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About Our Artistic Staff & Instructors

Karen Kroninger Knerr (Artistic Director)
…since 2007, holds a BFA in Dance from The Juilliard School where she trained in Graham, Taylor, and Limon techniques.  She was a principal dancer with the Albany Berkshire Ballet, where she performed lead roles in Cinderella and Coppélia, as well as performing Girl At Mirror for the opening of the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA. In addition, Karen was a member of the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company. She has worked with and performed works by Dennis Nahat, Laura Dean, Frances Patrelli and Bill T. Jones. Karen holds an Intermediate Certification in Labanotation and is an ABT Certified Teacher, having completed intensive training in the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum, a high-quality artistic training that is combined with the basics of dancer health and child development.  She has developed the outreach program, “Discover Dance”, for the Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley. Karen teaches students from beginner level to advanced level for BGLV and has choreographed various works including Youth programs for the Allentown Symphony. Email her directly karen.knerr@bglv.org

 

Carol Jolley Sarik (Instructor)
… received her early training at Princeton Ballet under founder Audrey Estey. A graduate of the Walnut Hill School of Performing Arts, she received her teacher training from the Royal Ballet School in London, England. Carol then owned and operated her own school in Jamesburg, New Jersey for seventeen years. While teaching, Ms. Sarik also danced professionally as a soloist with the Shore Ballet Company, performing such roles as Swanhilda in Coppélia and the lead role in Cinderella. She danced with the Carolyn Dorfman Company in its early years. She continues to attend teacher training as well as injury prevention seminars.

 

Meghan McCutheon (Instructor)

…began her dance training at Twin Rivers Dance Academy in 1997, under the direction of Kathryn Stout. She continued her passion for dance at Radford University, where she earned a BFA in Dance with a Ballet Concentration. While at Radford, Meghan studied the Vaganova Syllabus under the guidance of Inessa Plekhanova, along with modern dance techniques from Danah Bella, Margaret Devaney, Deborah McLaughlin, and Bob Boross. Meghan performed in several ballet selections, including Snow and Arabian in The Nutcracker, the Pas de Quatre in La Bayadere, Don Quixote, and Paquita. Meghan also established her love of choreography and her work showcased in student productions.

In the fall of 2012, Meghan returned to Easton. She continued teaching ballet under the guidelines of the Royal Academy of Dance Syllabus as an instructor for Twin Rivers Dance Academy Summer Dance Intensives.  Following, she became a permanent instructor, actively contributing to the story ballet choreography. Meghan’s choreography premiered at the Easton Riverside Arts Festival, Lehigh Valley Dance Exposure Showcase, Ten Tiny Dances and for Twin Rivers Dance Academy productions.

 

Adriane Orcutt-Fraser (Instructor)

Hailing from a family of teachers, Adriane Orcutt-Fraser is as passionate about
the Art of Teaching as she is about the Art of Dance. Having grown in a family where
education was a way of life, as well as being a homeschooling parent, Adriane knows
first hand about the need to balance strict with fun and structure with creativity. Caring
about her students’ health, well-being, and artistic development is essential to Adriane’s
teaching style and choreographic goals.

Adriane began her ballet training at Budzynski Studios/Dance Theater of PA. She
studied Ballet, Pointe, and Ukrainian Folk dance and was able to perform demi-soloist
and soloist roles alongside professional dancers. Adriane was accepted into the school
of Philadanco, where she received training in Graham and Horton modern technique
from Milton Myers and Pat Thomas, and continued her training in ballet and pointe.
Adriane was a scholarship student at BalletMet and Joffrey Ballet School Summer
Intensives where she studied with Melinda Baker and Francesca Corkle, among others.
As a high senior, Adriane was accepted on scholarship into the BFA dance program of
De Sales University. She studied and performed with university Seniors and received
college credit for her dance courses. Adriane was also invited to train and rehearse with
Danco II, Philadanco’s Second Company and she was involved in a youth performance
group that toured and performed in West Africa.

After high school, Adriane attended Fordham University. While studying for an
academic degree in Philosophy/History, and because a dual major in dance was not an
option at the university at that time, Adriane studied dance in the Alvin Ailey/Fordham
BFA program by audition as a non-major. She was privileged to receive training in
ballet, pointe, modern and jazz and perform works from world renowned teachers and
choreographers, including Celia Marino, Denise Vale, Ana Marie Forsythe and Carl
Paris.

Adriane has taught Ballet, Pointe, Modern, Jazz, Contemporay/Lyrical and Folk
Dance in New York, Long Island, and Pennsylvania. She enjoys teaching students of all
ages, from toddlers to adults, and is passionate about instilling the love of dance and
artistic expression to all dancers, whether recreational students or professionally bound.

 

Joshua Frumkin (Instructor)

Joshua Frumkin was inspired by Michael Jackson’s performances at the early age of five, which has since evolved into a lifelong calling in dance expression. He began his technical training at Arts Academy Charter Middle School in Bethlehem, PA where he performed in several Contemporary and Jazz performances. Joshua then continued his education attending Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts, also in Bethlehem, as a dance major performing in the annual events held by the school called “Dance Soup,” “Young Choreographers in Concert,” and “Dance Quilt.”

Outside of academic performances, Joshua has performed in the Nutcracker twice: once as the Candy Cane lead with the Pennsylvania Youth Ballet – Ballet Guild, which was performed at the Zoellner Arts Center in Bethlehem, PA, and again in the role of the Cavalier with the Vostrikov Academy of Ballet performed in Winchester, VA. He also participated in a fundraiser to benefit dancers who have battled or are currently battling cancer. This performance was orchestrated by Eden Weinstein, and called “Revive Dance Initiative.”

Currently, Joshua has finished his freshman year at Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Virginia, where he has already had the pleasure of participating in three senior performances as of January 2019. He has also performed in two faculty pieces in May 2019 at Shenandoah. Since then, Joshua recently has been teaching dance classes of Contemporary Jazz/Hip-Hop/Funk in local Lehigh Valley, PA, dance studios like Asylum Dance Project, Precision Dance Studios and Nardi Dance Studios. As of now, Joshua will be a committed staff member/dance teacher at Asylum Dance Project and the Pennsylvania Youth Ballet/Ballet Guild teaching Contemporary Jazz/Hip-Hop/Funk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guest teachers include:

  • Oleg Briansky Artistic Director and Founder of the Briansky Ballet Center, Ballet Guild Artistic Director Emeritus
  • Mireille Briane Co-Director and Co-Founder of the Briansky Ballet Center, Ballet Guild Director Emerita
  • Juan Carlos Penuela Ballet Master of Ballet Hispanico, official Ballet Master of the annual International Ballet Festival of Colombia
  • Amanda Cobb The Washington Ballet
  • Joseph Fritz Dance Director of The Metropolitan Opera Ballet
  • Donatella Accardi School of American Ballet
  • Marisa Cerveris New York City Ballet
  • Margo Clifford Ging DanceGing and Cedar Crest College
  • Valerie Ho Broadway Dance Center
  • Tahya Danse Orientale
  • Ginger Tidwell Assistant Choreographer on Broadway
  • Christopher Fleming Founder BalletFleming
  • Kristin Degnan-Boonin Director of Dance at Wilkes University
  • Peter Merz Director of the Frederick Quinney Lawson Ballet West Academy
  • Darren McIntyre
  • Tim Fox
  • Stephaen Hood