22 Jul
2015 Guest Faculty Bios

Kristi Boone: Born in Rochester, New York, Ms. Boone trained at the Draper Center for Dance and performed many roles with the Rochester City Ballet, including the title role in The Firebird and the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker. She received full scholarships at the San Francisco Ballet Program, the Chautauqua Institute Ballet Program and ABT’s Summer Intensive Program where she was named a Coca-Cola Scholarship recipient in 1998 and 1999. Ms. Boone competed in the New England Ballet Awards where she received three gold medals and was chosen as the top overall entrant for their ballet solo. Ms. Boone joined ABT’s Studio Company in August 1999, joined American Ballet Theatre as a member of the corps de ballet in August 2000 and was appointed a Soloist in August 2007. Ms. Boone has received her BFA from Long Island University and is currently teaching around the country at companies, schools, and workshops.

Phillip Broomhead: Born in London, England, Mr. Broomhead trained at the The Royal Ballet School and joined The Royal Ballet in 1981. He was promoted to soloist in 1983 and to principal in 1986. Several roles were created specifically for Mr. Broomhead, including The Southern Cape Zebra in Bintley’s Still Life at the Penguin Café, and roles in Ashton’s Varii Caprice, and MacMillan’s Isadora. He performed numerous times in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen, the Queen Mother, and at many royal galas. Mr. Broomhead joined Houston Ballet as a principal dancer in 1991, making his debut in Ben Stevenson’s Cinderella. He was featured in all of Mr. Stevenson’s ballets and many other works. Mr. Broomhead retired from Houston Ballet as a dancer in 2004 and became their Ballet Master until 2011. He currently travels around the country teaching, coaching and judging and has close ties to the Youth America Grand Prix competition. 

Leslie Peck: Currently an Associate Professor at Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts, Ms. Peck was trained by the legendary dancer Andre Eglevsky and the School of American Ballet. At the age of 17, Ms. Peck joined the New York City Ballet under the direction of George Balanchine. She went on to dance soloist roles with the Pennsylvania Ballet and later became a principal dancer with Houston Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Richmond Ballet and Ballet International in London. Ms. Peck is a recognized authority on Balanchine ballets and one the few dancers authorized to stage Balanchine ballets by the Balanchine Trust.

Guoping Wang: A native of China, Mr. Wang studied ballet at the Ballet Department of the Shanghai Dance School and in the graduate program at the Jacobs School of Music. He danced with the Shanghai Ballet Company from 1980-1991. Mr. Wang joined Ballet Chicago in 1993, performing leading roles with the company through 1995. In 1997, while also a member of the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, Mr. Wang was recognized by the Chicago Dance Community with a Ruth Page Award for Outstanding Dance Achievement. Mr. Wang has been on the faculty of the School of Ballet Chicago and a guest teacher and coach for the Indiana University Ballet Theater.

Sasha Yapparov: Sasha Yapparov: Currently the Academy Principal at the Cincinnati Ballet Academy, Mr. Yapparov received his academic and ballet training at the Perm Ballet Academy, Russia and studied with some of the finest teachers in his country. 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. Mr. Yapparov has served as ballet master with the Sarasota Ballet, Visiting Professor in the Dance program at the USF School of Theatre and Dance in Florida, and as a guest faculty member at North Carolina School of the Arts. Most recently Mr. Yapparov served as a ballet teacher and the Assistant to Artistic Director at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington D.C., as well as the Director of the pre-professional C.O.R.P.S. program at Portland Ballet in Maine.

Andrew Parker: Mr. Parker has served on the dance faculty at Canada’s National Ballet School, Boston Ballet School, Milwaukee Ballet, Walnut Hill School, Southern Methodist University – Meadows School of the Arts and Nashville Ballet. For eleven years he danced professionally with Milwaukee Ballet, Ballet Iowa, City Ballet of Houston and Tulsa Ballet. Mr. Parker received his classical training from Carol Jordan, Boston Ballet School and Milwaukee Ballet School. In 2000, he received his diploma with distinction from Canada’s National Ballet School Teacher Training Program for Professional Dancers. In 2011, Mr. Parker toured internationally as ballet master of Montreal’s La La La Human Steps. He has studied ballet pedagogy with master teachers Jurgen Schneider, Tatiana Legat, Nicole Cavallin and Gilbert Mayer. In addition to his extensive work in dance education, Mr. Parker has created choreography throughout the United States and Canada. Currently Mr. Parker resides in Central Massachusetts and teaches at many schools in the Greater Worcester area, as well as offering Master classes all around New England.

Alla Nikitina: Character dance master teacher and choreographer with over 35 years of experience. Ms. Nikitina was trained at the Donetsk School of Ballet, Ukraine and the State University of Culture and Art in St. Petersburg, Russia. Over the years, she has worked with the leading dance companies in Russia and Ukraine. In 1997, she moved to the US and began teaching at the Hartford Ballet and BFA Dance Division of the University of Hartford. In 2008, Ms. Nikitina joined the faculty of Boston Ballet School, where she currently works. She has been a welcomed guest teacher at a number of professional dance schools across the country and abroad and is regarded as one of the foremost character dance teachers in the U.S. Ms. Nikitina is the recipient of many awards, including the prestigious I. Nechuy- Levytsky Ukrainian National Award.

Parker Esse: After performing on Broadway as a featured performer in Fosse, National Tours and Regionally, Parker followed his passion to the other side of the creative table as Director/ Choreographer. He is a multi Helen Hayes and CT Critics Circle nominee and 2010 Helen Hayes Winner for Best Choreography - Arena Stage’s Oklahoma! Director/Choreographer: West Side Story - Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival. Choreographer: Sondheim and Marsalis’ A Bed and A Chair: A New York Love Affair directed by John Doyle – New York City Center Encores! and Jazz at Lincoln Center; A Wonderful Life, Fiddler On The Roof, The Most Happy Fella, andCarousel – Goodspeed; Oliver!, Fiddler On The Roof, Smokey Joe’s Café, The Music Man, and The Light in the Piazza - Arena Stage; West Side Story – Signature Theatre; Bells Are Ringing - Berkshire Musical Theatre Festival; Sweet Charity and Guys and Dolls - Canada’s Shaw Festival. Associate Choreographer: Broadway’s Finian’s Rainbow and A Tale Of Two Cities. Parker is co-founder and Artistic Director of The Broadway Master Class Series. www.broadwaymcs.com