Kathy Stark served as Director of the Walnut Hill Community Dance Academy for 14 years and was the Founder and Director of their Youth Summer Dance Program. In addition to her work with North Shore Ballet, she teaches for Acton School of Ballet. Previously, she was a member on the faculties of Pittsburgh Youth Ballet and the American Academy of Ballet in Buffalo, NY. She has been a summer faculty member at Boston Ballet, Burklyn Ballet, and Chautauqua Institution, where she taught for five summers. Ms. Stark received her dance training at North Carolina School of the Arts, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, and as a child with Jean Gedeon. Ms. Stark danced with Ballet Met in Columbus, OH and was a principal dancer of Southern Ballet Theatre (now Orlando Ballet) where she performed lead roles in The Nutcracker, La Fille Mal Gardee, and Balanchine’s Allego Brillante and Valse Fantasie as well as contemporary works.
Joseph Jefferies is currently on the faculty of Walnut Hill Community Dance Academy and Northeast School of Ballet. He has served as director of Portland Ballet Summer Dance Program and has taught master classes and workshops at ballet schools across the country. Mr Jefferies is an award-winning choreographer creating over 30 works for companies including Ballet Memphis, Miami City Ballet, Peoria Ballet, Ballet Trockadero, Harid Conservatory, Ballet Yuma and Walnut Hill School for the Arts. He has won the RDA Emerging Choreographer scholarship twice and had his work selected and performed for New York City’s Ballet Builders Showcase and for the RDA National Convention in Montreal, Canada. As a professional dancer Joseph was a member of Ballet Memphis dancing the lead roles in Swan Lake, Giselle, Coppelia and Cinderella. As a member of Les Ballet Trockadero de Monte Carlo he toured the world performing in over 25 different countries.