Faculty


Karen Lynch was raised on Long Island and received her ballet training at the Seiskaya Ballet School. She studied on scholarship at various summer programs including the School of American Ballet, the Pacific Northwest Ballet and the New York State Summer School for the Arts. At the age of fifteen, Karen competed in the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi, and the Prix de Lausanne in Switzerland. On the national level, she won top honors at the Saraband Ballet Competition and the National Society for Arts and Letters.

Karen has danced professionally with the Pacific Northwest Ballet where she performed in many Balanchine ballets including Symphony in C, A Midsummer’s Night Dream, Western Symphony, Divertimento No. 15, Rubies, Scotch Symphony, Who Cares? and Valse Fantasie. In addition, she performed in the Nutcracker/Stowell, Paquita/Petipa, Coppelia/Stowell, Chrysalis Regarding/Tippet, Alice in Wonderland/Tetley, Voluntaries/Tetley, and Swan Lake/Stowell. Karen has also been a principal dancer with the Chautauqua Dance Company, Kansas City Ballet, Fugate/Behari Ballet NY, and Dances Patrelle. Some of her favorite roles have included Odette in Swan Lake, the Sugarplum Fairy in the Nutcracker, the Sylph in Scotch Symphony and Princess Aurora in the Sleeping Beauty.

Karen has taught ballet in the Huntington community for over twenty-five years and her students have been accepted to many prestigious summer programs including the American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet, New York State Summer School for the Arts, Pacific Northwest Ballet, School of American Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Houston Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Carolina Ballet and the Atlanta Ballet School. Her students have also won top honors at various ballet competitions such as the Youth American Grand Prix, the American Ballet Competition and the Long Island Ballet Competition. Karen has trained students who have danced professionally with the Alabama Ballet, Nevada Dance Theatre, Atlanta Ballet and have received traineeships at American Repertory Company and Sarasota Ballet.  In addition, Karen’s students have been accepted to such competitive college dance programs as Suny Purchase, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Adelphi University, Butler University,  and on scholarship at Oklahoma and Indiana University.  Karen has had three students who have been granted the prestigious honor of being named an American Ballet Theatre National Training Scholar.  She has ten students who have been granted the Long Island Newsday Scholar Artist Award for their academic excellence and accomplishment in dance, and three have received the prestigious Otto Kahn Scholarship in dance .

Karen holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the State University of New York Empire State College, and she lives in Huntington with her husband Michael and their two children, Juliet and Mary.

Elizabeth Aymong began her training at the Huntington School of Ballet under the direction of Jan Hanniford Goetz and Sandra Forsythe. She continued her studies with Karen Lynch, Anthony Jones and Mary Lundy at the Huntington YMCA Dance Center. Elizabeth grew up performing with the Huntington Ballet Theatre under the direction of Anthony Jones. In Jan Hanniford Goetz’s production of The Nutcracker she performed various roles including Clara, Dew Drop, Snow Queen and the Sugar Plum Fairy. In addition she performed the principle roles of Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, Swanilda in Coppelia and the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella, by Anthony Jones. Elizabeth spent her summers at the School of American Ballet and American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive in New York City. In December 2003, Elizabeth was accepted, along with nine other dancers, to the inaugural year of the American Ballet Theatre Studio Company Associate Program (now the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at ABT). During her two years at American Ballet Theatre she had the opportunity to study with John Meehan (former ABT Studio Company Artistic Director), Susan Jaffe, Lupe Serrano, Martine Van Hamel, Ethan Brown, and Julie Kent. While at the school she was given the opportunity to dance in the 10th Anniversary ABT Studio Company Gala at Lincoln Center, in the premiere of Jessica Lang’s Veiled Calling. In June 2005, she graduated from the school and accepted an apprenticeship with Alabama Ballet, under the direction of Wes Chapman. Due to injury she returned to New York to begin teaching ballet and pursue her academic education. In 2005, she became the Ballet Mistress for Jan Hanniford Goetz’s Nutcracker. In September 2009, Elizabeth became a Resident Faculty Member at the Lynch School of Ballet and the Assistant to the Artistic Director of the Lynch Ballet Company. Elizabeth graduated from New York University in May 2010 with a degree in Communication Studies. She is currently the American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive Manager, where she coordinates the National Audition Tour and their seven Summer Intensive programs across the country. Elizabeth is an ABT certified teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 3 of the National Training Curriculum.

 

Alyssa Brogan began her training under the direction of Karen Lynch at the age of twelve, where she remained a student until she was eighteen. Alyssa has spent three summers training at Joffrey Ballet School in New York City on scholarship and attended New York State Summer School of the Arts (NYSSSA). She has performed principal roles in several Lynch Ballet Company productions including Swanilda in Coppelia, the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, the Bluebird Pas de deux in The Sleeping Beauty, and Cupid in Don Quixote. Alyssa was a medalist in the Long Island Ballet Competition for three years. She was selected as a Long Island Art’s Alliance Scholar Artist, an award given to twenty students on Long Island with high academic achievements and exceptional talent in their art form. She attended Adelphi University on scholarship, and graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. She received the Ruth St. Denis award, given to a graduate with scholastic accomplishments and the promise of greater achievement in their chosen field. Alyssa has worked as an intern at the Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts and at American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive Program as a counselor. She became a faculty member at Lynch School of Ballet in 2012 and is Ballet Mistress at Lynch Ballet Company productions. Currently, Alyssa is the Development Intern at RIOULT Dance NY, where she participates in fundraising functions specific to institutional giving and special events.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paula Alvarez, from Mexico City, began training at the Academia de Ballet San Angel Inn where
she completed the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance (ISTD) syllabus with Distinction. Upon
graduating high school, she moved to New York City to train at the Joffrey Ballet School under
the direction of Era Jouravlev where she had the opportunity to perform in classical ballets such
as Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote and The Nutcracker. Under the guidance of Stacy
Caddell, Paula had the privilege to perform ballets choreographed by George Balanchine such
as Walpurgisnacht, Stars and Stripes and Serenade. After completing the program at the Joffrey
Ballet School, Paula started her career as a soloist for Menlowe Ballet in California. Currently,
she is freelancing for different projects, as well as demonstrating for Steps on Broadway. Paula
started teaching at the world-renowned Joffrey Ballet School in 2018, and is currently a part of
the faculty at Steffi Nossen School of Dance. Throughout 2020 she taught for the Children’s
Program at Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet. A firm believer in lifelong learning, she
continues to expand her knowledge through teaching certifications, her most recent one being
Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet Teacher’s Workshop in 2020. Paula’s greatest aspiration as a
teacher is to share her love of dance with children of all ages and to continue to inspire and get
inspired by the next generation of young dancers.

 

 

Shelby Reller began training at the North Shore School of Dance at the age of five, where she was the student of several former rockettes and broadway dancers. At twelve she auditioned for Huntington School of Ballet’s The Nutcracker, and by thirteen she began training under the direction of Karen Lynch, Elizabeth Aymong, and Ian Thatcher at Lynch School of Ballet. She remained Karen’s student through the age of eighteen.

Shelby has performed several principal roles with Lynch Ballet Company including Swanilda in Coppelia, the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Lilac Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty, and Mercedes in Don Quixote. Shelby attended summer training intensives at Joffrey Ballet School in New York City and with various guest teachers at Lynch Ballet Company.

Shelby graduated from Binghamton University in 2016 with a dual degree in English Rhetoric & Psychology. While at Binghamton, Shelby served as a Teacher’s Assistant for the Advanced Ballet credit, and was one of ten students selected to perform in the school’s Spring Dance Production.

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