Jamie Brege, a native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, has taught, choreographed and performed throughout the United States, Europe and Australia. Brege holds a Master of Arts in Dance Education in Higher Education, American Ballet Theatre Pedagogy from New York University. She is an ABT® Certified Teacher, ABT® National Training Curriculum, Primary through Level 7 and Partnering. Brege graduated Magna cum Laude with her B.F.A. in Dance Performance from SUNY Purchase where she performed works by choreographers including George Balanchine, Bronislava Nijinksa, David Parsons and Helen Pickett, and was chosen to serve as an ambassador exchange student at Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts in Perth, Australia. Brege began her training at School of the Grand Rapids Ballet Company and attended intensive programs at American Ballet Theatre, Vail International Dance Festival, and The Juilliard School.
Her teaching credits include the School of the Grand Rapids Ballet Company, Purchase College, Boston University, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, South Shore Ballet Theatre, Greenwich Dance Studio and Dance In the Annex. Brege is co-artistic director of the International Ballet Ensemble for Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, and has served as guest faculty at American Ballet Theatreʼs JKO School.
Brege believes that through movement one is able to express themselves wholly, and through that expression, come to an understanding of themselves. In being a dancer, one is forever a learner and teacher, and it is the responsibility of a dancer to pass on knowledge and help others achieve an understanding of self and become new dance learners and teachers. This wondrous circle and sense of fulfillment it creates only goes to prove that dance education is not only essential, but can be an everlasting experience for any human being.