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.
Jaime Hickey was born in Bayonne, NJ and received her initial training at Ms. Huguette’s Dance Studio, Ms. Neuberts Ballet Institute in Carnegie Hall, New Jersey Ballet, and also competed with the DeNogla School of Irish Step Dancing.
Jaime furthered her training at the Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick, MA before attending the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre. Here she studied under the direction Franco DeVita and Raymond Lukens. Jaime also trained privately with Fabrice Herrault.
Jaime was named an American Ballet Theatre National Training Scholar. Upon graduation from JKO, Jaime joined American Ballet Theatre II directed by Wes Chapman during which she traveled both domestically and internationally with the company.
At age 19, Jaime joined the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago under the direction of Ashley Wheater. Here, she performed works by Lar Lubovitch, Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Robert Joffrey, Gerald Arpino, and more. In 2013, Jaime joined Ballet West where she performed roles in Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, and Giselle. Jaime also performed with the Barak Ballet in Los Angeles, CA and RPM Productions in Chicago, IL.
Jaime completed the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum in Pre-Primary through Level 7 and Partnering.
Currently, Jaime is on the faculty at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at ABT. Jaime is also the Co-founder of My Ballet Mastered, a company that provides video analysis coaching to dancers anywhere in the world.
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.