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LET US FIRST TEACH LITTLE CHILDREN TO BREATHE,TO VIBRATE, TO FEEL, AND TO BECOME ONE WITH THE GENERAL HARMONY AND MOVEMENT OF NATURE.

LET US FIRST PRODUCE A BEAUTIFUL HUMAN BEING, A DANCING CHILD

ISADORA DUNCAN

FACULTY

Yvonne-Marie Sain grew up in New York City and began training at a young age at Dance Theater of Harlem and the School at Steps. Yvonne studied Jazz, Ballet, Hip-Hop, and Modern dance at the Northfield Mount Hermon School and then went on to achieve a B.A. in Dance from Cornell University.

 

Since graduation Yvonne has had the opportunity to work with such choreographers as Jared Grimes, Dana Foglia, Sheryl Murakami, Joanna Numata, and Luis Salgado. She has had the pleasure of performing and teaching all over the US and abroad, including France, Italy, and Hong Kong. Her goal as a teacher is to give students a thorough education while nurturing and inspiring their creativity, discipline and self-confidence.

Georgia Teperikidou first began her artistry in dance at the age of four studying at The Center for Ballet in Thessaloniki, Greece. After graduating with a BFA in Dance, with a major in Ballet, from The Professional Dance School in Thessaloniki, Greece, she moved to New York to continue her professional career in dance. While in New York, she attended Dance Space Center where she studied ballet, modern, jazz (Simonson Technique), and Pilates. In 2002, she enrolled in the yearlong program in Laban Movement Studies at the Laban Institute of Movement Studies in New York. After a year devoted to exploring, analyzing and experimenting with diverse movement techniques, Mrs. Teperikidou received certification in Movement Analysis and Notation. Her

continuous pursuit to obtain a well-rounded dance education led her to attend New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education to earn a Master’s Degree in Dance Education with a concentration in Higher Education. Mrs. Teperikidou constantly strives to further her education, strengthen her teaching techniques, and expand upon her knowledge. She has attended teachers’ workshops at The National Ballet School of Canada, American Academy of Ballet, Miami City Ballet, New York City Center and New York City Ballet. In July of 2013, Mrs. Teperikidou had the privilege of attending the first ever teachers workshop at the Paris Opera Ballet School and receive recognition

and certification from one of the oldest ballet institutions in the western world.

 

Furthermore, Mrs. Teperikidou is a certified New York City Ballet Workout Instructor and a Zena Rommett Floor Barre Certified Instructor. Mrs. Teperikidou is proud to have received certification in the ABT National Training Curriculum for Levels Pre-Primary through Level 5. Mrs. Teperikidou is an affiliated teacher with ABT that has successfully presented students for exams in the Levels of Primary to Level 4.

Emma Kelly is a native of Easton, Connecticut. Ms. Emma began her classical ballet training at age 12 under the direction of Adam Holms. She graduated from the Greenwich Ballet Academy in 2016 under the direction of Yuri Vodolaga. She continued her training, participating in programs with The Bolshoi Ballet Academy, American Ballet Theater, Boston Ballet, Ellison

Ballet, and the Washington Ballet.

 

Ms. Kelly has participated and placed in several notable ballet competitions including YAGP, CT Classic and The Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition. She has danced many classical roles; such as, Clara, Snow Queen, Sugarplum (The Nutcracker), Princess Aurora, Lilac Fairy (The Sleeping Beauty), Odalisque (Le Corsaire), Raymonda, and a variation from Paquita.

 

She continues to pursue her love of ballet as a teacher and choreographer. Ms. Emma has choreographed NMYB’s Nutcracker Party Scene Dances and “This Side of Paradise” (Duet for Alex Holms and Isa Lee that was invited to compete in the New York Finals of the world’s largest student scholarship competition, Youth America Grand Prix). In addition, she worked with Mr. Adam on the choreography of the Rustics section of NMYB’s 2018 recital, A

Midsummer Night’s Dream. She is certified in the ABT National Training Curriculum in primary through level 3.

ADVISORY BOARD

As Directors of the Norwalk Metropolitan Youth Ballet we have assembled a dynamic Advisory Board with two primary focuses. Advisory Board Members are respected leaders in their chosen profession. These individuals are committed to developing, supporting, and strengthening the excellence and diversity found in NMYB’s instruction and program offerings. As members of the NMYB family, their unique insight will be instrumental, particularly in these formative years.

