Who We Are

Teachers

Steffi Thomas

Steffi Thomas

Steffi Thomas was born and raised in England and trained at the Central School of Ballet in London. Steffi has worked and performed with Peter Schaufuss Ballet, English National Ballet, Scottish Ballet and The National Ballet of Ireland. A few of Steffi’s other credits include dancing for the Queen at the Royal Variety show, performing in Shanghai China and Kazakhstan for Jaguar and performing at many corporate events such as The Discovery Channel, Bvlgari, Audi, Honda and QVC. Steffi is also a Pilates instructor and has taught ballet, and Pilates in several different Pilates studios/dance schools in England, Ireland and America.

Jennifer Ruest

Jennifer Ruest

Jennifer Ruest has been teaching dance in VT since 2003. A Connecticut native, she graduated from ECSU and Hartford Conservatory with a focus on all dance forms. She fell in love with tap and the history behind it. Jennifer has had the privilege of learning from many of taps historic greats. She continues to keep challenging the norm of her choreography while keeping history alive. She is very much looking forward to teaching at Wolcott and is looking forward to a year of dance!

Joanne Whitehill

Joanne Whitehill

Joanne Whitehill became Artistic Director of Burklyn Ballet Theatre in 2003. At 17 she was asked to join Vermont Ballet Theatre Company. She went on to danced professionally as a soloist with Allegro Dance Theatre, Nevada Dance Theatre, Oregon Ballet Theatre and as a guest Artist with New England Ballet Company as well as a Soloist with The Scottish American Ballet. She grew up in Connecticut dancing with Connecticut Ballet and New Haven Ballet. She has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a Minor in dance. It was during her summers at Burklyn Ballet Theatre where she was inspired to create her ballet Midnight Blue, which received acclaim at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland. In 2001, her co-choreography for “Cinderella and the Flower Fairies” was the recipient of The Scotman’s Readers’ Choice award for “Best Dance and Physical Theatre” on the Fringe. She served as a judge for the Artistic Dance, Inc. “Raising the Barre” Competition and the Rhapsody Performing Arts Center and Vineland Regional Dance Company, company auditions. Ms. Whitehill has served as Vice President and Artistic Advisor on the New England Ballet Company Board of Directors. She is also on the advisory board for County College of Morris and has taught at the American College Dance Association’s Northeast Conference. In 2020 she was a member of the faculty at Regional Dance America’s Southwest Festival.

Staff

Joanne Whitehill, Artistic/ Executive Director. 
Charlene Sroka

Contact for classes and registration information.

Board of Directors

Officers:
Tim Yarrow, President
Helene Nilsen, Vice- President
Linda Martin, Secretary
Lori Preiss, Treasurer
Steve Clayton

The Ballet Wolcott Board of Directors meets monthly to ensure the organization is fulfilling its mission while growing for the future. The Board meetings take place at the Wolcott Town Hall. You will find the proposed agenda for the next meeting here.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please reach out to the Board at board@balletwolcott.org.

Volunteers

Many hands make light work

In order for the studio and performances to run smoothly, parent/guardian volunteers are absolutely necessary. So that numerous tasks are not placed on the shoulders of only a few, parents/guardians from all class levels will be asked to assist with specific tasks throughout the year. Individual  talents and capabilities will be kept in mind.

Please contact us if you are interested in helping out.

As a 501(c)3 charitable non-profit organization we rely on tax-deductible donations.