Alice Nemecek, Artistic Director Ballet, Mind-Body Conditioning, Dancing for Thespians, Acrobatic Dance, has been teaching dance extensively throughout the Morris County area for the past 15 years. Her forte is ballet; she employs a holistic approach that incorporates classical technique, pilates, yoga, floor barre, & classical repertoire. In 2004, she founded Ballet Enchante & continues to serve as its Artistic Director, primary mentor & choreographer. Alice has created 12 original artistic productions for Ballet Enchante, in 5 of which she performed. Over the years, Alice has worked with a broad range of dancers, as these projects have enabled her to work with professional performers & thereby hone her creative skills for the advanced dancer; reciprocally, the projects have served as valuable career-building experience for aspiring professional dance students -- some of whom have earned entrance into competitive college dance programs. Alice's dance education includes classes at New Jersey Ballet, Theatre Arts Dance America/East Coast Movement, & Studio Allegro. Alice studied privately with Jayne Walsh, whom she credits as having the most influential effect on the development of her technique; additional private coaches include Lynne Grossman, Claudia Cutler, & Diane Gerberg. In addition, Alice has written dance criticism for Attitude: The Dancer's Magazine; she has also written cultural & political commentary for Being Libertarian. She holds an MPA degree from Seton Hall University & a BA in English from Millsaps College; she currently works as a Human Services Specialist III at the Morris County Office of Temporary Assistance. Alice currently serves on the board of the Roxbury Arts Alliance & was a previous board member of Dance New Jersey.
Michael Donohue Theater mentor & Theater Specialty Workshop is a is an actor, director & educator. He received his BA in Theatre with an Acting Concentration from Farleigh Dickinson University; he received a minor in British Studies & studied at the Wroxton College in Oxfordshire, England. He has participated in Actors’ Access Workshop in NYC & has studied stage direction under Rosalie Purvis, Stacie Lents, Stephen Hollis & Robert Cioffi. He is currently the Theater Director at Lenape Valley High School, where he has directed spring musicals & fall dramas for the past several years. He recently directed Dracula at the Investors Bank Theatre in Roxbury, NJ.
Nicole Bugge Contemporary Ballet Workshop with Ballet Ballet, trained at American Repertory Ballet’s Princeton Ballet School. She holds an MFA in Dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and a BFA in Dance and Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University. Nicole has performed with Richmond Ballet in such works as Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments, Rubies, and Serenade, Exit 12 Dance Company, Second Avenue Dance Company, Amaranth Dance, Neville Dance Theatre, mishiDance, Classical Contemporary Ballet Theatre, Nolan Seda Dance, Humanistics Dance Company, The Charles Weidman Dance Foundation, Anahata Dance, and in original works by Deborah Jowitt, Cherylyn Lavagnino, and Sydney Skybetter. Internationally, Nicole also performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Accademia dell’Arte in Arezzo, Italy where she presented her choreography. She taught at the Alabama Dance Festival, Southern Vermont Dance Festival and is a certified Elemental Body Alignment System instructor. As the Artistic Director for Buggé Ballet, she choreographed works for the Second Avenue Dance Company, showcased original dances at Jazz at Lincoln Center, the FAB! Festival, Fertile Ground at Greenspace, Dixon Place, Spectrum, Bryant Park, 60x60 at Brookfield Place, The Ailey Citigroup Theater, and was commissioned to create pieces performed at Lincoln Center and with One World Symphony in NYC. She is the choreographer for The Nutcracker presented annually in LaPlata, Maryland with The Studio Cooperative. Her work was exhibited by The Riverside Theatre in Harlem as part of their 2013 NuDance Festival. Nicole was selected as a winner in Rider University’s inaugural Emerging Choreographer’s Competition, has been seen on WHYY PBS Friday Arts Series in the spring of 2014, and most recently showcased work in Breaking Glass: The Emerging Female Choreographers Project. Her choreography was performed at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. Nicole is the creator and founder of Liberty Hall Dance Festival, an annual historically inspired site-specific performance in Union, NJ. When she’s not on stage or in the studio Nicole can be found working as the Digital Media Manager for Dance Magazine.
Caitlyn Casson Modern Repertoire Workshop with Ariel Rivka Dance is a dancer, choreographer & teacher. She currently dances with Ariel Rivka Dance, under the direction of Ariel Rivka & David Homan. She has also danced with the following companies based in NYC: Matthew Westerby Company, Dance Entropy & Balasole Dance Company. She received her BFA in Dance from the University of South Florida, where she studied intensive academic & practical curriculums for the following disciplines: ballet, modern, contact improvisation, choreography, history, pedagogy & production management. She received additional training from Batsheva Dance Co, Alonzo King LINES, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, & Peridance. She has trained & performed abroad with organizations including MindLeaps, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, & Dance & Culture in Paris.
Lydia Rakov Improv Workhsop, is a dancer, choreographer & teacher. She performed professionally with Ballet Fantastique & was a featured dancer in Cinderella, The Odyssey, An American Christmas Carol, The Book of Esther, & Zorro. She received her BFA in Dance from Pointe Park University. In 2013, she was selected to be a guest artist for The Pillow Project’s production of The Green Swan. She has also performed the role of Dew Drop as a guest artist with Lake Erie Ballet’s production of the Nutcracker. When she was 17, Lydia was selected by Ballet Enchanté to perform the lead role in The Raven.