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Deborah Bailay, Director and Creator of Children’s Ballets
Miss Bailay received a B.A. degree in Biological Sciences from Indiana University. She has been a professional ballet teacher for over 30 years. She was on the faculty of The Washington School of Ballet under Director Mary Day intermittently from 1982-1998 and directed Central Maryland School of Ballet for ten years. In New York City, she was on the faculty at Steps on Broadway and the Chen Dance Center. She is the founder of In Grandma’s Attic dance program and creates original miniature children’s ballets for her students. Her great joy in teaching is guiding the growth of each and every dance student in her classes.

As a dancer she was a company member of Indiana University Ballet Theater, Diane Jacobowitz Dance Theater, Joan Miller’s Dance Players, Momentum Dance Theatre, and a soloist and principal dancer with the Greg Reynolds Dance Quintet. She danced in the original cast of Dianne McIntyre’s reconstruction of Helen Tamiris’ modern dance, “How Long Brethren”.

Her choreography on professional dancers has been favorably reviewed by dance critics. Miss Bailay has been privileged to work with guest artists from such prominent ballet companies like The Washington Ballet, the Dance Theatre of Harlem, New York City Opera Ballet, Basel Ballet, and the Royal Swedish Ballet in her independent choreography projects.

Her students have joined ballet and modern companies including Ballet Tech, Joffrey II, the Juilliard School, the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, The Washington Ballet, Ballet Hispanico, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Ballet West, Atlanta Ballet, and Nashville Ballet. Miss Bailay has many, many artistic daughters and now is enjoying a new generation of artistic granddaughters.

“Her interest and devotion to each and every student are truly great qualities in her teaching.”
– Miss Mary Day, 1986, Founder of The Washington School of Ballet.

Ashley Banks, Marketing Associate
Ashley graduated cum laude from Columbia University with a B.A. in French and Romance Philology. She has done marketing, events management, administration, and cultural programming for many prominent NY cultural organizations including the French Institute Alliance Française, the French American Foundation, the Metropolitan Opera, Women’s Expressive Theatre Company, and the Bronx Arts Ensemble. In bringing her many talents and expertise to IGA, she will have a direct hand in email and online marketing, creation and dissemination of promotional materials, partnership proposals, administration, and development paving the way towards educational, artistic and cultural contributions. She has shown genuine interest in all aspects of IGA’s vision, current activities, and future interests, and Miss Bailay is very pleased to welcome Ashley and to have a first-rate arts marketing associate and true arts lover at her side.

Alison Cook Beatty, Teaching Artist
Alison taught a year for IGA and has returned after dancing with Taylor 2 Dance Company in the interim. She received a B.F.A. in Dance from The Boston Conservatory. Presently, she dances and rehearses with Seth Gertsacov, freelances with other choreographers, and dances with several dance companies, including Thang Dao Dance Company and with ZviDance as an apprentice.

Elizabeth Douglas, Teaching Artist
Elizabeth earned an M.A. in Dance & Dance Education from New York University and has taught at IGA in the PreBallet Division for eight years. She now teaches workshops and birthday parties. She has performed with several companies and is currently dancing with Xodus Dance Collective which recently performed at the 2009 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival.

Marian Hyun, Teaching Artist
Marian taught at IGA in the PreBallet Division for five years, and more recently, she has taught the Children’s Classical Jazz class. She received a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence. She is a founder and president of Jazz Choreography Enterprises, Inc., a nonprofit organization whose goal is to encourage the creation of original works of jazz dance.

Erin Hunter Jennings, Teaching Artist
Erin Hunter Jennings is a professional dancer and dance educator. She loves teaching children and has taught dance and yoga in private programs as well as in the public school system. Erin has performed professionally in many dance/theater productions in NYC and throughout the US and Europe. She holds a Master of Arts in Dance and Education from NYU and currently dances with Germaul Barnes, Sublime Dance, and C.Eule Dance. She has been on IGA’s faculty for many years and, along with her sisters, studied dance at Miss Bailay's ballet school in Maryland.

Faith Hunter Kimberling, Teaching Artist
Faith Hunter Kimberling received a BA in English Literature from Bucknell University. She majored in dance at the University of Maryland and has graduate credits in Dance education from the SUNY/ 92nd St Y DEL program. She currently dances with Lori Belilove's Isadora Duncan Dance Company and C. Eule Dance. For several years she danced for White Wave: Young Soon Kim Dance Company, with whom she had the opportunity to perform in China and Inner Mongolia. She teaches creative dance, pre-ballet, pre-tap, jazz, modern/contemporary, and Isadora Duncan Technique to children of all ages. She is most proud of being a mommy to two beautiful dancing daughters. Along with her sisters, Faith studied dance at Miss Bailay's ballet school in Maryland.

Annie Nowakowski, Teaching Artist
Annie has taught in IGA’s outreach program for the past year-and-a-half. She earned a B.F.A. degree in Dance from Point Part University with a Jazz concentration. Since arriving in NYC, she has developed countless performance art and dance pieces, collaborating with some of the city’s top musicians and artists.

Kimberly Craigie-Blonn, Consultant
Kimberly holds a B.F.A. in Dance from The Juilliard School and is a graduate of The Washington School of Ballet. She began her dance training at age four with Miss Bailay and later studied extensively with Miss Bailay as a young children’s educator. Now living in the Chicago area, Kimberly is the director of the Young Children’s Program at The Academy of Dance Arts. She was on the IGA faculty for nine years and now serves as a consultant.