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, Carolina Ballet, Sarasota Ballet Studio Company and a traineeship with American Repertory 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 eleven students who have been granted the Long Island Newsday Scholar Artist Award for their academic excellence and accomplishment in dance, two have received the Sandi Bloomberg Scholarship for 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 Alyssa Brogan began her training under the direction of Karen Lynch at the age of twelve, and continued her training at Lynch Ballet through high school. Alyssa 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 performed principle roles in several Lynch Ballet Company productions including the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Swanilda in Coppelia, Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, and Odette/Odile in Swan Lake. 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. In 2017, Alyssa began her work in non-profit development and fundraising at a NYC-based modern dance company, RIOULT Dance NY. In 2021, she began working as the Development Manager and Executive Assistant at The Knowledge House, a nonprofit that provides free digital skills training in coding and design programs to young people from historically overlooked communities. Alyssa has been a faculty member at Lynch School of Ballet, as well as Ballet Mistress at Lynch Ballet Company productions, since 2012.