The Brookline Ballet School

The Brookline Ballet School
1431 Beacon Street
Brookline MA, 02446

Phone: 617.879.9988
Email: info@brooklineballet.com

Adult Ballet Program Faculty


CLAIRE BLETZ  Ballet

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Claire began her training at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet under the direction of Marcia Dale Weary. From a young age she had the opportunity to perform the work of George Balanchine and Alan Hineline. She spent summers at CPYB and Boston Ballet’s Summer Dance Program. After graduating from high school, Claire continued her training at Indiana University studying with Violette Verdy, Jacques Cesbron, Guo Ping Wang and Glenda Lucena. She was featured as the Lead Flower in The Nutcracker, the Autumn Fairy in Cinderella, and in the Diamond Variation in Sleeping Beauty. Claire choreographed ballets for the Student Choreographic Workshop in 2003, 2004 and 2005. While at IU, she taught both college-age elective students and pre-college young dancers. Claire graduated with Bachelor’s degrees in Ballet and Comparative Literature with a minor in Spanish. From 2005 through 2009, Claire danced professionally in Southern California, predominantly with the City Ballet of San Diego, but also with San Diego Ballet and Los Angeles Ballet Theatre. Again she was able to perform ballets by George Balanchine, as well as newly-choreographed works by Betsey Wistrich and Javier Velasco. In 2008 her ballet, Push, was featured in San Diego Ballet’s Choreographer’s Showcase. She has recently relocated to Boston and is excited to be part of the Boston dance community.

BRITTANY BUSH   Ballet

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Brittany received her early training with Monika Alch at the Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet in Jamestown, NY, and attended summer programs at the New York State Summer School of the Arts, BalletMet, Boston Ballet, and Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre. She went on to continue her dance 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 Balanchine's Serenade, Jessica Lang's Prayers, The Nutcracker, and an original solo work, Adrift, choreographed by Emery LeCrone. She is currently in her third season with Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre. Brittany has previously taught young dancers at Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet.

SARAH GIARRUSSO  Ballet

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Sarah Giarrusso is a life-long dancer with experience in ballet, jazz, and contemporary. She most recently taught ballet at Mile Square Theatre Dance Academy in Hoboken, NJ and studied ballet with Kat Wildish, a former dancer with New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre. Sarah has been a faculty member at Central Pennsylvania Dance Workshop. She studied dance composition with Pat Heigel-Tanner at The Pennsylvania State University where she produced, choreographed and performed in numerous Choreographers’ Showcase productions for Orchesis Dance Company. Sarah is an American Ballet Theatre® Certified Teacher who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.

EYLA JESCHKE  Ballet

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Eyla received her ballet education in Berlin with Tatjana Gsovsky, at the Royal Ballet School in London with Marian Lane and at the John Cranko School in Stuttgart with Heinz Clauss.

She began her professional career with the Hamburg Ballet, where she worked for 4 years with John Neumeier. At the Royal Ballet of Flanders in Antwerp and the National Ballet of the Netherlands in Amsterdam she performed in many corps de ballet and soloist roles in choreographies of M. Petipa, J.Cranko, G. Balanchine, G. Tetley, Sir F. Ashton, J. Butler, R.v. Dantzig, T.v. Schayck, H v. Manen, N.Christe, V.Panov and many others. Eyla has trained with great teachers such as Truman Finney, Woytek Lowski, Alexander Prokofiev and Maria Aradi amongst many others. She earned her teacher’s diploma with Peter Silken of the Vaganova Academy in St. Petersburg. Eyla was a member of the faculty of the National Ballet Academy in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, for 12 years. In Berlin she trained the biggest Show Dance ensemble in Europe at the Friedrichstadt Palast for 5 years. She moved to Boston in 2011 and is currently teaching students and dancers at Jose Mateo’s Ballet Theatre and the Brookline Ballet School.

DESIRÉE REESE  Ballet

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>Desirée began her formal dance training in Salem, Virginia on a full scholarship with the Southwest Virginia Ballet where she was privately coached by School Director Terri Post. Throughout this time she also attended summer programs at the Boston Ballet, Ballet Magnificat, and Pennsylvania Academy Ballet under the tutelage of John White and Margarita DeSaa. Desirée’s professional career began at the age of 17 at the Virginia Ballet Theatre where she consistently performed leading roles in such ballets as George Balanchine’s “Valse Fantasie” and Agnes de Mille’s “Three Virgins and a Devil.” In 2000 she began dancing with Ballet Magnificat and toured across North and Central America, Europe and Southeast Asia. In 2004, Desirée joined José Mateo’s Ballet Theatre in Cambridge, MA and soon became a principal dancer. During her 6 years with Ballet Theatre she had the privilege of having original roles and choreography created specifically for her by the company director, José Mateo. Additionally, Desirée has guest performed the leading roles in “Coppélia”, “Firebird”, “Cinderella” “Graduation Ball” and “The Nutcracker”. She has received recognition for her work throughout the Metro Area, both online and in print within such publications as the Patriot Ledger, The Boston Phoenix and The Boston Globe. Desirée enjoys teaching and sharing her passion for dance with others. She has taught ballet for over 12 years to students of all ages and is excited to bring her love of dance to the Youth Ballet Program at TBBS.

SKYE ROBINSON  Ballet Barre and Conditioning

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Skye’s ballet and body conditioning work spans over four decades, incorporating time-honored principles of classical ballet technique to create beautifully toned, lithe, graceful, intelligently strong, muscular bodies. She has studied ballet from childhood, both in Boston and her hometown, New York. She is well acquainted with both cecchetti and vaganova syllabi and her teaching is a classic American mixture of both. She performed in companies in Boston and NYC, but ended that part of her professional life after the birth of her children. She says “One of my major ‘eureka!’ moments was the discovery that tip-top fitness can be achieved simply by doing housework on the demi-pointe.” She has taught ballet and floor barre conditioning to all ages, from pre-school to pre-professional. She additionally holds a graduate degree in special education with a specialty in dance therapy, which she practiced for four years in Massachusetts public schools.

HARUKA TAMURA  Ballet

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Haruka 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. She is a Dizzy Feet Foundation Scholarship Recipient (2011-2012). Haruka joined José Mateo Ballet Theatre in 2014.