Artistic Advisory Board

 

The Artistic Advisory Board will play an ongoing role throughout the year. These members will provide ongoing feedback to the Artistic Director, teach supplemental technique classes, set choreography, and serve as potential rehearsal assistants or variation coaches as well as assisting with student evaluation and level placement for the following year.

 

Karen Lacy

Gigi Leone

Meghan Daly

Yvonne-Marie Sain

Georgia Teperikidou

Nadine DeLoughy

Educational Advisory Board

 

The Educational Advisory Board was assembled specifically to help structure and provide support to NMYB’s public school outreach program, En Pointe. Their personal educational journeys, teaching experience, and dedication to the arts in a classroom setting makes them unique assets to NMYB.

 

 

Zoë Bailey

Ana Cristina Jarrin

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Adam James Holms, M.A., is a native of Fairfield, Connecticut and has proudly taught ballet in his home state for over a decade. His noteworthy teaching credentials include some of the most prestigious nationally and internationally recognized dance organizations. Mr. Holms is one of the lead teaching artists for American Ballet Theatre’s Education Department, the Director of Choreography for CLAP American Ballet in Guayaquil, Ecuador, and most recently, as Co-Founder of the Norwalk Metropolitan Youth Ballet where he serves as Artistic Director. Mr. Holms brings unique professional ballet connections coupled with an extraordinary educational background to his studio. Above all, his admiration of and care for his students is unparalleled.

 

Mr. Holms’ personal journey began when he entered into his formal and possibly most influential training, at the age of 16, when he became a scholarship student at the Joffrey Ballet School NYC. From there, he continued his dance training at the Northwest Florida Ballet where he later joined the company as a soloist. In addition, he danced under the direction of Winthrop Corey at Mobile Ballet as well as under the direction of Bobby Ball at Milwaukee Ballet.

 

It wasn't until attending Butler University in Indianapolis, IN as an undergraduate that he discovered a passion for sharing knowledge and motivating students to achieve their best. Mr. Holms began his studies as scholarship recipient at the Jordan College of Fine Arts where Butler’s prestigious classical dance program is housed. During his time at Butler, his growing interests in American History led him to the College of Education where he focused his attention on becoming a certified United States history teacher with secondary concentrations in world history and sociology. In 2005, Mr. Holms graduated from Butler University with a B.S. in Secondary Education as a certified 6th - 12th grade U.S. History teacher in addition to earning a B.S. in Ballet Pedagogy.

 

Mr. Holms then went on to New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education, in conjunction with American Ballet Theatre, to complete his Master of Arts in Ballet Pedagogy and Teaching Dance for the Professions.  Mr. Holms is proud to be counted among one of the first professionally ranked dance educators to be nationally certified within all seven levels of American Ballet Theatre’s National Teaching Curriculum®.  During this period in his education, Mr. Holms developed the groundwork for a dynamic outreach initiative combining dance and public education. This initiative is now fully actualized as NMYB’s En Pointe Ballet Residency and Scholarship Outreach Initiative. En Pointe currently enriches over 1,000 elementary school students per season in the greater Norwalk area.

 

Mr. Holms is enjoying this chapter of his career as he creates and grows his own vision of ballet education at Norwalk Metropolitan Youth Ballet. He celebrates NMYB’s vibrant and diverse community of dancers which he is raising and launching in the direction of their dreams.

Christopher M. Holms, Co-Founder of Norwalk Metropolitan Youth Ballet, has a background in police work for over twenty years. He is currently the D.A.R.E. Coordinator and Public Safety Cadet Explorer Chief Advisor in the City of Norwalk. In addition, he is an ordained deacon and a self-published author. His belief in the transformative study and discipline involved in the fine arts, his strong sense of justice, and his desire to serve his community informed his decision to open the doors of NMYB.

 

Mr. Holms began shaping his own idea of what it means to serve his community by enlisting in the United States Air Force. He proudly served our country as a Military Working Dog Handler and Law Enforcement Specialist for four years. After his honorable discharge, he began working as a Patrol Officer for the City of Norwalk and has served the city since 1997.

