Maeve Dougal is the Director of Ballet and Assistant Director of Summer Dance Conservatories at the Mason Gross Extension Division at Rutgers University. Dougal holds an MA in Dance Education with a concentration in ABT Ballet Pedagogy from New York University and a BFA in Dance with a Ballet Emphasis from Utah Valley University. Originally from Portland, Oregon, she received her ballet training at The School of Oregon Ballet Theatre under Damara Bennett and danced with Utah Regional Ballet under the direction of Jacqueline P. Colledge and Heather Gray.
Dougal is an ABT® Affiliate Teacher who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 7 and Partnering of the ABT® National Training Curriculum and has successfully presented students for examinations. She is currently on faculty at The Harlem School of the Arts and teaches dance to children at the Northside Center for Childhood Development. Dougal is a former faculty member of the Huntington Center for Performing Arts, The Bridge for Dance in New York City, and ABT’s DanceBermuda Summer Program. She has worked for Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) and has completed internships with The George Balanchine Trust and the New York Choreographic Institute at New York City Ballet, and with American Ballet Theatre’s second company, ABT II.
Meghan Love began dancing at nine years old at Michele’s Dance Academy in Las Cruces, NM. At 13, she joined the Las Cruces Chamber Ballet, dancing lead roles in The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, and Swan Lake. She has taught ballet, tap and jazz to 3-14-year-olds at Michele’s Dance Academy, in after-school programs throughout Las Cruces, and was an Adjunct Professor at New Mexico State University teaching Jazz Technique I. In 2001, she graduated from NMSU with her BA in Theatre Arts, focusing on Acting and Directing. She has choreographed for American Southwest Theatre Company and the Black Box Theatre in New Mexico, and toured with the Creede, Colorado Repertory Theatre. In NYC, she worked in Off-Off Broadway theatre, including starting a theatre company. In 2010 she began the ABT Ballet Pedagogy Masters Program with NYU, finishing in December 2011, receiving an MA in Dance Education, and becoming an ABT® National Training Curriculum Certified Teacher in Pre-Primary – Level 7 & Partnering. In 2011, Meghan was the very first intern for the ABT National Training Curriculum, and in 2012 she became full-time National Training Curriculum staff. She was on the faculty at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School of Ballet’s Children’s Division at American Ballet Theatre from 2012-2014, teaching 3-14-year-olds, and she is currently an NTC and Affiliate Examiner. Meghan is now the Manager of the NTC and the ABT/NYU Masters Program, and is co-instructor in the ABT/NYU Masters program.
The ABT Certified School of Ballet at Rutgers University faculty works closely with graduate teaching assistants from the EdM Dance Education program. Select EdM students complete the ABT – NTC Teacher training program to become ABT–Certified teachers before working closely with the Director of Ballet assisting in many of the ABT Classes.
Jen Silver is currently a senior BFA Dance Major at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. She plans to finish her undergraduate studies in 2016 and complete Rutgers’ 5-year EdM program in Dance Education in 2017. Jen is an ABT® Certified Teacher who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. While at Mason Gross, Silver has had the opportunity to perform works by Randy James, John Evans, Keith A. Thompson, and Kim Gibilisco, as well as by numerous student choreographers. In addition, Silver has also recently attended summer intensives led by Carolyn Dorfman, David Parsons, and Roni Koresh, as well as the Bates Dance Festival in 2015.
Steven Concepcion is a dancer, choreographer, teacher and current Dance Education graduate student with an endorsement in Early Childhood Education at Rutgers University. Concepcion is an ABT® Certified Teacher who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. Concepcion is also a certified Next Generation Yoga children’s yoga instructor. He is currently a teaching artist in Teaneck, New Jersey specializing in ballet, hip hop, and creative movement.
Carson Michura, a New Jersey native, started her ballet training at The Princeton Ballet School at the age of 12. She is an ABT® Certified Teacher who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. She has attended summer programs at Miami City Ballet, Boston Ballet and American Ballet Theatre. At the age of 16 she was accepted into North Carolina School of the Arts under Dean Ethan Stiefel and continued her training there until she graduated in 2011. While at NCSA, she performed in works such as Ethan Stiefel’s revision of The Nutcracker and George Balanchine’s Symphonie Concertante. Michura was a trainee for American Repertory Ballet during their 2011-2012 season. Afterwards, she received a full merit scholarship to Point Park University where she earned a BFA in dance. She now attends Rutgers University where she is working towards her EdM in dance education.