Company members rehearse each show piece for one hour each week.  In addition to these individual rehearsals and company rehearsals, members take weekly technique classes from dance professionals in the Philadelphia area.  These professionals serve as great resources, challenging members to learn new styles and enhance skills.

Meet Our Current Instructors

  1. Lillian Di Piazza
    Lillian Di Piazza
Originally from Silver Spring, MD, Lillian DiPiazza began her dance training with the Maryland Youth Ballet, under the direction of Michelle Lees and Tensia Fonseca. She studied there for 10 years and performed in ballets such as Swan Lake, Le Corsaire, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, and Paquita. Ms. Di Piazza also attended summer intensive programs at Miami City Ballet, The School of American Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet (on full scholarship).
 
In 2007, Ms. DiPiazza studied at The School of American Ballet for one year. There, she performed George Balanchine's The Nutcracker™ and Jerome Robbins’ Fanfare.  She performed Concerto Barocco with SAB at the Kennedy Center as part of the Protégés Program. Ms. DiPiazza also choreographed a pas de quatre to music by Philip Glass for The School of American Ballet Student Choreographic Workshop. She was the 2007 National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts Winner in Dance.
 
Ms. DiPiazza joined Pennsylvania Ballet II in 2008 and was promoted to Apprentice for the 2009-2010 Season, to the Corps de Ballet for the 2011-2012 Season, to Soloist for the 2013-2014, and to Principal Dancer for the 2016/2017 Season. In 2015 she debued as Odette/Odile in Christopher Wheeldon's Swan Lake and has performed principal roles in Coppélia (Swanilda); Balanchine's A Midsummer Night's Dream (Titania, Hippolyta, Hermia), The Nutcracker (The Sugarplum Fairy), Ballo della Regina, Serenade, and Rubies and Emeralds from Jewels, The Prodigal Son (The Siren); Jerome Robbins' In the Night; and John Butler's Carmina Burana. She also has performed featured roles in William Forsythe’s The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude, Jiří Kylián’s Forgotten Land (White Couple) and Petite Mort, Matthew Neenan's Penumbra, and After the Rain, and Balanchine's Raymonda Variations and The Four Temperaments (Third Theme). In September 2014, Ms. DiPiazza was profiled in Dance Magazine’s “On the Rise” section. 
  1. Rebecca A. Arrends
    Rebecca A. Arrends
Rebecca Arends earned a B.A. in History and Afro American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she was a Powers-Knapp Scholar. Following graduation, Rebecca attended The Ailey School under the direction of Denise Jefferson and was awarded the Oprah Winfrey Foundation Fellowship.

Ms. Arends has been a member of the Seán Curran Company for nine seasons. Chosen to perform and teach throughout Central Asia as cultural ambassadors of the U.S. State Department, the Company toured Turkmenistan, Kazahkstan and Kyrgyzstan through DanceMotion USA (produced by the Brooklyn Academy of Music). The following year, SCCo embarked upon a U.S. tour of Travel Songs, a collaborative project with British a cappella, Grammy Award winning vocal ensemble, The King's Singers. Ms. Arends has helped set Seán Curran repertory on Darrah Carr Dance, the BFA programs at The Ailey School/Fordham University, New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and Coker College. Ms. Arends has also been Mr. Curran's assistant on various projects spanning opera, a cappella and concert dance commissions including a commission for the José Limón Dance Company, Nocturnes for Ancestors. Rebecca was a corps dancer in the original cast of CHAMPION (Opera Theatre of St. Louis), portrayed Anybodys in El Paso Opera's production of WEST SIDE STORY and was an interpreter in Tino Sehgal's KISS Exhibition at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in NYC. Rebecca has also danced with Ana Isabel Keilson Company and Rosario—performing in experimental dance venues such as Judson Church, Dance Theater Workshop, Dixon Place, Joe's Pub, P.S. 122, 92nd Street Y and Roulette. She is also a guest artist with Trainor Dance (Jacob's Pillow and The Yard).

Rebecca has been a guest teacher at California Ballet Opera (Palm Desert, CA), Academy of Ballet Arts (Temecula, CA) and A Step Above Dance & Music Academy (Monona, WI). During the 2015-2016 school year, she was a teaching artist with Williamsburg Movement and Arts Center at P.S. 250 and on the Modern Dance Faculty at Peridance Capezio Center in New York City. Ms. Arends currently is an Adjunct Assistant Professor & Assistant Director of FreshDance at Drexel University.

She is the founder of RAREdancework, a non-profit organization, dedicated to the performing arts, and her choreography has been presented at Dixon Place and Green Space in New York City and Constellation-Chicago. Rebecca directed, choreographed and co-produced THE UNWRITTEN LAW with collaborator, Chesney Snow, during its inaugural run in New York City and recently served as Dance Captain in Washington National Opera's production of CHAMPION at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She is also a longstanding member of SAG-AFTRA and continues to work in film and television.