Linda Copp (Director) (Children’s Ballet, Ballet, Pointe) has owned and operated the Lebanon Ballet School for 30 years. Linda graduated from the Hartford Conservatory, CT and was a former soloist with the Connecticut Valley Regional Ballet Company. Linda began teaching in the Hartford, CT and Springfield, MA areas in 1971. She is the Artistic Director of City Center Ballet. For 20 years, she served as the rehearsal mistress for the Albany Berkshire’s production of The Nutcracker in Lebanon, which involved the selection and training of nearly 100 local dancers.
Jennifer Henderson (Assistant Director) (Ballet, Pointe, Variations) has studied at Lebanon Ballet School since its inception in 1984, and has trained with Madeline Culpo of Albany Berkshire Ballet and Andrei Bossov of Bossov Ballet Theatre in Pittsfield, Maine. She has danced the roles of Odette in Swan Lake (1997) and Swanilda in Coppélia (1998) in LBS productions. In 2002 she danced the Czardas lead in City Center Ballet’s production of Coppélia and as one of the stepsisters inCinderella in 2005. She joined the Lebanon Ballet School teaching staff in January, 2003, and for several years was a local rehearsal mistress for Albany Berkshire Ballet’s The Nutcracker. Her signature piece of choreography, City Center Ballet’s production of Cinderella (2008), has established the creativity and talent that she has since brought to to Clara’s Dream (2010-15), Coppélia (2011), Giselle (2013), The Sleeping Beauty (2014), Alice in Wonderland (2015).
Andrea Pell (Ballet, Pointe, Variations, Character Dance) is a native of New York and received her ballet training under Thalia Mara, and at American Ballet Theatre School in New York City.
In 1990 Atlanta Ballet’s Artistic Director of thirty-two years, Mr. Robert Barnett, invited Andrea to oversee Atlanta School of Ballet, and Atlanta Ballet II.
In 1999 Andrea was Ballet-Mistress of Singapore Dance Theatre. She worked alongside international choreographers including Stanton Welch and Jean-Paul Comelin, and assisted Janeck Schergen in restaging works by Choo San Goh. She coached medal winners of the 1999 Japan Ballet Competition, toured Australia with SDT, and was guest-teacher with The Australian Ballet and National Ballet of China.
Upon returning to the United States, Andrea joined the Dance Department of South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities. Later, in Atlanta, Georgia, she was Ballet-Mistress and Trainee-Program Director at Metropolitan Ballet Theatre for five years.
In June, 2015 Andrea realized her dream to move Vermont and has made her home in Quechee. She is excited and honored to be joining Lebanon Ballet School and working with City Center Ballet.
Clayton Teal (Ballet, Partnering, Boys) began his training at the age of 6 in Kissimmee, FL at James Dance Center studying Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern and Acrobatics. He continued his training with The Albany Berkshire Ballet in Albany, NY and started touring with the company at age 15. He performed numerous principal roles such as The Cavalier and Snow Prince in the Nutcracker to the Roasting Swan Pas de Deux in Carmina Burana in his career with them. He has performed with such companies as Southern Ballet Theater in Orlando, FL, The Upstate New York Ballet in Syracuse, NY, Ballet for Young Audiences in New York, NY and has been part of the City Center Ballet since 2000 performing roles like Franz, Prince Desire, Dr. Coppelius and the Wicked Step Mother. He has been teaching advanced level ballet classes as well as mens and partnering classes with the Lebanon Ballet School. He has also been on the technical side of the theater designing sets and props as well as stage managing and rigging.
Susan Lamontagne (Musical Theater Dance, Zumba) is thrilled to be at the Lebanon Ballet School sharing her passion for the arts! Susan started dancing at age 3 and just kept going! She later trained at The Actor’s Studio in NYC as well as with many gifted voice coaches and mentors along the way. One of the biggest thrills of her career was the mentorship of Gwen Verdon, Ben Vereen and Anne Reinking as they shared Bob Fosse’s original work. Her 20-year professional performing career included Broadway, Nat’l and Internat’l Tours. Some of her favorite credits include: The Tony Award winning Best Musical Fosse (Original B’way company), Cats (Demeter – Broadway, Nat’l Tour & Germany), Red, Hot & Blue (Papermill Playhouse), West Side Story (Gratziella – Nat’l & European tours), Peter Pan starring Cathy Rigby (Original Tiger Lily), Starlight Express (Ashley – Germany & Las Vegas) and A Chorus Line (Kristine). After taking a break from performing on stage to continue her education, Susan has been directing, choreographing and teaching in many forms of theater arts including numerous programs for Arts In Reach, NH, direction for Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap, choreography for The Wizard Of Oz, as well as numerous theater and Fosse workshops throughout N. America. Susan considers it an honor and responsibility to pass on the techniques and styles of the many amazing choreographers and teachers she’s had the privilege of studying with.