25 Jul
2016 Guest Faculty Bios

Priscilla Nathan-Murphy: Originally from Singapore, Priscilla Nathan-Murphy's performing career started with classical ballet and Oriental dance. She was a full scholarship recipient throughout her training in ballet and Oriental dance mudras. As a company member of the Rose Eber-wein Dancers, she performed in Singapore at various venues and on television, and traveled at the young age of 13 to perform in the Philippines with the company. She was also awarded full scholarships and gained entrance to the Royal Academy of Dance, London, for advanced study in performance and teacher certification. Ms. Nathan-Murphy has earned teaching certificates from RAD and the British Association for Teachers of Dance. Her teacher training in ballet covers both the RAD and Cecchetti methods. Following her career in Singapore, Ms. Nathan-Murphy traveled to the United States and was invited to join the Space Dance Theater Company by James Clouser, former artistic director of the Houston Ballet. She was a soloist with the company for five years and toured nationally. Following that she danced with Chrysalis Dance Company and was a guest artist with several other companies.

Brian Norris: Brian received his training at Jefferson Performing Arts in Portland, Oregon, while danc-ing with their student company - The Jefferson Dancers from 1985 to 1988. He danced with the world famous Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo and performed in many major cities around the world from 1994 to 2001. Over the past 20 years Brian has danced with the Rochester City Ballet in productions of The Nutcracker, Firebird, Peter and the Wolf, Cinderella, Respect, and Gershwin in the Park, and served as their ballet master for three years. He also guested with New York Theater Ballet. His teaching credits include being on faculty at Draper Center for Dance Education, Nazareth Acad-emy, and Rochester Association of Performing Arts. As a guest teacher he has taught at A Touch of Dance, The New England Ballet School, Sports Center at MCC, and con-ducted master classes at Live, Shinjuku-mura in Tokyo, and Dance Space in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He has choreographed productions of Drood, Secret Garden, two productions of Les Miserables, as well as many Show Choir productions. Brian joined Les Ballets Grandiva in 2004, where he continued to establish his place as an important contributor to male comedy ballet. 2009 brought his promotion as Artistic Director of Grandiva. In 2012, Brian debuted Men On Pointe, an all-male pointe ballet company in New York City. He was also co-director and presenter for Mid-Pointe Project, a choreo-graphic showcase for older choreographers. Brian also worked on development and served as ballet master for Man Dance Company of San Francisco from 2013 to 2014. A choreographic residency took place in 2014, with Benjamin Breones Ballet, also in New York City. Outside of dance, a concert version of the musical: Immortally Yours, for which Brian wrote the book and lyrics, debuted at Aquinas Institute in December, 2013. His short story Air-Heart was published in SuperHERo Tales (Volume 2) by Mesuline Muse Press in 2015.

Cameron Basden: Cameron Basden brings passion and spirit to her art, as well as a keen sense of organization and integrity to the projects she undertakes. After a performing career with the Joffrey Ballet, she served as ballet master and co-associate director of that company and director of dance at Interlochen Center for the Arts. She brought to fruition the first Joffrey summer intensive in Chicago leading to the development of the Joffrey Academy. Basden was a muse for Gerald Arpino in the creation of his ballets. She worked on the PBS filming for their Dance in America series of Billboards, and oversaw the filming and staging of the ballets in Save the Last Dance. Basden’s television credits include the Dance in America series Homage to Diaghilev and The Search for the Rite of Spring. She portrayed herself in Robert Altman’s movie, The Company. While continuing her role as instructor and repetiteur, Basden serves on the board of The Arpino Foundation, the City of Miami Arts and Entertainment Council, the advisory board for DanceNow! Miami, the Cultural Arts Committee for the World Out Games Miami 2017 and is the founder of Basden Enterprises, a not for profit organization to promote dance visibility and growth in Southern Florida. She is the dance writer for miamiartzine.

