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Faculty

Amy Gagnon

Faculty & Program Coordinator
Amy began her ballet training in up-state New York with Ruth Frawley and Joan Kunsch, and later studied with Gilbert Reed and Tina Price. She also studied at the New York State Summer School of the Arts, Saratoga, NY, The American Dance Festival, Durham, NC, and was a full scholarship student at The David Howard Dance Center, NYC. She received a BFA in ballet concentration from Purchase College, Purchase, NY, under the direction of Bettijane Sills, Rosanna Seravalli, and Gayle Young, and has extensive training in Balanchine, Cecchetti, Vaganova and Martha Graham techniques. She performed leading roles in The Nutcracker, Serenade, Who Cares? and The Four Temperaments. Amy danced professionally with the Albany Berkshire Ballet. She has taught at Ballet Academy East in New York City, and Easter Seals, in Valhalla, New York and Brass City Ballet, Middlebury CT. Amy teaches creative movement, pre-ballet, ballet, tap, children’s yoga, adult ballet and ballet fitness.

Mimi Wallace

Faculty
Mimi trained at the San Francisco Ballet School, joining San Francisco Ballet at age 14. She later trained at The School of American Ballet in New York City with Oboukoff, Vladimiroff, Doubroska, Danilova and George Balanchine. She has toured throughout the United States, Europe, Russia and the Far East. Mimi has appeared in more than a dozen Broadway musicals including Annie, in which she assisted choreographer Peter Gennaro. She has choreographed and directed Annie often, both here in the U.S. and in London. Additionally, she has created more than twenty ballets for young dancers and adults. Her teaching credentials include Wilson Morelli School in New York City, Allegra Dance in Greenwich, Ct., and she is currently on the staff at the JCC of Mid-Westchester. For twenty years, Miss Wallace was the Director of Dance at the Northern Westchester Center for the Arts.

Stephanie Marini

Faculty
After seven years of dancing with the Boston Ballet, Stephanie Marini turned her passion for ballet toward teaching and mentoring young dancers. Ms. Marini has taught at many of the country’s leading ballet schools including The Boston School of Ballet, The Boston Conservatory, The Walnut Hill School, Children’s Ballet Workshop, Stamford City Ballet, and the Chautauqua Institute. In recognition of her high standards Ms. Marini was approved by the Balanchine Trust to act as assistant director for the Balanchine Nutcracker that was performed in Stamford and did so for 15 years. In 1999 Ms. Marini became the Artistic Director and co-founder of The Ballet School of Stamford. During the course of her nine years directing the school it became one of the most significant training facilities for ballet in the New York area and many of her students have gone on to join professional ballet companies. Caleco Ballet Studio is thrilled to have Ms. Marini as part of its Ballet Faculty.