Sabir Yapparov received his academic and ballet training at the Perm Ballet Academy, Russia and studied with some of the finest teachers in his country, including Julius Plahkt. He was a soloist with the Sverdlovsk Academic Theatre of Opera & Ballet and with the Bolshoi Theater in Uzbekistan, and was a principal with the Odessa Academic Theater of the Opera and Ballet in the Ukraine. His repertoire included leading roles in the classical, neoclassical and contemporary ballets: Albrecht in Giselle, Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, Prince Star in Masquerade, Prince Desire in Sleeping Beauty and Ivan in Hunchback Horse. Mr. Yapparov worked with prominent teachers and artists as A. Messerer, M. Plisetskaya and V. Gordeev. He was invited as a guest principal throughout the former Soviet Union, Italy, Hungary, Portugal, Finland, India, Spain and Canada. He was also awarded the rank of Honored Artist of the Ukraine. Mr. Yapparov worked as a ballet master with the Sarasota Ballet for eleven years, serving one year as Associate Artistic Director. In 2003-2004 he was a Visiting Professor in the Dance program at the University of South Florida School of Theatre and Dance, and was a guest faculty member at North Carolina School of the Arts in 2007-2008. Mr. Yapparov recently was both a ballet teacher and the Assistant to the Artistic Director at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, D.C. He was the director of Portland School of Ballet’s pre-professional CORPS program from 2011-2012. Most recently, he served as Principal at the School of Cincinnati Ballet.
Mary Stride, Instructor
Mary’s early classical training was Cechetti, with Roxanne McHugh Rigoloso. She then studied Vaganova in depth with her frequent partner, Andrei Bossov, soloist with the Mariinsky. She has also trained with teachers of RAD (Royal Ballet,) Bournonville (Royal Danish Ballet,) and Balanchine.
She performed soloist and principal roles with Portland Ballet, Maine State Ballet, Ballet New England, and with Andrei Bossov. She danced classical roles of Lilac Fairy, Fairy Godmother, Myrtha, Chopiniana’s Mazurka, Titania, Swan Lake Act II, Grand Pas Classique pas de deux, Arabian, Sugar Plum Fairy, and Snow Queen. She performed in numerous contemporary pieces choreographed by Andrei Bossov.
Mary is a certified holistic nutrition counselor through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in NYC. She also holds a bachelors degree in Psychology with a minor in Biology. In her early years, she was a competitive gymnast. After retiring at age 11, she was then introduced to dance by her first teacher, Ron Trell of Brunswick, Maine. She is a proud mom of her two boys, Liam and Sam.
Kaitlyn Hayes, Instructor
Kaitlyn Hayes began her dance training on Cape Cod, MA with Virginia Zango. In 2003, she attended Boston Ballet, where she performed in their annual production of The Nutcracker. After attending three years of high school at North Carolina School of the Arts (now the University of North Carolina School of the Arts), she proceeded to attend and graduate Magna Cum Laude from SUNY Purchase College with a BFA in dance and a concentration in choreography. She had the pleasure of working with many choreographers while attending both schools, including Camille A. Brown, Brenda Daniels and Bradley Shelver, as well as performing works by Merce Cunnigham. Upon graduation, she has performed all over Massachusetts with many choreographers including Tony Williams, Thomas Vacanti, Maryanne Kodzis, David Sun and Jackie Underwood. She has performed many roles, including ‘Spanish Chocolate,’ ‘Arabian Coffee,’ ‘Victorian Doll’ and ‘Snow Crystal’ in The Victorian Nutcracker, the ‘Narrator’ in the story Tell Tale Heart in Shipman’s Three Tales by Poe, the title role of ‘Alice’ in Roberto Forleo's Alice with the Portland Symphony Orchestra, Push Me Pull You, among others. This is Ms. Hayes’ fifth season with the company.
Toni Martin, Instructor
Toni Marie Martin is from Vermont, where she began her training at the Vermont Ballet Theater School. She holds a BFA in ballet performance with a business minor from The University of Utah. She was a member of the department's company, Utah Ballet, under the direction and training of Jay Kim, Victoria Stocki-Kim, Calvin Kitten, and Maggie Wright Tesch. As a member of the Utah Ballet, she performed in Swan Lake, Balanchine’s Serenade, Coppelia, and in Michael Bearden's Simpatico. By invitation, Toni traveled to Seoul, Korea taking part in the Choreographers of the Far East, a contemporary series performance, in which she performed in The Permeation of Consciousness and Transcendence, by Dr. Jung Shik Roh from Seoul, Korea, and Binari, by Professor Jay Kim. Toni has attended dance programs at ABT Austin, Kaatsbaan, Boston Ballet, Ballet West, and Colorado Ballet. She was a member of Colorado Ballet’s Studio Company from 2014 -2017, where she also taught with the Colorado Ballet Academy. This is Toni's first season dancing and teaching with Portland Ballet.
