Ms. Powers is the founder and director of both Mass Ballet and Massachusetts Ballet Theatre. She began her dance training under the watchful eye of Richard Steinert and Christine Duhon, who are the Artistic Director and Ballet Mistress for Ballet Pensacola. After training at such schools as The Dance Lab, Joffrey Ballet School and Virginia School of the Arts, she joined them as a founding member of The Connecticut Contemporary Ballet Theatre (CCBT). She earned many performance and choreographic opportunities through this organization, such as Dracula, Peter and the Wolf and other nationally acclaimed original works throughout New England. In addition, Ms. Powers enjoyed several successful seasons on the artistic staff as both a teacher and rehearsal mistress for CCBT and Ballet Theatre Company prior to relocating to the Greater Boston Area. After relocating, Ms. Powers continued to be a sought after guest teacher, but was thrilled to join the faculty at The Ballet Space shortly after it opened its doors in 2005. After 5 successful years on staff and as co-director of The Ballet Space, Ms. Powers purchased the school from the owner/artistic director, Micheline Cacciatore, with the hope to continue The Ballet Space’s mission of “teaching the art and joy of dance.” She is thrilled to have the opportunity to continue to share her passion and experiences in this art form and to assist the dancer’s in reaching their goals both in and out of the school.
Maggie Crowley holds a BFA in dance and a BS in political communication from Emerson College. She is certified in Progressing Ballet Technique and in levels 1-3 of the ABT National Training Curriculum. She has attended continuing education classes with Deborah Vogel (Optimal Performance Dance), Bruce Marks and Roni Mahler. Her choreography has been featured at Dixon Place (NYC), the Dance Complex (Cambridge), First Thursdays in Jamaica Plain, the Boston Children’s Dance Festival, the and Dances in Black and White at the Schubert Theatre. Maggie has worked as a guest teacher in the Cambridge Public Schools, United South End Settlement House, Dance Across the City, and and many studios in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. She received her early training in Vaganova technique at Valley Ballet in Collinsville, Connecticut.
Mr. Sun received his primary ballet training as a scholarship student of Richard Thomas and Barbara Falis, at the New York School of Ballet. He has performed as a dancer with the Houston Grand Opera, with many regional groups in New England and New York, and as a television actor on CBS. He has taught extensively throughout the Northeast since 1989, including at the Boston Ballet School, working especially with its inner-city scholarship program. City Dance, as well as its school. He maintains work as a photographer, with national credits in dance, theater and fashion, including Dance Magazine, Dance Spirit Magazine, Vogue, Boston Ballet and Southern New Hampshire Dance Theatre.
Jeryl Palana-Pilapil is a Boston based dancer and choreographer. She is a full time dance instructor at multiple schools around New England, including Deborah Mason Performing Arts Center and The Cambridge School of Weston. She also teaches for DEAYDP through Rainbow Tribe Inc., as a dancer for Linx. Jeryl is also embracing her first season as co-artistic directly of Expressive Movement, along side Jeff Jean-Philippe. She loves sharing her love, passion and experiences in life through the art of dance, choreography and performances.
Paul has over 20 years of acting experience. You can see his work in Mass Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker. Before landing the role of Drosselmeyer in 2011 he was the artistic director, owner, and performer at the Improv Asylum, Boston’s premier improv and sketch comedy venue.