Faculty

ROBIN  SHERERTZ  MORGAN
Director

Ms. Morgan began her dancing career with the original San Diego Ballet under the guidance of Richard Carter and Nancy Johnson and later with Jillana, Sonia Arova & Thor Sutowski. She was awarded a full Ford Foundation scholarship to the School of American Ballet where she trained under such notables as Alexandra Danilova, Felia Doubrovska, Stanley Williams, Muriel Stuart and AntoninaTumkovsky. Later she danced  with the New York City Ballet under the direction of  George Balanchine, toured with the NewYork City Ballet Lecture Ensemble under the direction of Suki Schorer and performed in the Virgin Islands with HelgiTomasson and Kay Mazzo’s NYCB Troupe.

Returning to San Diego she developed her reputation first as a notable dancer and later as a teacher for many local studios. She served on faculty for the School of Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA) in Chula Vista, as an officer for the SD Dance Alliance, and Dancer/Rehearsal Assistant for San Francisco Ballet’s SD productions of The Nutcracker, Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty. Ms.Morgan has choreographed for various theatre groups as well as network TV including an NBC movie. She teaches masterclasses at other studios,summer programs, universities and was honored by the SD Area Dance Alliance for her leadership in the dance community.

In 1989 she opened the San Diego School of Ballet and in 1991 Ms. Morgan founded the new San Diego Ballet company.

 

BARBARA  SEIBERT CHATELAIN
Ballet

Barbara attended SAB studying with Danilova, Williams, Schorer, Tumkovsky and Doubrovska. At 18, Balanchine  asked her to join the New York City Ballet. She toured Paris, France and Copenhagen, Denmark; was in Peter Martin’s The Magic Flute and Jerome Robbin’s Opus 19/ The Dreamer. She filmed several PBS Dance in America Series including Ruth Page’s The Merry Widow, Robbin’s The Cage and Balanchine’s  L’Ënfant et Sortileges. Later she starred with Markus Wender of the Dutch National Ballet and became guest teacher with the Royal Conservatory of the Hague, Netherlands  She relocated to the states to perform in the LA production of ‘Nine’ and later taught with dance studios in WA. CA. and NY before moving to San Diego.

 

KAREN  FOSTER
Jazz, Tap & Ballet

Miss Karen owned and taught  at her studio, The Australia Dance Society.  Later  she  moved  to San  Diego while her daughter, Chelsy Meiss danced with the San Diego Ballet.  With her vast knowledge and experience of running a studio, she was hired to become General Manager of  both San Diego Ballet and San Diego School of  Ballet while continuing her passion of teaching tap, jazz and  ballet.

 

CATHERINE  KIEFER
Ballet

Cathy was a  member of the original San Diego Ballet both under the directors of Keith Martin and Dame Sonia Arova. Previously she had been a member of Ballet Concerto in Fort Worth Texas and received scholarships to SAB (New York City Ballet’s School) Harkness and San Francisco Ballet School.  She was a contract dancer for the SD Opera including a nationally televised  production of the “Merry Widow”  with Beverly  Sills and Cathy also served as Ballet Mistress for their touring production of Rigaletto.

 

CLAIRE  TABER  TORRES
Ballet & Pilates

Claire began her dance training with the School for Creative & Performing Arts in San Diego and her formal training at American Ballet School under Robin  Morgan & Lynda Yourth. Later she continued her studies on scholarship at the San Francisco Ballet School.  Claire joined Richmond Ballet  and  soon rose to principal dancer working with international choreographers where she met her husband to be and returned to San Diego to raise their family and guest perform with San Diego Ballet.  Claire teaches all levels including Pilates and has choreographed both for San Diego Ballet and SDSB’s Jr Company plus yearly performance pieces for Madcaps.

 

CODY  TOSCANO
Contemporary

Cody trained at Branham Dance Center, Ballet San Jose, Dance Theatre International in San Jose where she also taught and performed as well as worked with Lines Ballet in San Francisco and received her ballet Major at the Univ. of Utah. She has studied all styles of dance plus Pilates and competed nationally in gymnastics, level 9. Currently she has trained, choreographed and coached students for YAGP & Joffrey Elite, winning 4 National Titles in Classical & Contemporary.

 

IGOR  YURLOV
Ballet

Igor trained at the Moscow Academic Choreography School at the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia under the guidance of Prof. Pestov & Peter Antonovich from 1971-1979:  In 1981 he joined the Bolshoi Theatre and worked with the great masters of ballet: Galina Ulanova, Asaf Meserer, Maya Plisetskaya, Mikhail Lavrovsky, Yuri Vladimirov, Shamil Yagudin and Natalia Bessmertnova. He danced for 18 years in leading roles with the Bolshoi and their touring company in  more than 50 countries. Igor currently lives in San Diego teaching, coaching and giving masterclasses.

 

Kathleen Love Smith
Pre Ballet

 

Noriko Zaragoza
Ballet