Charlene Campbell Carey Artistic Director
Charlene Campbell Carey’s long and vibrant career in ballet and choreography began in 1976 and branched into entertainment and diplomacy. Born in Chicago she began her ballet studies with Walter Camryn, Bentley Stone and her mother, Elisabeth Gillette Campbell. Ms. Campbell Carey trained on scholarship throughout high school at the National Academy of Arts with Lupe Serrano and Michael Maule. This led her to American Ballet Theatre where she also became a member of the faculty and assistant to Director Patricia Wilde. Ms. Campbell danced at Radio City Music Hall following in her Mother’s footsteps, who danced at Radio City for thirteen years after World War 2. Charlene became choreographer for Chicago’s “Light Opera Works” and served on the faculty for Lou Conte and the Hubbard Street Dance Company for 7 years.
Ms. Campbell was a leading dancer or choreographer for hundreds of ballets, operas, night club acts, and industrials, including the Macy’s Parade Coleco floats, the Los Angeles Japan-America conference with Ronald Reagan, Beverly Hills events such as the Christmas Show with Whoopi Goldberg, “Murder, She Wrote” starring Angela Lansbury, “Indestructible People,” for ABC-TV; and “On My Toes,” with Katya Artyushkina from the Bolshoi Ballet. Ms. Campbell choreographed the film “Desire” which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 1988 and showcased many of the world’s top ballet dancers. She made her on screen acting debut in “Desire” co-starring with Johan Renvall, principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre. She also produced the feature film “Season of Change” starring Michael Madsen, and served on the faculty of Yvonne Mounsey’s Westside Ballet School, Stanley Holden’s Ballet School and coached celebrities in Los Angeles for ten years.
In 1998, Ms. Campbell founded Rocky Mountain Ballet Theatre in Missoula, Montana. RMBT has over 50 original ballets in its repertoire and began touring internationally in 2002. RMBT dancers were cast in “The Flying Dutchman” starring Rod Steiger and Eric Roberts shot in Darby, MT and also in“Kismet” and “Candide” productions with Light Opera Works in Chicago. She has continued to teach and choreograph commissions across the United States, Europe, South America and Asia.
In 2008, prior to the Olympic Games, Ms. Campbell led the RMBT delegation to Beijing, Guilin, Yangshou, Shanghai, and Suzhou China. The tour was a diplomatic and artistic success leading to an immediate invitation to return to China October 2008 to participate in the Beijing Dance Academy International Ballet Competition as a master teacher and coach.
RMBT began a tradition of offering command performances in Montana for former Senator Max Baucus, visiting Ambassadors and diplomats from China, Peru, Vietnam, Colombia, Morocco, Panama, Chile, South Korea, Australia, Tajikistan, the Russian Federation, Japan, New Zealand, Bahrain and many more. RMBT established an Affiliation with the University of Montana International Programs, The Mansfield Center and the Center for Southwest Asia Studies. Ms. Campbell has continued to create ballets with topics relevant to Montana, including the " Going Viral " series that included film backdrops and scientists from the Level 4 Lab in Hamilton, Montana to showcase and inform the community about the facts of Ebola, Polio, HPV, Dengue Fever , West Nile , and Influenza. The Gates Foundation utilized the Polio Ballet as an educational tool internationally.
In 2010, the Montana program returned to China, and the Guangxi Province cities of Liuzhou and Nanning to further understanding through cultural exchange and to create new relationships between Montana and China. RMBT was showcased as the headline entertainment during the Shanghai World Expo. RMBT participated in dialogues and cultural exchanges with the Suzhou Ballet, the Robert Mundell University for Entrepreneurship and again at The National Ballet of China and Beijing Dance Academy.
