Faculty and Administration

Ruth Barker grew up in Connecticut and studied at Connecticut Ballet before going to study at The School of American Ballet in New York. She went on to apprentice with the Pennsylvania Ballet. Ruth received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance from S.U.N.Y Purchase. She has taught at New Haven Ballet since 1987. She has also taught at Pioneer Valley Ballet in Northampton, Massachusetts and at East Street Ballet in Hadley, Massachusetts, which she founded with her husband, Noble.
Gail Corbin is a leading exponent in the technique and repertory of Doris Humphrey and Charles Weidman and has taught all levels of technique in the Humphrey/Weidman style for over twenty years. Gail has worked with Beatrice Seckler, Deborah Carr, Peter Hamilton and Nona Shurman. Gail was a featured dancer/soloist in The Deborah Carr Theatre Dance Ensemble. Ms. Corbin has taught and directed Humphrey works all over the U.S. as well as Europe and Australia. For the past several years she has conducted Humphrey workshops at Momenta, Oak Park Illinois, which is also the home of Doris Humphrey Society, of which Gail is a board member. Some of the other places Gail has taught as a guest teacher in this technique and repertory are Barnard College, Columbia University, The Juilliard School, St. Olaf College., Columbia College, Chicago. For the past several years Gail has been a guest teacher at the Jose Limon Institute, N.Y. She has recently returned from The Yard, Martha’s Vineyard where she taught an intensive Humphrey workshop and staged “Water Study”. Gail is a featured dancer in two films, “The Technique of Doris Humphrey and Its Creative Potential” and “Charles Weidman on His Own”.
Jeremy Cox trained with New Haven Ballet for over 10 years and also at the School of American Ballet in New York City. Professionally, he danced with Miami City Ballet as a principal dancer for 10 years performing works by such notable choreographers as George Balanchine, Paul Taylor, and Twyla Tharp. In 2010, Mr. Cox debuted on Broadway as “Marty” in Twyla Tharp’s Come Fly Away. Mr. Cox joined NHB’s faculty in 2015.
Children’s Division Director
Christopher DeNofrio began his training in Woods Hole, MA under the tutelage of Klara Koenig. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance from the Boston Conservatory and has danced for Ballet Theatre of Boston, Boston Ballet, Boston Dance Company, Indianapolis Ballet Theatre, Louisville Ballet and The Albany Berkshire Ballet. Mr. DeNofrio has been an instructor at Ballet Theatre of Boston, Louisville Ballet, Vancouver Academy of Music, and Ballet Etudes in Norwalk, CT. He is certified in Primary through Level 3 of the ABT National Training Curriculum.
Jennifer Rockwell is an aluma of the Walnut Hill School for the Fine Arts in Natick, MA, where she studied dance performance, dance pedagogy and choreography. After graduating from high school Ms. Rockwell became a company member of Rosella Hightower’s Jeune Ballet International in France, and then after returning to the United States, she performed as a principal guest artist with the Amherst Ballet and Pioneer Valley Ballet. At this time Ms. Rockwell began teaching at the Amherst Ballet School, and choreographed extensively for their school performances. She graduated suma cum laude from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2004, where she earned a BFA in Dance and a BA in Psychology. Her honors thesis for the Commonwealth College dealt with the importance of dance physiology and injury prevention training for young dancers.After graduating from college Ms Rockwell danced with the Twin Cities Metropolitan Ballet as well as Minnesota Dance Theater and, was eventually invited to join the Saint Paul City Ballet Company as a principal artist in 2007. During her time with SPCB, she danced such roles as the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, and the title role in Raymonda, while also serving on the faculty of the Saint Paul City Ballet School. Ms. Rockwell has been on the faculty of the New Haven Ballet since moving to Connecticut in 2012.

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. She is certified in Primary through Level 3 of the ABT National Training Curriculum.

Alejandro Ulloa began his professional career in Managua, Nicaragua. Under the direction of Maestro William Herrera, Mr. Ulloa became principal dancer of Gran Ballet Quetzaltnahuatl, trained at the Escuela Nacional de Ballet, and then joined the Compañía Ballet de Nicaragua where he became a principal dancer. In 2010, he was invited to be part of the contemporary company Danza Contemporánea Universitaria UNAN-Managua. In 2012, Mr. Ulloa joined the Mystic Ballet located in Mystic Connecticut, where he danced principal roles choreographed by Sergei Vanaev, Brian Enos, Gabrielle Lamb and Lauren Edson, performed in venues such as: MGM Foxwoods Casino located in Connecticut, Jacob’s Pillow Festival in Lenox Massachusetts, APAP Festival in New York City, Bitef Theather and Terazije Theater in Belgrade, Serbia. In 2015, Mr. Ulloa and Maestro Herrera launched the first ballet and neoclassical ensemble in a Nicaraguan University and he became the Cultural Promoter for the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua, as well as Director for the “Taller de Líneas Clásicas”. In this year he also became co-producer, teacher and choreographer for Compañía Ballet de Nicaragua and Gran Ballet Quetzaltnahuatl, as well as ballet and contemporary professor at the Escuela Nacional de Ballet de Nicaragua. Mr. Ulloa was principal dancer for the 40th and 45th anniversary of Teatro Nacional Ruben Dario- Nicaragua, as well as guest artist for the 50th anniversary of Universidad de Campeche-Mexico, the 20th anniversary of Fundacion Ballet de El Salvador, Gainesville Ballet’s “Carmen” in 2016 (Virginia- USA), Danse Etoile’s “Le Bayadere” (Costa Rica). He has performed with Connecticut Ballet, New England Ballet and Island Moving Company, taught for the Connecticut Ballet Center, Connecticut Theater Dance, Nutmeg Performing Dance Center, ballet master for New England Ballet and the New England Dance Arts, guest choreographer for the Connecticut Lyrical Opera. Mr. Ulloa was part of the” Art and science unite as psychological treatment in adults and youth workshop” developed by the Yale Hispanic Mental Health Clinic and was award in 2016 “Artist of International Projection of the Year” by the Nicaraguan Artist Association. Mr. Ulloa joined NHB’s faculty in 2017. 


James Teti – Accompanist

Guest Faculty

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

Guest Musicians

David Bell – Accompanist

Lilia Khanina – Accompanist

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