Fern K. Helfond is the founder of L'Ecole de la Dance, the official School of the Mount Laurel Ballet and has been its director since 1961.  She is a New Jersey Department of Education certified teacher with a Bachelor of Science degree from Temple University.  As a member of the Cecchetti Council of America, Mrs. Helfond is a qualified teacher's coach and her school is certified for national examinations each year.​

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Viktor Yeliohin, member and former soloist of the Donetsk Ballet Company of the Ukraine joined our faculty in 1992.  He choreographs the children's parts for the Donetsk Ballet Company's Nutcracker productions in the
United States in addition to creating new works for our annual Spring Concerts.

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Stasia M. Botis, a graduate of Stockton College, holds a degree in Dance and Biology as well as a doctorate in ​Physical Therapy.  Dr. Botis is a member of the Cecchetti ​Council of America with advanced certification.  She has performed with universities ​and major dance companies, receiving awards for her ​performing and choreography.​​​

Jennifer Zellers began studying ballet with Fern Helfond and Viktor Yeliohin at L’Ecole de la Dance and continued her dance education in Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet’s pre-professional division. She has also attended several summer programs including The Cecchetti Council of America’s International Summer School, The Kirov Academy, American Ballet Theater, and Wissahickon Dance Academy under the tutelage of Vadim Pisarev and Inna Dorofeyeva.  By day, Jennifer is a physical therapist at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and had the opportunity to treat dancers at the Washington Ballet as a physical therapy student at Body Dynamics in Arlington, VA.

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Lindsey Grites Weeks is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Dance at Temple University. She received her Master’s in Dance Education from New York University, where she was awarded “Outstanding Achievement in Graduate Dance Education” for excellence in performance, choreography, and pedagogy. NYC performances include 92nd Street Y/ Harkness Dance Center and Ailey Citigroup Theater with Deborah Damast and Dancers. Lindsey received her Bachelor’s degree in Dance from Rutgers University. She is a member of the National Dance Education Organization, DanceNJ, and Associated Dance Teachers of NJ. Lindsey is currently training for teacher certification in the Cecchetti method.

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Nicole Y. Roberts is a Towson University graduate with a BFA in Dance Performance and Education.  Ms. Roberts, a member of the Cecchetti Council of America and graduate of L'Ecole de la Dance, is a certified K-12 dance teacher in both New Jersey and Maryland.  She has received awards in performance and choreography.

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