Katherine Bervera, artistic director
Katherine Bervera received her training from Gail Giere Collins and Jana Fugate at Pioneer Valley Ballet (PVB) where her early training included extensive performing experience. At PVB she performed in Bournonville’s Napoli and Konservatoriet, as well as in works by Christopher D’Amboise, Frances Patrelle, Bruce Wells, and the roles of Snow Queen and Dew Drop Fairy in The Nutcracker. As a student she received merit scholarships to summer programs at Walnut Hill School for the Arts, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, and Boston Ballet.
Katherine began teaching in Berkley, California in 2000. She has taught at The Amherst Ballet, Northeast American School of Dance, Pioneer Valley Ballet, The Massachusetts Academy of Ballet, East Street Dance Center, Northampton School of Dance, The Dance Project and Ascendance Inner World Arts. She has completed a Vaganova teacher training program for levels 1 through 3 at The Massachusetts Academy of Ballet. Katherine has performed with the Lisa Leizman Dance Company, Spectrum in Motion under director Olivia Llano Davis, Savage Jazz, Berkley Ballet Theater, Vassar Repertory Ensemble and independent choreographers including Patricia Banchik and Michelle Marroquin.
Katherine founded and directed her own ballet school for ages 3 through 18, Academy of Ballet Arts, from 2005 through 2011. She directed and produced both a mini Nutcracker for several years at the Northampton Center for the Arts, as well as a full length Nutcracker performed at Amherst Regional High School. Katherine choreographed and directed annual spring performances including Peter and the Wolf. Her students performed for four years at the Academy of Music for the First Night Festival of Dance.
Michaella Morzuch, guest faculty
Michaella C. Morzuch began her ballet training at Amherst Ballet Theatre Company before moving to Pioneer Valley Ballet under the guidance of Gail Collins. At PVB, she performed lead roles in The Nutcracker, Balanchine's Valse Fantasie, Petipa's Paquita, Bournonville's Konservatoriet and Flower Festival, and in original works by Megan Bonneau McCool, Jeremy Collins, and Liz Bigelow. She additionally studied at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and Boston Ballet's Summer Dance Programs. From 2005 to 2011, she performed roles in Katherine Bervera's mimi Nutcracker and full length Nutcracker before moving to Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Now residing in Cambridge, Massachusetts, she continues to take adult classes at Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre.
Megan Bonneau McCool, guest faculty
Megan Bonneau McCool trained at Pioneer Valley Ballet with Gail Collins and Jana Fugate, and at the School of American Ballet where she received the Mae L. Wein Award for Outstanding Promise. She danced professionally with the New York City Ballet as an apprentice before pursuing her AB in American Studies and MFA in Dance and Choreography from Smith College. She has continued to teach and choreograph extensively over the past 25 years, creating over 30 abstract and story ballets including a full length Hansel and Gretel for The Ballet School of Stamford. Recently, she has also choreographed musicals including Annie Jr., Aladdin Jr., The Music Man Jr., Madagascar Jr., High School Musical, Mary Poppins, Jr. and Bye Bye Birdie.