Master Class Info

It is the mission of the New Paltz Ballet Theatre to provide opportunities for local young dancers to learn form seasoned professionals of the dance world without having them travel outside the area.  Towards this goal we  sponsor Master Classes at the Theatre’s official school the New Paltz School of Ballet.   In the first half of 2014 we had three Master Classes, plus a Teaches’ workshop.  The guest teachers are well known in the dancing community, as well as rising stars.


Garielle Whittle  taught a master class and a teachers workshop on April 6, 2014.

Garrielle Whittle,  began her ballet training at the age of 11 in Miami.  In 1967 she attended the School of American Ballet (SAB) summer course and was invited by George Balanchine to join the New York City Ballet in 1969.  She was a ballerina until 1983, when she became the Children’s ballet Mistress of New York City Ballet until 2012.  She was faculty of the School of American Ballet from 1983 until 2012.

Garrielle taught an upper level class and then also taught a teachers workshop class for young aspiring teachers.

Daniel Ulbricht, principle dancer with the New York City Ballet.  He is founder and director of the company known as Stars of American Ballet,with a repertory designed to showcase the artistic excellence and versatility of American dancers. Its mission has grown to not only include excellence in performance and programming, but also to present

ballet to under served areas, making it IMG_1961both affordable and accessible. In addition Daniel Ulbricht wants to  offer dance education programs such as master classes, pre – performance lectures and community outreach projects to help develop and cultivate current and new generations of dance audiences.

Daniel taught two classes on May 25 21014, one for upper level dancers and one for the younger dancers.


Trev and KatieTrevor Naumann and Katie Critchlow - dancers of Utah’s Ballet West - taught our last master class of 2014 on June 1 , 2014.

Katie Critchlow was born in San Diego, California.  She trained at the San Elijo Dance Academy in San Diego, followed by Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle.  She also participated in summer intensives at American Ballet Theatre and Boston Ballet.  She joined Ballet West in 2006 and is presently a demi soloist.

Trevor Naumann is one of our own, starting his dancing career at the New Paltz School of Ballet.  After dancing at American School of Ballet, he joined Ballet West where he is presently a Corps Artist.