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.

Melissa Roxey
(Founder & Director)

Kinderdance,

Pre-Ballet, Ballet,

Pre-Pointe, Pointe, Trainee, 

Progressing Ballet Technique

Mark Roxey
(Founder & Director)

Ballet, Boys' Ballet, Contemporary, Trainee

Mrs. Roxey began her studies with the syllabi of The Royal Academy of Dancing at 5 years of age. Before beginning her professional career at the age of 17, she studied at the School of American Ballet, North Carolina School of the Arts, the Joffrey Ballet, The Pacific Northwest Ballet School and finished her training with world renowned teacher Maggie Black. Mrs. Roxey danced with the American Repertory Ballet as a soloist, then as a principal with the Dayton Ballet Company. She has danced the roles of Sugar Plum Fairy in "Nutcracker" and Odile in "Swan Lake." 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
Ballet, Pointe, Contemporary, Pre-Pointe, Character Dance

Pinja Sinisalo was born in Vantaa, Finland. She started her dance studies at the Helsinki Dance Institute at age of 4. Later she was accepted for the Institute's Professional Training Program, where she trained between 2005-2012. After that, Pinja continued her studies with the Finnish National Ballet School, completing the Vocational Qualification in Dance. At the age of 16 she had the privilege to be accepted for the Hungarian Dance Academy in Budapest, under the direction of Szakály György. Pinja was training in classical ballet and contemporary dance and she also participated the school's in-house competitions. 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 spent her summers attending the SIBA International Ballet Workshop every year between 2013-2018, where she also had the chance to assist the artistic director of Salzburg Ballet, Peter Breuer, to stage his piece "Bolero" for the workshop's performances. Pinja has also thought masterclasses in Finland. She is super excited to join the staff of the Mill Ballet School.

 
Kristen Smith
Musical Theater, Adult Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Tap

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. 

Christina Holl​

Ballet, Contemporary,

Pre-Pointe, Pointe, Progressing Ballet Technique, 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 under the direction of Edith A'ddario, Joffrey Ballet II under the direction of Gage Bush and Richard England, 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

 

 

 

 

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... 

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 (Artistic Director), Miami’s Momentum Dance Company (Assistant Artistic Director) and Kinetic Works Dance Company. Her academic positions have included: Director of Dance for Berks Ballet Theatre, Reading, Pennsylvania, Lecturer at the University of Miami, Adjunct Professor; Miami Dade Community College, New World School of the Arts, University of North Carolina Charloce, Winthrop University and Central Piedmont Community College, Assistant Professor; Western Kentucky University and Southeast Missouri State University, Director of Education for American Repertory Ballet

and Director of Dance at Dillard School of the Arts, Fort Lauderdale and Conchita Espinosa Academy, Miami, Florida where she assisted in creaAng the Sunshine State Standards for Dance in grades K-12.

 

Teaching Philosophy – Lees specializes in teaching Simonson Jazz Technique (developed by Lynn Simonson, Founder and Former Director of Dance New Amsterdam, New York City). This highly regarded modern/jazz dance discipline encourages the student to expand their mind/body connection by enhancing their internal understanding of muscular alignment, while connecting it to their mind’s visual images. Lees has completed her level 1, 2A and 2B Touch For Health kinesiology training with Norma Harnack, the National Representative for Touch For Health Training in St. Louis, Missouri and Pilates training from Ray Kurshals of the Physical Mind Institute, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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 audion technique. PosiAve reinforcement combined with self-assessment creates a confident professional dancer and performer.

 

 

Current and past faculty includes

Kate Engelhart, Nerea Borrondo, Matt Baker, Tara Seymour, Kaito Yamamoto, Jace Coronado, 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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