Culpo Madeline Cantarella


Classical Ballet / Choreographer

is the Company’s Founder and Artistic Director. She was a member of the first dance class at the Julliard School, studying with such legendary teachers as Margaret Craske, Antony Tudor, Alfred Corvino and Martha Graham. She studied extensively at Jacob\'s Pillow and performed in Ted Shawn\'s Mountain Whippoorwill. She served on the board of directors at the Pillow and was a faculty member there for five seasons. In 1955 she started the Cantarella School of Dance from which evolved the Berkshire Ballet. Many alumnae from the school and the School of the Albany Berkshire Ballet have entered the world of professional ballet, dancing with some internationally known companies; The Boston Ballet, the Joffrey Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Ohio Ballet and others. Ms. Culpo is a former chairperson of the Northeast Regional Ballet Association, and has received three choreography fellowships from the NEA. She has choreographed a score or more of the works in ABB’s extensive repertoire, originals and restagings. In 1996 she was the subject of a feature article in Dance Magazine.

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