Ballet Bios

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Leslie Browne

Leslie Browne received her early training with her parents, Kelly Browne and Isabel Mirrow, both former members of American Ballet Theatre. At the age of 14, she recieved a scholarship to The School of American Ballet. After 1 ½ years, she was asked to join New York City Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet and performed all of the major Balanchine works along with ballets by Jerome Robbins and new works of choreography. At the age of 17, Leslie won the role of Emilia in the movie "The Turning Point" opposite Mikhail Baryshnikov, and starring Ann Bancroft and Shirley McLaine. She was nominated for an academy award for best supporting actress. Following her movie debut, she joined American Ballet Theatre as a soloist. She then made her 2nd movie in "Nijinsky" starring opposite Alan Bates. After "Nijinsky", Leslie rejoined ABT to premiere Kenneth McMillans production of Romeo and Juliet. Following her debut, she was promoted to Principal dancer. Leslie left ABT in 1993 to pursue guest engagements. She also studied acting with Uta Hagan at the Actor's Studio, performed on Broadway in several plays and musicals. She also danced in productions with the NYC Opera. Today Leslie teaches students at The School at Steps, ABT Summer Intensive, The NJ Ballet, and is a judge and teacher for the Youth America Grand Prix. She also choreographs for both students and professionals and does private coaching.

Leslie Browne received her early training with her parents, Kelly Browne and Isabel Mirrow, both former members of American Ballet Theatre. At the age of 14, she recieved a scholarship to The School of American Ballet. After 1 ½ years, she was asked to join New York City Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet and performed all of the major Balanchine works along with ballets by Jerome Robbins and new works of choreography. At the age of 17, Leslie won the role of Emilia in the movie "The Turning Point" opposite Mikhail Baryshnikov, and starring Ann Bancroft and Shirley McLaine. She was nominated for an academy award for best supporting actress. Following her movie debut, she joined American Ballet Theatre as a soloist. She then made her 2nd movie in "Nijinsky" starring opposite Alan Bates. After "Nijinsky", Leslie rejoined ABT to premiere Kenneth McMillans production of Romeo and Juliet. Following her debut, she was promoted to Principal dancer. Leslie left ABT in 1993 to pursue guest engagements. She also studied acting with Uta Hagan at the Actor's Studio, performed on Broadway in several plays and musicals. She also danced in productions with the NYC Opera. Today Leslie teaches students at The School at Steps, ABT Summer Intensive, The NJ Ballet, and is a judge and teacher for the Youth America Grand Prix. She also choreographs for both students and professionals and does private coaching.

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Katherine Healy Less
Katherine Healy

Katherine Healy has been in the ballet world from a very young age. She attended the School of American Ballet and continued her professional training with Wilhelm Burmann. She was the subject of the children’s book A Very Young Dancer, and starred in the movie Six Weeks with Mary Tyler Moore and Dudley Moore. At the age of 13 she was awarded the silver medal at the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi, and the following year she was awarded the gold medal at the International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria. At age 15 she was recruited as Senior Principal Dancer with the London Festival Ballet, now the English National Ballet. In addition to her professional career she attended Princeton University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude in the Class of 1990. She has been a principal dancer and then guest artist with Les Ballets de Monte Carlo, the Vienna State Opera and guested with the Berlin Opera as well as in numerous galas throughout Europe. She is also a professional figure skater and has coached and choreographed for competitive figure skaters at the regional, sectional, junior national and national levels.

Katherine Healy has been in the ballet world from a very young age. She attended the School of American Ballet and continued her professional training with Wilhelm Burmann. She was the subject of the children’s book A Very Young Dancer, and starred in the movie Six Weeks with Mary Tyler Moore and Dudley Moore. At the age of 13 she was awarded the silver medal at the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi, and the following year she was awarded the gold medal at the International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria. At age 15 she was recruited as Senior Principal Dancer with the London Festival Ballet, now the English National Ballet. In addition to her professional career she attended Princeton University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude in the Class of 1990. She has been a principal dancer and then guest artist with Les Ballets de Monte Carlo, the Vienna State Opera and guested with the Berlin Opera as well as in numerous galas throughout Europe. She is also a professional figure skater and has coached and choreographed for competitive figure skaters at the regional, sectional, junior national and national levels.

