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Teaching team

The Mill Ballet School is home to many practicing professional dance teachers working in all style and levels. Each teacher is hired based on a number of factors, core to the values of the Mill Ballet School and its community of students.

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Faculty Melissa Roxey
Melissa Roxey
(Founder & Director)

Kinderdance,

Pre-Ballet, Ballet,

Pre-Pointe, Pointe, Trainee, 

Progressing Ballet Technique

Mrs. Roxey began her studies with the syllabi of The Royal Academy of Dancing at 5 years of age. Mrs. Roxey danced with the American Repertory Ballet as a soloist, then as a principal with the Dayton Ballet Company. Melissa has worked with choreographers including Septime Webre, Marjorie Mussman, Dermot Burke, Bill Craty, Suki Schoer, Christine Holder, Patricia Mcbride, Mark Diamond, among many more. She has served on the faculty of many ballet schools around the country and is the Founder and Executive Director of the Mill Ballet School in Lambertville, NJ. Learn More

Pinja Sinisalo was born in Vantaa, Finland. At the age of 16 she had the privilege to be accepted for the Hungarian Dance Academy, under the direction of Szakály György. She received the 3rd prize in the choreography competition with her piece "Szürkület" in 2014 and a jury diploma with her piece "Forgotten" in 2015. She also won the 3rd prize in the non- solo category, with the duet "Neapolitan Dance from Swan Lake", in 2016. Pinja graduated in 2017, completing the Bachelor Degree in Arts specialized in Classical Ballet. From there she started her professional career with Ballet of Sorbisches National Ensemble, under the direction of Mia Facchinelli in Bautzen, Germany. She had the amazing opportunity to tour all over Germany with the company, performing very versatile repertoire in different styles - ballet, folk dance, contemporary and dance theatre. Pinja has also thought masterclasses in Finland. She is super excited to join the staff of the Mill Ballet School.

Pinja Sinisalo
Ballet, Pointe, Pre-Pointe, Traineee
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Kristen is so excited to be back this season teaching at The Mill Ballet School! For the past two years she has been focusing on Musical Theatre performance and was asked to be in the Ensemble and Dance Captain at a new theatre opening in West Chester Pennsylvania called The Resident Theatre Company. She was in their 2017 Inaugural production of Spamalot that was Barry Nominated and hired back for this year’s production of Bullets Over Broadway. She also spent this winter performing in Media Theatre’s productions of Carousel where she was also Dance Captain and back for Beauty and Beast where she played a Silly Girl and danced and sang in the ensemble. This year, Kristen choreographed for Parkland High School’s Fall production of Annie and Solebury School’s Spring Production of The Mystery of Edwin Drood. I have had the most amazing experiences as a practicing professional  and I am eager to continue to share all that I learned with students of the Mill Ballet School. 

Faculty Kristen Smith
 
Kristen Smith
Musical Theater, Adult Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Tap
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Faculty Lees Hummel
Lees Hummel

Adult Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Trainee

Lees Hummel is an instructor, choreographer, and Director of Community Outreach for the Mill Ballet. After earning her B.F.A and M.F.A in Dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, she was a principal dancer with the Clive Thompson Dance Company, New York City Jazz Company, Nashville Dance Project (AD), Miami’s Momentum Dance Company (Assistant AD) and Kinetic Works Dance Company.Lees specializes in teaching Simonson Jazz Technique (developed by Lynn Simonson, Founder and Former Director of Dance New Amsterdam, New York City).  Lees’s pedagogy belief is that all forms of dance can be taught by giving an explanation in three ways: speaking and demonstrating the body part being used; demonstrating the dynamics that accompany it, and defining the rhythm or count that it occurs on. This allows students to apply their natural, unique way of learning to help them understand choreography and instruction at a quicker pace which will enhance audition technique. Positive reinforcement combined with self-assessment creates a confident professional dancer and performer.

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Faculty Mark Roxey
Mark Roxey
(Founder & Director)

Ballet, Boys' Ballet, Hip Hop, Trainee

Mr. Roxey began his formal training at The Joffrey Ballet in New York City, where he was awarded a full scholarship and later graduated at the top of his class. He went on to dance professionally with Joffrey Ballet Concert Company and The Joffrey Ballet under the direction of the late Robert Joffrey. He then joined American Repertory Ballet and Dayton Ballet as a principal dancer under the direction of Dermote Burke and Marjorie Mussman. Mr. Roxey has performed in works by George Balanchine, Gerald Arpino, Robert Joffrey, Paul Taylor, Jose Limon, Alvin Ailey, Twyla Tharp, William Forsythe, John Cranko, John Butler, Maurice Petipa, Augusta Bourniville, and many others. Learn more

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Christina Holl​

Ballet, Contemporary,

Pre-Pointe, Pointe, Progressing Ballet Technique, Trainee

Christina Holl began her dance training under the direction of former Broadway actress Alison Gertner-Mann at the Center for Music, Theatre, and Dance in Jackson, New Jersey. Holl recently graduated with honors from Montclair State University (MSU) with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. At MSU, she studied ballet, pointe, and various modern techniques such as O’Donnell, Limón, Horton, and contemporary. She has performed in choreographic works by Larry Keigwin, Christian von Howard, Fredrick Earl Mosley, Antony Tudor, Nancy Lushington, and others. Holl has previously trained at the Princeton Ballet School Summer Intensive and attended the Tuscan Summer Dance Intensive in Livorno, Italy. Christina is honored to be a part of the faculty of the Mill Ballet where she teaches Ballet, Modern, Contemporary and more... 

