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Faculty

Mid-Atlantic Ballet has recruited the area's most accomplished dance instructors, each of whom brings their own personal approach to the dance floor. 

Patrick Korstange
Artistic Director

Mr. Korstange started his dance education at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School. From there he went to Point Park University, also in Pittsburgh, where he studied under Kenneth Johnson of American Ballet Theatre and Susan Abby of the Royal Canadian Ballet.


His professional career began at Miami City Ballet, where he joined the corps in 1986. He became a soloist after his first season and as such performed roles in Concerto Barocco, Rodeo and The Nutcracker. In 1990, he moved to Phildadelphia where he performed with the Philadelphia Opera Company. While working with the opera, he was introduced to modern dance and joined Dance Matrix; this connection introduced him to MAB.


In addition to teaching, he has appeared in numerous MAB producations including the Prince in The Firebird, Kia in The Snow Queen, the Mad Hatter and Knave of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland, and Drosselmeyer in The Nutcracker. He was Assistant Artistic Director of MAB for three years before being promoted to Artistic Director in 2008. He has choreographed several shorter pieces for MAB including, Eclipse, 2/5th of Beethoven and Ripples. In March of 2009 he premiered his first full length ballet Persephone, since then he has re-choreographed  The Nutcracker and created a new two act ballet, Ever After, which premiered in the spring of 2012. Patrick retired from performing with SHARP, a Philadelphia-based modern dance company under the direction of long-time friend Diane Sharp Nachsin, to devote more time to MAB.


His teaching credits also include Temple University and the Pennsylvania Creative and Performing Arts Conservatory in New Britain, Pennsylvania.

Sandra Davis
Ballet Mistress

Ms. Davis is a native of Philadelphia. She began her training at the Anastasi Dance Studio, where she started her teaching career in 2005. Sandra graduated from the University of the Arts in May 2007 with a B.F.A. in Ballet Performance. While at UArts, she studied the art of ballet under the direction of Anastasia Babayeva, Christine Cox, Scott Jovovich, Andrew Pap, Carole Sklaroff, Suzanne Slenn, and Eva Szabo. Sandra also trained in jazz under the direction of Ronen Koresh, Donald Lunsford, Molly Misgalla, and Wayne St. David; and in modern under Kim Bears-Bailey, Jennifer Johnson, Curt Haworth, Manfred Fishbeck, Brian Sanders, and Faye Snow.  Sandra performed in numerous ensembles and productions at the Merriam Theater and the Drake Theater while at the University of the Arts, including excerpts from La Bayadere and Coppelia, and Scott Jovovich's re-make of Carmina Burana.

Sandra completed Philadanco's training program in August 2006. She had the honor of performing in Philadanco's Danco-on-Danco in September 2006.

 

She started performing with SHARP Dance Company in March 2009, which has performed primarily in the Delaware Valley area. Sandra is delighted to be the Ballet Mistress at Mid-Atlantic Ballet, where she can teach the love and joy of dance!

Priscilla Payson

Resident Faculty

A native of Windsor, Ontario, Canada, Priscilla Payson began her early ballet training in the Royal Academy of Dancing ballet syllabus, completing both the children and major examinations.  Her further training includes the Canadian National Ballet School and the Royal Ballet School in London, England on a full scholarship.  When she returned to Canada, she rejoined the professional Windsor Light Opera Company where she performed in numerous musicals.  In 1962 she moved to Battle Creek, Michigan where she taught and performed with the professional regional Barn Theater.  Before coming to settle in Delaware, Ms. Payson was a member of the dance faculty at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, a soloist with the Louisville Ballet Company, and performed with the nationally known and award-winning Actors’ Theater in Louisville, Kentucky.  Ms. Payson has also been trained in the Vaganova and Cecchetti Syllabus.  During her 58 years of teaching she has designed a specific ballet curriculum which incorporates a unique blend of several ballet syllabus.  This curriculum trains dancers to be versatile and prepared for the current dance requirements for college dance programs and companies.

 

In 1982 she established the non-profit Delaware Dance Company.  In 1984, with the help of friend Camille Izard Morris, formerly with the prestigious American Ballet Theater, Ms. Payson presented the first annual Nutcracker.  During her tenure as Artistic Director of the Delaware Dance Company she choreographed and presented a full-length Sleeping Beauty ballet in the spring of 1994, 1995 and 1996.  In 1997 she choreographed an original ballet based on the well-known fairy tale Hansel and Gretel accompanied by the Delaware Symphony Orchestra.  After leaving DDC in 2005 Ms. Payson taught at several area studios.

 

Ms. Payson has led numerous area students to successful careers on the Broadway stage, on national tours and in regional theaters and dance companies.  Her students have taken top honors at several competitions including the Youth American Grand Prix in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, going on to NYC for the finals.  They have received numerous scholarships from the Maryland Dance Festival, Diane Drulis Foundation and the Rock School in Philadelphia.  Ms. Payson has also helped her students gain acceptance to the professional summer ballet programs at American Ballet Theatre, Pennsylvania Ballet School, the Rock School, Point Park, Pennsylvania Ballet, Chautauqua, Atlanta Ballet, Maryland Ballet Theatre, to name a few.  Her students have been accepted at prestigious collegiate dance programs across the country.