Katia Garza: Katia Garza was born in Mexico and began her training in Monterrey Mexico in the Escuela Superior de Musica y Danza de Monterrey. She then joined Ballet de Monterrey and after 6 months became a soloist and a year later principal dancer under the direction of Fernando Bujones. In 1997 - 2000 Katia was invited by the Compania Nacional de Danza in Mexico City to dance the ”Black Swan “ in their annual spring season of “ Swan Lake”. She performed as a guest for Panama’s Ballet Company and started dancing in the Youth Ballet of Monterrey the same year. She won the silver medal in International Ballet Competition in Peru being the only medal award that year. In 2000 she married Israel Rodriguez and became principal dancer at Orlando Ballet. Since then she has represented Mexico in the “Jazz World Congress” for Gus Giordano, was a finalist at the 2002 International Ballet Competition in Jackson, MS. From Casa de Mexico and the Mexican Consulate, she was given an award for her contribution to the community and the arts in the city. She was a guest teacher in Tokyo, Japan from 2006 to 2009, while performing in a International Gala there in 2009. In 2006 she performed in Puerto Rico for the first time and has been going back every year to perform and choreograph. She was a finalist at the “ Hispanic Women Award Ceremony” in Central Florida, was awarded “Angel de la Independencia” for her art on the Mexican community and being a model for them in Central Florida. She also received the award of Outstanding Female in the Arts in the “Hispanic Women that make the difference” in Central Florida. She became American Citizen in 2011 and has been working as a teacher and dancer at Orlando Ballet since 2000.

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.

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.

Jimmy Orrante: Mr. Orrante is a recipient of the 2005 inaugural Princess Grace Choreographic Fellowship. He began his dance training at The Los Angeles County High School for the Arts under Don Hewitt and later at North Carolina School of the Arts. After 22 years as a professional dancer, the Los Angeles native ultimately retired from BalletMet where he also had the opportunity to create over 15 premieres for the company, including his highly successful full-length ballet, “The Great Gatsby”. In spring 2011 he was honored with the National Choreographic Recognition Award from Regional Dance America and was selected in the fall of that year as Choreographer In Residence for Denison University (Ohio). He received the Special Project Grant from the Princess Grace Foundation and a grant from the NEA to collaborate with The Ohio State University's Advanced Center for Computer Art & Design (ACCAD) and with multi media composer, Sean Beeson. In 2014 he created “Ya Me Fue” as one of three finalists in Ballet Austin's New American Talent Choreographic Competition and later created “Balanced” on Motion Dance Theatre in Asheville, NC. He was recently awarded his third grant from the Princess Grace Foundation, The Choreography Mentorship Co-commission (CMCC) Award, and choreographed “Threads of Color” as part of Ballet Austin’s 2015 Directors Choice program. He is a co-producer of ”The Benefit” - Now in its third year, it is a fundraising performance involving local and national artists (dancers, musicians, singers) in collaboration to support a chosen charity. In August of 2015 he was invited to tour southern China as a guest teacher and choreographer. Most recently, he choreographed a 55 min. children’s ballet, “The Ugly Duckling” for the Rochester City Ballet. He is currently a freelance choreographer and teacher residing in Columbus, Ohio with his wife and three children.

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 Rin-ging - 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.


Fiona Fairrie:
Fiona Fairrie began her professional ballet training in London at the Nesta Brooking School of Ballet and was then invited to attend the White Lodge Royal Ballet Junior School on scholarship. Upon graduation to the Upper School, she was later chosen for the Company Graduate Class with the Royal Ballet at Covent Garden, where she was taught by Dame Ninette de Valois and performed with the Royal Ballet under the direction of Sir Frederick Ashton and Sir Kenneth MacMillan. An award winning Cecchetti scholar, she additionally gained distinction as the founder of the Royal Ballet School’s Choreographic Competition and winning 1st Prize for her work, Resurrection. Ms. Fairrie came to America in 1974, where her illustrious classical training, performance career, and extraordinary classroom ability soon led her to teach at many prestigious schools, companies, and universities. She is a nationally recognized teacher and the winner of numerous awards, including ‘Outstanding Teacher of the Year’ by the White House Commission of Presidential Scholars. Ms. Fairrie is well known in the dance world of the greater Atlanta area where she founded the Callanwolde Arts Center Dance Program, which included ballet, modern, and jazz, and which under her direction grew to 400 students in two years. She also taught the Atlanta Ballet Company under the direction of Robert Bennett.