About NDT

Faculty and Staff

 

Kimberly Galberaith – NDT Co-Director

images/faculty/null.jpgis proud and excited to be one of the new Directors at Nunnbetter Dance Theatre. Kimberly fell in love with Ballet when she took her first class at 9 years old at Highland School of Dance in Lakeland, Fl. She knew immediately that dance was her passion and continued to study, eventually training and apprenticing with the Tampa Ballet, the Milwaukee Ballet and then at North Carolina School of the Arts where she studied with such greats at Duncan Noble, Robert Lindgren and Balanchine ballerina, Melissa Hayden.

After shifting her focus from ballet to theatre dance and moving to NYC, Kimberly was thrilled to be part of both the International and National tours of West Side Story. She was seen regionally in productions of A Chorus Line, Funny Girl, Fiddler on the Roof, Music Man, and other great musical theatre classics. After landing the role of Sister Leo, the “ballerina Nun” and putting her fouetté turns to good use in a production of Nunsense, Kimberly went on to perform that role in numerous companies across the country and in the Off-Broadway company in NYC.

Kimberly has choreographed many musical theatre productions across the country to include shows such as Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat, Dames At Sea, A Funny thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Forever Plaid, West Side Story, The Wizard of Oz, Bye Bye Birdie, 42nd Street and others. She was also a Director/Choreographer for The Broadway Kids, a professional group of child Broadway stars who are most remembered for their musical CD series. She has worked to bring the national Kids for Kids Project, a performance group dedicated to teaching about inclusion and tolerance through music and dance, to the tristate area and was proud to be the producer of this group’s first CD.

Kimberly has been the resident Director/Choreographer at Immaculate Heart Academy for 24 years now, and at Don Bosco Prep for the past 15 years. Together she has helped create over 40 different full stage productions, has helped thousands of high school students experience the joys of being on stage. She is proud to follow many of these students as they become professional dancers, actors, and singers, but also very proud to watch them become incredible adults and members of society.

Kimberly’s passion is working with young dancers and helping them find and embrace their creativity. She believes that a strong foundation in dance, and of course proper technique, helps to build not only beautiful dancers, but confident and responsible people.

Kimberly’s most important roles by fare, are those of wife to her partner of over 25 years, Jodi, and mother to Grace and Jack. She is thrilled to be taking on this new role at NDT, and happy to carry on the traditions and integrity of Nunnbetter Dance Theatre.

 


Portia Moldez – NDT Co-Director

images/faculty/null.jpgG. Leath Nunn began his career in Houston, Texas under the direction of the renowned Patsy Swayze. Soon after, he joined the Houston Ballet. He continued his career dancing with the Classical Ballet of Israel, The San Diego Ballet, the Eglevsky Ballet, and touring the world with the International Ballet of Caracas.

After ten years in Venezuela, Leath began teaching and directing. During his tenure as director of the San Angelo (Texas) Civic Ballet, he successfully developed the school and mounted several full-length productions.

Mr. Nunn joined the staff of the New Jersey Ballet in 1990. For the past several years, he was associated with the Artists in Residency program under the direction of Christine Todd Whitman.

Mr. Nunn has the singular distinction of being the youngest Eagle Scout in the History of the state of Texas.

In 1999, Mr. Nunn created the Nunnbetter Dance Theatre and brought a higher, more professional level of dance to the Bergen County area.

 

G. Leath Nunn – Founder

G. Leath Nunn began his career in Houston, Texas under the direction of the renowned Patsy Swayze. Soon after, he joined the Houston Ballet. He continued his career dancing with the Classical Ballet of Israel, The San Diego Ballet, the Eglevsky Ballet, and touring the world with the International Ballet of Caracas.

After ten years in Venezuela, Leath began teaching and directing. During his tenure as director of the San Angelo (Texas) Civic Ballet, he successfully developed the school and mounted several full-length productions.

Mr. Nunn joined the staff of the New Jersey Ballet in 1990. For the past several years, he was associated with the Artists in Residency program under the direction of Christine Todd Whitman.

Mr. Nunn has the singular distinction of being the youngest Eagle Scout in the History of the state of Texas.

In 1999, Mr. Nunn created the Nunnbetter Dance Theatre and brought a higher, more professional level of dance to the Bergen County area.

