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Founder and Artistic Director
Andrea Kramer has choreographed and taught dance for over 25 years. Since founding Ballet Forte at Wings Conservatory in 2003, her coaching and mentorship has propelled students on to Julliard, Ailey/Fordham, National Ballet of Canada, San Francisco Ballet School, American Ballet Theater, and the finals at Youth America Grand Prix at Lincoln Center and Prix De Lausanne.
Andrea's dance training began under the direction of Alfredo Corvino with the New Jersey Dance Theatre Guild, and continued through high school with Andra and Ernesta Corvino, E. Laura Hausmann, and Susan Chowning. Andrea also trained with Princeton Ballet under Dermot Burke and New Jersey Ballet under Eleanor D'Antuono and Edward Villella. She received three Gold Cup Scholarships from NJDTG, a RAD scholarship, and at age 16 won the East Coast Talent Olympics young choreographer's award.
As a dance major at Mason Gross at Rutgers University and later Montclair State University, Andrea was selected by Laura Glenn to perform Jose Limon's "A Choreographic Offering" and was granted a summer scholarship by Alvin Ailey. She performed with Princeton Ballet II and Inner City Dance Ensemble, was demi soloist with The Long Island Ballet, and was featured in works by Doris Humphrey, and Antony Tudor.
Andrea performed with Shapiro and Smith, Melanie Stewart Dance Theatre, and Wendy Perron at Jacob's Pillow; danced for Prismatic Productions at Lincoln Center; and was a founding member of Moe-tion Dance Theater. Andrea's distinctive choreography has been featured at the 14th Street Y's Choreographers' Series, Jennifer Muller's HATCH, Sweat Modern Dance Festival, Paul Taylor Youth Ensemble, Youth America Grand Prix, and L'Academie Americaine de Danse de Paris.
A sought-after guest instructor and choreographer, Andrea has worked with programs such as Montclair State University for Freespace Dance, Smith College, L'Academie Americaine de Danse de Paris, Hasland Dance Theatre (UK), and Patel Conservatory. Andrea has also won the prestigious 2014 Dance Teacher of the Year Award, presented by Dance Teacher Magazine. Most recently, Andrea was a guest faculty member at IAB (Institute of the Arts Barcelona) and Barcelona Dance Center's summer intensives in 2016.
Deb has been the Dance Conditioning instructor at Ballet Forte since 2011. In addition to holding a Bachelor of Science degree from Syracuse University, Deb is certified as a Personal Trainer (CPT) by the American College of Sports Medicine and is a licensed instructor of the GYROTONIC Expansion System.
Originally offered as a Flexibility class, the Dance Conditioning Program has expanded to focus on various interrelated elements of conditioning. The aim is to provide immediate benefits to every dancer through enhanced strength and flexibility, proper body alignment, improved balance and cardiovascular fitness. This focus supports the dancer as both an artist and technician, as well as builds a solid foundation for injury prevention.
In addition to her work at Ballet Forte, Deb is the owner of Pure Motion Fitness, providing personal training and private GYROTONIC instruction, as well as Power Barre classes.
Candace has an extensive background in all forms of dance. She trained with Appalachian Ballet Company, Atlanta Ballet and received her Bachelor's in Dance Education from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Upon moving to NYC to pursue dance professionally, she attended a workshop with the famed Margot Fonteyn at the Joffery Ballet School where she was given a scholarship. This led to many company experiences with Windemere Ballet Theatre, Balinese American Fusion Dance Theatre and American Ballet Theatre.
At the Joffery School, Candace began working as an assistant teacher and a rehearsal assistant for the children's productions and Joffery's Nutcracker, choreographed by Gerald Arpino. At the School Director's request, she began teaching her own classes. She brings many years of experience working with young dancers. Candace combines creative movement skills with a strong emphasis on ballet technique. Through movement, students also learn some basic music theory, games and the musicality needed to perform at an accomplished level.
Candace has lived and worked in NJ as an instructor of ballet, tap, jazz and a choreographer for the past 20 years. In 2012, she was named director of the Young Dancers Program at Ballet Forte.
Erin is currently pursuing her BFA in dance from Montclair State University. She has been dancing and performing for 15 years. Her training spans through all techniques including a serious focus on tap, modern, and ballet.
She was a member of the New Jersey Tap Ensemble for 3 years where she developed a strong tap repertoire and gained several professional performance experiences. Erin has trained with numerous fantastic choreographers such as Jason Luks, Talia Favia, Lynne Grossman, Dee Caspary, and Savion Glover. She has been on staff at The Dance Academy of North Jersey for the past 2 years. Most recently, she was commissioned by Ruth Clark of The Morris County School of Technology to set a piece of her choreography for their 2015 May Dance Concert.