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Faculty Giovanni Ravelo
Giovanni Ravelo

Ballet, Pointe, Trainee

Giovanni Ravelo, a native from Colombia, was born in Bucaramanga and began his ballet training at Anna Pavlova School in Bogotá. He also attended the School of the National Ballet of Cuba and the Rock School for Dance Education in Philadelphia. He performed and toured internationally with the National Ballet of Colombia before moving to the United States in 2003. Giovanni continues his career in America with the Ballet Theatre of Scranton’s production of Romeo and Juliet choreographed by Ana Consuelo Gomez. Since then he has been an artist with Roxey Ballet, Les Ballets Grandiva, Staten Island Balet and Ballet New York. In 2008 he joined Les Ballets Trockadero de Montecarlo, where he continues performing and touring around the world. During the last fifteen years, Giovanni has also taught and choreographed for students and professional dancers here in the States, Japan and in his home country, where he founded last year an organization to bring educational and performance opportunities for young dancers. 

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Lydia Miller
Ballet

Lydia Miller began dancing at the age three and has loved it ever since! Lydia trained at Princeton Ballet School for six years years before joining The School of Pennsylvania Ballet Pre-Professional program where she had the opportunity to dance in professional shows such as The Nutcracker at The Academy of Music. In 2018, Lydia joined American Repertory Ballet as a trainee where she learned from teachers and choreographers such as Douglas Martin, Kirk Peterson, Kathleen Moore, Maria Youscheviche, and Pamela Levy. While at American Repertory Ballet, Lydia was a substitute teacher at Princeton Ballet School. Lydia Miller came to Mill Ballet School in 2019 and is very excited to join Roxey Ballet Company this year. In 2020, Lydia was a substitute teacher at Mill Ballet School and had the opportunity to co-teach with Melissa Roxey. Lydia Miller is looking forward to another great year at Mill Ballet School!

current and past faculty include

Kate Engelhart, Nerea Barrondo, Matt Baker, Tara Seymour, Kaito Yamamoto, Jace Coronado, Julie Cobble, Catherine Messina, Xiao Xiao Cao, Heidi Yu, Mariana Rodrigues Closs​, Jillian Mitchell, Janessa Cornell, Marc St Pierre, Joanna Defelice, Alicia Curtis, Rebecca Rudolf, Hillary Marie, Dorothy Lister, Stephen Casey, Vanessa Laws, Denise Cecere, Patricia Brown, Carrie Nelson, Jill Harrison, Leland Schwates, Etsio Pavone, Denise Alexander, Richard Jarboe, Andrei Utsionov, Eleyna Martinson, Leoannis Pupo-Guillen, Jose Johnson, Sharon Rudda, Greg Daniels, Marjorie Mussman, Anne Connors, Wendy Star, Cherie Noble, Tim Martin, Ronnie Carney, Nina Janik, David Pittenger, Riiko Kitayama, Sigrid Glatz, Stuart Longeway, Brannon Osburn, Karen Martin, Heather McCoy, Alison Rubenstein, Trinette Singleton, Andrew Papa, Kitty Lunn, teachers from Roxey Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, American Repertory Ballet, Dayton Ballet, New York City Ballet, Alvin Aliey and other professional companies around the US.

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Teryn Trent
Ballet, Boy's Ballet, Contemporary

Teryn Trent grew up in Santa Rosa, California where he began his training at New World Ballet under the direction of Victor Temple. At New World Ballet, he studied ballet, contemporary ballet, hip hop and jazz. Teryn has performed on many different stages all across Northern California as well as Indiana and New York. During the summer of 2015, Teryn had the honor of joining the Dance Theatre of Harlem in their 2015 Summer intensive in which he was awarded two certificates as the top of his class in ballet technique and hip hop. In 2017, he was awarded with the "Young Entrepreneur of the Year" by the Santa Rosa Black Chamber of Commerce for his achievements in creating and maintaining several after school dance programs within a series of schools in Sonoma County. Teryn furthered his training at Butler University, graduating in 2021 with a B.S. in Dance Arts Administration. He has performed in ballets such as: The Nutcracker, Giselle, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty, as well as performing in various contemporary works. When not in the studio, Teryn is passionate about arts administration and working to make the arts more accessible to everyone who wishes to experience them.