FACULTY

Since her retirement from the stage Ms. Acatos has dedicated her time to the teaching and training of future dancers.

Donald Dadey

He founded, along with his wife and co-director, Sibylle Acatos-Dadey, the Scottsdale School of Ballet in 2003 to continue training dancers for future generations.

Donald Dadey

Director
Paola Hartley

A graduate of University of North Carolina School of the Arts she was trained by Melissa Hayden, Duncan Noble, Gyula Pandi, Dianne Markham and Trish Casey.

CeCe Huffman, originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, trained with the Ballet West Conservatory and the University of Utah’s Department of Ballet, where she was a recipient of the prestigious Willam F. Christensen Scholarship.

Cece Huffman

Ballet
Julia Chacon

Julia began Spanish Dance under Lydia Torea in Phoenix, AZ. She holds a BFA in dance and BS in anthropology from the University of New Mexico where she studied flamenco with Eva Encinias Sandoval and modern dance with Bill Evans.

Julia Chacon

Flamenco

Kelsey is a Chapman University graduate as of May of 2016, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in dance. During her time there, she had the pleasure of working under instructors/choreographers such as, Sean Green, William Johnston, Liz Maxwell, Amanda White, Jennifer Backhaus, Holly Johnston, Charles Maple, Alicia Guy, Dale Merrill, Lawrence Rosenberg, Brandee Lara, and Melaina Larson among many other great teachers. In her 2 years at Chapman she trained extensively in modern, ballet, jazz, tap, ballroom, hip hop, and west coast swing dance styles.

In 2015, Kelsey was inducted into the National Honor Society for Dance Arts through the National Dance Education Organization and graduated with honors through NDEO. Kelsey is currently the resident choreographer for the International Baccalaureate Dance program at Barry Goldwater High School in Phoenix, Arizona. She has been teaching and choreographing at Barry Goldwater for the past 12 years.

In 2016 she founded the Barry Goldwater Alumni Dance Alliance for dancers to continue to train, take classes, and still be inspired by dance even after high school. Kelsey is also a dance instructor at Creative Edge Dance and Cannedy Performing Arts in Phoenix, AZ where she teaches a variety of different styles of dance. Kelsey previously danced with the Phoenix based professional modern dance company, Center Dance Ensemble for 5 years before she got accepted to Chapman University. Kelsey currently dances for three professional dance companies in the valley which include, Center Dance Ensemble, CaZo Dance, and Rosencranz Dance. Scottsdale School of Ballet is happy to have Kelsey on faculty for the 2018-2019 season.

Kelsey Kroll

Contemporary - Jazz
Amanda Hidalgo

Amanda Hidalgo, born in California, was one of the most sought after ballet pianists in Los Angeles, and she has worked extensively with Rosemary Valaire, Yvonne Mounsey, Tania Lichine, John Clifford, Irina Kosmovska, and Stanley Holden Dance Center where Mikhail Baryshnikov was a frequent guest.

Rebecca Boizelle, attended Southern Utah University and National Taiwan University of the Arts to obtain her B.S. in Dance Education. While studying at SUU, Rebecca had the opportunity to perform and develop her skills as an artist and scholar in various dance avenues. She has had the pleasure of performing repertoire in the Alwin Nikolais Extravaganza under the tutelage of Kay Anderson, and Alberta del Saz. Rebecca was accepted to be published as a finalist and present her undergraduate research regarding dance and multi-media at National College of Undergraduate Research. Mentored by Paul Ocampo and Chien-Ying Wang she developed skills in cultural dance, the utilization of props, multimedia and choreography.

During her time at National Taiwan University of the Arts she learned various forms of classical Chinese dance and furthered her training in modern, ballet, choreography and partnering. Upon returning, her choreographed work ‘Watchmen’, was chosen for the Gala at American College Dance Festival and awarded ‘Outstanding Choreographer’ from SUU faculty.

Rebecca has had the opportunity to dance with Dulce Dance Company, Elevate Dance Company and is currently dancing with CaZo Dance Company. Rebecca shares her enthusiasm for dance by teaching tap, ballet, contemporary, choreography, creative movement, color guard and cultural dance throughout the Phoenix valley. She is thrilled to bring her varied education and continuing performing experience to enrich her students dance instruction, and is passionate about helping them discover their potential in dance.

Rebecca Boizelle

Junior Ballet

Nayon Iovino is currently a dancer and choreographer with Ballet Arizona. He created his first work in 2013 for Ballet Arizona's Artist Relief Fund performance. Shortly after, he was invited by the company director to choreograph a new work for Ballet Arizona's production ``Innovations.``Nayon's works created for Ballet Arizona include Inner Layer, Rigged Games, Threads, Inherent, Resonance, and 9 o'clock. His works created for the Artist Relief Fund include Ow, Office Groove, Rituals, and Tremodi. In 2017, alongside the then school director Carlos Valcarcel, Nayon co-choreographed the School of Ballet Arizona's full length production of Cinderella. He was also commissioned to create two works on Southwest Youth Ballet Company. In 2017, Nayon was recognized by AZ Central as an ``Up and Coming Artist Under 40`` and in 2018 he was named ``Best Choreographer`` by the Phoenix New Times. Most recently, Nayon was one of three choreographers selected to participate in the 2019 spring session of the New York Choreographic Institute.

Prior to joining Ballet Arizona in 2012, Nayon danced with Terra Brasil, Houston Ballet 2, and Washington Ballet. He has performed works by Twyla Tharp, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Christopher Bruce, Stanton Welch, Edwaard Liang, Ib Andersen, Alejandro Cerrudo, Alexei Ratmansky, as well as an extensive repertoire of George Balanchine. In addition, Nayon received critical acclaim by the New York Times for his performance in the North American premiere of Napoli in 2015. Scottsdale School of Ballet is honored and excited to have him teach and choreograph for the students again this summer, after the success he had with the SSB 2020 Summer Intensive.

Nayon Iovino

Special SSB Summer Guest