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Two Alumnae To Lead Portland School of Ballet

Two alumnae of the Program in Dance Education have been appointed to leadership positions at the Portland School of Ballet.

Daniela Malta Sabbath was named Principal of the School, and Amelia Bielen was named Assistant Principal. Both are newly created positions. Sabbath and Bielen earned master’s degrees in Dance Education from NYU Steinhardt in the Teaching Dance in the Professions – ABT Ballet Pedagogy track. In this program, pedagogy and research are complemented with an arts management course to help prepare the graduate for a wide spectrum of opportunities within the world of dance.

Daniela Sabbath has performed with Portland Ballet Company and taught for the school for the past several years. She also had a performing career in her native Brazil, and performed with Los Ballets de Madrid. She returns to Portland Ballet excited to share best practices in pedagogy, child development, dance psychology, and anatomy, and to bring her creative leadership style to the organization.  As Principal, Sabbath will teach across all levels, while overseeing the administrative structure of the school. 

Amelia Bielen, currently a dancer with Portland Ballet Company, has taught at PSB for the past two years. As Assistant Principal, Bielen will develop Student Repertory classes, and manage children’s rehearsals, the Kids 4 Kids program, and the Year End Student Showcase.