Our Instructors

Carolyn Zettel-Augustyn
Ms. Zettel-Augustyn has been teaching ballet for more than thirty years. She first began her ballet training in Canada  and received a scholarship by her teacher to attend The Washington School of Ballet. In the late 70’s she apprenticed as a teacher and in 1983, she founded her first school in Canada where she was the school director for nearly 25 years.  

In 2006, she moved to NY and worked for ballet schools on Long Island and in 2011, she founded Classical School of Ballet LI. She was the first ballet teacher on Long Island to enter students in the ABT® National Training Curriculum ballet exams.  

Ms. Zettel-Augustyn is an ABT® Affiliate Teacher Pre-Primary through Level 7 and Partnering of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. She is an ABT Affiliate Examiner and has been awarded an ABT Fellowship. Carolyn Zettel-Augustyn holds teacher certification with Canadian Dance Teachers’ Association (CDTA), and has been awarded Life-Time Member status. During her tenure with CDTA she was appointed Chair of the Ontario Branch Ballet Division that consisted of 400 ballet schools and was an invited member of the Examiner Syllabus Committee which was responsible for the development of the syllabi. In addition, she is a Certified Yoga ®Teacher and Music Together Teacher. 

Ms. Zettel-Augustyn’s teacher training includes numerous seminars, workshops and conferences including; Canada’s National Ballet Teacher Training summer program, David Howard’s teacher program and ABT ®National Training Curriculum teacher training programs and workshops. She has guest taught at conventions for both teachers and students.  

Several of her former students are dancing professionally across the globe, others have become choreographers, dance teachers and dance physiotherapists. Her students successes are a testament to her commitment to teaching.


Frank Augustyn
Mr. Augustyn trained at the prestigious National Ballet School of Canada and was invited to join the National Ballet Company of Canada in 1970 where he became Canada’s most renowned male ballet dancer of the 20
th century. In 1973, he and Karen Kain won a special award for the best pas de deux at the International Ballet Competition in Moscow.

Throughout his illustrious career Mr. Augustyn danced all the major classical roles as well as a number of significant contemporary roles and has danced on nearly every major stage around the globe.

He has worked with the most highly celebrated choreographers including Rudolf Nureyev, Erik Bruhn, Maurice Béjart and Glen Tetley and has partnered renowned ballerinas including; Carla Fracci, Karen Kain, Marianna Tcherkassky, Evelyn Hart, Gelsey Kirkland, Galina Panova, Eva Evdokimova, Cynthia Gregory, Marie Christine Mouis, Veronica Tennant and others including the famed Rudolph Nureyev in Songs of a Wayfarer.  

Augustyn has guest performed with Boston Ballet, Berlin Ballet, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Shanghai Ballet, Beijing Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, Kirov Ballet, Talin Ballet.

Mr. Augustyn has been decorated with three honorary degrees and in 1979 was bestowed the most distinguished title of Canada, Officer, Order of Canada (O.C.). He co-produced and hosted the television series, "Footnotes, The Classics of Ballet", first aired on Bravo Television and authored the accompanying book, "Footnotes, The World's Best Loved Ballets".

Mr. Augustyn has guest taught Boston Ballet, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, American Ballet Theatre, Alberta Ballet, Shanghai Ballet, Beijing Ballet and others.

He is trained in the Cecchetti method and is an ABT® National Training Curriculum Certified Teacher Pre-Primary through Level 7 and Partnering.

Frank Augustyn is an Associate Professor at Adelphi University, Garden City, NY where he served as Chair for 19 years.


Tamara Babic
After graduating at the School of Classical Ballet in Zagreb, Croatia, Tamara Babic became a Corps de Ballet member of the Croatian National Theater in Zagreb. 

She has been teaching dance for more than 15 years and has never regretted exchanging the stage for the classroom, and believes she has found her true calling in teaching. 

Ms. Babic is an experienced professional teacher in Ballet, Character Dance, Historical Dance, and related disciplines to young and pre-professional dancers. She holds a Masters in Education degree from the University of Zagreb and is a qualified Ballet and Piano teacher, becoming a certified NYC Ballet Workout Instructor in 2010. 

She is also an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Pre-Primary through Level 5 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum and was awarded Affiliate status for her successes at entering students in examinations. Tamara teaches Ballet and Piano classes in NYC and in the New York Metropolitan Area and is a Festival Relations Manager of the summer Salsa Beach Splash Festival in Croatia.