RMBT has toured Europe numerous times and was invited to participate in an official Trade Mission with Senator Max Baucus to both Brazil and Colombia in 2011. RMBT was thrilled to represent the USA & Montana in Gala performances and opening ceremony events for the prestigious Salzburg Music Festival & in collaboration with the Salzburg Ballet in Austria. RMBT enjoyed a three-month European tour in 2014. Major highlights included a residency in Ischia, Italy with Master Violinist Henry Gronnier & participating in the Wien Welt Wettbewerb during the Impulstanz Festival with Gregor Hatala, Evelyn Teri and under Vladimir Malakov’s Direction. This success led RMBT to our current partnership with The Vienna International Ballet Experience (VIBE) International, and to become VIBE’s USA Director and official host.
In 2014, RMBT embarked to China on an official USA State Department tour of the Henan and Guangxi Provinces. RMBT was presented in Beijing by the National Ballet of China at the Tianquio Theater and participated in cultural exchanges throughout the three week tour including a memorable day with the Chinese Disabled Performance Troupe as facilitated by USA Ambassador to China Max Baucus and accompanied by his wife Melodee Hanes Baucus.
Charlene was Guest Ballet Mistress at the GOH Academy of Ballet in Vancouver, Canada in 2015 under the Direction of Prima Ballerina Chan Han Goh. Most recently Ms. Campbell has served on many prestigious International Ballet juries including Vienna VIBE, 2016, OPUS Ballet Florence, Italy, Danza Activa in Panama, and serves as a judge and master teacher on numerous International Ballet "examen" panels. RMBT will produce BALLET BEYONFD BORDERS, Global Competition & Cultural Exchange in Montana January 2018 and is alsoin development of a feature length ballet film titled "Rain Balls."
Karen Carreno Music Director
Ms. Carreno received a BFA from the University of Wisconsin. She worked for the Milwaukee Ballet Co. under Jean Paul Comelin and Ted Kivitt and accompanied ballet and modern classes for the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee where she taught Music for Dancers. After moving to Los Angeles in 1986 she worked at California Institute of the Arts accompanying for George de la Pena, Rebecca Wright, Tina Juan, and various guest artists. Ms. Carreno was on the staff at Stanley Holden Dance Center, and Westside Ballet. Summers she accompanied the Lewitzky Company for their workshops in Idyllwild CA. In 1990 she worked on an episode of “Murder She Wrote” with Charlene Campbell. Her collaboration with Ms. Campbell in TV and dance in Los Angeles led Ms. Carreno to move to Missoula MT. Ms. Campbell opened the Rocky Mountain Ballet Theatre in 1998.
At RMBT, Ms. Carreno accompanies classes, works with guest artists, performs with the company, teaches Music for Dancers and works as the associate director of the school with Ms. Campbell. As Associate Director, Ms. Carreno is involved in all aspects of administration from planning to implementation. She writes grants, prepares budgets, and reports directly to the board of directors. Performing on programs in Missoula and throughout MT, Ms. Carreno also traveled to Austria with RMBT as a part of the International Dance Festival Tanzsommer in 2002. She recorded a group of tangos for performances in Innsbruck, St. Johann, and Vienna. The school then toured to Italy in 2005 and 2007 and Ms. Carreno played for classes at the Balletto di Roma. In May of 2008 RMBT toured to Beijing, Guilin, Suzhou, and Shanghai China. Ms. Carreno played for class at the National Ballet of China in Beijing. In 2010 she returned to China for cultural exchanges in Liuzhou and Nanning, Guangxi, to the World Expo in Shanghai where RMBT performed at the USA pavilion. She then went on to Suzhou and Beijing accompanying classes at the ballet companies there. Ms. Carreno has been a guest accompanist at summer workshops such as Colorado Ballet Intensive, Colorado Springs; Cechetti Summer Workshop, Los Angeles, CA; Step to the Stage, Terry Fox, Chicago IL; Lewitzsky Summer Workshops, CA; Balletto di Roma, Rome IT; July 2009 for theNorthwest Dance Intensive in Olympia WA; and 2011 for the Syracuse University Summer Dance Intensive.