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Fleur Israel Less
Fleur Israel

Fleur Israel had had an active and successful career as a professional dancer in many ballet companies, as well as on Broadway and television. Ms. Israel is a graduate of the High School of Performing Arts where she trained in classical ballet, modern and jazz. For thirty years she has taught ballet on Long Island primarily at the American Theater Dance Workshop and she has had extensive experience as the coordinator of summer intensive programs and as an assistant for children’s training to internationally renowned Ali Pourfarrokh. In addition to her own success as a professional dancer, Ms. Israel brings her expertise as a teacher and mentor to students who study at the American Theater Dance.

Fleur Israel had had an active and successful career as a professional dancer in many ballet companies, as well as on Broadway and television. Ms. Israel is a graduate of the High School of Performing Arts where she trained in classical ballet, modern and jazz. For thirty years she has taught ballet on Long Island primarily at the American Theater Dance Workshop and she has had extensive experience as the coordinator of summer intensive programs and as an assistant for children’s training to internationally renowned Ali Pourfarrokh. In addition to her own success as a professional dancer, Ms. Israel brings her expertise as a teacher and mentor to students who study at the American Theater Dance.

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Lupe Serrano
 LUPE SERRANO Less
 LUPE SERRANO 

Born in Santiago, Chile, Lupe Serrano is of Spanish and French heritage.Beginning her training in Chile at the age of four, Serrano continued her studies when her family moved to Mexico City, where at the age of thirteen she made her professional debut with the Mexico City Ballet. Before leaving Mexico City in 1951, Serrano had established herself as Mexico’s leading ballerina and had broadened her training by studying modern dance, folk dance, and the dramatic arts. Upon her arrival in New York, Serrano joined the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo as a soloist and toured the United States,Canada and Venezuela.In 1953 she joined American Ballet Theatre as a principal dancer. Before her retirement in 1971, Serrano rose to the position of prima ballerina and danced more than fifty different roles in such ballet classics as Swan Lake, Giselle, Les Sylphides, La Fille Mal Gardée, Aurora’s Wedding, and most of the virtuoso pas de deux. She also performed contemporary ballets by Balanchine, Dollar, Lander, Robbins, Tudor and other esteemed choreographers. Serrano also participated in several American Ballet Theatre international tours where she was acclaimed
 by audiences in South America, Europe and the Soviet Union. Lupe Serrano began her teaching career at the University of Milwaukee and at the College Conservatory of Milwaukee in 1968 while she was still performing with American Ballet Theatre. After she retired from the stage in 1971, she served as Assistant Director at the National Academy of Arts in Illinois.In 1974 she joined the Pennsylvania Ballet as company teacher and head of the apprentice program where she served as the School Director from 1975-1983. She later resigned this position to allow time for guest teaching.

Born in Santiago, Chile, Lupe Serrano is of Spanish and French heritage.Beginning her training in Chile at the age of four, Serrano continued her studies when her family moved to Mexico City, where at the age of thirteen she made her professional debut with the Mexico City Ballet. Before leaving Mexico City in 1951, Serrano had established herself as Mexico’s leading ballerina and had broadened her training by studying modern dance, folk dance, and the dramatic arts. Upon her arrival in New York, Serrano joined the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo as a soloist and toured the United States,Canada and Venezuela.In 1953 she joined American Ballet Theatre as a principal dancer. Before her retirement in 1971, Serrano rose to the position of prima ballerina and danced more than fifty different roles in such ballet classics as Swan Lake, Giselle, Les Sylphides, La Fille Mal Gardée, Aurora’s Wedding, and most of the virtuoso pas de deux. She also performed contemporary ballets by Balanchine, Dollar, Lander, Robbins, Tudor and other esteemed choreographers. Serrano also participated in several American Ballet Theatre international tours where she was acclaimed  by audiences in South America, Europe and the Soviet Union. Lupe Serrano began her teaching career at the University of Milwaukee and at the College Conservatory of Milwaukee in 1968 while she was still performing with American Ballet Theatre. After she retired from the stage in 1971, she served as Assistant Director at the National Academy of Arts in Illinois.In 1974 she joined the Pennsylvania Ballet as company teacher and head of the apprentice program where she served as the School Director from 1975-1983. She later resigned this position to allow time for guest teaching.

