Pennsylvania Regional Ballet has been privileged to host many guest artists as choreographers and master teachers with the aid of grants from the PA Council on the Arts and Jump Street. These professionals bring the love of their art to students who aspire to be professional dancers in the future. Works choreographed by these professionals have gained recognition at Regional and National Festivals, as well as entertaining audiences in Central Pennsylvania. These professionals include Michael Barriskill, Richard Cook, Jana Fugate, Luis Fuente, Kiyon Gaines, Jeffrey Gribler, Melinda Howe, Alexander Kaschock, Kirsten Kaschock, Patricia Kinney, John Magnus, Francis Patrelle, Jonathan Phelps, Victoria Silva, Trinette Singleton, Danielle Smith Guillermo, Patricia Sorrell, Kassandra Taylor, Anton Wilson, Kristen Weiser and Deborah Wingert.
2016/2017 Season – The following choreographers will be setting works on PRB for performances during the 2015/2016 Season:
Jeffrey Gribler began dancing at age 7 in his hometown of Dayton, Ohio. His 10 years of study at the Schwartz School of the Dance included six years of performing experience with the Dayton Ballet. In 1975, at the age of 17, he was offered an apprenticeship with Pennsylvania Ballet. He joined the Corps de Ballet in 1976 and was promoted to Principal Dancer in 1982.
Mr. Gribler has an extensive repertoire of both classical and modern works. He has danced leading roles in numerous ballets by George Balanchine, including Prodigal Son, Bugaku, The Four Temperaments, Agon, Who Cares? and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. His roles in contemporary works include Paul Taylor’s Arden Court and Company B, Merce Cunningham’s Arcade, William Forsythe’s Steptext and Love Songs, Kevin O’ Day’s Col Legno and Lar Lubovitch’s Concerto 622 and Waiting for the Sunrise. He has also danced leading roles in classical repertoire, such as Siegfried and Benno in Swan Lake, Albrecht in Giselle, Franz and Dr. Coppelius in Coppelia, a Stepsister in Cinderella, and Mercutio in John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet.
Mr. Gribler was Ballet Master for Pennsylvania Ballet from 1986 to 2014. Among his responsibilities was the task of rehearsing the children who appear in the Company’s annual production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. He choreographed several works for Shut Up and Dance, the annual benefit for MANNA, and Cricket Dances, which was performed by Pennsylvania Ballet in October 1998. He has staged works by Lynne Taylor Corbett and Peter Martins around the United States and Europe. Mr. Gribler retired from the stage in June 2001, after 26 years of performing but continued performing character roles in ballets such as Coppelia (Dr. Coppelius), Swan Lake (Wolfgang), La Sylphide (Madge, the witch) and La Fille Mal Gardee ( Widow Simone).
Mr. Gribler’s involvement with RDA stems back to the original organization, known as the National Association for Regional Ballet. As a member of Dayton Ballet, he performed at six Festivals for the Northeast Region. He has served as the Adjudicator for the Northeast Region in 1990, 1993, 1997 (first National Festival), 2003, 2008 and 2015, the Southwest in 1995 and the Southeast in 2002. He has created 4 ballets on RDA companies.
After 39 seasons with Pennsylvania Ballet, Mr. Gribler is now a freelance master teacher and occasional choreographer.
Christine E. Aumiller is originally from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania where she received her dance training at Pennsylvania Regional Ballet under the direction of Sandra Carlino. After graduating from High School she went to New York on Full Scholarship at The Joffrey Ballet School. In 2007, she broadened her training and attended SUNY Purchase College where she graduated with her BFA in Dance Performance in May of 2011. Soon after graduation she was offered a contract with Carnival Cruise Lines. From 2011-2013 she worked as a dancer on the seas. She moved to St. Louis in the fall of 2013 and is dancing and teaching in the area, with Studio E Dance in Illinois and Columbia Performing Arts Center in Missouri. She had her first piece of choreography, Clarity of a Storm, set on Pennsylvania Regional Ballet, performed at Regional Dance America’s Northeast Festival in May 2014. Her second work on PRB, Whakatoi, was performed at the RDA/NE Festival in May 2015 where it received the Monticello Emerging Choreography Award. Two of her works have also been performed at the Delaware Dance Festival in 2015, Whakatoi and Kardia of Thee. She received the Choreography Connection Award from Regional Dance America’s National Choreography Intensive 2015, and set her work, Static, on PRB dancers in 2016. In addition, Aumiller has also worked with Providence Creek Ballet Academy (DE) and Collin County Ballet Theatre (TX).
