ALB Faculty

Valerie Mae Browne

Artistic Director

Vaerie is a native San Diegan who graduated from UC Irvine with a major in dance and education. She moved to New York in August 2009 to further her dance career. Valerie has performed with Fresno Ballet, San Diego Ballet, Cynthia Merrill, San Diego City Ballet, California Conservatory of Dance, Ballet Arte, Once Upon A Time, La Danserie, Metropolitan Repertory Ballet, Flower Girls, and Livid Rock Band. In March of 2011 she and Rebeccah Bogue co-founded Pink Pig Ballet. In October of 2011 she co-produced, directed, and choreographed the companies premier, The Little Humpbacked Pig. Since then she premiered Jack White and the 7 Sins (March, 2012); The Little Mermaid's Maid (November 2012), and "A Night of Wepetoire" (June, 2013), Cabaret for R&J (February, 2014), Romeo and Jewliet (June 2014), The Spirits of a Summer Day (April 2015), Sylvia ou la Nymphe de Diane (August 2016, April 2017), Romeo and Jewliet (July 2017), and an annual Nutcracker "In a Nutshell". In December of 2013 she also premiered two new pieces which were featered at Lincoln Center during the Meet the Artist Series for Sasha Papernik. To have the opportunity to work with such beautiful dancers is Valerie's every dream come true. She looks forward to watching and building the future of American Liberty Ballet. Valerie is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.

Natalia Sheptalova 


Natalia Sheptalova grew up in Moscow, Russia. She trained at The Moscow State Academy of Choreography (The Bolshoi Ballet Academy), then with the Russian Academy of the Theatrical Art - GITIS. She joined The Russian National Ballet company in 2003. Her repertoire with that company included various roles in classical ballets like Swan Lake, Gizelle, Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, La Bayadère, Cinderella, and Paquita. In the USA she works as a ballet teacher at American Liberty Ballet School, and at the Jewish Dance Institute in New York City. This is her fifth year performing with American Liberty Ballet, where her roles have included the Evil Queen (Jack White and the 7 Sins), and the Sugar Plum Fairy (In a Nutshell), as well as the title role in Sylvia ou la Nymphe de Diane.

Kyle Gardner


Kyle began his dance training at 16 near Orlando FL a small local studio named Raskin Dance Studio. Kyle studied there for three years soaking up every class they had ranging from a wide variety of styles including Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, and others. After receiving scholarships from Orlando Ballet and St. Augustine Ballet (summer intensive) Kyle was able to branch out and expand his experience base but it wasn’t until a scholarship to Joffery Ballet in NYC that proved a turning point. He moved to New York 2 years ago and has since trained with Ballet Academy East and worked with a number of different performing arts organizations including Dances Patrelle and Ballet for Young Audiences. The experience earned form multiple dance studios in NYC lead to earning parts in performances of the Nutcracker in November 2014 as well as the Nutcracker and Cinderella winter of 2015. He has trained with teachers with a wide variety experiences including; Dawn Branch, Russell Sultzbach, Valerie Raskin, and many more.  This is Kyles first year with ALB.

Allan McCormick


Allan has traveled extensively around the globe with various dance projects including  roles with Disney, and dancing for RuPaul, Gloria Gaynor, Jennifer Holiday and has appeared on "DANCING WITH THE STARS." He was a feature dancer on THE TONIGHT SHOW with JAY LENO, as well as CELINE DION's  show "A NEW DAY"at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas and "LE REVE" which was directed by the original director of CIRQUE DU SOLEIL. He continued to work closely under the direction of FRANCO DRAGONE and GIULIANO  PEPARINI inSTORY OF A FORT: LEGACY OF A NATION in Abu Dhabi, and has been doing choreography for benefits and galas put on by CIRQUE DU SOLEIL AND VIRGIN AIRLINES. Having just finished Broadway Cares as a guest with the "SPIDER-MAN:: TURN OFF THE DARK," Allan is one of the most sought after Master Class teachers in both Europe and North America. NYC Companies: Rachael Kosch, ASHA Dance, Jennifer Muller The Works, Berlin Calling, Convergences Theatre, Once Upon A Time, MAD. This is Allan's second year with ALB where roles have included The Spirit of The Dark (Spirits), Drossylmeyer (Nutshell), and Orion (Sylvia).

Yinet Fernandez


Born in Havana, October 9, 1989, she began her studies in 1999 at the School Provincial Alejo Carpentier, with Professor Tatiana González. She continued them in the National Ballet School, under the guidance of Normaría Olaechea, Mirtha Hermida, Marta Iris Fernández, Fernando Alonso and Ramona de Sáa, among other outstanding teachers. In her schooling period she became the recipient of important awards, among them: Third place (2004) and 2nd place, Second Category "Variation" and Silver Medal (2006) in the Contests of the International Encounters of Academy for the Teaching of Ballet, celebrated in Havana. In 2007 she participated in Encounters of Academies held in Mexico City, where she obtained a Diploma of Recognition. In 2008, she moved to join the cast of the National Ballet of Cuba, under the artistic-technical direction of Alicia Alonso, with whom she has performed in countries of America and Europe. Participating as part of the dance body in works of the great romantic-classical tradition of choreographers Cubans and foreign.