In addition to teaching at private schools Ms. Babic is an Adjunct Professor at  Adelphi University, Garden City, NY.



Jillian Greis
Ms. Greis was drawn to teaching early on, while still a ballet student herself, and has now been teaching ballet for over a decade. Jillian Greis trained at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, under the tutelage of Marcia Dale Weary - whose influence continues to drive her passion for teaching and her dedication to bringing ballet to the lives of children. 


In 2013, Ms. Greis, co-founded and the Western Pennsylvania Youth Ballet in Oakmont, Pennsylvania and has since settled in New York where she is on faculty at the Classical School of Ballet LI and Brooklyn Ballet School.  


Ms. Greis is an ABT® Certified Teacher who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary to Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. She is certified in Progressing Ballet Technique - a curriculum designed for ballet students that uses cross-training exercises to promote safe practice, correct alignment, and muscle memory. She is also pursuing a degree in Psychology at Harvard University in order to gain a better understanding of the learning process, specifically as it relates to children, creativity, and arts education.



Ian Thatcher
Ian Thatcher’s dance education began with The Washington School of Ballet.  He is a graduate of Canada’s National Ballet School (NBS), where he trained in Cecchetti and
Vanganova methods. Mr. Thatcher has completed Cecchetti exams from Elementary to Advanced levels. While at Canada’s NBS he studied Bournonville, Men’s Variations, Partnering, Character, Modern Dance and Flamenco.He is a Certified Teacher with ABT’s® National Training Curriculum (NTC), Pre-Primary through Level 3.

He is also attending SUNY Empire State College, and expects to graduate in the fall of 2019 double majoring in Dance and Dance Arts Administration.

Mr. Thatcher has been teaching for the last ten years with two schools in New York, as well as a regular summer intensive teacher at Peoria Ballet. He has guest taught with LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing, Adelphi University and is a regular teacher with Rioult Dance NY.

After graduating from the National Ballet School of Canada, Ian Thatcher apprenticed with the National Ballet of Canada.  He danced with the San Francisco Ballet, Les Ballets de Monte Carlo and Pacific Northwest Ballet. Ian has performed soloist and principal roles and has danced major works by Jean-Christophe Maillot, George Balanchine, William Forsythe, Nacho Duato, Glen Tetley, David Bintley, Mark Morris and James Kudelka. Since arriving in New York, he has danced with, Ballet NY, Viewpointe and with the Metropolitan Opera for 10 years.



Katherine Healy

Katherine Healy received her formal academic ballet training at the School of American Ballet. She was the subject of the children’s book A Very Young Skater, and starred in the movie Six Weeks with Mary Tyler Moore and Dudley Moore. 


At 13 she was awarded the silver medal at the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi, and the following year she was awarded the gold medal at the International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria. At age 15 she was recruited as a senior principal dancer with the London Festival Ballet, now the English National Ballet. 


While pursuing her professional career, she attended Princeton University where she graduated magna cum laude in the Class of 1990 and was awarded the Senior Thesis Prize in the Department of Art and Archeology. She went on to be a principal dancer with Les Ballets de Monte Carlo and the Vienna State Opera, while performing as an international guest artist with the Berlin Opera and appearing in numerous galas throughout Europe, Canada and Japan. 


Healy was also a professional figure skater who performed in numerous television productions and has choreographed several commissions for Ice Theatre of New York. She began coaching in both ballet and figure skating while still performing, and has 23 years of teaching experience. In addition to extensive coaching of advanced level ballet students, she has coached and choreographed for competitive figure skaters at the regional, sectional, national and international levels, and has taught off-ice ballet classes she developed specifically tailored to figure skaters.



 


Betty Prinsen


Ms. Prinsen brings her unique professional dance background as a performer and teacher with major dance companies to students of all ages and levels of study.   


She has taught at Alvin Ailey, Broadway Dance Center, and Ballet Hispanico and danced professionally with regional ballet and modern dance companies, including the Atlanta Ballet, Tangerin, and Ilya Gaft Dance Theatre.  


Ms. Prinsen has a B.A. from Vassar College and M.A. in Dance Education from Columbia University, and is a certified personal trainer.