Siobhan Di Prima Dunham, School Director, began training in ballet at the Hollenbeck School of Dance in Albany, NY. She went on to attend the School of American Ballet for five years leading her to a professional dance career. She danced with Pacific Northwest Ballet under the direction of Melissa Hayden (principal dancer NYCB), Nevada Dance Theatre, Dublin City Ballet (Ireland), and the Berkshire Ballet Company. Siobhan holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts, with a concentration in dance from the University of Utah, as well as having an extensive undergraduate education in Art History. Her teaching career began as the director of the ballet program at Emma Willard School for Girls in Troy, NY. Since then she has taught in programs both locally and abroad. For two years she was the Interim Artistic Director of the National Museum of Dance. In addition to instructing at SCB, she is the Director of Arts Education at SPAC, where she runs a Pre-Performance Talk series for New York City Ballet and the Philadelphia Orchestra during their summer residencies, and works in the outreach education division for dance and music.
Pamara Perry, Instructor, began studying ballet in Cleveland, Ohio at age eleven with Alex Martin of England’s Royal Ballet. When she was 14, during a regional conference master class taught by Robert Joffrey, George Balanchine spotted her and offered her a Ford Foundation Scholarship to attend his School of American Ballet in New York City. After a summer program, Pamara’s scholarship was extended for the school year. At this time she enrolled in Professional Children’s School for her academic training.
Pamara’s classical foundation and technique comes from working with world-renowned instructors including George Balanchine, Robert Joffrey, Alexandra Danilova, Andre Eglevsky, Stanley Williams, Felia Doubrovska, Diana Adams, and Suzanne Farrell. Mr. Balanchine and Maria Tallchief selected her to work with them for The New York City Ballet Educational Department. This provided valuable performance opportunities to dance numerous roles with soloists from major New York City ballet companies. It also led to a private audition with Robert Joffrey who offered her a contract to join The Joffrey Ballet. Pamara danced leading roles in several ballets, and had new roles created for her. She performed worldwide as a principal dancer with The Joffrey Ballet. Her guest appearances include The Eglevsky Ballet, The Los Angeles Ballet, and The Lexington Ballet.
She has had the opportunity to work with choreographers Jerome Robbins, Leonide Massine, Gerald Arpino, Lew Christensen, and Anna Sokolow. Some of the leading roles she danced were “Swan Lake”, “Coppelia”, “Fanfarita”, “Interplay”, “Pas de Dix”, “Pas de Quatre”, “Stars and Stripes”, “Nutcracker”, and “Sleeping Beauty. Retiring from the performing world, Pamara raised a family and established her career in teaching, choreography, and directing. In this area she has taught at Skidmore, Russell Sage, Siena, and Adirondack Community Colleges, Ballet Regent, The Capital Ballet and Saratoga City Ballet. She also taught at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City and at a summer Joffrey Midwest Workshop. She instructs figure skaters on and off the ice. Her choreography has been used in productions for The Lake George Opera Festival, The Glens Falls Community Theater, and The Empire State Institute for the Performing Arts. Pamara directed The Lexington Ballet Company prior to moving to upstate New York. As Artistic Director of the Adirondack Repertory Dance Theatre for 30 years, she choreographed programs using professional musicians and guest artists, and created a holiday tradition, “Night Before Christmas”.
Jessica Fowler, Instructor, studied with The American Dance Center in Saratoga Springs, NY under the direction and care of Madame Phyllis Latin. While in high school she performed as a member of the Phyllis Latin Dance Company, Inc. at many local venues. Jessica went on to receive a BA in Dance and a BA in Psychology from the University of Buffalo in 2006. While attending UB, Jessica performed in several school productions as well as guest performances with Buffalo City Ballet and Western New York’s Children’s Choir. In 2014 she also received her Master of Science in education (MSEd) in Childhood / Special Education from the College of Saint Rose. Jessica was on the teaching staff of The American Dance Center for over 10 years before the studio closed. Jessica began instructing at Saratoga City Ballet in February of 2016.
Miranda Danise, Instructor, has trained locally in Saratoga Springs with Madame Phyllis Latin, with whom she apprenticed before becoming a member of the staff at The American Dance Center. She has gone on to receive an Associate of the Arts Degree as well as Zumba Instructor Certification. She has attended several programs including the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet in Carlisle, PA and Joffrey Ballet in NYC. Miranda was accepted into an apprenticeship with the Oklahoma City Ballet before sustaining an injury causing her to forfeit a professional dance career and pursue teaching.
Beth Fecteau, Instructor, has been a performer, dance educator, and arts administrator in the Capital District since 1985 and now serves as the Artistic Director for Nacre. She trained with The New Jersey Ballet, The Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts and is a graduate of the Performing Arts School of Philadelphia. She attended Townson State University in Townson, MD as a scholarship student in dance and graduated cum laude from Russell Sage College in Troy, NY with a BA in Visual and Performing Arts with a dance concentration.
She served as Director of Arts and Programming for the National Museum of Dance and implemented the School of Arts which is now a sustaining force for the museum. During her tenure, she had the opportunity to perform the works of American Dance Choreographers Charles Weidman, Isadora Duncan, Pearl Primus, Anna Sokolow and Donald McKayle. She curated the installation of several exhibits and administered the inductions of dance legends Frankie Manning, Arthur and Kathryn Murray, Bob Fosse, The New Dance Group and Bill T. Jones into The Hall of Fame.
Beth has served as a board member for Dance Alliance and Partners in Dance. She is currently Secretary of the Executive Board for the Universal Preservation Hall in Saratoga Springs. She is also an adjunct professor at SUNY Adirondack College and a faculty member at Saratoga City Ballet.