Guest Master Teachers

The school’s location within the Segerstrom Center for the Arts offers unparalleled access to Master Classes with artists from dance companies and touring productions around the world. 

Since the school opened in 2015, Pre-Professional ABT William J. Gillespie students have attended Master Classes from the following companies:

American Ballet Theatre
Kevin McKenzie, artistic director
Cynthia Harvey, artistic director of the ABT JKO School
Clinton Luckett, assistant artistic director
Susan Jones, principal ballet mistress
Carlos Lopez, director of repertoire
Nancy Rafa, ballet mistress
Keith Roberts, ballet master
Craig Salstein, company teacher
Devon Teuscher, principal
Martine van Hamel, principal
Alexandre Hammoudi, soloist
Roman Zhurbin, soloist
Partnering Class with ABT Company Members and Apprentices
Port de Bras Lecture with Irina Kolpakova, ballet mistress
“Meet the Artist” with Principal Dancers: Stella Abrera, Isabella Bolyston, Jeffrey Cirio, Gillian Murphy, Cassandra Trenary, and Devon Teuscher
"Meet the Artist" with soloists: Catherine Hurlin
"Meet the Artist" with corps members: Lauren Bonfiglio, and Tyler Maloney

Alonzo King Lines Ballet
Michael Montegomery, company member

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Matthew Rushing, rehearsal director & company member
Sean Carmon, company member

Eifman Ballet
Oleg Gabyshev, principal
Lyubov Andreyeva, principal

Houston Ballet
Melissa Allen Bowman, academy director

Joffrey Ballet
Leslie Carothers, principal
Les Ballets de Monte Carlo
Gabriele Corrado, company member
Mariinsky Ballet
Yuri Fateev, deputy director of the Mariinsky Ballet Company
Mikhailovsky Ballet
Ivan Vasiliev, principal

Parsons Dance Company
Diedre Rogan, company member

Paul Taylor Dance Company
“Meet the Artist” with Michael Trusnovec and Laura Halzack

Royal Ballet
Hilary Cartwright, soloist

San Francisco Ballet
Tiit Helimets, principal


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