Jody Jaron – Director
Trained at San Francisco Ballet School and School of American Ballet; Official School of the New York City Ballet.
She also trained under Melissa Hayden and Don Farnsworth. She performed in the Broadway Production of "Chorus Line". She later joined the administration of American Ballet Theatre, working Mikhail Baryshnikov, Antony Tudor, Jerome Robbins and Agnes DeMille. She was named Associate Director of GSB in 1995. In addition to the numerous dance activities that she is involved with, Jody directs the School's Youth Company.
Attended SUNY Purchase and graduated from the University of Utah with a BFA in Ballet Performance. Previously, she had trained with renowned Russian teacher, Irene Fokine. Allison was a soloist with Sangre de Cristo Ballet Theatre in Pueblo, Colorado. She was also ballet mistress, teacher and administrative assistant for their school and company. Here in New Jersey, she is a Senior Artist Assistant for the production department at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Since 1997, she has worked with US and international dance companies as well as artists from other performing disciplines. She was trained and certified in NYC under Pierre Dulaine with Dancing Classrooms. She was a ballroom teaching artist at the NJPAC for the Newark, NJ, school systems.
Allison has been on the faculty for GSB since 2001. She currently teaches all levels at both the Newark and Rutherford schools.
Born in Brazil, Maria Zago has been dancing since age 3. After moving to Newark, NJ, she found The School of the Garden State Ballet and it quickly became her second home. Her journey with GSB started in 2007 and having come full circle, she now stands as a teacher at her former school, ready to make a difference in the lives of aspiring learners.
As an alumna, she is intimately familiar with the school's values and curriculum, allowing her to seamlessly integrate her knowledge and expertise into the existing program. With her extensive experience in both teaching and performing, she is excited to give back to the institution that played a pivotal role in shaping her career, and she looks forward to guiding and inspiring the next generation of dancers.