 

In teaching D.A.R.E. to the students of the Norwalk Public Schools, Mr. Holms has learned firsthand that one of the most important aspects of teaching is the ability to connect with students. This is similar to the kind of connection a performer shares with their audience. When the connection is engaging, the students and audience members become open to the creative process that often inspires to greatness. Mr. Holms was surprised by the joy of not only connecting with his students, but being inspired by them and their wonderful educators and administrators in return.

 

Mr. Holms was motivated to take his service to the City of Norwalk one step further by creating a place where children can benefit from an artistic education with a focus on ballet. The Norwalk Metropolitan Youth Ballet will be a place where children can enthusiastically express themselves through dance in a supportive environment.

 

Mr. Holms is enjoying this chapter of his career as the Norwalk D.A.R.E. program, the Public Safety Cadets Program and NMYB evolve and flourish, while continuing his own personal mission to serve the children and families of the greater Norwalk area.

Christina A. Holms, Executive Director of Norwalk Metropolitan Youth Ballet has a professional background as a paralegal, a travel advisor, and nutrition coach/personal chef, as well as an artistic background in opera. As an artist with such varied interests, professional pursuits and personal goals, Ms. Holms fancies herself to be a true “Renaissance woman.”

 

To her artistic credit, Ms. Holms has performed in productions at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, The DiMenna Center for Classical Music and Playwrights Horizons in New York City as well as numerous others all over the country and in Europe. She has performed fund-raising concerts for a wide variety of charities. When she’s not running NMYB, she continues to perform in symphonic concerts as well as full operatic roles and operatic scenes productions.

 

In her role as Executive Director for NMYB, Ms. Holms oversees every aspect of the business including marketing, social media, enrollment, facilitating En Pointe residencies, producing performance opportunities for our students, as well as coordinating our Ensemble’s annual participation in Youth America Grand Prix.

 

Ms. Holms believes that training in the classical style of any fine art, whether its music, dance, composition, visual, written or even martial is like participating in a living, breathing history lesson. It’s exciting to know that we have the opportunity to teach the way we were taught and the way our instructors and mentors were taught for generations prior.  We are honored to be part of this rich history and to pass down the traditions and technique to the next generation of classical singers, ballet dancers, and artists.

 

Ms. Holms is enjoying this chapter of her career as she works with her husband (Mr. Christopher) and brother-in-law (Mr. Adam) to grow a family of dancers at Norwalk Metropolitan Youth Ballet. It’s wonderfully rewarding to provide a holistic, nurturing environment where young artists can gather to reach in the direction of their dreams.

 

Adam James Holms, M.A., is a native of Fairfield, Connecticut and has proudly taught ballet in his home state for over a decade. His noteworthy teaching credentials include some of the most prestigious nationally and internationally recognized dance organizations. Mr. Holms is one of the lead teaching artists for American Ballet Theatre’s Education Department, the Director of Choreography for CLAP American Ballet in Guayaquil, Ecuador, and most recently, as Co-Founder of the Norwalk Metropolitan Youth Ballet where he serves as Artistic Director. Mr. Holms brings unique professional ballet connections coupled with an extraordinary educational background to his studio. Above all, his admiration of and care for his students is unparalleled.

 

Mr. Holms’ personal journey began when he entered into his formal and possibly most influential training, at the age of 16, when he became a scholarship student at the Joffrey Ballet School NYC. From there, he continued his dance training at the Northwest Florida Ballet where he later joined the company as a soloist. In addition, he danced under the direction of Winthrop Corey at Mobile Ballet as well as under the direction of Bobby Ball at Milwaukee Ballet.

 

It wasn't until attending Butler University in Indianapolis, IN as an undergraduate that he discovered a passion for sharing knowledge and motivating students to achieve their best. Mr. Holms began his studies as scholarship recipient at the Jordan College of Fine Arts where Butler’s prestigious classical dance program is housed. During his time at Butler, his growing interests in American History led him to the College of Education where he focused his attention on becoming a certified United States history teacher with secondary concentrations in world history and sociology. In 2005, Mr. Holms graduated from Butler University with a B.S. in Secondary Education as a certified 6th - 12th grade U.S. History teacher in addition to earning a B.S. in Ballet Pedagogy.

