Our Team

Ballet East Summer 2018 Faculty

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Chelsea Segrete

Chelsea Segrete began her early dance training in West Palm Beach, Florida. She attended Jon Mullen’s Performing Arts Center, continued her training at BAK School of the Arts and later graduated from AW Dreyfoos Junior School of the Arts located in West Palm Beach.

Segrete went on to earn her Bachelors Degree in Business Administration with a duel major of Management and Marketing from Florida Atlantic University in 2009. Shortly after graduation, Segrete purchased Susan Lyle Studios from Miss Susan Lyle and currently owns and directs the school, now called Ballet East.

Segrete has been honored to choreograph works for students throughout the nation, direct full-length children’s ballets, and coach students for International Competitions such as Youth America Grand Prix and American Dance Competition.

In 2014, Segrete became the rehearsal director for the West Palm Beach children's roles in Miami City Ballet Presents George Balanchine's The Nutcracker TM.

Chelsea has been recognized nationally for many outstanding achievements. Recent achievements include 2014, 2015, 2016 ADC-IBC Outstanding Choreographer, 2016 UBC Outstanding Choreographer, 2015 YAGP Outstanding Choreographer, 2014 and 2015-work selection to perform at the Youth America Grand Prix Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow Gala.

Segrete is a member of The International Association for Dance Medicine and Science.                                        

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Andréa Mafra-Gregori

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Mrs. Gregori graduated from the Maria Olenewa State School and Rio Dance Center. In 1980, she was invited to the trainee program at the Joffrey Ballet where she expanded her dance education.

While still a dancer Mrs. Gregori decided to fulfill her passion for teaching, and received extensive training in the Russian Methodology (Vaganova System). Later on, she became proficient and certified in the Cuban (Escuela Nacional de Ballet) and English (Royal Academy of Dance) ballet methodologies. She is also an ABT® Certified Teacher—ABT® National Training Curriculum, Primary through Level 7 & Partnering. In addition, Mrs. Gregori pursued a certification in “Psicoballet” (dance therapy) with Dr. Georgina Fariñas Garcia—Havana, Cuba—at IPIA (Psychiatric Institute for Childhood and Adolescence) in São Paulo, Brazil.

For seven years, Mrs. Gregori owned and directed “Escola Paulista de Dança,” where she also choreographed, produced; costumed and scenic designed a total of eight ballet productions.

Throughout her thirty two years of experience as a professional ballet teacher, Mrs. Gregori has prepared numerous students for the Royal Academy of Dance and The Cuban Ballet School’s exams as well as for national and international ballet competitions —winning many prizes. She assisted in the production of a variety of full-length ballets, some of which include Giselle, The Nutcracker, Coppelia, and Sleeping Beauty, and staged several suites and children’s performances.


Madison Russo

Madison Russo began her training at Ballet East under the direction of Chelsea Nasby-Segrete, in West Palm Beach, Florida. While attending the Indianapolis International Ballet Competition in June of 2015, Miss Russo was approached by Ms. Shelly Power (former Director of Houston Ballet Academy), and given a short term visit to the Academy. During this visit, Miss Russo was offered a full merit scholarship to attend Houston Ballet Academy’s prestigious year round program.

While there, she has received an abundance of opportunities such as performing in Ben Stevenson’s ‘Snow’ and Grand Pas from the Nutcracker in the Academy’s Studio Series, as well as soloist roles in Stanton Welch’s Long and Winding Road, Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, Brigade, and John Neumeier’s Yondering. She also performed alongside the main company in Stevenson’s Sleeping Beauty and Nutcracker, as well as in Stanton Welch’s new The Nutcracker. In March of 2017, Miss Russo was awarded a contract with Houston Ballet II for the 2017/2018 season.  During the 2017/2018, season Miss Russo went on regional tours with Houston Ballet II performing the lead in Raymonda and Stanton Welch’s Dance in the Garden of Mirth. She also got the opportunity to perform on tour with Houston Ballet to Minneapolis as a swan in Stanton Welch’s production of Swan Lake, along with performing in many of Houston Ballet’s productions during the season including Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Mayerling, Stanton Welch’s The Nutcracker, George Balanchine’s Symphony in C, and Ben Stevenson’s Don Quixote. In February of 2018, Miss Russo was given an apprentice contract with Houston Ballet for the 2018/2019 season.

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Marcie Bowers-Russo

Marcie Bowers-Russo began her early training locally at the Palm Beach Ballet Centre under the direction of Joan Miller, and continued her study during the summers at Ballet West and Rosella Hightower’s School in Cannes, France. During her study, she was privileged to perform with the Key West Dance Theatre and the Jacksonville Ballet. Bowers-Russo was also featured in a dance education film with Russian ballerina Ilona Vera, and at the age of seventeen won a bronze medal at the International Ballet Competition of the Americas. In 1981, Bowers-Russo began her professional career with the Ballet Concerto of Miami, and continued on with Ballet Mississippi where she rose to the rank of principal dancer. Bowers-Russo has taught, choreographed, and coached locally for the past 20 years and is a certified member of Florida Dance Masters, Inc.


Doreen Cafarella

Doreen Cafarella has been a dance educator for twenty-five years. In 1986, Cafarella founded Northern Ballet Theatre Dance Center that has gained a reputation for excellence in dance training. Students of Cafarella have gone on to dance with companies such as Boston Ballet, Ballet West and Joffrey Ballet to name a few. Other students have found success as Rockettes and Garrett Hawe, had his Broadway debut in Marry Poppins and presently has the role of “Albert” in the new Broadway show Newies. Students have also participated in the prestigious Youth America Grand Prix competition, where several students were offered full scholarships to ABT and Cafarella received the Outstanding Teacher Award.