Victoria Silva received her training at the Cumberland Dance Company (now Pennsylvania Regional Ballet), Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Boston Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, and as a scholarship student at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. She has performed professionally as a freelance artist in the New York area and with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. Victoria has been part of the faculty for the Astoria Dance Center, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet Summer Course, Greater York Youth Ballet, Harrisburg Dance Conservatory, Steps on Broadway, and is currently School Director and rehearsal coach at Pennsylvania Regional Ballet. Her choreographic credits include Peter & the Wolf for the Harrisburg Symphony’s Crayon Concert Series, several ballets that have been performed at the RDA/Northeast Festival including her work, imprint, which was shown as the final piece of the RDA/NE Festival 2009 and her ballet, Finding Harmony, performed at the National Festival in Montreal in 2012. Ms. Silva was awarded the Monticello Award for her work Linear Momentum in 2005 and scholarships to attend the RDA National Choreography Intensive 2004, 2005, and 2011. Her ballet, Fragmented Memories, was chosen to represent RDA/NE at the International Ballet Competition in June 2014. Her work has been shown in both the US and abroad.
Laszlo Berdo was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he began dancing at the age of five. At age 11, his mother gave him a pair of tights and threw him into an audition for a local Nutcracker production. Initial resistance turned into a life-long passion as Berdo performed onstage for the first time.
Berdo later intensified his studies at the National Academy of Arts in Champaign, Illinois. Upon graduation he first joined Ballet Austin and then the Louisville Ballet under Alun Jones and Helen Starr. He was later hired by Ivan Nagy first as a guest artist then later as a soloist with the Cincinnati Ballet. Berdo joined the Boston Ballet in 1990 as a corps de ballet member under Bruce Marks. He was promoted to soloist in 1993 and became a principal dancer in 1995. As a principal, he has danced numerous roles in ballets by Cranko, McMillan, Balanchine, Bournonville, Hynd and Stevenson. Berdo also excelled in contemporary works by Tharp, Taylor, Feld, Butler and York. Berdo is honored to be the first to perform the lead role in Cranko’s Eugene Onegin in the United States.
He began choreographing in 1993, creating the pas de deux Eternal Being which later was performed for a Boston Ballet gala. In 1997, Berdo was commissioned to create a new work for Boston Ballet. Four Hands premiered in March of 1998 and was performed in many venues such as the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi, and at a summer festival in Biarritz, France. In 1999 Berdo created Below Down Under which premiered at the Shubert Theatre in February 1999. In March of 2001 he created Sanctuary for the Norwegian National Ballet in Oslo. He choreographed Bass Elements for the Boston Conservatory and participated in ChoreoPlan 2001 in which he created Concertante for the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet.
Berdo staged Four Hands for the Finnish National Ballet in Helsinki which premiered in October 2002. From 2000 to 2003 he was a faculty member for the Boston Conservatory and Harvard University. In 2003 he joined the faculty of CPYB full time. In 2008 Berdo choreographed Snow White, premiered Peter Pan in 2009, restaged Swan Lake in 2011, and premiered Carnival of the Animals in 2011. He was commissioned to present The Nutcracker for the Eglevsky Ballet, which premiered in December 2010.
Erin was born in New Haven, Connecticut and at age 9 began ballet classes at the Monona Academy of Dance in Madison, Wisconsin. Erin continued her ballet study, under scholarship, with Milwaukee Ballet School, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Carlisle Project and School of American Ballet (the official school of The New York City Ballet) in New York City. Erin was professionally contracted by Basel Ballet in Basel, Switzerland under the direction of Heinz Spoerli shortly after turning 17 years old. She also danced professionally with Bonn Ballet and Zurich Ballet where she danced numerous principal roles under the direction of Bernd Roger Bienert and Heinz Spoerli. Erin has an extensive repertoire in classical ballet having danced many of the great classics such as Swan Lake, Giselle, Don Quixote, La Vivandiere, Raymonda, The Merry Widow and more. She is well versed in contemporary and modern ballets having danced ballets from such eminent choreographers as Hans Van Manen, William Forsythe, Mats Ek, Balanchine, Nijinsky, Amanda Miller, Ed Wubbe and Bejart.
Upon retirement, due to a knee injury, Erin returned to the U.S. Eleven years ago she opened a small studio in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania to provide coaching and specific ballet instruction to serious ballet instruction to serious ballet students. She has seen many students who have passed through her doors go on to dance professional ballet. She has also given numerous master classes at Bucknell University, as well as, has rehearsed ballets for them. Erin has served as a faculty member for the Performing Arts School of Central Pennsylvania in State College, Pennsylvania.
Joan Kilgore Anderson
Joan Kilgore Anderson hails from central Pennsylvania where she trained at the Pennsylvania Regional Ballet under the direction of Sandra Carlino. Joan later studied at the Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase and graduated with a BFA, receiving the President’s Award for Achievement in 2005. She performed with the Ballet Contemporáneos de Burgos and American Ballet Theatre’s second company. Upon graduation, Joan was a member of Cedar Lake Ensemble’s second company. She continued her career with the Philadelphia Dance Company (Philadanco!). She has had the opportunity to dance many of the modern and ballet classics as well as new works by renowned choreographers from around the world.
Joan has been a guest instructor and master teacher nationwide and internationally. In addition, she has choreographed and served on the faculty at several schools and has taught for many summer intensive dance programs. Joan has also been a visiting artist at Skidmore College. Currently, she is on the faculty at the National Museum of Dance’s School of the Arts.