Raquel Beauchamp


Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Raquel began her dance studies at the age of 13 in School for the Performing Arts; concentrating in classical ballet under María Carrera and Yolanda Muñóz, jazz, hip hop, tap, and flamenco. She has performed in various works across the island and in 2011, nailed her first serious role as a dancer and singer in Cabaret Le Freak, a musical that played tribute to iconic musicals such as Cabaret, Chicago and Sweet Charity. Raquel is currently a corps de ballet member with American Liberty Ballet and is excited to share her knowledge with the students of our UWS location!

Imani Teague

Ballet Conditioning & Alignment

Imani Teague is the founder of The Free Your Dream Project, a project focused on developing your potential no matter how late you begin. 

Falling in love with dance on television as a child, her professional training didn’t begin until her 3rd year of college, where she went on to complete a BFA in Modern Dance Performance. 

Moving to NY, Imani has continued her training and has garnered professional experience in many genres. Her professional credits include dancing for The Metropolitan Opera, Vissi Dance Theater, Underground Dance Project, The Lady Dames and others. She has also received scholarship to study African dance and can always be found getting down on the dance floor to salsa, hip hop & house.  One of Imani’s big dreams came true when she was booked to audition for Michael Jackson’s This Is It tour. 

Tiptoeing her way into ballet after a  long struggle with injury,  a full blown love affair has ensued, with her project being focused on pushing the limits of her potential in Ballet.  As a former foster child, her work also seeks to bring awareness towards the struggles of foster children and orphans. 

Imani’s training has been focused seriously on Russian and Cuban Classical methodologies, traveling to Cuba regularly for instruction and studying Russian methodology through studies with V. Semenov and intensives with Open World Dance Foundation.  

A particular focus of her work has been to unlock the potential of the body at any age and extend the career for all dancers. 

Niccolò Orsolani


Niccoló was born and raised in Turin Italy. At the age of 20 years old he discovered his passion for the art of Dance thanks to his first teacher and director Valentina Gallo. He has studied ballet with Maestro Joan Bosioc etoile at Ballet Theatre Francaise de Nancy, Ekaterina Savina( vaganova ), Annagrazia D’Antico and modern with Annagrazia D’Antico and Matilde De Marchi. Niccoló graduated from Teatro Nuovo Torino with 100%. He has danced with Ammonia Danza Corrosiva, Arké Ensemble, Jersey City Ballet, among others, worked with Regio Theater Torino and has appeared in the 90th Gala of the Martha Graham Dance Company where He danced Celebration reconstructed by Tadeji Brdnik. He also attendend the Palm Spring Dance Festival 2017 where he performed ad solo piece of his own creation. Niccoló has been teaching dance in Turin Italy for Asd “La Polismile” and has been featured as a dance instructor for the Palm Spring Dance Festival (2017 and 2018).

He currently resides in NYC and is studying at the Martha Graham Dance School  where he is a part-time member of the Martha Graham II company (Graham2).

Mimi Liu



MIMI LIU is a graduate of The Boston Conservatory where she obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance. Her classical and modern repertoire includes Don Quixote, Swan Lake, La Bayadere, Graduation Ball, Paquita, Coppelia, Le Corsaire, Sleeping Beauty, Tchaikovsky Pas De Deux (George Balanchine), Continuo (Antony Tudor), Psalm (José Limón), Index (Murray Louis), and many others. Mimi’s undergraduate excellence was also featured in The Dance Spirit magazine and the Boston local news. She received her early dance training from The American Ballet Theatre summer intensives in New York City, The Boston Ballet School, and The Orange County High School of the Arts (OCHSA). She had the pleasure to study and work under notable dance professionals such as Seán Curran, Alaine Haubert, Muriel Joyce, Sophie Monet, Steven B. Hyde, Nancy Raffa, Yasuko Tokunaga, Donna Silva, Jessica Lang, Adriana Suárez, Donald Mahler, Ted Kivitt, Jolinda Menendez and Phyllis Lamhut to just name a few. During her career as a dancer, Mimi has graced many stages and venues across America, including the Detroit Opera House, New York Live Arts, Segerstrom Concert Hall, JCC Manhattan, Boston Children's Hospital, Laguardia Arts at Lincoln Square and countless more. 


In her postgraduate years, Mimi concentrated on dance pedagogy. As a Southern California native, she has taught and choreographed original works for Saddleback College, Orange Coast College and The Orange County High School of the Arts. After moving to New York City, Mimi has taught at multiple dance organizations including Brooklyn Ballet, The Ballet Club, Fitness Meets Dance, Hope for New York, Everyday Ballet, PS 130 Elementary School and The NY Kids Club. She also collaborated with film makers, directors, and music composers in multimedia projects and dance films throughout the United States. Having created dozens of original dance works for film, unique sites, and the stage, her dance film “Sugar Rush” was screened at the 2017 Dance and New Media Conference in New York City. 


Mimi holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance Performance and Choreography as a Shubert Foundation Dance Scholar from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and is certified in levels Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. 


Currently she is a full-time elementary school dance teacher (K-5) in New York City. Mimi is also simultaneously working towards her second Masters at The Arnhold Graduate Dance Education Program at Hunter College (CUNY). 


She is thrilled to teach Ballet Technique and Pointe at American Liberty Ballet and hope her students will be empowered through her classes.