L'Ecole de Ballet
Offering quality dance education to
all ages and levels

Clarissa Eaton, Artistic Director

Clarissa’s classical training began with Wayne Stewarte formerly with the Royal Ballet. She participated in the Royal Academy of Dance program, and later continued her training at the Walnut Hill School of Performing Arts. She has studied also in London, Paris, and at the Joffrey School of Ballet.

A Company member of the Dance Prism for the past thirty years, Clarissa also serves as assistant to its directors. She is a rehearsal coach for the Dance Prism's annual productions of "The Nutcracker" and spring & fall performances. In addition to her teaching background in classical ballet, Clarissa was a preschool teacher for 17 years , and is qualified as an Early Childhood teacher. She holds a BA in both English and Psychology, as well as an MA in English, and is currently teaching English at UMass Boston. With teaching experience ranging from preschool through college age students, she is able to tailor classes to fit the needs and capabilities of all children.

 

Tiana Nygren , Assistant Director

 

Tiana has taught at L'Ecole de Ballet for 10 years, and now directs the jazz, tap and contemporary portion of our program.  She has a BA in psychology from Wheaton College, MA, and performed in the Dance Company there for 4 years, as well as choreographing company pieces.

At Wheaton, she worked with Kurt Adametz of Lehrer Dance and Andrea Taylor-Blenis formerly with Prometheus Dance. She has 25 years of experience in Ballet, as well as extensive training in Jazz, Contemporary and Hip hop. However, contemporary remains her passion. Tiana continues to study in New York with such teachers as Chio, Ashlee Dawson from SYTYCD, and other notable instructors. She maintains a close relationship with Ben Needham-Wood, soloist at Smuin Ballet, San Francisco. She has also participated in Alvin Ailey workshops. Tiana has also recently been promoted to company member with Dance Prism! Tiana currently works as a special education paraprofessional in the Lunenburg school system and is midway through her Master's Degree in Counseling.

Sarah Drinkwater

Sarah began dancing at L'Ecole at age 3. In addition to her training at L’Ecole, Sarah trained at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet summer intensive where she studied ballet and modern with many notable instructors including Vanessa Zahorian, Michelle Lucci, and Jamie Rae Walker. Sarah also trained with Sarah Wroth and Jamie Brege for a year at The Boston Ballet School, and took classes with Jack Hertzog, David Howard, Ashle Dawson, in NYC. Sarah is currently a company member of Dance Prism and continues to perform in their productions year round.

 

Mary Demaso

 

Mary's background includes the unusual combination of dance and academics: she has studied ballet with a wide variety of teachers in the New England and New York areas, and has studied literature at Simmons College and Brown University.  She is currently Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer for Dance Prism.

Zoe Tatarka

Zoe has been an energizing presence for the L’Ecole summer programs, acting as the motivating force for our conditioning program in addition to teaching many of the summer classes.  She is entering her 14th year at LDB, and her 3rd year as an apprentice with Dance Prism where she also is a rehearsal coach.  Zoe has rounded out her extensive dance training by spending several summers at the Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Ballet Pre- Professional Program in NYC.  There she trained with Gelsey Kirkland (New York City Ballet & American Ballet Theater), Vera Solovyeva (Vagonova Ballet Academy), Nikolay Levinsky (Kiev Ballet Academy) & Pilar Garcia (Broadway Movement Coach).  In addition Zoe consistently seeks out new teaching and learning opportunities with classes at Broadway Dance Center (Chio, Slam, Benny Ninja, Ashlé Dawson, Mark Albrecht) and multiple master classes including with our alum Ben Needham-Wood, a soloist with Smuin Ballet.  Zoe now brings her exciting background to the younger generation at LDB!

 

 

Paige Tully

 

Paige is thrilled to be teaching for her first year at L’Ecole de Ballet. Paige has been dancing for 13 years, and has been at L’Ecole for the past 10. She has received an extensive amount of training from other faculty members such as Clarissa Eaton, Tiana Nygren, Sarah Drinkwater, Brenda Lavin, and Mary Demaso. With this training, she has excelled beautifully in many styles of dance, including ballet, jazz, tap, and contemporary. Paige recently had the opportunity to take classes from Sasha Lunev, a graduate of Vaganova Academic School of Choreography, and Ben Needham-Wood, a soloist with Smuin Ballet. She has also been affiliated with Dance Prism for the past 3 years, dancing in their performances every season. 

 

Paige has had a love for children for many years, and has been a teacher in training with Clarissa, Tiana, and Sarah for 3 years. As a part of the teacher training program, Paige has learned an extensive amount on how to teach and work with children, and has undergone many hours of observation under both Tiana and Clarissa. She has taught kids of many ages and is so excited to take on this first year of teaching!

Student Teachers

Our student teachers are in the process of completing L'Ecole de Ballet's Teacher Training Course and rotate through our children's ballet, jazz, and tap classes during the year.

2018-2019 Student Teachers:

 Rebecca Gray & Lily Swansburg

Director: Clarissa Eaton                          lecoledeballet@gmail.com                     64 Willow Rd. Littleton, MA 01460