Board of Directors

Jennifer Henderson (Artistic Director)

Jennifer has studied at Lebanon Ballet School since its inception in 1984, and has trained with Madeline Culpo of Albany Berkshire Ballet and Andrei Bossov of Bossov Ballet Theatre in Pittsfield, Maine. She has danced the roles of Odette in Swan Lake (1997) and Swanilda in Coppélia (1998) in LBS productions. In 2002 she danced the Czardas lead in City Center Ballet’s production of Coppélia and as one of the stepsisters in Cinderella in 2005. She joined the Lebanon Ballet School teaching staff in January, 2003, and for several years was a local rehearsal mistress for Albany Berkshire Ballet’s The Nutcracker. Her signature piece of choreography, City Center Ballet’s production of Cinderella (2008, 2009, 2012, 2017), has established the creativity and talent that she has since brought to to Clara’s Dream (2010–), Coppélia (2011), Giselle (2013), The Sleeping Beauty (2014), Alice in Wonderland (2015, 2018).

Nicole McCarthy (Board Chair)

Nicole McCarthy began studying ballet at the age of 5 under the tutelage of Arlene Gilbert at the Classical Ballet Studio in Woonsocket, RI. She continued studying Ballet, Jazz, Tap and Lyrical when the studio was renamed The Dance Center. Nicole has competed in dance competitions at both the regional and national level. At Villanova University, Nicole danced with and choreographed for the Villanova Dance Group. During this time period and thru age 25, she also performed with The Jasper Ballet, a ballet troupe dedicated to raising money for AIDS awareness. Nicole tries to incorporate the lessons she learned in the ballet studio, namely: dedication, discipline, teamwork and grace to her daily life, punctuated with a robust sense of humor. She is delighted to serve on the City Center Ballet Board and it’s been through her return to ballet class, she has rediscovered the beauty and artistry found only in this beloved art form.

Marc Cohen (Treasurer)

Marc is a founding member of City Center Ballet (1999) and has been the company’s treasurer ever since. He is married to Linda G. Copp, the Artistic Director of the company. Even after all this time, he is still awed and delighted by the dedication and hard work that she, her staff, volunteers, and especially her young adult dancers put into each and every production. Marc is a computer consultant serving small law offices in the Upper Valley.

Ellen Miller (Secretary)

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Linda G. Copp

Linda has owned and operated the Lebanon Ballet School for over 30 years. Linda graduated from the Hartford Conservatory, CT and was a former soloist with the Connecticut Valley Regional Ballet Company. She began teaching in the Hartford, CT and Springfield, MA areas in 1971. For 20 years, she served as the rehearsal mistress for the Albany Berkshire’s production of The Nutcracker in Lebanon, which involved the selection and training of nearly 100 local dancers. She choreographed Hartford High musicals from 1998 to 2003 and worked productions for NCCT and Opera North. She is a founding director of City Center Ballet. She feels strongly that one never stops learning in the studio, as a dancer, or a teacher.

Tom Drinane

Tom had two daughters who were active as City Center Ballet dancers between 1998 and 2004. In that time, he came to appreciate the unbelievable opportunity the Company offers to our community by offering performance opportunities to dancers and audiences alike. He serves on the board to help preserve this treasure.

Louise Jones

Louise has always had an interest in dance and the arts, but it was not until she was an adult that she took her first ballet class. She has been involved with the Lebanon Ballet School for many years and continues to feel inspired and challenged by Linda Copp’s adult ballet class. She is a Social Worker by profession, and recognizes the importance of movement and dance for well-being and self-esteem. She has been very impressed with the quality and professionalism of this remarkable organization, and is pleased to be able to serve on the Board.

Kerrie Lasall

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Jennifer Rexford

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Kassady Small

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Anna Trimarco

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Emeritus Board of Directors

Ann Parson Justice

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Victor Torbeck

Victor comes to the Board with a wealth of arts and business background. He has a life time of entrepreneurship of establishing several successful businesses. As a businessperson, Victor brings to the Board an element of accounting and general business knowledge.

He has a love for singing, and as an amateur singer has performed with the Master Chorus on prominent stages in New York and Washington DC.


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