Ballet School Faculty

Our Friendly supportive staff at The Ballet School and Performing Arts Studio are all professionals in their fields. All of our Ballet teachers have trained at The Ballet School and have grown up under the philosophy and teaching of our technique and positive atmosphere. This provides very consistent training in our academic levels.

Our Performing Arts Studio Staff are all working theatre professionals. Directors, Choreographers, Actors, Set Designers, Playwrights, Casting Directors, Musical Directors, Composers, Film Actors, Dialect Coaches, Fight Choreographers, Theatre Managers, Producers and Stage Managers.

Lareen Fender, Founder The Ballet School

Lareen began taking ballet in 1935.  By 1940 she was studying with the great Dorothy Perkins in Kansas City.  Dorothy Perkins “Perky” was a student of Enrico Cecchetti and Joseph Pilates. Lareen was one of Dorothy Perkins most beloved students.  By 1948 Lareen graduated high school and moved to New York City where she studied at Studio 61 in the old Carnegie Hall Studios. {more}

The Ballet School Teaching Staff 

Jennifer Perry – Director/Owner

Jennifer Perry Jennifer Perry has been teaching Ballet and Theatre classes for over 20 years. She ... Read More

Amanda Denison – Director of Performing Arts Studio

Amanda is so excited to be a part of the amazing arts program at The Ballet School Performing Arts ... Read More

Ariel Brewer

Ariel has been studying dance at Lareen Fender's The Ballet School since the age of four. When she ... Read More

Karina Bautista

Karina has been a part of The Ballet School family since she was 4 years old and became a dancer for ... Read More

Kelley Denison

Kelley is so proud to be a part of the teaching staff at The Ballet School Performing Arts. She ... Read More

Nicole Helfer

Nicole is a Bay Area native and began her artistry in dance and theatre at a young age. A graduate ... Read More

Carissa Merrill

Carissa started taking ballet at The Ballet School when she was 3 years old. Carissa worked very ... Read More

Rachel Powers

Rachel is so blessed to be a part of the inspiring and joy filled team at The Ballet ... Read More

Aimee Martel, PT, DPT

Aimee Martel, PT, DPT | Doctor of Physical Therapy Aimee spent 10 years of her childhood ... Read More

Melissa Regalia

Melissa started training at The Ballet School when she was 3 years old.  She performed in many June ... Read More

Ben Bogen

A bay area native, Ben Bogen is currently entering his junior year at The University of Michigan for ... Read More

Hailey Cowden

Hailey Cowden was raised in Walnut Creek, where she began acting when she was only five years old. ... Read More

Catherine “Katie” Bartomeo (Sabbatical)

Originally from New Orleans, Catherine recently moved to the Bay Area after living in Wichita, KS ... Read More

Haley Marie Utterback

Haley has been studying dance for over 16 years.  She has danced many roles in Once Upon A ... Read More

Emily Klinck

Emily has been part of The Ballet School family for her whole life! She was a member of the audience ... Read More

Keegan Morris

Keegan has been studying dance at Lareen Fender’s The Ballet School since he was 7 years old, and ... Read More