Antony De Vecchi, Artistic Director; Modern Jazz and Ballet
Tony founded the Northeast American School of Dance 34 years ago. He has been a dancer for more than 60 years and is a former member of American Ballet Theatre. He was premier danseur with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet. Mr. De Vecchi has appeared in 12 Broadway shows and in the national tour of “Man of La Mancha” which he directed and choreographed. He has been nominated for an Emmy Award for his work with A Winter’s Tale for WNDT (New York) as well as recipient of the Dance Critics Circle Award for the best Broadway musical on tour. During his career he has partnered such names as Alicia Markova, Juliet Prowse and Chita Rivera, to mention a few. Tony left New York to enjoy life in the Berkshires. In his years of directing and teaching in the school, Tony has mentored many generations of students and instructors. A master teacher of the Vaganova ballet technique made famous by the Kirov school, his classes offer a special opportunity for dancers and dance teachers of all ages to experience a rare level of artistry and achievement. See video of Tony and the studio’s early days at http://vimeo.com/10310563
Sharon MacDonald, Ballet
Sharon MacDonald has a B.A. in Dance and French from Skidmore College and earned an M.A. in Theater from Smith College. She has had an extensive career as a performer, teacher, choreographer, and stage director throughout the Pioneer Valley. She has served on the faculties of Smith College, Trinity College, Williams College, Springfield College, and the Hartford Conservatory, and has been a guest artist in numerous public schools, colleges and universities, and dance institutions. From 1985-1990 she was School Administrator and a faculty member for the Hartford Ballet and served on The School of the Hartford Ballet Board of Overseers.
MacDonald also has a long-time association with the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, where she was a scholarship student and has since performed, taught, and held administrative posts. She has served on the Jacob’s Pillow Board of Directors and as President of the Friends of Jacob’s Pillow. She was also Ballet Artist for the Pillow’s Community Dance Program.
In 1995 MacDonald founded the American Dance Institute to educate and train performers and teachers of dance, and to promote the experience of dance as an art form for all ages. The Institute offers year-round classes for children and adults in locations in Massachusetts, New York, and Connecticut, and in Northampton at the Northeast American School of Dance.