Gregg Saulnier began his dance career with Festival Ballet Providence under the direction of co-founder Christine Hennessy during which time he also performed with Island Moving Co. of Newport, RI under the direction of Miki Ohlsen. He later joined Ballet Internationale, Indianapolis under the direction of Russian Ballet stars Eldar Aliev and Irina Kolpakova where he danced a variety of classical and contemporary roles. His most recent dance credits are with Cincinnati Ballet, where he retired from full time performing in 2004.
Teaching and arts administration work always coincided with Gregg's performance career. While at Ballet Internationale he was on faculty at its academy and was appointed Co-Vice Principal until he joined Cincinnati Ballet. After retiring from full time dancing with Cincinnati Ballet, Gregg was appointed to Director of the Otto M. Budig Academy of Cincinnati Ballet where he served from August, 2004 until October, 2005. From February, 2008 until April, 2011 he served as the General Manager of Island Moving Co. in Newport, RI where he also performed, directed its Junior Company and was on faculty at the Newport Academy of Ballet.
Mr. Saulnier is an ABT© Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT© Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 3 of the ABT© National Training Curriculum.
Patrick Notaro, originally from Clinton, MA fell in love with dance as a boy, but never had the opportunity to pursue lessons. Those opportunities came a little later in life.
He began training at the Boston Conservatory after completing one year at Salve Regina University as an art major. He quickly started working with companies including Copley Square Ballet, Boston Ballet II, Oakland Ballet and Festival Ballet of Rhode Island.
While at Festival Ballet, Patrick performed lead roles in classical and contemporary works under the direction of Prima Ballerina Christine Hennessy from 1983 until 1994.
In 1995, Mr. Notaro co-founded Providence Ballet in Providence, RI. He split his time teaching in Providence and performing in Indianapolis, IN and was soon invited to join Ballet Internationale, Indianapolis as a full time dancer. There he had the privilege of working with world-renowned artists including Prima Ballerina Irina Kolpakova, and Artistic Director Eldar Aliev, both former Principals with the Kirov Ballet in St. Petersburg, Russia. Mr. Notaro also served as co-Vice Principal of the Academy of Ballet Internationale.
From 1999-2005, Patrick worked in Cincinnati, OH as a full time instructor at the Otto M. Budig Academy of Cincinnati Ballet. There he was a highly favored teacher to the world-class dancers of Cincinnati Ballet and brought it’s Academy students to regional acclaim taking top honors in Chicago at the Youth America Grand Prix Ballet Competition. At the competition he and his partner Gregg Saulnier received awards for the school including “Best Ensemble”, “Outstanding Academy”, a Second Place Contemporary award, and a Third Place Classical award.
In 2009, Mr. Notaro established The Patrick Notaro Dance Project (The PNDP) and in July 2010, premiered his company at The Great Friends Dance Festival in Newport, RI. More recently, Patrick brought his troupe to Provincetown, MA in August, 2011 as his first stand alone production. He and his dancers received rave reviews and have been invited by the Provincetown Theater to return in the future. Patrick is pleased to be back home in New England sharing his creativity and experiences of past successes with Holliston and it’s surrounding communities.
His dream is to offer the best education to both children and adults and to enrich the lives of all dancers.