Cafarella has danced with notable companies such as Boston Ballet, New England Ballet, Boston Repertory Ballet, Atlantic Ballet and Ballet Arts Ensemble.


Oxana Kiyanenko

Oxana Kiyanenko was born in Saint Petersburg (Russia). She was educated at the Vaganova Academy in Saint Petersburg and employed at the Ballett der Wiener Staatsoper und Volksoper in 2006. 2017 she was appointed Demi-soloist of the Wiener Staatsballett.

Her repertory comprises Myrtha and Bathilde in Elena Tschernischova’s "Giselle". Queen, Big Swan and Spanish dance in Rudolf Nureyev’s "Swanlake“. Gräfin Sibylle in Nureyev’s "Raymonda". Trio Dryaden and solo Gypsy in Nureyev’s "Don Quixote“. Spanish dance and Arabian solo dance in Nureyev’s "Nutcracker“. Pas de Forbans and Walzer-Solo in Manuel Legris’ "Le Corsaire". Grand Pas and Dschampe-Tanz (Soloist) in Vladimir Malakhov’s "Die Bajadere". Demi-solo couple in George Balanchine’s "Thems and Variations" and "Symphony in C“, Jiří Kylián’s “Bella Figura”. Jerome Robbins’ “The Four Seasons” and much more.

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Christopher Hernandez

Christopher Hernandez was born and raised in Miami, Florida. After graduating with a BFA from the Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase, Christopher went on to join Ballet Hispanico, Sleep No More and the cast of Broadway’s ON YOUR FEET! While with Ballet Hispanico, Christopher danced at Lincoln Center’s great American Dance series which premiered internationally in theaters in 2016 and on television as a part of PBS’s Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration in 2017.

In addition, Christopher has danced alongside recording artistic such as Ricky Martin and Marc Anthony in televised performances and concerts. Most recently, Christopher toured internationally with Kidd Pivot, led by Director and Choreographer Crystal Pite.

Christopher has been given permission to teach rep works set on Kidd Pivot choreographed by Pite during the Ballet East Summer Intensive program

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Bree Nasby

Bree Nasby grew up in West Palm Beach, Florida. She attended A.W. Dreyfoos Jr. School of the Arts with a focus in dance. She holds a BFA in dance performance from SUNY Purchase College where she spent a semester abroad studying at London Contemporary Dance School. She was a part of San Francisco based company tinypistol in 2014-2015.

In NYC she danced with Molly Mingey Projects in addition to founding private parts, with friend and collaborator Quinn Dixon in 2015. Private parts performed in New York City at Westfest- all over Westbeth and as part of Chen Dance Center’s new steps series in 2017. Bree has attended dance intensives at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, New Dialect, B-12 in Berlin Germany, Hofesh Shechter, and Gaga New York. In 2017 Bree returned to her roots in West Palm Beach, FL. to teach and choreograph at Ballet East and A.W. Dreyfoos Jr. School of the Arts.



Alex Anderson

Alexander Anderson was born in West Palm Beach, Florida and started his dance training with Susan Lyle Studios (now called Ballet East). He also attended the Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts in the Class of 2010. Upon high school he went on to continue is training at The Juilliard School where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance in 2014. He is a 2013 recipient of the Princess Grace Foundation Scholarship Award as well as the Alexander Bay Moore Dance Award.

While attending Juilliard, he performed works by Nacho Duato, William Forsythe, Pina Bausch, Alexander Ekman, Jiri Kylian among many others. Upon graduation, he moved to The Netherlands and joined Netherlands Dans Theater 2 and is currently company artist with Netherlands Dans Theater 1. Through his time with NDT thus far, he has worked one on one with Paul Lightfoot, Sol Leon, Johan Inger, Hans Van Manen, Sharon Eyal, Medhi Walerski, Alexander Ekman, Jiri Pokorny, Marco Goecke, Brian Aries, Idan Shirabi, Edward Clugg, Ohad Naharin and Crystal Pite.


Gianna Theodore

Gianna Theodore is a former Ballet East student from Wellington, Florida. Currently attending Fordham University’s BFA program with the Alvin Ailey School, Gianna has worked with numerous artists that have helped her on her journey towards success. She has attended intensive programs such as Complexions, The Juilliard School, The Joffrey School, and the 2018 Springboard New York immersive. She has worked with choreographers such as Jennifer Archibald, Bradley Shelver, Shannon Gillen, Levi Marsman, Elisa Clark, and Robert Battle. Gianna will be assisting Bradley Shelver in his Choreography of “Where There are Tongues” on Ailey II this Summer. She is currently a third-year student with the Ailey school, and plans to tour with a Dance company upon graduating college.


Alyssa Thompson

Alyssa Thompson received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from New World School of the Arts/University of Florida. Upon graduation, she began her career with Repertory Dance Theatre of Utah where she performed works by prominent classical and contemporary choreographers such as Merce Cunningham, Jose Limon, Bill Evans, and Zvi Gotheiner. Alyssa returned to Florida to dance with Surfscape Contemporary Dance Theater and pursue a Master of Nonprofit Management from Florida Atlantic University. In addition to teaching dance, she performs locally with Ballet Florida and Agatha Wright Dance Co. 


Shelley Sweat

Shelley is a Senior Level Instructor at Pilates of Palm Beach in Boynton Beach. She is comprehensively certified through Power Pilates, an internationally recognized training program based in New York City. She has been teaching Pilates for 5 years, and is also certified in the Xtend Barre

Shelley studied dance at Brenau University, where she performed with the Gainesville Ballet Company. She holds a degree in Marketing from Florida State University, and previously worked in direct sales, marketing and public relations.