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

Caroline Fazzuoli

She currently lives in North Scottsdale with her husband Franco Fazzuoli, world renown restaurateur. She has two daughters who both have studied ballet and danced professionally with Ballet Arizona, with one currently competing on the professional ballroom circuit.

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.

Aidan has taught at many schools in the hoenix area and wants to take her experience, passion and expertise of knowledge in Ballet, and pass it along to the next generation of dancers.

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


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.

Christine Spizzo
Ms. Spizzo will bring her dynamic and energetic style of teaching to the SSB Summer Intensive 2018. Read more about her dicdiquished career.

Christine Spizzo

Summer Guest Ballet Faculty

Natalia Magnicaballi was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and has been a principal dancer with The Suzanne Farrell Ballet since its conception in 1999 and with Ballet Arizona since 2002. A graduate of Teatro Colón, she became a principal dancer at the age of 19 with Julio Bocca’s Ballet Argentino. In Europe she joined the Italian company Aterballetto under Mauro Bigonzetti’s direction. Her repertoire includes the lead roles in 35 Balanchine creations such as Tzigane, Don Quixote, Apollo, Divertimento No. 15, Duo Concertant, Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, Agon, La Valse, Serenade, La Sonnambula, Allegro Brillante, Ballade, Four Temperaments, A Midsummer Night’s Dream Act II pas de deux, Who Cares?, Clarinade, Bugaku, Meditation, Episodes, Diamonds, Rubies, Emeralds, Liebeslieder Walzer, Prodigal Son, Monumentum Pro Gesualdo, Movements for Piano and Orchestra, Variations for Orchestra, Intermezzo from Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Mozartiana, Walpurgisnacht, Gounod Symphony, Western Symphony, Dances Concertantes and Swan Lake, as well as in Robbins’ Afternoon of a Faun and In the Night. She has also danced the leads in the most beloved classic ballets such as Swan Lake, Romeo & Juliet, The Nutcracker, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Raymonda, Paquita, La Sylphide, Don Quixote, Coppélia, and Giselle, as well as in works and premieres by Jirí Kylián, Roland Petit, Maurice Béjart, Mauro Bigonzetti, Dwight Rhoden, Paul Mejia, Ib Andersen, Oscar Araiz, Mauricio Wainrot, Ana María Stekelman, Alberto Méndez, Christopher Wheeldon and Alexei Ratmansky. She has toured and performed in the main houses and arena theaters around five continents including the Paris Opera Garnier and the Mariinsky Theatre. Natalia has been featured as one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” and named “Best Dancer” by The Arizona Republic. We are honored to have Natalia teach once again at the Scottsdale School of Ballet Summer Intensive for this year.

Natalia Magnicaballi

Summer Guest Ballet Faculty