Faculty Tabs Test - Ballet Hawaii
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Faculty Tabs Test

Artistic Director Pamela Taylor Tongg began her early training in Chicago. She subsequently studied with Martha Mahr in Florida and the American Ballet Center in New York. Ms. Taylor Tongg enjoyed a ten-year association with the Atlanta Ballet from 1975 to 1985 as a Soloist, Ballet Mistress and Director of the apprenticeship program, which prepared young dancers for professional careers. She credits much of her training to Atlanta Ballet’s Artistic Director Emeritus Robert Barnett. Ms. Taylor Tongg moved to Hawaii in 1985 and joined Ballet Hawaii. Under her guidance, Ballet Hawaii has grown from a handful of students to an average of more than 400. In 2010, Ms. Taylor Tongg was given the Outstanding Teacher Award at the Youth American Grand Prix competition. In addition, she received certificates of appreciation from the City and County of Honolulu and the State House of Representatives for her outstanding contributions to Hawaii and Honolulu’s cultural presentations.

  As a result of Ms. Taylor Tongg’s leadership, internationally acclaimed guest artists and master teachers travel to Hawaii to participate in Ballet Hawaii productions and training programs. In 2012, she was appointed to the Mayor’s Commission on Culture and the Arts as a dance expert.  In 2015, at the conclusion of Ballet Hawaii's Nutcracker, Governor Ige presented Ms. Taylor Tongg with a Commendation from the State of Hawaii.

Regina Ahlgren is a native New Yorker. Her dance training includes Phil Black, Feld Ballet, David Howard, and the Joffrey Ballet. Her career began at 18 with a national tour of Sugar Babies staring Pinky Lee. Ms. Ahlgren continued to tour first nationals and Broadway productions of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoats, Ragtime, and Saturday Night Fever. She has been seen nationally and internationally in musicals such as A Chorus Line directed by Baayork Lee, Babes in Arms staring Kristin Chenoweth, Oklahoma and Phantom. She was “dance captain” of the European tour of 42nd Street. Ms. Ahlgren has also directed and choreographed professional productions of West Side Story, Annie, Caberet, Sound of Music, Kiss Me Kate, and Pippin. In 2016, Regina directed and choreographed a CJ Entertainment production of 42nd Street in Seoul Korea.

Nataliya is originally from Ukraine and has been dancing since she was 9 years old. Nataliya received her choreographic education from Kherson Cultural College in Ukraine where she studied ballet, historical ballroom, modern, and character folk dance. Beginning in 1993 she performed at various venues in the Ukraine, Bulgaria, Lebanon, Greece, and Macedonia. Before moving to Hawaii she danced at the Kherson Musical Dramatic Theater in Ukraine. In Honolulu, Nataliya has been a dancer and choreographer with the Mardi Gras Follies, the Honolulu Academy of Arts, Hawaii Opera Theatre, and ACT. She teaches ballet, tap, jazz, and character dance classes locally at different schools. Nataliya is delighted to be working with Ballet Hawaii.

Romy Collado began dancing at Ballet Hawaii at the age of five. Then, after taking a break from dance, she began studying musical theater both at school and at Pas De Deux Hawaii which inspired her to once again pursue dance. This time, with a focus on jazz and contemporary.

As part of the dance team Destination Dance Hawaii, Romy went on to compete both locally and nationally at “Spotlight Dance Cup” taking home the title of “Senior Miss Spotlight” in 2017. During this time, she also performed at the show Rock-A-Hula produced by Legends In Concert.

After graduating valedictorian of Waipahu High School, Romy was hired as a performer and face character at Hong Kong Disneyland where she was part of the opening cast of the show ”Moana, A Homecoming Celebration”. Now Romy is very excited to come full circle and teach at Ballet Hawaii.

Ms. Fantauzzo is a native of Rochester, New York. She began her early training with Jamey Leverett and the late Tim Draper of the Timothy M. Draper Center for Dance Education, and with Pamela Schickler at Nazareth Academy. Upon turning 16 she began performing with Rochester City Ballet. She has performed in pieces such as The Nutcracker, Peter and the Wolf, Firebird, Push and Pull, Cinderella, and Carmen while dancing with Rochester City Ballet. She was selected to compete in the prestigious Youth American Grand Prix in 2004 where she advanced to the NYC finals performing Jamey Leverett’s Hoedown in the Lincoln Center Gala performance. To further her ballet studies, Bailey was selected to attend the following summer intensives at The Juilliard School, American Ballet Theatre, Atlanta Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, and Nashville Ballet. After graduating high school she was awarded a scholarship to attend University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music, majoring in Ballet Performance. Bailey has danced professionally with Nashville Ballet in Nashville, TN. While with Nashville Ballet she performed in Giselle, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, and among her favorites Carmina Burana. She has also had the opportunity to perform and tour with Common Thread Contemporary Dance in St. Louis, Mo.

