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.
Kaitlyn Hayes, Instructor
Kaitlyn is a graduate of SUNY Purchase College with a B.F.A. in Dance. She received her early training from Boston Ballet and North Carolina School of the Arts. She has extensive performing experience including at Green St. Studios New Work, Wayfarer choreographed by Davie Sun, and An Afternoon of Dance choreographed by Jackie Underwood. Kaitlyn has also worked as a choreographer on multiple productions: Sugar Rum Cherry; A Tribal Unity; and The Things You Learn; and taught in Massachusetts for multiple years. This is Kaitlyn's second season with Portland Ballet Company.
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.
Originally from Atlanta, GA, Savannah has trained at such prestigous institutions such as the Atlanta Ballet, Kirov Academy, The Royal Ballet School, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, The English National Ballet School, and others. Having danced professionally with Atlanta Ballet, Nashville Ballet 2, Brooklyn Ballet and several other respected companies, she brings a wealth of experience to Portland School of Ballet. Having recently taught at Manhattan Movement Arts Center Kids ballet program, we are excited to have Savannah as part of the PSB family
Wyatt spent his formative years studying at Portland School of Ballet. He has also trained at Boston Ballet, School of American Ballet, and San Francisco Ballet. He worked in NYC with Configuration Dance (2007- 2009). At Portland Ballet his roles included Albrecht in Giselle, the unicorn in The Unicorn, The Gorgon, and The Manticore, and the Nutcracker Prince in the Victorian Nutcracker.
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.
Getchell is a graduate of Virginia Intermont College where she received her degree in dance. She then trained with Portland School of Ballet and Andrei Bossov in Waterville, while performing for both Bossov Ballet Theatre and Portland Ballet Company as a former principal dancer. She has performed an extensive list of character roles and appearances in classical and contemporary ballets from 1992-2008. In addition to her principle status, Nicole has choreographed and staged numerous pieces in Bolero, Pas De Quatre, and sections within the Victorian Nutcracker.
Her previous teaching positions have included Portland Ballet, Encore Dance Center in Augusta, (now Kennebec Dance Center,) Steps in Florida, Cheryl Greeley Theatre Dance, Maine Academy of Gymnastics, and Waterville Performing Arts Centre.
Nicole can also coach and Instruct in private lessons within all Genres.