The RMBT school, Ms. Campbell and Ms. Carreno were featured in Dance Magazine’s January 2006 issue. Ms. Carreno has released 2 CDs of music for ballet classes which can be sampled at www.cdbaby.co
Jenifer Kerber Assistant to the Artistic Director
Jenifer was born in Missoula, Montana and studied under Charlene Campbell Carey at Rocky Mountain Ballet Theatre School. In the summer of 2002 she joined the company on its first international tour with Tanzsommer touring five cities throughout Austria. This would be the first of many international trips with RMBT. She graduated from the University of Iowa in 2009 studying dance and expanding her love for choreography and performance. She has attended summer intensives in Roma, Italy with Balletto Di Roma in 2005, Joliet Illinois with the Underground Arts Connection in 2006, Tropea, Italy with Broadway a Tropea in 2007, Bulgaria in 2011, Salzburg International Ballet Academy (SIBA) in 2013, LA Hip Hop Intensive at Debbie Allen Dance Academy in 2015, and Human Bodies at Art Garage in Pizzoli, Italy 2016. She traveled with Rocky Mountain Ballet Theatre to China as a performer and assistant to artistic director Charlene Campbell in 2014 as part of a State Department Grant, in 2010 for the Shanghai World Expo and in May 2008 on a five city tour as part of the pre-Olympic ceremonies facilitated by Senator Max Baucus of the Senate Finance Committee and Chinese Ambassador Zhou Wenzhon and in 2010 through Montana's sister state of Guangxi and Shanghai for the World Expo. In the summer of 2009, she traveled to Italy and Austria assisting Charlene in workshops and in the summer of 2011 on RMBT's tour with Tanzsommer throughout Austria and continued with Charlene through Hungary, Romania, and Bulgaria. She has been the ballet mistress for RMBT on the Moscow Ballet performances of "The Great Russian Nutcracker", "Romeo and Juliette" and "Swan Lake". She was part of the administrative team for the premiere of the Vienna International Ballet Experience (VIBE) in Montana January 2016 and 2017 and assisted in administration of VIBE International in Vienna March 2016 and was a guest teacher for the workshops. She recently assisted the administrative team for the premiere of the Global Dance Challenge in Vancouver Canada where she also was a guest teacher in the workshops. Her choreography has been seen in local and international productions of Rocky Mountain Ballet Theatre, Internationally at SIBA, China 2014, Italy 2016. Dancers of RMBT competed with her choreography in VIBE USA 2016, VIBE USA 2017, VIBE International 2016, and the Global Dance Challenge in Vancouver, Canada. Ms. Kerber teaches classes in ballet, contemporary, jazz, tap and working on her certification in Progressing Ballet Technique.
Victoria brings the energy and spirit of flamenco to her classes. She is dedicated to sharing and preserving this art, which was designated as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2010. Victoria began studying flamenco with Elenita Brown in Missoula, while taking advantage of every travel opportunity in early days to study with Maestro Teo Morca, Lydia Torea, Angelica De Leon, and Ena Camargo.
In recent years, she has taken classes in dance with Yaelisa, Omayra Amaya, Maestro Teo Morca, La Tania, Juan Siddi, Manuel Gutierrez, Mina Fajardo, Solangel "Lali" Calix and Maestro Timo Lozano in Houston, TX; with Olga Pericet, Mina Fajardo and Joaquin Encinas in Albuquerque, NM; and with Maricarmen Guerrero and Raimundo Benitez in Granada, Spain. Victoria has enriched her understanding of flamenco dance with classes in cante (song) from Vicente Griego, Kina Mendez, Jesus Montoya and José Cortés; in castanets with Solangel "Lali" Calix; in cajon with Enrique "El Peru;" and in cuadro communication with Teo Morca, Julio de los Reyes, Salvadora Galan, Timo Lozano, Jose A. Bersabe Romero, Francine La Rubi and the members of Solero Flamenco: Irma La Paloma, Solangel "Lali" Calix, Edith Niño, Jeremías Garcia, and Chris Howard. In addition, she studied flamenco dance structure with Javier Martos while in Granada.