 

Ernie Prinz, Theater Dance and Artistic Director (NDT Company)

Ernie Prinz is a choreographer and dancer from Detroit, Michigan trained in musical theatre, ballet, jazz, and specializing in broadway jazz. He attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC on scholarship and graduated in 2006, continuing his BFA at the New School in Manhattan. He has performed regionally in numerous shows including 42nd Street, Me and My Girl, Jesus Christ Superstar, and GYPSY. Ernie had the pleasure to dance and perform in an original pas de deux, “Echo”, by Tony Award nominated choreographer Margo Sappington. He has worked with the Nunnbetter Dance Theatre for over 10 years, dancing in their annual production of The Nutcracker as the Snow Cavalier and Arabian Sultan, along with Prince Seigfried in Swan Lake, Spring Waters, Wolf in Peter in the Wolf and “Adiemus” by Thom Clower. He has also performed with Ballet for Young Audiences, and Direct Dance Ensemble.

Recently, Ernie was featured as Mother Ginger representing Universal Studios in the 90th MACY’s Thanksgiving Day Parade for NBC. His choreography has been featured across the nation, and recognized at Youth America Grand Prix succeeding to the New York Finals.

Ernie joined the faculty of Nunnbetter Dance Theatre in 2009, and recently became the Artistic Director under the guidance of his mentor Leath Nunn.

 

Wendy Otis, Company Regisseure, Ballet and Jazz

Wendy Otis is a lifetime resident of Teaneck, NJ. She began dancing at age 3. Her initial training was through the Royal Academy of Dance, and she continued her studies with the School of American Ballet, Dance, Inc., and New Jersey Ballet. A graduate from Douglass College, Rutgers University, Wendy graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry, as well as a Masters of Science in Elementary Education. Prior to becoming the Artistic Director of Dance, Inc., Wendy worked as an analytical chemist for the Hartz Mountain Corporation.

Wendy is an accomplished teacher and choreographer who enjoys working with students of all ages and levels. In 1990, she took over as Artistic Director of Dance Inc. (Teaneck), teaching Creative Movement, all levels of Ballet (child and adult), as well as all levels of Jazz. During this time Wendy created Dance, Inc. Repertory Company and one of her greatest joys was watching her students bloom into beautiful young artists.

Wendy has been working alongside Leath Nunn since NDT was founded in 1998, assisting with all NDT school and company productions, as well as working individually with students as a private coach. She has been on the faculty of Roosevelt Elementary School in River Edge, NJ for 11 years, following 8 years in the New York City Public School System. Wendy has been awarded Teacher of the Year at Roosevelt Elementary School and is praised for her teaching both in the dance studio and in the classroom.

Wendy is very excited to work under the new direction of Kim Galberaith and Portia Moldez, and is thrilled to be part of the continued excellence of dance training at Nunnbetter Dance Theatre.

 

Eleanor D’Antuono, Ballet

Prima Ballerina and Master Teacher Eleanor D’Antuono was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts and studied dance with Maria Papporello and E. Virginia Williams who later founded the Boston Ballet. In 1954 at the age of fourteen, she began her professional career with the Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo. Within two years, she was performing solo roles in the Company’s full repertoire and on a world tour. After leaving the Ballet Russes, in 1960, she danced a season with the Robert Joffrey Ballet.

Ms. D’Antuono joined American Ballet Theatre as a soloist in 1961. She was promoted to Principal Dancer in 1963. In 20 years as a Principal and Prima Ballerina with ABT she received accolades from public and press alike. “Eleanor D’Antuono has long been one of the glories of American Ballet Theatre. She has a style and beauty that are all her own… her technique is stunning,” said the New York Times. Her leading roles have included Coppelia, Etudes, Giselle, Raymonda, the Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Les Sylphides, Tales of Hoffman, La Fille Mal Gardee, Gaite Parisienne and many other classical ballets. Inspired by her fiery virtuosity and her unique lyricism, many leading choreographers created original roles for Ms. D’Antuono in ballets such as Alvin Ailey’s The River, Brahams Quartet, Elektra, Balladen de Lieber, Kinderzanen and Lorenzo Monreal’s Romeo and Juliet. Other ballets in Ms. D’Antuono’s repertoire include La Bayadere, Jardin Aux Lilas, Corsaire, Theme and Variations, Diane and Acteon, Don Quixote and was granted permission by Bolshoi Ballet’s Yuri Grigorovitch to perform his spectacular pas de deux from “Spartacus” which she danced at the metropolitan Opera House. A much sought- after partner, Ms. D’Antuono performed with the leading premier danseurs, including Rudolf Nureyev, Alexaner Godunov, Royes Fernandez, Paolo Bortoluzzi, Fernando Bujones, to name a few.