Jane Howard, Instructor
A native of Maine, Jane received her early training from The Ballet School in Topsham, Maine under the direction of Elizabeth Drucker. Following that she trained at Portland Ballet in the Pre-Professional CORPS Program. Jane spent the last three years at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School in their Full-Time High School Program and Graduate Program. She is happy to be back to Maine and in her second year with Portland Ballet.
James Kramlich, Instructor
James Kramlichstarted performing at age 9 with the Boy Singers of Maine and then in various musical theater productions before turning to dance. He has now performed as the ‘Postmaster’ in PSB’s productions of Around the World withFlat Stanley and toured to Canada with PBC’s production of Giselle. James is memorable as the ‘Soldier’ in the debut of Shipman’s The Armed Man: A Massfor Peace and has appeared in PBC’s 2013 Halloween Spooktacular, TheVictorian Nutcracker, and Boy Meets Girl. Most recently Mr. Kramlich portrayed ‘Ichabod Crane’ in Portland Ballet’s 2016 production The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. This is his second year as our young men's instructor.
Jennifer Jones, Instructor
Jennifer came to Portland Ballet after four seasons as a Principal Dancer with The Northwest Florida Ballet. Previous to dancing in Florida, she danced as a Soloist with Montgomery Ballet, and an Apprentice with Dance Connecticut (formerly Hartford Ballet). Her repertoire includes Myrtle in Oskar Antunez's Gatsby, Kitri in Don Quixote, Tiger Lilly and the Queen of Hearts (and the Crazy Cook) in Antunez's Alice in Wonderland, the Prayer Variation in Coppelia, the lead role in George Balanchine's Concerto Barocco, a lead in Jean Grand-Maitre's Uroboros and the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, which she has performed as a guest artist for companies in Tennessee and Georgia. Her Portland Ballet credits include Katrina in the 2011 production of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow; By Request; The Victorian Nutcracker and Giselle in Giselle. Jennifer has been a company member since 2010.
Jamie Schwellenbach, Instructor/Adaptive Dance
Jamie Schwellenbach, R-DMT - Jamie holds a Masters degree in Dance/Movement Therapy through Lesley University, has completed module I of Laban Movement Studies and Analysis, and is trained in leading children’s yoga. She currently works as a clinician in a day treatment facility for children with autism and related developmental disabilities, and is passionate about supporting children of all abilities as they navigate living life to the fullest embracing their differences. Jamie brings a rich background of teaching people of all ages in a variety of settings and dance/movement modalities.
Vanessa Beyland, Instructor
Vanessa is a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts with a B.F.A. in Dance. She has performed professionally on both the East and West Coasts and is an experienced teacher and choreographer with a background in Ballet, Modern, Jazz and Tap. Vanessa is also a lecturer at University of Southern Maine's theater department.
Andrea Michaud Tracy, Instructor
Andrea Michaud Tracy recently held the title of Ballet and Contemporary Director at Kennebec Dance Centre for the past 20 years. Currently, she specializes in private coaching and choreographing for dancers, teams, and companies all around the country. Andrea is presently a national dance judge for StarQuest International Dance Competition, Edge National Talent Competition, Cutting Edge Dance Competition, and for Courtney Ortiz's judging agency, Impact Dance Adjudicators. She also is currently on faculty at Stage Presence for Dancers, The Portland Ballet School, and Bradley's School of Dance teaching advanced ballet, pointe, variations, contemporary and jazz. Ms.Tracy is a former principle dancer of both Portland Ballet Company and Bossov Ballet Theatre, where she was also on staff as the jazz/contemporary director and taught ballet. While still a student at BBT, she studied under the close eye of former Kirov Ballet director and dancer, Andrei Bossov, for over 10 years as one of his first American students. Later, she became his partner in many of his world premier ballets. Andrea continued her training at the School of American Ballet in NYC, and went to Japan when she was 1 of only 7 dancers chosen to represent the USA at the 2nd International Ballet Competition in Nagoya. When he was only 9 years old, she was featured as a dancer in a music video that aired on MTV and VH1. Andrea has performed with the ABT Studio Company alongside fellow PBC members, and was offered a full dance scholarship to the University of Arizona. She was also accepted into numerous pre-professional intern dance programs including Ballet Met and Hubbard Street Dance. Ms. Tracy has become an award winning choreographer receiving prestigious and high-scoring awards for her staging, concepts and choreography at the industry's highest levels of competition. Her students have received national recognition and scholarships to various well respected summer intensives and dance colleges. Andrea has repeatedly taught master classes for Dance Teachers seminars and numerous schools and professional companies throughout New England including setting her work on Portland Ballet, Bangor Ballet, and Portland Youth Dancers. In recent years, she has been fortunate to study with and demonstrate for Tony and Emmy award winning choreographers.