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ARTISTIC LEADERSHIP
  • Carolyn Clark, Director

    A native of New Jersey, Carolyn Clark is Founder and Director of New Jersey Ballet and New Jersey School of Ballet. Ms. Clark performed classical and contemporary ballet with American Ballet Theatre and toured with that company throughout North America, Scandinavia, Europe and Africa. Additional ballet company credits include the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Radio City Ballet, and as principal dancer with New Jersey Ballet and New Jersey State Opera. Ms. Clark's professional credits also include many Broadway musicals and television shows, most notably as assistant to the choreographer for the Bell Telephone Hour. She is a founding member of ArtPride New Jersey, served two years on the President’s Council on the Arts for the John F. Kennedy Center, and five years on the Advisory Board of Channel 13. Ms. Clark was honored with a New Jersey Pride Award for her contribution to the arts, and served on the President’s Small Business Advisory Council. During the 50th anniversary season of the company, Ms. Clark was honored with a Dance Advocate Award from Dance New Jersey. Carolyn Clark attended Rutgers University.
  • Paul McRae, Assistant Artistic Director

    Paul McRae began his training at San Francisco School of Ballet at the age of 9. He spent 8 years at New Jersey School of Ballet, and became an apprentice to New Jersey Ballet Company at age 16. After high school, he joined Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, where he danced solo roles while attending nearby Point Park College. Upon returning to New Jersey, Mr. McRae joined New Jersey Ballet and performed numerous solo and principal roles in the Company’s extensive repertory. In recent seasons, he earned critical praise for his work as the evil fairy Carabosse in Sleeping Beauty. Mr. McRae is on the ballet faculty at New Jersey School of Ballet and Kean University, and serves as Artistic Advisor for Dance Residencies at New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. He is immediate past president of Dance/New Jersey and a member of the board of ArtPride New Jersey. In recognition of his longtime work with the Star-Ledger Scholarship program, he was made an Honorary Star-Ledger Scholar in 2009.
  • Edward Villella, Artistic Advisor

    A Kennedy Center honoree, Mr. Villella is perhaps the greatest American premier danseur ever. Among his accomplishments are Emmy Award winner, star of New York City Ballet, guest artist with the Bolshoi, performer at President Kennedy’s Inaugural, and first American to guest with the Royal Danish Ballet. In 1968, the Bell Telephone Hour’s salute to Villella became an Emmy Award-winning special. His Harlequin – A Patchwork of Love, the first ballet ever commissioned by an American TV network, resulted in Emmy Awards for the show and for Villella as choreographer, producer and star! He is a former member of the President’s Council on the Arts and a past recipient of the prestigious Capezio Award. Mr. Villella is founder/Director of Miami City Ballet and has been Artistic Advisor to New Jersey Ballet since 1972.
  • Luba Gulyaeva, Ballet Mistress

    A graduate of the Vaganova Ballet Academy in Leningrad, Ms. Gulyaeva joined the Kirov Ballet in 1972, dancing featured roles in Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, La Bayadere and Don Quixote. In the 1980s, she was invited by Mikhail Baryshnikov to join the staff of American Ballet Theatre where she taught company class and coached the dancers. She also taught all levels at the ABT School. Additional teaching credits include the Australian Ballet in Melbourne, the School of American Ballet in New York, and seminars at numerous universities in the U.S.
  • Carolyn Tener Brown, Repertory Coach

    Carolyn Brown began her ballet training at age 7 and was NJB’s original Clara in the company’s first production of Nutcracker. Ms. Brown was a soloist with American Ballet Theatre for 7 years and later danced in a variety of Broadway shows including Hair, Carousel, Brigadoon, Fame-The Musical, La Cage Aux Folles and Phantom of the Opera, where she danced the role of Meg (the best friend) for 8 years. She has worked with some of the greatest choreographers of the 20th century including Agnes deMille, Twyla Tharp and Anthony Tudor. She has also appeared on television in All My Children, The Sopranos and several PBS programs. She teaches at New Jersey School of Ballet and coaches the Company and the Junior Company.
  • Natasha Girshov, Repertory Coach

    Ms. Girshov trained at the Vaganova School in Leningrad and joined the Kirov Ballet where she rose quickly to the rank of principal dancer. Miss Girshov danced leading roles in Cinderella, Romeo and Juliet, Carmen and many others. Her tours with the Kirov took her to Holland, Thailand, Romania, Africa, New Zealand and Cuba, She was also a choreographer and director of the Special School of Classical Dance in Leningrad where she taught all levels of ballet.
  • Rosemary Sabovick-Bleich, Repertory Coach

    Rosemary danced with New Jersey Ballet for 20 years. A strong classical dancer, she excelled in many diverse roles that demanded the elegance of the Sylvia Pas de Deux, the bravura virtuosity of the Stars and Stripes Pas de Deux, and the feistiness of the Cowgirl in Agnes deMille’s Rodeo. Miss Sabovick-Bleich toured with the Pavlova Celebration Ballet, Kozlov and Friends, and International Stars of Ballet. Her teaching experience includes ballet and pointe classes for all levels.