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Theresa Diaz-DiLallo graduated cum laude from Queens College with a BA in Dance and has a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education. Theresa has performed nationally and internationally with the Circle of Dance Repertory Co. for over two decades and is currently artistic director. She has also danced with Patricia Kenny Dance Collection and the Dany Holdstein Dance Company. Over the years she has had the pleasure of working with choreographers: Nancy Brier, Carl Paris, Diane McCarthy, Jennifer Weaver, Ben Munisteri, Orion Duckstein and Patricia Kenny Reilly to name a few.


Ms. DiLallo teaches Modern, Ballet, Lyrical, Jazz and Tap at several Long Island studios and enjoys sharing her love of dance with students beginner to advanced. Theresa is also a teaching artist for Circle of Dance bringing dance to students in elementary schools throughout Queens and Long Island. Theresa has taught workshops for school teachers on how to integrate movement into the academic curriculum, based on the theory of Multiple Intelligences at Dellecave Institute and Dowling College. During the spring of 2016, Ms. DiLallo was faculty at Nassau Community College teaching Modern Dance to dance majors.



Theresa Diaz-DiLallo graduated cum laude from Queens College with a BA in Dance and has a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education. Theresa has performed nationally and internationally with the Circle of Dance Repertory Co. for over two decades and is currently artistic director. She has also danced with Patricia Kenny Dance Collection and the Dany Holdstein Dance Company. Over the years she has had the pleasure of working with choreographers: Nancy Brier, Carl Paris, Diane McCarthy, Jennifer Weaver, Ben Munisteri, Orion Duckstein and Patricia Kenny Reilly to name a few.


Ms. DiLallo teaches Modern, Ballet, Lyrical, Jazz and Tap at several Long Island studios and enjoys sharing her love of dance with students beginner to advanced. Theresa is also a teaching artist for Circle of Dance bringing dance to students in elementary schools throughout Queens and Long Island. Theresa has taught workshops for school teachers on how to integrate movement into the academic curriculum, based on the theory of Multiple Intelligences at Dellecave Institute and Dowling College. During the spring of 2016, Ms. DiLallo was faculty at Nassau Community College teaching Modern Dance to dance majors.


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Wendy Clark Less
Wendy Clark

Wendy Clark has an M.A in Ballet Pedagogy from NYU and is a certified ABT Curriculum teacher for all levels (pre-primary to Level 7 and pas de deux). She danced professionally with the Eugene Ballet Company, City Ballet of San Diego, and Ballet Spokane. In addition to teaching for American Theater Dance Workshop, she is currently a teaching artist for American Ballet Theater and teaches ballet at Brooklyn Ballet.

Wendy Clark has an M.A in Ballet Pedagogy from NYU and is a certified ABT Curriculum teacher for all levels (pre-primary to Level 7 and pas de deux). She danced professionally with the Eugene Ballet Company, City Ballet of San Diego, and Ballet Spokane. In addition to teaching for American Theater Dance Workshop, she is currently a teaching artist for American Ballet Theater and teaches ballet at Brooklyn Ballet.

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FRANCESCA CARILLO-VACCINO Less

FRANCESCA CARILLO-VACCINO

Francesca Carillo-Vaccino has been teaching dance throughout Long Island and New York for over a decade. She has been a teacher at many different studios, a private coach, and held a position at Queens College as an adjunct professor. In addition to her work as a teacher Francesca has also been a choreographer for musicals, recording artists, films and recently worked as the assistant director for Putnam County Spelling Bee. Apart from her work as a teacher and choreographer Francesca also works professionally as a performer. Her most recent credits include; work on The Public Theater’s Hercules choreographed by Chase Brock, a national commercial and ATDW Director Jerome Vivona’s Just Kiss Me. Favorite film credits include Don Peyote and At the Top of the Pyramid, both of which she was a featured dancer. Francesca was also a member of a pop vocal group which performed across New York including shows opening for the band Nine Days. She is classically trained in the Vaganova Method and has studied extensively with Complexions Contemporary Ballet. She also studied acting at HB Studios.

