Our Instructors

Carolyn Zettel-Augustyn
Director, Head Instructor 

Carolyn Zettel-Augustyn has been teaching ballet for more than thirty years in Canada and USA.  In 1983, she founded and directed Academy of Dance in Waterloo, ON, Canada and opened a second location in Cambridge, ON, Canada. In 2006, she moved to USA and in 2011 she founded Classical School of Ballet LI.

Frank Augustyn Artistic Director, Head Instructor                                                                                                                                                                                        Frank Augustyn was trained at the prestigious National Ballet School of Canada.  In 1970 he was invited to join the National Ballet Company of Canada and in 1972 promoted to principal dancer.

Tamara Babic
Instructor

Tamara Babic has been dancing since she was 5. After graduating from the School of Classical Ballet in Zagreb, Croatia, she became a Corps de Ballet member of the Croatian National Theater in Zagreb, . . 

Lana Hankinson
Instructor

Born and raised in Marietta, Georgia, Lana Hankinson studied dance at the Metropolitan Ballet Theatre (Alpharetta, GA) in the Conservatory Program.

Maria Piedad
Instructor

Maria Piedad is a choreographer and a teacher graduated from the Cuban National Ballet School and from the NYU/American Ballet Theatre® M.A. in ballet pedagogy. She has developed her artistic career in Ecuador, Cuba and the U.S. Member of the International Dance Council CID-UNESCO since 2009, she also teaches character, historical, jazz and contemporary dance. Maria Piedad is an ABT® Affiliate Teacher who is certified to teach the ABT® National Training Curriculum from pre-primary through level 7 and partnering, having successfully presented students for examinations. . . .

Adelheid B. Strelick
Guest Instructor

NYU Steinhardt Dance Education M.A. alumna with a concentration in American Ballet Theatre Ballet Pedagogy. She graduated with the inaugural class of ABT/NYU Master of Arts . .

Ali Pourfarrokh
Guest Instructor

Ali Pourfarrokh, has danced professionally with several prominent companies, including the American Ballet Theatre, the Harkness Ballet, and the Joffrey Ballet. He received his early training as a scholarship student and the Metropolitan Opera Ballet School,