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.

Gloria Govrin (Artistic Director) A product of the School of American Ballet and New York City Ballet, Gloria Govrin was the vanguard of the tall-is-terrific look of modern ballet. Ms. Govrin’s strength, stature, and stamina made her a star soloist for many years. George Balanchine often choreographed roles specifically for her because of her stage presence and unique abilities. Roles such as Hippolyta in A Midsummer’s Night Dream, Coffee in Nutcracker, the Princess in Firebird, and La Bonne Fee in Harlequinade were so stamped with Ms. Govrin’s identity, that the entrances and exits on the scores were marked with her name rather than that of the role. Mr. Balanchine also established her in high-profile roles and ballets such as Stars and Stripes, Western Symphony, Apollo, Agon, Dewdrop in Nutcracker, and many others.

Upon retirement, Gloria opened her own school and company in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. In 1986, Robert Weiss asked her to come to the Pennsylvania Ballet to teach and from there, she became principal teacher at the Rock School, the official school of the Pennsylvania Ballet. At the school, Gloria choreographed showcases, conducted audition tours, created and presented lecture demonstrations, taught company classes and assisted in staging Balanchine repertoire. In 1999, she was invited by Helgi Tomasson to be the Associate Director of the San Francisco Ballet School. During her 8 years there, she trained many students who went on to professional careers with San Francisco Ballet, as well as many other companies world-wide.

Over the years, Gloria Govrin has been an invaluable mainstay to the Ballet World. People still refer to her strength and personality as a dancer on stage, but she has yet to find a greater passion in this art than teaching. Ms. Govrin is considered one of the leading masters of ballet technique and she brings her years of experience into every class she teaches. Along with her illustrious career, Ms. Govrin is most proud of her daughter, Olivia, a graduate of Berklee College of Music, who currently teaches music for the Boston Public Schools.

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Krystin Baribault (Associate Director) Krystin is originally from Baltimore, Maryland where she began her dance training at the age of two. She later trained and graduated from the Baltimore School for the Arts. She has also trained at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Washington Ballet and Boston Ballet. Krystin has had the pleasure of dancing many lead and solo roles while in school; however found through college she had a deep passion for teaching. Krystin graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Hartford, The Hartt School with a BFA in Ballet Pedagogy and a Minor in Business Administration. Krystin teaches a wide range of classes, from pre-ballet through the advanced levels, as well as directing many aspects of the Nutcracker and Spring productions.
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Stephanie Gagliardi  (Ballet) A Connecticut native, Stephanie Gagliardi began her formal training with the School of the Hartford Ballet at the age of 13. Her first teacher there was Franco DeVita, former Artistic Director of American Ballet Theater’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School. During her time in Hartford she had the opportunity to train with world renowned teachers such as Alla Osipenko, Alla Nikitina, Susan Brooker, Peter O’Brien, Christine Busch, Adam Miller, Raymond Lukens, and Hilda Morales. In 2003 and 2004, Mrs. Gagliardi was selected for the re-staging of Kirk Peterson’s original ballet, The American Nutcracker. Casted as a lead in Marzipan and Snow/Flowers corps, she danced alongside the American Ballet Theater’s Studio Company at the Bushnell Theater in Hartford. Mrs. Gagliardi has attended notable summer intensives such as Boston Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, and Princeton Ballet. After attending Princeton Ballet School’s Summer Program in 2004, she was awarded the Nora Orphanides Scholarship and was invited to study at the school year round under the instruction of Douglas Martin, Mary Barton, and Maria Youskevitch. She began teaching for the school as a substitute shortly after and also had the opportunity to perform with their professional company, The American Repertory Ballet under the direction of Graham Lustig. In 2006, she began attending the University of Hartford’s the Hartt School on merit scholarship and graduated magna cum laude. She was blessed to be coached by Hilda Morales and perform lead roles in ballets such as Giselle, Les Sylphides, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Pas de Quatre, and Paquita. She was also featured in Martha Graham’s Panorama, Adam Miller’s The Great Divide, and Katie Stevinson-Nollet’s Bal Musette. As an undergraduate, she was recognized for her skill in teaching by Miguel Campanaria and was asked to join the Hartt School’s Community Dance Division’s faculty in 2008. She discovered a passion for teaching ballet to students of all ages during this time and even worked with the Boys and Girls Club of Hartford. Stephanie has appeared as a guest artist with Eastern Connecticut Ballet in their production of Hansel and Gretel and Premiere Ballet School’s Snow Maiden. Stephanie is a founding company member of Ekklesia Contemporary Ballet and has performed throughout the country with the company. Vincent Hardy, Steve Rooks, Caleb Mitchell, Elizabeth McMillan, and Elisa Schroth have all set original works on her. Stephanie is experienced in teaching contemporary, modern, and all levels of ballet and furthers her education by regularly attending Project Dance New York, Ad Deum Dance Company’s Summer Intensive in Texas, and various other festivals and master classes. Her aim as a teacher is to foster an environment that encourages students to reach their highest potential.

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Marylu Clark (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.