Bailey most recently served as a ballet mistress and choreographer at Arts Ballet Academy in Newport News, VA. She has choreographed many full length ballets such as The Nutcracker, Snow White, The Little Mermaid, Alice in Wonderland, and The Snow Queen while working with Arts Ballet Academy. She is very excited to be a part of the Ballet Hawaii team, and is looking forward to sharing her knowledge and joy of dance with the Ballet Hawaii students.

Daphne Hargrove began her training at the School of American Ballet. In 1993 she performed with the New York City Ballet in its Balanchine celebration. The following year, Hargrove graduated from the High School of Performing Arts and joined the Miami City Ballet where she performed various soloist and principal roles. During this time, she performed in Washington D.C at the Kennedy Center Honors for President Clinton and other distinguished guests.

In 1998, Hargrove left Miami to become a founding member and principal dancer with Carolina Ballet. During the next four years in North Carolina, she created many principal roles in world-premiere ballets by renowned choreographers such as Lynn Taylor-Corbett and Robert Weill, as well as being featured in many classic works. Her repertoire includes Balachine’s Rubies, Conncerto Barocco, Who Cares, and Steadfast Tin Soldier, Anthony Tudor’s Lilac Garden, Jose Limon’s Moor’s Pavane, and Peter Martin’s Valse Triste. Hargrove has been living in Honolulu for many years and has become an avid photographer and has performed in many of Ballet Hawaii’s productions.

Originally from Albany, NY, Audrey trained with The Northeast Ballet and attended summer intensives such as Boston Ballet, Miami City Ballet, American Ballet Theater, and the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. Audrey attended Mercyhurst University in Erie, PA, where she received both dance and academic scholarships and graduated magna cum laude with a BFA in Dance and a minor in Health and Wellness. While there, Nilas Martins selected her to perform in Concerto Barocco and she was chosen by choreographer Rick McCullough for a world premiere. Upon graduation she danced professionally with the Lake Erie Ballet, Lexington Ballet, and Fort Wayne Ballet, where she performed featured roles in The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, and had the opportunity to learn works by Gerald Arpino and Edward Stierle.

Kaleigh Jones is a freelance dancer, teacher and choreographer hailing from New Hampshire. She is known as a versatile artist and has a true passion for sharing her knowledge and creativity through the art of movement and dance. She started her training at New England School of Dance where she studied Royal Academy of Dance (R.A.D), a ballet syllabus. She continued on to train at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA where she received a B.F.A., majoring in Jazz Dance and Dance Education. While in Philadelphia she also worked with local dance companies. She performed with Danco II (Philadanco’s second company), Project Moshen Dance Company (a Jazz Dance Company), performed and choreographed for PINK HAIR AFFAIR (a Modern Dance Collective) and also trained with Koresh Dance Company. Kaleigh then traveled as an entertainer with Disney Cruise Line for three years and is currently on Disney’s Northeast special events team. An ever-evolving artist and lifelong learner, she continues to train, teach and perform throughout the country. Her teaching and choreography has adapted a mixture of styles from traveling in places such as NYC, London, Los Angeles, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago and Toronto; ranging from contemporary, modern, hip hop, musical theater, jazz with a strong foundation of ballet.

Philip started dancing under the influence of Stephanie Palombo in Leeward Community College focusing on Modern and Ballet. Philip was extremely proud to graduate with an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts in 2003. Since then, he’s been active in the dance and theatre community throughout the islands. He’s performed and choreographed multiples shows in Army Community Theatre: Miss Saigon, CATS!, and A Chorus Line just to name a few. He’s performed with Hawaii Opera Theatre, Ohia Productions, IONA Dance Company, Legends in Waikiki, Derek Daniels Productions and is still active with Ballet Hawaii and Hawaii Ballet Theatre. When not on stage, Philips passion is to mentor young dancers. In the past 15 years, he’s been training and choreographing for multiple dance competitions where he received multiple Outstanding Choreography Awards Regionally and Nationally. Some of his students have been accepted to multiple colleges nationwide as well as dancing professionally all over the world. One of Philips greatest achievement is being chosen as the Outstanding Alumni for Dance in University of Hawaii – Leeward Community College in 2016. Philip is the proud Entertainment Director for Miss American Scholar Hawaii Pageant. When not dancing, Philip is a proud Navy husband of Jon-David Crawford and a daddy to a Min Pin named Naboo.