Ana was born in Belo Horizonte/Brazil and began her dance education at age 8. In 2002, she graduated as a professional dancer and joined the Sesiminas Dance Company. Ms. Luizi toured throughout Brazil and Latin America, performing in renowned venues such as Castro Alves Theater, National Theater, Palacio das Artes and Colon Theater. Ana performed lead roles in The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, La Fille Mal Gardee, Coppelia, Don Quixote and Raymonda.
In 2006, she was invited to dance at the Europe Ballet Conservatory of St. Polten, Austria, performing lead roles in various Conservatory Ballet Repertoires and enjoyed a very successful tour through China. Ms. Luizi came to the US in 2007 to guest for the International Ballet Theater, PA in their Nutcracker production. She joined New Jersey Ballet Company and in 2008, she toured Russia with them. Ana is also a principal guest artist with the Staten Island Ballet, NY.
Junio started his ballet training in Divinopolis/Brazil. He was inspired by his older brother, who was also one of his first dance teachers. Along with ballet, he trained in ballroom dancing and worked as an entertainer doing many styles of dance including Salsa and Samba.
In 1998, Mr. Teixeira started his professional ballet career with the Sesiminas Dance Company. Junio won first prize in many national and international Competitions, such as: Joinville International Dance Festival, Brasilia International Dance Seminar and New York International Ballet Competition. In 2005, Junio was hired by Columbia Classical Ballet, SC, where he performed principal roles in Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, and The Nutcracker. In 2007, he was invited to join the New Jersey Ballet and in 2008, toured Russia where he received tremendous critical success.
Junio Teixeira dances as a guest artist in New Orleans, Colorado, Philadelphia, New York, North Carolina, Michigan and Delaware. Junio is also a principal guest artist with the Staten Island Ballet, NY.
Amy started her ballet and jazz training in New Mexico with Albuquerque Children Theater and New Mexico Ballet. When living in New Jersey, she trained at the Garden State Ballet, progressing to a teaching position.
Moving to NYC to further her profession with the Joffrey Ballet, lead to a scholarship under Meredith Baylis. Amy was also a summer scholarship recipient at Chautauqua NY, plus studying at other NY prominent studios.
Higher education: Laban Institute of Movement & Dance at University of London, England Royal Academy of Dance, RAD syllabus, teacher training. Amy has also taught in Spain, England, New York and New Jersey.
Madelyn Eltringham graduated summa cum laude in May 2015, with a BFA degree in Dance Performance from the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College. In her Fall 2013 semester, she was chosen to take part in the Conservatory's international exchange program, giving her the opportunity to study abroad at London Contemporary Dance School. As a member of the Purchase Dance Company, she has performed works by Sarah Mettin, Adam Barruch, Gabrielle Lamb, Rosalind Newman, Ori Flomin, George Balanchine restaged by Bettijane Sills, and Nicolo Fonte. Ms. Eltringham, a New Jersey native, attended The Academy for Visual and Performing Arts High School (Dance Major-Theater Minor) in Denville. During that time she trained with the New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble, under the direction of Nancy Turano, as well as being privately coached by Yuliya Akopyan of the Bolshoi Ballet. Since graduating, Madelyn has gone on to perform as a freelance artist with choreographers throughout New York and New Jersey in venues including Baruch Performing Arts Center, Socrates Sculpture Park, Triskelion Arts, NJPAC, Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts, SOPAC and festivals such as the INKUBATE performance series and Dance on the Lawn. She is the rehearsal director of the Jersey City-based modern dance company, Connolly & Co.
Maya took her first dance class in 2007. She came to Ballet Forte in 2010 and has since received all her training through the school, with the exceptions of a few summer intensives. She attended Next Generation Ballet Summer Intensive, Tampa, FL (2015), Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet Summer Intensive, Carlisle, PA (2016), Fabrice Herrault Ballet Summer Intensive, New York City, NY (2017), and was planning on going to Joffrey Ballet Chicago Summer Intensive, Chicago, IL (2018), but was unable to attend due to a knee injury. Maya has gone to various competitions including Artists Simply Human (ASH), New York City Dance Alliance (NYCDA), and Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP). At YAGP she recently placed top 12 in the Senior Men and Women’s Contemporary Dance Category. Maya is planning to dance throughout college and pursue a professional career upon high school graduation in 2020.
Paige joined Ballet Forte’s pre-professional contemporary program in 2012 . In her early dance years she competed at NYCDA regional competitions and was awarded their Outstanding Dancer Award as both a mini and junior age dancer. She has performed works by Ashley Linsey, Sidra Bell, Andrea Kramer, Randy James, Mark Travis Rivera, and solos by Jon Bond of Netherlands Dance Company and Tyner Dimortier of 10 Hairy Legs. In addition Paige has been a featured dance ensemble performer in West Morris Centrals’ musicals, Jesus Christ Super Star, 13 The Musical and The Pirate Queen. Most recently she was named choreographer for WMC upcoming play “Mermaid” and will be a featured actress as a fiery mermaid with performances November 1st, 2nd and 3rd.