"Never forget why you started"
Ms. Bitonti-Fisher is the founder and director of Peconic Ballet Theatre since its establishment in 2013 and Peconic Ballet Foundation in 2014. She has produced multiple ballets since 2009 and debuted contemporary works in NYC. She has won awards for her choreography, which include Best Choreography for her modern piece “Yin Yang Yo” at the Onstage American Dance Competition. She has also developed a community art project entitled “Art Barre'' to help preserve and develop the Arts on the East End. Ms. Bitonti-Fisher is certified in Autism Movement Therapy. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Speech Communication as well as a Master of Arts degree from New York University in Counseling as a Summa Cum Laude graduate.
Train like an athlete so you can perform like an artist.
Rochelle Martin studied at Joffery Ballet School and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. She received her BFA in Dance Studies from LIU and her MS Exercise Physiology from Hofstra University. She is currently an adjunct Dance professor at Suffolk Community College. Ms. Martin has performed at West Point Military Academy, Symphony space all over the East Coast. Choreographers have created new works on Ms. Martin.
"Move Past Your Comfort Zone"
Lorna Zawacki received her training at the School of American Ballet and the American Ballet Theater School. She has performed with many companies including NYC Opera, Philadelphia Lyric Opera, New Haven Ballet, Bridge Port Ballet, Wolf Trap Theater, Radio City Music Hall Ballet, The Liberace Show, and with her own company Zawacki Ballet. Ms. Zawacki recently participated in The Bolshoi Project directed by Jeff Calhoun at the Tisch School of the Arts. She currently teaches at Ballet academy East in Manhattan and coaches ballet dancers.
“I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself.” - Mikhail Baryshnikov
Connor Bermingham is a graduate of Pace University's Commercial Dance Program. Notable credits include: US National Tour of CATS, All Shook Up, Broadway Bares, Broadway Dance Lab, Jacob’s Pillow and partnering Misty Copeland in front of the National Symphony Orchestra. His choreography has been featured in the prestigious Young Choreographer’s Festival. Connor is represented by CESD Talent Agency and has years of experience teaching, judging and choreographing all over the East Coast.
"The body says what the words cannot." - Martha Grahm
Jenna Miller is a native of New Hampshire where she began her formal dance training at the age of seven. Jenna is a National Champion in Irish Dance, a title earned while competing with Smith-Houlihan Irish Dance Academy in Boston. She studied Ballet at the Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts in Torrington, CT. Graduating Summa Cum Laude from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Jenna earned her B.F.A. in Dance as a Modern major. Jenna has spent the past nine years teaching ballet, jazz and contemporary in the Hamptons and is pleased to join Peconic Ballet Theatre for the upcoming season.
Michael is a native of NYC who’s passions are performing and educating. Professionally his most recent credits include: The First National tour of Escape to Margaritaville, The Hot Shoe Shuffle and On The Town partnering Misty Copeland at the Wolf Trap Theater. Other notable credits include: Broadway Bares, The Book of Mormon commercial, Toco Bell the Musical, American Horror Story, Bob Fosse's: Sing Sing Sing, The Eddie Money Revival Tour a Major lazer Music Video and a Vogue feature. Michael is represented by MSA agency and is a proud alumni of Frank Sinatra School of the Arts. Michael holds a Bachelor of Fine Art from Pace University’s Commercial Dance Program where he studied Performance, Technique, Choreography and Pedagogy.
“Your potential is endless. Do what you were created to do.”
From Kobe, Japan, Takako was semi-finalist for YAGP 2001 & 2002. Takako Walsh moved to Canada in 2006, where she performed at the closing ceremony of The Vancouver Winter Olympics. She then moved to New York City, where she received her BFA from Long Island University Brooklyn in 2014. Takako has performed works by artists such as Ronald K. Brown, Twyla Tharp, Jennifer Muller, Doug Varone, and Earl Mosley. She also performed a solo by Anya Clarke that was taken to the American College Dance Association.
"Dance Doesn’t Need to tell a story..It’s only obligation is to allow you to experience your own story"
Ms.Johnnier found her calling at a young age for learning & further developing dance and musical theatre. Fenner began leading under fellowship in 2012 and continuously grows her craft for African, Contemporary, Hip Hop & Jazz. I believe that with drive, determination and dedication you can achieve everything you set your mind to. Ms. Johnnier is also a pre-school teacher.
“She believed she could, so she did”
Chloe trained at Peconic Ballet Theatre since the age of 5. She trained with the American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive, the Bolshoi Ballet Summer Intensive and The Complexions Ballet Winter Intensive. During her time at Peconic Ballet Theatre she performed lead roles of; Peter Pan in the Peter Pan Ballet, Clara, Snow Princess, Snow Queen, Dew Drop Fairy, Sugar Plum Pas de Deux in The Nutcracker and The Conductor in the Fantasia Ballet. She attends Suffolk County Community College, majoring in Photography and Media Arts.
Annalise trained at The Joffrey Ballet School before moving to Ireland where she was a founding member of the Irish Youth Russian Ballet and performed in several productions in Dublin as well as the Drogheda Arts Festival. She also spent several years teaching in Galway, Ireland before returning to New York where she has taught at various studios around NYC and New Jersey, including the School at Steps on Broadway.
Isabella started training at Peconic Ballet Theatre when she was six years old. Isabella has performed in multiple performances per year with pbt and achieved many lead roles. Along with training at Peconic Ballet Theatre, Isabella has also trained at summer intensives at Joffrey Ballet School in New York City. Isabella currently attends SUNY Suffolk and will be moving on to Stony Brook University this year to study business.