Francesca Carillo-Vaccino has been teaching dance throughout Long Island and New York for over a decade. She has been a teacher at many different studios, a private coach, and held a position at Queens College as an adjunct professor. In addition to her work as a teacher Francesca has also been a choreographer for musicals, recording artists, films and recently worked as the assistant director for Putnam County Spelling Bee. Apart from her work as a teacher and choreographer Francesca also works professionally as a performer. Her most recent credits include; work on The Public Theater’s Hercules choreographed by Chase Brock, a national commercial and ATDW Director Jerome Vivona’s Just Kiss Me. Favorite film credits include Don Peyote and At the Top of the Pyramid, both of which she was a featured dancer. Francesca was also a member of a pop vocal group which performed across New York including shows opening for the band Nine Days. She is classically trained in the Vaganova Method and has studied extensively with Complexions Contemporary Ballet. She also studied acting at HB Studios.

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Kathleen Tillis

Kathleen began her dance training with the Eglevsky Ballet at the age of six and then with American Theater Dance Workshop and Huntington Ballet Theatre. She continued studying Ballet seriously and later had the honor of training with renowned ballet instructor, Maggie Black , who coached many ballet legends such as Gelsey Kirkland, Kevin McKenzie, and Natalia Makarova. Kathleen got to dance at the prestigious summer program with Boston Ballet. Directly after finishing High School she joined the Eglevsky Ballet as a professional dancer. After mostly pursuing only ballet, she later decided to cross over to jazz and began training at Broadway Dance Center and STEPS on Broadway in Manhattan. She worked for Royal Caribbean International dancing in the production shows and traveling the world. She also worked for Tokyo Disney where she was an aerialist playing the lead role of Ariel in the show, “Under the Sea.” Kathleen has appeared on the Nickelodeon show, “The Naked Brothers Band” and “Saturday Night Live” dancing in a skit with Katie Holmes and Will Ferrell. Kathleen danced for recording artist, Rietsa, and has done commercials and industrials such as Lee Jeans, Toyota, Coca Cola and Royal Caribbean. Kathleen teaches ballet and jazz for all ages. She is also a certified Pilates instructor.

Kathleen began her dance training with the Eglevsky Ballet at the age of six and then with American Theater Dance Workshop and Huntington Ballet Theatre. She continued studying Ballet seriously and later had the honor of training with renowned ballet instructor, Maggie Black , who coached many ballet legends such as Gelsey Kirkland, Kevin McKenzie, and Natalia Makarova. Kathleen got to dance at the prestigious summer program with Boston Ballet. Directly after finishing High School she joined the Eglevsky Ballet as a professional dancer. After mostly pursuing only ballet, she later decided to cross over to jazz and began training at Broadway Dance Center and STEPS on Broadway in Manhattan. She worked for Royal Caribbean International dancing in the production shows and traveling the world. She also worked for Tokyo Disney where she was an aerialist playing the lead role of Ariel in the show, “Under the Sea.” Kathleen has appeared on the Nickelodeon show, “The Naked Brothers Band” and “Saturday Night Live” dancing in a skit with Katie Holmes and Will Ferrell. Kathleen danced for recording artist, Rietsa, and has done commercials and industrials such as Lee Jeans, Toyota, Coca Cola and Royal Caribbean. Kathleen teaches ballet and jazz for all ages. She is also a certified Pilates instructor.

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Veronica lynn

Veronica Lynn, a native of New York City, began her dance training at the Pennsylvania Ballet School. Among her teachers was her mother, former American Ballet Theatre Principal dancer Lupe Serrano. At age 17 she joined the Pennsylvania Ballet Company and performed principal roles in the Nutcracker, Serenade, and Merce Cunninghams’s Arcade.


Ms. Lynn then joined American Ballet Theatre where she danced from 1985-1999. As a soloist, her extensive repertoire included variations in La Bayadere, Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Etudes, Coppelia and Cinderella. She performed principal roles in Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, Symphonie Concertante, Ballet Imperial, Bouree Fantasque and the Nutcracker. She was also featured in many ballets by Tudor, Macmillan, Ashton, Kylian and Massine. 


Ms. Lynn also toured with “Suzanne Farrell Stages the Masters of 20th Centure Ballet” where her roles included Bejart’s Romeo and Juliet pas de deux, Robbin’s Afternoon of a Faun, Balanchine’s Apollo, Meditation pas de deux and Divertimento No. 15.

