Teachers

Vermont Center for Dance Education Faculty

 Zoë Marr Hilliard trained at Adams School of Dance for eleven years before going on to earn a B.A. in both dance and sculpture at Smith College. While at Smith, Zoë was the Artistic Director of the school’s student-run dance company. She now dances with Vital Spark North performance group, as well as choreographing and performing in her own pieces at various venues around Vermont. In the summer of 2015  Zoë had the role of Lead Bee (and a nice tomato) in the Farm to Ballet Project, directed by Chatch Pregger. In April 2016 she participated in the second biennial DanceFest Vermont! at Castleton University, performing in both shows, including her own choreography. In 2012, Zoë performed professionally with Cradle to Grave Arts in Dear Pina, an evening-length tribute to the late Pina Bausch. In addition, Zoë teaches summer art camps for kids at the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center, facilitates Visions Camp for Rutland/Dorset Area Visiting Nurses, and leads workshops in dance and art at local art organizations, schools, libraries and rec centers. She has also choreographed for Marble Valley Players, Rutland Youth Theater, and taught dance for an interim period at Castleton University. Zoë has taught at Vermont Center for Dance Education since its inception in 2011.

Katye Robare Munger started her dance training at the age of three at the Adams School of Dance. She studied ballet, jazz, tap and modern dance during her 15 years at the studio and she was a principle dancer with the Vermont Chamber Ballet. Katye graduated from Hofstra University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Video and Television Production and a minor in dance. While at the university she tutored and taught ballet classes in addition to her dance studies including dance appreciation, choreography, ballet modern and tap. She went on to receive her Masters in Arts degree from the New School in 2011.

Katye is the Director of Digital Media at Castleton University, managing their social media, web site, and various internet marketing efforts. She also offers social media consulting and management for local businesses. In her spare time, Katye serves on various non-profit boards and committees, including being a founder of Rutland Young Professionals and just finishing a 3 year term as their first board president.

Katye previously taught ballet, jazz, contemporary, and tap at the Adams School of Dance before joining the faculty at the Vermont Center for Dance Education in the Spring of 2012.

 

Tegan Waite  has danced since the age of three. She has danced at Adams School of Dance, now Vermont Center for Dance Education since 2008, where she has studied and trained in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, and modern. Tegan first started choreographing in 2011 for Rip Jackson, and now works as a choreographer for RYT, Grace Congregational, and other projects. Tegan teaches dance at VCDE, where she has been working since 2013. She is most proud of her work on Les Miserables, performed summer of 2014 on the Paramount stage, and Jesus Christ Superstar performed spring 2015. Tegan has a passion for working with youth and young adults to bring the stage to life through movement. She is currently a student at Castleton University, studying education.

Kristina Desjardins 

Kristina Desjardins began her dance training at The Adams School of Dance in Vermont. She then joined The

Vermont Chamber Ballet, where she’s danced many roles such as Clara, Dew Drop Fairy, and Sugar Plum

Fairy. She’s also performed with New York City Ballet’s summer seasons at Saratoga Performing Arts Center

and studied at Boston Ballet for their summer intensives. After graduating from Rutland High she moved to

New York City to study Musical Theater at American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Since then she’s joined

New York City based companies such as ELSCO Dance, Metaphors&similiesDance, and GIG(Get it Good).

She has also worked for Dublin Worldwide Spirit Productions in numerous shows all over the US. Kristina has

also been fortunate to work as a Dancer/Choreographer in Music Videos shot in L.A., New York, and London.

Locally she’s choreographed for Musical Theater shows at Merchants Hall and Castleton State College. As of

late she performed at Symphony Space in New York under Whitney G-Bowley’s direction for Project Broadway.

She’s thrilled to be sharing her knowledge to the youth of her home town at Vermont Center for Dance

Education.