Ms. D’Antuono has been invited to perform all over the world. She appeared at the International Ballet Festival in Havana for several years at invitation of Alicia Alonso. She was the first American ballerina to appear as a guest artist with the legendary Kirov Ballet in Leningrad and the first American Ballerina to appear as a guest artist with Mainland Chinese Companies. As a performer, Ms. D’Antuono’s fiery virtuosity has been applauded by audiences on virtually every continent of the world, and her unique lyricism and bravura technique have made her one of this century’s great ballerinas.

Since her retirement from active performing in 1986, Ms. D’Antuono has been Artistic Director to Festival Dance Theatre and Artistic Advisor in residence, teaching and coaching to The New Jersey Ballet, also Resident Coach and Artistic Advisor for the Nutmeg Ballet. She is highly in demand to teach and coach professional and regional ballet companies nationwide including American Ballet Theatre, the Joffrey Ballet School, and has staged many classical ballets. Her affiliations include serving as the Artistic Director of the New York International Ballet Competition since 1994, serving on the board for the Harkness Ballet Foundation and as a dance panelist to the New York State Council on the Arts.

Recipient of many dance awards including First Gubernatorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Dance, New York State, 1979, Arts Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Art of Ballet, Columbia University, 1979, Rebekah Harkness Dance Award, 1980, the UNICEF Femme Mystique-Legendary Women Recognition Award for being the first American Ballerina to be invited to dance with the Kirov Ballet and to be invited to dance with Mainland Chinese companies,1997.

 

Holly Elise Jarboe, Ballet, Jazz and Tap

Holly Jarboe has been dancing since she could walk! She grew up in a small river town, working as a performer in dinner theaters until she went to Stephens College in Columbia, MO, where she received her BFA in Dance. Since then she’s been living in the New York area working with regional dance companies such as the modern company “The Movement Collective”, hip hop crew “Taste”, jazz/funk group “CaRu Entertainment”, burlesque/jazz group “Viva Glamour”, flapper group “The Cat’s Meow” and currently a member of the modern group “MarDel”! She also was a dance member of “The Unofficials of the New York Giants” dance team and Super Bowl Championship winning season of 2011-2012! She has appeared on many television broadcasts such as Good Day New York, CBS2 and Fox 5 and was featured in a 2010 film short “Henry”. Between gigs she teaches many forms of dance and performance arts, such as Musical Theater, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Modern, Hip Hop, Technique, and Drill Team for Sukha Arts Center, Nunnbetter Dance Theatre and Opus Dance Theatre Inc. Holly also gives annual master classes and workshops through the tri-state area (NYC, NJ and PA).

 

Lili Griffiths Jenkins, Ballet

Lili began studying in Caracas, Venezuela and received her greatest guidance under Nina Novak in the Vaganova Method. At age 11, she was accepted into the Royal Ballet School in London, England. Four years later, she graduated to the Royal Ballet Upper School, where she studied for 3 more years while also performing as an apprentice with the Royal Ballet at Covent Garden. She was offered a contract with the Saddler’s Wells Royal Ballet, dancing in the corps de ballet and was soon thereafter promoted to coryphée and then soloist.

Lili began studying in Caracas, Venezuela and received her greatest guidance under Nina Novak in the Vaganova Method. At age 11, she was accepted into the Royal Ballet School in London, England. Four years later, she graduated to the Royal Ballet Upper School, where she studied for 3 more years while also performing as an apprentice with the Royal Ballet at Covent Garden. She was offered a contract with the Saddler’s Wells Royal Ballet, dancing in the corps de ballet and was soon thereafter promoted to coryphée and then soloist.

Lili was fortunate to work with, and create roles for, some of the most prominent choreographers of the 20th century including Dame Ninette de Valois, Sir Peter Wright, Sir Frederick Ashton, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Rudolph Nureyev and David Bintley, to name but a few. While with the Saddler’s Wells Royal Ballet she participated in the company’s many international tours, dancing in all the major classics as well as contemporary works.

Upon arriving in the United States, she performed a variety of principle guest work with other companies, including the title role in Cinderella with Ballet Arizona.
 Since retiring from performing, Lili has taught at many studios throughout California, Arizona, New York and New Jersey, at elementary, intermediate and advanced levels. Throughout her teaching years, Lili has given private lessons and coached students for upcoming roles and auditions. She has also choreographed, rehearsed and mounted productions for bi-annual performances, as well as creating small group pieces for competitions, which won top awards.

