Elaine Matthews
Artistic Director

Director Matthews danced with The Pennsylvania Ballet where she performed roles both in the corps and as a soloist. She has also performed with "The Phantom of the Opera" Broadway National Tour. Elaine has taught master classes through The Broadway Connection in over ten major cities in the U.S. including Los Angeles and New York City. Her training includes: The School of American Ballet, American Ballet Theater, The Royal Academy of Dance, The Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, The Atlantic Theater School, and NYU's Tisch School of the Arts Dance Program. She is currently a faculty member at The Lewis Center at Princeton University and is a member of the national judges panel for "Starbound National Talent Competition". 

 
 
Christen Tassin
Tap & Combo Class Instructor

Instructor Tassin booked her first Broadway role at the age of ten, as the original Baby June in Gypsy, starring Tyne Daly. She also played the role of Young Cosette (Gavroche u/s) in Les Miserables, originated the role of Laura in the off-Broadway play Trophies, and was featured in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular for two seasons. She has done numerous commercials and voiceovers, and has sung live on national television, at the Grand Olde Opry, and for President George Bush. She holds a BFA in Acting, and has taught dance and acting in schools and studios around New Jersey to students of all ages.

Michelle Quiner
Instructor

Michelle Quiner is a trainee at American Repertory Ballet. She has been featured in Dance Spirit magazine as a Cover Model Search Finalist and as the You Should Know Dancer. She has danced as Clara for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. She is a YAGP New York finalist, a final round participant at the World Ballet Competition and a bronze medalist at the Valentina Kozlova IBC Contemporary Competition. She has won 5 National Titles and top scholarships at various dance workshops. She has received full scholarships to Washington Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Orlando Ballet, Joffrey New York, and Valentina Kozlova’s summer programs.

 
Jillian Quiner
Instructor

Jillian Quiner began dancing at the age of 4 and grew up training primarily at the Art of Dance under Valerie Harman and the North Jersey School of Dance Arts under Christine Taylor Schmelz and Luba Gulyaeva, where she also performed with the New Jersey Civic Youth Ballet. During the 2017-18 season she had the opportunity to train in New York City as a scholarship student with the contemporary company Jennifer Muller/The Works. Jillian has attended numerous dance competitions and conventions, winning national titles at Turn It Up Dance Challenge and Onstage New York and receiving scholarships from the New York City Dance Alliance, JUMP Dance Convention, NUVO Dance Convention, and other mainstream dance events. In 2016 she was featured as a dancer in Mira, a graduate film produced by New York University, Tisch School of the Arts. Jillian also had the opportunity in 2017 to perform in De Novo, a benefit for well-known teacher and choreographer Kevin “TOKYO” Inouye produced by Little by Little. She has served on faculty at the North Jersey School of Dance Arts and the Art of Dance, and is currently a freelance writer for the magazine Inside Dance. Jillian looks forward to sharing her love and knowledge of dance with her students at Hunterdon Hills Ballet!

 

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