FOR DANCE INSPIRATION.
Hunterdon Hills Ballet offers training designed to take students from their first introduction to movement through a full course of ballet study. Our mission is to provide the highest quality of dance education through a wide range of programs and classes, for every type of student. We wish to inspire a true love of dance throughout Hunterdon County and beyond.
The Clinton Nutcracker
Hunterdon Hills Ballet brings the holiday classic, The Nutcracker, to Hunterdon County,
This year, auditions will be held
September 11th. Please contact the studio for details.
Elaine Matthews, Director: Elaine Matthews was an original member of The Pennsylvania Ballet II and after six months was asked to join The Pennsylvania Ballet, under the direction of Roy Kaiser, where she performed roles both in the corps and as a soloist. During her time there she was featured in the world premier of Christopher Wheeldon’s Swan Lake, performed as a soloist in the world premier of Matthew Neenanan’s Le Travail, for which she was recognized by The New York Times, and was featured in Peter Martins’ Fearful Symmetries, Paul Taylor’s Company B, Ben Stevenson’s Cinderella, and several works by George Balanchine, amongst others. She then went on to join The Phantom of the Opera Broadway National Tour where she performed in every major city in the U.S. In addition to several other regional credits, she appeared as Marilyn Monroe for the 2012 Broadway Easter Bonnet, performed at the Minskoff Theater on Broadway. She began her training at the Academy of Dance Arts in Red Bank, NJ, and went on to study at The School of American Ballet, American Ballet Theater Summer Intensive, Chautauqua, Exploring Ballet with Suzanne Farrell, The Rock School,The Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, The Atlantic Theater School, and NYU's Tisch School of the Arts Dance Program. After the birth of her first son in 2013, Elaine traded in her performing career and has come full circle to teaching dance. She is a faculty member at Princeton University and was previously a member of the judges panel for Starbound National Talent Competition. She has taught master classes through The Broadway Connection in over ten major cities in the United States, including Los Angeles and New York City. Her students have gone on to train on scholarship at The School of American Ballet, ABT’s JKO School, Ellison Ballet, Boston Ballet and The Rock School. Students have also received scholarships to Pace University Commercial Dance Program, The Boston Conservatory, Marymount College, University of Richmond and DeSales University. Her students have also received awards at The Youth America Grand Prix. Elaine is married and often collaborates on projects with her husband, Broadway veteran, Sean MacLaughlin.
"Ballet is an art form, created by the movement of the human body. It can tell a story or express a thought, concept or emotion. Ballet can be magical, exciting, and truly thought provoking."