 

Robin Mahboeb, Ballet

Robin Mahboeb was pleased to join the faculty of Nunnbetter in 2005 as well as joining other members of the teaching staff and school in Verissimo Opera's production of L'Elxir D'amore by Donizetti.

Robin has trained with Larry Boyette in Denver, Colorado, Frank Bays and Pat Hon at the Cornish Institute of Arts in Seattle, Washington, and Maggie Black in New York City. She has performed with Ballet Arts in Company, Cornish Dance Theatre, Palisades Performing Arts Center, Debra Weiss Dance Company, and The Mantis Project.

Robin has taught at the Community Playgroup in Piermont, New York, and the Palisades Performing Arts Center. In addition to teaching ballet at Nunnbetter she has also choreographed several pieces for the student company.

Robin lives in Rockland County, New York with her husband and four children.

 

Kerri Mather, Modern

Kerri Mather has danced professionally for over fifteen years. As a long-time member of the modern repertory company, Rondo American Dance Theatre, she toured the United States and abroad. While with the company, she performed classic modern dance works by famous choreographers such as Jose Limon, Moses Pendelton, and Charles Weidman, as well as personally working with Anna Sokolow, Murry Lewis, Pauline Koner, Paul Sanasardo, Doug Verone and others.

Kerri was also a founding member of New York City’s Rosanna Gamson/ Worldwide, a multi-media dance company now based in Los Angeles. Even though she no longer performs with Gamson, she had the extreme pleasure of traveling to Mexico City to help create "Aura", a dance piece with Gamson, that received its United States premier in Los Angeles at the Redcat Theatre. She’s also performed leading dance roles with Verissmo Opera Company at Bergen PAC in Englewood, NJ.

In 2009, she had the incredible opportunity to teach a master class for Nina Novak (of Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo) in Caracus, Venezuela, as well as for Martha Gomez on the beautiful island of Margarita.

In 2012, she was chosen to create a children’s movement program for the research project, Optimal Defaults in the Prevention of Childhood Obesity, under Dr. Katharine Loeb in the Clinical Psychology Dept. at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Kerri holds a BFA in dance from the University of Illinois / Champaign-Urbana. She takes great pleasure in teaching modern dance at Nunnbetter Dance Theatre in Bergenfield and creative movement classes in Teaneck.

 

Alison Owusu, Contemporary, Hip-Hop and Tap

Alison A. Owusu is an international choreographer/instructor. She was member of the Queenz NYC Hip Hop Dance Group. Alison is the creator of The Alison Owusu Experience Dance Company, Est. 2016. In addition to Alison’s many achievements she is currently a Helen Hayes “The Metros” and Paper Mill Play House nominee for her choreographic work in the Northern Valley Old Tappan High School’s musical Tarzan.

Alison is native New Yorker. She began her dance training in New York studying classical ballet, tap and jazz. She later moved to Teaneck New Jersey and continued dancing in New Jersey.

She then moved on to train at the world-renowned Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway, in NYC. She extended her training in ballet, hip-hop, modern, contemporary jazz, world dance, tap and jazz. Her experience has allowed the opportunity to train amongst esteemed teachers/ choreographers in the business such as Debbie Allen, Gus Salmon, Sidra Bell, Karen Gayle, Jay T. Jenkins, Nancy Lushington, Kim Whittam along with many others. She has extensive training in Horton, Graham and Limon techniques. Alison has a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education and health; with a minor in dance from Montclair State University.

Alison has been working with young dancers all over the Northern New Jersey area for over 14 years now with a passion in choreography and modern/contemporary dance. In the fall of 2010 she formed the youth contemporary dance performance company Passion Flux. Her choreography had graced the stages of Alvin Ailey Black Box Theatre, Merce Cunningham Black Box Theatre and in Margarita at the National Performance Theatre in Venezuela.

 

Yael Levitin Saban, Ballet

Yael trained in her native Israel, where she danced with the Haifa Ballet for three years. In 1991, she joined Bat-Dor Dance Company as a principal dancer. In 1992, Saban represented Israel at the Paris Opera Dance Soloist Competition, receiving a silver medal for her performance.

In the U.S. she worked with Complexions, Connecticut Ballet and Ballet Hispanico of New York, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and the Lyric Opera.

Yael choreographed for Opera productions in the US (Strauss’s Salome) at the Kennedy Center, the Saito Kinen festival in Matsumoto Japan, and the Dallas Opera.

She is currently a ballet mistress with Ballet Hispanico of New York.

Yael holds a BA in Dance from Columbia College.