Christine Sandorfi began her training at Harbor Ballet Theatre in Port Jefferson, NY. She holds a BFA in Ballet Performance from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. She danced principal roles in the University’s productions of Ondine, Paquita, and La Bayadere. Christine then danced as a soloist with the Kentucky Ballet Theatre for four years, where she was featured in Dracula, The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty, Saerpil, and The Wizard of Oz. In 2006, she moved to Newport, RI, where she danced for Island Moving Company for 12 seasons. Christine danced leading roles in IMC’s productions of The Nutcracker, Dracula, and Peter Pan, and had the opportunity to work with a wide variety of choreographers. In addition to dancing, Christine was the Director of Education for five years. She developed and implemented curriculum for various school programs, and directed IMC’s Junior Company. Christine has recently relocated to Honolulu with her husband, and is looking forward to working with the students at both Ballet Hawaii locations.

Natalie Kennedy is a performing artist from St. Petersburg, Florida, where she began her training at Academy of Ballet Arts under the direction of Suzanne Pomerantzeff and Michelle Kuusela. Natalie has trained professionally with Florida Dance Theatre under the direction of Carol Erkes. She graduated from Florida Southern College with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. At Florida Southern, she trained under Jerry Opdenaker, Erin LaSala, and Leah Pinder along with the privilege of working with guest choreographers such as Michael Snipe, Jon Lehrer, Sharon Wong, and Melissa Rector.

Natalie has performed soloist roles from Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Paquita, Les Sylphides, Swan Lake, Giselle, Esmeralda, and Don Quixote. She has attended various summer intensives including Alonzo King LINES Ballet and The Boston Conservatory, focusing on both her classical and contemporary technique and artistry. After graduating in May 2019, she relocated to Honolulu, HI where she has been dancing with Ballet Hawaii.

Micki was born in Pusan City, South Korea and adopted by American parents. She grew up in upstate New York where she began her ballet studies with the Ithaca Ballet. She attended and is a graduate of The Kirov Academy of Ballet where she studied with Jacqueline Achmedowa and Alla Sizova. Micki began her pre-professional career under the instruction of Truman Finney in Ballet Austin’s trainee program. She danced professionally with the Louisville Ballet in Kentucky and Ballet Black in London, England. While in the UK, she performed as a guest artist in Wales with Ballet Russe’s Swan Lake. In 2007 Micki moved to Honolulu, HI where she has been dancing with Ballet Hawaii and Onium Ballet Project.

Micki is an experienced registered 200 hour yoga teacher, Ayurvedic Health Educator, and formerly certified Foundation I, Level I GYROTONIC(R) instructor. She has taught ballet classes for the Ithaca Ballet, Chambersburg Ballet Theatre, Tri-Coastal Ballet, Gateway Ballet, and the Boston Conservatory. Micki was the dance director at Sacred Hearts Academy in Honolulu, HI from 2008-2016 where she developed and led the dance program for students in grades 7-12, directed various performances, and choreographed a full-length version of The Nutcracker. She currently teaches with Ballet Hawaii.

Mathias Maas started his theatre career in fourth grade in Missoula Children’s Theatre’s production of Cinderella. Previously, Mr. Maas worked at Honolulu Theatre for Youth for eight years, assisting with their youth theatre programming including Young at Art and their Summer Session Programming. In addition, he has taught at Punahou Summer School, Intro to Drama. He is also a teacher at Diamond Head Theatre’s Musical Theatre Experience.

Mr. Maas is a member of the dance-mask-theatre troupe Monkey Waterfall, a member of Hālau Mōhala ‘Ilima, and a regular actor-improvisor for the Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre at Dave & Busters. Recent performing credits include August: Osage County (Manoa Valley Theatre), Around the World in 80 Days (Manoa Valley Theatre), Ibsen’s Ghosts (The Actors’ Group), The Sound of Music (Diamond Head Theatre), The Reindeer Monologues (Hawaii Repertory Theatre),Frost/Nixon (Manoa Valley Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hawaii Shakespeare Festival), King Lear (Hawaii Shakespeare Festival), and The Joy Luck Club (Kumu Kahua Theatre). He holds an undergraduate degree in Theatre and Communications from Concordia College, Moorhead Minnesota.