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Elisa Van Duynne
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Elisa Van Duyne is a professional performer, choreographer and arts educator with a passion for music, dance and theater.   As a performer, she's been seen and heard on Broadway, Prime Time TV, national tours and regional theaters all over the country and Europe.  Her choreography spans the musical theater gamut from "Thoroughly Modern Millie" to "Hairspray" to  "The Who's Tommy."  And as an arts educator, she's taught at Cap 21, Broadway Dance Center, AMDA, Paper Mill Playhouse and local arts schools across the nation.

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Chatch Pregger

Teaches - Ballet

Chatch grew up in Fair Haven, Vermont. When he was 15 years old he moved to Connecticut  to attend the Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts pursuing his dream of becoming a professional ballet dancer. His dream came to fruition when he joined Boston Ballet II in 1999 and was promoted to Boston Ballet the following year. Since then he has been a member of the Washington Ballet and the Houston Ballet, as well as a guest dancer with the Arizona Ballet, Hartford Ballet, and Texas Ballet Theatre. He has performed works by Mark Morris, Ben Stevenson, Kirk Peterson, Nacho Duato, Trey MacIntyre, Twyla Tharp, Christopher Weeldon, Antony Tudor, Michael Pink, Stanton Welch, Septime Webre, and George Balanchine, as well as many ballets from the classical repertoire including Giselle, La Bayadere and Don Quixote. Locally, Chatch took part in Burlington’s Quadracentennial festival playing Samuel de Champlain in From The New World by Heddy Maalem. He also joined the Portland Ballet in 2010 to dance the role of Cavalier in their Victorian Nutcracker. He was also a participant in the 2000 New York International Ballet Competition.

Chatch studied the Vaganova syllabus at the Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts where he trained with master teachers including Eleanor D’Antuono, Kirk Peterson, Elena Tchernichova and David Parsons. He received his early ballet training at the Adams School in Rutland, Vermont and attended summer programs at the Pittsburgh Ballet, Joffrey Ballet and Hartford Ballet. 

The Farm to Ballet Project is Chatch’s newest endeavor. He produced a ballet to highlight the importance of farming and the people who grow our food. It opened to sold out crowds in the summer of 2015 playing at Vermont farming events and was the subject of a story on National Public Radio. For more informations Click Here to go to the Farm to Ballet Project website.

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Jennifer Barden

Director - Spotlight Vermont
Co Founder - Vermont Musical Theatre Academy

Teaches - Tap, Jazz, Musical Theater Dance

Jen has been dancing most of her life.  She started dance at the age of 5 at the prestigious "June Claire School of Dance" on Long Island.  She later went on to be one of their youngest teachers at age 16.  Despite her young age, Jen traveled to New York City weekly to study with some of the top dance teachers & choreographers at studios like Steps, Broadway Dance, Phil Black Studio and more. 

 In 1987 she moved to Vermont. Although she was asked to fly back to New York weekly to continue teaching there, she decided instead to begin her own dance program in Middlebury. In 1996, Spotlight On Dance was born.  

 Jen is extremely grateful for the opportunity to teach students of all ages, and share her love of dance!  She has seen some of her students move on to pursue performing arts professionally.  However, she is most proud of her contribution toward having her students grow up in her studio to become strong, confident and disciplined individuals.  She is a teacher and mentor to many!