 

In July 2013 to celebrate Ms. Payson’s 55 years as a dance teacher and generous supporter of dance students the non-profit Priscilla Payson Foundation was launched.  The mission is to offer Scholarships and Financial Assistance to young, talented and aspiring students of dance residing in Delaware to further their dance training and careers.  Currently the Foundation has awarded over $20,000 in financial assistance and scholarships to support the dancers in Delaware.   For more information about the Foundation go to: www.priscillapaysonfoundation.org.

 

In December 2013 she directed the premiere performance of the production of the Snow Queen, a holiday show based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale. The production includes several styles of dance and is a holiday favorite for young and old.

 

Carolyn Peck
Resident Faculty

Born in State College, PA, Ms. Peck trained intensively with the Performing Arts School of Central PA for 13 years under Andrea Hill. She attended prestigious summer programs such as the American Ballet Theatre, Governor's School for the Arts and Ballet Magnificat, and was awarded a talent scholarship for her performance of "The Dying Swan" for the OYW Program in central PA. While in PA she performed many lead roles such as Clara and the Sugar Plum fairy in The Nutcracker and the title role in The Firebird. Following her training in PA she joined Fort Wayne Ballet as a trainee under the direction of Karen Gibbons-Brown. There she spent two years studying ballet, contemporary dance forms, theater and dance pedagogy and performed in ballets such as Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella.

 

She returned to PA in 2007 where she joined the faculty of the Performing Arts School of Central PA, teaching preschool through advanced ballet classes for two years. During that time she also performed with the Nittany Theatre Company and danced with BRIO Dance Company. Carolyn has taught theatre and dance workshops in both PA and Delaware and is currently a  choreographer for the Christiana School District and the Delaware Children's Theatre. She has choreographed numerous musicals such as Alice in Wonderland, Little Women and Cinderella and numerous ballets at MAB.

 

Carolyn currently lives in Wilmington with her husband Daniel, and continues to teach and perform in Delaware and PA. She has recently performed with the Delaware Children's theatre as the title role in Cinderella and Mary in Babes in Toyland, and has enjoyed performing in MAB productions including Persephone, The Nutcracker and Paquita.

 

Carolyn has been a faculty member of the Mid-Atlantic Ballet for four years and is passionate about sharing her love for dance and the arts with her students.

Miguel Angel Quinones III

Resident Faculty

Miguel Angel Quinones III, was born in New York, NY in 1984 and moved to Miami, FL. at the age of five. He began training in ballet at the age of seven at the Miami Conservatory. Miguel also studied at Joe Michaels studio with the New Image Dance Ensemble where he learned other forms of dance. In college, at New World School of the Arts in downtown Miami, FL he studied more subjects of dance including jazz, modern, and breaking. After graduating in three years with honors, he joined the Parsons Dance company in 2005. He danced with David Parsons from 2005 until 2011, and currently is a guest dancer for the company. Miguel has also performed at several galas in Indianapolis and Houston, to name a few. Miguel has worked with artists such as David Parsons, Robert Battle, Monica Bill Barnes, Donald McKayle, Michael Uthoff, Arthur Mitchell, Nicholas Andre, Mark Stuart, Shea Sullivan, Greg Dolbashian, and other New York artists. He has taught master classes while on tour all over the United States and internationally. He is currently living in Philadelphia to continue his career in dance education, focus on creating more of his own choreography, and dancing for Sharp Dance Company.

Beatrice Thomas

Resident Faculty

Beatrice Thomas was born in Newark, Delaware and began her training at Mid-Atlantic Ballet at age 5. She attended numerous intensive programs including Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Ballet Austin, and the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. Beatrice has Performed roles from the Sugar Plum fairy and Arabian in MAB's production of The Nutcracker to her favorite role as the Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland.
 
She began her teaching career in 2014 as an assistant teacher at MAB and now teaches all ages. Her classes span from preschool students at the Newark Day Nursery once a week to an open adult class for dancers of all skill levels.
 
Beatrice is looking forward to moving up in her teaching career, as well as continuing her training in ballet. She is interested in eventually experimenting with, and creating her own choreography. Beatrice has a passion for teaching and dancing and she is excited to see what her future holds.

Guest Faculty

MAB was pleased to have the following guest faculty teach during our Summer Intensives:

Michele Xiques recieved her training at the Atlanta School of Ballet, North Carolina School of the Arts, Joffrey Ballet and Point Park College.  She has danced professionally with Atlanta Ballet and Empire State Ballet.  Michele has her equity card and has performed in such musicals as; 42nd Street, Fiddler on the Roof, Funny Girl, Annie and My Fair Lady.  Michele has had over 20 years of teaching experience.   She has taught for Point Park College, Diamond Dance Company and Delaware Ballet.  She also developed a full time dance program at Sussex Central High School.  She is currently the Artistic Director of First State Academy of Dance in Milford, DE.

