New West Ballet School

Faculty

Directors

Coral Bruni began her ballet training with New West Ballet in 1987. Her dancing repertoire consists of many lead roles, with favorites including: “Aurora” in Sleeping Beauty, the leading role in Raymonda, and “Snow Queen” in the Nutcracker. She has performed as a guest artist for San Francisco Youth Ballet Academy, Palomar College, and Mira Costa College. As a ballet instructor, Coral has taught in North County since 1995. Her teaching experience includes positions with New West Ballet, Oceanside Dance Academy, Georgias School of Dance, Ramona-Julian Academy of Dance, and Palomar College. Recently Coral has staged ballets Paquita, La Bayadere, Coppélia and Les Sylphides. In her spare time, Coral is a mother of three and working on her Ph.D. in applied social psychology at Claremont Graduate University.
Christina Wurz is from New York City and classically trained in ballet and modern. She still performs with NWB and other local dance companies. Past roles with New West Ballet include Titania in Midsummer Night’s Dream, the Evil Queen in Snow White and the Arabian Princess, French Marzipan, Snow Queen and Dew Drop Fairy in the Nutcracker. Miss Christina is originally from the Bronx, NY and started her training at the Bronx Dance Theater. From there she attended the famous New York City High school of Performing Arts and graduated with a Regents diploma. She was a student of John Magnus, Eleanor D’Antuono, and Dorothy Lister, among others, during years of intensive study at the Joffrey Ballet School in Manhattan. Furthermore, she completed her formal dance education with a B.F.A. in dance at the University of Hartford, Hartt School in Connecticut. There she was trained by the world famous ballerina Alla Osipenko and Martha Graham protégé Peggy Lyman. Some of her other accomplishments include Mojalet Core Group, Full Force Dance Theater, BalletNeo, San Diego Dance Theater, Terry Wilson and Dancers, Burklyn Ballet Theater, Dance Connecticut’s Touring Ensemble and West Coast Ballet Theater. Miss Christina is happy to be a part of this wonderful company and is excited to continue to grow with this studio and with you! Her goal is to impart great technique, passion and joy of the art form to all who walk through our doors. Miss Christina is tough but fair and absolutely loves teaching dance.

Faculty

Phil Amer began dancing and performing at age 4 beginning with Tap then progressing to Ballet. He received his initial training at The Dancers Studio in Eureka, California, where he grew up. He has trained at The San Francisco Ballet School and Cleveland Ballet School as well. In his career of over 30+ years he has danced with many companies including Cleveland Ballet, The Sacramento Ballet, The San Francisco Opera Ballet and Minnesota Dance Theater. Phil has been teaching Ballet and Contemporary Ballet for the past 20 years for various dance studios throughout California and the Bay Area, including San Diego Civic Youth Ballet, School of Creative & Performing Arts (Chula Vista High School), Stapleton School of the Performing Arts and Petaluma School of Ballet.
Candace Carbajal is a seasoned dance instructor and performer, who was recently seen as Anita in "West Side Story" (ITL Award Nominee). She is also an accomplished choreographer whose work has been performed by theater companies throughout Southern California and Arizona. Some of her credits include: "Little Mermaid Jr." (Patio Playhouse), "Sheila" (Grand Facade Theatre Prod.), "Willy Wonka" (Pickwick Players), and "The Secret Garden" (PaccoArts). She will next be seen performing with Emenay Productions in an original immersive theater dance project for the San Diego Fringe Festival.
Molly Faulkner, Ph.D. is a Professor of Dance at Palomar College in San Marcos, California and she currently directs the Palomar College Contemporary Ballet Ensemble. She has her Ph.D. from Texas Woman’s University, her M.F.A. from the University of Iowa, and her B.F.A. from the University of Arizona. She has danced professionally with Ballet Arizona, Arizona Dance Theatre, Empire State Ballet, Tokyo Disneyland, and her students are most impressed that she was the Muppet Grover on an International Tour of Sesame St. Live. She has taught and choreographed across the US, and Sweden and is master teacher and choreographer for Burklyn Ballet Theatre in Vermont, where she a mentor of students for the Young Choreographers Showcase. Her research on the connections between leadership skills and ballet was chosen for presentation at Corps de Ballet International conference in Baltimore Maryland, and for the RAD conference in Sydney, Australia. And She and collaborator Julia Gleich’s research on contemporary ballet first presented for the SDHS special topics conference in NYC is being included in the Oxford Handbook for Contemporary Ballet. Her current research with Ms. Gleich includes the nature of the ballet canon, and issues surrounding archiving dance.
Hope Fisher is from the San Francisco Bay Area and began her diverse dance training at Helen Walker’s School of Dance at the age of 3. She is classically trained in ballet, jazz, and modern, but has also trained in nearly all forms of dance (e.g., character, social tap, African, acrobatics, hip-hop, hula, cheer, and Bollywood). Hope holds a B.F.A. in dance from the University of California in Irvine (UC Irvine) and a teaching credential from the California State University, Long Beach. At UC Irvine, she trained under David Allen, Diane Diefenderfer, Loretta Livingston, Molly Lynch, and Lisa Naugle, among others. Her dancing repertoire consists of principal, soloist, and corps de ballet roles. Her favorite role to date has been The Unicorn & Lady Amalthea in The Last Unicorn. She has performed as a part of Palomar College’s Contemporary Dance Ensemble, at UC Irvine, with State Street Ballet’s summer program, and Benicia Ballet Theatre.
Angelica Tilton was born in San Diego, California. Her early years of ballet training began with Ben and Laurie-Michelle Houk at San Elijo and Music Academy in San Marcos, CA. She attended various Summer Intensive programs from 2007-2015 at: Pacific North West Ballet, School of American Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Ballet West, American Ballet Theatre and Ballet Arizona. When she was 14, she was invited to study under Lola De Avola and Patricke Armand in the Pre-professional program at the San Francisco Ballet School from 2009-2013. She performed La Sylphide, George Balanchine’s Western Symphony, and “Waltz of the Flowers Finale” from The Nutcracker with San Francisco Ballet. She was then offered a full scholarship to study in New York City under Franco Devita at American Ballet Theatre’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School from 2013-2015. She trained with Lupe Serrano, Martine van Hamel, Melissa Allan Bowman, and Richard Bowman. While in New York, she performed in excerpts from Swan Lake in the role of “Big Swan”; staged by Rosanna Seravalli and Cheryl Yeager, Alexei Ratmansky’s “Waltz of the Flowers”, La Bayadere “Pas D’ Action”; staged by Kate Lydon and Harriet Clark, and Les Sylphide in a principle role staged by Harriet Clark. She performed at Ballet Theatre’s 75th Anniversary Gala in “Rondo Capriccioso”, choreographed and set by Alexei Ratmansky. Angelica was invited to Moscow and Astrakhan, Russia where by special invitation from the Fondazione Accademia Nazionale di Danza. She, along with a select group from the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School, performed George Balanchine’s Valse Fantasy; staged by Deborah Wingert and Antony Tudor’s Soiree Musicale in the lead role of “Bolero”; staged by Diana Byer in the Gala Del Premio Roma Jia Ruskaja. Angelica danced with Ballet Arizona’s Studio Company under Carlos Valcarsel 2015-2016.
Robin Satori has been teaching very young children for more than 20 years. Her own Ballet training began when her young daughter was first taking dance lessons. Robin created the "Me & Mommy Movement & Music " program in response to the wishes & aptitudes of so many little one that she observed. "it is such a pleasure to see how quickly & joyfully even the youngest dancers can learn new skills & socialization through directed play."