Ballet Bios

Ballet Bios

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.

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.

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

Ali Pourfarrokh

Ali Pourfarrokh has danced professionally with several prominent companies, including the American Ballet Theater, the Harkness Ballet, and the Joffrey Ballet. He received his early training as a scholarship student at the Metropolitan Opera Ballet School, after which he was invited to dance with American Ballet Theater. Following a successful career as a leading male dancer he became the Associate Director and Ballet Master of the Alvin Ailey Company. He then became the Artistic Director of the Iranian National Ballet, during the reign of the last Shah of Iran. Later, he served for ten years as the Artistic Director of the celebrated Alberta Ballet. Mr. Pourfarrokh is a distinguished choreographer and master teacher. His ballets can be found in the repertories of many companies, both nationally and internationally. In Europe he is routinely engaged as a master teacher. Mr. Pourfarrokh is one of the few premiere ballet teachers on Long Island who brings not only his expertise as an accomplished dancer and teacher but also his experience and knowledge of what companies will look for when auditioning dancers; he trains young, aspiring dancers to become polished performers, preparing them for the possibility of professional careers. While teaching at the American Theater Dance Workshop, Mr. Pourfarrokh agreed to lead the Eglevsky Ballet from which he resigned in 2010 in order to focus his energies on the emerging talent at the American Theater Dance Workshop.

Theresa Diaz-DiLallo

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.

Wendy Clark

Wendy Clark comes to us from Texas and will be attending NYU Steinhardt ABT Ballet Pedagogy master's program. She's danced professionally with: Ballet Spokane, City Ballet of San Diego, Eugene Ballet Company as well as Austin Metamorphosis Dance Ensemble, Chris Swaim's "Mouth", Austin Classical Ballet and TexArts. She comes with a wealth of teaching experience most recently sharing her passion and knowledge with dancers in Texas at the Austin Community Ballet, Cedar park Dance Company, Danceworks and TexARTS as well as Dance Center of Spokane, Kalamazoo School of Music and Dance, Baylor University, Iowa Youth Ballet Pre-Professional SUmmer Intensive, Education for the Arts, and Goddard College where she also holds a BA in Liberal Arts. She served as Youth Director for TexArts Nutcracker, TexARTS Coppelia Summer Intensive Director, and TexARTS Mini-camps. She received her training from: Stage 7 School of Dance in San Diego, Eugene Ballet in Idaho, Milwaukee Ballet, Sarasota Ballet and Ballet Arts Academy in Spokane, WA.

Shannon Maynor

Shannon Maynor originally from California, was trained at California Dance Theatre with Stanley Holden, Kim Maselli, and Charles Maple. While at CDT, Shannon was a semi-finalist at the prestigious Music Center Spotlight Awards. At the age of 16, she attended San Francisco Ballet School on full scholarship under Helgi Tomasson and Gloria Govrin. She then worked with Oregon Ballet Theatre, Eglevsky Ballet, Ballet Deviare, Lydia Johnson Dance and VISIONS Contemporary Ballet.