Faculty and Administration
Patricia Seto-Weiss is a dancer, choreographer, and art historian. Originally from Germany, she received her Artist Diploma in dance performance and pedagogy from Iwanson International School of Contemporary Dance in Munich. While still a student, Ms. Seto-Weiss made her professional debut in the Bavarian State Opera’s production of Verdi’s Falstaff. Upon graduation, she continued her studies at The Ailey School in New York City.
Ms. Seto-Weiss served as Artistic Director and Choreographer of VQ Dance Productions, Inc., from 2008 to 2010, where her projects included a two-hour contemporary ballet inspired by the novel Voodoo Dreams by Jewell Parker Rhodes. She has also choreographed numerous operas, including the western hemisphere premiere of J. A. Hasse’s Alcide al bivio at the Italian Academy at Columbia University, and productions at the Juilliard School and The Ailey Citigroup Theater. Ms. Seto-Weiss is a passionate ballet teacher and currently on faculty at Chrystie Street Ballet Academy. After starting her teaching career as a ballet faculty assistant at Ballet Tech, she initiated and taught the Teen Ballet Series at The Ailey Extension under its former director, Yvette Campbell. Ms. Seto-Weiss’s dance collaborations with visual artists sparked an interest in art and architectural history. She has worked on digital media projects for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and is a contributing author (in English and German) for Bleibende und verschwundene Raummalereien (Nürnberg: Verlag für moderne Kunst, 2014), a catalog of wall paintings by Annegret Hoch. Ms. Seto-Weiss is also a writer for the Society of Architectural Historians’ Archipedia, forthcoming in 2016. In her blog, Ms. Seto-Weiss combines her professional interests and explores art, architecture, dance & design. Ms. Seto-Weiss joined the NHB faculty in 2016.
Marc Spielberger was trained at the Ballet Academy Munich, Heinz – Bosl Foundation. He danced with the Staatsoper unter den Linden in Berlin and performed as a Soloist with the Miami City Ballet under the direction of Edward Villella. He has danced at the Kennedy Center, the Music Center/L.A, New York City Center and throughout Europe, China and Russia, performing works by Maurice Bejart, Roland Petit, George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, William Forsythe, John Neumeier, Twyla Tharp, Paul Taylor, Jiri Kilian, Nacho Duato, Edward Villella, Patrice Bart, Mark Baldwin, Peter Martins, and others. Since his retirement, he has taught for schools in Japan, Germany, France, Austria and ballet companies throughout the United States and Germany. Mr. Spielberger is also a noted choreographer. He has choreographed works for Miami City Ballet among others. His ballet “Sanctuary” won the Prix Noveau at the American Ballet Competition in 2009.
A New Haven native, Talia Vendetto received her ballet training at New Haven Ballet (NHB) from NHB Founder, Noble Barker, Marc Speilberger, former Soloist with Miami City Ballet, Jeremy Cox, former Principal with Miami City Ballet, and Lisa Sanborn, NHB Artistic Director. She also studied contemporary, jazz, and tap at Gloria Jean’s Studio of Dance. She performed for five years as a member of the New Haven Ballet Company where she performed many Principal and Soloist roles and variations, including “Giselle” (Giselle), “Medora” and “Odalisque” (Le Corsaire), “Gamzatti” and “Third Shade” (La Bayadere), in addition to roles created for her by Tom Gold, former soloist with New York City Ballet (Joplin Suites; Symphonic Nonsense). Ms. Vendetto has performed as the Snow Queen, Dew Drop and numerous soloist and demi-soloist roles in New Haven Ballet’s The Nutcracker at the historic Shubert Theater in New Haven. Talia joined the NHB faculty in 2016.
Hyung Ji (Heidi) Yu began her early ballet training in the Vagonova Method in Korea. She received many awards in dance competitions and earned a scholarship for outstanding student from her alma mater, Sejong University. As a dancer of the Korean Ballet Theatre, Ms. Yu performed roles in several classical ballets. She later relocated to New York where she studied at the Merce Cunningham Dance School to train in modern dance, and SUNY Purchase to study choreography. She received her Masters of Fine Arts degree in dance from New York University Tisch School of the Arts, where she focused on pedagogy and choreography. Ms. Yu has performed with the Roxey Contemporary Ballet Company and Albano Ballet Company, taught ballet and shown her choreography at festivals throughout New York. She holds a teaching certificate in the Vagonova Method. Ms. Yu is currently the Artistic Director of AS Arts NY, teaches ballet at the Broadway Dance Center in New York and joined the faculty of New Haven Ballet in 2015.
James Teti – Accompanist
Jenna Lavin – Former Principal Atlanta Ballet and Faculty Ballet Academy East
Susan Pilarre – Former Soloist New York City Ballet and Faculty School of American Ballet
Katrina Killian – Former Soloist New York City Ballet and Faculty School of American Ballet
Kathryn Morgan – Former Soloist New York City Ballet
Deanna Seay – Former Principal Miami City Ballet and Faculty Boston Ballet School
Yang Hao – Hong Kong based contemporary dancer and Yale China Arts Fellow
Tom Gold – Former Soloist New York City Ballet and Founder/Artistic Director TomGoldDance
Emily Coates – Performed with New York City Ballet, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Twyla Tharp, and Yvonne Rainer. Lecturer, Theater Studies and director of the dance studies curriculum, Yale University.
Daniel Ulbricht – Principal Dancer New York City Ballet.
Joan Kunsch – Nutmeg Conservatory
Joanne Whitehill – Burklyn Ballet
Kathy Sullivan – STEPS on Broadway
Brad Roth – Artistic Director for dancing day and New Haven Ballet’s Shared Ability Maestro
Larissa Ponomarenko – Ballet Mistress and former Principal Dancer, Boston Ballet
Miro Magloire – Artistic Director New Chamber Ballet
David Bell – Accompanist
Lilia Khanina – Accompanist
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