed Grades III-V with distinction. Later becoming the teaching assistant to the Creative Movement and Pre-Ballet classes at the age of thirteen. She was selected to join the Ohio Youth Ballet Company. She went on to Cincinnati and attended The School of Creative and Performing Arts. She was among the student dancers selected to represent the school while performing in Japan.

After high school, Julia chose to attend the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. She completed her BFA as a Dance Major with emphasis in ballet, while simultaneously completing all prerequisites for a Masters Degree in Physical Therapy.

Julia is a certified instructor of the Burdenko Method at the The Burdenko Water and Sports Therapy Institute. She has also has trained under the Royal Academy of Dance, Vaganova, Balanchine, Cecchetti, and Paul Taylor techniques.

Julia has taught and danced professionally with the Cincinnati Ballet, Albany Berkshire Ballet, Ballet Quad Cities, Burklyn Ballet Theatre, South Shore Conservatory and the Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre. She feels that providing dancers a well rounded curriculum, blended with the joy of dance are keys to success.

HARUKA TAMURA

Haruka-TamuraHaruka Tamura was born in Tokyo, Japan, and started training at the age of 5.

She received a BFA in Dance Performance from The Hartt School, University of Hartford under direction of Stephen Pier in 2014. There she performed Martha Graham’s “Dark Meadow Suite: They Who Dance Together” at The Joyce Soho in New York as an original cast member of Peggy Lyman-Hayes’ 2011 revision and as the lead dancer “Eliza” in “The King and I” at The Muny, St. Louis, in 2012.

Some of her most memorable roles include the lead in “Paquita”, Balanchine’s “Who Cares”, “Four Temperaments”, and numerous contemporary works by choreographers such as Helen Pickett, Emory Lecrone, Viktor Plotnikov and Charlotte Griffin.

Ms Tamura is a Dizzy Feet Foundation Scholarship Recipient (2011-2012).

MARY THOMPSON

Mary ThompsonUpon the receipt of a Ford Foundation Scholarship she continued her studies at the School of American Ballet in New York City where she trained with Stanley Williams, Suki Schorer, and Alexandra Danilova among others. While at SAB, Ms. Thompson danced soloist roles in the Annual Workshop performances and was invited to audition for, and subsequently joined, Makarova and Company under the direction of Natalia Makarova.

Ms. Thompson received additional training from Marie Paquet and Fhinis Jhung, before joining the Berkshire Ballet as a soloist where she progressed to Principal status and danced lead roles in Coppelia, Cinderella, The Nutcracker, Antony Tudor’s Little Improvisations and several works by Francis Patrelle. After three years at the Berkshire Ballet,

Ms. Thompson joined Ballet Michigan where she danced lead roles in Loyce Houlton’s Beauty and the Beast, and Le Corsaire Pas de Deux, as well as other original works by Jill Bahr and Kevin Milam.

In 1988, Ms. Thompson returned to the Boston area and began working full time for JMBT as both a dancer with the Company and a teacher in the school. Over the next several years, Ms. Thompson took on a more prominent teaching role in the organization not only as a faculty member in both the Adult and Young Dancers Programs, but also as a rehearsal assistant with the Company. Ms. Thompson has served as Principal of the Young Dancers Program, Director of the Summer Intensive Program, Youthworks director and Ballet Mistress for the Company.

In addition to her work with JMBT, Ms. Thompson has taught at several area studios as well as serving as a guest teacher for Companies and schools in the New England area.