Instructor / Professional Dancer
Haley began her dance training in her home state of New Jersey under the teachings of Lori Koller. She continued her training attending summer intensives with The Rock School, Saratoga Summer Dance, and The Mercyhurst Dance Experience where she was blessed to work with Bruce Marks, Melinda Roy, Ashley Bouder, and Eva Szabo. Haley graduated from Mercyhurst University cum laude in 2012 with a BA in Dance and a minor in Arts Administration. A versatile artist, Haley has also performed as an actress at the Off-Broadstreet Theatre in Black Tie (Elsie) and The Fantasticks (The Mute).
Haley spent three years in Philadelphia teaching the members of Penn Ballet at the University of Pennsylvania, and early childhood development classes at the Philadelphia Dance Academy. She has performed with Beyond Dance Company, Reverie Dance Theatre, and Esstant Dance Company. Haley became the Programing Manager of the Koresh Dance Company after managing the inaugural Come Together Dance Festival in 2013.
Having moved to Vermont in 2016, she is now dancing in a new contemporary company, PH Dance & Ers, and teaching throughout Vermont. She is thrilled to now bring her expertise to the Ballet School of Vermont.
Instructor / Ballet, Pilates
Kaarin received her early training at the School of the Richmond Ballet. In 2008, she moved to New York to attend New York University and continue training at Steps on Broadway and Peridance Capezio Center. While in New York she began freelancing with a variety of companies and projects. In 2012 she moved to Florida to dance with Florida Dance Theatre, where she enjoyed performing principal roles in new contemporary ballet productions. Her career then took her to Russia to join The Omsk State Musical Theatre Ballet Company. There she had the opportunity to dance in many Russian classics including Swan Lake, Bakhchisarai Fountain, and Ruslan and Ludmilla and to perform divertissements in operas and theater productions. In 2015 she was excited to return to New York to resume freelancing work in the city and finish her degree at New York University. Kaarin has a B.A. from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study with a concentration in Ballet as a Reflection of Culture and the State.
Kaarin Shipitko came to Pilates through her career as a professional ballet dancer. After a serious injury, she started taking classes and fell in love with all Pilates had to offer. After dancing in the U.S. and Russia she decided that she wanted to be able to share the benefits she found in Pilates with others and began training to teach at Pilates Academy International in New York City. She is a Certified Pilates Instructor in the Mat and Reformer repertoire for all levels. Kaarin loves that Pilates can be adapted to different bodies and fitness levels making it an ideal fitness method no matter where you are in your life. She focuses her classes on getting a good workout while maintaining alignment and increasing the students’ awareness of their own bodies. Kaarin is passionate about teaching both Pilates and Ballet to adults and children and loves seeing all her students make connections between their mind and body.
Guest Teacher / Professional Dancer
Callye Andra Robinson retired from the stage in 2012 as a First Soloist with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal. While with the company, she danced lead roles in such productions as Romeo and Juliet by Jean Christophe Maillot, Sleeping Beauty by Mats Ek, The Nutcracker by Fernand Nault, Cinderella by Stijn Celis, and the Beast and the Beauty by Kader Belarbi. Her repertoire also includes lead roles in ballets by Jiri Kylian, Ohad Naharin, Nacho Duato, and Helgi Thomasson.
Ms. Robinson was a Soloist with Miami City Ballet under Edward Villella and danced lead roles in George Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco, Stars and Stripes, Tarantella, and Glinka Pas de Trois among others. While with the company she was nominated by Mr. Villella for the Princess Grace Awards. She was a founding member of American Ballet Theater Studio Company under Jeremy Blanton and Kevin McKenzie and was a trainee at Ballet Arizona.
Ms. Robinson started ballet at the age of 3 in Yuma, Arizona with Kathleen Sinclair and Jon Cristofori, directors of Ballet Yuma, a RDA honor company. She also studied with Kee Juan Han at the School of Ballet Arizona. As a student, she attended the Joffery Summer program in San Antonio, Texas and the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Vail, Colorado, where she was invited to attend the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, Russia.
Ms. Robinson is currently pursuing a degree in Business Management. She lives in Essex Junction, VT, has two daughters, and is married to former Les Grands Ballet Canadiens de Montreal Soloist, John Hall.
Guest Teacher / Professional Dancer / Choreographer
Currently Sarah is entering her tenth season as a company artist with Wonderbound. Off-season, Sarah has been a Principal Artist with Central City Opera performing in Carmen, Anna II in Seven Deadly Sins and Dream Laurey in Oklahoma!. Since joining Wonderbound, Sarah has danced leading roles in Garrett Ammon’s Smile, When the Power Goes Out, and tomorrow came, Intersection and An Occasional Dream. Sarah has also performed in original works by Alex Ketley, Amy Seiwert, Ma Cong, Jennifer Hart and Lauri Stallings.
An accomplished choreographer, Sarah has created several works for Wonderbound. Her works with Wonderbound have given her the opportunity to collaborate with visual artists Virginia Folkestad, and Laura Merage, as well as the musicians of the Baroque Chamber Orchestra. Sarah is currently collaborating with Dancer’s Confluence String Quartet for the 2013-14 season. Additionally Sarah has created original works for Colorado Conservatory of Dance, and Burklyn Ballet Theatre.
Sarah has been a faculty member of the Colorado Conservatory of Dance, Rocky Mountain School of Dance, and Burklyn Ballet Theatre’s Intermediate Program. Sarah serves as the Ballet Mistress for The Silhouettes.
Sarah lives in Denver with her loving husband. Her interests include yoga, the mountains, snowboarding, twinkling lights, and the color orange.