Rebecca Balbach (Owner/Director)
Rebecca Balbach began dancing in her teen years with Marilyn Peterson, learning the basics of Ballet and tap dancing. Realizing her love for dance, she decided to pursue ballet more seriously, training in the Vaganova method with instructors from Russia's Kirov and Bolshoi Ballet. She then was given many opportunities to perform both solo and corps roles in several classical and non classical ballets such as: Paquita, Giselle, Les Sylphides, Stars and Stripes, Balanchine's The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Don Quioxte, Cinderella, Ilanthe, Alice in Wonderland, Valse Fantaisie, Italian Symphony, along with several contemporary works.
Knowing the importance of staying current in today's ever evolving ballet world, she continues to further her dance education in New York City and New Jersey, insuring her students receive the best possible training.
Along with performing five seasons as a company member with Connecticut's sate ballet company, Connecticut Ballet, Ms. Balbach is currently dancing professionally throughout the tri-state area as a freelance artist.
In early 2017 Ms. Balbach co-founded Rockland County's first professional ballet company, Hudson Valley Ballet.
Kristen Prescott (Ballet Instructor)
Kristen Prescott began her dance training at Connecticut Ballet and the Ballet School of Stamford under Stephanie Marini and went on to graduate from the Greenwich Ballet Academy under the direction of Sara Knight and Michael Shannon. Kristen has studied at Walnut Hill School for the Arts, Nutmeg Conservatory, and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, as well as at Colorado Ballet on full scholarship, where she was offered a position with the Colorado Ballet Studio Company. Kristen began her professional career at Configuration Dance Theatre in Buffalo, NY, where she performed many soloist and principal roles and was fortunate to work closely with Yuri Zhukov, Catherine Batcheller, and Harrison McEldowney. At the 2009 Buffalo Dance Festival, Kristen shared the stage with Daniel Ulbricht, Misty Copeland, Misa Karunaga, and Robert Fairchild, among others, and performed Joseph Cipolla’s Soft Verge at an anniversary event honoring Arthur Mitchell of Dance Theatre of Harlem. She has also performed with Ballet des Ameriques and numerous times for choreographer Marcos Vedoveto and was seen on ABC’S Elementary. Kristen completed five seasons with Connecticut Ballet, where it was her pleasure to perform many soloist and principal roles, including Bluebird Pas de Deux, Courant Fairy from Sleeping Beauty, Mazurka from Coppelia, and Darrell Grand Moultrie’s Pulse. She is currently dancing her second season with Thomas Ortiz Dance.
In early 2017 ms. Prescott co-founded Rockland County's first professional ballet company Hudson Valley Ballet.
Laura Rime (Adult Beginner Ballet)
Laura Rime has been studying ballet for over 20 years in New York and San Francisco and is currently a member of Art of Motion Dance Theatre. As part of the company she has danced in La Rotta, Iolanthe, Italian Symphony, Le Villi, and other repertory pieces.
She has studied with the likes of Michael Smuin, Alonzo King, Arturo Fernandez, Giada Ferrone, Igal Perry, Olivia Galgano and Elisabeth Carrol. Laura Rime is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. Laura has performed in many ballets including Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Les Patineurs, Firebird and others. She has studied ballet, jazz, and tap since childhood and this experience has given her a love of dance, music and dynamics.
Anna de la Paz (Flamenco/ Classical Spanish)
Anna de la Paz began her dance training with Maria Morales at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, studying many genres of dance including classical and folkloric Spanish dances, flamenco and ballet. She also studied at the University of New Mexico’s celebrated Flamenco and Spanish Dance Department and received her B.F.A. in Dance Performance and her B.A. in Spanish Literature from Towson University. Later, she went to Madrid, Spain to continue her professional studies with Mariemma, Gala Vivancos, La Tati, Pacita Tomás, Joaquín Villa, Tomás de Madrid, Cristóbal Reyes, María Magdalena and Pedro Azorín. Her early projects include, Washington Opera’s La Traviata at the Kennedy Center, American Bolero Dance Company’s critically acclaimed production Olé! Olé! Fin de Siglo, and Amigos de la Zarzuela performances at Carnegie Hall. Ms. de la Paz created and produced her own shows Alegría Española and Migración, which were performed in New York City and the surrounding suburbs. In 2012, Anna de la Paz began a close collaboration with mezzo-soprano Anna Tonna, and has created and performed in many historically significant projects like Music and Dance in the times of the Duchess of Alba (1762-1802), commissioned by the Hispanic Society of America in New York City and La Nuit Espagnole: Flamenco and the Vanguard, performed at DROM, NYC. Another important collaboration has been with world- renowned tap dancer, Heather Cornell. Together, they created Making Music Dance, a cross fusion of flamenco, the many flavors of tap and world music, which premiered at Jazz en Rafale in Montreal in 2013. In addition to her work as a performer and choreographer, Anna de la Paz is dedicated to sharing the art of Spanish dance through education. Ms. de la Paz regularly conducts master classes, workshops and residencies throughout the tri-state area. She is also co-director (with Heather Cornell) of “Walk to the Beat,” a new concept for an annual improvisational music and dance festival created for the village of Nyack, NY, where she currently lives with her husband and three children.
Stephanie Sorota (Guest Teacher)
Native of New Jersey Ms. Sorota just finished her first season with The Washington Ballet. During the 2015-2016 season, she performed in productions of Serenade as the Russian Girl; In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated; Stephen Mill’s Hamlet; in Theme and Variations as a demi-soloist; Septime Webre’s Carmina Burana; and Edward Liang’s Dancin’ In the Streets. In June 2016, Stephanie participated in the Ballet Program at The School at Jacob's Pillow, performing a new work choreographed by Yury Yanowsky in the Ted Shawn Theater and on the Henry J. Leir Stage. Stephanie began her ballet training under Eugene Petrov at the Irine Fokine School of Ballet, and continued her training with him at Petrov Ballet School in Waldwick New Jersey. In the 2013 and 2015 Youth America Grand Prix Philadelphia Semi-Finals, Stephanie placed third in the Senior Classical division. As a participant in the 2015 Youth America Grand Prix New York Finals, she placed Top Twelve in the Senior Division.