Diane Sharp Nachsin started her career in Pittsburgh PA dancing for Mary Miller Dance Company from 1992-94.  She returned to Philadelphia with a scholarship to Philadanco's training program.  Diane has danced professionally with Juan Antonio and Dancers, Trapezius Aerial Dance Company, Deborah Birrane, Anne-Marie Mulgrew and Dancers, Convergence Dancers & Musicians and Amsterdam based Compaany Jacqueline Knopps and Dancers.  Diane is also the founder and Artistic Director of Philadelphia based SHARP.

Barry Kerollis is a freelance dancer and teacher from Philadelphia, PA. He began his professional career in 2003 with the Houston Ballet. In 2004,he joined Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle, WA, where he continued to dance for seven seasons. He has danced leading and featured roles in works by Ashton, Balanchine, Duato, Forsythe, Kylian,  Maillot, Martins, Morris, Ratmansky, Robbins, Stroman, Tharp, and Wheeldon, among others.


Mr Kerollis has performed in NY at the Guggenheim for their "Works and Process" series and at the Joyce Theater, as well as the Vail International Dance Festival. Kerollis has danced as a guest artist with American Ballet Theatre, Alaska Dance Theatre, Festival Ballet of Providence, Russian Ballet Theatre of Delaware, Avi Scher and Dancers, Seiskaya Ballet, and in First State Ballet Theatre's "Arabesque Festival." He is featured in dance documentary, "Dancing Across Borders," and Bob Rizzo's instructional dance video, "Ballet with Style." In 2001, he was selected as a finalist in the Youth America Grand Prix competition in New York.


He began his dance training at the Chester Valley Dance Academy in Lionville, PA. Mr. Kerollis trained on full scholarship at the Kirov Academy of Ballet and the School of American Ballet. He spent summers with Houston Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and at the Hampton Dance Festival.

Kevin Byrne began his dance training on Long Island at the Eglevsky Ballet School. He studied ballet, tap, jazz, and modern there for 8 years. He then went on to Marymount Manhattan College where he earned a BFA in dance with a Concentration in Ballet, and performed works by Lar Lubovitch, Louis Falco, and Pascal Rioult. After graduation Kevin joined the American Repertory Ballet where he danced for six years performing lead roles in ballets by Graham Lustig, Twyla Tharp, Kirk Peterson, and Harrison McEldowny. While at ARB Kevin taught master classes at the Princeton Ballet School and Rutgers University. He was also a guest artist with Configurations Dance in Cape Cod and Buffalo, NY. In the summer of 2009 he was an artist in residence at the Snowy Range Dance Festival.

Claire Kallimanis was raised in Delaware and is an original alumni of the Mid-Atlantic Ballet, attending prestigious summer programs such as Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and the School of American Ballet.  She went on to continue her training at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. After graduating, Ms. Kallimanis found a home with Columbia City Ballet in Columbia, SC.  Some of her favorite roles include Mena in Dracula, Dew Drop Fairy in The Nutcracker and Snow White in Snow White. Claire has had the opportunity to perform such Balanchine greats as Serenade, Western Symphony and DonizettiViola Alone...(with one exception) choreographed by Kevin O'Day is her favorite role thus far.

Miranda Blogg joined Columbia City Ballet in 2001, was promoted to the rank of Soloist in 2009, and in her eight seasons with the company she has performed such roles as Victoria in Dracula, where the Free Times notes she "established herself as a beautiful dancer with gorgeous legs & arms, but she also exhibited a beaming stage presence and portrayed her character with utmost believability." She also danced the title role in Pocahontas, and as Pride in Beauty & the Beast, the Free Times wrote "...was a standout. Bailey (Blogg) performed with a self-assurance & fluidity, underpinned by precise technique, a clean  classical line, and rock-solid balance. When she danced, it was hard to look at anyone else."  She is best known for performing Chinese Tea in The Nutcracker, and the Free Times named her Best Local Dancer in 2006.

Born in Maynard, Massachusetts, she still spends her free time working for DancePrism 
in Boston where her professional dancing began in 1996. She is currently one of their featured dancers and resident choreographers. At Dance Prism she has staged such ballets as Coppelia, Swan Lake, & Giselle and portrayed such roles as Swanilda in Coppelia, Aurora in Sleeping Beauty & the title role in Giselle.

 

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Newark, DE 19715

 
Phone: 302.266.6362

Email: dance@midatlanticballet.org

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During our regular season our dance studio is open during the following hours:

 

Monday - 4:00-9:00
Tuesday - 4:00-9:00
Wednesday - 4:00-9:00
Thursday - 4:00-9:00
Friday - 4:00-9:00
Saturday - 8:00-1:00
Sunday - CLOSED

 

Also available by appointment.

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