 

Mr. Holms then went on to New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education, in conjunction with American Ballet Theatre, to complete his Master of Arts in Ballet Pedagogy and Teaching Dance for the Professions.  Mr. Holms is proud to be counted among one of the first professionally ranked dance educators to be nationally certified within all seven levels of American Ballet Theatre’s National Teaching Curriculum®.  During this period in his education, Mr. Holms developed the groundwork for a dynamic outreach initiative combining dance and public education. This initiative is now fully actualized as NMYB’s En Pointe Ballet Residency and Scholarship Outreach Initiative. En Pointe currently enriches over 1,000 elementary school students per season in the greater Norwalk area.

 

Mr. Holms is enjoying this chapter of his career as he creates and grows his own vision of ballet education at Norwalk Metropolitan Youth Ballet. He celebrates NMYB’s vibrant and diverse community of dancers which he is raising and launching in the direction of their dreams.

Christopher M. Holms, Co-Founder of Norwalk Metropolitan Youth Ballet, has a background in police work for over twenty years. He is currently the D.A.R.E. Coordinator and Public Safety Cadet Explorer Chief Advisor in the City of Norwalk. In addition, he is an ordained deacon and a self-published author. His belief in the transformative study and discipline involved in the fine arts, his strong sense of justice, and his desire to serve his community informed his decision to open the doors of NMYB.

 

Mr. Holms began shaping his own idea of what it means to serve his community by enlisting in the United States Air Force. He proudly served our country as a Military Working Dog Handler and Law Enforcement Specialist for four years. After his honorable discharge, he began working as a Patrol Officer for the City of Norwalk and has served the city since 1997.

 

In teaching D.A.R.E. to the students of the Norwalk Public Schools, Mr. Holms has learned firsthand that one of the most important aspects of teaching is the ability to connect with students. This is similar to the kind of connection a performer shares with their audience. When the connection is engaging, the students and audience members become open to the creative process that often inspires to greatness. Mr. Holms was surprised by the joy of not only connecting with his students, but being inspired by them and their wonderful educators and administrators in return.

 

Mr. Holms was motivated to take his service to the City of Norwalk one step further by creating a place where children can benefit from an artistic education with a focus on ballet. The Norwalk Metropolitan Youth Ballet will be a place where children can enthusiastically express themselves through dance in a supportive environment.

 

Mr. Holms is enjoying this chapter of his career as the Norwalk D.A.R.E. program, the Public Safety Cadets Program and NMYB evolve and flourish, while continuing his own personal mission to serve the children and families of the greater Norwalk area.

Christina A. Holms, Executive Director of Norwalk Metropolitan Youth Ballet has a professional background as a paralegal, a travel advisor, and nutrition coach/personal chef, as well as an artistic background in opera. As an artist with such varied interests, professional pursuits and personal goals, Ms. Holms fancies herself to be a true “Renaissance woman.”

 

To her artistic credit, Ms. Holms has performed in productions at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, The DiMenna Center for Classical Music and Playwrights Horizons in New York City as well as numerous others all over the country and in Europe. She has performed fund-raising concerts for a wide variety of charities. When she’s not running NMYB, she continues to perform in symphonic concerts as well as full operatic roles and operatic scenes productions.

 

In her role as Executive Director for NMYB, Ms. Holms oversees every aspect of the business including marketing, social media, enrollment, facilitating En Pointe residencies, producing performance opportunities for our students, as well as coordinating our Ensemble’s annual participation in Youth America Grand Prix.

 

Ms. Holms believes that training in the classical style of any fine art, whether its music, dance, composition, visual, written or even martial is like participating in a living, breathing history lesson. It’s exciting to know that we have the opportunity to teach the way we were taught and the way our instructors and mentors were taught for generations prior.  We are honored to be part of this rich history and to pass down the traditions and technique to the next generation of classical singers, ballet dancers, and artists.

 

Ms. Holms is enjoying this chapter of her career as she works with her husband (Mr. Christopher) and brother-in-law (Mr. Adam) to grow a family of dancers at Norwalk Metropolitan Youth Ballet. It’s wonderfully rewarding to provide a holistic, nurturing environment where young artists can gather to reach in the direction of their dreams.