Our Staff

We believe in hiring the very best instructors and giving them the freedom to do their best work in classroom and on the stage.  With many years of professional dance experience, managing and teaching at professional companies, our faculty is the most experienced in the Valley and sets us apart from other studios.  Don’t get us wrong, we love our teenagers – but they don’t teach here!  For more information on our outstanding faculty continue to scroll down the page.

Katharine Frey

Master Instructor

Ms. Katharine Frey received her training from International teachers at Indiana University, the School of American Ballet, American Ballet Theatre School and the Royal Danish Ballet in Copenhagen Denmark.

Ms. Frey began her professional ballet career right out of high school and danced with Atlanta Ballet, Wisconsin Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet and Ballet Arizona. After retiring from dancing she served as the Rehearsal Director for Ballet Arizona. She has taught children for over 40 years. Ms. Frey has taught at ACB since it opened in 2005. She specializes in pointe, creates original choreography and teaches variations to our older dancers.

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Scott Martin

Master Instructor

Scott Martin holds an M.S. in Ballet Performance from Indiana University and a Masters degree in Psychology. He has professional appearances with Pittsburgh Ballet, Tehran Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet. Scott also held a position as Director of the professional company at Ballet Arizona. Scott owns Rolfing and Associated Arts and teaches at Grand Canyon University.

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Eric Hippolito

Instructor

Eric Hipolito Jr. is from Seattle, WA. He trained on scholarship at Pacific Northwest Ballet School, beginning as a DanceChance student in 1998. He attended summer courses at San Francisco Ballet School, the School of American Ballet, Houston Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet School, and was a 2008 recipient of the Flemming Halby exchange with the Royal Danish Ballet. He was also the first recipient of the Jerome Robbins Scholarship, give by the Jerome Robbins Foundation, in 2007 and a 2008 recipient of a Level II award for ballet from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. Mr. Hipolito joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as a corps de ballet dancer in 2008, becoming the first Pacific Northwest Ballet DanceChance student to join the company. Eric danced with Ballet Arizona from 2015-2018. Eric joined the staff at the Academy of Classical Ballet in 2015.

Kristen Lucero

Instructor

Kristen Lucero holds a B.A. in Dance Education from ASU. Her training included modern, ballet, production, choreography, rhythmic theory, kinesiology, dance history and dance pedagogy. She has taught at ACB since it opened in 2005. Kristen’s trained at a variety of local studios in the Phoenix Area. She is currently the dance teacher at Sandra Day O’Conner High School in the Deer Valley Unified School District.

Heather Harr

Instructor

Heather Harr’s professional ballet career spanned more than twelve years. During that time, she danced with the Hartford Ballet, Nevada Ballet Theatre and Ballet Arizona. Heather’s repertoire includes performing in classical ballets of Swan Lake, Giselle, Coppelia, Don Quixote, Ramonda, Les Sylphides and many versions of the Nutcracker. Heather shares her love of dance with students of all ages at ACB. Her ultimate joy is caring for her three young daughters.

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Juliana Fisher

Instructor

Juliana Fisher trained in her hometown of Phoenix under Katharine Frey, Madame O’Kelley and Scott Martin of ACB. She also trained with Arizona School of Classical Ballet. Juliana graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Oklahoma with a BFA in Ballet Performance and a minor in Spanish. Upon graduating, she danced with Georgia Ballet, Oklahoma Festival Ballet, Convergence Ballet Company, Dance Canvas and Terpsicore Dance Company. Juliana has been teaching ballet to students of all ages and levels.

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Debra Sholtz

Instructor

Debra Scholz started dancing at the age of 9 in her native Long Island, New York. She attended the New York State Summer School of the Arts and also attended, under scholarship, the Ballet Education and Scholarship Fund Intensive. Her teachers have included Slawomir and Irena Wozniak, Olga Tarasova, Madame Elvire Seibert (Professeur De Danse De Paris F.F.D.C.C), Irina Lebedeva, and Valia Seiskaya among others.
She has performed in Scotland and as a soloist in England at the invitation of her teacher, former Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo dancer, Lorna Antonini.
Debra has been teaching ballet for over thirty years and received her teaching certification through Dance Educators of America in New York.
She also holds a certificate of Successful Completion of the 2018 International Ballet Competition’s Russian Ballet Teachers Seminar taught by Victoria Schneider of the Harid Conservatory.