Eastern Connecticut Ballet’s reputation for excellence reflects the expertise and professionalism of our faculty. Our instructors come from strong dance backgrounds, and their diverse training enriches and supports our unified curriculum. Passionate and dedicated teachers, they are responsible for producing versatile, well-trained dancers who are the pride of Eastern Connecticut Ballet.
“The quality of teaching is excellent. As a former professional dancer from New York City, I found ECB to be the best ballet school in Eastern Connecticut. I’m glad that I selected ECB for my own child’s dance education.” — ECB Parent
The excellence of a school is a reflection of the experience and excellence of its faculty.
Lise Reardon (Founder and Executive Director) Ms. Reardon taught classical ballet in southeastern Connecticut for 21 years before devoting her full time efforts to school development. In 1992, Ms. Reardon established Eastern Connecticut Ballet as the region’s only non-profit training school for young dancers. Before this, she ran the Riveredge School of Ballet and Ballet de Jeunesse in Niantic for 11 years. Under Ms. Reardon’s direction, Eastern Connecticut Ballet’s school has grown from 60 to over 330 students, expanded its programs to offer modern, jazz, character, hip-hop, Pilates and other forms of dance, and established a place in the community as a premiere arts resource.
Ms. Reardon majored in dance at the Juilliard School of Music and holds a bachelor of arts, cum laude, in elementary education from the University of North Carolina. She performed with the Ruth Page Ballet Company, the Chicago Lyric Opera Ballet Company, and the St. Louis Civic Ballet.
In Chicago, she trained with Ruth Page, Larry Long and American Ballet Theater principals Ruth Ann Koesun and John Kriza. In New York, she studied with Antony Tudor, Alfredo Corvino, Sallie Wilson, Michael Uthoff, and modern dance greats José Limón, Betty Jones, and Kazuko Hirabayashi.
Ms. Reardon serves on the Advisory Board of the Connecticut Dance Alliance.
(Ballet) has been teaching Ballet and Movement Education in Southeastern Connecticut schools and studios for 30 years. She developed and teaches the syllabus that Eastern Connecticut Ballet uses for their pre and early development dance programs. She has also utilized this syllabus in public schools and library programs.
Ms. Clark is co-creator of the Nutcracker Assembly Programs which is presented annually to 1400 school children to educate them on the art form of ballet, the Nutcracker Ballet and whaling in 18th century New London, Connecticut.
Ms. Clark is a graduate of the School of Hartford Ballet Vaganova based Teacher Certification Program and holds a BFA from Eastern Connecticut State University. She has been a movement specialist for the O’Neill Theatre Center’s Creative Arts in Education program and has performed works from the Denishawn Repertory, Collaborations and musical theatre. Ms.Clark is an ABT(r) Certified Teacher in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of ABT(r) National Training Curriculum.
Bo Parish (Modern), a teacher, choreographer and performer, received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance from The Boston Conservatory and a master’s degree in Education from Boston University. She has been awarded Dance Educator’s Fellowships and grants for study at the Bates College Dance Festival for the past several years. In addition to working with many companies and choreographers as a freelance dancer, she was a dancer/soloist with Tslila & Dancers and a member of the Boston Dance Theatre. Ms. Parish also performed in repertory with The Cliff Keuter Company and Frances Alienikoff Company. Ms. Parish was the Head of the Dance Department at Brookline High School in Brookline, Mass., and is currently the Director of Dance at The Williams School in New London. She has also been a faculty member and contributing choreographer at a variety of dance studios and schools. For the past 20 years, Ms. Parish has created a diverse repertory of choreography for both professional and student groups. Her works include Musical Theatre, Jazz, Contemporary Modern Dance, Ballet, and Early Modern Dance styles. Her choreography has been described as “upbeat, energetic . . . with a confident air” and “elegantly sophisticated.”
Amy Brady (Jazz and Tap) was raised in a performing arts family and began her studyof dance as a young child, going on to perform in many productions as a member of her studio’s senior and adult dance companies. As a dancer with the Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston, Ms. Brady had the pleasure of dancing alongside many Broadway professionals in productions such as 42nd Street and Me & My Girl. While pursuing her bachelor of arts in Psychology at Colby College in Maine, she further studied many aspects of dance, choreography and production. Now in her most satisfying role of mother to two young girls, Ms. Brady enjoys sharing her passion for dance through teaching.
Laura Barnard (Ballet) Started her dance studies at age 14. Before that, she was an international level competitor in Rhythmical Gymnastics.
Mrs. Barnard has her classical ballet teaching degree from the Fontys Dance Academy in the Netherlands and specializes in the Vaganova Style.
She also has a modern dance performing degree from the Rotterdam Dance Academy, specialized in the Cunningham and Limon Technique.
She completed a scholarship program at the Merce Cunningham Studios in NYC.
Mrs. Barnard professionally performed with several companies in Europe and NYC. One of them being Introdans with which she traveled internationally to places like Morocco, France, Croatia and Indonesia.
She was honored to perform pieces from Hans van Manen, William Forsythe, Jiri Kylian, David Parson, Mia Michaels and Merce Cunningham to name a few.
Mrs. Barnard has taught classical ballet throughout her dancing career to ages 3 to 80 in the Netherlands and NYC.
Kim Stirtan (Pilates) is a certified Stott Pilates Instructor. She has taught Stott Pilates since 1999 and is certified on all pilates equipment. She has been awarded through IDEA Health and Fitness Association, as a PFT Master (personal fitness trainer), their highest recognition. Kim is well qualified having a Bachelor of Science in Health and Fitness and is certified through American Council of Exercise (ACE) as a group fitness instructor and personal trainer.