Board of Directors
MFA in Dance, Arizona State Universityz / BFA in Dance, George Mason University
Banking Center Assistant at PeoplesBank
Director of The Hartt School / The Juilliard School / Royal Danish Ballet / José Limón Company / Hamburg Ballet
Stephen Pier has performed throughout the world with the Royal Danish Ballet, the Hamburg Ballet, the José Limón Company and as a guest artist. His repertoire spans a vast range including the works of Petipa, Bournonville, Balanchine, Cranko, Kylian, Limón, and Neumeier. He created roles in original works for choreographers John Neumeier, Maurice Béjart, Kim Brandstrup, and Laura Dean earning critical acclaim as “ a dancer of tremendous taste and insight”, “highly defined, a tour de force”, and “one of the most gifted dancers on the modern dance scene today.”
Mr Pier became internationally known as a teacher and coach of both Limón work and Ballet. He taught for the Royal Danish Ballet’s company and school while serving as ballet master and dancer from 1990 -1996 and was a full time faculty member of the Juilliard School from 1996-2010.
Pier was invited to teach for the Alvin Ailey School, Martha Graham Center, Regional Dance America, New York International Ballet Competition and for many notable companies in Europe, America and Asia including Company Wayne McGregor, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Atlanta Ballet, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Introdans, Scapino Ballet, Philadanco and New National Theater Tokyo. His students have danced in companies around the world including, The Royal Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Forsythe Company, Netherlands Dance Theater, Martha Graham Company, Lar Lubovitch, José Limón Dance Co., Mark Morris Dance Group, Doug Varone Dancers, Cullberg Ballet, Cedar Lake Ensemble, Alvin Ailey and Bat Sheva.
Associate Professor of Dance / Masters of Creative Industries, Queensland University of Technology
Pilates Certification, Body Arts and Science International (BASI) / Associate of The Royal Academy of Dance (ARAD) / Royal Ballet School Teachers’ Course for Professional Dancers (TCPD) / The Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dancing Diploma (CSTD)
Doctor of Physical Therapy / Bachelor of Arts in Political Science / Board Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist / Certified Orthopaedic Manual Therapist / ImPACT Trained Physical Therapist / RedCord Neurac Level 1 Practioner / Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist
Tom Kassan earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Connecticut in 2014. Since graduating, Tom has achieved specialized certifications in orthopedics, manual therapy, and trigger point dry needling to better serve a broader patient population. In May of 2019, he opened Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Centers of West Hartford taking on the role of Partner/Director. In addition to this role, he currently serves as Chair of the Public Policy Committee for the Connecticut Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and has recently formed a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusiveness (DEI) Committee within the same chapter to ensure more equal access to the profession. Tom believes that movement is the key to a happy and healthy life, and is passionate about helping people get back to what they enjoy most.
Tom prides himself in being a strong member of his community by supporting many groups within the health and wellness space. He is an active member of the West Hartford Chamber of Commerce and sponsors local youth sports programs. When he is not working, Tom enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and dog. He is an avid skier, hiker, and rock climber, enjoys gardening, and considers himself an amateur bonsai enthusiast.
Company Manager Ballet Hartford / ABT Certified Pre-Primary – Level Three / Author of “Ballet Etiquette”
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