AWB Mentorship Program: introducing new teaching Artists & virtual classes

Daniel Ulbricht, Principal Dancer with the New York City Ballet | Photo © Travis Magee

Daniel Ulbricht, Principal Dancer with the New York City Ballet is joining AWB Mentorship Program.

BIO: Daniel Ulbricht was born in St. Petersburg, Florida, USA, and began his dance training at the age of 11. At age 16, Mr. Ulbricht was invited by the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, to continue his training. As a student at SAB, Mr. Ulbricht performed with New York City Ballet as a Jester in Peter Martins’ The Sleeping Beauty.

In December 2000, he became an apprentice with New York City Ballet and in November 2001 he joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet. In January 2005, Mr. Ulbricht was promoted to the rank of soloist and principal dancer in May 2007. During his time there, he has danced featured roles in a number of Balanchine, Robbins, Martins, and Wheeldon ballets.

Mr. Ulbricht is a guest teacher at the School of American Ballet, Ballet Academy East, as well as, teaching at a number of well-known national dance schools, private schools, and universities throughout the United States. Mr. Ulbricht is currently the Artistic Advisor of Manhattan Youth Ballet. Mr. Ulbricht is also the Artistic Director of New York State Summer School for the Arts in Saratoga Springs, NY. Mr. Ulbricht is also founder and director of “Stars of American Ballet”, a touring group focusing on high art, education and outreach. Mr. Ulbricht is also the co-founder and producer of “Dance Against Cancer”, an annual benefit for the American Cancer Society. Mr. Ulbricht is also on the board of the National Dance Institute.

Mr. Ulbricht will be offering Ballet technique classes starting in February. Pre-registration is now open. Please submit your request here. AWB Dance program is currently live-streamed on Zoom.

Holly Dorger, Principal Ballerina with the Royal Danish Ballet | Photo © NYC Dance Project


Saturdays at 10:30am EST: 20, 27 February: 60-min Ballet technique class with Holly Dorger for All Dance Levels, Ages 10+

BIO: American, Holly Jean Dorger, is a Principal Ballerina with the Royal Danish Ballet. She joined the corps de ballet after graduation from the School of American Ballet, at 18 years old. In 2013 she was promoted to Soloist after performing roles such as Princess Florine (Blue Bird), Gamzatti and Dew Drop. In 2016 Holly was promoted to Principal Dancer on George Balanchine’s Theme and Variations. Holly Dorger has been given the honor of Knighthood from the Queen of Denmark.

Marcin Kupiñski in Apollo, Photo © Costin Radu

Pre-registration is now open. Please submit your request with your preferred date/s and time/s for classes with Mr. Kupiñski vía Email at:

BIO: Polish, Marcin Kupiñski is a Principal Dancer with the Royal Danish Ballet. He joined the corps de ballet in 2002 after his graduation from the National Ballet School in Gdansk. In 2010 he was promoted to Soloist and to a Principal Dancer in 2011.

Highlights from Kupiñski’s repertoire with the Royal Danish Ballet: Junker Ove in A Folk Tale and James in Sylfiden (August Bournonville), Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake (Nikolaj Hübbe and Silja Schandorff), Albrecht in Giselle (Nikolaj Hübbe and Sorella Englund), Prince Desiré in Tornerose (Christopher Wheeldon), Solor in La Bayadère (Nikolaj Hübbe), Prince in The Nutcracker and Apollo(George Balanchine), soloist in Etudes (Harald Lander), Lenskij in Onegin (John Cranko), Gaston in The Lady of the Camellias, Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Benvolio and Prince Paris in Romeo and Juliet (John Neumeier), Tony in the West Side Story Suite ( Jerome Robbins), Chanos in Come Fly Away (Twyla Tharp) and Death in The Death That Best Preserves (Natalia Horecna.)

Photo © David Prottas’s personal archive


Saturdays at 12:00pm EST: 20, 27 February | Additional Dates TBA

$30 / class | 90-min. sessions | All Dance Levels

Live-streamed on Zoom: class includes classic barre, technique with Individual corrections and Q & A. Note: this is an introduction to David Prottas’s upcoming series Acting for Dancers

BIO: David Prottas is a former dancer with the New York City Ballet. His notable theater credits include the 1st National Tour of An American in Paris, the Broadway revival of Carousel and the North Carolina Theatre production’s of West Side Story. He stars in the short film “Tell Me A Story” directed by Liam Amstrong. As a teacher and coach he leads masterclasses throughout the United States in both dance and theater.

We are excited to welcome David Prottas to our Mentorship Program.