Victoria's Flamenco Montana has brought Maestro Teo Morca and Antonio Hidalgo Paz (as workshop leaders), cantaor Vicente Griego, and guitarist Carlos Lomas to Missoula annually over the past four years, along with guitarist Ricardo Diaz and Solero Flamenco in 2015. In addition, she has hosted Yaeslisa in Whitefish, Montana, in July 2016; Yaelisa and Jason McGuire will return to Montana in August, 2017.
Her classes focus on placement and technique specific to flamenco such as braceo or arm movement, floreo or hand movement, footwork and palmas, along with universal dance techniques of working correctly, body line and posture, and interpretation. Flamenco embraces the essence of each unique individual's expression of life. Experience your flamenco moment!
Kate is the co-founder and co-artistic director of Arts & Above. Her work reflects life experiences through contemporary dance and performance art/installation. Occasionally she expresses through film and screen printing. Kate’s work has been presented across the United States at venues such as The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (DC) and ZSpace (S.F.), as well as internationally in Guatemala and Lima. With an appetite for travel, she has also performed, created and produced her art in St. Lucia, Algeria, Angola, Bahrain, Italy and Greece. As an educator she focuses on technique, expression, and performance. Kate regularly teaches master classes and residencies. Her former faculty appointments include CityDance School and Conservatory, Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, The Washington Ballet, The National Cathedral School and DeSales University. She is trained in classical ballet, traditional American modern dance, contemporary movement techniques, Pilates and GYROTONIC®. From 2009-2012 she served as co-founder/co-director of the Eureka Dance Festival. Ms. Jordan holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Grove City College in Marketing Management, and a Master of Fine Arts degree from S.U.N.Y. Brockport in dance performance and choreography. In 2016 she opened Kinetic Body Missoula, the first space in Missoula dedicated to the practice of the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM®.
Bruno is the co-founder and co-artistic director of Arts & Above. As an art maker, performer, and educator, his body of work consists primarily of dance, music, poetry, and film. Bruno’s works have been presented in the Washington DC metro area, New York City, and the bay area of San Francisco. Internationally his works have been presented in Cuba, Portugal, Germany, Angola, and Algeria. He has been a professional dancer for 21 years; performing in Cuba, Angola, and throughout the United States, while touring Africa and Europe. His formal training includes classical Ballet, modern dance, and contemporary movement techniques as well as acting and music composition. Mr. Augusto holds a diploma from the National School of the Arts in Havana, Cuba, a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Towson University in dance performance and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University in dance performance and choreography.
Visiting Dance Master - Katherine Wildberger
Kathy Wildberger shares her faculty appointment between the Dance Program, where she is Assistant Director of Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre, and the Drama Department where serves as movement instructor and choreographer. She also teaches, performs and choreographs in New York and abroad.
Her professional credits include: directing and founding the PATH Dance Company in Baltimore for eleven years, choreographing and performing for Jeff Duncan's IMPETUS Dance Company, and dancing as a founding member of the Toronto Dance Theatre. She has been awarded several fellowships and grants from the Maryland State Arts Council through the NEA, as well as a Jerome Foundation First Light Grant for her work with Sean Curran at Dance Theater Workshop in New York. Kathy has taught extensively at Goucher College, The Metropolitan Opera, The Laban Institute of Movement Studies, The Jose Limon Institute The Chautauqua Institute, Peridance Center in New York, Sesce Pompeii in Brasil, The University of Montana, Harkness Dance Center at the 92nd Street Y, The School of the Toronto Dance Theatre, The University of Maryland, The Baltimore High School for the Arts, and numerous others.
Kathy is an active member of the Native American Seminar at Vassar College.