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Staff

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ARTISTIC & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CO-FOUNDER

RACHAEL GNATOWSKI

Rachael Gnatowski co-founded New England Ballet Theatre in January 2020. Over the past three years, the New England Ballet Theatre team has produced four original full-length ballets, commissioned five new works by renowned and emerging choreographers, and reached hundreds of patrons across New England.

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DEVELOPMENT MANAGER & COSTUME DIRECTOR

FIONA CONNOLLY

Fiona Connolly began her training at the Ballet Theatre of Toledo. Fiona graduated with a BS in Dance Arts Administration and a minor in English Literature from Butler University.  

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ADMINISTRATIVE  & DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANT

SYDNEY D'ORSO

Sydney D'Orso grew up in Ridgefield, Connecticut where she trained with the MacDonald-Pin Dancers. Sydney  holds a BFA in Ballet, a BA in English, and a Certificate in Professional Writing from the University of Cincinnati. 

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FACULTY

ANNA PARKS

Anna Parks received her BFA in Dance Performance with a concentration in Classical Ballet from Purchase College Conservatory of Dance.  Anna is a certified Pilates instructor.

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FACULTY

MEGGIE PETERSON

Margaret (Meggie) Peterson began her ballet training at Dance Centre North in Syracuse, NY. Meggie holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and Minor in Mathematics from Mercyhurst University.

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FACULTY

OLA TARNOWSKI

Alexandra “Ola” Tarnowski attended Princeton Dance and Theatre Studio, and later Butler University where she received a B.S. in Dance Arts Administration and a minor in Strategic Communications. 

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COSTUME PRODUCTION INTERN

SARAH MURPHY

Sarah is from Orlando Florida, and was trained under the direction of Marion Tonner, Zoica Tovar, Andrés Estevez and Phillip Carmen. Sarah is currently in  NEBT's  Professional Program.

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SOCIAL MEDIA INTERN FOR THE SCHOOL

HANNAH ORLOV

Hannah Orlov is from New Hartford, and is a junior at Northwestern Regional 7 High School. 

This is Hannah’s first year in the Pre-Professional

 Program. 

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