Veronica Lynn, a native of New York City, began her dance training at the Pennsylvania Ballet School. Among her teachers was her mother, former American Ballet Theatre Principal dancer Lupe Serrano. At age 17 she joined the Pennsylvania Ballet Company and performed principal roles in the Nutcracker, Serenade, and Merce Cunninghams’s Arcade.

Ms. Lynn then joined American Ballet Theatre where she danced from 1985-1999. As a soloist, her extensive repertoire included variations in La Bayadere, Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Etudes, Coppelia and Cinderella. She performed principal roles in Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, Symphonie Concertante, Ballet Imperial, Bouree Fantasque and the Nutcracker. She was also featured in many ballets by Tudor, Macmillan, Ashton, Kylian and Massine. 

Ms. Lynn also toured with “Suzanne Farrell Stages the Masters of 20th Centure Ballet” where her roles included Bejart’s Romeo and Juliet pas de deux, Robbin’s Afternoon of a Faun, Balanchine’s Apollo, Meditation pas de deux and Divertimento No. 15.

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MICHELLE VIVONA

Michelle began studying dance at the age of 4 at her parent's studio, in Pittsburgh, Pa. Her parent's, both veterans of Broadway television and film, having worked with Luigi, Bob Fosse, Jerome Robbins, Jack Cole, Michael Kidd, Peter Gennaro, Carol Haney and many other luminaries of the time as well as featuring on the Perry Como show. Michelle followed her dreams to NYC and shortly thereafter landed her first role as the Tap Leader in the National Tour of On Your Toes starring Leslie Caron and Natalia Makarova. She then was cast as Lorraine in 42nd Street, which led to her Broadway debut in Sweet Charity directed by Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon starring Debbie Allen, Bebe Neuwirth and later Ann Reinking. Anything Goes was next starring Patti Lupone, followed by working for Jerome Robbins in Gypsy with Tyne Daly and Linda Lavin.

Michelle began studying dance at the age of 4 at her parent's studio, in Pittsburgh, Pa. Her parent's, both veterans of Broadway television and film, having worked with Luigi, Bob Fosse, Jerome Robbins, Jack Cole, Michael Kidd, Peter Gennaro, Carol Haney and many other luminaries of the time as well as featuring on the Perry Como show. Michelle followed her dreams to NYC and shortly thereafter landed her first role as the Tap Leader in the National Tour of On Your Toes starring Leslie Caron and Natalia Makarova. She then was cast as Lorraine in 42nd Street, which led to her Broadway debut in Sweet Charity directed by Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon starring Debbie Allen, Bebe Neuwirth and later Ann Reinking. Anything Goes was next starring Patti Lupone, followed by working for Jerome Robbins in Gypsy with Tyne Daly and Linda Lavin.

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Michelle then joined the Paris Company of West Side Story. Returning home, Michelle toured the US and Japan in Guys and Dolls directed by Jerry Zaks and choreographed by the late Chris Chadman, starring Lorna Luft. Soon after, they were married and moved to Long Island. Michelle joined the line at Radio City Musical Hall as a Rockette. Michelle was then cast in Thoroughly Modern Millie directed by Tony Winner Michael Mayer and choreographed by Tony Winner Rob Ashford, starring Tony Winner Sutton Foster. She has appeared in music videos, as a Westinghouse Babe on Late Night with David Letterman, One Life to Live, numerous national commercials, The Rosie O’Donnell Show, The Today Show, and was directed by Woody Allen in Zelig.

Michelle then joined the Paris Company of West Side Story. Returning home, Michelle toured the US and Japan in Guys and Dolls directed by Jerry Zaks and choreographed by the late Chris Chadman, starring Lorna Luft. Soon after, they were married and moved to Long Island. Michelle joined the line at Radio City Musical Hall as a Rockette. Michelle was then cast in Thoroughly Modern Millie directed by Tony Winner Michael Mayer and choreographed by Tony Winner Rob Ashford, starring Tony Winner Sutton Foster. She has appeared in music videos, as a Westinghouse Babe on Late Night with David Letterman, One Life to Live, numerous national commercials, The Rosie O’Donnell Show, The Today Show, and was directed by Woody Allen in Zelig.

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