The Brookline Ballet School

The Brookline Ballet School
1431 Beacon Street
Brookline MA, 02446

Phone: 617.879.9988
Email: info@brooklineballet.com

Instructors

 

JENNIFER KEPNES  'Mommy & Me' Movement

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Jennifer began her ballet training at a young age in her hometown at the Cape Cod Conservatory, under the direction of Marion Miller. She then took her training to Massachusetts State Ballet, a pre-professional company under the direction of Sabrina Vaz and was accepted to Boston Ballet’s intensive program. Jennifer danced lead roles in numerous ballets, including Nutcracker, Coppelia, Dracula, Firebird and Hunchback of Notre Dame, as well as an original composition contemporary piece she choreographed in collaboration with Berklee College of Music.Jennifer completed four years of teaching training at Dance Masters of America at the State University of New York at Buffalo. She has been teaching students of all ages for 15 years. She was the head ballet instructor at Urban Dance Complex, a Hip Hop studio where she taught technique classes, ballet and contemporary. Some of her students have appeared on the X factor, and toured with Justin Timberlake and Justin Bieber.  She has also taught pro bono classes to inner city children in the South End at Lady Constantine’s Dance studio and currently teaches intro to ballet at the Jewish Community Center in Brighton. She loves incorporating beginning ballet movements with fun and creativity, while encouraging rhythm and movement in a classical way.  She is married and has two young daughters involved in dance. Jennifer is extremely excited to join the team at TBBS!  

LAURA ANTHONY  Creative Dance

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Laura began her ballet training with the Eastern Pennsylvania Ballet Theatre under the direction of Marybeth Kemp, Donielle Baily Horst, and Kristi Dreyer McInerney. With the ballet theatre Laura had the opportunities to dance the roles of Clara, Arabian, Snow Queen, and the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker. During the summers she attended various intensives with the ballet theatre as well as with E. Laura Hausmann at Lehigh University, and Kordelia Mages in New York City. Upon graduating from high school, Laura attended Marymount Manhattan College where she studied ballet under Anthony Ferro, Lynn Glauber, Jenny Cheng, Elena Comndadore, Katherine Langan, and Jane Vorburger. She also studied the modern techniques under Nancy Lushington, Peter Kyle, Lone Larson, and Kristina Berger. During college, Laura was an assistant teacher at the Mark Morris Dance Group and a substitute assistant teacher at the School of American Ballet as well as performing in the Dancers at Work showcase at Marymount. During her summers she taught ballet intensives at Horizons Dance Conservatory and Dance Fusion Performing Arts Studio. Laura graduated from Marymount with a B.S. in dance with a concentration on kinesiology as well as a B.S. in biology.

BRITTANY BUSH   Creative Dance

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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.
 

LAURA ANTHONY   Creative Dance

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Laura began her ballet training with the Eastern Pennsylvania Ballet Theatre under the direction of Marybeth Kemp, Donielle Baily Horst, and Kristi Dreyer McInerney. With the ballet theatre Laura had the opportunities to dance the roles of Clara, Arabian, Snow Queen, and the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker. During the summers she attended various intensives with the ballet theatre as well as with E. Laura Hausmann at Lehigh University, and Kordelia Mages in New York City. Upon graduating from high school, Laura attended Marymount Manhattan College where she studied ballet under Anthony Ferro, Lynn Glauber, Jenny Cheng, Elena Comndadore, Katherine Langan, and Jane Vorburger. She also studied the modern techniques under Nancy Lushington, Peter Kyle, Lone Larson, and Kristina Berger. During college, Laura was an assistant teacher at the Mark Morris Dance Group and a substitute assistant teacher at the School of American Ballet as well as performing in the Dancers at Work showcase at Marymount. During her summers she taught ballet intensives at Horizons Dance Conservatory and Dance Fusion Performing Arts Studio. Laura graduated from Marymount with a B.S. in dance with a concentration on kinesiology as well as a B.S. in biology.

NADYA KARPOVA Pre-ballet

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Nadya Karpova began dancing at the age of five in Baltimore. After moving to Boston, she spent ten years in Boston Ballet's intensive division. She performed in the company's productions of “The Nutcracker” and “Romeo and Juliet”. During that time, Nadya attended summer dance programs at The Kirov Academy of Ballet, Orlando Ballet School and Walnut Hill, where she trained in ballet, modern, jazz, character, and flamenco. Nadya has taught creative dance at Peanut Butter and Jelly Dance Company, and gymnastics at the New England Sports Academy to young children. As a member of the Dance Organization of Boston College, she performs in and choreographs for its annual shows and Boston College’s “Arts Festival”. Additionally, she teaches ballet to BC students. Nadya is excited to spread her love of dance to the young children at TBBS!

BETSY BOXBERGER   Pre-ballet

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Betsy Boxberger trained under the direction of Victoria Lyras at the Indianapolis School of Ballet. She earned a double Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Environmental Science and Policy from Duke University, where she was instructed by Tyler Walters and Julie Janus Walters. She performed featured roles with the Duke Dance Program, including the lead soloist in Gerald Arpino’s Reflections. While in college, Betsy taught ballet at Walltown Children’s Theatre. After graduation Betsy performed prominent roles in both classical and contemporary ballets as a company member with Ballet Quad Cities. Betsy also taught ballet at the Ballet Quad Cities School of Dance and was selected to give a master class as part of the Wheaton College Artist Series. For the past two years, Betsy was on faculty at the Indianapolis School of Ballet, instructing both young children and adults. As a guest artist with ISB, Betsy performed roles such as the Second Violin in Concerto Barocco, the lead girl in Valse Fantaisie, Raymonda in Raymonda, and Dew Drop, Snow Queen and George Balanchine’s Sugar Plum in The Nutcracker. Betsy is excited to teach at the Brookline Ballet School!